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Display Name: CayC
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Monet was actually considered quite revolutionary. It's a shame that people have reduced him to just "pretty" dorm room art. The history of the Impressionists and how they changed our conception of what art means is important.

Nearly Irreparably Damaged Monet Back on Display Design News
7/2/14 04:24 PM

Addressing racism isn't exactly being a Debbie Downer.

Ashley's Soft Industrial Artist Loft House Tour
7/1/14 10:54 AM

When you don't have an oven or a full-sized fridge, because there isn't space for a real kitchen. (But that's what Seamless is for!)

Top 10 Ways You Can Tell Your Apartment is Seriously Tiny
6/30/14 04:23 PM

Ugh. You forgot the last sentence: "Nest knows everything you're doing, so it sends all of its data to Google for collection."

Nest Opens Platform to Devices & Developers Design News
6/26/14 08:54 AM

I found some cheap, not-bad-looking panels from Target that are long enough for my windows (big brownstone ones). They're basic sheer ones, and they actually look quite nice - they let light in, but they block out the people right across from us.

How To Hang Curtains from Loft Window Frame? Good Questions
6/26/14 08:52 AM

When I'm in a big city, I really prefer something like Airbnb now. Once I started doing it, it's hard for me to go back - it's so much easier to see the different, non-touristy parts of a city when you're in a normal neighborhood. I don't think it's all that much cheaper than a hotel, to be honest.

If I'm going somewhere like a beach vacation or something, I prefer hotels.

Hotel Escape vs. Living Like a Local: How Do You Travel?
6/9/14 11:45 AM

That hidden bed is genius!

And I love the color of the bookshelf.

Natasha's Fashionable & Functional Small Cool Contest
5/27/14 02:56 PM

The issue of the laptop is obsolete. In order to have a screen-free room, you would have to take away their phone, which essentially functions in the same way as their laptops (videos, websites, Instagram, Facebook). And best of luck if you are trying to keep her 16 year-old away from her iPhone. It might work with some teenagers, but for most of have to pick your battles, and a phone is a lot harder to track than a laptop.

Is Your Teen's Room A Screen-Free Space?
4/28/14 04:57 PM

Great-looking, but not kid friendly. If you put their favorite truck on a high shelf and they happen to notice it, suddenly all those bottom shelves will turn into a giant ladder.

Also, and I don't know if this is just the kids I know, but if you're storing toys in the bedroom, when it comes to nap time/bed time, sometimes it helps to have them put away and hidden.

Kids Room 'Shelfspiration': 5 Rooms That Do It Right
4/25/14 10:53 AM

I don't do this with my neighbors, because we usually just say hi, wave, and keep going (NYC apartment building where no one talks to each other). That's not stressful to me.

Now with my roommate, on the other hand. I'm pretty sure I'm totally guilty of almost making myself late for work because I sat in my room, waiting for her to be done in the kitchen so that I could go in and not have to talk to her. (My roommate is a talker. This is both a blessing, as I'm forced to have human contact every day, and a curse, as I'm forced to have human contact every day.)

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 10:42 AM

Let me just grab my Supreme tee and cigarettes and then I'll run by to see it.

Rent Kate Moss' Former Apartment for $19,000 Per Month Design News
4/4/14 01:24 PM

I absolutely adore white walls. I live in an old Brooklyn prewar apartment with the requisite fancy moldings, trims, and painted tin ceilings. It's gorgeous, and the previous tenants had it painted in colors - the difference between when we first saw the apartment to when we moved in post-landlord all-white paint job was incredible. It seemed twice as big and sunny. The place has so much character that color on the walls was really just too much, and white lets the (beautiful, old) bones of the place shine through.

Renters Solutions: 7 Real Life Examples of White Walls that Work Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/28/14 04:44 PM

Yeah, I was weirded out when I had to type in Brooklyn instead of Boerum Hill (which, in itself, varies dramatically from street to street). Something is off if you're grouping Brooklyn Heights, East New York, and Coney Island into the same score.

New Website Grades Your Neighborhood Design News
3/18/14 04:34 PM

I'm in a gray cubicle that is nowhere near any windows, and I'm convinced that I would be more creative and productive if the space around me was more stimulating. I hate open concept plans (I do not function well without some degree of privacy when I need it), but a bit of well-placed color and some natural light would do wonders.

Creative Workspaces: Thinking Outside the Cube
2/14/14 10:02 AM

It's weird only if you make it weird. I can see once a kid hits middle school, you might want to separate them - but I think that has a lot more to do with preteens and teens needing their own space in general, not some Flowers in the Attic risk. When they are younger kids, I really don't think they care and it's a bit odd to me to sexualize them so early on. Johnny's body looks different from Sarah's? Great. Biology lesson complete. I know plenty of friends who shared rooms with siblings of the same gender, and it was just fine.

And if you start worrying about sexual development because your 6 and 8 year old are sharing a room, then you need to start raising questions like "But what if my child is homosexual, is it okay to share a room with a sibling of the same gender?" and things like that which just...please. Let them be kids. They'll figure out all of that later, and their siblings probably won't have much (or anything) to do with it. They probably don't care and are more concerned about whose side of the room the Legos are stored on, so neither should you.

Are Boy/Girl Shared Bedrooms a Problem?
2/12/14 01:46 PM

Also worth taking into account is the usefulness of the kitchen space, proximity of grocery stores, and if your commute is going to get you out of the house earlier/home later. Those three things have a habit of making the cost of takeout, delivery, and pre-prepared food add up, at least in my experience.

What Rent Can You Really Afford? Budgeting for Extra Monthly Costs
1/14/14 03:31 PM

I had a full sized bed as a kid and transitioned into a twin sized bed in college just fine. Having the larger bed was fun when I had friends sleep over when I was little. I wouldn't say it's something so luxurious that it is ridiculous for a kid to have one.

What I don't get is the white duvet covers. When I was a kid, my blankets became forts, picnic areas, occasionally doubled as togas that I dragged around the house - everything here is just a bit too precious to actually be a little kid's room. It's too cold and over-designed, like you expect the kid to tiptoe around. I don't care if the mother is from New York--I live in NYC and the kids I babysit for have normal kid rooms with colors and cozy furniture.

A Modern Mountain Room for Brothers Professional Project
12/19/13 12:27 PM

On the contrary, I'd say that handwritten items have gotten much more important. It's so easy to just bang out an email during your morning commute. An actual thank-you note that is written out and mailed shows that you put that much more effort and appreciation into thanking them for their gift. Same for regular notes, cards, etc. I still get written thank-yous from people, and it consistently makes my day to see something pretty waiting for me in my mailbox.

Also, handwriting still has so much more character than typed-out things. Has anyone ever looked at a two-line email in 12-pt Ariel and said "wow, this is just SO her?" Nope.

Is Letter Writing Dead?
11/19/13 10:55 AM

Oh, man. Maybe I would have actually played in this thing as a kid if I'd been able to chose the colors for myself. I preferred the box it came in instead :).

Before & After: Little Tikes Plastic Playhouse Paint Job
11/14/13 12:29 PM

Such a cool apartment! I usually dislike modern lofts--they so often end up being kind of cold, like display pieces instead of real homes. I would totally move into this place in a heartbeat.

Sabreen & Terrence's Industrial Modern Loft House Tour
11/8/13 10:26 AM