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I was lucky enough to get a Smith & Hawken Heirloom Ornament Tree just before they went out of business. (

Since the tree is made of metal, I am making soft and colorful felt owl ornaments for it this year.

My mom has a Douglas fir, and it's very pretty and smells great, but it takes a lot of time and attention to decorate, water, remove decorations and clean up the needles.

Nontraditional Christmas Tree Options
12/5/11 07:33 PM

Since you have the closet for coats and shoes, I might paint the door of the utility box black and stick a magnetic basket or two on there for cell phones & mail:

In addition you could install this modern wall ledge with hooks (in black), which is about 27.5" wide:

Or, paint the utility box a bright color, use these magnetic hooks:

and place these UtiliTILES, in a row on the left of or in an L-shape around your utility box:

Best of luck!

Suggestions For Small Entry Landing Strip?
Good Questions

2/12/11 05:43 PM

I need to get my shoe organization under control, so thank you for this post. None of the ideas really appeal to me, but I'm hoping someone will share something brilliant in the comments section :) Here are some of the ideas that have worked for me when I had less shoes, or have been considering trying:

Ikea Complement:

Boot boxes:|1&Ntt=shoe

Cotton overdoor shoe bag: I put a pair in each pocket, not one shoe per pocket:

Underbed shoe chest: the one I have is mesh, and I use it for shoes that are not in season:

Shoe Organization
Product Roundup

1/4/11 12:04 PM

On the question of replacing toothbrushes: Preserve toothbrushes are sold at Trader Joe's, made from recycled #5 plastic and you can send them in to get recycled once you're done with them:

6 Things In Your Home To Replace Right Now
8/28/10 01:21 AM

It's been a while PaminBoston, but I found this and I thought it might be helpful to others as well:

Look! Kulla Floor Lamp | Apartment Therapy New York
7/23/10 03:34 PM

Here is a web site that provides a list of dry cleaners using more environmentally friendly methods:

The list is maintained by the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College (President Obama attended), and they would like your suggestions on places they don't have listed in the database.

Dry Cleaning Alternative: DIY Clothes Cleaning at Home | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
7/6/10 08:24 PM

My friend said she feels she needs to buy a greenhouse in order to keep out the garden pests (squirrels, possums, raccoons) and her dog.

Is that true, or what are some of your suggestions for a diy solution?


Homegrown LA on Starting An Edible Garden | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
6/6/10 03:14 PM

I have been encouraged to prune my closets on a weekly basis because of a new swap boutique that opened up recently. They are in Playa Del Rey CA:

Cross It Off The List: Paring Down Your Clothes | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/25/10 12:21 AM is also know for...missing the 'n' at the end of known
I wasn't going to point it out until I saw sally305 point out the its/it's thing.

Now, on to my real comment:
At the Ace Hotel Palm Springs they have these gorgeous macrame drapes instead of curtains in their lobby. They look so beautiful hanging in the windows. (if the site is still down for maintenance, you can view the cached version on google)

Giant Macrame Pot Plant Holders | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/14/10 03:19 AM

I bought a settee from Huntington Collection. While in my possession, I vacuumed the fabric, oiled the wood, added some vintage throw pillows in complementary colors, and eventually sold it through Huntington Collection when I was done with it for more than I paid for it :) Collection

After Spring Cleaning: Where To Donate Goods in LA | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/12/10 12:58 AM

Oh, and I once received a Diptyque candle, the fig scent, and it was so delicious. I would never have splurged like that, and it was delightful.

Original Housewarming Gift Ideas | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/1/10 11:43 PM

I have given a bowl overflowing with fresh fruit - the bowl being very cute and vintage from a thrift shop, but perfectly suited for the honoree, and they loved it.

Another one that was very much appreciated was a set of organic cotton dish towels from Williams Sonoma.

Original Housewarming Gift Ideas | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/1/10 11:38 PM

I'm planning to switch apartments with someone from SF for a weekend that I have not met in person. As far as I can tell from the pictures of their apartment, they have as nice a place as we do and seem trustworthy. I will be putting my most beloved jewelry and my laptop at my mom's, but there's nothing else that I'm afraid to lose/have ruined.

