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Display Name: ALWS
Member Since: 9/19/11

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Is your place older? I have an old house and the window frames aren't perfectly flat/vertically-level, so tension rods eventually slide a bit and then, yep, they fall down as soon as I try to move the curtains.


15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/18/14 10:00 AM

I own - I want to eventually not have to make monthly payments on my home (with a mortgage there's a light at the end of the tunnel). And when it comes to a decision between having to be responsible for maintenance vs having a landlord who could raise rent/sell the place/evict me, I have chosen being responsible for maintenance.


Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 03:36 PM

By cutting out these things from your list:

water garden, vacuum, sweep, mop, other usual chores, yoga, swim

and other things I'd often rather being doing than making a huge mess on the path to a lovely home.

I have a dog that needs daily exercise, and a kid who needs to be fed, plus 50 hrs/week of work-related activities. I *have* to get a good night's sleep, because if I don't I fall asleep during the hour-long drives to and from work, and that's just not a good thing to do. I have no partner to help with renovations, and my friends are busy with their own busy lives. The only chores I do regularly are dishes and laundry, and making sure the bathroom doesn't get disgusting. But everything else in my life needs to be put on hold if I hope to make any progress on renovation.

Conclusion: I should not have bought an old house in need of fixing up! Live and learn. :D


How Do You Fit Renovation Into Your Regular Schedule?
6/6/14 01:24 PM

Regarding ceiling fans: one upstairs room in my house is tucked into an area with a very low ceiling, so putting in a ceiling fan would probably result in someone getting scalped in the summer.

However, last year I got to stay on the Queen Mary, which is an old, restored cruise ship. The rooms still had the old wall-mounted rotating fans; they no longer worked, but I thought they looked very cool.

So I now have a vintage-look wall-mounted fan in an upper corner of that room. It works great for keeping the air moving in there, and no one has to duck when they go into the room. :)


Frustrations that Only the Design-Obsessed Will Understand Domaine
6/6/14 09:50 AM

Regarding ceiling fans: one upstairs room in my house is tucked into an area with a very low ceiling, so putting in a ceiling fan would probably result in someone getting scalped in the summer.

However, last year I got to stay on the Queen Mary, which is an old, restored cruise ship. The rooms still had the old wall-mounted rotating fans; they no longer worked, but I thought they looked very cool.

So I now have a vintage-look wall-mounted fan in an upper corner of that room. It works great for keeping the air moving in there, and no one has to duck when they go into the room. :)


Frustrations that Only the Design-Obsessed Will Understand Domaine
6/6/14 09:50 AM

I'm not sure if thick-pile carpet was the reason, but I have the same thing going on with the otherwise wonderful old doors upstairs in my 80-year-old farmhouse. They definitely look wonky. (And that time a pregnant stray cat we took in had her kittens under my dresser - we couldn't keep the kittens in the room, because they would escape under the door. Ack.)


Frustrations that Only the Design-Obsessed Will Understand Domaine
6/6/14 09:44 AM

This is the first Tiny House I've ever seriously wanted to live in, and it's all because of the warm glow in the 3rd picture. Just lovely.


Jenn's Big Heart Tiny House Small Cool Contest
6/6/14 09:36 AM

Do you have a supermarket nearby that sells small portions of meat and produce? I find it a lot easier to ask someone at the meat counter to just give me one or two chicken breasts, than to save/freeze part of a larger pre-packaged amount (I never seem to get around to using the saved/frozen portion before it goes bad/gets freezer burn). And I have a supermarket with a produce section where you can buy (for example) carrots individually (instead of in a giant package).

If you can find a food resource like that, then it's just a matter of looking at a recipe and doing a little math to cut down the amount of each ingredient, until you're just cooking enough for one meal.

The only place you may find it difficult to cut ingredients down to individual servings without wasting the rest is with food you normally buy in cans or jars, that don't save well for extended periods in the refrigerator. That's when you might try freezing individual ingredients in portions for future use. I do that a lot with pasta sauce, because it's super easy to reheat frozen sauce for a quick pasta meal.

If you do end up with leftovers, maybe try freezing them and coming back to them in a couple of weeks when, it won't feel like you JUST ate that thing, but before they get freezer burn and turn nasty (you can reheat leftovers in the oven, and soups and sauces reheat really well on the stove top).


Eat at Home: Tips, Projects and No-Fail Strategies to Save Money and Avoid Eating Out
5/22/14 01:54 PM

I'm in my 40s and saving money is really important to me. It's the "look at all these awesome super expensive things for your home!" posts that used to wear on me - but I've gotten to the point where I enjoy browsing them because it gives me a chance to think outside the box and come up with ways to get a look for less.

