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Display Name: mylittleislandparadise
Member Since: 4/4/12

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We don't have a lot of cross-ventilation in our apartment so I've discovered that a light mix of vanilla and citrus works best for us and the space we're in. I've recently discovered Vanilla Lime by Yankee Candle. I burn it after my weekly apartment clean as an additional lift or just before guests come to clear away any funky smells. I'm also a fan of Clean Linen by Yankee Candle, but find it's pretty strong in my new place so I've downsized it to a votive size which works great in my bedroom/bathroom.

Tell Us: What Are Your Favorite Scented Candles? Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/25/14 06:37 PM

Love owls, so can't wait to make that one!

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift:

11/26/13 01:46 PM

I have a similar entry wall and book needs, so I went with the Billy bookshelves from IKEA - three in a row, and I added solid wood doors to the middle one to break up the expanse (and have the option of hidden storage). This works great for us, and doubles as a landing strip for keys, mail, a narrow lamp, and mirror above. I surrounded the mirror with a gallery wall of pictures. Love it, and get tons of compliments!!!!

Best Long, Low Bookshelf for Entry Corridor? Good Questions
11/13/13 12:17 PM

I love this space! Every thing you need in a shoebox, but totally functional and cute. I like pier723 suggestion of a platform bed. One that has built in drawers would allow you to get rid of the dresser which feels a tad awkward to me. I'd also love to see you win and get that colorful rug you mentioned. It would look so great under that coffee table. I've been eyeing that table for a long time and your use of it has convinced me I must buy it now!

Alexander's Small Space, Big Challenges Small Cool Contest
5/8/13 10:07 PM

I really LOVE your art wall! It's well-designed, interesting, and meaningful to you - the best kind of design in my book. You've done a great job making your space feel like a settled home, very impressive esp. given how much you've moved. I'd probably still have things in boxes :) One tiny suggestion - since you already have so much going on in the bedroom, I'd lose the shelf above your bed and extend the drapery across the whole wall.

Kacey's DIY Decor Small Cool Contest
5/8/13 09:56 PM

My current rental is the bomb! It's a small space in a historic home on Nicollet Island, which is the only inhabited island on the Mississippi. There are only a few residents and our neighbors keep an eye on each other and are quick to help each other out. The area is in the historic part of the city and there are shops, restaurants, and a nice little movie theater and grocery store just a few steps away. It's very quaint and peaceful but is only a five-minute walk into downtown Minneapolis - a perfect blend of country and city. Our landlord is nice and easy to work with, too. He's very hands off yet there when we need him. We feel so lucky, like we hit the jackpot, and hope to be here many years.

Tell Us: What Was The Best Rental You've Ever Had?
3/19/13 10:04 PM

Wow, what a difference it made to open up the kitchen pass-through! It does make the whole apartment look bigger and brighter. Now that I live in a small space I totally understand wanting the upper cabinets to be open. You can't have as many dishes, so you rotate and use them enough not to worry about dust and grime. Good excuse to buy pretty dishes, too :)

Maxwell & Ursula's Light Rental Reno: Inspiration - #3 Renovation Diary
3/18/13 08:49 PM

When we put the deposit down on our apt. it had just been repainted so looked nice. However, when we moved our furniture in, what had appeared as neutral really wasn't and clashed with our things. We lived with it for a few months, but I didn't feel at home. I decided to take the plunge and paint everything without asking permission. I was really nervous about how the landlord would react. When he finally came in the apt. it was the first thing he noticed, but he loved it and was really complementary on my choice of colors and painting ability. I tried to keep it neutral (greige) with the exception of a couple of accent areas. I even painted our bathroom purple but toned it town with grey / white accessories so it was tasteful.

True Confessions: Have You Ever Painted a Rental Without Permission? Reader Survey
3/7/13 10:16 AM

I love all the tofu marinades in Isa Chandra Moskowitz' book, "Appetite for Reduction," esp. the Masala Baked Tofu. Yum!

Try This! Baked Tofu
2/26/13 11:19 AM

Years ago I read that George H. and Barbara Bush never celebrated "Hallmark holidays," basically any holiday that is consumer-driven. Instead, they made up their own holidays and celebrated at different times throughout the year. This struck me as so great and much more meaningful. My husband and I agreed to skip Valentine's Day and we've never looked back.

Early & Late Valentines: Any Day but the 14th
2/11/13 09:16 PM

I'm such a lover of a great set design! It drives my husband crazy because if we're watching a Netflix or DVD, I make him stop, rewind, replay so I can better scope out a good design. I like the movie Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, but I had to own it just so I could become intimate with all the details of both the chic L.A. home of Diaz' character and Winslet's cozy English cottage. I can't tell you how many times I've watched it for design inspiration. My current pick goes to Amour. Loved the peaks through the windows at the lovely French balconies. Someone else mentioned anything by Woody Allen, too. I wholeheartedly agree!

Interiors Awards: Which Movie Gets
Your Vote?

