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This place needs a tour! And that is the sexiest dining room I've ever seen. There's so much inspiration here!

Lauren's Dark & Dramatic Design House Call
7/13/14 04:05 PM

As a Bozeman native and longtime reader of AT, I am SO EXCITED to see this today. It's not every day you see your much-loved small hometown on a design site. Eden is a very lucky lady to have such a gorgeous room.

Eden's Sweet Space to Grow My Room
6/10/14 04:42 PM

This needs to be a tour! Everything shown here is just lovely.

Mandi's Antique & Modernly Mixed Bungalow House Call
4/20/14 04:10 PM

Great ideas! I live in an old farmhouse that is about 1,000 square feet. I'm working on it diligently, but it's starting to feel cramped for this family of five!

My Small Home: Lauren's Small Space Solutions
4/15/14 02:03 PM

As much as I love white walls, they don't work in my old farmhouse that has only a few very narrow windows. My bedroom is painted a rich navy color and it's by far my favorite room, even if it's not all decorated.

How To Pick a Perfect Paint Color for a Low Light Room
4/7/14 03:34 PM

Well done! I have to say, as much as I love classic MCM pieces, I have a hutch with similar detailing and it is always dusty. I have often thought of building plain doors for it.

Before & After: A Modern Nursery Staple on the Cheap
2/27/14 01:31 PM


Kimberly's \"Royal, Mustard and Berry\" Room Room for Color Contest
9/23/13 01:03 PM

Gorgeous. House tour?

Matthew's \"Moody in Nature\" Room room for color contest
9/12/13 02:37 PM


Cathy's \"Navy & Green Nursery\" Room room for color contest
9/10/13 11:36 AM

Also, would you mind divulging the different whites you used? I'm wondering if the cabinets, trim and ceiling are all the same. I like how yours looks and am planning a kitchen upgrade myself.

Lauren's Before & After Photos: The Kitchen Reveal Liveblogging the Style Cure
8/29/13 03:44 PM

This is so fantastic. I absolutely love it. And as a pregnant mom of two toddlers I say, "KUDOS!"

Lauren's Before & After Photos: The Kitchen Reveal Liveblogging the Style Cure
8/29/13 03:43 PM

I normally pull for Team Dark Walls but I think in this space I'd vote for wallpaper. A dark color won't be any more interesting than a light one, but a pattern (whether subtle or not) would make it interesting. I'd also paint the doors and trim the same base color as the wallpaper to make it all flow together. If you can't use wallpaper, try a stencil or fabric held up by starch.

Windowless Foyer: The Darker the Better? Good Questions
8/19/13 07:55 PM

I once rented a basement bedroom in a house full of single people at least twenty years older than me. It wasn't all bad, although the landlady kept her mother's ashes in an urn by the TV in the shared living room and liked to talk to her. But when I decided to move at the end of a year-long lease, the landlady came up with a list of demands. I had to scrub every square inch of a very disgusting shared kitchen (used by bachelors who didn't know how to use a sponge), move all the furniture in the living room to vacuum and dust (I used this room twice the whole time I lived there and only to watch a movie), clean all the bathrooms thoroughly (even the ones I didn't use), etc. Two of my friends offered to help me and when my landlady saw that I had help she started writing more chores onto the list, which I said we weren't going to do. Cleaned everything without a word and she still refused to give my security deposit back, saying that I had always been a poor tenant and she was keeping the deposit to rectify the situation.

My current landlady is phenomenal, though.

Run, Don't Walk: Worst-Landlord-Ever Stories
8/16/13 01:15 PM

I still have a poster of the construction of the Empire State Building that my husband bought years ago. The alleged description of us couldn't be further from the truth. But the whole article was funny. I love the Nighthawks description; that's much more 'me'.

What Your First Apartment Poster Choices Say About You The Toast
7/29/13 06:58 PM

I agree with pretty much all of the above suggestions. Here's one more: replace the console (with the stool next to it) with something a big longer. It looks like this is your entryway, so you don't want to have a beefy piece right there, but that tiny console makes that long, bare wall look a bit sad. Perhaps a long, very narrow table with a lamp on each end and one large piece of art hung at eye level on the wall would be better? Your room reminds me of my own and I have learned that it's often better to focus on a few well-placed, well-proportioned pieces rather than lots of little filler pieces. That ends up feeling cluttered rather than put-together. Try the larger rug, switching the chairs, hanging the curtains higher, arranging a gallery wall above the couch, and replacing the console and I'll bet you'll feel much more at home. Once those larger things are in the right place then you can start filling in... slowly, with a keen eye for editing. You obviously have great taste. Good luck and have fun with it!

Ideas for Filling Out Living Room? Good Questions
7/8/13 06:14 PM

My $0.02: very soft pink walls (almost white, but just enough pink to notice), creamy curtains, white flokati rug, adequate amounts of warm wood furniture. You need luxe, modern (yet timeless) touches: white marble, gold, faux fur, solid velvet cushions, classy artwork, a Venetian mirror and you gotta throw some tassel trim in somewhere. Make sure you balance the femininity of the couch with plenty of masculine elements, too. :-)

Can This Obnoxious Couch Work? Good Questions
7/2/13 02:59 PM

Would it be possible to remove the legs and towel racks? Sometimes those old sinks sported legs just for style and aren't really load bearing. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!) Personally, I don't think it looks bad. My suggestions:
- Paint the pipes white. I did this in my bathroom and it worked out just fine. Just do some research and make sure you use the right paint and prep the area properly to ensure a job well done.
- Clean up as much clutter as possible. Whatever needs to stay could be kept in a lidded box or basket under the sink (I'd stick with white or natural textures).
- Replace the hand towels with something simple and coordinated with your sink. The more you fight the sink, the worse things will be. Opt for white towels, or Turkish ones with a coordinating color (or pink! may as well, right?)
- If possible, replace the faucet. Something a little simpler and more graceful but still retro-ish would help things a lot.
Good luck!

Ideas for Hiding Exposed Pipes Under Bathroom Sink? Good Questions
7/2/13 02:38 PM

My favorites: The snails, the hooves holding up samurai swords, the two-headed skeleton and the most ironic thing I could spot in this home: the "no hunting" sign.

Emi & Nathan's Natural History House Tour
6/19/13 05:50 PM

Really beautiful. Well done!

Layla Kate's Raspberry Linen Room My Room
5/25/13 05:35 PM

This is gorgeous. Nicely done. I'd love to see a full tour sometime.

Kylie's Compact Family Home Small Cool Contest
5/24/13 03:25 PM