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I love this home. It's incredibly beautiful and personal. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy & Chris' Los Angeles Modern House Tour
6/17/14 01:35 AM

Sorry to mention this AT but this photo is not one of your best choices as an email lead in pic.. The cat blends into the background and I'm not sure where the focus is supposed to be. You guys normally have great pictures. I'm a photographer so I usually enjoy your great pics but this is not one of them.

50+ Ways to Reduce Stress, Relax, and Be Happier at Home
4/11/14 02:51 PM

I love the mix and match approach and I don't mind artwork partially hidden behind the TV. I'm sorting this out at home at the moment. Haven't put artwork behind the TV yet so I'm happy to discover this post. I agree that TVs are ugly and I don't fancy hanging them on the wall amongst my lovely artwork. I would rather have it on the top of a bench/set of draws or low standing cabinet. Everyone's choices are covered here. Love that.

Composing a Gallery Wall Around the TV
3/31/14 02:45 AM

Thanks for your post mobron. It was encouraging to read. I really need to sort things out quicker this year regarding my already-separated receipts but as I moved recently, I mixed up 2013 with 2014 receipts so I'm bummed about that.
I'll be hitting things in early February to get things out to my accountant to get the refunds I know are coming to me.
Great post!

Less Mess & Stress: Getting Your Paperwork & Files Organized January Cure: Assignment # 13
1/21/14 12:56 AM

My single Dad boyfriend and I moved in together around ten months ago. I stupidly thought it would make things easier as the boyfriend's 14 year old daughter was very insecure when her Dad and I were together. I was wrong.
As well as working through relationship issues by living together - making time for the daughter, respecting one another when we spent time with friends, communicating (my boyfriend is not good in this area) and respecting the time we make to spend together. That's the most important thing to creating a loving home, prioritizing time together as a couple but not so much that we ignore the rest of our lives.
Balancing this as well as teaching/showing the daughter that she can't dictate what goes on in the privacy of our bedroom. She's been doing that! My BF allowed her to control way too much of his life so she was freaking out when we moved in together. She still expected to sleep with him every night.
So we have finally settled down only in the last month partly because I threatened to move out after an incident where my BF allowed the daughter to dictate one too many things in our private life. I've become more patient but I feel as if my boyfriend needed to grow up in many ways and to make room and time for me in his life. He has a history of being with shall I say, not so stable women.
Living together is certainly not all about one person's needs but when you prioritize the child's needs over the couples' needs, the couple will not last. Building a loving home is something a couple has to do to set standards and the child MUST understand their boundaries within that loving household. Those boundaries should be set by the parent, not the step parent. I'm not getting involved in parenting issues until I have my own children. I love my boyfriend but some of his habits cultivated by dating 'crazy' women have been incredibly frustrating to change but I'm happy he wants to change. When we are alone, he's a fantastic boyfriend so that should continue when anyone else is around. If you're in my position, hang in there and communicate but if things are not changing, you'll have some decisions to make.

Did You Change Your Schedules When You Moved In Together?
1/20/14 11:55 PM

Where is that couch from? I would love to know. We have a huge lumpy couch right now that I would like to replace.

Fresh Start: 5 Things You Should Do Every January
1/16/14 05:16 PM

OOOOHHH! Thanks for your suggestions CecilleN. I normally use brown sugar and olive oil for a body scrub. I'm going to try your face mask! Many thanks.

What Can I Do With Hot Cocoa Mix (Besides Drink It)? Good Questions
12/29/13 11:49 PM

Love this home. Feels like a home and it was great to read that alot of the furniture was picked up from the street. Its inspiring to hear that. I'm in LA and we have swap meets all over the place but I don't see great furniture being thrown away. You never know though.
Great photos of the apartment too.

Joey and Antoni's Brooklyn Charmer House Tour
11/6/13 05:53 PM

Agreed to the comment that there are too many close ups and it takes away from getting a sense of the house as a whole. I usually like Marcia's pictures. Not this time, sorry!

