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Display Name: michelleom
Member Since: 2/7/08

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The best thing about my apartment is that it's in San Francisco...I'm a Bay Area native born and bred, was briefly exiled to the northeast for professional school, and six years after my return am still just so grateful to be back.

My apt isn't a high-end converted Victorian or anything, but it has a fabulous huge living room window (great for people watching from the couch!), laminate flooring that was new when I moved in, is in a lovely quiet neighborhood, and is owned and managed by a three-person group of folks (not a huge sprawling management company) who haven't raised my rent in 4 years.

Also, it is filled with a motley crew of garage/flea acquisitions that I found one by one over time - wooden 7-up crates, an old steamer trunk, a modest globe collection. And it has room for my beloved book collection, which is by far the best thing I own.

Someday I want to live in a house with a backyard garden, but until then I'm staying here!


Get Happier at Home: Take Time to Notice Small Pleasures
7/30/13 02:29 PM

I think we tend to view decorating with books as a new thing, but people have been doing this as long as printed books have existed (see Nicholas A. Basbanes' books). And other people have been grumpy about it for equally as long. :)

Aside from the sensory pleasures of the printed book, I really feel it is a near-perfect technology - as others have said, it can last hundreds of years, requires no electricity, and faces no tech obsolescence challenges as long as we still use eyes!


Are Books Obsolete? Thoughts on the Printed Word
6/19/13 01:03 PM

Seriously, everyone -- it's fine if a boy likes pink and is otherwise a gender-normative boy, and it's fine if he likes pink and loves everything feminine, and it's fine if the kid likes pink because he identifies as a girl. Freaking out over any of those things is just going to traumatize the kid, and it won't keep him from being transgendered or pink-loving or gay.


Pink Decor for Little Boy's Room?
Good Questions

3/22/12 11:47 PM

What's the gorgeous blue in picture #39? I want it!


Lanz, Michael and Brent's Evolving History House (Part I) House Tour | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
5/22/10 07:03 PM

It's not often that I see a house tour that gives me a warm fuzzy I-wish-I-could-move-in feeling, but this one is the exception. Love the collections, love the colors, love the side-of-the-road aesthetic. Brava!


Heidi Lauren's Brilliant Austin Bungalow House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/18/10 12:40 AM

In 2003, the director of "Latter Days" was already using empty picture frames to symbolize the shallowness and superficiality of his protagonist.

I'm ready for the empty picture frame thing to be over.


4 Unique Display Ideas La Maison Boheme | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/4/10 10:04 PM

I have to ask -- what does "male feel" mean to you?

In decorating, "manly" often seems to imply dark colors and neutrals, stripes, an absence of pink... /- duck hunting related items.

But seriously, this is 2010, right? "Manly" could include pink, pastels, or disco balls. You have to define it for yourself.

In terms of your space, I agree with the folks who suggest either picking up the color of the tiles (either the blue-grey or the maroon) or going with a grey or brown. I also think you could pick a warm pale yellow/cream, which would harmonize with the tiles IMO.

Or there's always pink.


Help Me Pick a Manly Bathroom Color! Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/20/10 03:41 PM