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I've become a total addict to a white noise mp3 i ripped off a "soothing ocean waves" cd I got at the dollar store years ago. I set my mp3 player for about an hour of audio-book, and then 7 hours of white noise. It's like my own bedtime story, and really helps me sleep much better. My library (the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) has audio books you can download. Many other libraries probably do too.

Round Up: White Noise Machines For a Peaceful Night's Sleep | Apartment Therapy DC
1/10/10 08:14 PM

This is astoundingly cool!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Ink Calendar by Oscar Diaz
7/20/09 06:33 PM

A TV tray could also work NICELY indoors as an impromptu side table when guests visit.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | TV Trays
7/20/09 01:53 PM

It would be a shame to stain or paint such a lovely floor. What about it don't you like?

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Staining Parquet Floors?
7/14/09 09:14 AM

Sorry to resurrect such an old post, but it is easy to cover (cheap poster quality) prints in clear contact paper before framing/hanging them in a bathroom. I have had good luck with this.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: How Do I Hang Art in My Bathroom?
7/13/09 09:40 PM

One word: "freecycle".

Before that, though email your younger friends and relatives. I suspect they'll want some or all of them.

Also, you might see if goodwill or other thrift stores want them. I expect they constantly need hangers.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Green Dilemma: Too Many Clothes Hangers
7/13/09 07:02 PM

I was a horrible sleeper as an infant (My mother was nearly hospitalized for chronic sleep deprivation; the doctor recommended sedating me.) and I still am. As a newborn, I slept about 8 hours a day, never more than about 3 hours in a row.

I have found that white noise (I like mine mixed with ocean waves) is a godsend. Many white noise MP3's are available online for free or very low cost. Try a couple to find one you like. The one I really like I bought on a cd at a dollar store, and ripped to mp3 myself. The cd was called "Body and Soul Sounds: Relaxing Ocean Waves".

I have trained myself to sleep when it is playing, and to wake up when it ends. I fix the playlist so that it finishes 10 minutes before my alarm clock goes off. I am nearly always up before the alarm.

I begin the playlist with a chapter of an audio book; it's my own personal bedtime story. I see no reason why this wouldn't work for kids as well. Especially if you recorded a few stories in your own voice.

If there's no way to play mp3s in the room, then burn a cd, and put it on repeat. For me, however, waking up with the white noise still playing leaves me groggy.

ps; the white noise needs to be louder than you think...about the level of a vacuum cleaner or window air conditioner.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Light Sleepers
7/8/09 12:15 AM

Make a pieced wall hanging or quilt. Depending on your level of sewing skill/patience, you could either make strips or squares, or, if you are a more experienced sewer, you could make an amazing map, using fabric from each location in the place where it goes. Use plain blue for the seas and plain green for places you haven't been yet. Then, you can keep appliqueing in new fabrics as you continue to travel.

It would make an amazing thing to show to visitors.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Confessions of a Souvenir Textile Addict
7/7/09 11:09 PM


I noticed someone talking about how hard it is to paint over sharpie marker. There is a special primer called "Killz" that works very well.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Look! Clashing Styles in a Childhood Bedroom
7/6/09 10:57 PM

My father is a landlord/property manager, and he has a phrase that applies here:

"It's always easier to get forgiveness than permission."

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Working on a Rental Without Permission
7/3/09 10:14 AM

Ok, so I know I'm opening myself up to all sorts of flaming, given many of the posts above, but what caught my eye in this article was the sentence, "...they were pricey, so they built one". Perhaps I am the only one brave enough to ask for these instructions, but I can't be the only curious one.

Do you just cut the two sides out, and then make slats and a covered piece of foam?

ps: I think it could be really awesome looking if you painted a wave, a la Hokusai ( on the side

Apartment Therapy New York | The Sex Chairs: The Tantric Sex Chair and The Esse Chair
5/29/09 12:11 AM

I don't want to be a buzz kill, but pork jerky is not very safe. Pork is very susceptible to infection by worms and prions, some of which can survive the drying process.

I suppose if you cooked it first, it would be ok.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: What Do I Do With a Dehydrator?
3/22/09 08:32 PM

I buy bottles of rose water, or orange blossom water, at my local middle eastern market. (About $2 per bottle) I pour about two thirds into an empty bottle and fill the rest with water and a cheap vodka. I find the spray nozzles from many cleaning products fit right onto the glass bottles the scented water comes in.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Question: Green Alternative to Febreze?
3/22/09 08:16 PM

Is there some reason you can't just put a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper on top with a rubber band? I know it's not an especially sexy solution, but it works quite well, is free, and (so long as you reuse the cling wrap) has basically zero impact. In my experience, cling wrap is mostly spill proof, as long as you keep the rubber band tight. Wax paper is not. I don't have kids, but I imagine it might be hard for kids to get the rubber band off by themselves.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Question: How To Top Milk Bottles?
3/22/09 08:11 PM

Do you know anyone who has just moved? I never realized how useful those magnets are until I moved and didn't have any.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Question: What To Do With Extra Magnets?
3/22/09 08:05 PM

If you're worried about piecing the curve, it might be easier for a beginner to piece the wheel (from wedge shaped pieces) with rough edges, then cut out the circle and applique it, rather than piece it in. A similar method could be used to applique another smaller circle of the background material (or something else) into the center. That would cover if your pieces don't quite match up in the center. You could also reduce the number of wedges.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Purl Color Wheel Quilt
3/22/09 08:00 PM

Almost any kind of random small junk can be stored in attractive boxes on book cases; sewing supplies, office supplies, hardware, anything like that. Many tobacconists will provide you with several wooden cigar boxes a week if you ask nicely.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: Decorative Place Holder for Bookshelf?
11/29/08 11:19 PM

I spend about $30 per week on groceries, but there are several things I could easily cut out to bring it down to $20 per week. That being said, there is a point which a number of people seem to have missed when they spoke about "stocking up when things are on sale". Many people CANNOT afford to do that.

There is a huge difference between spending $25 a week AVERAGE on groceries and having only $25 PER WEEK to spend. For example: Pot roast was recently on sale buy one get one free (so 2 large pot roasts or 2 whole chickens for about $6). I bought a pair of each, which should provide me with meat for the next month or two. However, doing so added $12 to my week's purchase, almost HALF of a $25 a week budget.

I, thankfully, am in a solid enough financial position (I make about $1800 a month), that floating myself $12 from one week to another took no thought. However, there have certainly been times in the past where an extra $12 of groceries meant being $12 short on my rent. For many people on low income, there is no "buffer" that allows for bulk purchasing.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Could You Eat on $25 a Week?
10/3/08 04:04 PM

Since they are going in different rooms, do they need to match exactly, or just be similar? That style seems to have very been very common for a long time; I've had lights like that in many apartments.

If they just need to be similar, take a photo, and email it around to people you know who live in older houses or apartments. They will most likely be happy to trade you their (in their opinion) outdated light fixture for a new one.

I, for example, have an almost identical fixture in my kitchen. (In mine, the stripe does not have the hex pattern, but is just a different level of opacity). I'm not much for that look, and I would happily trade if I lived near by (but shipping a fairly generic light fixture from Pittsburgh seems silly).

I used to live in Pasadena, and I remember it being slightly harder to find old stuff, but on the east coast, I see big bins of similar light fixtures at nearly every yard sale and flea market I go to. I'd try that as well, if I were you. Buying new fixtures so similar to common older ones seems wasteful to me.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Question: Where Can I Find This Light Fixture?Los Angeles
10/3/08 03:37 PM