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Can anyone suggest where to get simple cabinets like in the main picture? i can envision the exact placement of them in my 8 by 10 closet, I mean room, here in Chicago!

Second question: I rent; do you think installing these would be cost effective?

5 Tips For Tiny Bedrooms | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/10/10 07:19 PM

I'm named Piper, and when I dated a guy named Peter, it was fun to introduce ourselves as a couple. Needless to say, I'm now dating Paul. Not as fun, but the slight alliteration makes me smile.

P.S. Piper does NOT pass playground testing.......

Hottest Baby Name Trends of 2010 | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
1/14/10 11:46 PM

I am a teacher in an urban setting, and if anything, specific positive praise works powerfully with a group of students. All I need to say is "Kayla, you are sitting so quietly," and about 10 other students immediately sit straighter looking for me to praise them as well. I can avoid negative correction by simply praising a student who is doing the right thing, which also encourages her to KEEP doing the right thing.

Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh | Adverse Affects of Praise on ChildrenNPR
9/12/09 12:08 PM

What a great space! What an awesome incorporation of your row of appliances. Just to add on, I just got the same LG washer/ dryer combo and love it. The luxury of in-unit laundry compensates for the longer cycles.

(PS- I love the typo about the peninsula: 72 feet!!!)

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Jay's Chelsea Renovation New York
7/6/09 10:37 PM

Keep your other windows closed; dust can blow in.
Take any hanging items off of the front wall, just in case!

I like all of the frosted vinyl ideas, etc., but I taped waxed paper that I use in the kitchen to the bottom half of my window to obscure the view. I have very see-through drapes on them, too, but it is my bedroom and I want to keep some privacy.

Wax paper is totally cheap and lets light in without letting in sight. (Unless you like to spend money on vinyl and fight with the inevitable creases!!)

Good luck:)

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Living Behind Scaffolding
5/31/09 08:36 PM

My laundromat here in Chicago offers nachos and popcorn, but the best part is a super duper sound system that they play all the time. It is like a dance club! Also free wifi and free dry.......

Even with these perks, I have to say that, due to a post here on AT, I just bought one of these LG ventless washer/dryer combos. It was a little pricy, but basically I pre-paid my laundromat dues for a year and a half. (And I now control the music.) Hooks up to the sink, plugs into the wall, and tucks right into the corner of my kitchen. I love it!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Laundromat Cafe in Copenhagen
5/27/09 09:22 PM

For the person that loved using tangrams in elementary school........

Apartment Therapy Boston | Table of Contents by Paul Isabella
5/15/09 06:43 PM

This is a beautiful kitchen..... but I have to be the one skeptic about so many open shelves. Won't everything get dusty? I have six open shelves in my Chicago kitchen, and I hope it's the air quality and not my cleaning skills, but every month, I need to wipe down every horizontal surface.

Is this just me and my kitchen or do other people get really dusty pots, plates, etc on their open shelves?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | City Kitchen, Country Kitchen: Ina Garten's Two Kitchens
4/24/09 07:45 AM

What spices and seasonings should ALWAYS be fresh? Which can be used from a jar? What should I keep as essentials, and which can be substituted when necessary?

I second how to get rid of the greasy residue left over from past renters!!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | The Kitchen Cure is Coming!
4/2/09 04:33 PM

do you really think all of the people living at the border in the middle of the desert live there by choice? they live there to work in factories to produce AMERICAN goods that people here in the states buy in nice air-conditioned mega-stores for prices that they complain about.

on the same line of thinking, the people living in ramshackle dwellings don't live there because they re-purposing ripped tarps, re-claimed dented sheet metal, recycled cardboard. it is not a choice. go visit one of these communities, talk to the people, and really find out what kind of life they have, especially in a country where the government is totally corrupt. (not america BTW, though we are slowly declining- maybe these are for americans who can't afford their mortgage!)

Apartment Therapy New York | Shipping Container Homes by PFNC Global Communities
9/26/08 04:37 PM

the part I liked most is that it offers them safety and security. a key and a lock. living in a box, or a lean-to built of scraps of aluminum or whatever, must lead to a bad night's sleep. these are not a solution to the greater problem- but an option for families left victims of american greed.

Apartment Therapy New York | Shipping Container Homes by PFNC Global Communities
9/26/08 12:55 PM

I got a foam topper and hated it! My mattress was a pillow top already, and with the foam topper, when I slept on my stomach, my back arched the whole time and I woke up with terrible back aches every morning. I'd only recommend a topper if your current mattress is firm.

Now, I have a full foam bed and like it, but it took a little getting used to. It gets pretty warm in the summer, and I could definitely feel it holding heat in. This might be nice in the Chicago winter I am going to experience for the first time in a few months!! Overall, I'm very happy with the full mattress, and sleep great every night, waking up in the exact same position I fell asleep in.

Good luck!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: Keetsa and Memory Foam Beds?
9/25/08 12:02 PM

I have an 85 pound black lab that sleeps UNDER my bed (he just squeezes under- I'm not sure how, really) and during the winter he will come up and nudge under my feather duvet. Also, when my alarm goes off, he jumps up for a quick snuggle and belly-scratch session.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Survey: Do Your Pets Sleep In Your Bed With You?
9/3/08 05:57 PM

I wasn't in my basement because all that live down there are spiders, but I did have an absolutely petrified black lab on my lap. I'm new to the Midwest, and last night was my introduction to tornado sirens. That was pretty surreal. I'm from California, where earthquakes don't come with warnings. Luckily my power stayed on, the trees stayed standing, and this morning life seemed back to normal:)

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Look! How Are You Doing After the Storm? Chicago
8/5/08 06:38 AM

I am just glad to see that the skateboard ramp is in the garage. I first watched the slideshow and thought it was actually IN the house. I'm from Orange County, and I know people with just as shocking installments within the home. (Front of an old semi truck as a TV/ stereo piece, stripper poles, etc!!!)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA House Tour: Josh and Laurie's OC Modern
6/21/08 07:16 AM

In case you live in Chicago, here is a tip that I just learned:

They do not sell any spray paint in city limits. Don't look silly like I did and ask at Home Depot where the spray paint is.

Good luck with your project!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | CHI Good Questions: Paint Metal Gold on this Desk?
6/9/08 09:11 AM

100% cotton towels instead of paper towels.........

and in second place, my microplane grater. i even gave them as Christmas presents last year.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: 5 Copies of Things Cooks Love
6/6/08 01:27 PM

I vote to remove the arms that connect to the base and let the whole thing rock on the four arms! Who wants to try it with me???

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Hot or Not? PB Chesapeake Hammock
5/30/08 05:29 PM

So my Dad just moved and was about to throw out his baby shoes that were cast in silver, until I convinced him that I would keep the "keepsake." This from a guy that ACTUALLY uses old undies for polishing furniture, etc.

Nice example, K T G!

Apartment Therapy New York | Friday Survey: Women are Packrats, Men are Minimalists?
5/30/08 05:27 PM

I wish I had thought to stick my iMac mini remote to the side of my computer like the sparse desk pic. I just moved and don't know where mine is. Tiny stuff has a way of disappearing......

The under-the-desk purse holder is brilliant, too. Now if only more bars and restaurants had those.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Making the Home Office Beautiful
5/30/08 04:31 PM