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Display Name: dhyana
Member Since: 12/8/08

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With the economic downturn, we can only eat at home now which equals a constant flow of dishes, which gets old fast, especially when you work from home.
-Never having our small kitchen cluttered w/ dirty or clean dishes. The dishwasher basically acts like extra cabinet space in that way.
-Sanitized sponges/scrubbers. I throw them in every time.
-No broken dishes/cuts from soapy glasses slipping out of my hand.
-We've noticed a drop in water use

Dishwashers: Kitchen Saviour or Waste of a Cupboard? Melbourne | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/5/10 12:26 PM

Thanks for the thoughtful responses! You convinced me to keep them. I've actually already tried gluing the joints and that didn't quite do the trick, so I'll employ someone/someplace to work some magic. I actually really love the natural wood and don't want to compromise that integrity with faddish glossy paint, ya know? Definitely will re-upholster the seats.
You all are right, I would definitely regret getting rid of these.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: Keep or Sell These Chairs? Los Angeles
3/28/09 08:46 PM

i love the subtle whimsy & romance... that black dining room is so intriguing in the background! it's clear their home reflects who they are and what they like vs replicating design fads. wonderful!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Inspiration: Neville and Sharon's Eclectic Pad
3/25/09 12:32 PM

why is there a pie slice missing??
agreed- fine for a dentist office, weird for a home. i like furnishings that are simple enough to be versatile/rearranged/repurposed for many years in various spaces. this piece is too on the nose.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Hot or Not? The Sema Table by Nurus
1/9/09 12:33 PM

just a heads up, many people in my complex have these on their balconies and i was looking into buying some, but they have some downsides: they're usually $40-60 per panel, which adds up if you have a large area to cover. they're highly susceptible to mold/mildew, and the pulley systems break way more easily than they should. my neighbors complained about them so much, i decided to hold off.

i instead ended up getting some thermal curtains i found on sale, a cheapo metal curtain frame, and used old cloth napkins as tie-backs. they look super classy, they block the heat & light so well, they're machine washable, and the whole thing cost me about $50!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: Outdoor Shade Blinds?
1/9/09 12:11 PM

i feel safe in my place (on the second floor of a building with a security gate)
however my new neighborhood has a different vibe than past places (why do beachside areas have so many weirdos?) , so i've actually been thinking about getting a thing of mace for my keychain, which would also be a good bedside weapon!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Do You Keep a Bat Under the Bed?
1/9/09 11:58 AM

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12/20/08 05:17 PM

mariegael is right on with the request for more "apartments" featured on "Apartment" Therapy. while i enjoy looking at designer homes now and again, i don't come to this site for that and i've found that i've been feeling depressed after spending a lot of time looking at that kind of content on here because i don't honestly think i can ever achieve that level and i don't ever want to feel like i have to come up with a huge list of stuff i "need" to fill a space or to fill an internal void. let's please return to things that EVERYONE on here can achieve-- repurposing what we already have, the less is more value, clever organizing and artistic tips for any space and any budget.

as far as design goes, i do absolutely love the midcentury styles, though at a certain point it becomes stifling and represents a repressed era. i'd like to see more flair, color, and passion return to design. i want modernized renditions of gothic Victorian and more art nouveau-inspired design! i want to see bold wallpapers, rich saturated colors, furnishing with personality.

Apartment Therapy New York | AT Readers Weigh-In: Trends We'd Like To See More Of
12/20/08 04:03 PM

in general, i've found it way less expensive to serve real food vs. hor 'devours, especially if you're hosting 8 or more people. you really can't go wrong with a simple semi-gourmet pasta and a mixed green salad with homemade vinaigrette. you can prep everything ahead of time so that it's just a matter of boiling noodles and tossing the salad. have one nice chunk of cheese, cubed up crusty bread, and a balsamic & olive oil dippy sauce to tide friends over while you're cooking. if you ask everyone to bring a bottle of wine, it's an elegant night for well under $30. no excuses not to entertain! ;)

Apartment Therapy Chicago | 10 Cheap Parties to Host this Winter
12/14/08 01:22 PM

and regarding the temple lofts... i looked at their site last night and was so overwhelmingly inspired that i dreamed about being there!
these are great for so many reasons-- historic preservation, re-purpose/recycle/lowering our "footprint", and yet another example that condensed urban living can be so incredibly attractive.
i just wish the market could get flooded with this type of housing so that it becomes more affordable to those who most desire it.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Times Home Garden Roundup 12.13.08 Los Angeles
12/14/08 12:40 PM

Great suggestion, Gideon. It's amazing the things stuck away in drawers and cabinets that can be brought out for a second life. I find rotating decorative items really helps keep the apartment fresh, and it's always such a simple pleasure to bring out something you forgot you had and get excited again.

However, I must admit that Big Lots can be amazing. I've found wonderfully gaudy treasures to add to the mix ;)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Times Home Garden Roundup 12.13.08 Los Angeles
12/14/08 12:29 PM

does anyone recognize the brown & white duvet by chance?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Inspiration: Sherry And John's: This Young House
12/13/08 11:39 AM

wonderful concept but i find it so visually boring. despite the complicated design, it almost looks Ikea cheap (i think it's that damn light wood! :) it comes across as first attempt for me.
good thoughts Orchid64 and ryttu3k-- you help sell it-- though it would be so much more awesome if it looked sturdier and already colorfully enticing.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Hot or Not? Cube 6
12/12/08 11:45 AM

the "we" didn't bother me. i pictured a lovely lesbian couple! :)

having guests has taught me that i definitely need more tables-- side tables, a coffee table. not ideal for entertaining, especially with cocktails involved.

also, guests are always perplexed when they realize there isn't a TV in the living area and kind of give me an "oh hmm" as in "how do you live?" so i try to keep other things available for easy entertainment-- magazines, books-- and i tell them they're welcome to jump on the computer at any time.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | What Guests Can Teach You About Your Home
12/11/08 03:26 PM

after college, i moved from FL to LA and during the 7 year period, i have moved 5 times. with LA rent, you kind of settle on the best you can find for the lowest amount of money until you just can't take it anymore: insane childhood friend you thought you could live with--> horrendous parking for your $600 studio in Koreatown--> girlfriend you moved in thinking it would improve the relationship--> Buddhist landlords who are against any form of pest control (my favorite was their "termite broom" during swarms)--> only 3 months into my current lease and already fantasizing about greener pastures (though my biggest issue-- a sketch neighbor-- was just removed by cops for felony drug charges, so maybe, just maybe, i'll continue my lease here.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | AT Survey: How Often Do You Move?
12/9/08 01:49 PM

love the open dining area, though the table & chairs don't do justice to the space. i'd fill it with a long, narrow, rustic dinner table. that space begs for a 6-8 person dinner party and is much more visually inviting than the dining area in the top pic. i'd also choose very ergonomic/comfy chairs (most of which can be stored elsewhere between large dinners) so the table can double as a "project" table or laptop workspace.

Apartment Therapy New York | Martha Clarke's Connecticut Farmhouse The New York Times 12.7.08
12/8/08 03:18 PM