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I think the entrance is where they have set up the living area. that's probably why they didn't put the bedroom there. calm down guys... they're doing just fine. cute place and i love to see more than 50% of a source list coming from thrift stores!

Bridget & Robert's \"Collected Treasures\" Budget Friendly Loft House Tour
7/16/14 09:43 PM

99% of the time you'll view an apartment during the day. If you like it, go back that night. Go around 11pm. If it's in a busy neighborhood, check it out on a weekend day/night vs. a weekday. If it's "borderline" or "sketchy", personal safety is obviously your #1 concern... but even if it's the type of area where you may not be in any danger, consider how being in the area every day will affect your mood. -Former resident of SF's Tenderloin.

Location, Location, Location: Things to Beware of When Moving to a New Neighborhood Renters Solutions
7/16/14 10:39 AM

I went from having only ever lived with one (close) friend at a time in my early 20s to a roommate situation with 6 others in a huge house in San Francisco when I finally went back to school in my mid 20s. I hope to never have to share a home with anyone but a significant other/kids again, but the 2 years I spent sharing 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 refrigerators with a constantly changing cast of interesting, creative people was VERY fun and I remain friends with many of them today.

Living with Roommates (Just for the Fun of It)
7/12/14 10:20 AM

I love seeing tours like this here - unique, inspired, true "design", not just looking at photos of other people's homes and emulating them. There's something fantastic about seeing a home inhabited by an artist - of course it's going to be cluttered - our minds are cluttered and it's clear this artist is very successful at getting all of those visions and ideas out and into this dimension. The paint and moulding work alone in the kitchen and sea blue parlor are worthy of a master class in redecorating... then there are 5 other rooms that blow your mind. I also appreciated seeing his workshop and a bit about his process. Absolutely incredible. A+, #1, Bravo, etc.

Adam's DIY Ode To Ornamentalism in Philadelphia House Tour
7/5/14 11:13 AM

Dresser is definitely mid-60s - not 80s. Also, it was hideously ugly. Great update. Did she paint the original hardware or replace?

Before & After: A New Old Dresser
6/26/14 11:10 AM

As someone with a weekday 9-5 this would drive me nuts! In the Bay Area yard sales are Saturday-Sunday (less on Sundays) and Estate Sales can start as early as Thursday (but typically start Friday) and almost always go through Sunday. Sometimes I will take a Friday off just to hit Estate Sales because there is less competition, though Sunday around 12pm is the best time to go to get a deal!

When Do Garage Sales Take Place In Your Area?
6/20/14 10:07 AM

If you dig old design books I've scanned and uploaded a lot of favorites from my collection of about 50 books to Pinterest. I could look through these books all day. I've gained an appreciation for the wackiest of 70s designs to the most austere interiors of the 80s thanks to the many people who donate them to thrift stores! Always a great find. Enjoy: quote from a master:

Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1975
6/13/14 09:19 PM

I've been to the JC Penney furniture store here in the Bay Area to check out all of the Conran pieces. The quality is just OK. As the post mentions, this is veneer - not real wood. It's obvious when you're looking at the table in person, though it still looks really nice. The chairs are substantial and do not feel cheap. I didn't try sitting in one though. I did try sitting on the sofas and upholstered chairs that are currently marked down and they aren't all that comfortable. I ended up buying a jute rug from the collection because when I did the shed test on the floor model of the wool rug I wanted (it's a lovely seafoam green and probably still available on the site) my hand was full of wool after about 5 seconds. On a quality scale of 1-10 where Ikea is 1 and a custom piece is 10 I would give these a 3.5...

Cairns Collection by Conran
6/11/14 10:39 AM

I find this to be incredibly obnoxious. It's the equivalent of someone having the words "Dream" over the bed and "Eat" in the kitchen. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON (WORKING). Gross.

Trend Watch: Embracing Bold Messages in the Workspace
6/4/14 10:52 AM

Craigslist addict here! I'll second the commenter who pointed out that searching for midcentury is going to mean you've got a seller who knows (or THINKS) their item is worth something. I usually use words like 'wood', 'old', '60s', '70s', etc. to find items from that era. I also peruse the free section as many people who are, say, cleaning out their old aunt's basement, may not realize are actually awesome and they just want to get rid of them. One man's trash...

Tried & True Tips for Finding the Best Deals on Craigslist
6/2/14 08:58 PM

This is fantastic! The colors, the collections, the incredible mirror over the couch, the little nook for your daughter to play (4 year old me is jealous), the fact that the house actually looks lived in... I could go on. I would like to see more tours like this, rather than rehashed midcentury looks from every city. Midcentury is great but mixing it with other periods and themes lets it shine, like it does here. Bravo, Gigi!

