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Display Name: Hicchan
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Ooh, I love the antiqued mirror bathroom! Definitely saving that for my future home!

Small Bathroom Solution: Mirrored Walls Inspiration & Ideas
4/18/14 06:41 PM

Here is another fact you (probably) didn't want to know about peeps:

One ingredient in peeps is boiled calf bones.


5 Things You Never Wanted to Know About Peeps
4/16/14 07:50 PM

Anyone can buy Google Glass *(that has a spare $1500 lying around).

Fixed the headline for you. :)

Seriously, though, I would love to have a pair. I'm not one of the aforementioned people, though. Maybe next time!

Anyone Can Buy Google Glass, Today Only Design News
4/15/14 03:43 PM

I wouldn't care, except that under is SO dirty! Gross. I have to roll off a significant amount and throw it away if it's under.

Call me crazy, but it's not likely that anyone washes that holder or the wall regularly, and putting the tp under means that it's hanging touching the wall. Then on top of that, a lot of people will touch the roll to stop it, leaving the touched part behind. GROSS GROSS GROSS!! I don't want that touching my privates.

How To: Hang Your Toilet Paper Correctly?
4/5/14 01:19 PM

Wouldn't newspaper scratch the glass? Not to mention leave newsprint behind? Plus, you don't know who had touched it during the printing process....

The Best Non-Toxic Cleaners That You Already Have at Home Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/24/14 07:38 PM

Never say never.

I was living in Tokyo when the big 3/11 earthquake&subsequent tsunami hit. Tokyo was barely damaged, but the supply line sure was. I ran out of toilet paper because for weeks there was none to be found. When it did finally trickle back in, retailers were charging 3-5 times the usual price. We were urged to not drink the water out of possible Fukushima radiation issues, but bottled water was also gone within an hour of the quake. It was impossible to find anything fresh for a while, including bread, eggs, milk, meat, and rice was gone within a day.

Until then, I'd never stockpiled (except Reese's Peanut butter cups because they were my favorite candy and a limited item), bother because of limited space and a tight budget (can't buy extra when you're usually eating one piece of bread a day by the end of the month because you're out of money/food), but I borrowed money and stockpiled water and tp from then on. I never wanted to be caught without again. Anything can happen, and when disaster strikes you want to be the one who is prepared.

Store It At the Store: How to Curtail Your Urge to Stock Up Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/14/14 05:02 PM

Going shoeless was a habit that I picked up in Japan, and now it feels weird to go any other way. Not even just weird-- disgusting! I automatically take off my shoes, but some people ask me to keep them on, and I feel like I'm being bad. ;o;

It's so gross-- it's not just about the dirt, it's also about the things you can't see, like pee from public restrooms. Nobody can ever seem to hit the bowl (and I'm a girl), and I don't want that on my floors. Ew. Not to mention area rugs will get dirty and dingy.

Shoes off forever! :)

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 12:26 PM

This is so, so gorgeous! I love the combination of white with blonde wood. Absolutely stunning. :)

Before & After: A Cramped Kitchen Gets a Big Change
3/10/14 02:10 PM

I was probably a nightmare tenant in one apartment. I was told after I'd signed the lease that I wasn't allowed to make holes in the wall. This would have been a dealbreaker but I was already stuck, so I compromised by sticking sticky hooks on the wallpaper to hold up decoration (sorry, I just CANNOT have bare walls as is so common in Japan). It had this hideous, off-white, textured "paper" wallpaper. Well, as the apartment was just one room, the humidity from the shower made most of them fall down.

That wasn't the nightmare part, though. One hook decided that it was not only stuck, it was so stuck that when it decided that the framed photo that I'd hung on it was too heavy, it fell--- without letting go. So it took a huge chunk of wallpaper with it.

Then, I don't know HOW this happened, but another hook on another wall also decided to take the plunge, and it took the wallpaper AND chunks of the wall behind it with it. I panicked. In the end, they made me pay for the damages and replacing all of the wallpaper, claiming htat it wouldn't match if they only did sections.

Yet I still used those hooks (without issue) in all of my later apartments. ALong with nails, as should be used. I never felt like it was my fault-- this shouldn't have happened, if the walls had been well constructed and the hooks worked as asked, but what can a renter do in a foreign country? At least I got out of paying for the toilet seat, as it had been cracked when I'd moved in two years prior and finally snapped right before I left There hadn't been any time to ask for a replacement, but they tried to pin that one one me. Oh, they tried.

How Removable Have Your Temporary Design Solutions Been? Reader Survey
3/10/14 02:04 PM

@Alison K

There are actually some vegan cat foods on the market. They're pricey, but I have heard great things about them. Obviously, they're carefully controlled to have all of the essential vitamins and amino acids. I am a vegan for ethical reasons, and I can't stand to support that horrible animal slaughter industry in any way. It would make me a hypocrite.

So, while money is tight right now and my mother pays for cat food, as soon as I move out I'm switching my baby to the vegan food. I'm sure that like the other cats, she will have a shinier coat and more energy. Perhaps her allergies will even clear up.

Also, eggs and milk require the deaths of animals to produce, so I don't know that your definition of vegetarianism is correct.

