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The house has lovely bones, but like many others I felt it too spare for my tastes and it ultimately left me feeling cold. To each their own, though.

Ian & Martha's Tasteful and Sentimental Home House Tour
6/22/14 01:52 PM

I got the Aspen dishes based on the recommendation of another AT post, and I've been a bit disappointed. In my experience they don't do great in the microwave in that the dish seems to get hotter than the food does, and our bowls chip fairly easily. This is in comparison to a cheap set of Gibson dishes I got at Target eons ago. I've kept them even after we got a set of Aspen dishes because they're indestructible and don't heat up in the microwave.

6 Helpful Things To Consider When Shopping For New Dishes Reader Intelligence Report
5/18/14 02:30 AM

One of the first house tours in a while where I wished there were more pictures. The home feels very lived in and comfortable in a beautiful way.

Naomi & Anthony's Collected Craftsman Home House Tour
5/12/14 02:32 PM

Way too monochromatic. The neon sign is ridiculous, which isn't saying neon in general is bad, rather this particular sign in this particular location is laughable . The wine rack looks cool, but is very much form over function. The green chair in the bedroom is nice, though.

Moody & Masculine in Manhattan Professional Project
5/5/14 01:10 PM

Very clearly written and illustrated post, which makes it quite helpful. Thanks!

The Color Wheel: Your Guide to Choosing Perfect Paint Schemes
5/4/14 02:49 PM

Congratulations on your kitchen - it looks beautiful, and like it belongs. I thoroughly enjoyed this renovation diary (your pain was our gain!), and appreciated the time you put into writing engaging and informative posts.

Dan's Kitchen: Real-life Lessons from a Real-life Renovation Renovation Diary
4/8/14 10:25 AM

Very natural photo.


An Interview with Lulu deKwiatkowski of Lulu DK November Design Evening
12/31/13 12:50 AM

In line with Emily's point that every body is different, I wanted to offer my thoughts as someone who had a pretty severe eating disorder in my younger years. Health for me actually involved letting go of elimination and restriction, as these were things that I was taking to extremes to the great detriment of my health. I know that Emily and those that have offered comments are by no means advocating going to unnecessary and harmful extremes, but I would caution anyone with a history of eating disorder to tread lightly and mindfully into a restrictive diet. Eliminating certain foods may very we'll make you healthier, and that's a good thing. But be cautious of that disordered part of the brain that tends towards extremes.

8 Things I've Learned About Cooking Without Gluten, Dairy, Nuts and Sugar
12/3/13 01:42 PM

I'm having major floor envy. I know it sucks that the reno will likely take longer than you anticipated, but on the up side we get to read your great posts for longer, so that's a win for the AT readership! I'm sure your kitchen is going to be wonderful and I look forward to the real floor reveal.

Dan's Kitchen: All About Floors Renovation Diary
11/16/13 02:00 AM

I've been a reader since 2006, and agree that AT has sort of strayed from its roots. Realistically, though, I understand that's inevitable given the huge expansion of the brand and readership since that time. I think AT should continue featuring both high/low budget decor and items, and big/small spaces (that recent, huge, converted greenhouse tour is one of my all-time favorites, so who am I to tell you to stop doing large house tours). But maybe take more care to tip the balance to small/lower budget, like maybe 60% small/low budget to 40% aspiration items and decor. I also agree with the posters who would like less family posts/nurseries on the main page. A few here and there is fine, but folks who are interested in that stuff can click to the family page and see it all; it doesn't have to crowd the main page. I'd also like less on the main page from the design showcases. It's interesting to a point, but maybe a post here and there with a directive to link to a separate page if you want to see everything.

