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I actually opened this tour to see if those living room walls were the same color I'd painted our living room. Looks really similar! Our paint was Southern Evening from Behr - can't say it's the same but it'll get you started on the right track.

Alexis' Home in the Marina House Call
4/23/14 05:13 PM

"Secret Reading" is pretty cool, but I was even more intrigued by "Toilet Rocket" on their website.

10 Cozy Reading Nooks for Kids
4/18/14 11:52 AM

If you took out the inner part, could it work as a terrarium? It might not have enough glass to allow enough light.

Reuse Project Ideas for Vintage Display Case? Good Questions
4/8/14 11:21 AM

Yeah, combine the old PBS This Old House episodes with more modern homes!

Apartment Therapy Goes American Dream Builders with Nate Berkus
4/8/14 10:43 AM

I agree! I'm loving all these ridiculous posts. Especially because AT is basically satirizing itself. Good job Dabney.

HBO's Girls Limited Edition Sound Machine from Sharper Image TECH TEST LAB REVIEW
4/1/14 03:57 PM

Oh Pam, don't worry. I've definitely spent more than my fair share of hours on retrorenovation. Lots of great inspiration there.

Should I Refurbish My Vintage Steel Kitchen Cabinets or Buy New Ones? Good Questions
3/27/14 10:01 AM

Good point about them being white inside. That will help a lot with the base cabs, especially compared with my current dark oakish colored nonsense. I definitely plan on finding after market roll-outs, at least for some of the cabinets. With the money I'll save over new cabinets, I can definitely afford some nice ones!

Should I Refurbish My Vintage Steel Kitchen Cabinets or Buy New Ones? Good Questions
3/26/14 10:26 AM

Ha! STLcolleen, I live in Webster Groves. Our countertops are actually going to be marble that was salvaged from Boeing offices. The kitchen is a roughly 15' galley, so luckily no corners. And I will be reusing our vintage 60" double drainboard porcelain sink which I love more than a person should love an inanimate object. I actually moved it from our old house and it's been sitting in the garage for 18 months, waiting.

Should I Refurbish My Vintage Steel Kitchen Cabinets or Buy New Ones? Good Questions
3/25/14 05:33 PM

Like all things in life, this require a mixture, right?

Sure, pretty glass jars for things you store in smaller amounts...matchbooks, maybe, or cocoa, or whatever, and certain leftovers.

But yes, for 5 lb bags of flour (or 25 lb, like we get! BIG family.) there's not much out there besides plastic. Tuppeware stacks though, and that keeps things neat in the pantry.

Here's my quandry though. If BPA is the reason for getting rid of your plastic, you really shouldn't donate it right? That's just passing the health problem along to the economically disadvantaged. Better to use around the house in non-food ways or just throw away?

(And doesn't BPA only leach when it's heated? Is storing food in plastic not safe, as long as you don't microwave it?)

Recycled Jars or Pretty New Purchases: Would You Make the Switch?
3/25/14 11:25 AM

Yes! So doing this! My vision was actually extending all the way to second floor (we're in a two-story with basement laundry) using a vertical soffit. So essentially, just like an in-wall laundry chute, but in a soffit that sticks out a bit. Run it in a corner or next to fridge so it doesn't look strange (and where there are no uppers or just upper shelving that can be cut around the soffit).

With my idea, you would only lose the back 10 - 12 inches of the base cabinet. Which is often inaccessible anyway!

Kitchen Laundry: The Chute Solution
3/25/14 11:05 AM

The color was called "Autumn Harvest" or something innocuous like that, but make no mistake - it was Mountain Dew Live Wire orange. It hurt the eyes to walk in.

Share the Pain: What Was Your Biggest Paint Mistake? Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/13/14 01:26 PM

Mom of five here, so I know everything (HAAAHAAA). "Essentials" will vary from family to family and baby to baby, so I would recommend instead trying to borrow (friends, family) or buy used (craigslist, secondhand shop) whatever you can. If your baby likes it, and its something you would use again for future kiddos, then buy all means, splurge on a new one.

I personally wish we had bought a Stokke chair right from the start.

And I love the idea of muslin cloths! We ended up with the same basic idea from using cloth diapers - there were always stacks of them scattered throughout the house, so they were used for EVERYTHING.

Alison's List: Baby Goods I'm Glad I Bought & Ones I Wish I Hadn't
2/11/14 11:25 AM

It is possible to find CFs in a range of color temps, from 2700 to 5000. In fact, even my corner grocery store carries that range. Learned the hard way after my beautiful downstairs pale gray turned yucky violet under the 2700 bulbs upstairs!

Plumen 002: Energy Efficient Alternative Bulb
1/17/14 06:03 PM

Yeah but you also can grow avocados and year-round strawberries, :) Here in the midwest, we've still got 10 inches of snow. Although there are such things as greenhouses, so it's possible in theory to get locally grown flowers.
My family in CA have been sending lovely pictures of beautiful sunny weather to tease, but then I just think of their cost-of-living...

Weekend Chores: Flowers, Kitchen Organizing & Cleaning, Make a Meal January Cure: Assignment # 7
1/10/14 12:26 PM

Okay, I'm afraid I feel compelled to be THAT person. Sorry. Here goes...

fresh flowers from a florist, especially in winter, usually come from South America and are not generally grown in environmentally friendly ways. (Maybe you have an organic flower shop near by - lucky you.) To avoid the pesticides and carbon usage, I think a nice winter alternative would be dry grass stalks, pine or holly cuttings, magnolia cuttings, dry sculptural branches, etc. Anything you can find in your neighborhood. Of course, this only works if you have a yard or neighbor's yard from which to cut, but perhaps a few people will take inspiration and try it.

Weekend Chores: Flowers, Kitchen Organizing & Cleaning, Make a Meal January Cure: Assignment # 7
1/10/14 09:49 AM

Yeah Magic House! Those stairs do lead to a reading room, but it's dressed up as a play library. Kids can play librarian, checking out books, reshelving them, working on a computer catalog, etc. They love it. So yeah, a bit contrived, but definitely works for that space.

Step It Up: Whimsical Ways to Decorate Your Staircase
1/9/14 04:59 PM

Totally belongs on retrorenovation.com! They'd love it!

Jeanee's Sunny Vintage Kitchen Kitchen Tour
12/20/13 12:33 PM

I'm really surprised at all the comments on forgotten or incorrect venting in a kitchen! I thought building/housing codes usually required this - what are our building inspectors doing?

Tell Us: What's Your Biggest Kitchen Design Mistake?
12/11/13 08:26 AM

Another great few, from my experience: bubble bath and character Bandaids (especially because I refuse to buy them the rest of the year, bwaa haaa haaa).

10 Practical Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Use Year Round
12/9/13 05:24 PM

Only Asian bittersweet is invasive. There is a native American bittersweet, and it makes beautiful fall berries too. I've planted four vines in my yard!

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/groundcovervines1/a/bittersweet.htm discusses the differences.

Seasonal Garden Treasures: Rose Hips The Gardenist
11/13/13 08:51 PM