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Display Name: KetchupFiend
Member Since: 3/25/08

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I keep a spray bottle filled with water next to my bed and mist myself at night. Combined with a fan, it is delightful. I also sometimes sleep with an ice pack or a damp sheet.

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7/21/14 12:56 PM

I've lived in a number of tiny apartments in NYC and with the right layout and furniture arrangement, 300 - 400 square feet is plenty for 1-2 people. Personally, I do not like this design, though.

I have never liked studios where the kitchen is right next to the bed, as opposed to in an alcove (cooking smells and sleeping with your head next to a stove is not restful!). Also, I think the designers gave the idea of entertaining too much weight vs. having a comfortable static setup. I think most people would prefer to be able to move from the couch to bed and use a table without having to fold things up and down - also think about a couple where one person wants to go to sleep earlier than the other. The foldout bed seems uncomfortable, expensive to repair/replace, and inflexible since it can't be moved to another place in the room.

I understand the size of the kitchen and bathroom are in order to comply with accessibility requirements but I wonder if the apartment dimensions were fixed as well - a squatter rectangle would allow designers to do more with the space.

adAPT NYC: The Micro Unit Design Competition Winner
1/23/13 07:41 AM

I love the chosen examples, but I agree with idontlooksick - a lightweight painting or other artwork is OK, but anything too heavy and I get scared of being crushed in my sleep.

I'm just glad there were no chalkboard-above-the-bed examples. As a person who loves to read and use my laptop in bed I always thought that would be so messy!!

Hanging Artwork Above the Bed — Ideas for Everyone!
2/3/11 05:32 PM

I would love to hang out in that cave room!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Bookmarked: Bloomingdales Book of Home Decorating
2/24/09 10:39 AM

Like the furniture... the floors and wallpaper not so much.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Hot or Not: Moulin Noir Bedroom
11/7/08 10:05 AM

None of these sofas look particularly comfy.

Apartment Therapy New York | Best of Three: Cheap Knockoff Sofas from Chiasso
11/4/08 06:50 AM


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Console Tables from Martha Stewart
10/31/08 12:17 PM

Ugh, I HATE this problem! Especially when the boyfriend is a bit messy, not a nester and has ROOMATES but one has to spend time there in the interest of being equitable.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Staying At The Boyfriend's And Coming Back Home Again
10/31/08 08:04 AM

I agree with Jules. Take a stab at removing it first, then if that fails, paint. Having wallpaper underneath is going to limit the color and type of paint you can use. Buy a compressed air sprayer, spray the paper with a mix of water and wallpaper remover, let it soak and it should come off really easily, especially if you use a spackle scraper. This worked like a charm in my old house where there were several layers of quite-old paper. A lot of times, the sheets of wallpaper literally rolled themselves off the wall.

Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Best Way to Paint Over Bad Wallpaper?
10/28/08 10:09 AM

I love all the Tintin items they have. A lot of things are pricey, but they also have tons of little toys and knicknacks for under $5. Great for gifts.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Black Ink: Unexpected Necessities
10/24/08 01:09 PM

eeek! That figure lurking at the window in the photo above is scaring me.

My favorite Halloween costume was Consumptive Dickensian Urchin. I just dressed in oversized clothes and a newsboy cap, spoke in a horrible Cockney accent and "coughed up blood" (a few drops of food coloring on a handkerchief) all night. Great fun! Price =$0

Apartment Therapy Boston | Ideas for a Green Halloween?
10/24/08 01:06 PM

Love it! I'm sure it would be popular at parties.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Hot or Not?: Little Heart Drinking Glass by Etienne Meneau
10/24/08 10:39 AM

eek! I would be afraid of that shelf falling! Doesn't look too sturdy!

Apartment Therapy Boston | Look!: The Coffee Table That Lived Forever
10/24/08 10:35 AM

Hmm. Color me unconvinced. They're just boxes. My shoes are not that pretty! And I hope you can fit at least two in each box.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | The Clearly Glam Box
10/23/08 12:25 PM

Danke Schön!

Apartment Therapy Boston | East #71: Jamie's "Iced Cube Silver"
10/23/08 07:18 AM

I guess I'm the only one who doesn't know where is that wallpaper from... where is it from?

Apartment Therapy Boston | East #71: Jamie's "Iced Cube Silver"
10/23/08 06:43 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments! The wing chair *is* supremely comfortable. I got it at the Cambridge Antiques Market for about $200. There is a lot of junk to wade through there, but some real treasures too!

Apartment Therapy Boston | House Tour: Caitlin's Beacon Hill Jewel Box
10/22/08 08:17 AM

Plants and rugs. Snacks when guests come over. Knick-knacks and toys for people to play with.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | 5 Easy Ways to Add Comfort to a Room! Austin
10/17/08 08:55 AM

You know what else is the design of choice for frozen yogurt shops? The KNAPPA light from IKEA. There are seriously 3 yogurt shops on Court St in Brooklyn with this light.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Look! Teal Seats at Quickly
10/15/08 08:51 AM

Love them!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Tile Jacquard Towels from Pottery Barn
10/8/08 10:34 AM