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Display Name: jaferq
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I find a ton on ebay and also..how about making one for yourself? Look on pinterest for ideas?


Don't-Miss Beautiful Bedrooms: Week Two My Bedroom Retreat Contest
3/14/13 01:14 PM

Well, they also forgot what "apartment" means! I am just about over this site since they seem to feature houses an awful lot. I agree about "hack". Not mesmerized by folks who can use spray paint!


The IKEA VITTSJĂ–: 5 Colorful Hacks
2/13/13 02:49 PM

I work at a senior facility and every month I see a senior pass and their family or myself has to go through piles of stuff that has been sitting for years. It is a painful, time- consuming process. So I was inspired to tackle all my own crap to save my son the time if I die unexpectedly!
My big surprise is how much easier it is to live in an apartment that has half the contents! It has inspired me to continue getting rid of stuff and I love the catharsis of paring down to the very basics!
I finished three large projects and gave them away for Gifts! What a wonderful feeling!


Day 5: Select One Project from Your List to Complete this Month Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/8/13 11:24 AM

It might seem selfish...but I put mine next to my bed. It makes me feel loved to have flowers first thing in the morning and flowers to wish me good night. I get a big bouquet and snatch the first and best for the bedside table. Then I use small vases in the bathroom and on the coffee table.


Day 3: Weekend Chores - Flowers, Floors, Green Cleaners & Outbox Apartment Therapy January Cure - Day 3
1/4/13 01:25 PM

I have limited RAM in my brain so I also use this trick to remember who has what of mine...the other thing is I take a picture of the street signs where I am parked in the city and the floor number of the parking garage I am in.....


Never Forget What You've Lent to Friends Again: Take a Quick Photo
12/20/12 12:20 PM

Just at the right time! I am MAJORLY downsizing from a two bedroom apartment to a 17 foot trailer to get my son through college and I will need all the help I can get.
I admit I will have a small storage unit to keep the stuff I can't get rid of...like baby pictures and my vintage Christmas stuff.
Can't wait to read all the tips!


Join Us & Get Organized in 2013:
The January Cure!

12/18/12 02:05 PM

I host "trade-a-thons" at my house. We bring household what-nots, paint misses and furniture. Then everyone can trade and make a change with no cost! I always repaint a wall when I have something on my mind. But if I had to spend $100 I'd buy the California coast print from Orange and Park and a nice frame from Ikea. I'd still have money left for a coffee and a sweet roll!


One More Year, One Hundred Dollars:
What Would You Do?


4/9/12 05:03 PM

I can tell you that the moss will NOT injure a brick wall. Ivy and creeping fig can lead to the demise of brick and Mortar for sure. I often use this slurry to start moss between pavers and also I do the outsides of clay pots. Try soaking terra cotta pavers in water and then starting your moss there. I used these at a party for chargers on a table. Recently I am experimenting with moss growing on wet burlap. I live in SUNNY San Diego and miss the quiet grace of a space made dark and cool by moss.


Moss Graffiti: Growing On A Wall Near You
4/2/12 02:22 PM

Hoo boy and I ever an expert in this area. I have mental scars from loss that I had to overcome. I was robbed while on vacation in Europe. They brought a moving van and cleaned me out...everything. Then I was divorced and left with nothing but a table and folding chairs. I clung onto everything people gave me. I never wanted to be so without again.
But now I am happy and healthy and only slightly obsessed with being tidy.
I stick to my one in two out rule. I bring in a great lamp and two things must leave.
As for all the hubaloo about books. Don't get your panties in a knot. Only expensive collectible books should stay. Really? You couldn't find another copy of a Tale of Two Cities if you needed it? Last time I perused the thrift store there were plenty of books. I keep a nice notebook with a list of my favorite books but I don't need to KEEP the books. I discovered a thing called the library. I won't throw out my gorgeous books about architecture or art or design. Are You There God It is Me Margaret can go! Honestly being tidy and having less is FREEING.


