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This Smith & Hawken "Marlton" dining chair looks very solid and attractive -- available at for $80 each. Also, Crate & Barrel's "Lyle Side Chair" at $199 is almost identical to the Marais & Tolix above for a bit less.

Best Outdoor Dining Chairs 2010 | Apartment Therapy New York
6/7/10 03:48 PM

Or, you could buy a large, interesting wood frame, spray it glossy white, and pop in a custom-sized sheet of magnetic material from this website:

Then buy a bunch of the 16-oz square aluminum canisters with clear lids from the same website, and arrange them so that they completely fill the frame. The look would be very graphic and interesting, and your son could have fun organizing his items by color, shape, etc.

Displaying a 5-Year-Old's Collections Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
3/9/10 04:11 PM

What about these acrylic cubes? I'd do an Ikea Lack shelf on the wall with a row of these cubes (five maybe or as many as will fit), and then make a rule: Only as many collections at a time as will fit in the boxes. One in, one out! That way each one stays special and gets to be admired.

Displaying a 5-Year-Old's Collections Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
3/9/10 03:43 PM

I'm in love. It's cluttered, but in a carefully edited, masculine way that is extremely appealing and interesting. By far the most successful of the three entries. So glad you're in the lead!

The Writer's Romantic Supper by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan for Apartment Therapy Bloomingdale's Big Window Challenge 2010, Room #2 | Apartment Therapy New York
1/20/10 01:04 PM

Oooh, that green tufted headboard is so Mad Men glam.

Pottery Barn Chaise - $150Los Angeles Scavenger | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/20/10 12:56 PM

It's not a toy, it's a stool that can hang on the wall. Unless your kid has Herculean strength I don't think you need to worry about them wielding it as a weapon.

My Deer: Is It Seating Or Is It Art? It's Both! | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
12/14/09 01:17 PM

I'm betting aychihuahua makes a generous salary and/or doesn't live in a major city. Sure, it's not hard to provide a dedicated guest room if you can afford a spacious three- or four-bedroom house, but in cities where the median home price only gets you a tight 2-bedroom condo there are plenty of "grown-ups" who don't have room for a reading chair and large closet in their own bedrooms let along the second bedroom, which needs to function as storage, work space, guest space, and yes, if a baby comes along, a nursery too. There are lots of ways to make a guest feel welcome: Freshly washed sheets and towels, a little flower in a vase next to their bed, and a hot cup of coffee delivered to their room in the morning work without requiring extra real estate. I have finally (at 35) graduated from two bedrooms to three, and have the luxury of a dedicated guest room, but it's barely big enough for a bed. Space does NOT define a gracious host.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Double Duty Guest Rooms: Five Ideas
10/19/09 04:40 PM

Could be cool to turn it into a spice rack.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Look! Built-in Paper Towel Holder
5/1/09 10:58 AM

I could be wrong, but I believe the furniture/items in the photo are not Courtney's but belong to the sellers of the home. In any case, I agree with everyone that the best spot for a tv is opposite the fireplace. Perhaps on a narrow console flanked by lamps or framed art so that the weight will balance the fireplace.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: How Would You Arrange This Room?
4/21/09 03:11 PM

(Sorry Northern Dad -- I see you covered this.)

Apartment Therapy Chicago | A Garage Transformation Maison Decoration
4/15/09 04:53 PM

The chairs are not custom -- they're Kartell Mademoiselle arm chairs: I've been coveting them for years.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | A Garage Transformation Maison Decoration
4/15/09 04:52 PM

I just finished doing what mariob did, and I'm thrilled! I have a gorgeous pair of antique French clubchairs with intricate white, carved wooden frames, with upholstery recovered in an ugly (and stained and slightly damaged) peachy fabric. I painted the fabric charcoal grey, using regular acrylic house paint in semigloss (three coats with a foam brush, VERY carefully with a tiny art brush along the edges of the wood), and then topped with a coat of paste wax. They look and feel like distressed leather or waxed canvas now, and I love them! Like mariob, I thought I had nothing to lose. They were horrible before, and I can always recover. But I love the result.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Would You Ever Paint Your Fabric Furniture?
4/15/09 04:41 PM

I completely agree with kristian and hans111. You got a bargain on some beautiful and well-made (but not iconic) chairs, and now you should do whatever it takes to make them yours.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: How to Find Value of Craigslist Items?
3/24/09 02:33 PM

Those chairs are very nice, and Hickory Chair is a high-end, pricey brand. I fell in love with their "Vauxhall Cabinet" recently and wanted two of them to flank my fireplace until I tracked them down at a dealer and priced them. $10,000 each! Kudos to you for a good find.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: How to Find Value of Craigslist Items?
3/24/09 02:14 PM

This paint/don't paint debate gets so tiresome. Just because something is made of wood, does not automatically make it a "nice wooden piece." Plenty of things are made cheaply from cheap/flimsy wood, and I've lived in plenty of places like this with cabinets built in the 70's/80's that fit that bill. There is nothing sacrilegious about painting wood -- the only question is which look you prefer. Obviously ChrisGal prefers natural or stained wood. I appreciate beautiful woodgrain in a zen or mission-style or mid-century setting, but in my own home I mostly prefer the look of painted wood, including cabinets, trim, fireplace mantles, etc. It feels crisp and lovely to me, just like Girlsmack's lovely aqua cabinets. And, as many have said, Girlsmack wasn't choosing between nice wood cabinets vs. paint -- she was choosing between ugly old cabinets, expensive new cabinets, or a cheery painted compromise. I am also a realtor and know that paint and bright colors do not necessarily cause resale problems unless they're done in bad taste. (Unfortunately, lots of people have bad taste.)

Apartment Therapy Chicago | The Spring Cure: Creating Your Vision Week 1.5 Show Tell
3/23/09 12:25 PM

Horchow has a faux-turquoise chandelier on its website for $1100 I've been considering. I love the dramatic color, and it looks not unlike the fixtures pictured in the salon above.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Jewelry for the Home: Marjorie Skouras Chandeliers
2/27/09 12:15 PM

Check out this NY house tour:
The renter put down removeable click-lock hardwood flooring in her rental. After the wall color, the linoleum flooring in your kitchen would bug me most. And carpet in a kitchen is such a headache, especially if you cook a lot. I agree with other posters about a fresh coat of white paint on the cabinets. I'd be shocked if your landlord noticed (or cared) as long as you do a good job. I'd just do it.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Landlord-Safe Improvements?
2/17/09 02:55 PM

Jayson Home outlet (below their store on Clybourne) has a large selection of discount wood frames from Artist Frame Service next door, in all shapes, sizes and styles, usually between $15-$50. I frame all my art there. Bring the print with you and pick a frame with a size that works and a style you like. Then take the frame and print to "Great Frame Up" or a similar DIY frame shop. Have them cut your matting and glass, and assemble it yourself. You should be able to do everything for under $100. The only catch is I've heard Jayson's outlet is now gone or moved. I would call ahead and see if the outlet frames are still available and if so where.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Open Thread 144 Chicago
1/9/09 01:21 PM

Ballard is quick and reliable, and their pieces are relatively well-made (although not the most exciting design-wise). I have several and they've held up well. It looks like this one is not currently available though so I'd check whether they're expecting more. Also note that their "threshhold" delivery is really that. They leave the thing at your building's front door with all the massive packaging, and you've got to get it into your apartment, up stairs, unpacked, etc. "White glove" delivery adds a lot of expense if you don't have burly friends to help.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | CHI Good Question: Modern Desk Armoire?
12/23/08 01:29 PM

MCNicole: Jayson Home often has them as well.

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12/16/08 02:39 PM