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Comes down on or around 1/5, the 12th day of Christmas. Speaking of which, how can I suggest to my neighbor (triple decker condo situation) that it's time to take down the wreath on the front door?

Stretching the Holidays: Is Your Christmas Tree Still Up? | Apartment Therapy Boston
3/12/10 12:20 PM

I love soothing a sore throat with Jimmy Carters. Toss a banana, 2 tbsp of peanut butter (give or take to taste), 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt and a few splashes of milk to thin it out. Little bit of fresh grated nutmeg if you've got it around.

What Are Good Recipes for a Liquid, Choke-Proof Diet? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/6/10 01:09 PM

We moved into our first condo in August, and purposefully chose a place that did not need a drastic overhaul, just aesthetic changes and small quality of life updates. One of my "need to haves" when we were house hunting was a dishwasher. When we got in to the new place, we discovered that the dishwasher was on its last legs so replacing it was our first project, with returned deposit money from our old apartment. Barely saw the money, just funneled in straight into a GE Profile. Right around the same time we repainted the kitchen because I couldn't stand the dark orange that was in there. Light fixtures also got switched out quickly.

Right now we're in drywall, spackling, and painting mode for the living room, dining room, and hallways. Then once the home improvement cash pile recovers in a couple months, the two bedrooms.

In spring, we're using a chunk of our $8,000 to buy a badly needed new stove. Someday in the distant future, new kitchen floor, new countertop, and refacing the cabinets.

Apartment Therapy Boston | New Home To Do List: Which Projects Do You Tackle First?
11/5/09 12:46 PM

I just got really excited to see the Red Room floor.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Color Your Floor: Old School Vinyl Tile Patterns
10/26/09 12:44 PM

We have a second bedroom in our new condo which we've taken to calling The Conservatory. Currently we've got 3 huuuuge floor to (almost) ceiling dark wooden bookcases (these were custom built for the condo and came with when we both it. Woodworking matches the molding!), 1920's era built-in sewing machine table, 2 awesome green wingback chairs that we got on Craigslist, a $20 sepia globe from yard sale, and a goregous brown leather vintage suitcase. There's a good amount of fun doodads on the wall and bookcase too, including an antique printer's tray complete with typeface label (looking to get the typeface on eBay sometime), boyfriend's Mason "diploma, a small bust of JFK, record player and records (currently in a milk crate, looking for an old soda or booze crate), and other crap. It's definitely a fun room to tweak and add to.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Vintage Library Style Roundup
10/16/09 01:33 PM

Hi everybody, question asker here!

Anaximamder - Thanks for the suggestions, but we'd really like to avoid removing or replacing the molding, as it's the original 100 year old molding. Using an Xacto knife is more along the lines of what I was thinking. Did your partner score out the gap and then chip or pry with a chisel? Any issues with paint chipping where you don't want it to?

TrevorHughes, Your comment has me intrigued. I don't know what gel form is and can't really find any info online. Can you give me some more details? Have you employed this method before?

JoanneM - Good to know, thanks!

Apartment Therapy Boston | Cleaning Out Gaps in Dental Molding Good Questions
9/15/09 09:01 AM

I would love some more info on the storage in photos 2 and 14. Thanks!!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | House Tour: Vicki Richard's Eichler House of Robots San Francisco
7/25/09 08:13 PM

So how do you thaw them? Microwave? Oven? Just leave them out?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Quick Tip: Buy Baguettes to Freeze
6/23/09 12:05 PM

I totally had a limited, picky palate, until one day, around when I was 21, I woke up and NEEDED things like rare red meat, bacon, pickles, mustard, and sour cream, even though I barely new what those things tasted like. This doesn't really address the whole "healthy" thing, but in terms of items that bridge the kid-adult palette gap, look at recipes for appetizers and hors d'oeuvre. Twice baked potatoes and deviled eggs are total comfort food but I don't think of kids when I think of them either. Also forget the stereotypical image of home cooked meal and just make things up. One of my favorite light dinners is some cubes of good cheddar cheese, some jullienned bell peppers (red are my fav, but all colors are tasty), a couple dishes of mustard and butter, and some good bread. Mix and match and enjoy.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Help! I Have the Palate of a Child
6/23/09 12:01 PM

I have to admit, it felt good to vent.