Consuelo's Contemporary Echo Park Craftsman Home House Tour
11/6/13 02:42 AM


Consuelo's Contemporary Echo Park Craftsman Home House Tour
11/6/13 02:40 AM

Love this house! I love the bedroom wall with the wood on it. Just lovely. My 11 year old step son would love this in his room!

Charlie's Charming Townhouse House Tour
9/11/13 05:03 PM

I recently moved for the first time in 14 years. I lost an office space within my home but gained a boyfriend and his 11 year old son so our space is bigger but the second bedroom went to my SS. I'm still working on how to recreate my office at home: in the corner of the kitchen or, convert a very dirty and no electricity garage into something I can go to daily? Not sure but this post is giving me new ideas. Loved seeing the ladder hanging from the ceiling as well as the cluttered but very personal way this space was set up. Beautiful.

Sally Breer's Inspired Functional Chaos Creative Workspace Tour
8/30/13 11:06 AM

This is such a great forum to discuss a subject such as this and the responses are so mixed and personal. Its great to have a debate on such a subject. I wanted to follow up from a previous comment and make it clear I'm all for weddings and small wedding gifts. I'm a photojournalist so if I were to marry my live-in boyfriend, I would probably elope preferring to keep that event very private. Upon returning from a honeymoon in one of the developing countries that has taken over my heart, I would invite all of my friends - family are overseas - to come enjoy a small party with us, gifts optional but come along no matter what. Keep it simple. Its about the celebration isn't it, not the gifts?
If you have the money to spend thousands on your wedding, go for it and enjoy it. My wedding photographer friends who make quite a bit of money shooting celebrity weddings continue to remind me there is a huge market for that kind of work out there. For me, my wedding, if and when I have one, will be simple, personal and mostly private between my partner and myself. We all have a choice to make that day as big or as small as we like but overall, the couple should have fun that day.

Creating a Wedding Registry:
Tips for Couples Already Living Together

7/7/13 08:32 PM

Its all just stuff anyway. We can't take it with us. Reduce the divorce rate and issues to children having to be brought up seeing Mum and Dad on alternative weekends and be more selective with whom you marry rather than worry about what stuff you will be given on the day. Choose the right partner instead of the right matching towels.

Creating a Wedding Registry:
Tips for Couples Already Living Together

6/29/13 01:57 AM

If you're in the Los Angeles area, I would use to drop off all of your electronics to. The woman who runs this company - with whom I met once at a business event - is collecting everything electronic with her employees being made up of ex-cons who can't find work. They earn a little bit of work history with her company and then move on as her company recycles all of these nasty pieces of plastic, mercury and other non-environmental man-made substances.

10 Things You're Throwing Away, But Should Be Recycling
6/20/13 04:24 PM

Lovely renovation but I would like to know where your art is from. I love the two pieces next to the Madonna picture in the main photo. Who's work is that?

Claire & Jeffrey's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/18/13 12:45 PM

I recently discovered Evernote for information I can store online instead of all over my apartment. Its changed everything for me. I wouldn't necessarily start to shred my tax forms but as a researcher type of person, everything else has been linked into Evernote online.

Getting Organized: Paperwork to Shred, Scan, or Store Infographic Women & Co
4/16/13 01:23 PM

Where did you find the Union Jack pillow? I have been looking for one.

A Family Friendly Green Home in Lakeview Professional Project
2/15/13 02:44 PM

Nice photo coverage Bethany!

Jason and Jon's Highly Personal Design Lab House Tour
1/13/13 05:06 PM

DUANE HILL - I could never date anyone who painted over a nice piece of wood.

I love that comment! I'm pretty flexible when it comes to making a home 'our home' with a partner but my ex was all about having things his way or the high way. That didn't work obviously. My current partner and sweetheart appreciates a comfortable couch but doesn't obsess over it. Communication and flexibility should solve most issues between partners - right?

Would You Date Someone if You Really Dislike Their Style?
7/23/12 04:35 PM