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Display Name: Mitbos
Member Since: 4/7/09

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Mid-Century To Minimalist: Before After Bedroom | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/5/10 12:40 AM

McKillme, that is completely uncalled for. I, for one, like seeing both sides of an argument - even if I do not necessarily agree with a certain side. If you have nothing more to add to the discussion than personal attacks that insult an entire region of the United States, then it is you who should go away.

Historic Paul Thiry Home For Sale For $1The Seattle Times | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/14/10 12:04 PM

How long are you soaking where the water is getting so cold, so fast? And what kind of tub are some of you using? I love nothing more than a good, long bath - but usually by the time the water is cool, my fingers are pruny (sp? is that even a word?) enough that it's time to get out.

I also kind of have to agree with Ptoo- if this were a post about new construction in suburbia, many of you would be up in arms. I grew up in a 50s era house, and the only time I attempt a soaking bath now is when I visit my parents (they're now in a 20s-era bungalow with clawfoot tub). The tubs in both houses are at least 50% larger than the few 90s/00s-era homes I've lived in. Don't be so quick to judge McMansions or suburbia - b/c for all their faults, they were built to be a lot more energy-efficient than a lot of the old, urban construction many of you hold so dearly.

How To Make Your Bath Hold More Water | Apartment Therapy Boston
3/8/10 04:26 AM

@Buckster: I beg to differ. My grandmother - who's had multiple heart attacks, several small strokes, and multiple surgeries to clear her arteries - has never cooked with margarine or any of the "modern" fats. She'll cook with bacon grease until the day she dies. I love bacon. I cook it every so often and probably cook with a tablespoon of the residual grease 1-2 times a year. But after years of witnessing the poor health and quality of life of my grandmother and some of my other relatives - I firmly believe, "Everything in moderation." To think that people are again keeping jars of this stuff like it's an everyday seasoning...*shudder*

In general, I'm tired of idea that the only "real" Southern or soul food cooking is that which is flavored with pork. Pork has its place - but too often it is used as a crutch by people who never learned how to use herbs, spices and other seasonings to their advantage. Seriously, has anyone else sat down to Thanksgiving dinner where literally every single side dish (and maybe even the turkey) was flavored with bacon grease or a ham hock or fatback, and there was a simmering pot of chitlins (chitterlings, for those who need to look it up) on the stove?

That said, there are few things yummier than hash browns fried up in a mixture of olive oil and bacon grease. I've found they get crispier that way.

Tip: Save Your Bacon Fat | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/26/10 10:14 PM

Hot for cleverness. Not in that it appears to have been designed as part of a marketing campaign for a hair regrowth product. Why does hair loss = a problem? I know plenty of sexy bald guys.

Hot or Not? Hair Loss Memo Pad | Apartment Therapy DC
2/2/10 11:39 PM

Or, you could just use WD-40 or mineral oil.

Not sure how KY is relevant or why it was even mentioned; I'm pretty sure most people know petroleum jelly = Vaseline.

How to Silence a Squeaky Door With Three Household Items | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/2/10 11:28 PM

Yeah...let them age. I always thought this was a no-brainer, but I guess different families pass on different cooking tips :)

If you absolutely must use fresh eggs, then boil them until you have the dreaded green ring and rinse them in cold water. If you're mixing the yolks with anything (like mayo for deviled eggs or egg salad) - the sulfurous taste will disappear.

Food Science: Why Are Hard-Boiled Eggs So Hard to Peel? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/2/10 09:43 PM

I hate to say it, but I have to agree with others.

You say your landlord doesn't want to be bothered, but what happens when other neighbors begin to complain? Do you live in a popular tourist area or a neighborhood that commands a very high premium? I don't understand why you'd want the hassle of subletting to new people so often - especially since you live there, too.

1) It's a lot of trouble to go to maintain a certain aesthetic when the people you're attracting are honestly just looking for a place to lay their head (which is often the case with short-term renters).