Gigi's Candy-Colored London Cottage House Tour
5/30/14 10:04 AM

I have a digital piano similar to the one you have now. It's not as aesthetically pleasing as a real piano, but if you're in an apartment or move a lot - digital is the way to go. If your goal is to play the piano daily, or even weekly, then building some kind of housing for it, or covering it up, or hanging it from the wall is just silly. Don't do any of those things. Ditch the ugly stand and find a nice table to put it on and a bench that works with your decor. I'm not sure what your tastes are, but I dig vintage so I searched and searched and found a narrow formica table and a keyboard bench from an old Wurlitzer, and hung a lamp over the keyboard to make it feel like it's own "place". I always keep my favorite sheet music open on the built-in stand, and it encourages me to sit down and play regularly Have fun :)

How To Incorporate Digital Piano into Living Room? Good Questions
5/29/14 10:08 AM

I love the sofa and pillow combination and all of the light. Voting yay for this one!

Nana's Things That Make Her Smile Small Cool Contest
5/28/14 01:36 AM

Bravo on the plants. I bet the air in your place is squeaky clean. I also love your bathroom, it's simple and serene.

Katherine's Tropical Sanctuary Small Cool Contest
5/20/14 10:06 PM

Your cats! Also I think you have underestimated your square footage by at least a few hundred. I lived in 525 and it was one roughly 15x20 room, a tiny galley kitchen a small walk-in closet (3'x3') and bathroom. This looks twice as big!

Katie's Colorful Live/Work Space in Brooklyn House Tour
5/18/14 02:47 AM

Beautiful. Refined and curated taste. The art has center stage here. I love seeing house tours of folks over 30 - keep 'em coming!

Matilde & Gustavo's Arts District Apartment House Tour
5/17/14 10:06 AM

When I'm at a thrift store or estate sale and spot a rad piece of furniture I know I can sell for much more, OF COURSE I'm thinking about money - who wouldn't?? Does that make me "greedy"? It's what some people do. They buy and sell. It's OK! Why on earth would it be better if someone found it who was going to refinish it themselves? It's not a kitten. It's a dresser.

As for this dresser, I'm not sure where the poster is intending to sell, but this is not going to fetch more than $400 on CL. Refinishing furniture is expensive and paying someone else for that service, only to turn around and try to eek out a profit, is not recommended unless it's an incredibly rare MCM piece or a genuine antique. At that point you'd be skipping p2p selling and would be taking it to a shop where you will benefit from their pricing expertise, connections and ability to sell in a much higher range.

My advice would be to have dad invest minimal energy in repairing the veneer (like, 2 hours tops), clean it up with some wood oil, and take nice photos (including flaws), then list it on CL for a couple hundred bucks over purchase price and hope for the best. Unless your purchase price was more than $300. In that case, you just got yourself a beautiful new dresser refinished with TLC from dad!

Should I Hire a Pro to Repair Drexel Dresser for Resale? Good Questions
5/15/14 10:13 PM

Seconding what Masonry said. There is no "down season" in the Bay Area. At this point if you're in a good spot in SF, Silicon Valley or hotter parts of the East Bay, you're stuck there.

We are experiencing a housing shortage and rent surge that is worse than what happened in the original dotcom boom. I keep trying to wrap my head around it and figure out why it's so much worse than last time and the only thing I can figure is that back in the early 2000s the internet was seen as a risky move job-wise and for investors too. Today, it's perceived as more solid (though I will admit I'm hoping for a bubble to burst soon!) and with the financial sector not looking so hot post-2008 collapse, it's the only show going - unless you want to move to North Dakota and get into the Oil business (no thanks). So basically, all the douchebags who were moving to NY to become stock traders are now moving to SF to become internet mavericks.

The only good advice for non-internet-maverick Bay Area folks at this moment is to figure out how to work with the place you have (if you can afford to stay). If you're handy and could use your DIY skills to entice a new landlord in a less desirable city, use those skills to fix up the place you have now. If you can see yourself affording another $200 a month in rent, but look at vacancies and see that you'd need another $600 to get into a place you'd like, sock that money away and buy during the next recession. When you get frustrated, think about the idiots who are moving here from Ohio and throwing away $4,000/mo to rent a 1 bedroom in Hayes Valley and try not to compare yourself to them. And finally, if you're considering moving to the Bay Area right now from somewhere like Ohio - don't. We're all full. No more people please. Some of us grew up here and are fighting to stay near family and lifelong friends. #RENTWOES

Be a Negotiation Ninja: 5 Ways to Save on Rent (Without Getting a Roommate)
5/14/14 10:17 AM

WOW. One of my favorite tours ever. I love seeing how collectors choose to display their treasures. This would be an amazing house to grow up in. Lucky kiddo!

Laura's Bright and Beautiful Victorian Duplex in Glasgow House Tour
5/5/14 11:01 PM

WOW! Can we talk about the bucket pulley system thingie? I would have LOVED that as a kid. "SEND ME UP A SANDWICH!"

What a fun space you've created for them. Bravo.

A Small, Smart Space for Judah & Layla Kids Room Tour
5/2/14 07:38 PM