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Or disposable cups (and plates). Aw yiss, killin' the environment BUT fits the bill of less dishes, hahahaha.

The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/16/14 11:30 AM

We always greet new neighbors when they move in, and exchange numbers with the offer to help them with anything they might need in a new neighborhood/city. This makes them much more receptive to "favors" we ask later. I also make every effort possible to make grievances in person, with a text being the next step. I try not to assume anything about the neighbor's motives, other than they are unaware that it is effecting us.

Loudest issues? Toddler hands down. It was so bad my mother (who adores children) made comments about wanting to "shut the kid up" when she came by for a whole 20 mins of his stomping, throwing and pushing things across a wood floor with no rug. It started at 4AM, usually with him dropping things on his parent's bedroom floor, and then running around the bed. Even though it was truly awful, I felt I couldn't really tell them, "Hey, don't allow your kid to learn to walk or play!" When I saw them next, I mentioned it was a bit loud and if just the back bedroom could be quiet normal hours that would be awesome.

Recently the new neighbors warned us 4 months in advance about the World Cup being a loud season for them, "But only on Germany games." LOLOL. Frankly, their noise was hilarious, so I didn't mind. I found own one neighbor only knows two curse words on repeat, and when his team wins he runs laps around the apt. And throws things. Just keeps me laughing nonstop!

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 11:27 AM

We have similar walls and wall-mounted shelving with this type of wall is not just a landlord thing, it's practical. The wall is much too soft to support any weight--even just the weight of a piece of art! All it does is gouge out huge chunks of wall. Even the anchor types.

It looks like you might have gallery moulding. Unlike crown moulding, gallery is not right at the ceiling and has a bit of a shelf. Traditionally, you use gallery hooks (sort of like S hooks, but more specialized) with coated wire attached, which is then attached to your wall art. You could attempt mounting light shelves using gallery bars (hooks at the top of variable length flat metal bars), but I wouldn't rate them for anything heavy-duty.

Really, living in this situation myself, I'd say downsize the stuff so you have no need for extensive shelving!

How To Attach Wall Shelves Without Drilling Into Walls? Good Questions
7/16/14 08:11 AM

LOL, there is no law (nor should there be) for painting and selling reproductions. Most artists do so in order to learn from the masters before them. Museums will even allow you to come in, set up and paint copies of the works in front of you (though they usually request the size be slightly different). When you seek to pass off a work as original, that is when you can be charged with fraud. Famous paintings are in modern times cataloged and IDed by the edges of their canvases, much like a fingerprint or a barcode. The edge is behind a frame, so a forger cannot copy it.

As for whether his works are worth that much, it helps to remember three things about the fine art market: #1 It is mostly fueled by investors, not lovers of art. #2 The art price "bubble" is on runaway inflation because of that (and has been for some time). #3 Works of art are judged as much on their story as their content. You shouldn't give a flip about the Mona Lisa, but you do because SOME ONE STOLE IT. After that happened, the public was completely absorbed in what was (and is) a ridiculously small and insignificant sketch when compared to Da Vinci's very impressive career. That fame was capitalized on when it was returned and now everyone knows of the piece. A piece painted by a very famous and wily forger definitely brings some weight to the price. That story is much more interesting over cocktails than trying to claim you own a Monet that is obviously in a museum.

Art Forger Gets His Own Exhibition Design News
7/16/14 06:33 AM

To add to the rest: Where on earth is the shower or tub?

The layout by the door is a clusterf--. The door opens inward, up against the wardrobe, meaning a person has to shuffle into the bathroom to be able to get out of the way of closing the door. The proper path is blocked by the non-storage (ergh!) ottomans, and the door can't get out of the way because of the wardrobe! So, so annoying! The couch needs to be on the opposite wall, using the empty space UNDER the window. That frees up a whole wall for a table, desk, bookcases, additional seating, and proper walkway flow.

Perhaps this designer is more used to design for larger space living? It's obvious they've never had to attempt to make the most of a small space. Or LIVED in a small space!

A 200 Square Foot Micro Studio With Style Professional Project
7/14/14 08:50 PM

Very similar theme in eating in front of media.

Photo Series Shows Where People Eat Dinner Design News
7/14/14 05:45 PM

Lots of interesting design choices in here. Some of it is a little to rusty industrial for me, but at least it's a distinct pov.

Scott & Kristan's Inspiring Arts District Loft House Tour
7/14/14 05:33 PM

Cute video!

I've been putting off the towel one because I need to contact the shelter and make sure they take them first. I have so many to purge I don't have another space to "outbox" them until they're actually leaving! In the meantime, my spouse keeps using the "bad" ones accidentally. SIGH.

Did the plastic containers a few days ago. Books I do every month (or whenever the spouse gives up a few, because I have pretty much stripped out all mine), and jackets were done a looong time ago with no new ones that came into the house since.

