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Display Name: wende in phoenix
Member Since: 3/10/07

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Figure ~$4k for a 1-BR apartment with professional movers, more if you have heavier stuff. Plus, because you don't fill a truck, your stuff may be loaded and unloaded multiple times in the course of getting other loads out.

Having moved cross-country far too many times, I'm now a huge fan of the "sell everything but the keepsakes" move advocated by scmods2. After three months on the opposite coast, you'll find yourself wanting to decorate differently anyway, so you might as well save yourself the cost of moving any furniture that's not a treasure.

The Cost to Move from LA to NY? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/10/10 06:01 PM

Bee T. -- I'd try eBay after taking a spin through one of those dusty hardware stores that looks as if no one has cleaned it in 30 years. Not only was there a matching sideboard... there was a bedroom set! My parents had the dressers. That'd put it originally in the Sears-Wards-Penneys axis of furniture, if that helps in identifying the right hardware.

What Was This Furniture Piece Used For? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/10/10 05:54 PM

If we're going to try to influence the judges, let's give 'em comments that they'll take seriously. "Boring!" says nothing about what criteria the commenter is using or whether this person has a clue. A civil explanation of the apartment's weaknesses -- "the blended palette doesn't feel like vibrant use of color; it needs a pop of something brighter in the living room" -- gives the judge something to think about.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Midwest #41: Vamh's Perfect Harmony
10/20/08 06:03 AM

Mad, insane, passionate love for the glass house... that is a gorgeous project.

I gather from the use of the off-white Plasco bathroom set that it's 1:18 rather than 1:12? That's an extraordinarily difficult scale to work in these days -- hard to get anything.

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Kathy's Miniature World of GlamourNew York
8/1/08 01:17 PM

A darker ceiling is an old trick for improving proportions when the ceiling is too high for the size of the room, so there are definitely rooms where this will look incredible --including many a hundred-year-old kitchen, study, or small bedroom where you have a 10' ceiling in a tiny room.

I'd use caution and keep it subtle in mid-20th-century construction with 8' ceilings, where a much darker or brighter ceiling color is likely to make the ceiling seem to come looming down at you.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Considering: Colorful Painted Ceilings
7/25/08 06:48 AM

Here's a question for fellow Asian-Revival-philes... I need to touch up my new-to-me black wicker Japanese nesting coffee table. If I try to match the black, it'll be a disaster. Any general suggestions on a good color of paint to rub into the chipped bits?

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Open Thread 121 San Francisco
7/24/08 07:02 PM

Absolutely beautiful... I want to stroke them gently in someone else's home.

The only way I'd ever grout those is with a grout the exact color of the local hard water deposits, but that's my theory on tile-setting anyway.

(Cassis, there is, alas, no way to use tiles as tiles without grout. You'd have to find some other use, like using a section as a trivet.)

Apartment Therapy New York | Frammenti Micro Mosaic: Teeny-Tiny Tile from Brix
7/24/08 06:59 PM

Those are the most organized cats I've ever seen.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! Cat...Shelving?
7/24/08 06:55 PM

The shots you show remind me vaguely of now-defunct Nest, though they were deliberately aiming to show shocking interiors...

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Apartamento Magazine
7/24/08 06:54 PM

That's not a weird kitchen -- that's a wonderfully Midwestern turn-of-the-century apartment kitchen! I loved our Giant Cabinet when we lived in Minneapolis.

The work triangle ends up being completely insane, and I remember well the experience of having to carry around a mixing bowl while mixing (as well as "wash as you cook") -- but yours is so nice looking that I'm a pale green with envy.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Flickr Finds: Katie's Kitchen Organization
7/24/08 06:51 PM

Ross is splendidly random, which is why it's worth checking occasionally. I'd vote for Market St. and Mercado Santa Clara as the two best Ross stores in the Bay Area, but the whole point of the chain is that YMMV.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Open Thread 102
3/14/08 08:22 AM

Welcome to 1971! That's back when owning a dryer was a big investment, so everyone had a back yard clothesline.

Your neighbors should consider themselves lucky that you're taking care of a back yard, as there are plenty of newish developments in California where the vacant/foreclosed houses never got their yards put in, and it's just dirt.

I totally agree that CC&R's should apply to public spaces (front yards and apartment/condo balconies) but not to private spaces (back yards and totally enclosed condo courtyards).

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | High Gas Bill, Hi Clothesline!
3/14/08 08:13 AM

I may be a woman, but I've never had any difficulty determining whether a toilet seat is up or down before using it. Is there some complexity beyond "look at the toilet" that I've been missing?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Considerate Seat Toilet Lid
3/6/08 12:36 PM

Okay, what is that mesmerizing counter and sink combo made of?

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Flickr Finds: SFgail's Bathroom
3/6/08 12:00 PM

Well, I think JonathanB remembers I'm on the Cure Lite track, as I think (and I'm pretty sure the book says, at the end), that regular tune-ups help prevent major problems down the road.

On the one hand, it's great that the site is trying to avoid the "nobody noticed I Cured" complaints of the past, and it's also important to see a move toward keeping good metrics of how people use the site. There's a point in growth when it's necessary to start collecting numbers in order to plan.

On the other hand, I took the "getting to know you" survey and discovered that the only thing AT wanted to know about me was how much I spend. That was a survey for selling space to advertisers. Great -- the site needs advertising to support the server demand and editors, and I'd rather see a smaller number of targeted ads than the Google Adsense clutter.

BUT -- lacking a privacy policy, I have to assume the site has the option of selling these addresses to advertisers. If you're excited about getting more pretty catalogs and magazine offers in the mail, this is a win-win. Stuffing my mailbox with unsolicited catalogs just annoys my mail carrier, increases my recycling, and gives me the added hassle of contacting all these companies to be removed from their lists. So unless I know my contact information can't be shared or sold, I don't provide it.

Apartment Therapy New York | The Spring Cure: Getting Oriented Week Zero
3/6/08 07:32 AM

Sparkle -- See if you can find any of Lady J's old home photos on the site. She is the queen of pink-and-orange and is not being the slightest bit sarcastic.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Spring Cure Official Sign Up
3/6/08 07:20 AM

Not if you don't mind the litter of needles and used condoms, which I'm sure sophisticated New Yorkers have no problem with. San Franciscans tended to be bothered by it, but we Westerners always struggle with the glamor of big-city life.

Apartment Therapy New York | NYC's New Public Bathrooms by Cemusa
3/6/08 07:11 AM

Leaving aside budget for a minute -- because CL exists to solve that problem -- how committed are you to having a separate double bed and sofa in your space?

Trading them in for a sofa-bed would give you a lot more floor space and flexibility. The quality of sofa-beds for sleeping has improved dramatically in the past 10 years or so; they won't fool you into thinking you have a $10,000 mattress, but they won't wreck your back, either.

If you were comfortable with going that route, you could put the desk with the bookcases and have the sofa face the window, with its back to the bookcase, and you might even have room for another chair.

(And if the radiator is ugly, definitely get a radiator cover.)

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: Help the Layout of My Studio Apartment!
3/6/08 05:38 AM

TRUE BLUE -- You're thinking of It's (K)not Wood, which is here:

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Open Thread 101
3/6/08 05:09 AM

We like this painless, eco-friendly, non-toxic method rather than those silverware cloths with who-knows-what on them.

Pacific Silvercloth embeds flecks of silver in the cloth to attract the tarnish; Kenized Silvercloth treats the cloth with zinc carbonate, which is also the key ingredient in calamine lotion. No bizarre or unnatural chemicals... just sayin'.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | How To: Keep Silver Tarnish-Free
3/6/08 04:56 AM