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I was looking for a new roommate after my current got a job on the other coast. Got on super well with one potential tenant, but I gave the room to someone else who called back 10 minutes before he did. She stuck around for only a few months, but I've been friends with him for years now!

What's Been Your Biggest Rental Regret?
7/27/14 07:26 PM

Yes, replace the couch with something better for guests -- but I have a fun extra idea:

Get a short-throw projector (the sort that enable you to project a huge image from only a couple feet away), and turn that space into a movie lounge. They can be affordably priced, particularly if you can find a refurb.

Ideas for Narrow Loft Space? Good Questions
7/17/14 11:39 AM

Echoing the others above, your best bet is probably something like the Ikea Stolmen system. We have the older black-brown version in our living room and it has served us well. You can 'float' the shelves and cabinets at any height. It is supposed to be screwed into the ceiling, though, which may or may not be an option for you. We've left ours unattached but it requires tightening every so often, and we keep all the heavy stuff near the floor. I have heard of them falling over if left unscrewed.

How To Attach Wall Shelves Without Drilling Into Walls? Good Questions
7/16/14 01:52 PM

Our kitchen is an odd mix of lovely gifts from very kind people and appliances that were literally being thrown away and we pulled off the street. (Seriously, who throws away a working food processor? The bread machine I can kind of understand, but a Cuisinart?)

Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/9/14 05:09 PM

We rent, and the only reason I'd consider buying is the usual worry of being priced out of my rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood. Owning just feels like a different, not necessarily better, option. But I prefer renting and plan to do so as long as I can -- Hurricane Sandy was a big reminder for us of how nice it is when any issues with the building are someone else's responsibility!

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 02:17 PM

I think part of what's distracting is actually how symmetrical things are. It makes the whole room look like it's mirrored around the TV. Turn the top L-shelves on their sides (which will give you two bonus middle "shelves" in the holes they create), put the TV on top, but off to one side a bit, then on the other side add a plant, vase, or move the bucket of willow branches that's currently next to the fireplace. Keep all the other knickknacks inside the shelves, not on top -- it'll feel less cluttered that way. If you want to hide the cables (can't hurt), one cheap and relatively easy way would be to cut some backs out of foam core and wrap them in fabric. And if you use the branches or something similar, you could use a little hidden spotlight inside the bucket to cast cool shadow patterns on the wall.

Ideas for Blank Wall Above TV? Good Questions
7/2/14 08:11 PM

If it's anything like my student housing, those floors are COLD. Rugs make a huge difference, as do window treatments (maybe tension rods for curtains?). Overstock.com is a good source for cheap rugs, and when I bought mine they shipped even the big ones for $2. And, as everyone else said, Command strips are your friends.

That room is an odd shape, but the little nook might be a good home for a coatrack or something like this freestanding Ikea mirror with space to hang stuff behind it: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00217387/ .

How Do I Decorate Greige/Yellow Graduate Housing? Good Questions
6/26/14 07:07 PM

I love the Kinect voice controls, at least when they work properly (watch out for Netflix shows where anyone says anything that sounds remotely like "Xbox stop" or "Xbox go home"). Yelling at the TV seems somehow so much more natural than giving my phone orders?

I do use voice transcription on my phone, but only for writing emails while walking.

Do You Like to Talk to Your Tech?
6/4/14 03:02 PM

Microwaves aren't evil; it's all about what you cook in them. I have this exact model, and it has some really great features -- it includes a humidity sensor and plug-in temperature probe so you can actually do very precise cooking with it.

If you want to use it less, just unplug it and tuck the power cable in behind it in some way that will be a hassle to get to. That will give you a good reason not to bother.

How Do I Hide a Built-In Microwave? Good Questions
6/4/14 02:30 PM

Splitting up bulk orders also enables you to buy direct from wholesalers. We went in with a couple other friends on a case of coupe champagne glasses and they worked out to about a dollar each.

One Smart Money Saving Tip: Divide & Conquer
5/20/14 01:34 PM

We rent, but we occasionally discuss buying. Biggest thing holding us back? We really love our apartment. It's a unique space that fits our needs well, and I think we'll stay there as long as we can afford it. And there's a lot to be said for the other perks of renting -- namely, that someone else is responsible for taking care of the place. Hurricane Sandy would have been a nightmare to deal with on our own.

Renting vs. Owning in the Digital Age
5/16/14 05:43 PM

Those chairs look like they are indeed office or dorm furniture -- you might be able to find something similar from a company that makes (or resells) things for that market. But that's not necessarily a bad thing: that stuff tends to be built to last. We had very similar chairs in my college dorms, and they were indestructible, even with all the stupid things students did to them!

Before & After: A Heavy, Outdated Dining Table Turns Sleek and Modern
5/11/14 01:39 PM

Decor-wise there's not a lot of overlap, but my mom is a working artist, so she's influenced the look of my apartment in a very direct way -- the two huge "statement pieces" are paintings by her!

How Has Your Mother Influenced Your Style?
5/11/14 01:34 PM

I like the look of a lot of these, but they're all very long consoles and we only have a 32" TV. Anyone have suggestions for stylish smaller ones (preferably with good cable management)?

Top Ten: Best Media Consoles Annual Guide 2014
4/25/14 02:32 PM

If you can't put the laptop/tablet/phone away late at night (and try as I might, I can't), there are a couple free apps that automatically reduce the blue light of your screens after dark. I use F.lux on my laptop and Twilight on my Android phone and tablet, and I love both of them. They really do help.

5 Easy Yet Effective Things to Try When You Can't Sleep
4/23/14 01:51 PM

I can't walk through my neighborhood without running into someone I know, and I love this about it (it's certainly a rare thing for the NYC metro area). But I will occasionally hide from people when I'm in a hurry or all out of extrovert points.

@EdmundD -- It's not about narcissism, it's just that being social is WORK for a lot of people.

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 12:08 PM

We've gotten completely addicted to Inspector George Gently.

Get Addicted: 10 Suspenseful Series to Start (Binge) Watching on Netflix This Weekend
3/28/14 02:03 PM

57" feels crazy low to me. Maybe it makes more sense if you have low ceilings?

The 8 Decorating Mistakes You May Not Even Realize You're Making
3/28/14 02:01 PM

Seconding FramesByMail. Got 8 pieces of various odd sizes matted and framed for less than the estimate we got to frame ONE from the frame shop down the road.

Frugal Living: How To Frame Your Art on the Cheap Apartment Therapy Tutorials
3/27/14 02:21 PM

I have a windowless office, and I've been wanting for ages to get a set of these and program them to change automatically based on time of day and weather conditions outside. But I still don't feel like I can justify $200 lightbulbs.

Philips HUE Personal Wireless Lighting System
3/19/14 12:29 PM