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Will the knock-off furniture police also object to my collection of knock-off miniature chairs? I actually have several authentic real person-sized iconic chairs, but I just can't see spending that much on a tiny one - I've got a dozen or so Chinese knockoffs on top of my cube wall (plus a Karim Rashid dining set that was around $20 I think).


Stylish Living For Your Toys: The Vitra Miniature Collection
3/27/14 01:37 PM

If you're not in a position to build them yourself, a carpenter or handyman could easily build almost exactly that, for probably somewhere around $30 a box (depends on how much labor goes for in your area).


Is There a Cheaper Alternative to Muuto Stacked Shelves? Good Questions
3/26/14 04:51 PM

Great project! I'm currently looking for an unsalvageable piano for a client to insert his keyboard in; I will send this along and suggest a bar on top!


Before & After: A Craigslist Piano With A Surprise Inside
3/26/14 02:27 PM

The top layout is more flexible - the small area on the right of the kitchen in the bottom layout can't be used for expanded dining seating, say.

However, I would probably swap the peninsula for an island. A big open area in the middle of the kitchen is just farther you have to carry things.

Also, it looks like you've got a lot of wasted space between the stairs and the bathroom in both layouts - in such a small house, that is a really large area to devote to circulation. Can you rotate the stairs 90 degrees and expand the living room? Or reconfigure the stairs to be more square, and expand the living room? I think you can make much better use out of that square footage.


What's Your Favorite Layout for House We're Building? Good Questions
3/26/14 10:32 AM

I am lucky enough to be able to shut my cats out of the kitchen (they stay upstairs; the kitchen is downstairs), but I've had good luck with upside-down masking tape before (no need for double stick).

I would like to say, however, that one of my cats is insane for peppermint. He loves it more than tuna fish, so be careful with that one...


Tips for Keeping Cats Off Kitchen Counters Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/7/14 11:13 AM

That is, after the tung oil is dry - separate from wiping off the excess with a clean rag.


Easy Wood Finish: Tung Oil and Wax Apartment Therapy Video Tutorials
3/5/14 09:34 AM

Step 4A: buff off excess tung oil with 0000 steel wool. Makes for a much smoother finish!

And it's worth it to shop for pure tung oil. I have to order it online, but in a larger city, maybe you can find it in a woodworking store.


Easy Wood Finish: Tung Oil and Wax Apartment Therapy Video Tutorials
3/5/14 09:33 AM

Very cute!

Also if you can't find the pieces you need in LEGO's pick-a-brick, try bricklink.com - it's like etsy for LEGO pieces.


DIY Home Decor: Lego Family Portrait Apartment Therapy Reader Project Tutorials
2/27/14 12:33 PM

Mine makes me less productive by allowing me to browse facebook etc. during the workday without it showing up on tracking software...


Are Smartphones Making Us Less Productive? The Wall Street Journal
2/25/14 05:07 PM

And the mattress height is adjustable - there is a high and low position. All these photos show it in the high position.


In the Running for the World's Most Popular Crib: IKEA's Sniglar
2/19/14 05:02 PM

Depends on the kid & their desire to climb. It's rated for 50 lbs I believe. But it also comes with a rail to convert it to a toddler bed, so you're good for a while...


In the Running for the World's Most Popular Crib: IKEA's Sniglar
2/19/14 05:01 PM

Medium-toned Persian or other busy multi-color pattern!


Which Is Easier To Keep Looking Clean: Light or Dark Rugs?
2/13/14 06:42 PM

Fantastic nursery! Kelli, can you tell me where you got the rug? I'm looking for sometime like that for my nursery...


Before & After: Finn's Bright and Airy Nursery Transformation
2/13/14 04:40 PM

Am I supposed to sit on the floor for ten years while I save up for the real thing?


The Togo Sofa and 3 Cheaper Alternatives
2/6/14 06:42 PM

I have what I'm pretty sure is the Waverunner, from Craigslist ($375 for three pieces!).

It's really comfy. It's a bit difficult to get out of at six months pregnant, but really not a struggle. All the house guests love to sit in it, and a couple have even reported that it's good to sleep on. The corner piece is especially nice.

The wrinkles do collect crumbs a bit, but I just vacuum them with the vacuum hose when I'm sucking the cat hair off the rest of it.

I sat on a Togo in a showroom once, and while the fabric was certainly nicer, and I'm sure the foam will last longer, it's not any more comfortable.


The Togo Sofa and 3 Cheaper Alternatives
2/6/14 05:11 PM

I use a flat sheet, to keep the grease off the comforter, to add a little more warmth in the winter, and as my only covering in the summer. To make the bed, I grab the top and bottom of the flat sheet and comforter (top in one hand, bottom in the other, both layers at once) and give the whole thing a big shake. It settles on the bed, and looks fine. Takes maybe 15 seconds.


What’s the Purpose of a Flat Sheet, Anyway?
1/30/14 04:38 PM

Hydrogen peroxide kills mold. I don't think it would be super great for the wood, but since the piece is basically a lost cause for you at this point, it's worth a try. Just be careful not to get it on the outside (if there's no mold on the outside) because it can affect the color of the finish.


Rebecca's Cure: Mission Accomplished... Sort Of Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/30/14 11:44 AM

Dual flush from Lowe's, no idea what brand (with a terrible thin pinchy seat that I keep meaning to replace), around $90. Installed by my husband and father for a couple of beers.


How Much Did it Cost to Buy and Install Your Toilet? Reader Intelligence Request
1/28/14 04:08 PM

I have a separate policy for my engagement ring (the only piece I have worth more than $10 or $20) which is like $22 a year, and has no deductible. I did have to pay $80 to have it appraised to set up the policy.

I used to have a few pieces of family jewelry of some value, but it was all stolen. No one had receipts, and I had no photos of myself wearing it, so I got nothing for that - make sure you document your collection! Anything nice should be appraised, and you should have photos of everything, preferably on you (put it all on at once! it'll be fun!).


Does Your Homeowner's/Renter's Insurance Cover Your Jewelry?
1/27/14 04:32 PM

99.9% of my clothes go in the washer, including wool, down, and silk. I hang dry most things that suggest it, but that's my only accommodation. If you can't survive the laundry, you don't belong in my closet!


Are You a Laundry Rule Breaker?
1/27/14 12:16 PM