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This is just a guess, but I bet you most of the apartments with bathrooms off the kitchen are old buildings that pre-date indoor plumbing. It's much cheaper to have all the plumbing added in one area than to modernize a whole apt.
My mom grew up in an old farmhouse that had a summer kitchen with a water pump on the back of the house and an outhouse in the yard. when they finally added indoor toilet/bath the only logical place was to add it to the existing plumbing in the kitchen. Hence the embarrassing reality of pooping mere feet from the kitchen table at mealtime. Luckily the outhouse was still usable!

How To Make the Most of Typical Rental Features: The Only Bathroom is Through the Bedroom
7/29/14 12:52 AM

I can't believe no one mentioned the obvious - paying rent/mortgage in a ridiculously expensive city all by yourself. Otherwise, there's nothing better than living alone!

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 10:51 PM

Buy fabric from a real fabric store, it comes on a roll, so they can roll off as much length as you need. Near me that is places like Fabricland, but there are many others.

How To Hang Curtains from Loft Window Frame? Good Questions
6/26/14 11:27 AM

I'd really love an outdoor solar light that is bright enough to read by. I've been through all the links and have searched extensively online, but they all seem to be about ambient lighting.

How to Light Your Outdoor Area Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/15/14 05:40 PM

Gorgeous apartment. Loved everything except the taxidermy.

Jamie's Wild Blue Yonder House Tour
6/3/14 09:43 PM

Relax, this is something that was very popular when I was in my 20s and no apartments caught fire. You leave the original fixture over the bulb, and it blocks most of the heat.

Then make sure that the scarf or wall hanging is draped appropriately low. I would check mine periodically if the light was on all day, and it was never even warm. The is also a cheap solution for covering water damaged ceilings that your landlord was too cheap to repair.

3 Easy Renters Fixes for Ugly Ceiling Lights
5/31/14 04:25 PM

Do you know what kind of plant is in that picture?

Upcycle a Glass Bottle With This 10 Minute, $7 Ombre Vase DIY! Apartment Therapy Reader Project Tutorials
5/18/14 03:43 PM

When I see a wall of books, I think this is the home of interesting conversationalists - people I'd like to know better. Very inviting!

Amanda & Justin's Brooklyn Railroad Nook House Tour
4/27/14 04:06 PM

I use my toaster oven for all kinds of things, but especially toasting nuts. I use the medium "toast setting" and I never burn them that way. I also use it for broiling. No need to heat up a whole oven for 1 or 2 portions.

7 Recipes That Can Be Made Faster (and Better) in the Toaster Oven
4/26/14 09:40 PM

I tell my family I don't want to exchange gifts at xmas etc, to save money, and my mom who used to be the queen of bad gifts has really gotten into it. The exception is she know I really like this one kind of face cleanser/cream that is expensive, and she knits. So for several years I've been getting the same gift repeatedly - face cream and hand-knit dish clothes and wash clothes - which is fine by me!

How Do You Deal with Unwanted Decor Gifts?
4/21/14 03:54 PM

I love the way you used 3 colours in the kitchen. It totally works!

Emily and Kai's Thoughtful and Stunning Abode House Tour
4/20/14 01:49 PM

Great way to add a little colour if you are shy of painting a whole room or don't want to reduce the light in a small space!

Drab Door Remedies: 11 Show-Stopping Interior Door DIY Projects
4/12/14 03:26 PM

I think this is great, but I would like to know more about the composting toilet. Do you have any problems with smell with it being so close to the kitchen? Any lessons learned about it?

Christopher & Merete's Truly Tiny
Home on the Range House Tour

4/12/14 03:21 PM

What a wonderful space!

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Geoff's Southern Exposure Studio
4/10/14 11:57 PM


Before & After: Beat Up Chair Finds Way Back to Beauty
4/9/14 11:03 AM

I'm just really really really glad this isn't taxidermy!

How To Decorate with Giraffes
4/6/14 06:32 PM

I like my apartment a lot except for the small windows in a north-facing suite. Living in Vancouver, BC where it is grey and raining so often, I can't understand why anyone would design a building with these piddly little windows. Especially because I have a panoramic view of the mountains (if I stand right in front of the window ;) )

The second thing is the bedroom is right next to the front door - another "what were they thinking" design quirk.

What's an Annoying Thing About Your Home?
3/30/14 03:44 PM

In Vancouver large supermarkets are far and away the most expensive places to buy staple veggies, maybe not dry goods, but veggies are ridiculously overpriced at places like Safeway. Small neighbourhood grocers are much, much cheaper and have more selection, Chinatown grocers are the cheapest of all - for produce, perhaps because they specialize in produce and turn it over quickly.

10 Strategies For Saving Money at the Grocery Store Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/19/14 01:46 AM

Yes yes I'm Canadian too, and yes I'm strictly shoes off, and again - never need to be rude to guests because it's not rude, it's a well-accepted custom, so the vast majority of people do it automatically. Living in Vancouver I know a lot more Americans now (border town), so know I need to mention it to them, but even they are so used to it now it is a non-issue. For me it is not about dirt per se, or a germ-phobia, it is just a strongly held custom for many (not all) Canadians - it's just how I was raised and it feels wrong to do otherwise. when I go to an American friend's house and they suggest I keep my shoes on. I do it, but it still feels wrong.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/15/14 12:05 AM

I think the rug is a great idea for someone like me who just wants the look, doesn't need a real headboard. Those small ikea shag rugs are washable so I doubt it would be an issue. A small colourful non-shag would also work. I currently have a wall tapestry behind my bed, I lean on it and it is fine. I guess the gist of my comment is - to each his own!

A New Headboard by Bedtime: 12 Unusual & Affordable DIY Headboard Ideas
2/23/14 04:53 PM