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My cats are very good about using their post and pad, but their fur seems to stick to my couch upholstery. Has anyone found an upholstery fabric that seems to be more fur repellant?

Curing Your Couch of Cat Scratch Fever | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
6/13/10 06:12 PM

1. Brick should never be sandblasted. It removes the hard outer surface and exposes the soft inner surface, which crumbles and eventually erodes away.
2. There is something you can spray/paint over exposed interior brick to seal it, and it isn't visible at all once dry. Poke around on the web and you'll find it.

Exposed Brick in Any Room Inspiration Gallery | Apartment Therapy New York
5/19/10 08:27 PM

I have original yellow pine tongue-and-groove floors in my 1916 home. They were breathtaking when first refinished, but they scratch, dent and gouge if you look at them too hard. They were definitely meant to be covered with rugs.

Consider Softwood Flooring WoodWise | Apartment Therapy New York#comments
5/17/10 09:18 PM

I have faced a lot of the same issues in past kitchens. White cabinets and a white floor is a lotta white! First off, my white cabinets have blue undertone, and I have never been able to get warm or creamy colors to work. If yours have a bluish cast, you will need to stick to blues, greens or blue-toned reds for the walls. For the floor, I would get a indoor/outdoor woven area rug that almost fills the space (leaving about a foot on each side). You will be amazed how much it warms up the room, and if people spill on it, you can take it out and hose it off. If you are having more work done on the ceiling and lighting, ask if they can bring a soffit down to the tops of the cabinets (why do builders leave that space about the cabinets anyway). The wood table and chairs will bring a nice note of warmth to the room. Finish off with cheerful curtains and table linens.

Help Us Save Our Kitchen! Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
3/16/10 01:45 PM

This is wonderful. You have such and amazing sense of color. I grew up hating orange and brown because I saw them as being so dingy and 70s, but they way you used them, they look crisp and clean.

Jenika and Robert's 1944 Bungalow Renovation House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/12/10 03:48 PM

Are the dormers and bay window going to stay white? Because the almond against the white concerns me. The current black storm door kind of blends against the green front door, but an almond one will really jump out.

What Do You Think of New Exterior Color Plan? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/12/10 10:09 AM

A pedestal sink would look nice and clean, but I don't know if you need the storage under the vanity. If you are doing everything else, you might as well do the vanity too - it will be one of the less expensive items. I got a white thermofoil vanity at a big box store for a couple hundred about five years ago and styled it up with a sleeker sink, faucet and hardware (also from said big box store). It still looks like new, although I am the only person using it. Just be sure to take the removed items to a reuse center.

Should I Reuse this Bathroom Vanity? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
3/4/10 11:22 AM

Definitely the couch against the wall. An put the TV on something smaller and lighter. I kind of like the spring green and navy combo (at least it looks navy in the pictures). I think it would work if you kept everything else sparkling white with an occasional touch of navy in throw pillows or something.

Help! Which Layout is Better? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/4/10 11:07 AM

I have tried a variety of cleaning systems over the years. Right now, I have the tasks divided into 30 minute increments, and I do one each day:

empty and scrub litterbox/trash cans/recycling bins
scrub bathroom
scrub kitchen
clean upholstery
vacuum downstairs
vacuum upstairs

A Cleaning Schedule: How Often Do We Need to Clean? | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/3/10 11:56 AM

I don't think Method products work well at all. I've tried 7th Generation dishwasher detergent, and it left my dishes pretty dirty. Ecover is better. I tried a Trader Joe's brand "green" all-purpose cleaner, and while I loved the smell, it did not cut grease and grime at all. My favorite brand of "green" cleaners is Sun and Earth. I think it is Pennsylvania-based and only available in the Mid-Atlantic. It is very citrusy. The dishwashing liquid and liquid soap clean like nobody's business. The laundry detergent is good too. The spray cleaner, for some reason, makes me cough uncontrollably.

Which is the Best Green Cleaner? Reader Survey | Apartment Therapy Chicago
3/3/10 11:12 AM

Look at the master bedroom on younghouselove.com. Their house looks to be about the same age as yours, and they dealt with a lot of the same issues.

Decor Ideas to Solve Problems in New Room? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
2/17/10 08:51 PM

If it doesn't work and you don't need it, ask your landlord if he/she will remove it. Or ask if it would be okay for you to pay someone to remove it. If you are going to be in the apartment for a while, it would be worth not having to look at that eyesorel

How to Cover Gas Heater Eyesore? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/12/10 09:20 AM

For rooms with a Modern bent, I am a fan of simple curtains in a pinch-pleat or similar style done in a nubby, natural fabric like undyed wool, linen or raw silk. I have also seen sailcloth used effectively. There is a book called the Ultimate Curtain Book that has loads of pictures in every style as well as instructions on how to make them.

Apartment Therapy DC | Selecting Window Treatments for a Long Room? Good Questions
10/22/09 04:10 PM

It looks like the inside of a submarine.

Apartment Therapy New York | Lucky Drops by Atelier Tekuto
10/20/09 09:55 AM

I don't think it is cold at all when you consider that what we are seeing is the starting point for all of the activities they described.

Apartment Therapy New York | Kristin Gadge's Live / Work Space House Call
10/16/09 09:18 AM

My minister went to a nearby park and collected pinecones, acorns, redbud pods and those things that look like green oranges. He was doing a sermon on the seeds of new life, but it was totally lost on me because all I could think "I have got to do that! That would make a great centerpiece!"

Apartment Therapy DC | The Easiest Fall DIY Decoration: Pinecones
10/13/09 04:39 PM

Also, not everybody wants an eclectic mix of vintage mid-century and Danish Modern with pops of bold color.

Apartment Therapy New York | Before and After: Young House Love
10/13/09 04:35 PM

Well I love it. It is light, fresh, clean and cool - exactly what I want my look to be. And caiti's is the comment of the day.

Apartment Therapy New York | Before and After: Young House Love
10/13/09 01:04 PM

I loved Dwell in its early days, but it has become way too elitist and architect-y. I'm expecting that bowl of pomegranates any day now.

There was a great subsidiary of BHG a few years ago called BHG-Home Ideas (or something similar) that was aimed at Gens X and Y. It was full of DIY projects and tours of spaces done on limited budgets. Sadly, it only lasted a few issues.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Favorite Design Magazine?
10/5/09 03:48 PM

I'm so jealous because I love those tubs, but they are too wide for my bathroom.

Apartment Therapy New York | Update Our Bathroom Around This Corner Tub? Good Questions
10/2/09 09:27 AM