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My friend learned as a student at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris that the sharper your knife, the less you cry. In fact, the title of her cooking memoir is just that. She also taught me how to cut an onion properly which I tried and cannot figure out how to explain in words.

How To Learn Great Knife Skills | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/3/10 10:06 AM

Paint it a white and don't spackle. The effect will be very clean and barn-ish. I made the mistake of spackling knotty pine before painting and because I didn't sand it enough, you could see the spackle shadows. Ugggh.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: How Can We Lighten Up the Hallway?
5/16/08 10:28 AM

The fans and the clocks are amazing, as is the architectural detail of the house. I like mid-century, but prefer it mixed in with other pieces for a more eclectic, comfortable look. I like the wall colors.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF House Tour: Ken's Curated California Collection#comments#comments#comments
4/22/08 08:03 PM

My taste runs more to mid-century mixed with industrial BUT there are some very nice elements here. The couch really is gorgeous and I like the use of the curtain as a room divider. Of course the view is amazing. I also like the mirror over the bed, which opens up the space. Thank you for not painting the walls. Makes the furniture pop.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #29: T & A's Upper East Alcove
4/22/08 07:54 PM

Absolutely gorgeous.

Apartment Therapy New York | AT Europe House Tour: Amelie and John's London Warehouse Conversion#comments#comments
4/21/08 10:04 PM

There's some lovely elements here. Unfortunately, they would have shown better had the occupants bothered to tidy up a bit.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY House Tour: Sara and Tom's Art Studio Living Room#comments#comments
4/21/08 08:46 AM

Nice, although for some reason it's always saddens me to see a place that was once inhabited by an elderly person(s) taken over and transformed to be sold for an astronomical figure.

Apartment Therapy New York | Townhouse Transformed New York Magazine 4.13.08#comments#comments
4/15/08 07:49 AM

I thought the writing was pitch perfect. Alyssa has a great voice, and the apartment had some great personal touches, which I found inspiring.

Apartment Therapy New York | Boston House Tour: Dee's First Apartment - A Study in Details#comments
4/11/08 03:54 PM

A mirror like this one is what I'm talking about:


Get the same effect with a can of glossy paint and an old ornate mirror.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Design Ideas For My 1/2 Bath?#comments#comments
4/11/08 06:08 AM

You could add character in the bathroom in the following ways:

1. Go traditional with wainscoting ($8 a sheet at Home Depot) and a chair rail. Paint the wainscoting a crisp shade of white and the walls above any color you choose. A gorgeous light-tish shade of blue would be nice. But you could also do wallpaper, painted stripes, just about anything.

2. Replace boring mirror with something funky and original from Anthropologie or a vintage store. The effect of a fabulous mirror in that bathroom will be like wearing a simple H&M dress but carrying a $2,000 designer bag. You could also get an ornate mirror from a junk shop and paint it shiny black.

3. To tie in the mirror, add a grouping of black-framed white-&-black photos over the bathroom toilet. Stick with an odd number of frames.

4. Get that gorgeous towel in a hand towel.

5. A fluffy white rug will tie it all in together.

And I agree, nix that dining room table for an island if you can. The table is jarring in that space.

Good luck!

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Design Ideas For My 1/2 Bath?
4/11/08 05:13 AM

Oh man, oh man. What a deal! Here's my plea: As a single, female do-it-yourselfer, I refinished 1900 square feet of flooring on a Seattle house...all by myself. Now I live in NY and need a break. My closet is in desperate need of an overhaul. (Plus, I'm a fabulous tipper).

Apartment Therapy New York | Friday Giveaway: New Closets from Astech Closet
4/7/08 08:35 PM