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As Carrie Bradshaw said on Sex and the City, "It's an OUTFIT!" When I'm invited to a party I incorporate my shoes (usually knee-high boots) into my get-up. Walking around without them makes me feel incredibly informal, and being asked to remove them feels similar to being asked to remove my makeup at the door. Or how about taking off my bra? If you actually know how to entertain in a real, adult way, you know how to deal with shoes on your floors. Stocking-footed parties are for toddler play dates and movie night. Otherwise shoes are on, and the only time I take them off is for a fun game of Twister.


Etiquette at Home: Solutions to The Great Shoe Debate
10/21/11 10:58 PM

@dogdokken Hmmmm... It totally could be Barbara Brown. I think the seam on the inside says something like, "London" something.

Anyways, did I say "Panton"? I meant Panton-esque, whoops!


Katherine & Jem's Humboldt Park Bazaar Apartment
House Tour

9/8/11 02:27 PM

@megnyc Owl pillows are from CB2.

@ohiunderstand I actually don't know the brand of sofa. I've looked for marks, I can't see them.

@adikin Shade in the office is Behr's "Suede Gray." Bedroom was painted when we moved in so I don't know what color it is.

@House Voyeur The Ghost Chair has gotten some scratches over the years but overall we've found it to be pretty durable. It's comfortable, but as an everyday dining chair I almost wouldn't recommend it. That's why we have the big, old padded office chairs at our dining room table.

@duze The white laminate cabinet is a 2003-era Ikea purchase. Don't know the name of it and it doesn't get manufactured anymore, but I bet you could find it in an '03 Ikea catalog.

@dan6907 Tree pillowcases were also Ikea.


Katherine & Jem's Humboldt Park Bazaar Apartment
House Tour

9/7/11 02:17 PM

@337 The Pulp poster was cut up into various size acrylic frames. I did it because it was about $400 cheaper than actually getting it framed. Not at all exact in the measurements so pretty easy to do.

The color in the office (and living room) is suede gray from Behr.


Katherine & Jem's Humboldt Park Bazaar Apartment
House Tour

9/6/11 02:36 PM

While I'd love to take credit for the B-O-Y and it was in my booth, they belong to my booth-mate and studio-mate Cushion Chicago, and she currently has them in her Etsy shop.

Great roundup! Thanks for coming out to cover the show.


10 Favorites from The Vintage Bazaar
5/16/11 11:45 PM

I think that Eames lounge is a copy -- right? Aren't they supposed to have 5-pointed bases for the chair and 4 for the ottoman? This only has 4 points for the chair...

Just wondering!


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Room Board Maple Parsons Dining Table - $400 Chicago Scavenger
9/22/09 02:05 PM

I still don't understand the use of the royal 'we' in posts like this one. I'm confused.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Look! Clashing Styles in a Childhood Bedroom
7/3/09 10:28 AM

I like the one on the porch the best. Take away the duvet though and it's total W.T.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | 10 Different Ways to Dress the Bed
5/17/09 10:32 AM

I'm kind of grossed out by Sholt's germophobia.

Toilet "open" sign = great.
Shopping cart in dressing area = rad.

I could never pull that off without looking like a hobo.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Temporary Attic Abode Awesomeness Loft Life
5/13/09 07:33 PM

Love your space -- the lockers, the eating area. Curtains or no -- nice job!


Apartment Therapy Chicago | How To: Hang 30' Of Curtains For $40
5/11/09 11:09 PM

Woah -- that's a great idea. More like this!


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Cafe Clips: Hang Your Curtains For Under $3
5/10/09 07:36 PM

I had a pink bathroom growing up and never though much about it until I discovered Save the Pink Bathrooms. Now I love pink bathrooms and advocate for them, always.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Pink Bathrooms
3/9/09 11:27 PM

Why is pegboard just. so. GREAT? And why don't I have any in my apartment yet? I love this idea.

Is there any way I can cover up the ugly tile in my kitchen with pegboard?


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Pegboard Recycling Stations
3/9/09 11:13 PM

Hells. YES. I want a chair in every system of the body!


Apartment Therapy Chicago | AK-LH: Circulatory System Arm Chairs
3/9/09 10:48 PM

I finally made it out to this place this weekend -- loved it! I took some pictures, too: see them here.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Reader Tip: Jubilee Furniture Company
2/3/09 04:49 PM

I'm with whoever wants to trick people into buying more stuff like this. I have some rub-on Michael Jackson and E.T. decals we can slap on some Lladros if you want to.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Heavy Metal Decor by Pierre Blanc
1/16/09 12:01 AM

I love Lithuania and Hungary. Very different rooms but... maybe it's the paper globe lamp? Maybe it's that they don't look quite so perfect.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | 10 Stylish Living Rooms from Around the World Normal Room
12/10/08 10:07 PM

My entire blog is dedicated to my favorite thrift store finds -- mine and other people's. Chicago is such a fertile ground for thrifting, as is Milwaukee! My favorite thrift store is the Unique Thrift on Sheridan, with a close second being the Unique Thrift on Diversey. I'm sad that the downturn in the economy is forcing a lot of "mom & pop" thrift stores out of business. Those were where you could really find amazing deals.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Best Thrift Store Finds
11/11/08 02:39 PM

Hot or not, it's definitely not the first. There are several apartment complexes in my neighborhood that don't allow smoking. Now if only they could find a way to ban "roach farming," I'd move in to that building in a second.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Hot or Not: Chicago's First Smoke-Free Apartment Complex
11/10/08 09:23 AM

If there are more teachers looking for desks in Chicago, here are some free ones I found on Craigslist.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Donors Choose AT Blogger Challenge 2008: 19 days left!
10/15/08 06:08 AM