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Display Name: DGen
Member Since: 8/6/08

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I hang these hook/clothespins, or plastic hangers, from my shower curtain rod.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Where Do You Hang Wet Laundry?
12/21/08 10:14 PM

I like the idea of the bed in the bay window (assuming its not too drafty!), centering it in the middle window and putting a 4'-5' bookcase at the foot of the bed to separate it from the rest of the space while still preserving views (?) and allowing light to pass through. No ceiling drape installations necessary!

I'm not a huge fan of sleeping in tight quarters, so I personally wouldn't be able to live with the bed in the WIC. I do like the idea of hanging curtains porte-cochère style in the opening to the dining room, and making a private dressing room area (or impromptu guest bedroom with a blow-up matress).

Benches make great seating. If you hadn't already bought that coffee table, I would suggest using a pair of stools instead that can serve double-duty.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Ideas for Setting Up a Studio?
11/30/08 07:23 PM

Ditto on being one of those little girls who hated pink. Perhaps they'd like a cool yellow, or aqua, or purple, or (gasp!) blue?

Apartment Therapy DC | Presidential Paint Forecast by Benjamin Moore
10/16/08 10:34 AM

What makes me feel "moved in" is setting up my closet. It's just not home until my clothes are there!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Quotes: On Feeling At Home
10/1/08 07:05 PM

I am currently working on renovating an older (ca 1900) home in Hyde Park, which we are hoping to sell at some point. This is the house I grew up in, so it's hard to imagine parting with it! Luckily, my parents did a massive renovation back in the 80s, in surprisingly good taste (for the most part!), which included new windows, reinforced foundation, new plumbing/electrical, most of the things on your list. Unfortunately, 25 years on, its age is showing again, particularly with the roof, siding, and foundation.

One of the most challenging things when remodeling (and eventually decorating) an older home is how to reconcile your personal style with the character of the home.

What is interesting to me is what we as Americans (particular in more Western parts of the U.S.) consider "old" versus some of the centuries-old homes and apartment blocks in European cities. Talk about challenges!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Older Home Issues Austin
9/25/08 08:50 AM

I almost picked one up at IKEA, but I couldn't get over the god-awful smell of formaldehyde. It made me ill. Couldn't imagine living with that smell.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | The Many Phases of a Sheepskin Rug
9/25/08 08:16 AM

How about $17 ( cord, oh darn.)? I have this one in my closet! :)

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Chandeliers from $50 to $500
9/17/08 04:37 PM

I picked up something very similar to those at The Container Store (here). They're made out of Chinese language newspapers, which is an interesting detail that you don't notice at first. Similar prices, maybe a smidge cheaper.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Braided Paper Office Accessories at Cost Plus
9/13/08 05:34 PM

Teak bath "mats" like these at westelm. Target also makes a cheaper version.

Good luck!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: My Cat Pees On My Bathmat!Los Angeles
9/4/08 04:15 PM

If you're hosting someone with pet allergies, do everything (within reason) to avoid "contaminating" their sleeping space with animal hair and dander. Freshly washed bedding is a must, and if there is a door to close off the guest room to keep the pets out of during the stay, that's also really helpful. Allergens get trapped in "soft surfaces" in the home like carpets, upholstery, and curtains, so it would be conscionable to vacuum/dust before the visit. Also, non-pet-owners can sometimes be sensitive to pet smells that their owners are acclimated to... a scented candle by the bed would be a nice touch.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Advice on Guests Pets
9/4/08 04:09 PM

I don't know a ton about feng shui, but I think there's only a problem if the blades are acting as "poison arrows" and are directed towards people. So pointed up, pointed down, shouldn't make a difference. Unless you're concerned about someone who lives upstairs or downstairs from you....

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Knife Blades Up or Down?
8/26/08 10:54 AM

I can cop to this... I always hold paint chips against my skin as if I were picking out clothes to wear! ;)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look: Room Colors for Brunettes! Austin
8/22/08 04:03 PM

Similar to that last one, I use the Paint N Pour lid:

I prefer it to the plastic pour spout mentioned above because it completely covers the top of the paint can, and it has a hinged top so you can stir or dip a paintbrush in without removing the whole lid. You can keep this lid on for as long as you're using the paint.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | The Paint Drip Tip
8/22/08 08:49 AM


Someone tacked on an extra quotation mark at the end.

Apartment Therapy New York | August Design Book Giveaway: 6 Days To Go
8/22/08 08:39 AM


This site is dedicated to helping people find smoke-free properties (I used to work at one). They've also added a list of smoke-free hotels. It's mostly targeted to LA/California, but they've been expanding the lists.

To each his own, I say. I think people have a right to make those types of choices about their living environments.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: What Do I Do About Cigarette Smoke?
8/21/08 08:07 PM

I'm sorry, but those are just gawd-awful ugly.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! Watch Table
8/21/08 03:11 PM

The only thing I get "homesick" about is my closet! I HATE living out of a suitcase. If I'm going to be somewhere for more than two nights, I completely unpack... empty my suitcase, hang things up, fold in drawers/stacks, lay out my shoes, display all my toiletries... It makes it feel more like home, I guess. It does take extra effort, but it's easier to find things and you're not rummaging through your suitcase to find that one thing that you just know that you packed.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look: 5 Items to Fight Homesickness Austin
8/20/08 06:35 PM

The repetitive facades of Baltimore row homes can house some beautiful, colorful, and unique interiors. Don't judge a book by its cover! The home featured belongs to my cousin and her boyfriend, on E. Baltimore just north of Patterson Park.

Apartment Therapy New York | The Main Character in "The Wire" was... Baltimore's Architecture? The Guardian, 7.16.08
8/15/08 06:14 PM

If you're working on a large-scale renovation, I think its important to have a Plan A (dream scenario), a Plan B (some compromises on budget/scale), and a Plan C (just making the place livable). You can't expect to do everything all at once with a big savings account or a big loan. Your first priority should always be to make the place safe and livable. Water and electrical issues should not be put off... even if you can do relatively cheaper things sooner, you're better off saving up for the necessities.

In any room, I like to work from the top down, i.e. paint the ceiling (and install new lights), then the walls, THEN think about the floors. Work with gravity, not against it.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Prioritizing the To Do List
8/13/08 06:23 PM

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Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Store: Happiness Austin
8/13/08 01:41 PM