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Display Name: BioE
Member Since: 6/26/12

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Wow; lots of inspiration here. :) And the "showhouse tour" clarification is a nice idea - even if it just makes me feel slightly less inadequate as a designer.

Long Island City: Modern Living at the View Showhouse Tour
7/11/12 04:10 PM

I thought Apartment Therapy was a pretty positive place, until I started participating more and reading comments. Here's one from a another post I just read:

"I don't understand why you are asking this question on the internet. Go get yourself some paint chips of "grey with blue or green undertones" and hold them up to each color on the couch. Pick the ones that don't suck. Paint swatches on the wall behind the couch. Pick the one that you like."

I wouldn't call that "mean," and I can understand where the commenter is coming from. I've also seen much more sarcasm on other blogs. But I just don't know what the point of making a comment like that is -- other than to make the poster feel bad for having wasted the commenter's time.

People don't often take such a harsh tone in personal interactions. And if that's what someone's actually thinking when I ask a question they think is stupid, even though they're smiling and being polite to my face, I think I'd rather not know. :)

Over-Sharing and Over-Caring: Decorating Our Homes in the Digital Age
7/11/12 04:07 PM

@Lyonstill: my impression was that the author was asking for *personal* recommendations, either for a specific product, of for custom furniture makers in the New York area. I spent the past month scouring hundreds of furniture websites for sectionals, using Google and other tools, but I'd also love to hear from someone who can personally vouch for a sectional that is well-made and lasts - precisely because, as the author says, a lot of this furniture falls apart after a year, and Google may not tell you that. :)

Quality Sofa with Storage Inside? Good Questions
7/11/12 03:52 PM

Agree completely w/Lyonstill, having the in-home photos is a huge help!

Before & After: Updated Bamboo EtageresJunkin' Junky
7/11/12 10:22 AM

I use Sony earbuds; I think they're pricier than need be, but they fit my ears, and neither the hard earbuds nor the over-ear earbuds work for me. But I never have a problem with being unable to hear street noise when running, and I don't really understand where people are coming from on that score. My buds don't actively cancel ambient sound with white noise, and while they stay in my ears, they certainly don't fit so closely as to make a sound-blocking seal. Unless I crank up the volume to an excessive degree, I can hear ambient sound just fine.

These Earbuds Always Stay In
7/11/12 12:18 AM

The first photo was definitely taken within a few hundred miles of my home - hills are a dead giveaway - and we had an outhouse a lot like that at our cabin when I was growing up. Picturesque, but I much prefer plumbing. :)

Out-of-the-Way Outhouses Environmental Graffiti
7/8/12 01:12 PM

I'm actually with Jess13 on this too - but it's not really fair to the refinisher to show the desk in isolation. Refinishing something for yourself isn't like refinishing furniture to sell in a boutique - you're trying to make a piece work in your space. A distressed slightly country white desk may look far better in her home than the original and/or or a more trendy or out-of-the-box piece.

Also, "duck egg blue" is a thing.

Before & After: Old-School Desk Gets a Makeover Storywood Designs
7/6/12 01:20 PM

I think the range of comments shows that "small town" can be anything from a fairly well-off college town with little shops, to a hippie resort town, to a dying farm community, to a conservative and inward-looking enclave. I've lived in all of those, and it's pretty much impossible to generalize about "small towns" as such - they can be wonderful or awful for many reasons, just like cities.

But I still had to read this post out loud to my boyfriend, who can't understand my obsessive pre-planning of decor for an apartment we haven't yet moved into. It's *totally* because I grew up in a country town of 7K people, and never saw an IKEA or Target or Pottery Barn until I was in my twenties. Mail-order meant the Sears catalog, you made things if you couldn't find them locally, and you yard-saled every summer weekend at 7:30, bright and early. The idea that I can get what I want online at West Elm or IKEA and it will actually show up at my apartment. . . it's amazing. But I still love yardsales. Yes, they're mostly junk, but there's nothing like the adrenaline rush of finding bargain treasures (or treasures-to-be) among that junk.

One more benefit of small-town living that the author of the post left out: *anticipating* decorating trends by a significant margin (circa 1989: "hey, these library card catalogs they're clearing out are dirt cheap and kinda awesome, let's buy a bank of them.")

10 Reasons I Love Living in a Small Town
7/3/12 03:35 PM

I feel your pain; our current rental has missing grout, cracked tiles, missing tiles, etc. While there's nothing to be done about the missing tiles, and I won't re-grout for a landlord (I did that in my own house, and it's a massive amount of work) I used a toothbrush and cleanser to clean thoroughly in the largest cracks and filled them with silicone caulk (white in the missing grout, clear around the fixtures). In addition to making things look cleaner, it does something that hasn't been mentioned yet in this thread -- it also prevents leakage from the shower into the walls, reducing the odds that you'll have to deal with maintenance crises. Since we live in a prewar multistory apartment building, there are constant plumbing issues, and one weekend after hours (naturally) our neighbor two floors down came up complaining that our shower was leaking through his ceiling. When the super opened our bathroom wall, he found everything in a state of desperately-needs-to-be-renovated rust and decay, but no moisture at all, thanks to my caulking. Voila, super lets us off the hook and other people get to deal with plumbers/drywall replacement (the super told me to go crazy with the silicone).

I don't know if you have neighboring tenants or any reason to suspect leakage in the bathroom, but if so, I recommend preventative measures to keep the bathroom leak-free so you never have to stay home for/deal with plumbers, electricians, etc. (I lived through all the windows in my last rental being replaced, and it was a fiasco. I'd prefer to break a lease rather than deal with the damage and costs; supervising contractors on your own property is challenging enough, but when you're not the owner, and you can't control the quality of the materials or personnel brought into your home, it's ghastly).

How To Fix Up Bad Tile in Rental Bathroom? Good Questions
6/26/12 12:51 PM