You could maybe enjoy the budget posts in a similar way - if you see a look you like, you can go find it in a more luxe/non-DIY form, since you can afford it.


Savvy Style: How to Save Money on Furniture by Doing it Yourself
5/15/14 01:15 PM

What Gusano said:

"I am VERY disappointed that I will be faced with duplicate content from each channel. Please consider placing each post on only one channel so that readers who are now forced to visit multiple channels won't be faced with redundant information."

Trying to work through how to navigate the new organization set-up, I first thought I would get what I want by following specific channels, because the main page has things (child-related posts, tech-related posts) that I'm not interested in while at the same time apparently leaving out some content that I might be interested in which would instead show up just on specific channels. That seemed like an overly fussy way of having to do things, but whatever.

Then it turns out that the specific channels have massive overlap. This means 1) there are no channels that exclude topics I have no interest in, and 2) every channel repeats tons of content from other channels -- in some cases content shows up on more than two channels. Not just a bit of repeated content, a LOT of repeated content.

So I think I've arrived at this approach to Apartment Therapy 3.0: I have no interest in digging through multiple channels full of repeated posts (including repeated posts I couldn't care less about) to find a few things I might be interested in and might be missing. After my first visit to the different channels -- and the discovering of bucketloads of overlap -- it seems like it will be a waste of time to go anywhere else on the site outside the main page/channel/thingie. But presuming the main page doesn't end up too heavy with kid and tech posts, it seems like it would still be worth following in my RSS reader.

R.e. the overall look: something about it (font? colors? I don't know) makes it hard to look at for very long. A bit eye-strain inducing.


Welcome to the New Apartment Therapy!
1/10/12 09:52 AM

Wait. Baby rooms show up in Style *and* Family? Is there anywhere on the site, or in a 'channel', that grown-up style and infant style is separate? Hopefully?


Welcome to the New Apartment Therapy!
1/9/12 11:01 AM

(I'm not interested in following kids and tech, which is why I'm trying to figure out how to break out the new main page to exclude those posts.)


Welcome to the New Apartment Therapy!
1/9/12 10:53 AM

So, in order to read all posts that used to come to my RSS reader via AT main, I would now need to subscribe to Style, DIY, Homekeeping, and Renovating? And then sub to Green Living to get the ReNest posts?

Not complaining, just making sure I understand.

Out of curiosity, is there anyway to opt out of having Daily Scavenger posts showing up on my RSS feed? That would be awesome.


Welcome to the New Apartment Therapy!
1/9/12 10:52 AM

WOW. Gorgeous!


Before & After: Vintage Radio Cabinet Becomes the Star of the Party
Pondered Primed Perfected

12/16/11 05:39 PM

Probably important to note that when she put the poly coat on, it ruined the paper...

http://www.finedivingchicago.com/?p=8689


Before & After: A Chest of Drawers Gets Paper Sourced
Fine Diving

12/7/11 07:09 PM

I love 8 & 9 -- the vibrant colorful ornaments!


10 More Wintry White Christmas Trees
12/5/11 11:22 AM

The books I keep are books I like to read. If I don't want to read it (or reread it, as is most often the case) I don't keep it. The fact that the books look great on bookshelves is just a bonus.


Keeping Your Favorite Books at Home
FT Magazine

11/14/11 11:41 AM

I love the colors and textures used in #2; and LOVE that the view is allowed to shine in #4.

I would like to see minimalist rooms that feature traditional, *not* MCM, furniture and decor, though. Curvy, maybe bulky, maybe ornate antique pieces with a few other design pieces; but sans the mess of cabinets/hutches/china/etc. filling up the room -- that can be a great look.


Keeping It Simple: Minimalist Dining Rooms
Roundup

11/10/11 10:44 AM

First two recipes I tried out of Nigella Lawson's 'Domestic Goddess' cookbook were complete disasters. Both were desserts, and were horrible. A friend convinced me to try one of her savory recipes (zucchini & chickpea filo pie) which that turned out absolutely delicious; but I'm still too wary to try anything else from that cookbook in case that one was a fluke...


Bad Recipes: Have You Ever Been Burned?
9/29/11 10:10 AM

LOVE my Samsung Captivate Android. A great many of the items on this list are why I went with it over iPhone (that, and most of the smartphone users I asked recommended Android over iOS. That surprised me, but I haven't regretted taking their advice).


10 Reasons I Picked An Android Over The iPhone
9/26/11 01:28 PM