1/31/13 12:46 PM

My like for kale has increased the more I understand how healthy it is for me. My favorite is baby kale raw in salad or added at the last minute to soup or stir-fry. I agree with others that it depends on the preparation, type, and season. If I make a kale dish I'm not so crazy about, I try REALLY hard not to let it influence how I feel about kale in general and keep trying it in different recipes. All the dark leafy greens are integral to our diets so I don't think we shouldn't all be so hung up on kale.

Is There a Kale Conspiracy?
1/17/13 12:26 PM

Agree with @ShaneMartin - not my style either but you've done eclectic so nicely! It screams out with interesting personality but manages to look neat and tidy. I even like the bathroom wallpaper, and I hate bugs! I'm in love with every single mirror shown and that chair in the living room is amazing. Did you find it that way or refashion it?

Heather & Dave's Eclectic Enclave House Tour
1/15/13 01:30 PM

@MaryCooksalot: I do the same thing, but extend it to 15-20 minutes. Also, when I have bigger jobs to chew through, I set my timer in manageable segments, usually 30 minutes at a time. I make myself stay totally focused, then when the timer dings I give myself a short break, then set it again as needed. This tactic has saved my butt on many a home, work, and school project.

The New Year's Resolution to
Rule Them All

1/15/13 01:20 PM

These are great tips! I'd add that I find it really enjoyable to go to IKEA just to "window shop." I do that every so often, taking a notebook and pen to jot down ideas and products I might want to purchase LATER. At that time, I also note all the purchase info (aisle, bin, etc.). My rule is that I can't buy anything when I browse and the purchasing trips must be contained to 15-20 minutes - in and out so my husband is willing to help with the transport and assembly :)

4 Tips for Getting In & Out of IKEA Faster
1/15/13 01:11 PM

I've made so many mistakes over the years, mostly with paint which is easy and inexpensive to fix. My worst mistake was having ALL the landscaping removed from my backyard at once. I hate gardening and the previous owner had planted lots of high maintenance things so I figured it would be easiest to start from scratch. WRONG! I found out the hard way how expensive it can be to landscape and our yard was the ugliest, muddiest waste of space for years. My best advice is to start with a rock solid plan (including a realistic budget), pick mostly classic design and embellish with fad things (like chevron, etc.) Same advice that applies to our clothing wardrobes.

Have You Ever Experienced Decorating Remorse?
1/12/13 04:35 PM

I totally agree with seawhitney. Benjamin Moore paint is the bomb! I've painted so many rooms over the years, and always bought Behr simply because of budget and convenience (Home Depot was around the corner from my old home). When we downsized to our little apartment, I decided less wall space to paint = less cost so I "splurged" on BM paint. Wow! What a huge difference! The colors are so much richer looking and the coverage is amazing in less coats. It wears beautifully, too!

Kim's January Cure: My First WeekJanuary Cure diaries
1/12/13 04:09 PM

Mine is the old school blue 4-1/2 quart one I first spotted at Zabars in NYC back in 1983. I FINALLY splurged and bought mine in Minneapolis in 2006. I absolutely love it and use it so often I usually just keep it on my stovetop. It is my most prized kitchen accessory, and paid for itself long ago since the quality is exceptional. I make EVERYTHING in mine - from soup to (toasted) nuts. I hope you and your LaCreuset enjoy many wonderful meals together!

What Should I Cook in My New Le Creuset Dutch Oven? Good Questions
1/11/13 12:42 AM

I grew up in the 60's and 70's. My mother was a total control freak about "her" house. She wouldn't even allow me to cook anything for fear I'd "make a mess." She created what she considered a to be a beautiful bedroom for me - bright pink shag carpeting, a floral bedspread that had to be removed before I could even sit on my bed much less sleep in it, and frilly drapery. No David Cassidy or Donny Osmond posters dared grace by walls. I was always so jealous of my friends' rooms. I wasn't really allowed any self-expression, is it any surprise I left home at 18 and never looked back? LOVE the comments above. THESE are mothers who understand that to truly love someone, you simply must allow them individual freedom and self-expression. Allowing them to "own" their bedroom is a really easy (and painless) way to show them respect. My guess is that respect will be returned.

One Minute Tip:
A Non-Permanent Graffiti Solution Apartment Therapy Videos

12/8/12 11:47 AM

Hopefully all the negative comments here get the attention of AT staff. Lately there's been a LOT of Novogratz love and every time I look through it I'm turned off. I don't get their style and it's really nice to know I'm not alone. Love the "Emperor has no clothes" comment - I couldn't agree more! I also really dislike the FAMILY rug - reminds me of the ubiquitous EAT signs, but a rug is more of an investment piece and I can't imagine how many landfills will fill with these rugs sooner rather than later. I'd have looked for a way to open up that wall closing off the kitchen, not covering it in cheezy whatever that stuff is.

Washington Square Park Living Room and Kids' Room Home By Novogratz
10/29/12 05:56 PM