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Display Name: Robbybird
Member Since: 3/14/08

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I love it! A real apartment! I am so happy to see AT doing house tours of apartments that are livable, show personal style, and are small (the reality for most of us).

Jillian's Snug & Serene Studio House Tour
6/21/13 12:26 PM

I agree height and depth are important. We just moved to a 600 sq ft place, from a 1300 sqft, and before that a 900 sq ft place. In the 900 sq ft place I bought a KIVIK from Ikea and thought it would be a transitional sofa till we get a grown up one. But, I really like it. I have the chair and the chaise together with no arms. It is low, but not too low. The depth is great and the height is good for us. I also LOVE that I can get different slip covers AND wash them :) I have the white and the purple ones. The chaise fits the BF and I comfy for TV watching and his sister slept on for a week. Great for small spaces! It is modern, but fits into any decor easily. My only wish is that they made linen covers...drool.

Choosing the Right Size Sofa: Four Key Questions to Ask Yourself
6/17/13 07:10 PM

I just moved into an apartment on the campus at the university where I teach. I had to choose a paint color on the spot when they told me they would repaint. It is an older building with already painted brick and concrete walls. I chose the white color Silver Lining from Pratt and Lambert and I love it! It softens the "cold" material of the brick and concrete and actually makes it look soft since these materials have texture. The woman before me had one wall a lilac and one a light looked cheap and kind of sad for some reason. I have lots of bright linens, rugs, ceramics and paintings I gathered from Mexico over the years and I prefer a white background for these colorful items.

Choosing the Best White Paint:
A Cool vs. Warm and Old vs. New Theory

6/7/13 01:41 PM

Yes, move the expedit over and use as a credenza and bring in a low hung pendant.

I have this set up in my kitchen/dining room right now. The expedit is actually just a place holder until I get a better credenza (one with doors since I am tired of dusting that thing). I have the knappa pendant in another room and I think it is a fun lamp. However, over my dining table I have a graphic MIBO pendant I ordered from design public (

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Suggestions for Dining Room?
2/13/09 02:15 PM

Anyone have suggestions on how to hide a cord from a pendant lamp than runs along the wall. I have the knappa lamp, with a white cord running down a light green painted wall. Should I paint the cord?


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Before and After: Ana's Lights
11/18/08 11:36 PM

The flokati rug is a good idea for the couch. I bought the large one from Ikea to use as a rug and my dog loved it. I finally gave it to him and now he uses it as his bed in the bedroom. I didn't know they were washable. Mine sheds a lot still and I think it would make a hug mess in the washer - possibly clog it up?

As for the couch, he rarely gets up on it, but I bought of those cheap cotton coverlets at Ikea (come in many colors for $12) and I wrapped the bottom cushion of our white couch in it. If it gets dirty it is easy to wash. I also use this on own bed, since that is his preferred place to take a nap.

Sometimes you just want to snuggle with your pet on the couch :-)

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: Stylish Suggestions for Sofa Pet Protection?
11/17/08 08:05 PM

Opps... It *took* my dad...

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Before and After: Robin's Kitchen
11/3/08 03:03 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the comments. I not only love cooking in this kitchen because it so functional now, but also doing it all ourselves made it *almost* exactly how we wanted it (and super cheap: less than 27K for a total, down to studs remodel and all appliances). It my dad, my partner, and I about 6 months. It was a lot of work and a lot of learning, but it was also a lot of fun.

To answer some questions:
(1) The counter top is Paperstone 100% recycled paper. Functionally, much like butcher block.
(2) We used Ikea Brown Adel. I was hesitant to get Ikea cabinets, but now I am another big fan of the cabinets. They are easy to put in, super functional, a good price, and fairly "green".
(3) The gap on the left side of the sink was a space between the cabinets that originally was just going to be dead space filled in with trim (drawback to prefab cabinets), but it fits a cutting board perfectly, so we just left it.
(4) The stove is actually Thermador and yes it is too big. However, to get one good size oven you have to go with six burners. It is actually great for the long grill pans.

Thanks for all your comments and helping us pick out the tile!


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Before and After: Robin's Kitchen
11/3/08 03:01 PM

I searched for something is a glossy white with lots of storage for a reasonable price. I couldn't find anything! So after seeing a great living room in Domino with the TV on a two dressers pushed together, I decided to get two 3 drawer malms in white and mount the TV over that. I love it and it only cost $140. I now have lots of storage and figure I can repurpose the dressers some day.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | High and Low: Media Stands
10/28/08 08:50 PM

I bought a rug from overstock is a seagrass fiber and it is great. I got it for $150 and it is 8X10.

I also ordered a 30 in wide, 10 in deep stainless steel sink fro our kitchen remodel for $120! It is really high quality and compares to the $500-600 ones at other places.

I think if you are selective and read the reviews then you can get some really good deals.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Capel Rug at
10/7/08 03:52 PM

This may go in the oven roasting section, but I love to make oven fries. I probably do it once a week.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Top Five Things To Do With Potatoes
9/26/08 12:32 PM

I love the Riverbed one...pretty please.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Sanford Burrows Sham SetLos Angeles
9/26/08 12:25 PM

I mastered the slow cooker during our kitchen remodel. However, my favorite is still "ginger and garlic chickpeas". I make it with crispy fried shallots for the topping.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: 7-Quart Slow Cooker from Calphalon
9/25/08 11:05 AM

Does anyone know how to turn a closet into a murphy bed? I think mine may fit a double.


Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Good Resources for Murphy Beds?
9/25/08 08:27 AM

Ummm, hello...treating (representations of) women as "objects" strung up by their heads? It is a violent and disturbing image.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Look!: Doll Chandelier
9/22/08 04:14 PM

I have Bosch that has an eco wash cycle - pretty efficient. And, as we figured at the first time we used it, there is no heat dry cycle. We thought it was broken, but it just requires a rinse agent. However, I have not found a natural rinse agent. Anyone know of one? Plus, the one we have been using (forgot the name but it the one that is at every store) smells a little like fish when the dishes are wet. My partner says that is made from proteins...?

PS - I LOVE the Bosch dishwasher. In my kitchen remodel, even with the professional stove, it is by far the best thing. It is so quiet that there is a little light that shines on the floor to tell you it's on.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Greening Our Habits: Making the Dishwasher Eco-Friendlier
9/13/08 08:39 AM

I bought a flotaki rug and my dog decided it was the best doggy bed ever. He loved the thing. So I decided to turn it into a dog bed, since he was getting it...doggy. I reality I think he was just telling me that it was a bad design decision - it really did not go well in the living room.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | What Part Of Your House Does Your Pet Claim?
9/13/08 08:29 AM

I would go with sheer white linen to make the other colors in the room pop.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: What Color Curtains in My Bedroom?
8/29/08 10:53 AM

Can you tell us a little more about what makes the house green? Seems like only a few things are mentioned - insulation, paint, and a floor. Ohh and the salvagged furniture - excellent job there.

We are doing a lot of remodeling right now and I would like to get more ideas.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Green Tour: Lynne's Green Historic Restoration
8/29/08 10:51 AM

I use a reusable gold filter and it is super simple to knock out the grounds and wash out the filter. It also allows the oils from the coffee to get thru and makes better coffee.

I do think that all the energy, water, and resources that go into making, packing, distributing, and selling the recycled paper filters is much more energy/resource intensive.

I guess the same question can be asked about paper vs. cloth napkins. I vote for cloth napkins.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Question: Reusable Coffee Filter vs. Paper?
8/29/08 10:44 AM