We're actually trying to get ourselves out and into a condo. It's been over a month of looking, we've seen about 20 places, and so far we put in an offer on one place where the seller had effectively sold the place already but was still taking offers to bump up the value, and waited for two weeks for official acceptance on an offer for another place only to have the seller finally admit that he and his girlfriend were having relationship issues. He'd been planning on moving in with her, so with that out of the picture, is no longer selling his condo.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Do You Have a Shared Outdoor Space?
6/11/09 12:17 PM

Our row of apartment buildings all have access to a shared roof. A few responsible folks (like myself!) have some container gardens happening up there. There are a couple of deck chairs for folks who like to sun and get some reading in. That's all well and good. But apparently somewhere in the building reside a bunch of irresponsible disgusting circus freaks with zero common sense. They have a fire pit. And they juggle fire. On the tar roof. There was also a massive party up there over a week ago. The next morning, I went up to water my plants and discovered beer and liquor bottles everywhere, thousands of dollars in amplifiers and instruments, multiple tents (with strangers inside), multiple grills, and among the stale, rotting food leftovers, 2-3 lbs of uncovered raw ground beef just sitting out in the sun.

At least they didn't clean up this party the way they did last time: by putting bottles and cans down our interior drain pipe, clogging it, and leading to two inches of water rushing into our bedroom via a rotted out electrical outlet and baseboard.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Do You Have a Shared Outdoor Space?
6/10/09 12:52 PM

There were at least two vendors at Brimfield last month with nothing but Fiestaware and jadite.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Source for Vintage Earthenware?
6/10/09 12:36 PM

I used to live on Spring Park and this sandwich was a weakness of mine! Hopefully I'll be returning to JP and my beloved City Feed soon.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: Farmer's Lunch Sandwich
5/29/09 12:58 PM

Don't forget Brimfield! I cannot WAIT to go tomorrow!

Apartment Therapy Boston | The Weekend Guide: Sales Events Boston 5.14.09
5/15/09 01:04 PM

Thanks so much to everyone for their comments so far! I'm feeling a bit more confident knowing that we've already addressed some of the things people have mentioned. We're signed up for the Boston first home buyer's class and have a buying realtor whom we've known for a couple years and definitely trust. We enjoy and are pretty good at light handywork (painting, replacing light fixtures, installing window treatments, minor fridge and stove repairs) and have a support network that includes more skilled folks more than willing to lend a hand. We've both got steady, decent paying jobs and have recently had frank discussions with each of our bosses about job security.

I'm so glad folks have stressed asking lots of questions and basically staking out prospects. The 3 apartments I've lived in, I'd planned to do this, but I tend to chicken out. Since buying is much more of a commitment, I need to psyche myself up and let my inner neurosis out. For example, I always want to ask to turn the shower on to check water pressure. That's normal, right?

Jplee - At what stage did your portfolio in your third point come into play? Did you have it ready when you made an offer? Did you move into a large condo building, or it this type of preparation necessary even for a unit in a triple decker (what we're shooting for)?

John H - Who do you approach about bill history? The selling agent? The current owners?

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Advice for First-Time Home Buyers?
4/29/09 12:00 PM

Potatoes, onions, other small foodstuffs that enjoy dark spaces.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Finding Functions for an Old Card Catalog
2/3/09 12:25 PM

So I didn't realize that Bowl & Board sold couches either. Anyone have experience here?

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Quality, Comfort, Price...But Is It Nice?
11/21/08 04:16 PM

Hi everybody, Stumped and Understuffed here! Thanks for the great comments so far. I had no idea that Macy's sold large furniture! Happy to hear a favorable review of Cardi's too. They are on my list. As for secondhand, maybe living on the border of Allston has jaded me, but I'm too nervous about bedbugs, odors, or other creepiness to go that route!

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Quality, Comfort, Price...But Is It Nice?
11/21/08 01:15 PM

I lived for a year in a 200 sq ft studio as well. IKEA was definitely the key for me to make it work. I had a kitchen table that folded out from a triangle to a square. I left it triangular most of the time and folded it out when I sat down to eat a meal. I had two stackable chairs for this table, also from IKEA. And finally, IKEA now offers the tiniest loveseat ever that looked like it was custom made for my place. It's about $100, and no less comfy than any other IKEA couch. This could help reduce your chair count.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Help for Tiny 200 sq/ft Studio!
10/15/08 09:10 AM

Any suggestions for where I can get an affordable lingerie chest, new or old, just not super frilly. My apartment has an art deco feel to it. I tried Cambridge Antiques market and all they had was a $1200 marble topped one!

Apartment Therapy Boston | Open Thread 2 Boston
9/26/08 08:55 AM