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Display Name: Malienne
Member Since: 2/26/12

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The wooden decking tiles are from Ikea. They are already for sale in our local store in NJ. Just FYI, I saw something similar in the Christmas Tree Shop catalogue... but didn't get the chance to price or quality compare.


IKEA 2015 Catalog Sneak Peek: Stylists' Ideas Worth Stealing
7/16/14 01:20 PM

The after looks great. I can't believe so many people have a problem with the blue! It adds a fun touch...jeez even if you would have skipped the blue, lighten up. What's with the attacks?


Before & After: A Dark Side Table Gets A Dose of Whimsy
7/9/14 04:29 PM

I love all three of these


Space Saving Furniture: 3 Cool Folding Tables
5/13/14 02:09 PM

I cannot believe how many people are hating on stainless steel! I personally would have chosen stainless to give the all white cabinets some dimension while remaining in a light colored neutral territory. My advice is keep the white stove for a few months. You will either realize you like it or you hate it... if you hate it, then just sell it and get a stainless on in there... buy at a holiday sale or a high end floor model for cheap.


Should I Have Gone With the Stainless Range? Good Questions
5/8/14 01:26 PM

I like all of these, especially the green bedroom abd the bathroom. They are such fun spaces. I like the idea of a patterned ceiling in a nursery since newborns spend so much time laying down looking at the ceiling!


Why It Works: 5 Rooms That Master Pattern-Mixing on a Huge Scale
2/20/14 04:18 PM

I love the result! The pink is a cute and fun accent. I can't believe people complaining it looks like Ikea when so many people on AT use/buy Ikea furniture for the clean lines/design in addition to the affordability of it. Anyway, I give teh end result the thumbs up.


Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Gets Light and Bright
2/11/14 04:02 PM

I agree on what you did buy! The Bobby worked for me though. I would suggest nixing the diaper bag and instead carry diaper items in a diaper clutch inside by regular purse or zip lock bags for wipes, diapers, etc, inside my regular purse. A glider was also a must for me, and I still use it (baby is 14 months) to lull him to sleep.


Alison's List: Baby Goods I'm Glad I Bought & Ones I Wish I Hadn't
2/11/14 10:34 AM

While not the most exciting part of the renovation, I do like seeing the inside of the walls to see the condition, see if there is weird wiring or mold etc. It is great that you are straightening out the walls so the drywall hangs flat! You will be so happy with the result. Nothing worse than going through an entire renovation and then something still doesn't look quite right because a structural component is slightly off!


Dan's Kitchen: Invisible Improvements Renovation Diary
2/4/14 02:16 PM

I use the Shark vaccuum and lint rollers. I don't have any carpet or rugs, but in the past I found that brushing the carpet with a hairbrush that has tigh bristles would help get it up. I have an American Bulldog so that hair is stiff and stabs into fibers rather than just brushing off. So on upholstery etc, vaccumming only gets some of it. I also see that a lot of fur comes off when I bathe her so I have it in mind do to so more often (though it doesn't really happen).


How To Remove Pet Hair Everywhere: From Furniture, Floors and More
1/30/14 01:10 PM

Has anyone ordered pillows from Society6? I am interested to know what the polyester poplin fabric feels like - or get any opinion on how it looks/feels in person.


Weekend Browse: 10 Happy Modern Geometric Pillows Under $50
1/29/14 04:04 PM

I am all about hanging the clothes on hangers to go straight into the closet once finished. I dry them on the shower rod, and have also kept a spare tension rod to put over the middle of the bathtub for an additional row. I have always wanted a hotel clothesline installed in the bathtub so that it can retract, but I never got around to it. Now that I have a laundry room, I will likely install a few lines high up.


Good Reasons to Air Dry Laundry in Winter
(and 5 Racks You'll Love)

1/7/14 11:39 AM

Thanks to all for the great suggestions!

