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I'm with JulieWpg - my first thought was the mustard/orange color in the wall hanging. The deep teal would be more subtle.

Duvet Cover Suggestions for Earthy Green Bedroom?
Good Questions

9/30/10 08:51 AM

Design Crisis had a good post on this topic earlier this year: http://design-crisis.com/?p=517

Ideas for Integrating Family Photos into Decor?
Good Questions

8/27/10 06:03 PM

Best wishes to you, Kyle. Hope to see you blogging at your own site. Oh, I like the kitchen too - I'm a big orange fan!

Kyle's Kitchen Revision | Apartment Therapy Boston
3/13/10 09:54 AM

i like your vanity and i think it would work well with the spa style you are going for. it's hard to tell from the photo whether it would be better to leave it entirely as is or refinish it. i do agree with a previous commenter about rethinking the hex tile - i think that's more traditional than the look you are going for. good luck!

Advice for a Bathroom Vanity Renovation? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Boston
2/19/10 10:19 PM

This column at Design*Sponge has a great list (many have been mentioned here): http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/10/small-measures-with-ashley-heat-saving-suggestions.html

Check the comments, too.

Weatherizing for Winter and Keeping Warm | Apartment Therapy Boston
12/18/09 08:29 AM

ooh, thanks for the sources - that book is now on my wish list! love the color combination, too.

3 Super Easy DIY Thank You Card Ideas | Apartment Therapy Boston
11/12/09 09:58 PM

Lovely. Another vote for a full tour.

Apartment Therapy Boston | John Libby's Kid-Friendly Colonial House Call
11/2/09 07:29 PM

I was also surprised not to see Redfin mentioned until the end. We did not use Redfin as our realtor, but the site is a great source for MLS listings because of the interface - lots or search options, mapping, etc. It can be a quick way to get a snapshot of a neighborhood and the properties available. Much better than other sites we scanned when we were looking almost 18 months ago.

Since you're looking at a condo, I'd recommend finding out as much as possible about the building neighbors. You'll need to work with them on building issues (and yard, if you're lucky enough to have one!), not to mention that you'll be sharing walls, floors, ceilings. Repeat visits will increase the chance of meeting them, and interactions with condo trustees will come up if you get serious about a place and want condo docs etc.

Condo docs can be helpful for figuring out how people work together. We looked at one place that we liked, but the docs had a no-pet policy. It turned out that almost every unit (of maybe 15) had a cat or dog but no one could be bothered to change the docs. We passed.

Good luck!

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Advice for First-Time Home Buyers?
4/29/09 09:02 PM

it looks like you have a different color on the opposite wall - something in the yellow family? if that's the case, i would recommend painting the brick and the vanilla ice cream wall the same color so you don't get too many different colors competing.

i have been very happy with BM moonlight white but whites can be difficult - i highly recommend testing. i have simply white on my trim and think that would be a bit brighter than what you are looking for.

good luck!

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Color To Paint Exposed Brick?
4/8/09 10:07 PM

Great tip about the velcro - I am about to do something similar around my laundry sink.

Good luck picking out fabric - perhaps two choices so that you hang one when the other is in the wash? ;)

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: How To Hang Sink Curtain?
4/1/09 06:32 PM

does anyone have recommendations on carpenters/cabinet makers around boston? we have lots of ideas for possible custom built-in projects (window seat, bookshelves, and now this post inspires me to think about wardrobes) and it's always nice to hear others recommendations and experiences.

sorry, i don't have anything to add to the original question, except to say that i like the shelves idea.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Wardrobe or Wall Closet Solution?
3/20/09 05:31 PM

Congrats on your Brookline condo - we love ours!

I would live with it for a while before deciding to take the wall out because

1. You already have a kitchen that's open to the dining room
2. You already have a pretty wide opening between the dining room and living room
3. You'll lose out on some wall space for art and/or shelving
4. You could be looking at a lot of expense and should be sure it's the right decision!

And I always try to wait a good while while before deciding to remove an original feature or fixture; once it's gone, it's gone. I'd bet quite a lot of $$ that you used to have a walk-through pantry between your kitchen and dining room before someone renovated that kitchen.

Also, I'd consider what size sectional you really want/need without regard to fit at first - you may find that the size you want would work in your current space. The bigger it is, the less flexibility you have once you own it - for rearranging, adding other pieces, etc., whether you keep the wall or take it down.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Help with Floor Plan Furniture Layout?
3/12/09 08:28 PM

i don't have shoe pockets, but i use one of the hanging cubbies for scarves, hats, and gloves. it's between the coats and another hanging cubby for shoes, so it also serves as a buffer.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Using Shoe Pockets to Organize Dresser Contents
1/21/09 08:08 PM

i think your furniture placement works great - it's like having a built in console table at the perfect height behind the sofa! and presumably some more hidden storage below, which is always a plus.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Placing a Mirror in Built-In China Cabinet
12/15/08 02:54 PM

we use bags only for our kitchen trash can and dump our other trash into that. it helps that our bathroom step can has a removable plastic bucket.

we have a related problem though: we run low on bags for the dirty kitty litter.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | No More Plastic Bags: The Trashcan Liner Conundrum
12/3/08 12:33 PM

i second the electric blanket and laptop comments

roman shades kept down during the colder and/or windy hours

insulating curtains behind the pretty curtains in our bedroom

weatherstrip and repair original windows

tea, cider, cats, fuzzy throw blankets

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | AT on ... Dealing with the Cold
12/2/08 10:57 PM

I just painted a very similar room (small guest room w/ red sofa) with BM gray cashmere and love it.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Color For Our Walls?
3/14/08 05:42 AM