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Just a week ago I scored two IKEA Malm nightstands from a dumpster. They were in perfect condition! The bed was in there too (just the frame, no mid-beam or slats), but I couldn't fit it in my car. I was going to go back and get it, but it rained that afternoon and it got ruined. :(

I'm not even sure if I'll use nightstands. I picked them up more on principle, really. The worst part is that there was a thrift store across the street!

I also live in a college town too. My friends and I used to dumpster dive at the dorms at the end of the school year. We always scored some useful things. After the holidays is a good time too. Many (rich) people throw out the old stuff. I knew someone that found a working Nintendo Game Cube (back when those were newish) in the trash on the day after Christmas.

Tips for Mastering the Fine Art of Dumpster Diving
9/3/10 02:19 PM

When the Expedit wouldn't work in our living room anymore, my husband and I turned ours into a dresser. It works really well in our oddly shaped bedroom. We love it!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Expedit: 7 Ways to Use It
10/26/09 03:15 PM

You also used to be able to buy entire houses from catalogs!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Shopping From Home, Circa 1912SFGate
9/22/09 10:54 AM

I think I've found my dream house.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Allison Paul's Gem With a View House Tour
8/7/09 12:44 PM

It's sort of like shoes.

If you buy an expensive pair, you expect them to last a good 5-8 years, depending on what you put them through (sneakers not pumps). I wouldn't expect sneakers from Target to last more than a year or even less.

I guess you can say you get what you pay for, with some exceptions.

Apartment Therapy New York | Survey: What's Your Furniture Life-Expectancy?
7/24/09 01:03 PM

[IKEA] positions outlets far from city centers, where taxes are low and commuting costs high—the average IKEA customer drives 50 miles round-trip.

I know this isn't true for the Atlanta store. It's right smack in the middle of downtown. When they built it there wasn't much around it because of the neighborhood it was in. After IKEA was open, the whole area exploded in development, much of which was sustainable and eco-friendly. There are now tons and tons of condos, high rises and an outdoor mall, in an area that was before mainly warehouses, industrial buildings, and housing projects. I only visit Atlanta 2-3 times a year (usually to go to IKEA, etc.), so this is purely a visitor's observation. I'm sure those who live in the vast Atlanta suburbs have to commute a good distance to it, but the downtown residents don't.

I have several IKEA pieces and it seems to be hit or miss. Now I feel a little more educated on what to look for there. I've had my IKEA bed frame for 7 years. I've had to re-tighten some screws here and there, but it's just preventative maintenance. My husband and I are replacing it soon for the sole reason that we'd like something bigger (it's a full).

However, we had an IKEA couch that lasted maybe 2 years. We made the mistake of getting it in red. It was grossly faded in about 6 months and continued to get worse. IKEA stopped selling the covers for it & eventually discontinued the couch. I have half of it in my studio, which is now covered in blankets and usually two large dogs. We gave the chaise half of it to Goodwill. I think their couches have vastly improved since then. If I ever get another one from there I'll be sure to get extra covers, or a model that a conventional slipcover will fit. Leather is out of the question because we allow our dogs on the furniture.

Apartment Therapy New York | Is IKEA the Least Sustainable Retailer? The Atlantic
7/20/09 02:14 PM

I can vouch for this one. It's a very nice place and THE best deal in the area. The owners are fantastic, plus they they're locals!

I used to live over by the Thunderbird when it was um... not so nice. That was 7 years ago and they've vastly improved that area since then. It's surrounded by much pricier hotels now. If you want to visit Savannah, but don't want to stay in a chain hotel or pay $$$$ for a B&B (which are incredible, but pricey). Thanks for posting this!!!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Thunderbird Inn Savannah
7/1/09 03:09 PM

My Dad had one of these. He's an architect, and his looked much like the one from West Elm with chrome sawhorse legs & a heavy glass top. He had it for over 25 years if not more. Last year the glass was accidently cracked, and the table was put out of commission. I remember when I was a kid, my dad rigged up some lights to hang under the bottom and he made a giant tracing table out of it!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Sawhorse Tables
5/6/09 12:32 PM

I love the last one! It may not be the nicest looking, but I think it looks the most functional, at least for a house like mine.

We generate a lot of recycling, so we need something that will hold a good bit. Right now we have rubbermaid bins on top of our dog crates! Talk about ugly on top of ugly. But we have a small house, big dogs, and large recycling bins. We plan to handle this problem with something like that last photo when we remodel our kitchen.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | 5 Styles for Recycling Stations
5/5/09 12:34 PM

I stay. I would worry that something would go wrong if I wasn't there. I don't meddle though, and I leave them to their business. My husband can't leave work, so I'm always the one that has to meet workers, etc. I worry sometimes about being home alone with strange men around. However, our dogs are loud and scary looking. They wouldn't hurt anyone, but it makes me feel better to have them around! They stick to me like glue when there's something going on, and bark quite a bit (a little too often actually, haha). If I didn't have them as a security blanket, then I probably would leave.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Repairmen On Site: Should You Stay Or Should You Go?
4/29/09 12:40 PM

Sorry guys, maybe I was too harsh. I know I'm not "the boss of decorating". I'm just pretty opinionated when it comes to riding.

I grew up around this style and I love it, but I don't have the classic equestrian look in my own house. My husband and I have more modern taste, and examples like the photos above are a bit too old fashioned. My own horse "decor" is limited to framed b&w photos of my horse and the ribbons we've won together that hang in my studio.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Equestrian Style at Home
3/20/09 09:21 AM

Personally speaking, from someone who's been a serious equestrian her whole life, I would almost be offended if I entered someone's home with this decor and knew they didn't ride.

My grandmother's home is decorated with a general equestrian theme, mainly foxhunting. The walls are lined with photos of her daughters riding and various old trophies. It's wonderful in a very classic way. I have no problem with equestrian decor as long as you ARE a rider and want to echo that part of your life subtely throughout your house (without being gaudy).

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Equestrian Style at Home
3/19/09 12:51 PM