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Check out the show Grimm, because the main character lives in a home very similar in style to this one. I love what the set decorators did with it. Lots of layers of warm and soft colors to balance the strong wood. It may not be your style, though, but you could definitely get some ideas from it!


To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 09:50 PM

I have a basic Swiffer sweeper with the wet and dry cloths. My mom got me them; she's obsessed. I was somewhat offended: Someday, I told her, I would have more time to mop on a regular basis, to sweep more often to keep up with my pairs of dogs and cats. I am not one for "disposable" products; I am environmentally conscious, "green." But then I tried the Swiffer sweeper and my house is like 10x cleaner, so I'll let this one slide... and they don't kick up dust so that helps curb dust allergies. You win, mother, <this time>.


Are Swiffers Really As Good As They Claim? Good Questions
3/27/14 04:13 PM

I appreciate this post and am sorry her family had to go through that. I used to be a professional baker and in my early twenties my asthma got so severe I was on five medications for it and still couldn't breathe. I had a crackly cough like the one described. It was a nightmare - my lungs were hardly working, and doctors checked my heart, did xrays, bloodwork, you name it. I went to specialists begging for help. Then I went to an immunologist who put me on a low-allergen diet. I was able to pinpoint wheat - I had developed a wheat allergy. I started breathing again and haven't had asthma since. Also my joints stopped getting as inflamed.

Food allergy tests only have a 50% accuracy rate - you have to actually try it out. I eat gluten-free now because it's the safest way to avoid wheat. I have no idea what changed for me with wheat but kudos to anyone brave enough to give up one of the most popular foods to see if they feel better. It sure beats taking a bunch of pills. That's easy to do, but won't always work and can have long-term side effects. The only side effect of being gluten-free for me at this point is the occasional ignorant jerk making fun of me.


Why I Went Gluten-Free: Meg of Beard and Bonnet Shares Her Story Kitchen Tour
2/19/14 10:11 PM

Aw I love this. Reminds me of my wonderful relationships with my dogs. The first picture is particularly precious. Thank you for sharing.


At Home With Greer and The Notorious F.I.G. Apartment Therapy Readers & Their Pets
11/18/13 04:21 PM

I made this last night and it was awwwwwwwwwesome!!! The best meatloaf I've ever had or made. I used 80/20 ground beef and gluten-free Trader Joe's whole grain bread. I didn't think I needed a "recipe" for meatloaf but when I saw this I went for it. Thanks.


How To Make Meatloaf from Scratch Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
11/12/13 08:38 PM

Sometimes I worry about the mental health of people who post so many negative remarks on Apartment Therapy. The point is sharing what we, as individual people, and usually not as designers, have managed to create, preferably with permission (my mom is a landlord and improvements are always welcome, so long as they ask first!). This isn't Houzz, this isn't a website where we rate 1 - 5 stars, this is Apartment Therapy and it's about individualism. Those of you who are freaking out over someone else's creativity - have you ever gone out on a limb and redesigned something in your own home truly to your liking? Or are you too afraid people won't "like" what you've created for YOU? Be you-centric for once, with a landlord's permission, and nest up in your home. It will be so much nicer to have your own sanctuary to come home to after stressful days. And you might be nicer to others, as well.

Kudos to Megan - I think it's beautiful, took a lot of work, is original, and must be wonderful to cook in! I love wallpaper and think it's totally worth the effort, and the skill you must have to get it up there is beyond impressive.


Rental Kitchen Before & After: A New Color Scheme and a Wallpapered Ceiling! Kitchen Makeover
9/4/13 07:46 PM

I guess snobbery is one way to make friends but I've already got plenty. I love the wallpaper and overall imagination in the living room. I adore that the designer was original and took risks. I will always have love and respect for artists who have some fun. Well done. I'm tired of seeing mid-century chairs and that Ikea b&w zigzag rug in every other picture. This is refreshing.


Kips Bay Show Home: The Third Floor
7/19/13 10:50 PM

Hi Chris - I really like the light, bright style you chose and how you designed it based on your own personal needs. I think all kitchens should be like that, and I'm guessing your 50's cabinets went somewhere new to somebody who saw them fit for their own needs! Cool! Way to share!

I'm curious - did you remove the saltillo tiles or did you do something clever to cover them up?? Please share - I really like the floors you picked (it's amazing how similar the c.1960 kitchen in our "new" home looks like your "before" photos and I'll be borrowing some design ideas but repainting the cabinets).


Kitchen Before & After: A Cookbook Author Transforms His 1950s Kitchen Reader Kitchen Remodel
6/20/13 02:10 AM

I just want to say, as a food-allergy-stricken person, that it is so sweet and heart-warming to see that those of you without said dietary restrictions go out of your way to bake/cook/cater for people you know who have them. That is true kindness!


Baking For Friends With Dietary Restrictions: 3 Tips for Success
5/30/13 09:47 PM

I just want to say, as a food-allergy-stricken person, that it is so sweet and heart-warming to see that those of you without said dietary restrictions go out of your way to bake/cook/cater for people you know who have them. That is true kindness!


Baking For Friends With Dietary Restrictions: 3 Tips for Success
5/30/13 09:47 PM

This is my first year of teaching at a Title I middle school. Know what we could all really use? Whiteboard markers. Pencils. Paper. Buying supplies and losing supplies adds unnecessary stress to an already intense career. I think that gift cards would be awesome, but long-term what would really help and stand out is any sort of classroom supplies you'd like to give us. We will most definitely find a use for it and be so thankful! (p.s. I noticed someone else suggested a Staples gift card for office supplies - great idea.)


What Are Some Good Gifts for Teachers? Good Questions
12/14/12 01:59 AM

"Zesty." ...makes me think of italian salad dressing packets or, somehow, Shake&Bake.


What's Your Least Favorite Food Writing Cliché?
8/3/12 01:29 PM