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Who has to dust all those bottles?


Fun or Faux Pas? Liquor Bottles on Display
2/13/14 01:00 AM

Some granite is beautiful, but I have cheap builder-grade granite and I hate it. I think it's ugly, I can't see the dirt at all and it feels gritty. And it looks like every other condo countertop from the last 10 years. If I were going to change anything in my apartment it would be to replace it, maybe with Corian.


Tired of Granite? 8 Countertop Alternatives to Consider
2/13/14 12:58 AM

Used to use memory foam, now I have a $60 wool pillow and like it a lot.


Are Expensive Pillows Worth It? Good Questions
8/21/13 03:58 AM

I rented a place in a run-down building because the location was perfect for me. As I was leaving the rental agents office he told me I should get fire insurance. I'd never had fire insurance and thought this was strange. The next day in the newspaper there was a story about a rash of suspicious fires in buildings owned by this company. Fortunately there was no fire while I lived there. I called the gas company after I moved in because I smelled gas, and the guy told me it was the shoddiest wiring and gas piping he'd ever seen in his life.


Run, Don't Walk: Worst-Landlord-Ever Stories
8/16/13 08:43 PM

A Woodstock poster. I put it up in my first apartment before the event happened, I'm that old. No, I didn't go.


What Your First Apartment Poster Choices Say About You The Toast
7/29/13 09:24 PM

happysparkle - no excuse for wall-mounting the tv? how about to stop it from flying across the room during an earthquake?


Ew, I Can't Stand That! Design Allergies
6/25/12 11:18 PM

I hate it when people say something is inherently ugly just because it's out of fashion and looks dated. Brass isn't inherently ugly. Southwestern color schemes aren't ugly. Tiffany lamps aren't ugly. They may not be to your taste, but your tastes are going to change with the times as everyone's do. Since there aren't that many choices for hardware, e.g., it is guaranteed that brass will come around again, and people who think it's awful now will be admiring and wanting it. And they'll be talking about how cold white metals are in comparison, as though there were a real reason for preferring brass rather than just a change in fashion.

After a few more decades of life, you will find it interesting to see how much you love what you once hated and vice versa. What we think of as being our own unique tastes are heavily influenced from without. And so the economy grows as we have to have new stuff.


What's Your Design Pet Peeve?
6/20/12 04:26 PM

Gregory H: What on earth are you talking about? The state does not pick up anything.


New York Rent Control's Biggest Deal is in SoHo Design News 03.19.12
3/19/12 08:54 PM

Chores are important in order for kids not to grow up thinking that their parents exist to wait on them hand and foot.


A "Dependency Dilemma": Will More Chores Help Kids Develop Independence?
3/19/12 08:41 PM

Anyone who bought a building with rent controlled tenants in New York knew what they were buying, and it was reflected in the price they paid. If the law is overturned, the landlords will have a huge windfall. Why do they deserve that? Rent control is already being phased out.

Neighborhoods that were solidly middle class when I was growing up are out of reach for all but the rich now. It does not make NY a better place. Overturning rent control would drive out the last remaining middle class from Manhattan, including mostly old people who have lived there all their lives and whose families and life-long friends are nearby. The apartments will be de-controlled when they die. Let them stay. Everything can't be about maximizing someone's ability to get rich.


New York Rent Control Challenged in Supreme Court Design News 03.06.12
3/6/12 09:32 PM

Can we kill the word "pop" yet?


Before & After: Joanne's Warm to Cool Living Room Transformation
3/1/12 12:55 AM

I bought a 42" last year to replace my 26" set. The guidelines I saw online suggested 58" at the 10' distance I usually sit from it, and I thought that was ridiculously large and just hype to get me to buy a bigger set. I didn't want a huge thing taking over my whole room.

When I first got the set it seemed enormous, but now I regret not getting a bigger one. Maybe not 58", but if I could do it again I would get a 52".


The Growing HDTV Screen Size Trend
2/27/12 02:27 PM

If you've seen something so many times that you're wondering if it's a fad or not - it is. Like a cluster of a dozen globes in one place. Yes, absolutely.

One nice one is timeless.


Vintage Globe Decor: Trend or Timeless?
2/17/12 12:38 AM

Not a nominee but I just saw Carnage and loved the living room. Good thing because the entire movie took place in it.


Oscars 2012: Interiors from the Best Picture Nominees
2/6/12 09:36 PM

From when I first moved to San Francisco in 1972, I've noticed Bob Buckter's name all over town on Victorian houses with the most exquisite color choices. He's amazing.


Before & After: Painting a San Francisco Victorian
2/6/12 09:29 PM

Not what most people would say, but when I moved last time northern exposure was a big plus for me. My previous place faced full south and I got over thinking sun was great really quickly. It was blinding for half the day and the place got unbearably hot - also everything faded. I had the blinds closed all the time.

I find the north-facing windows much more comfortable. I've still got plenty of light, but never too much.


What's on Your "Next Apartment" Checklist?
1/26/12 12:00 AM

Yes, granite countertops are a trend and one that is overdue to end; pretty soon you won't be able to sell a house that has them. Anyone who thinks they aren't a fad probably just isn't old enough - live long enough and you will be able to spot the fads as soon as they start. E.g. - Twelve years of dark woods, then twelve of light woods, then dark again. It's fine - things get old after they've been done to death - but it always cracks me up when people talk earnestly about them as though there's some deep aesthetic principle behind one being better than another. Designers are a hoot when they're giving us serious talk about why the fad du jour is beautiful and yesterday's fad du jour is ugly. It is all just fashion. How else could you get people to spend $100k every 15 years ripping out perfectly good bathrooms and kitchens?


Been There, Done That: Designers Weigh In On "Worst Trends"
Elle Decor

1/20/12 08:32 PM

I had a horrendous experience once. I was out of the country and unreachable for four months. I paid in advance and left a new contact address and phone number just before I left. Somehow they managed to: 1) think for some reason that I owed them money when I didn't; and 2) fail to update my contact information. It was only by sheer accident that I found out they were trying to reach me at the wrong address. Then, when I tried to stop them from selling my things, they would not admit that I paid them even though I sent them copies of my receipt three different times. Whenever I called I reached the same person who would hang up on me. It was a nightmare. I almost lost everything I owned in the world.

I don't know if there's a lesson in this or not - it was probably just my misfortune to be dealing with a lunatic. But I would think long and hard about where to store anything that I cared about.


Things You Should Know Before Renting a Public Storage Space
1/18/12 02:54 PM

I thought it was just me that has my own hair floating around everywhere! I'm so relieved to hear that other people do as well. The dryer sheets sound like a great idea - I'm off to buy some.


5 Tricks for Dealing With a Hairy Home
1/17/12 05:57 PM

It's not necessary to have rules. I got rid of 80% of everything I owned last year when I moved to a smaller place, and I did it painlessly without rules. I think it's silly to get rid of something just because you haven't used it in some arbitrary amount of time. I kept some things I rarely use and got rid of things I used often.

I went with my gut and it worked out fine. I ended up replacing a few things, as I knew would probably happen; but they were things that were easily available. How expensive or difficult or impossible it would be to replace something figured in my decisions more than when I last used it.


5 Questions: Deciding to Keep or Purge
1/17/12 04:22 PM