What You Might Not Know: Not All Cheeses Are Vegetarian!
The Cheesemonger

3/9/14 02:54 PM

The original was yellowey and just plain hideous. I am thrilled with the end result! How cute and quaint! I love the white pulls, they really pop, and against that dark floor-- gorgeous!!

Before & After: Nicole's Jewelry Box Inspired Dresser Makeover
3/8/14 11:24 AM

I should specify that it had been originally beige and pale green. Not to mention dingy and stained. I actually painted the bedroom a lovely pinkish-gold that reflected the morning light (it was gorgeous). Oh man, that was SO hard to let go of. If the rent hadn't been more than half of my salary, to the point where I wasn't able to even eat well, I would never have left. Well, it also would have been nice to have had some insulation and an air conditioner, but neither of those are standard either in Japan, so what can you do?

I hope that my next place (I'm no longer in Japan) will let me paint. I'll try to find one, and of course I'll let the landlord know before I even sign the lease that I'd like to. I am a professional artist, so hopefully a line of communication will open the doors for me if he's opposed to it. I mean, at least I don't have kids and I don't party, so they're not likely to have much, if any, repairs when I move.

True Confessions: Have You Ever Painted a Rental Without Permission? Reader Survey
2/21/14 05:23 PM

I understand that a renter might be apprehensive about tenants painting the walls, but really, if landlords painted the color of choice (within reason) before a tenant moved in, it would eliminate pretty much all of the problems, right? Keep in mind that a tenant who is allowed to make the space feel more like home will be more likely to stay, and more likely to take care of the place. Or you could charge, like another renter talked about.

I lived in Japan for a number of years, and painting the walls is nearly unheard of. Paint is actually hard to find, and all but one of my seven apartments there were covered in the exact same hideous "natural paper" textured wallpaper. It was ugly, ugly, ugggggggly. One place specifically allowed me to paint (I asked before I signed the lease because that was what I was looking for), and that apartment was the one that I took the most care of. I cared about it, and loved it to death. It was the only one that really felt like home to me. I repainted it after moving out, to the specified white (even though it had been painted beige and this hideous pale green), and was so sorry to see it suddenly look 600 times less beautiful. Oh well. At least it was the only place I didn't feel ripped off for paying $3,000 in deposits before I moved in (in Japan, this is standard. It costs half a year's salary to move into a lot of places).

True Confessions: Have You Ever Painted a Rental Without Permission? Reader Survey
2/21/14 05:18 PM

I am one of those people that side with progress. I do feel sorry that poorer people feel put-out, but I moved time and again as a child, and I've never really felt like I have a home, and I am alright. Moving is moving. Neighborhoods look safer, cleaner, and more inviting when gentrification happens. That's not JUST for the rich. It also provides opportunities for the poorer people. Maybe they have to move, but gentrification creates more jobs and more opportunities for advancement. I think that it is overall a positive change.

I've been there. I've had to live in the outskirts of the city and in tiny tiiiny apartments (dark one room studios less than 75 square feet including the bathroom and kitchen) in order to live in the city) because I'm not rich and I want to live in safer/more exciting areas. It pushed me to make more, to be able to afford a better place. It still hasn't happened, but I'd rather live in these places than a scary ghetto or run-down area any day.

New York's Gentrification As Told Through GIFs Design News
2/21/14 01:51 PM

Wow!! This is gorgeous!

Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Gets Light and Bright
2/10/14 05:19 PM

He didn't include Hawaii at all. Probably because it's obvious that paradise beats all others. If weather is your only concern, move to Hawaii (duh)!

How Many Pleasant Days a Year Does Your City Get? Design News
2/10/14 04:20 PM

I, too, have lists and measurements in my iPhone, so that they're always handy, and I don't have to deal with the added weight in my purse! :)

How To Always Have Your Home's Info at the Ready Comment of the Day
2/1/14 10:54 PM

Where I live currently in Japan, it is required for the guests to give a cash "gift" instead of presents. The general rate is $300 per person, or $500 per couple. It is to help the couple pay for the wedding.

I am not Japanese, and I find it appalling to be honest. I had a friend who invited me to her wedding, and I declined saying that I had to work. The truth was, though, that I didn't have an extra $300 laying around to pay. Later on when I was looking at photos, she complained about a guest who had attended who was "so rude!" I asked what had happened, and she had said that the woman in question, who was not a friend but actually someone she had hired as a translator for her family, had not given a cash "gift," even though she attended the wedding (as an employee nonetheless!).

To me, it's like throwing a $20,000 birthday party and requiring every guest to pay $3-500 to attend. It's your wedding, you pay. When it's my wedding, I will pay. It's very common that people avoid going to weddings in Japan. I can't understand this custom, and if anyone but a close friend asked for fees to attend their wedding, I be offended and turn down the invitation. In the case of the close friend, I would be offended but possibly still attend. I would just no longer be able to see that friend in the same way.

Creating a Wedding Registry:
Tips for Couples Already Living Together

6/29/13 09:12 PM

Sorry, autocorrect strikes again! Correcting words that aren't even misspelled. :/

What Do You Do With Your Houseplants When You Move?
6/24/13 09:42 AM

I live near a lot of wooded fields, so right before I leave, my precious spider plant and cacti are getting planter in the ground! Hope they survive! T_T I'd take them, but I'm changing countries and continents.

What Do You Do With Your Houseplants When You Move?
6/24/13 09:41 AM