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Here's what got me into trouble on my last date- he turned all the lights off to watch a movie. Guys may think the dark is just part of the movie-watching experience, but it sets a level of intimacy that was WAY too high for where we were at.

I like how the man says a turntable is a must and the woman assumes he may not have toilet paper. Which just means she's dated more slobs than he has, which makes sense, but is hysterical.

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12/10/08 01:37 PM

ridge-van-winkle: I don't know how big your hallway is, but you can leave something (wrapped) on the ground and then put a note on your mailbox that says "Mail Carrier- look down!" Or something along those lines appropriate to where you live. I assume there is not a place for you to leave outgoing mail?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | A Thank You Note With the Rent Check And How To Say Thank You Over The Holidays
12/9/08 07:48 PM

jmorey- pipes don't freeze in Los Angeles. In fact, I haven't had to turn my heat on yet. Probably next weekend.

I've never considered unplugging electronics. I don't have many electronics that need unplugging, but I guess at least turning off the power strip my computer is connected to is a good idea. And definitely take out the trash- especially if you have cats that get mad you're gone and tip over trash cans to get even. My friends stop by once a day to feed and scoop them, but they shouldn't feel obligated to clean my cats' temper tantrums too.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Things To Do Before Leaving For The Holidays
12/9/08 07:42 PM

Cash only feels appropriate if you can give a significant amount - $20 or more. I'm poor, so I leave small gifts. A little box of chocolate for the mailman and papergirl, a trinket for the building manager. And the landlord gives us little somethings too. It may not be much, but it seems appreciated.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | A Thank You Note With the Rent Check And How To Say Thank You Over The Holidays
12/9/08 12:24 AM

My great-aunt gave all us kids hand-painted piggy banks when I was 7. Maybe it wasn't the best present I've ever gotten, but 22 years later, I still have it. And this year I'm painting piggy banks for all my cousin's kids.

Last year I did a photo collage for my mother. I picked different photos from our family reunion and arranged them in 12 squares (one big photo as background and a couple smaller photos over it) and printed out each square for a 9x9 glass frame from Ikea. It's hard to explain, but it came out really cool.

A couple years ago, working on my first show, I gave my father a script signed by the whole cast. It was sort of an afterthought on my part, but he cried when he opened it and saw his name and "best wishes" by all these famous people. I don't think I'll ever be able to top that.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | What's the Best Home Related Present You've Given or Received?
11/12/08 04:53 PM

My building has 2 washer and 2 dryers for 24 units. There's a sign in the room that says if you leave your stuff for more than 10 minutes after it's done, it's fair game for removal from the machines. I got annoyed recently when one of my neighbors filled both washers- I arrived to do my load as he was turning on the second one. So when his wash was done I went out and started mine, and then went out when his drying was done and he hadn't retrieved it yet... fifteen minutes later I caught him and he said he had just started both loads on another full dry cycle because they were a bit damp. 45 more minutes waiting for a dryer! Whenever I have more than one load, I do them consecutively so other people have a chance to do their wash too.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | On Shared Laundry Etiquette...
10/29/08 07:24 PM

Being poor. Bad economy and all. Every time I leave the house, it costs me money. It's rather depressing, really.

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10/24/08 11:30 AM


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10/9/08 03:02 PM

I turned a mirror from gold to silver. Twice, because the first time the whole leaf n' glue mess fell right off the metal frame, and I had to do it again. The second time, I sanded the frame first to give the glue something to hold to.

I've also used the paint, and it's very effective but you have to be very careful. It will stick to anything and it will not come off. It's not like regular paint that if you drip somewhere you can just wipe up right away.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | How To: Make something gilded Melbourne
10/7/08 09:00 AM

The exploding water thing is only if you have a cup of pure water, which you are unlikely to get from a tap. But if you're concerned, add a drop of pretty much anything, even a couple grains of salt, and the danger is gone. They did a Mythbusters about it.

I don't know about ants in the microwave. That sucks. They do like electronics, don't they?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | How to: Clean the Microwave
9/24/08 03:15 PM

Rodents in particular love to eat electrical cords. And by rodents I don't just mean mice and rats, I mean guinea pigs and rabbits, too. When I was growing up, we'd litter-box trained our rabbit and let him run around the house. But we had to put all cables in PVC pipes where he couldn't get them. It's worse than baby-proofing because the bunny could get under the couch. We also had a guinea pig that ruined a couple of video game controllers in about thirty seconds by chewing through the cords.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Roundup: Pet Proofing Your Home Austin
9/12/08 11:45 AM

When I visited Spain (exchange program, but only 2 weeks), I noticed all the dogs there were tiny because the apartments were tiny. When a Spanish student came to stay with my family, he said our Australian Shepard (about 40 lbs) was the biggest dog he'd ever seen. When I lived in Boston, though, I noticed that everyone would come out to walk their dogs at night (when the tourists were gone) and the dogs were HUGE- Mastiffs, etc. And those apartments had to be tiny, too. So I think we have a lot of preconceptions, but I'm guessing it has less to do with the apartment and more with the person.

