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Display Name: sunny_uk
Member Since: 4/18/11

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agree - floor lamps on either side of the sofa (one which angles down might also serve well as task lighting for the desk - which would save space on small desk & money).

Then to add interest/cosiness (& make space larger) something to go on the other side of the room - a picture light above the large frame, a small uplighter or table lamp.. but a different wattage & height from the floor lamps for interest..


Is It Possible to Find a Lighting Solution for This Room? Good Questions
11/1/13 08:39 AM

Why should the standard be for a *partnered* person to be able to afford within a reasonable distance of their workplace?


What Does it Really Cost to Live in San Francisco? Apartment Therapy's Cost of Living Report
8/10/13 03:08 PM

And to go retro... for a bigger item, one could of course buy a larger sheet of tracing paper (or thin regular paper), mark the places for holes to go on through the paper & then go with that as a template...

Mike's tip above is also great & one I'll be using to hang shelving track...


Smart & Simple Tip: How To Use a Scanner to Make Wall Mounting Quick & Easy
7/31/13 04:18 AM

I agree... and you might be surprised that they really don't look as offensive as you imagine in-situ, particularly if you have things on top of them to me white laquer seems both modern & inoffensive (assuming condition is ok)

.. plus painting laminate is a big hassle (I bought an apartment convinced i would paint every vile laminate kitchen unit... one the walls had been repainted it looked so much fresher & my "pilot" attempt was lots of effort for ugly result that I decided not to go ahead

even paint costs - your budget my be better used for other furnishings/textiles/accents which would make the place look good & then replace the dressers later on?


DIY Ideas for 80's Furniture? Good Questions
7/29/13 09:44 AM

Agree with Charlotte & Birch: the white highlights the white within the pattern, plus makes is more of a feature by the contrast: a tighter palette in the rest of the room and *possibly* going one-shade darker to an off-white might add something... but congratulations on a good-looking find!


Matching Paint Colors with Old, Layered Wallpaper? Good Questions
7/25/13 11:51 AM

incidentally, you might wish to velcro the cushion to the seat/window sill to stop it moving (as on my ektorp sofa bed)


Advice on Cutting the Foam for Window Seat Cushions? Good Questions
7/17/13 03:43 PM

layout 2 is infinitely better - logically better for dining room to be closer to kitchen (which you will appreciate when carrying items to/fro) & more 'enclosed' living space would be more peaceful


Space Planning Advice for Combo Living/Dining Room? Good Questions
7/2/13 05:33 PM

Fantastic tour - looks like a great place. Also, AT editors: love the new slideshow format, great improvement over the past!


Eric's Stylish, Sunshine-Filled House House Tour
7/2/13 06:25 AM

Really beautifully executed - what a great idea!


Thrifty Idea: Turn an Old Pot Lid
Into a New Clock
Maker Mama

6/20/13 08:49 AM

Is this AT or the knot??


Against the Grain: Alternatives to Throwing Rice at Weddings
6/13/13 02:09 PM

Apologies in advance for cross-post, AND I see from number of comments I may be in a minority but...

This is feedback for the editors, and not a comment on the individuals featured in this article: given that this website is AT, how is content on Modern Dads/Weddings relevant?

What brings me here is a passion for interiors & fascination with how others make optimal use of their space... there are plenty of other 'lifestyle' publications out there, so how about sectioning off this type of (to me, seemingly unrelated) content so that its there for people what who want to see it (and not, for those who don't?)

Having enjoyed reading the site daily for best part of a decade, I've not had much negative comment, but not enjoying these two latest developments - in contrast to the posts on home life with kids, which are interesting/thought provoking in space usage terms even for those without children (in my opinion)

Maybe you could consider creating a micro-site featuring 'lifestyle' content unrelated to homes..... eg as you do for the Kitchn mostly?


Tell Us: The Best Wedding You've Ever Been To?
6/12/13 07:34 PM

This is feedback for the editors, and not a comment on the individuals featured in this article: given that this website is AT, how is content on Modern Dads/Weddings relevant?

What brings me here is a passion for interiors & fascination with how others make optimal use of their space... there are plenty of other 'lifestyle' publications out there, so how about sectioning off this type of (to me, seemingly unrelated) content so that its there for people what who want to see it (and not, for those who don't?)

Having enjoyed reading the site daily for best part of a decade, I've not had much negative comment, but not enjoying these two latest developments

Thanks for opportunity to feedback :)


Modern Dad: Michael Diamant
6/12/13 07:30 PM

second the ikea suggestion ... i have the ektorp sleeper: it came flat packed in 3 boxes, easily assembled (1 hr - with help of my delightful 20 yr o niece) - but heavy enough to require 2 people. Has been in great condition - 2 yrs old, and i have another which is doing great after 5 yrs ... but am liking the stockholm models and a visually 'lighter' design


Sofa for Room with Narrow Entryway Opening? Good Questions
5/30/13 08:04 AM

very nice space for the size - well organised & functional: you should be proud of what you've done in such a tight space!


Kristopher's Totally Teeny-Tiny Small Cool Contest
5/28/13 03:28 PM

Same comment on Poppi bed/desk? Or even better, any other suppliers/feasibility of having a carpenter build such an item?


Multifunctional Furniture
Roundup

4/28/11 08:52 AM

I understand why you don't like it... it looks to me like an ikea nexus, i have exact same in place I am buying (6 mths old) and hate it.

Excessive investment if you are renting, but if it is indeed ikea you could just switch the doors & replace old ones when you leave.

Otherwise, change blind (there was a tip on this site about pasting fabric onto a v cheap roller to make your own), potentially remove some upper doors, maybe blu-tack some postcards to an upper cabinet to distract, and poss storage boxes above upper cabinets which will distract the eye too.

re painting and other suggestions: based on years of renting in uk, you would lose your security deposit. Fill the place up with your own colourful things & soon the landlord's bad taste will recede into being invisible ...


How To Inexpensively Update Kitchen?
Good Questions

4/19/11 05:30 AM

Hi, I don't want to dampen down your enthusiasm, but would suggest that you verify your roof is appropriate for this. I know some flat roofs (felt especially) are damaged by people walking on them, so that would be a consideration, partic as watered plants get quite heavy! This depends on what the roof is made of, but may not have crossed your mind. At the very least, I think you should seek your landlord's permission as this could necessitate very expensive repairs/cause leaks in someone else's home if the roof cannot take it.

If your roof can support it though, I would consider weight of materials (esp just-watered plants), stability of attachment (are you going to attach to walls?). Is there any protection from wind? In my experience (on a patio, not roof), tomatoes generally are really easy for a beginner (from plug plants), lettuce/herbs from seed, and possibly peppers/eggplant/zuchinni - in grow bags ... prob you want things that grow low to the ground, so not beans etc?


Resources For Starting A Container Garden?
Good Questions

4/18/11 01:19 PM