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Member Since: 8/13/08

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City Museum is the best place to visit, ever. While I lived in Kansas I loved to visit St. Louis just for that!

A Design Lover's Guide to Saint Louis Apartment Therapy's Design Destination Guide
7/16/12 05:49 PM

I agree with the suggestions to allow students to give input. Depending on which subject you teach, it could be integrated into the curriculum. I also agree to make sure that your set-up is as functional as possible. Make sure you have space to walk among the students (between rows if you have desks set up, for example), that the focal point of the room is visible to everyone without awkward furniture moving, and that materials needed for class every day are easily accessible. Also, I'd wait to see if you get any kind of new teacher bonus for decorating your room. Some schools will give new teachers a gift card to an educational supply store or a basket of things you can use. Spending your own money is going to add up quickly during the year, anyway. Don't get too hung up on decorating and blow all of your money that you might have to use to purchase instructional items later in the year.

Ideas for Cool Decor for High School Classroom? Good Questions
6/29/12 11:10 AM

I think it's important here to make a distinction between a front YARD and a front LAWN. I live in the desert Southwest, and while it's not uncommon here for neighbors to hang out in their front yards, most of us don't have grass. We have front yards, but they are usually xeroscaped. Some people still have lawns, but it's rare. We're on water restrictions all year long, and if you can't water then it doesn't make sense to have grass.

The Case Against the American Front Lawn
7/9/11 04:13 PM

@SunnyBlue, I have my mother's cedar chest. I refinished it this year and it is now used as my coffee table. I store blankets inside of it.

Once Ubiquitous Furnishings We've (Mostly) Left Behind
6/29/11 08:12 PM

I must be old school, because I own a telephone bench. I saw it at Goodwill a few years ago, took it home and spray painted and reupholstered it. I don't use it as a telephone bench-it's my putting shoes on bench in my bedroom.

@modernsteven, I have TWO music stands in my home. Usually with music on them. But I am a musician. It's not as common as it once was for families to be able to sit around and sing/play the piano, thanks in part to our increasing use of electronics, and sadly, the decline of music education in public schools.

Once Ubiquitous Furnishings We've (Mostly) Left Behind
6/29/11 02:35 PM

I was also going to suggest donating it. However, it may be nice to keep it for your daughter(s). I have my mother's wedding dress. It was the only portion of the wedding that she did not pay for herself, and it cost a whopping $40. I plan to have something made with it when I get married to wear as my "something old", although I'd never wear the dress (and it would never fit).

How To Repurpose A Wedding Dress?
Good Questions

6/27/11 09:25 PM

I have a wall of old photos that I displayed matted on black paper inside of old CD jewel cases. Hardly anyone recognizes the jewel cases for what they are, and I've received a lot of compliments on them. Besides, they look cleaner and are a TON cheaper than buying a bunch of small frames. Stick them up with some command adhesive.

@51desks: I have a collection of buttons that I inherited from my parents. I bought a rather large embroidery hoop and painted it, then found an attractive and non-busy piece of fabric to put in it. I then arranged the buttons on the fabric. It makes a nice wall piece.

How Can I Display My Sticker Collection?
Good Questions

6/23/11 07:50 PM

Didn't anyone ever see that X-Files episode about homeowners associations? I don't think I could ever live in a neighborhood with HOA rules. As long as your neighbors aren't driving down your property value with something like a shanty town on the front yard, I say let them express themselves however they choose with their own home.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Exterior "Suggestions": Neighborly or Not Okay?
10/8/09 05:26 PM

This actually has practical applications for my space. I'm a traveling teacher and the only space allotted to me is a tiny office with cinder block walls. It's about 5x10 with really high ceilings, so all I have is vertical space. Given that I can't nail anything into the walls and only have the hooks already in them available to use, this would be great. I think I'll make a few tonight and bring them in tomorrow. Fabulous!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | How To: Make a Book Rack from a Wire Hanger
8/13/08 07:17 PM