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I would think leather would be a good compromise if you have allergies or pets that shed.


Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Pros & Cons of Upholstered Beds?
4/13/09 02:16 PM

I'd paint them white/off-white, keep the counters, and replace that brick with subway tile.

Some blue and white accessories, some nickel hardware, and you got yourself a very cute kitchen.

Have fun!


Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Refinishing Cabinets in Kitchen?
4/2/09 01:19 PM

You're off to a good start! I would focus on function instead of strictly decorative elements. If you have guests stay more than one or two nights, they would probably like a place to hang or store their clothes in a dresser. A dresser could also be a good place for them to unpack makeup, jewelry, etc. You'll also definately want a mirror, bedside lamps, and alarm clock for your guests. I also like the idea of an arm chair. If you have an extra TV or radio, that could be a plus as well. This all depends on how you use the room of course. Have fun!


Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Help Amp Up This Guest Bedroom?
3/24/09 11:34 AM

I have those World Market baskets too! I love them. They are perfect size and depth for my toiletries in my bathroom stored on Ikea shelves.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Flickr Finds: Missviolet's Craft Storage
3/19/09 09:39 AM

I always had a problem with dust when I had open shelving. I'm a clean person but I guess not clean enough to avoid this problem. Plus, with two cats...no one wants grey tabby with their soup...


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Open Shelving in the Kitchen House Beautiful
3/19/09 09:37 AM

It looks like from the pictures that the living room and dining room are already opened up to eachother pretty well, so I personally don't see the advantage of knocking down that wall. The molding is great on that pass through too! It looks like a beautiful place - good luck and have fun decorating!


Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Help with Floor Plan & Furniture Layout?
3/12/09 12:25 PM

Another Silestone owner here who loves her counters!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Question: Kitchen Countertop Materials Austin
3/6/09 04:25 PM

When I was in graduate school, I worked from home in the mornings and then went to my campus office after lunch. That was the perfect set-up since I am super productive in the morning and had no problem focusing at home. But then once the TV came on at lunch, it was hard to get re-motivated. Plus, my kitties would sleep on my bed in the afternoon and most of the time I ended up joining them for a catnap!

Now I work in office 9-5. When we have a snow day and I work from home, I can't get motivated because it feels too much like the weekend. I guess its all about training and practice.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | 10 Great Things About Working From Home Now That I Don't Anymore
3/5/09 10:08 AM

My husband and I had a similar issue. Our solutions are:

Small file cabinet on casters that rolls in and out of our hall closet. Purge unnecessary documents at least one a year.

Desk that does double duty as my vanity and as a laptop station. One drawer for my makeup and one drawer for electronics and paper. Wall-hung shelf above for extra storage (cup for pens, bills, etc.)

We store our printer in a bin that slides underneath our bed. When we need to print (which is not very often), we just get it out and hook it up then put in back after we're done. In a perfect world, we'd have space to keep like this stuff out but in 900 sq. ft. for two people and two cats, its just not happenin.

Good luck!


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: Help! Home Office "Disaster Zone"
2/27/09 09:14 AM

I think the Marin home is my new dream home. That kitchen is to die for.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Two Bay Area Met Home Winners
2/27/09 09:04 AM

Well, maybe most of us can't afford a chandelier like this, but it is a great inspriration and makes me wonder if I could attempt my own version. A craigslist find, a little glossy spray paint, some faux gemstones or beads...Has anyone attempted something like this? I am tempted...


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Jewelry for the Home: Marjorie Skouras Chandeliers
2/26/09 09:27 AM

Where are your dining table chairs from? I love them.

Love how it strikes me as both stylish, city-chic and playful, child-friendly. Thank you also for showing things like the radiator cover because it is a nice reminder that all spaces even this beautiful are a work-in-progress.


Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Roy and Jen's Professional DIY New York
2/25/09 01:34 PM

White! Of all the colors, it was picking a white that brought me to the brink of a decorating meltdown. Who knew. There are only about ten million shades of white... Finally got it after four repaints and a little help from a BM color consultant.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Paint Colors: Which Are The Hardest To Get Right?via House Beautiful
2/23/09 12:13 PM

Does anyone have a good source for pillowforms? - specifically looking for some with substance (not the cheap, easily flattenable stuffing....). I love sewing my own pillow covers but I'm still not satisfied with the inserts that I have bought from sewing store. Thanks!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Inspiration: Your Favorite DIY Throw Pillow Ideas! Austin
2/16/09 10:24 AM

Sounds like curious cats and cutting corners is the cause of many DIY disasters:)

For me, I think changing my mind mid-project causes the most DIY stress for me. My husband and I has a backsplash tiles installed (expensive three-tone porcelin penny rounds). But pre-grout decided we didn't like it (way to busy) and tore the whole thing down (ouch, not easy). We ended up putting up cheap, white subway tile instead. Everyone loves the subway tile. Lesson: Sometimes simpler and cheaper is better...


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | DIY Mistakes
2/3/09 11:52 AM

Complain, sadly no, I'd rather seethe in silence. Perhaps I should start writing - even if it didn't do any good, at least it could be therapeutic...


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Reaching the Limit: When Do You Write a Complaint Letter?
1/29/09 02:55 PM

Splurged on an awesome mattress and have it on a platform type bed with slats. Comfortable as all get out.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Do You Have a Box Spring?
1/29/09 09:30 AM

I subscribed to Domino but I have to say I won't be heartbroken when it goes out. It was okay for eye candy but there wasn't a enough for lot my modest budget lifestyle.
I probably will also not get enough subscription - I like to buy ad hoc if I see an issue that seems worth it.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Goodbye, Domino: Which Magazine Will Replace It ? Conde Nast Closing Domino Magazine
1/29/09 09:28 AM

The mattress on the floor reminds me of when I was just starting out on my own and hadn't yet saved enough money for a bedframe. I like to think of it as so boho chic. Those were the days!


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Bedrooms from Across the United States Normal Room
1/28/09 09:02 AM

I had mounted reading lights that I believe used halogen bulbs. The light was too concentrated and harsh, so I took them down. They were great for space-saving on the bedside table but not nice to the eyes right before bed.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Best Neutral Paint Color Ideas From Thom Filicia
1/27/09 10:08 AM