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Display Name: phira
Member Since: 5/10/12

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We have two large plastic tumblers, one blue and one green, that I somehow ended up with when my mom sold the house and I moved out. I didn't use them much for a long time because they're so big (I'm guessing they could hold 32 oz). I don't know why I kept them, but I'm glad I did.

My partner has OCD, and when we moved in together, the tumblers became our water cups. We each have our own (his is blue, mine is green), and the only thing that goes into them is water, which means we rarely have to wash them. It's really convenient, and because the tumblers are different colors, there aren't any mix-ups.

The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/16/14 11:04 AM

Birds are also typically considered exotic pets. I've had good luck with being really up front about my parakeet, and by disclosing, without being asked, what he is like as a pet. Most parakeet owners keep their birds caged most of the time, but we don't (well, he likes being in his cage, but he's free to fly throughout the house when we're home). We also wanted to be clear about the amount of noise and the kind of noise he made.

Because we were honest--without being asked--about his behavior, it was easier for us to convince land lords that he would not chew anything (some parakeets nest so enthusiastically that they can tear apart leather furniture). Because we explained the kind of noise he would make, it was easier for us to convince land lords that the bird would not be squawking at all hours of the night.

Tips For Negotiating a Lease with Exotic Pets
7/11/14 11:23 AM

Could always use a stylish piece of furniture.

Win: A Customized Chair from Joybird Giveaway
6/30/14 12:48 PM

It sounds like a lot of the problem right now is that you have no idea what to do with the center room. As folks have mentioned, you could have it be the formal dining room, and turn the current dining area into a breakfast nook/other casual eating space. Alternatively, the center room could be an office-type room or a library.

If you cannot figure out what to do with the center room, then I think that's a solid indication that you should get rid of it. Tear down an archway and make it a part of whichever adjacent room you'd prefer to be bigger. Honestly, the problem isn't so much with the set-up as it is with the fact that you have an extra space without an obvious function.

Help Layout Row of Compartmentalized Rooms? Good Questions
6/24/14 03:02 PM

Welp. My life is forever changed.

How To Make 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/9/14 05:01 PM

What I think makes room sharing difficult with children isn't anything related to sex and gender, but instead, related to age. I know that as a teen, having a bedroom to myself meant that I had somewhere in the house I could go to and no one else was allowed to be there but me. If I was really angry or sad, or I had a fight with my mom or my siblings, I could go into my room and stay there forever, and it was really necessary.

I do think there are a lot of benefits to sharing bedrooms when you're a kid, but I hope that parents keep an eye out and see if the arrangement is still working as kids get older.

A Genius Parenting Move for Small Space Living Comment of the Day
6/5/14 12:23 PM

It's so white!

Anna's Perfect Fit Small Cool Contest
6/3/14 12:39 PM

I am beyond impressed that three people live here.

Josh's Collected Sensibility Small Cool Contest
6/3/14 12:03 PM

Beautiful living space! I love the different upper and lower cabinets in the kitchen. I'm confused about why you chose to have your office chair effectively in the kitchen, and your bar stools on the opposite side. I'd like to hear the reasoning; I would have flipped them.

Juan Pedro's Making It His Own Small Cool Contest
6/2/14 02:11 PM

I would love to live in this house. The layout (of both the rooms and the furniture) is functional and beautiful!

Emily's Stylish Small Home Small Cool Contest
5/29/14 03:25 PM

Oh hello dream house.

Drew & Kelly's Open Concept Small Cool Contest
5/29/14 12:59 PM

I was staring at the texts trying to read editions/authors :D

I love how you've organized your place. It can be really disheartening when you're a wannabe minimalist to have all this functional junk around your small apartment. We're getting married soon and we've registered for plenty of kitchen items I've been coveting for years, and I'm already starting to plan which items will be in view, and where they'll be in view. It's exhausting, but it's worth it.

Meleah's Colorful Pre-War Apartment Small Cool Contest
5/27/14 06:50 PM

Beautiful! I love your sofa and your bed ... which pieces are they?

Amanda's Unique Blend Small Cool Contest
5/27/14 06:02 PM

Your apartment is awesome! I love that you have separate designated spaces for every room, but that everything can kind of feel like whichever room you need. For example, opening up the door to the bed = now the whole apartment is your bedroom. Or setting up a kitchen table = now the apartment is a dining room.

Natasha's Fashionable & Functional Small Cool Contest
5/27/14 06:01 PM

I'd love to see some photos of the bedroom, but this is a lovely apartment. It's just so clean and comfortable looking!

Nicholas' 1920s Charm Small Cool Contest
5/26/14 04:45 PM

This is a gorgeous apartment. I'm a little disappointed, though. One of the reasons I love Small Cool is that, as someone who lives in a tiny apartment, I love to see the ways that people create comfortable, effective, wonderful places to live. This home looks like a hotel, or an underfurnished model apartment; it doesn't look like anyone lives here, so it's hard to see just how cool this small space is.

Amandine's Little Tricks Small Cool Contest
5/22/14 03:58 PM

Can ... can I live here?

Before & After Room Transformation: Colleen & Pete's Attic to Bedroom Suite
5/19/14 03:23 PM

I'm in favor of high quality toilet paper. I don't want to get into TMI territory here, but I've got two health-related reasons why the quality of toilet paper is actually a real thing that matters to me. It was one of my non-negotiables when I moved in with my partner: we were going to spend a lot more than he wanted to on toilet paper, and it wasn't up for discussion.

Worthy Splurge: 5 Things That Are Never Worth Skimping On
5/12/14 12:57 PM

Er ... is the fridge at an angle?

Jennifer's Kitchen: Hold the Cognac Renovation Diary
4/23/14 02:42 PM

I am laughing because parakeet perched on a laptop screen is a frequent occurrence (and nuisance) in my apartment.

What Are Your Tech Pet Peeves?
4/18/14 01:40 PM