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Display Name: Spooner68
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Where am I going wrong?? If I so much as touch my window sheers that are on a tension rod, they fall down!! I've always had the same experience with tension rods, and when used as a shower rod, the shower curtain always falls down. I can't imagine hanging cleaning bottles from one!!! Fantastic ideas,just tell me where you get such strong tension rods please???

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 01:36 PM

I just re-did my bathroom, and deliberately installed a pedastal sink, to mimick the original one. I've pared down all my things,and extra stuff that I use, but not on a daily basis, I put in woven,lidded baskets on top of the cabinet I installed over the toilet. My hair dryer,and hairbrush take up a ton of space in it though, so I was thinking of adding some kind of small footprint,but tall-ish lidded basket to the floor. I haven't found anything that isn't either either a large rectangle,or a huge hamper style. Any ideas/suggestions AT readers??

How To Make the Most of a Bathroom with a Pedestal Sink Renters Solutions
7/14/14 01:35 PM

I just gut renovated my Brooklyn brownstone bathroom, and had the opportunity to get rid of the pedestal sink, and get a sink with a cabinet instead. Storage was a major issue. In the end, I just preferred the look of the pedestal sink. It fit with the aesthetics and feel of the apt, so I got creative with other storage ideas instead. I got a huge medicine cabinet from Pottery Barn,and a separate wall cabinet with doors,so that I can store stuff in those instead. I also bought pretty seagrass woven boxes, which store the overflow of products,and I put those on top of the wall cabinet. In the end,it doesn't look cluttered,and having the floor open,and free of stuff,gives a very clean look! Each to their own I guess :-)

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/11/14 02:15 PM

Love everything about this apt! The light,and treetop views are amazing, but so are the colors,and the way you have combined them,and styles of furniture! Gorgeous

Molly's Coloring Book Modern Apartment House Tour
7/2/14 01:51 PM

I see everyone's point about the title being a bit of a throwback, and having an overall negative connotation , but, my first reaction was, "cool, more women like me!". I started off my home renovation with a live in boyfriend, but now the boyfriend is gone ( my choice, not his, in case anyone was thinking of putting me into the 'can't keep a man' category !!) , I am making every single design and style decision just for me. It's amazing, and freeing,and I don't have to have his silly PS3 ruining my mantelpiece display :-)

Singular Style: Inspirational House Tours from Women Living On Their Own
7/2/14 01:40 PM

What's the point of posting before and after photos taken from different angles ?! Not my taste at all, sorry....

A Stylish Home Makeover by Jessica Davis Professional Project
6/28/14 09:19 AM

600 sq foot apt?? I WISH I had a 600 sq foot apt ,lol. I concur with your points 100% . I still look at 'real estate porn', for fun, and at some point, I dream of having an actual door to my bedroom. That said, as I get older, I realize how lucky I am to have such a small mortgage,low maintenance,small area to clean,and how living on the ground floor makes walking the dog ( and just walking when I hit my 80's !!) so much easier, than if I lived anywhere else. I also think living small, affords you the opportunity to spring for furniture,bedding etc that you really love, that is pricey, because you don't have to buy a lot of stuff to fill your place. Thanks for the reminders for loving my space :-)

How To Chase Those Living Small Blues Away
5/27/14 02:19 PM

Price seems spot on for New York. Addressing a few comments,I hired a general contractor, who was also an architect. She cost about $5k, and was well worth it. She came up with ideas I wouldn't have thought of, and was able to put into practice the ideas I had. I was also going to buy an IKEA kitchen, but she was able to use her cabinet maker to make my kitchen cabinets out of solid wood,and to custom fit my space, FOR THE SAME PRICE!!! For that alone it was worth the money, and I didn't have to worry about measuring, or forgetting things. I found my contractor on TheSweeten.com, which is an amazing website where you post the work you want done, and they send you names of contractors who have a proven record with them, and you can see their work. I'm about to renovate my bathroom next. A typical NYC 5'x8' , subway tile, after 5 quotes, I'm expecting to spend around $18,000, and I'm not replacing the bath,toilet or sink!!!!! I bet this apt cost around $420k, and she will DEFINITELY make her money back on it. Well done, and I hope you love your kitchen for years to come....

Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation: What It Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown Renovation Diary
5/5/14 09:34 PM

I just started researching tile, and want to use this marble tile on my floor too. I wanted to add a couple of things to the thread, that I have discovered so far. 1) it's important to see the tile in person. Some of the little hexagonal tiles are set on their backing quite far apart, which would leave a fairly wide grout line around each one. I prefer them closely set together, and it's hard to tell these things online 2) quality/price. I went to a high end tile store in NYC who priced this tile at just under $30 a ft.!! Online, I saw it costing as low as $8 , and averaging around $16 a foot. With that in mind, I decided to buy the tile, in person, at a less fancy tile place, but at a price somewhere in the middle. I plan on avoiding the dirty grout issue, by using a medium grey grout. I'm replacing tile from the 1930's, and I can assure you that the grout is black, and I want things to look at least lived in!!

Good Questions: Experience with Honed Marble Floors?
5/5/14 01:47 PM

Absolutely beautiful, well done to you and your contractor! I 100% agree about not having realistic expectations when it comes to budget. I am in the process of getting bids to re-tile a 5 x 8' bathroom, leaving all the fixtures as is,just updating the fittings. Sounds simple, and inexpensive,but didn't realize all the walls need to be removed and then replaced in order to put up new tile,and all pipes in the wall need to be changed to 'update' the shower.Point being,renovations are hugely expensive, because we have no idea how much work goes on that we can't actually see,and therefore don't account for. Congratulations on your new kitchen..

Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/30/14 12:32 PM

I feel your pain!! I gut renovated my brownstone studio, and ran out of money before I could get to the bathroom. It has pepto pink tiles, with black accents. I couldn't take it, so I spent two days preparing, and then painting the tile with the special tile paint. Within a month, every where that was exposed to steam, was peeling,and a year in, its peeling everywhere else. Painting only brings you time to save up enough for a renovation!! I've received five quotes on JUST redoing the tile, and resurfacing the tub ( not adding or changing any fixtures) and it's still hovering around $10,000. I just can't wrap my head around it.....for changing out tile????? Good luck, and hopefully you can share some 'after' pics when you come to a decision on what to do!

How To Work With Green & Pink Bathroom Tile?
Good Questions

4/8/14 12:58 PM

Can't believe anyone has anything negative to say on the 'after' whatsoever!!!! This renovation and make over blew me away! Really ballsy move to remove the Sheetrock, and then paint the exposed brick. The apartment was so cookie cutter before,I think you're a real visionary to turn it into the gorgeous, apartment it is now. I love how it reflects the people who live here now, just as the previous owners were reflected in their apartment! Times change,tastes are different, well done to you for turning humdrum into magnificent!!

Before & After: A Dramatic Small Space Makeover... and What Makes it Work Lonny
4/4/14 01:30 PM

Great ideas! Also, don't forget about using benches as extra storage for toys ( just be sure that they are the kind with hinges that won't slam on little fingers, or, that the top part is quite light). Don't forget about utilizing the space under the bed for storage....clothes,bedding,even toys. They also make a bed that lifts up, so you can use that for storage too, if you want something that you won't need to access as much ( IKEA make them ). Where little ones, and a tight space is concerned, it's also a good idea to rotate toys. Put things a way for a few weeks, then switch them out a few weeks later. Also, don't feel the need to let the kiddos have all their toys from Christmas/birthdays at once, put some away, and bring them out on sick days,or when it's bad weather! I'd also suggest a white noise machine if parents/babies have to share a room. They're amazing at drowning out normal noise, and will illuminate the need to tip toe around :-)

My Small Home: Carrie's Small Space Solutions
4/2/14 01:48 PM

Good one! Fell for this hook line and sinker. Was on my way to write a venomous response,lol....like someone's suggestion for the shaggy toilet cover too!

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Plastic Furniture Covers Right Now
4/1/14 01:39 PM

Hands down my favorite house tour so far! Love the blend of calming grays/neutrals, with pops of color,and the way you have integrated old,character filled pieces of furniture, along with modern ,fun pieces. Well done ! And I agree....how are you still single?!

Jesse's Modern Bachelor Pad House Tour
1/20/14 07:42 PM

I would LOVE to sew my own duvet covers. As you say, easy enough, BUT ,sewing machines are expensive, and a waste of money if you are not a committed seamstress. How about a tutorial about how to make one by hand?? I know it would take longer etc, but is it possible??

7 Easy DIY Projects to Refresh Your Bedroom This Weekend
1/17/14 01:19 PM

A few thoughts! I'm not sure that we should be using a dismissive,derogatory tone when describing interior decorators as housewives who have a knack for picking colors. Who cares if that's what they are? If you have little design sense yourself,and you love an interior decorators aesthetic,and he or she creates a beautiful home for you, who cares what her qualifications are? She provided a service that you couldn't have done as well without her.
I hired a 'general contractor', because that seemed to be the person who would cover the most bases. As it turned out,she was a liscenced architect,who oversaw her general contractor,who,along with his separately hired electrician,plumbers,painters,did the actual work. She also was a huge factor in picking out tile options,paint choices etc, which probably crept over into the interior design area.
Therefore,if I had to do a renovation again,I would look for an architect, who's firm covered all the above areas.I have loved putting my own personal stamp on my apartment ,but it's great to have a professional give you a head start on the basics..

What's the Difference? Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator
1/16/14 12:50 PM

Sorry, call me old fashioned, but those windows are all screaming for some light breezy curtains.1) to accentuate the height of the ceiling,2) to unify the two differently sized windows,3) to try and disguise the questionable views ( iron bars, and possibly the brick wall of the building next door?!) . Each to their own, but I think it would help warm up the space a little. Either way,I hope your client enjoys her home....

A Small & Stylish 350 Square Foot Studio Professional Project
1/14/14 12:13 AM

I went for this look in my studio apartment. Painted the walls very light grey,bought a sectional,and modern reclining chair in dark grey. I had stained my wooden floors a very dark brown too. Add to that,my studio is on the garden level of a Brooklyn brownstone, so it's quite dark,and what I found myself with, was a boring,drab apartment!!! I found myself compensating, by adding splashes of color and graphic pattern with cushions,throws,duvet covers,and using my many brightly colored books as design elements. I'm still struggling on how to marry both color and pattern, without it clashing. It's a work in progress. Lesson learned.....it may look fabulous in photos,but in real life,sometimes dark,moody and minimalist , just looks really sad and depressing....

How To Go Minimal & Moody Without Seeming Too Dark & Sparse
1/12/14 10:08 AM

I LOVE duvets! I'm confused by people's difficulty keeping the duvet in the duvet cover. When you make the bed,don't you just shake it,holding the bottom corners,putting everything back where it should be?? I don't find it necessary to tie the corners either. As for the duvet covers,I live in a studio,where everything is in one room. I've gone with a fairly neutral palette ( grey ) and neutral large furnishings,so I love the opportunity to add fun colors,beautiful pattern,or luxurious fabric to my apt. I own four or five different covers,and I'm constantly looking at the sales for good prices on those $300 + ones. Originally from the UK,I also use the duvet without a top sheet,so that saves a little money too! I say,embrace the duvet cover,and let your creative stamp reign free.....

On The Problem With Duvet Covers
1/12/14 09:46 AM