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Display Name: lleigh125
Member Since: 7/29/11

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Wow! I absolutely LOVE your place. I'm green with envy.

Crystal's Dramatic Home in San Francisco House Tour
7/5/12 12:42 PM

I absolutely love this! Since I live in a 650 sq. ft. apartment, this is inspirational, but how I wish my place had fantastic high ceilings, built-in bookshelf stairs & pocket doors revealing a stylish kitchen. Swoon... This made my day.

Living in a Jewel Box: Bill & Richard's Gorgeously Grand Small Space House Beautiful
6/22/12 02:27 PM

Your home is delighful. I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through the photographs. Just beautiful! - a job very well done.

The Martinez Family's Modern Mountain Turkey Coop House Tour
6/19/12 12:25 PM

What a fantastic house tour! I love your space and love that each room has such personality. Also, your dog is just precious.

Regina & Hardy's Jack + Jill Heyday Home House Tour
5/22/12 12:59 PM

I had this same problem in my DC apartment with an AC/heating unit in the living room under one window & in the bedroom under one window. I have two windows in the living room & two windows in the bedroom, & all four windows were equipped with mini blinds. However, I really wanted curtains. Also, I do not know how to sew & wanted to keep the cost reasonable.

Luckily, my mother does sew, & when I was still in law school, she made curtains for my former apartment bedroom. The curtains were not floor length but went just below the bottom of the window sill. They worked great for my current bedroom layout because my bed & a bedside table & lamp hide the fact that the curtains are not to the floor. Also, the curtains do not obstruct the AC/heating unit under the one window.

However, the living room was a challenge because it would have been much more noticeable if I had curtains that did not touch the floor. Also, I thought that short curtains would look weird even with the AC/heating unit. I found curtain panels that I loved & decided to purchase ones that were long enough to go ceiling to floor despite the AC/heating unit. However, to work around the unit, I purchased tie backs that matched the curtain rod & installed them. I leave the curtains pulled back in the tie backs when I'm in the room & control the amount of light I want/need in the apartment with the mini blinds depending on the time of day. So while I'm in the room, I can use the AC or heater without worrying about the curtains being in the way.

Curtains or Roman Shades? Good Questions
5/7/12 05:56 PM

Your space is beautiful! It's one of my favorites so far. I LOVE the suitcases in your bedroom. You make living in a small space look elegant and easy. I'm also impressed that you set a budget and were able to stay within that budget with money to spare. Job very well done!

Heather's Pocket Skyline View Small Cool Contest
4/24/12 12:15 PM

I love your place. Fantastic job!

Adam's Afternoon Light Small Cool Contest
4/19/12 02:45 PM

Wow! I'm speechless. Your entire place is perfection!

Daniel's Eclectic Industrial Loft House Tour
4/17/12 03:59 PM

Your place is gorgeous! The architecture is beautiful, & your decor compliments the space perfectly. I would love to see a full house tour. Also, as a DC dweller myself, this makes me want to pack my bags & move to a posh apartment on U Street.

Fran's Beautiful Structure Small Cool Contest
4/16/12 01:21 PM

HEATHERC - thank you so much for the creative solution! I can now get this project completed this weekend, & Office Max/Target will definitely be faster & cheaper than going through Ballard.

Multi-Purpose & Convertible Furniture Small Space Solutions
4/14/12 05:05 PM

What perfect timing for this post! I have been searching for an ottoman to put at the foot of my bed but was also headed to the Container Store this weekend to get an extra rolling file cart. With the Ballard filing storage ottoman, problem solved!

Multi-Purpose & Convertible Furniture Small Space Solutions
4/14/12 10:15 AM

Fantastic place! I love all of the color, & the view from your apartment is just spectacular. I would love to have a balcony where I could have a glass of wine after work or host dinner parties for friends ... maybe my next apartment (sigh). I would love to see a house tour of your place.

Tabitha's Rare View Small Cool Contest
4/13/12 09:11 AM

Your place is just gorgeous! The space is calm & relaxing & has such style. Quite a charming studio. I agree with the other AT posters that you should enter the Small Cool contest. This is definitely one of my favorite house tours.

Caitlin's Small, Stylish San Francisco Home House Tour
4/12/12 09:35 AM

I really love the moody vibe with all of the grays used. But my favorite room has to be the dining room. I love the credenza, dining table & chairs, & the art.