As for things I'd like to see more of, the housekeeping posts (similar to the how to clean your dishwasher/washing machine posts) are helpful, as are "how to get the look for less" posts. I also like the renovation diaries, and would love to see some spaces other than kitchens (although those are fun, too). I'd also like to see more follow-through. It's very frustrating when a series gets started, but never really finishes. As someone said, I don't think we ever saw the end of Maxwell's apartment makeover. Nor, unless I missed it, the final entry of the makeover series from the contributor who was making over her medical resident friend's very small apartment. It feels very unprofessional and flakey to start something, and not take it through to the end. I'd also like to see DIY posts that actually tell you how to DIY, not just the before and after. I know this can be tough since you're often just linking to other people's blogs, and the content is sort of dependent on how much info the originator puts in the OP. But maybe contributors can take more care to feature content from other blogs that are comprehensive in terms of spelling out the how to's and costs of a project. Along those same lines, I'd like to see more informative posts about the true costs of renovations. The reno diaries do this to some extent, but it would be fun to see some stand-alone posts featuring different levels of reno of various rooms, and the true costs. Maybe if people understood how much even a very basic kitchen reno costs, there wouldn't be as many flame-wars in comments about whether a reno is really "budget" or not! So in sum, more information, please.

What Would You Like to Hear More About?
10/26/13 04:23 PM

Dan, you're a very entertaining writer, and I've enjoyed reading your renovation diary. Were you at all worried about there being asbestos in the plaster?

Dan's Kitchen: Demolition Part the Third, in which Everything Must Go Renovation Diary
10/11/13 01:41 AM

Love the plant shelf. One of the most unique tours I've seen on this site.

Dan’s Apartment of Artful Assemblages House Tour
7/12/13 01:03 AM

I can't believe I'm going to say this because I'm about done to death with grey paint, but I really think that the blue living area could benefit from some deep grey walls. With the light walls and light carpet, I feel like there's nothing to anchor all of the lovely furniture and art; it all just seems to b floating in a sea of white/beige. Just my opinion, however.

Robert & Michael's Midcentury Pad House Tour
7/9/13 11:13 PM

I guess I'll be the lone voice of dissent. I'm no minimalist, and I think eclectic and humorous touches in your decor are great, but I felt almost assaulted by stuff looking at these pictures. There's no way I could ever relax in this house. Which is neither here nor there since it isn't my house and clearly the people who live there love the look. Anyways, I think the vintage tile in the bathroom is great.

Emi & Nathan's Natural History House Tour
6/19/13 08:46 PM

Yeah, de-clutter and more wood or other warm elements (the marble, stainless shelves, and white cabinets are all very cold).

Apartment Therapy on Copying to Learn Renovation Diary
6/19/13 01:21 AM

Huh. I feel the space lacks harmony. Only three of the first row of upper cabinets is glass paned while the rest on the other side of stove are solid door, but the higher up open shelves stretch all the way around the kitchen until they hit that wall of closed shelves above the fridge and washer/dryer. It looks off-balance. I would have liked it a lot better without the random glass paned cabinets. And I really dislike the black ceiling. Maybe it looks different in person, but the combo of the higher cabinets and black ceiling make the space seem cave-like to me.

Before & After: A Classic Renovation for a Park Slope Kitchen The Sweeten
6/9/13 02:24 AM

You've got some lovely pieces in your showroom area, and the "home" parts of the house are gorgeous! In particular I love the kitchen, upstairs bathroom, and the little sitting area with the marble table and bent cane (?) chairs.

Michele and Ryan's New Beginning House Tour
6/9/13 01:40 AM

Another vote for the spinach and chickpeas with lemon braised in coconut milk. That's a go-to recipe for me. Very tasty and healthy!

We're Writing The Kitchn Cookbook!
4/18/13 01:18 AM

Hi Faith, the kitchen looks gorgeous (the rug was an excellent choice). Can you tell me if the color of the paint you used for the Island is a true grey, or does it read a little bluish in life too (that's how it looks on my monitor). Thanks!

Faith's Kitchen Renovation:
The Big Reveal, the Final Result! Renovation Diary: Faith's Budget Luxe Kitchen

4/17/13 11:53 PM

Not that it ever does any good, but adding another voice to the crowd here that is frustrated with the photography. AT, your readers have been complaining for a very long time now about the over-use of vignette photos in house tours. Are there any editorial standards for these things, and if not, why?

Amy's Light & Bright Small Space House Tour
3/31/13 02:30 AM