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Display Name: Zhahira
Member Since: 10/21/08

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Do you live somewhere cold? It might be a good place to hang up a few coats (or 1 puffy coat!) Just put up a few hooks and you're done. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for a way to make my jumble of coats and sweaters look nicer...

Ideas for Unusually Shaped Kitchen Cupboard? Good Questions
11/5/12 03:05 PM

Dunno if this is possible for you, but to dress up the backsplash of my kitchen I put some postcard prints (of art nouveaux cooking drawings) in little cheap 3x5 frames and hung them up along the back splash. Nothing like a framed picture to look classy and make the kitchen feel more like a "room"! They've had a few spaghetti sauce splatters over the years, but I just wipe them down once in a while. They're cheap, so if anything truly terrible happened to them I could just toss them in the garbage and move on.

How To Change Backsplash Area
Without Painting? Good Questions

10/30/12 03:47 PM

Sounds like you'll need to set up a little kitchenette stand in your living room. At most you'll need a microwave, coffee pot, and maybe a toaster, and that can all easily fit on a little stand (wire or wood). You could even get something with doors to hide it away when not in use. It'll be a serious pain in the butt to transfer things from the kitchen to the stand and back to the kitchen again, but it would probably be liveable.

I wouldn't go through the hassle of figuring out some sort of creative extension cord approach -- it will look crappy, be frustrating, and dangerous to boot! Better to just re-adjust your conception of what fits into "kitchen" activities. The coffee pot should probably go in the same room where you do all of your entertaining or studying/working anyway!

Help! No Outlets in Kitchen or Bathroom Good Questions
8/23/12 04:28 PM

You could always get a whatdyacallit a trellis (one of those kind of crosshatched wood fences) to grow some ivy or plants up without ruining the structure of the building. But as others have said, I think paint is probably going to be your new best friend!

One thing you might want to consider is looking up some modern/industrial/eco design sites, magazines, or books. Believe it or not, there's actually quite a few ways to dress up cold, harsh concrete so it looks sleek and modern (can't think of any of the top of my head though!) I'd try to work WITH it, rather than against it, and find ways to make the concrete look intentional rather than trying to hide it.

Ideas for Back Exterior of New House? Good Questions
8/17/12 05:18 PM

WOW! Fantastic work!

Before & After: Plain Jane Nightstand Gets a Reclaimed Wood Makeover Design, Dining and Diapers
8/17/12 05:10 PM

Since there's a tight budget, would it be possible to replace JUST the bottom cabinets and keep the top? You could then paint or stain the upper cabinets and swap the handles and knobs to match the lower cabinets until you could afford to replace them all.

I would definitely splurge to replace the appliances though, and ripping up the carpet is a must. You could probably live with the wallpaper and the ceiling fixture for a while...

How Would You Modernize Betty Draper's 60s Kitchen? Budget Makeover Challenge Reader Intelligence Request
8/17/12 05:07 PM

It seems like the good ol' mantra for cleaning junk out of the house should be the guidelines when considering furniture as well:

1. Do I need it?
2. Do I actually use it?
3. Do I love it?

If a piece of furniture fulfills any one of those requirements, what's the harm in letting it stick around?

Less Is More: 15 Pieces of Furniture You May Not Really Need Miss Minimalist at Huffington Post
8/16/12 12:49 PM

Just a note, the best place to stock up on stuff for a new apartment's kitchen is Goodwill! A lot of times college students will throw out perfectly good items because of time constraints (or laziness), or when older folks move into a nursing home or pass away the family has to donate perfectly good items. It's all usually in great shape, but you can get most items for less than a buck!

10 Must-Have Essentials for a First Kitchen
8/9/12 11:56 AM

Oh man, my boyfriend locked himself out on our BALCONY last week. We're on the second floor, so he (insanely) crawled over the railing and lowered himself down to the street again. We gave a spare key to our friend a few doors down, but my boyfriend also had dead-bolted our door... FROM THE INSIDE. Even a locksmith can't fix THAT one without busting the door down.

He totally redeemed himself though by figuring out there was an accessible screw in one of the windows that, after much wiggling and twisting with tools, allowed him to unlock a window and crawl in that way.

Locked Out: What's Your Back-Up Plan?
8/7/12 10:20 AM

NICE! I looked at the Before picture and thought, "There's no saving that room." Great job totally blowing that snap judgment away! Great vision and creativity here. Absolutely love it!

Before & After: Nautical Themed Bathroom Makeover A Cup of Jo
8/7/12 10:16 AM

Decent! I mean decent. Darn this head cold I have!