2) Are you sure you're not going to resent the people renting the space? One month you're throwing a fabulous party and your girlfriend has a reading area, while the next, the rest of your space feels cramped without the extra square feet. Even if it's only every so often, it's stressful to have a house guest for a few weeks or months once you've gotten used to living alone. After just a few days with them in my home, I find myself contemplating ways to cover up the sudden, "accidental" deaths of friends and family whom I otherwise love dearly. Just a few things to think about...

That said, I like the daybed trundle idea. They're more compact, easier to move, and easier to work around if your tastes change later. I'd convert the Murphy bed nook back to a closet, but leave the two bottom shelves intact (and maybe even add a couple more shelves at the bottom) and add a curtain. Unless your sublessees are very tall or your ceilings aren't as tall as they appear to be, that should be adequate space to hang clothes. Add a table ( chairs) large and tall enough to serve as a side table, dining table, and workspace. Lastly, if your bay window is deep enough, an ideal reading nook would be a window seat (look for "temporary" or "freestanding" plans if your landlord won't allow a built-in).

Ideas for Room We're Going to Rent? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
1/28/10 10:21 PM

"Why, why, WHY does everything have to be on twitter now?!"

Agreed. In the time (and space) it took to create this post, AT could've just listed the 12 blogs...

Twitter Tuesday: 12 New (To Us) Food Blogs | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/26/10 08:54 PM

I love that the kitchen so much charm and that it actually fits in with the house. If you do rework it, I hope you retain some of its character.

And @ghunt - you're not being picky...

Catherine's Dutch Colonial House Call | Apartment Therapy Boston
1/16/10 10:02 PM

I'm with HeyNowTex - a fan alone (save for, maybe, one of those industrial-size ones) shouldn't have caused your energy bill to "skyrocket." Did you examine any other changes that occurred around that time to see if they could've been a factor?

My air purifier doubles as my white noise machine. I have asthma, allergies, a carpeted bedroom, and pets that are allowed to sleep with me. A big no-no, but the purifier helps. (The white noise also keeps my psycho chihuahua mix from waking me, barking at every bump he hears in the night.) And I, too, wake up more clear headed due to the constant air circulation.

Lastly, a white noise machine may not be best for baby's room - recent research has shown that a fan may reduce the risk of SIDS.

Round Up: White Noise Machines For a Peaceful Night's Sleep | Apartment Therapy DC
1/9/10 09:18 AM

This is a glorified advertisement.

At first I thought, "Neat, someone is actually living in one of these and making it work." Then I visited the Tumbleweed site to find the exact same house featured in a virtual tour, as well as a list of all the press it has already gotten. All on the home page.

It seems more than a little disingenuous for a company to enter a what is basically a model home into AT's contest. AT readers would be in an uproar if a McMansion developer were to enter their "home" in a contest (obviously not Small Cool). How is this any different?

Just my $.02.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Small Cool 2009: Jay's Tumbleweed House Teeny-tiny Division #13
4/15/09 02:54 AM

Been lurking for a while; thought I'd finally post, so here goes...

I've never been a fan of coffee tables. They always conjure up images of my grandmothers' stuffy, off-limits living rooms vs. their "dens", where people actually lived. Add to that to my numerous bruised shins from my parents' coffee table, and I'm firmly in the ottoman or lightweight stool/small table camp. Plus when used regularly, I've found that they often attract clutter. The fewer surfaces I have to put papers on, the better.

What purpose would you like your coffee table to serve? Are you sitting on the floor to use your MacBook and looking for a big workspace, or is it primarily a place for drinks when you're lounging or entertaining? If the former, then I *guess* I'd go with a round table to counterbalance the lines of Bonnie & Clyde. Otherwise, another mag table or a small ottoman combined with a serving tray could easily meet your needs - and Bacon could keep his play space.

Btw, please count me among the Toy Poodle supporters.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Coffee Table for Blu Dot Sectional: Round or Square?
4/7/09 09:39 PM