How To Declutter Your Home
10/25/11 02:13 PM

You folks are amateurs!!! Lol! I lived for four years in a 150 square foot travel trailer! My rule-and it still holds true: One thing in two out.
Now I live in a huge 600 square feet with my teen age son and two tiny finches...and we are happy as clams!


Smart Advice from Small Space Dwellers… For All of Us
4/5/11 11:17 PM

I grew up in Wicker Park when it was sorta...well...scary! It looks like it has become a fun and fashionable place, if this apartment in any indication. I love all your Indonesian and African art! Super cool! Can I come for coffee on my next visit to the windy city. Is Razzle Dazzle hair salon still there? I guess not!!!


John's Artful Wicker Park Duplex
House Tour

2/18/11 05:01 PM

Oh, and additionally used up lemons and crushed ice clean out a stinky garbage disposal if you run it through together!


Cleaning Secret Weapons
Reader Intelligence Report

1/4/11 01:08 PM

As a professional cleaning woman I highly recommend this window cleaner:
one cup water, one cup alcohol and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Works great, won't kill the earth and is easy to mix up! I clean black heel marks off decks (boats) with toothpaste.


Cleaning Secret Weapons
Reader Intelligence Report

1/4/11 01:07 PM

I stick to a rule that is helping me de clutter...If I go to the swap meet and buy three things then when I get home six things must go. It can be little stuff or big. I always seem to find someone who needs the stuff I am tripping over and choking my creativity with. I have really pared down my possessions to the point I own them rather than them owning me!


5 Simple Ways to Make Your House Less Depressing
12/5/10 03:24 PM

Wow. Wow Wow.
It felt as though someone had slapped a testosterone patch on my hip and this was my house! I have the girl version of this place! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
It didn't have the overly tidy feel of a show home and I could hear music and a smell of toasting Poblanos in the air. This is a HOME and not a house. Mr. Arroyo I can tell you are a lovely individual. If you lived in San Diego I hope somehow we would be friends!
P.S. For you it's knives...me? Flashlights.


Steven Arroyo's Think Tank
House Tour

11/14/10 11:26 PM

I loved it!
Can I work for you?
It was like looking at my dream home if I had one!


Blythe's Urban Gypsy Inspired Abode House Tour | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/22/10 10:42 PM

Fabulous light up pagoda lamp, books, readers and an old moonglow clock. Plus good smelling candle.
In the drawer? I will never tell....


What's On Your Nightstand? | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/11/10 08:03 PM

As an interior designer with her own mobility issues, I LOVE THIS. I get sooo sick of the excruded "accessible design" places I visit! It seems if you are handicapped in any way you give up style funk and fun. Wrongo bongo! This place rocks!
And by the way..French linens are quite lovely..I was married to a French man just so I could have his linens!!! Just let your friend who busted you smell them after they have air dried and been neatly ironed..ooh la-la!


Brod's Old Piano Factory DIY Elevator! House Tour | Apartment Therapy New York
2/11/10 08:01 PM

For all of us lucky Californians...Heath has an outlet store....Those tiles are Gorgeous....
I have one!


Modern Fireplace Tools? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
12/15/09 10:50 AM

The apartment I live in now is very very cheap!
The landlord will do no repairs and when the sink clogged he refused to fix it. I called a plumber and he came out. It turned out that the neighbors below were dumping their grease into the sink drain and it clogged my pipes! I still had to pay. My fridge broke and of course...he wouldn't replace it!
But...I tore out the poo stained carpet and re-finished the wood floors which are now beautiful. I will soon replace the front door which has peeling veneer. I can do whatever I want as the landlord already told me I would never get my deposit back due to removing the carpet. I am currently re-tiling the back splash with found tiles. I can't do anything about my gross neighbors who have dumped a couch and three upholstered chairs in the yard. They have frequent fiestas and then barf/pee/poo on my front porch.
But once inside my house it is very clean and cute. I have learned to live with crap all around me....if I didn't have this cheap place I would be living on the street!
I agree with everyone...carpet is absolutely filthy and gross.
Good luck to all finding a good place to live!


Apartment Hunting: Things That Scream Walk Away | Apartment Therapy Chicago
12/11/09 02:59 PM