3 Very Effective Ways to Spend 10 Spare Minutes Apartment Therapy Videos
7/14/14 05:26 PM

Top sheet is definitely a necessity. We live in the southern USA which means in the summer it's too hot for much more than a sheet (and I can't sleep without something over me, keeping the fan from tickling). Sheets also maintain my temp better than a bulky blanket because they don't move as much when my partner does. I also use a heirloom quilt which shouldn't be washed as often. I frankly hate duvets. They're too bulky and hot most of the year.

#4 You mean don't buy two nightstands or lamps if you're a single person? Because having two people in the bed means both need bedside space and light.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 07:16 PM

LOL, you are quite the obvious shill, "againstthegrain"!

5 Time-Saving Tips for a Diverse, Self-Sufficient Pantry Kitchen Tour
7/10/14 06:58 PM

We have the exposed pipe version. I do so miss counters just so my clutzy spouse wouldn't keep knocking the toothbrushes on the floor! I have a large lidded basket under it for cleaning supplies and an over-toilet cubby for all the rest. It's definitely not a perfect solution, but it does make you keep it minimal!

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 03:36 PM

"Mid-century" but not a hint of patina? Hmmm.

Can You Help Me Identify This Copper-Topped Table? Good Questions
7/10/14 02:15 PM

I've never gotten anything but compliments on our home (and that's even WITH the nightmare bathroom and the decor that includes designer toys). I've had multiple people even attempt to copy some of our rooms. If anyone were to say something "helpful" or negative, I highly doubt I would care!

I never comment on other people's decor choices to them because it's not my business. It's also not of importance. There was once I asked a friend about the very large boxes that had sat in her very tiny foyer/hallway passage for about 5+ yrs. She told me they were the "good" pots and pans she would have to handwash, and thus did not want to put in with the everyday stuff. It was never used and never moved until she left. I couldn't be on board with that logic, but I never said another thing about it. It's not really my problem!

Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 02:05 PM

That seems like a lot, LOT of money to spend on what is currently a cat-box room (man, that has GOT to go if that's your guests' first view of the place). To me, it doesn't look like it needs a reno at all. I guess there are underlying problems? Marble instead of hardwood seems out of place to me.

The Buget for Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation Renovation Diary
7/10/14 01:50 PM

A lot of people don't do this sort of thing in front because they live with city ordinances or HOAs that forbid it. Make sure you're able to put something out of the norm in the front before you do! Even the Free Little Library has been found to be against ordinances in some places.

Is Your House a Mullet? 5 Ideas for Front Yard Fun
7/9/14 05:33 PM

Yesssss! If it's that popular, they'll probably continue doing it. Then I might be able to go someday...

Museum of Natural History to Host First Adult-Only Sleepover Design News
7/9/14 05:16 PM

I agree with SherryBinNH. My fiance and I had been engaged for years (we wanted to finish college and wait-out our wedding crazed moms). We told all of our guests that gifts were not necessary. We didn't even have a registry. They could give us money for our house fund if they really wanted to, but that was it. We also didn't do showers or any of that other gift-grab nonsense. I'm at the point in my life where I'm trying to GET RID of stuff, not add to it!

As for upgrades, ehhh. I hate waste. If I'm going to upgrade, it better be markedly worth it, and I have someone or some place to gift the old one. All of our appliances are hand-me-downs from others (including the vacuum I got from a neighbor moving out). We still have a microwave with a DIAL. The apt we live in has no dishwasher and a range/oven from the 50s. It takes forever to heat the oven. If I was going to replace something, it would be that, and I can't...ha.

I'll upgrade eventually, but it's just not in me to waste something until I have worn it out completely.

Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/9/14 01:43 PM

We rent because during college we found an amazing rental in an amazing neighborhood and anything comparable to it is just a bit out of our price range to buy. I'd rather stay in a place I love, than compromise just to say I "own" a property. The recession (and even the experiences of people we know who've bought and sold well out of that era) has taught us that the "investment" of property is certainly not a guarantee. In the meantime, we continue to save, but no rush until we find something as good as what we have now.

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 02:55 PM


Can You Guess What Secret this DIY Mirror is Hiding? Home Story
7/8/14 11:58 AM

As someone who sells vintage toys online on the side, I can tell you most of the stuff your kids have played with is not worth much of anything, unless it's from the early 90s backward and has minimal wear. There are exceptions, so do a quick search of any older stuff or formally expensive toys (ie American Girl) and remember that on eBay you can check the "Sold Items" box to see what the market will really take. I just see so, soooo many listings where a parent is trying to get rid of chopped hair ponies, naked Barbies, and chewed on action figures. It isn't worth any money or your time, so donate, recycle or trash that stuff! Comics too, people. 99% of that stuff is less than $5!

Kids Room Cleanout: How To Have an Online Yard Sale
7/7/14 04:38 PM