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I wholeheartedly agree with janeymac! Commenters complained when AT changed it a couple of years ago. To those who want a change, email the editors. Me? I just visit less frequently. Too bad. AT was practically my home page.

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9/5/10 09:52 AM

I agree with the comments to go with an accent color, probably opposite the aqua on the color wheel - I think a muted orange might be opposite. You can use the chocolate and browns if you want serene and more of a monochromatic look but I personally find that approach to be a little flat and lacking in depth (I like to mix warm and cool colors for balance). White is too safe and would be too stark next to the tan in the curtains. Also, if you can't find a duvet/comforter, look in the sheet sections. You could always have sheets (buy one size up) made into a duvet. Good luck.

Bedspread to Coordinate with New Curtains? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/14/10 12:50 AM

All are excellent choices. One note to the boyfriend - if you have time - watch how she carries her purse, briefcase, and gym bag. The options above show a nice collection of handle options. Does she want to carry it over her shoulder (messenger bag style)? Does she want to wrap it and toss into a big purse or tote bag (#2 would be good for that)? Or does she want to carry the handles in her hand? I suspect most of the handle options also have a shoulder strap but make sure you know her preference before buying. Personally, I can't stand handle only bags. If it doesn't fit in my carry all tote (like #2), then I need a shoulder strap.

Stylish and Fashionable Laptop Bags for My Girlfriend? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
5/14/10 12:37 AM

The blue tiles remind me of dive flags. So I see two options - diving or sand and surf as your inspiration. Don't take it too far into a theme decorating project or it could get tacky. So, if you go with diving, get white walls and then add small pops of red and yellow accents. Maybe a white shower curtain with blue and red square shower curtain hooks. White towels with pops of yellow hand towels. If sand/surf, think of a honeymoon or romantic trip to the beach. Tan (light) walls to represent the sand, white shower curtain, and white towels. Add some accents with natural woven baskets to add another pop of the sand color. Also, add at least one or two accents in wrought iron. You can keep the silver hardware but maybe add a black wall art piece. You're lucky that this is workable. I've seen MUCH worse. Good luck and repost photos when done.

Paint Color for Blue White Tiled Bath? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
3/16/10 12:20 AM

anyone have a source for the wine rack/shelf reflected in the mirror in photo 1?

Tiny Dining Areas Small Space Gallery | Apartment Therapy Chicago
3/16/10 12:08 AM

Okay, I hate to sound a bit testy here but what's your source? You set the post up as advice from an expert (what you should do and when). If you're just saying what *you* are doing and wonder what others are doing, just say so. There is value to polling and hearing from the AT community.

In response to MrFoof, you lost me before the lint trap but your post prompted some interesting results via google searches. Thanks for the tips.

A Cleaning Schedule: How Often Do We Need to Clean? | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/2/10 12:07 AM

You have great bones! I love the arms on your sofa and the arc lamp.

When I realized my place had become too masculine in my effort to be gender neutral, I lightened up the place with a few accents of paisley and other scrolled or curved patterns. Here are a few inexpensive suggestions:

*One great item - although guys probably won't like it - is Pier 1's "ruffles" pillow. It comes in a bunch of colors and it's currently on sale.

*I bought two square wood wall panels with a scroll pattern from Home Goods. They are like the Teak Lotus panel from Viva Terra only smaller (and much cheaper). I hung them side by side as a headboard but you could easily use them as wall art in the living room. (These may be a little too organic or natural looking with your arc lamp and coffee table but you don't mention if any of the items are going to be replaced. Thus, I throw this out for an option.)

*I also purchased artwork from Chariklia Zarris. You can get some preframed pieces from Crate and Barrel. I ordered from art.com and got frames from American Frame so I could get the geometrics and colors of my choice.

*Add a couple of plants!

Good luck and repost once you update the place.

Suggestions for a Modern Feminine Living Room? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
2/28/10 06:23 PM

This was something I wondered about but decided all the open bottles were a great excuse to have a party. Thanks for the research.