Now I'm in LA and want a dog, but I have a hard enough time finding a place that will accept my cats. I always say you need three things for a dog: time, money and space (ie, someplace that allows dogs), and I just haven't had all three at the same time yet. Someday.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Best Dog Breeds for Small Places Austin
9/11/08 09:57 AM

Also, I guarantee if you were there and able to measure, the end of the bed is exactly 18" from the back of that couch, and the front of that couch is 18" from that tiny glass table. Betcha.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Escape at Home: Christopher Lowell's "Work That Room"
8/26/08 10:56 AM

I used to love watching Christopher Lowell! His rooms always reach a point where they're amazing, but then he keeps going. His mantra is that "the human form only needs 18 inches to move around," so he places all his furniture 18" apart. It's hysterical. One of my favorites was when he was decorating the front walkway of a house, and did a bunch of small bird houses on a wall next to the door "so your guests can be greeted by birds flying back and forth." Um, birds don't move into spaces right next to doors. Bees do, though. It was awesome. I miss him.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Escape at Home: Christopher Lowell's "Work That Room"
8/26/08 10:54 AM

I'll clean, but because my friends come over to feed and water my cats and I don't want them to know the filth I live in. And I have to take out the garbage, or one of the cats will knock it over because she's mad I'm gone. So dishes, some laundry, floors. It's not like anyone's going to be looking under the bed while I'm gone.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Binge Cleaning Before a Trip
8/5/08 04:09 PM

Loreta- my cats ran under the bed on their own, which I think was exactly the right thing to do. It did take them an hour to come out, though. By now they've forgotten all about it.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | EARTHQUAKE! Shake, Rattle and Roll!
7/29/08 04:45 PM

So many messes, it's hard to pick the worst one. When I was a kid, I spilled a bowl of soupy ice cream on the rocking chair, carpet and dog. The dog smelled like ice cream for a week. It was kind of nice, actually. As a college student, I moved in with a boyfriend who had two roommates. They owned no paper towels or kitchen towels. If something spilled, they would wait until it congealed and then scrape it off the floor. More recently, I broke a glass vase. I had it earthquake-waxed to the shelf, but then I hit the shelf from below with a chair and the whole thing fell to the ground- and the vase was full of decorative stones and peacock feathers. I had to lock the cats out of the room while I very carefully made sure every speck of glass was picked up. I'm sure as soon as I hit "submit" I'll think of something truly outrageous.

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7/10/08 04:37 PM

That's funny, my duvet looks just like that!

I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond, but it was a few years ago. I don't know if they still have it. I spent $80, if I remember correctly.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Good Question: Cheaper Version of This Bedding?
5/9/08 01:08 PM

I watch Clean Sweep on TLC sometimes- those people are ruthless! They'll teach you a new way to look at your things. Telling people that they're trying to keep all their stuff at the expense of their relationships or family always leads to tears.

I'm bad at getting rid of clothes. I get emotionally attached. What works for me is to once a year go through my closets and drawers and put everything I don't or shouldn't wear into a box. After a year, I bring the box to charity <I>without opening it</I>. That's the trick. If I open it, I'll remember what's in there and how much I loved it. If I don't open it, I'll know that I don't need it. And I don't have to worry about whether it's all actually junk or worth anything, because the thrift store will go through it and decide that for me.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Clutter: The But I Might Need It Syndrome
5/6/08 02:00 PM

Mercy Street: No, it is not a Thomas Kinkade. That painting was done by my great-grandmother. Actually, one of the reasons I "framed" that painting with the ribbon is because the edges of the wood it's painted on are no longer square, and I wanted to give it the illusion of square. The one in the living room is by my father, the black and white pictures (except the kitty portraits) are by my friend Mary, and the other photos are by me. (I'm not a Kinkade fan either.)

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. The bed netting, if you'd like to do something similar, is a regular four-poster bed canopy from Anna's Linens that I doubled back on itself and hung from the ceiling with teacup hooks.

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