Leaving Someone Alone In Your House For the First Time | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/6/10 03:26 AM

Even though you're moving into a new space, and people are saying don't buy anything until you buy the permanent thing/the thing you LOVE, I disagree.

The green couch is an eyesore, and it is reasonable that it offends your aesthetics. Sell it and buy something that you can live with until your three year old is six or seven.

You won't be able to rest easy with the thing you love being dirtied by the one you love, so spend just a little bit (have a moving sale/yard sale to make up the rest of the proceeds in addition to selling the green monster).

I rather like these for under $80:

Good luck!

How Do I Make My Big Green Couch Work? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/6/10 03:08 AM

How about a combo ironing board and full length mirror (function and function):

I don't own it, but I did think it was an ingenious idea when I first saw it.

I think I've ironed less than a dozen pieces of clothing in the last twelve years - and right now I don't even own an iron!

If pants need a crease, or shirts need pressing, they go to the cleaners.

I recently purchased a steamer, and that's perfect for me to use on silk and other delicate items.

Ironing Board Alternatives? Survey | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/26/10 11:18 PM

I read in an online article about foods you should not eat that tomato products in a can were bad for you:
"The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people's body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. "You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that's a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young," says vom Saal. "I won't go near canned tomatoes."

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe's and Pomi."

Good Product: Pizza Sauce from Lucini Italia | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/20/10 12:21 PM

Attract lots of customers by organizing a neighborhood yard sale. I made detailed flyers and distributed to all houses on my street, about two blocks in either direction of my place. I got about 5 neighbors to participate in the yard sale and to split the cost of advertising in the Recycler and Penny Saver, plus the materials to make signs. I offered to do all of the leg work and to get the yard sale permits from the city.

One of the neighbors had a nail gun, so I had him help me with making the directional signs with poster board and on wood stakes, written on with jumbo permanent markers and paint. I made the signs generic (no date) with arrows so they would be re-usable, and one of the neighbors kept them after the sale. I added a smaller piece of paper below the poster board with the date on it.

I advertised the sale as a neighborhood yard sale in all the publications, and posted a few pictures of some of the valuable stuff, plus on craigslist I described a large number of the bigger items, in case people were doing searches by item.

When we set up i the morning, there were early-birds waiting in their cars all up and down the block! Some came in asking for the items I had posted pictures of on craigslist.

The antique settee that didn't sell, I took to a consignment shop and got more than I was asking for it at the yard sale, once it sold.

The more valuable stuff that was left, I packed in bankers boxes to give to a friend for her yard sale and the rest I set out on the curb and posted them on the free section of craigslist. What was left on Sunday morning, I took to an Out of the Closet thrift store nearby.

Roundup: How To Have a Successful Yard Sale | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/17/10 01:04 AM

I'm with misshoxie - S'wheat scoop was the best litter ever for my kitty. It neutralized the urine smell on contact. I scoop the poop out of litter boxes on a daily basis, too.

For tracking, I used a little paw-shaped mat right outside the litter box entrance/exit that had little nubs on it to catch the litter on kitty's paws. It wasn't perfect, but it helped.

I'm a big believer of keeping the kitty's potty in the potty room, so it was easy to sweep up the litter that escaped the mat pretty quickly with a hand broom/dust pan combo that hung on the wall near her litter box.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Cat Litter Debate
7/16/09 01:36 AM

I feel very comfortable at home, and actually I love playing hostess when people come to my place and also having them spend the night. I chose my couch partly because when the back cushions come off it's as big as a twin bed and it's so comfy to sleep on. I also make killer huevos rancheros and french pressed coffee for my guests :)

I love to stay over at some my friend's houses, too, because they will dote on me and that's a nice experience every once in a while. I don't feel anxious staying at others' houses, and it makes me wonder if people who do feel anxious grew up in homes where they did not spend the night at other people's houses. When I lived at my grandmother's in Mexico, she would never let me spend the night outside of our home, thank goodness my mom didn't enforce the same rules!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Comfort Of Other People's Homes
6/9/09 01:44 AM

After I read this post, I went to craigslist and saw these vintage wash tubs for sale:

Seems to me like they might do the trick for some people, though they're too wide for my narrow little walkway.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Small Space Raised Garden
4/28/09 12:13 AM