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This turned out terribly- we couldn't eat it. Too many onions and way too much rosemary- since the recipe didn't say to take it out, we left it in. It was like eating a christmas tree.

Winter Recipe: Rich and Meaty Lamb Ragù
10/16/11 05:34 PM

I second KittinAnn. Very few students live in apartments downtown because there are so many wonderful, cheap, interesting, friendly neighborhoods. I didn't know this when I was first moving to Chicago and almost paid through the nose for a tiny downtown apartment.

Is This "Too Good to Be True" Apartment a Scam?
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8/1/11 10:31 PM

My desk (and sewing machine, and craft materials) are in the bedroom because it's twice as big as the guest bedroom. Plus I like having my work space in a different room than my partner's workspace.

Bedroom Desks: Yea or Nay
3/16/11 09:25 PM

I'm not a spammer, but I do have a link! This article in Slate was really helpful, though I admit I still spent too much.


I also checked yelp ads for to find a highly rated store that doesn't use high pressure sales techniques.

What Mattress Is Right For You?
3/16/11 08:58 PM

Well, since you started it...

Confession time: we have 2 bathrooms in our apartment (powder room and master bath), and the bowls will mold under the rim if I don't bleach there every 5-7 days.(!) That's exactly what I do, of course, but the phenomenon is a total mystery to us. Both my partner and I have been using/cleaning toilets all our lives, and we've never, ever seen mold in the toilet before! I can only think it's the design of the toilet (Toto brand) that the rim doesn't get any air flow, but I'd like some confirmation. Has anyone experienced this before?

How To Clean Your Toilet
1/19/11 10:35 PM

I made about 15 of these for my holiday gifts. The ingredients turned out to be a tad more expensive than I had imagined (I used organic ingredients from my local co-op), but I really enjoyed the process. The project had essentially no risk of failure (unlike baking) and the toasted spices smelled amazing!

Edible Gift Idea: The Best Chai Tea Mix!
12/16/10 12:36 PM


Beyond Bundt Cakes! 6 Things to do with Your Bundt Pan | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/13/10 01:12 AM

Mmm this is a regular summer dinner when I'm too tired to cook.

Home-cured olives and/or home pickled veggies. Substitute crackers for bread when this dinner is due to a lack of grocery shopping. Whatever veggies or fruits I've got left from the market or my garden. A glass of light red wine, often. I set it all on a cutting board in small bowls, grab a book, and nibble for hours.

(Four) Variations on a Theme: Ploughman's Lunch The Cheesemonger | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/16/10 06:53 PM

I've stayed there! Actually I used to live around the corner and my parents stayed there when they visited. Beautiful rooms but the size is really something to get used to! And the elevator... so teeny and it begins on the 2nd floor, doesn't it??

Kimg924, I think it's the key.

The Spring Cure: The Thick Of It Week 5 - Intro | Apartment Therapy New York
4/13/10 12:48 AM

faycat, hi. I can't help you with the color choices (though I like the options in the macy's photos of dark brown walls or a cream wallpaper).

But I'm wondering if you've had a problem with water marks on your sofa. Some of the reviews on the Macy's site say you can't do any cleaning of the cushions or drip any water on the fabric because it leaves a mark. I want to buy the corona but this sounds scary...

Corona Sofa Series | Apartment Therapy New York
1/28/10 11:49 AM

I'm surprised to see all the comments suggesting that you paint the furniture. Sure you could, but it isn't the only solution. You don't need to have a super matchy-matchy look to have a nice room.

I recently redecorated my bedroom-slash-office to include brown and black furniture (though a slightly lighter brown) and it worked better than I expected. In my artwork and bedspread I used a lot of warm tones and whites. The walls in my place are cream-colored, which pulled it all together beautifully. Good luck!

How Do I Work With Black and Brown? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/26/10 10:50 PM

None of these examples show glass dining room tables like mine. do you think a rug would be too much with glass above it?

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Dining Room Rugs Inspiration Gallery
11/6/09 10:02 PM

Uh, It's illegal in Chicago. I'm pretty sure... your bike shop would know.

... That said I stored my scooter in my basement anyway. I asked the landlord and she said yes.

Just drain the gas and/or add fuel stabilizer to the tank. (Draining it is the safer option in case of fire.) REMOVE the battery and keep it charged (you can buy a charger for about $35 at Pep Boys).

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Can I Really Store My Motorcycle in My Loft? Good Questions
11/3/09 09:19 PM

Onepot - me too! I think I'll try this tonight. I hate making pie dough but happen to have some frozen, moulded pie crusts in the freezer and some butternut squash in the fridge.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: Butternut Squash, Sage, and Parmesan Pasties
10/17/09 05:18 PM

Jessipants- 8 people and they each had their own bathrooms? Sounds great!

Well the more student-y co-ops are easy to find via www.nasco.coop (anyone can live there, not just students but the population is usually mid-20s) but if you're looking for something more 'adult' then it's harder to find. Lots of them are buy-in co-ops meaning you're basically purchasing a condo but in a space that's usually rent controlled and where you're expected to socialize with the neighbors. For example: http://hubcoop.org/

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Living in a Commune: The Urban Way The New York Times
10/2/09 11:23 PM

Oh- and believe it or not, it's much easier to live with 20 people than 1 or 2 roommates. If you don't like someone.... you just avoid them. And there are mechanisms in place to deal with people who don't do their share of the work. It's really not at all like a typical "roommate" situation.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Living in a Commune: The Urban Way The New York Times
10/2/09 02:38 PM

I lived in a 20 person co-op in Chicago for several years, and it was fantastic. OBVIOUSLY it's not for everyone. Most co-ops aren't the cleanest spaces due to the number of people living in them and differences in standards. This is to be expected.

But the cooperative housekeeping is incredible. I only cooked once every 3 weeks and had a healthy, homecooked meal every day. I tended to our garden, while others cleaned my bathroom and the kitchen. And the friends I made there are still very dear to me.

I do think that there can be cooperative living arrangements that are more suitable to older folks... spaces that give more personal space/time and that have higher standards for cleanliness. These spaces do exist and they're worth considering if community is very important to you.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Living in a Commune: The Urban Way The New York Times
10/2/09 02:37 PM

Eh. I'm fair with very fine, light hair. I've always been frustrated that I needed to wash my hair every day to avoid looking greasy.

I tried not shampooing for a couple of weeks to re-train my hair. I used only a dry shampoo of baby powder but rinsed my hair every day. It didn't really work.

I can go 2-3 days without washing, but only with a short haircut, and I rely very heavily on baby powder to absorb the grease in my bangs. I'm still playing around with it, but for now I'm in the "it's not for everyone" camp.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | The "No-'Poo" Movement Most Popular Posts
8/31/09 11:03 PM

I've been afraid that the olive oil would go rancid.... is that silly? Or would it wear off before then??

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Olive Oil Shoe Polish and Other Safer Cleaning Alternatives
4/13/09 11:52 PM

love this couch. where is it from??

Apartment Therapy Boston | Living Single Getting Things Done!
3/28/09 03:53 PM