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I would do a daybed and trundle. We get a ton of use out of ours, it's both a guest space and a reading nook. And the footprint is quite small.

Ideas for Narrow Loft Space? Good Questions
7/17/14 11:46 AM

When guests instinctively hunch their shoulders and make themselves as small as possible when they come through the door.

Top 10 Ways You Can Tell Your Apartment is Seriously Tiny
6/30/14 03:34 PM

Dollar Tree is a bride's best friend. I used their vases, craft supplies, and more for my wedding and would do it again. You can get delivery, or shipping is free if you pick up in-store.

Two Seriously Surprising Resources to Save on Your Wedding
6/30/14 11:30 AM

I usually schedule an evening cocktail party for about 3-4 weeks after I move in. It forces me to unpack and decorate in a timely fashion.

The last move, I skipped it, and it took over two months for me to hang pictures. Clearly, I need to be motivated.

Welcome Home: Housewarming Parties
6/23/14 10:39 AM

Love it! It seems like it would be a movie star's New York pied a terre.

Tammy's Luxurious Little Space Small Cool Contest
6/2/14 10:03 AM

Adorable and cozy! I want to curl up with a glass of wine and a book.

Nicole's Back Bay Studio Small Cool Contest
5/30/14 09:05 AM

Another small help would be if AT put more emphasis on featuring actual apartments, instead of houses that are over 2,000 square feet.

How To Chase Those Living Small Blues Away
5/27/14 02:10 PM

I think it's a bit much to call the occasional avoidance of neighbors "living like a hermit." Truth is, not everyone feels social every moment of every day. Also, a lot of people struggle with small talk or have social anxiety.

I know my job is very interaction-focused, so when I come home I am usually "social'ed out" and desperate for alone time. The idea of being sucked into a conversation about newspaper delivery or weather fills me with dread. I'll spend a little time chatting with the neighbors or security guard on the weekend to make up for it.

As long as you are cordial in your interactions with neighbors, I don't think it's unreasonable to want some peace and privacy.

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:25 AM

I avoided our former next-door neighbors like the plague. They would have the loudest, headboard-bangiest sex in the known Universe. It was awkward enough to hear them, but having to face them when I knew what they were getting up to at night? Eeeeeesh.

Other than that, I greet people in passing and move along on my way.

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:13 AM

I invite a "VIP crew" to arrive 20-30 minutes before the party starts. That way I have a few good friends around to finish any last-minute prep, and when guests start arriving they don't feel like the big nerd who showed up first.

Reader Intelligence Report: Secrets of a Successful Party
3/24/14 01:32 PM

seawhitney, I live in Baltimore.

Truthfully, no matter what you do in any environment you're going to have to deal with germs. Getting the vapors over the fact that a germ might enter your home sounds like an exhausting, for you and for others, way to go through life. Keep things clean, don't track dirt, vacuum often, and then chill and enjoy your friends' company instead of bugging them about their shoes.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 02:34 PM

Honestly, these "oooooh, I saw a microscopic bit of dog mess on the sidewalk once, clutched my pearls and almost fainted!" posts are getting a bit ridiculous.

Life is dirty and messy. Short of only traveling in giant hygienic hamster balls, a bit of dirt and grit is going to happen. Moreover, the more intense we are about destroying germs, the stronger they bounce back. We have an immune system and soap for a reason. Freaking about germs is just going to make you crazy.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 12:21 PM

I laughed out loud at "foot condom." Yeah, it's much grosser to put on slippers worn by heaven knows how many people than it is to track a little grit into the house.

If you're hosting, your goal is to make guests feel comfortable. Most people are not comfortable walking around barefoot outside of their own homes.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 11:37 AM

We generally don't wear shoes around the house because it's more comfortable to go barefoot or wear slippers. However, I wouldn't dream of asking guests to remove their shoes - I find it incredibly uptight and rude. If you're that anal about the state of your carpets, don't have guests at all.

That said, if you must be one of those "no shoes in the house" people, at least have a bench in the foyer so guests can get their shoes on and off in comfort. It's so awkward to be hopping around on one foot, dragging off your shoes, and getting out of your coat in the doorway.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 10:36 AM

Yikes, I meant Gallery Place! I knew I shouldn't have quit coffee.

Is Your City's Subway Map Geographically Accurate? Design News
2/6/14 06:51 PM

I've always gotten a giggle out of the Metro map. If you look at it, you think L'Enfant Plaza and Metro Center are a hike (the difference is actually two blocks). Oh, and that Vienna is about three miles outside of the city.

Is Your City's Subway Map Geographically Accurate? Design News
2/6/14 03:02 PM

I love how peaceful it is! I wish I could talk my husband into something like this.

Madelyn Baker's Naturally Elegant Abode House Tour
2/6/14 12:30 PM

More smaller space tours, please! I love getting ideas for my own home from house tours, vs. just seeing, "Yup, it's another 3,000 square foot converted warehouse full of very expensive things that I'll never, ever be able to afford."

Chris & Meg's Darling City Cottage House Tour
1/28/14 01:33 PM

I have the Wayfair tufted linen headboard, too! I find it very comfortable.

DIY Style on a Budget: How To Make a Tufted Velvet Headboard for $350 Glitter & Goat Cheese
1/17/14 12:25 PM

I'm probably just really lazy, but yeah, I'd rather have something lower quality, or save up for the good version.

DIY Style on a Budget: How To Make a Tufted Velvet Headboard for $350 Glitter & Goat Cheese
1/17/14 12:08 PM