What Does It Really Cost to Live in Boston? Apartment Therapy's Cost of Living Report: Boston 2012
8/6/12 02:32 PM

Oh man, I would have liked to see the grocery prices/dinner prices broken out by neighborhood as well. In JP you can actually eat a semi-descent meal for like $25, but if you're in the Back Bay you're going to have to break that $50 note.

And I still can't get over the price of booze in one of the greatest "college towns" in the world. I live in Austin, TX now and I can easily scrounge up beer for $2 or $3 a pint on any night of the week!

What Does It Really Cost to Live in Boston? Apartment Therapy's Cost of Living Report: Boston 2012
8/6/12 02:31 PM

Oh boy, these comments are so entertaining! Hah! I think it really is just that this is an example of Austin style. Not only that, but OLD SCHOOL Austin style (you know, before the Bay Area hipsters invaded.) Some people can take it, some people can't.

And personally, I thought the photography was great. Yeah, it's different than how AT usually does it, but I think that's a good thing. It reminded me more of The Selby, in that it's showing how someone LIVES, not just how they cultivate a space. Maybe that's inappropriate for AT (since the site does primarily revolve around interior design, not creativity) but that doesn't make it inappropriate as a piece or a project. If you look at this as a tour of someone's creative space, this tour is spot-on.

Don't let the haters get you down, guys!

Tolly's Peaceful Home and
Adventurous Backyard House Tour

7/27/12 02:56 PM

Ding ding ding! Winner winner, chicken dinner! Wow! It's like you took a rental apartment kitchen and swapped it out for a high-end gourmet kitchen out of a mansion!

It is much darker, but that's a STYLE folks. Some people prefer darker kitchens (and homes) with richer hues. I think it will age perfectly fine, and it looks like it will be easy to update as time goes on.


Before & After: Frank's Dramatic Ikea Kitchen Remodel
7/27/12 01:55 PM

The antennae REALLY is a good option! I thought it wouldn't work what with the switch to digital tv that's been happenning, but our's is going fine. We get ABC, NBC, FOX, some music video channel called CoolTV, as well as like 6 PBS stations (Downton Abbey!) and for some reason BloombergTV. We haven't missed cable one iota... Well... Except for when it comes to AMC and Bravo! But then we go to our friends' homes and make a party out of it. :)

Weighing the Pros & Cons of Cutting Cable
7/27/12 01:51 PM

My mom has one of these in her apartment, and she totally went the "closet" route. She put up a curtain rod with 1 or 2 curtains on it, and voila -- closet. She has her vacuum cleaner in there (too awkward to fit in other locations), and she's stacked plastic storage tubs up to the ceiling. Meanwhile, the curtains add some color and texture to the room, and it actually looks really, really good!

How To Best Use Awkward Built-In Desk? Good Questions
7/24/12 09:12 AM

I don't know about the shoes, but I have the same shirt from Target. :)

Taylor & John's Peaceful Echo Park Perch House Tour
6/8/12 05:59 PM

Curtains, rugs, and plants! Three simple items that instantly cheer up and personalize a room! Also, if it's allowed, I had a fish tank in my dorm room. :) BEST thing ever!

Ideas for Decorating Dorm Room on a Budget? Good Questions
6/8/12 05:53 PM

Fantastic results! Usually these backyard re-dos just look like nature threw up all over lawn furniture, but your's looks well-considered and classy. Well worth all that effort!

Jane and Justin's Backyard Before & After My Great Outdoors
6/8/12 05:45 PM

Granted, the construction industry is VERY different in Texas, but I tend to look at the materials used to build the structure and the time frame of when the building was built.

For example, in Texas the mid-80s were a little sluggish for the apartment industry, so apartments built here tended to be thick, sturdy, slowly-constructed (and thus with more attention). The insides might be a wreck and need renovation, but the soundproofing is fantastic. On the other hand, the 2000s were a boom-time in Austin, so a lot of buildings were slapped together hastily with cheap materials to start turning a profit. (I lived in one for about a year, and it was a nightmare).

One thing I've noticed that can be a tell-tale, weirdly enough, is the paint inside (if it's not a condo). If possible, lick your thumb and swipe it on the paint. If it doesn't seem to have much effect, it's good-quality paint (probably on a good-quality construction). If it starts to look weird or like tempera paint, it's crappy paint (probably slapped on a crappy build that's all about turning a profit).

How Can I Tell if an Apartment Has Adequate Soundproofing Before Moving In?Good Questions
5/29/12 01:50 PM