@ Stan Centar - we almost went for those same lights, which I love! However the left side of our medicine cabinet is too close to a wall for us to have been able to install them vertically down both of the sides.

@allison in dallas - i believe a soffit-like structure is possible. I noticed that is what the lights over our medicine cabinet in our rental apartment are attached too. I will have to climb up to inspect further to see what material it is made from, and I will post a photo here too.

We do have a ceiling light and I wanted either uplighting or straight-out ligting above the medicine cabinet to avoid downcast shadows. I am a girl and need LOTS of light to get ready and this is our only bathroom. We ended up buing this light fixture instead of our original pick:

http://www.lightingdirect.com/triarch-international-39430-4-solstice-4-light-bathroom-vanity-fixture/p2192394?source=trm_OrderCopy_LightingDirect.com_p2192394

As you can see the arms that hold the shades extend outwards diagonally enough to not be covered by the cabinet. It provides up and down light and was also shorter than our original pick so you can get the bulbs in and out without the ceiling getting in the way.


How To Light above Non-Recessed Medicine Cabinet? Good Questions
1/6/14 01:45 PM

Hate it! It looks nice in styled photos but not practical in everyday life at home. Messy and dusty!


Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/26/13 11:13 AM

@medusa12120 - We cannot remove the air conditioner as there is not central air and the tenants can put in a unit where they want. It would look nicer gone, but window units are common in our area.

@discerning - We plan to live in one of the apartments for a few years, then will rent out both units after that.

@hollyhock - Those are mailboxes (one for each apartment) on both sides of the front door.

These are all great ideas! Keep them coming!!


How to Increase Curb Appeal to Attract Future Renters? Good Questions
11/18/13 09:53 AM

I would paint the wall opposite the cabinet wall in the same color blue, and add bright sleek window coverings to the window and window on the door (maybe something bright yellow or red) or if you hate the idea of bright colors, then some bamboo blinds as suggested above). Artwork on the wall opposite the cabinets would be nice but not necessary IMO if you paint the wall. Love the chalkboard paint door.


How Should I Paint the Walls in My Galley Kitchen? Good Questions
11/13/13 01:09 PM

I love a tv binge. I have done with Veronica Mars, The Shield, Lost, Downton Abbey and currently Mad Men. But for me, watching TV live isn't an option right now. I cancelled cable because I have a baby (who just cranes his next to try to see it), so I binge watch on the computer when he is asleep.


To Binge or Not to Binge: Real Time vs. Marathon TV Viewing
10/16/13 05:02 PM

I am sure the repair person also wonders... My first NYC apartment looked super dumpy from the outside and after I let the cable guy in, he admitted he was expecting the worst and was pleasantly surprised.


Welcome, Stranger: Are You Comfortable With Repair People In Your Home?
10/11/13 02:18 PM

When I was single and lived alone I would aim to have a friend/neighbor over or if not, definitely have my dog there. I remember hiring a handyman who was so tall that I couldn't see anything other than his chest through the peep hole. I was relying on my dog to look scary, and to pretend she was but as soon as he crossed the threshold, it was wags and kisses. Ha! Everyone I have hired has turned out fine but I always am a little nervous or reserved, because you just don't know the person. And if the dog's hair stands on end and she snarles, then I think it could be for good reason. Now that I am married, I make sure that my husband is there to deal with the person. I don't like to take chances.


Welcome, Stranger: Are You Comfortable With Repair People In Your Home?
10/11/13 02:16 PM

I like the glass table!


The Coffee Table Battle:
Help Us Find Peace Good Questions

9/3/13 02:40 PM

Right now just my American Bulldog cuddled up in bed with me and my phone on the bedside table. In the past I kept a baseball bat by the bed but I was single and lived in a rough neighborhood. I don't think that keeping anything by the bed or taking extra precautions means that one is living in fear. Just take the attitude that likely nothing will happen but you will be more prepared if it does.


Bedside Hammer: What's Your Home Security System?
9/3/13 10:21 AM