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In reply to Danish mom: Excellent advice. I grew up in a large family of 8 kids, and my father was a high school teacher. We didn't have designer jeans, or expensive hair cuts, and weren't handed keys to a car when we turned 16. My mother always tried to fix appliances, household issues before calling a repairman. I take pride in learning that way of thinking, and doing a lot for myself. Nothing to be ashamed of!


Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/28/14 06:39 AM

We have a large, shallow basket, lined with fabric that coordinates with the kitchen towels, on top of the fridge. We store chips and other snacky foods in the basket. When needed, you can easily pull the entire basket down to retrieve snacks. The liner is washable, so it makes the getup easier to clean.


What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 09:59 AM

70 seems so much younger now! I think my idea home is a ranch with a walk-out lower level. All necessities on main floor, and extra space in lower level for guests, parties, etc. Still plenty of stair climbing available, but not necessary if my mom visits. She is 88, and can't get in my front door without assistance (bad knees), or upstairs to bathe. We only have a toilet and sink on the main level. She is still living alone in her ranch home.


Moving Downstairs: Thinking About Design as We Get Older With 10 Links To Start The Conversation
3/17/14 03:52 PM

My goal is to have an accessible home while I'm relatively young (under 55), so I won't have the urgency of moving due to disability or age. In my current home, all of our bedrooms and showers are upstairs, so I'd be at a disadvantage if I sprained my ankle, much less more serious issues. Good luck to all of you who are facing this with aging parents. They have earned the right to our respect and all the resources we can give them. Finding the best options can be so tough.


Moving Downstairs: Thinking About Design as We Get Older With 10 Links To Start The Conversation
3/17/14 03:15 PM

Nyumba, I totally agree that to those of us who are youngish, we should consider making a move to a accessible home now. Changes are hard, and moving is unbelievably hard when your memory depends on the familiar routines. Something to think about.


Moving Downstairs: Thinking About Design as We Get Older With 10 Links To Start The Conversation
3/17/14 12:39 PM

I love this thread. I have spent a few years as a caregiver for friend's parents who found themselves limited by age and dementia. I like the way you think! It's about finding what the abilities are, and going from there. Whole different focus! In my work, it's about figuring out how to problem-solve and be flexible for the ever-changing needs of the elderly, which in some cases is like "childhood in reverse". While children grow and become more able, the elderly (sometimes with dementia), become more limited and in some cases less able to meet new challenges.


Moving Downstairs: Thinking About Design as We Get Older With 10 Links To Start The Conversation
3/17/14 12:23 PM

Some people just can't follow instructions :) I like it this way!


Transform the IKEA Stockholm Lamp into a Sputnik-Style Chandelier Ikea Hackers
10/9/13 02:02 PM

Best wedding to date: my niece Katie's. She and Mike were married last May. They are theater people, and got married in the college theater where they first met. The Big Show was a wonderful production that allowed them to show their hearts and talent. We got to watch them on a stage, as if we were viewing the wedding and party as a play. The pre-wedding music was great and invited us all to sing along to songs like Let it Be, and Dear Prudence. The "ceremony" was performed by a close friend and Katie's uncle, a judge (made it legal). All was wonderful, but the best was the reading by the bride and groom from The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. http://www.kelleytown.com/shared%20files/adam%20and%20eve.pdf Most original and touching wedding ever.


Tell Us: The Best Wedding You've Ever Been To?
10/8/13 06:12 PM

This is amazing. If she can keep it that clean all the time, I am totally impressed.


Penny's Lovely Floating Amsterdam Abode House Tour
10/4/13 07:27 PM

This is amazing. If she can keep it that clean all the time, I am totally impressed.


Penny's Lovely Floating Amsterdam Abode House Tour
10/4/13 07:27 PM

This is amazing. If she can keep it that clean all the time, I am totally impressed.


Penny's Lovely Floating Amsterdam Abode House Tour
10/4/13 07:27 PM

Thanks, Gilliane: it's messy at the moment, but the colour is serene, and the mural inspires me. I can see it through the open door from our bedroom, inviting me in. Joy: I love the heating pad idea! I will have to do this since our cat loves to curl up right in the way of my work. Cute, but not so productive!


10 Steps to a Home Office You'll Love
2/23/12 12:08 AM

I mixed the paint color for my home office myself. It's a periwinkle blue, greyish and muted. My daughter painted birch trees on one wall, and it's serene and beautiful in here!


10 Steps to a Home Office You'll Love
2/22/12 05:06 PM

My first "apartment" was smaller than this. I used to stand in the middle of the room and turn in a circle to give the "tour". I was single, it was adequated for that time. I can see this space would work fine for someone who mainly sleeps, drinks coffee, works on the computer. It may be that they have family storing some treasures, or a storage unit. Maybe they just feel freer having less stuff? If they have a work space where they can create, do, whatever, they don't need it so much at home.


175 Square Feet! Micro Studio in Morningside Heights New York Post | Apartment Therapy New York
1/12/10 11:42 AM

I was born with Eulalie, an old family (French) name. Except that we are Americans, living in the US, and my nickname, Lalie (pronounced lah lee, or lolly) was considered very strange. I always hated it, having to explain it, spell it, etc. When I left home for college, I started using my middle name, Lisa. Such freedom! I scorn the few who ask me how to spell it. Seriously? If I spelled it some weird way I'd make a point of saying so.

Our children have respectable names, and middle names, but who knew our son Morgan's name would become so popular for girls? We still have silly nicknames for all of them, and they still use them though the oldest is in her twenties now. You never know til they "wear" the name how they will feel about it. I don't mind now when people from the 'hood call me Lalie.


Hottest Baby Name Trends of 2010 | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
1/12/10 10:52 AM

Hahahaha! Thanks for a good laugh. I think Paris Hilton has a whole suite for her dogs. As for me, a mudroom with a dog shower is my dream. And a dog door leading to the backyard. My dogs sleep under our bed, and on top when the mood strikes them. They want to be wherever their peeps are.


Hot or Not? Pet Bedroom | Apartment Therapy New York
1/12/10 10:37 AM

I am allergic to dust mite (their waste, actually) and have found the cleaning and covering to be the key. I won't keep my pets out of the bedroom, and we do have carpet, but I always sleep best the nights I have changed the bedding.

Yes, we have germs everywhere, and yes, we usually have the immune systems to fight them off. No, we don't all have to become the OCD guy in As Good as it Gets. BUT, we should all, as civilized beings, CLEAN THE DANG HOUSE occasionally, people. Some more than others, but we all need to do it. Dirty sheets and comforters aired or washed rarely can't be good for anyone, can it?


Dust and Dust Mite Proof Your Bedroom | Apartment Therapy New York
1/10/10 09:52 PM

Wow, Jason: really, really nice job! Love that you went with quality and style and ended up with a house that doesn't look like it's stuck in a time warp. Furniture is very cool too. Makes me want to spend more time building, less time refinishing.

Lisa


Jason Weinbeck's Mid Century Frugal Fix Up House Tour | Apartment Therapy Chicago
12/29/09 02:09 PM

I agree with Lulu, this house is not cluttered. These photos show a real home, which looks comfortable and beautiful, not over-decorated.


Karen's Urban Cottage House Tour | Apartment Therapy New York
11/16/09 10:03 AM

Love this home and it's fun display of color. What a beautiful gift to your guests! Ashley, this was a great first pick and I look forward to seeing more.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Sarah, Oliver Winter's Colorful Treetop Bungalow House Call
10/14/09 11:58 AM