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I have lived overseas and found the undercounter fridges fabulous (as well as the combo washer/dryer units which sadly we only have one bad option for in the states) Big clunky refrigerators are an eyesore, but you'll never convince Americans with their bigger is better monster truck mentality of that fact.
Under counter fridges work really well in countries where they walk home and stop at local fruit and veg stores/fish/meat for daily meals versus our super couponer hoard it until it is no longer useful approach to life. Better stick with the big clunky fridge for resale value.

What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 06:32 PM

The minute someone in the marketing department decides to make something a trend and Anna Wintour does an editorial featuring more things from her advertisers, it's dead.
But if madison avenue didn't come up with more things to get you "excited" and buying, the economy would collapse.

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 06:17 PM

Could you tell that to the bacon lovers?

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 06:12 PM

People that make jokes about animals living in factory farms where they can't move and exist in what is essentially a coffin-has never been in style-thank god. Insensitive and creepy never looked good.

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 06:10 PM

Criminals seem to be pretty adept at ruining about everything that technology has brought us. Craigslist, ID theft, credit cards, email addresses, cell phone hacking. None of it is making my life any better. How about you?
Ready to go back to the bank down the street and the teller I knew, home phones, paying cash...I can forgo all these technological "advances" (as well as "reality TV"...bring back some writers and get rid of the trash families).

Airbnb Renter Refuses to Leave Design News
7/23/14 01:21 AM

So you get lucky and the government forces people to give you an apartment in a place you can't afford. But that's not enough. They've also got to provide you with a doorman, elevator, luxury tile and all other appointments. And the other tenants in the building are supposed to pay a higher HOA fee to make it happen for you.
Yeah, no, sorry, I think this is absolutely fine. There are lots of places I would like to live and have never ever understood the concept that other people have to provide me with an affordable apartment in any of these dream locations.

NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/23/14 01:12 AM

Great house. Love the mix. Feel you might go all the way with Danish modern one day though. Give in to the force. Jealous of the lightolier lamp on top of the Danish dresser. Great vignette on that.
The tobboggan doesn't feel right to me. It looks like it needs to be put away. Or hung? What about putting some hooks on it and hanging it on the wall in your in between room? Or you could leave it slanted against the wall next to the couch but add shelves to it and make it a leaning book shelf? If hung outright I'd take the cushion off so you could see the wood.

Andy & Andrew's Vintage Modern House Tour
6/8/14 07:37 PM

I've got that Danish roll top. It's a great piece. It's great to have a "double duty" piece of furniture in a small space. Gives you a bit of bedroom drawers as well as a place to stash bills. Also great to be able to close the lid and hide the mess. Those roll tops are great. They work well in an entry, odd corner of the living room or as you did-bedroom.

Sabrina & Greg's Second-Hand Happy Small Cool Contest
6/8/14 07:28 PM

Like it. So happy to see someone else not afraid to move away from the white ceiling thing. It limits your color choices a bit more, but it's amazing to me how much less busy a room looks when you don't have competing ceilings, floors and walls. Persian rugs on wood floors with well chosen furniture-always good looking.
What color grey is that? I've been waiting for a similar color from Farrow and Ball called Dimpse, but they messed up and sent me something that looks like Archive (which I can only describe as a bit of a sick tummy brown) instead so waiting for them to switch it out. The perils of ordering from Canada. :(
I also like the family room pillow. Looked at something similar at Jonathan Adler, but balked a little at the 180 ish dollar price tag.
Not a huge fan of the kitchen lighting-mostly the drum shade. Particularly over a cook top where the shade will probably get some grease on it. I do appreciate that it's something different than the typical bar lighting pendants, but no-not digging it. (Hope that's ok to say. ) Everything else is a go. Particularly the mix of well chosen furniture that isn't all from one era. Victorian chair with a modern bed, but painted and upholstered black to make it modern? Conceptually a bit like a Starck chair-taking a victorian line but making it modern by constructing it with lucite. Genius.

A Warm & Cozy Austin Home Professional Project
6/8/14 07:25 PM

My controversial decoration items would be:
1. Ashes of a loved one or pet. No ashes displayed on the fireplace mantel or worse, the dining table.
2. Too many pictures of an ex. Really no pictures at all should be displayed unless they include you in some memorable moment-climbing Everest.

Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)
6/5/14 11:37 PM

And here is something about the live export trade. When Obama banned horse slaughter here, he condemned them to this sort of slaughter in China.

Educate yourselves. Call us haters in pursuit of decor, but there isn't anything I need in my house that bad.

Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)
6/5/14 11:32 PM

There is controversy and then there are some things we shouldn't argue about because torture and horror has no right side.
All those cows come from the live export trade and slaughter houses in Chian. Same with all those sheep skin rugs. Those sheep are raised in horrific conditions, sent in live export boats to China where they are butchered in abattoir that are the stuff of nightmares. This is about UGG boots, but all merino sheepskin products that are made from Australian sheep in China go through this.

Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)
6/5/14 11:28 PM

1. For the record, I've sold enough on CL to know that the people that send me the long emails about how they're just trying to get this or that for their family blah blah are BS. You get the same email from people when you're selling different things and have cottoned on. So you can send the really person email if you want, but be aware that many people might find it disingenuous because ten other people have the same stories.
2. Go out and see something as soon as you can. Don't wait until tomorrow. If you wait until tomorrow, you will find a dealer has talked a seller into letting him come out tonight with the promise they'll give them more money. Having set up a previous appointment with you is no bar. Yes, dealers are offering people more money all the time.

Tried & True Tips for Finding the Best Deals on Craigslist
6/4/14 04:22 AM


Julie & Jesper's Musical Scandi-Canadian Nest House Tour
6/1/14 08:17 PM

Where are the curtains from?

Ashley's Changing It Up Small Cool Contest
6/1/14 06:11 PM

All the comments on here about theft, price switching and permits are discouraging. Couple that with what I know to of thrift stores marking everything way too high these days, estate sellers acting like they should get 1st Dibs pricing, etc and you really get a feeling that vintage isn't any fun anymore. You can put together a home with vintage and new finds that looks great, but be prepared for a level of planning that compares with the military.
I don't bother too much anymore with it and I think others are starting to be of that opinion as well. I see a lot of mid century modern and antiques sitting on CL forever unsold these days. I don't trust a lot of the sellers on Etsy or ebay to have handled enough vintage to know the difference between excellent vintage condition and poor vintage condition or to ID correctly. Neighborhood garage sales can be fun, but as far as finding good vintage items, they tend to be great year one and horrible from there on out because people pretty much cleaned out their homes during the neighborhoods first year. We have a wealthy neighborhood nearby with a lot of big old homes. My friend went the first year and got an austrian glass chunk brass lamp from the 20's the first year for 50 bucks, but every other year since then has mostly been about the neighborhood selling new items-hot dogs, lemonade, and yes, a few people even buying new items to resell. And dealers are so cut throat that after some of the behavior I've seen them engage in, I won't walk into their stores anymore. My favorite tale is of a junk store owner in town who went to an estate sale at 4:00 am and told the security guard she had to get in early because she was having cancer treatment that day. (lie).

How to Decide When & Where to Hold a Garage Sale Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/1/14 05:34 PM

Sorry for your experiences. My mother has had the same experiences with garage sales in Florida. People throwing things in her face if she didn't want to give it them for 90% off the asking price when it was already priced less than a dollar. And yes, people stealing her money, stealing items, etc. People go on and on about the need to steal from stores because they have no money for items and it's just a big corporation, but you and I know better. Theft is sport. In our neighborhood we have had lots of issues with The Rainbow Family coming through and stealing from sales. They look like cool, young hippie kids with families, but they are an organized group of thugs who get together to steal. :(

How to Decide When & Where to Hold a Garage Sale Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/1/14 05:10 PM

Great looking after. Stunning.
We need to see more of how to use brass and gold in the home.

Before & After: Anam's Herringbone Trolley Makeover
3/30/14 02:59 PM

I'll agree with you here on this. Yesterday I adamantly defended the tiffany blue dresser that was repainted as I knew it was junk and the baby changing table last week was also junk, but this? No way. I think a lot of the stuff can be repainted, but there is a line and these people crossed it. The dark splotchy stain is horrible and doesn't match the legs. The original handles were awesome. I think it's probably Widdicomb or Broyhill? Not sure. But it's clearly not laminate and if it was Widdicomb, they would have been better off sending it to auction and buying some cheap piece of mass produced garbage. The after is wretched. Totally ruined for a TV. These cabinets are going to be the "large hutches" of the next decade when TV's are gone all together. Tons of people trying to get rid of those TV cabinet behemoths that take up half the room on CL now. After totally ruining this piece, they probably won't even have it in a couple of years as they watch their cheap paint job chip.
On the plus side...as someone pointed out last week...all these "crafty" sorts ruining the good mid century out there keeps driving up the prices for those of us that own it as there is less and less.

Also agree with person who posted yesterday that I am sick and tired of seeing most of the before and afters being painted dressers. It's gotten really boring.

Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Media Stand Makeover
3/9/14 04:02 PM

p.s. That island is awesome.

You guys are kind of hard on people. Young couple with handsome dog makes amazing and comfortable home out of nothing that speaks to the architecture of their home instead of going into debt buying stuff they can't afford and is ruining the planet it it's creation. Has lots of great advice about buying vintage. This home is great. It feels comfortable and safe because the home and furniture choices work well together. The compliments should be flying. Oh and by the way, they did all this in a rental. Come on people.

Dan and Elizabeth's Americana Inspired Home House Tour
3/9/14 03:51 PM