Does Liquor Ever Expire? Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/9/10 11:55 PM

Another (well-rested) marpac user. I just wish they made a smaller version for travel!

Round Up: White Noise Machines For a Peaceful Night's Sleep | Apartment Therapy DC
1/9/10 12:34 AM

For once, I'd love to see one of these lists without an Ikea recommendation.

Apartment Therapy New York | 4 Round Dining Tables — All Under $200 ROUNDup
11/5/09 10:50 PM

same question - where is #5 from? Link is broken.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Grown-up CanopiesLivingEtc.
10/28/09 12:05 AM

Idea 1 - White based theme. A friend who purchased her first house during the winter season used the snow as the theme for her big housewarming party - everything was white - wine, spritzers, white pasta sauces, etc. Obviously, those of us close to her knew she was dreading a red wine spill on her new white sofa but most casual friends didn't realize.

Idea 2 - Keep the party attendees to a minimum and make it a dinner party. That way, all wine and food consumption occurs at the dining room table.

Apartment Therapy DC | How Do You Party-Proof Your Home?
10/20/09 12:18 AM

Laptop in the bedroom as well. I slip it under the nightstand when I go to sleep.

Rosey G. - do you actually put your pillows on the computer? Not good if you aren't actually powering down. That could be a fire hazard, not to mention you could be blocking the air intake for the fan and overheat the laptop.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Computers in the Bedroom? Next to the Bed?!
9/10/09 11:05 PM

Awesome bepsf! I have no collections. Purchased books are usually gone after I read them (I prefer the library). Maybe I would consider the shear volume of candles and candle holders I had in college a collection. If so, they were gone years ago after about the third move. In fact, I find collections fascinating. I'm looking at empty table tops in my new place, saying to myself, I've got nothing memorable or sentimental to display. I'm shockingly okay with that.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | What Collections Have You Let Go Of?
9/4/09 11:10 PM

How about wall mounted swing arm lamps? For example, the Chelsea Swing-Arm Sconce at www.potterybarn.com, is similar to the table lamp above (shade, silver finish) but provides the movement function of the task light.

Good luck. I'm considering the same issue and am likely going with the Chelsea or something similar.

Apartment Therapy DC | Bedside Decor Duel: Task Lamp vs. Table Lamp
9/4/09 11:04 PM

I've said it before - seeing my parents' garage inspires me to organize and purge stuff. They have been in the house 21 years and the car still won't fit in the garage.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Motivation For Organizing
9/3/09 11:02 PM

Oh, BTW, awesome find!!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Reupholster This Gossip Bench? Good Questions
9/2/09 10:54 PM

If you decide to reupholster, I suspect taking off the current fabric will provide you with the insight (aka pattern) you need to tackle the seams.

As for fabric, I like the idea of making this a statement piece - it's certainly not your typical piece of furniture. I can think of two options. If you paint the wood white, use a bold black/white pattern. If you leave the wood natural (better in my view - I'm not a fan of painted wood except maybe to create a white kitchen), then go with a deep, lux fabric - peacock blue velvet or something dynamic!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Reupholster This Gossip Bench? Good Questions
9/2/09 10:53 PM

This is similar to a prior post (last year?) about what would you take with you in a disaster. Some commenters who had been through disasters noted that you have mere seconds to make decisions when you have to leave. Think about it now.

As for my items - my dogs are my most important and valuable "things."

As for photos, yes, to many they are highly valued. That said, there's no excuse to lose them with the technology we have today. Mary B C has the right idea. Digitize the family photos you can't live without. Share them with relatives who live elsewhere or at least place a back up in a fire and water proof box.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Placing Value On Your "Things"
9/1/09 10:45 PM

Seriously, there is a time to replace every sofa. Replace it if you can afford it. Since you find it comfortable, before donating, take the measurements of the seat cushion depth and height (from the floor). I didn't realize there was such a variety until I started searching myself last year. Without knowing it, I was drawn to a particular seat depth and height that fit my body frame and lounging preferences.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Keep This Well-Loved Sofa?
5/12/09 01:25 AM