I have been looking at the Anthropologie credenza for my joint living/dining area for extra storage. I saw something similar to this in a local vintage/antique shop a few months ago, but it was too wide for my space & had already sold. So finding something similar (but smaller) at Anthro was exciting, & seeing it in your space makes me want to order it ASAP.

Excellent job on your beautiful space.

Jamie & Byron's Elegant Art Canvas House Tour
3/20/12 01:54 PM

I would definitely heed the warning. Trust me - a gorgeous dream apartment where you will be miserable & possibly in danger is a living hell & will feel like a nightmare & not the dream place you are envisioning now.

I had this situation but with a future roommate instead of future a neighbor. I was warned by my future roommate's former best friend/roommate to be careful & think twice before moving in with this girl. Since the two had a falling out, I brushed off the warning thinking this girl had other motives. Her words stuck with me, but I kept brushing it off. Besides, my-future-roommate to be, another friend of mine, & I had found a fantastic 3-bedroom apartment in a historic building that was just a dream. After searching for places for over a month, this place was a beauty & affordable with the 3 of us living together.

Not listening to the warning was one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made. The first month or so was fine, but things rapidly started to deteriorate. (See the above comment from @MOM2THEMONK - sounds like I lived with her landlady's daughter). I lived in a gorgeous hell for 11 months. This was more than just an inconsiderate roommate - I didn't feel safe in my dwelling, & I would drive around the city after work just to avoid going home. I slept with my bedroom door locked, would turn out the lights to my room when I heard this girl coming home so she would think I wasn't there, & I would go into work at early hours to avoid dealing with her. I was a constant moving target for 11 months.

I talked to my building about us breaking our lease, but each person had to pay rent in full for the last month that we were going to live there plus a penalty fee that equaled to a month's rent. I could not afford to pay what was amounting to two months worth of rent plus the cost of relocating (movers, application fee, security deposit, & rent at a new building).

So definitely investigate any warnings before you commit. If someone in your future building is saying that a tenant is crazy (whether it's the person this woman is talking about or the woman herself), I would take it seriously, & run as fast as you can.

How Seriously Should I Take Warnings from Neighbors?
Good Questions

3/12/12 02:12 PM

I had fantastic roommates in college & law school. I was so lucky & spoiled (& I didn't even realize it at the time), & I'm still close friends with all of them today. It wasn't until I moved from the deep south to a big city to start my professional career after law school that I one awful roommate - a person I knew from college. I was trying to save money & get a hang of city life before living alone. Wow ... a two-year period that went from good, to bad, to unbearable with me counting down the days until the lease was ending on my work calendar & being grateful that I was having to work long hours. You definitely learn a lot about someone by living with them. I moved out 10 months ago into my own 1 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment. I hope I'm never in a place to have another roommate - the jury is still out on whether I would consider a husband or children as roommates. I may be keeping this 1 bedroom for a while. For everyone with bad roommate experiences, I sympathize.

Group Living Isn't Easy: A Gallery of Snarky Notes and Post-Its
2/15/12 02:39 PM

Would it be rude for me to forward this to my parents? I love them very dearly, but they leave the "call me back when you get this" voicemails all the time. I would much prefer voicemails for the most important communications like family emergencies or happy birthdays that way I know if I have a voicemail from a friend or family member that it's very important.

Also, I usually respond much faster to text messages anyway because I can be much more discreet (particularly at work) and then call the person, if necessary, when I have a free moment.

When Not to Leave a Voicemail
2/14/12 12:36 PM

Your home is just beautiful! The art is gorgeous, & the furniture makes me want to spend my weekends perusing estate sales & antique stores for great finds.

Mitch's Creative Take on a Classic Space
House Tour

1/6/12 01:06 PM

What a timely post! I purchased new living room curtains last weekend, & this weekend I hope to purchase curtain hardware so that I can hang them. While I'm at it, I guess I'll be re-hanging my bedroom curtains ... they were not hung properly.

Make the Most of the Light: Tips for Beautiful Curtains
1/6/12 12:53 PM

Just gorgeous!!!

The bar in the living room is exactly what I've been envisioning in my head for my apartment but have yet to find - I too have a small kitchen & was hoping to use a living room bar as extra storage. It gives me hope, & I'll continue to monitor craigslist and local furniture/antique stores.

Best of luck in London, & I would love to see your new place in another House Tour once you are settled!

Sarah's Supremely Stylish West Village Home
House Tour

1/6/12 12:47 PM