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We lived in a 1BR till I was 10, and my parents used bookcases to section off a corner of the living room into a alcove. My dad fashioned me a short little bed (fortunately, I was a short little kid) and got a foam mattress cut to size so that my bed would fit along the 5-ft wall. I think the whole space was about 5 x 6 feet - enough for a bed, my own dresser, and I had the bookcases facing me so I had plenty of titles to look at.

If I were doing it today, I would do the same and also add a curtain on the open wall for a privacy option.

Ideas for 2-Year-Old's Separate Sleep Area in Our Small Bedroom? Good Questions
3/10/14 10:24 AM

I saw the first shelves pictured in this post last year ( and said, "hey, I bet I can do that." It was a little ambitious given I live in Manhattan with no outdoor space, but I just planned a little extra carefully and found a lumber yard that would cut the wood I wanted to the exact size I wanted. Got curbside delivery and a handtruck to make it the rest of the way in and gave a simple coat of polyurethane to seal and bring out the grain. Then I water taxied over to Ikea Brooklyn for the brackets, spray painted them dark gray with a few orange ones thrown in for color, and started assembling. I went 6 shelves high (~4 ft) and 10 ft wide. Love them.

The original, non-AT link to the idea is Some really cool stuff!

Tell Us: How Big Was Your Biggest DIY Project?
3/5/14 01:00 PM

I was stumped by my HUGE dining table wall (21 ft long; it's massive). I have a set of 5 small framed prints that used to hang by my dining table in my last, much smaller apt, but they would have looked comically mini here. Then it occurred to me to do picture rails. I got two 4 foot metal ledges; three frames on one and 2 on the other I hung them so that they're offset - the one on the left is ~4-6" higher than the one on the right, with ~3" in between horizontally. I'm so happy with the result -- the wall doesn't look crowded, but it no longer looks sparse either. I spent a bit of $ to get the CB2 picture rails I like, but no $ for new art, and you could always DIY picture rails or get cheaper ones to be more budget-friendly.

Goodbye, Big Blank Walls: Large-Scale Solutions
3/5/14 12:42 PM

I love that dining table. Where is it from??

For Dinner With a View: Floor-To-Ceiling Bay Windows Dining Room Inspiration
2/25/13 04:38 PM

I also use a strainer as a sifter - I find it so much easier & cleaner, plus it's a way to get rid of a single purpose kitchen tool in favor of something multi-functional!

Can You Help Me Find the Very Best Flour Sifter?
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12/15/11 04:30 PM

I've also used the rack from my toaster oven in a pinch (if you have a toaster oven, that is)!

Good Tip: What to Do if You Don't Have a Roasting Rack
11/16/11 05:12 PM

I do 6 to 8 weeks with 100 proof vodka (smirnoff makes it). My friend taught me and has a blog post with a good recipe:

What Is the Best Way to Make Limoncello?
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11/4/11 10:06 AM

Think you could do it with an egg slicer too and just not go all the way through, or are they not sharp enough? I don't have one, but seems it'd make it a lot easier and introduces another function for a single-use tool, making it potentially worthwhile! I love that these are a slightly fancier twist on the usual roasted potatoes.

A Twist on the Usual: Sliced & Seasoned Baked Potatoes
9/13/11 06:53 PM

I had a wonderful salad (arugula maybe?) with roasted mushrooms, thin sliced gruyere, bacon (just like little lardon-type strips), and chives... it was excellent & turned me on to roasted mushrooms. I'm sure would be just as good, if not better, without the bacon!

Quick Dinner Recipe: Roasted Mushrooms with Herbs | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/21/10 06:11 PM

I use baking soda & spritz it with water, then wipe it up after a few minutes with a regular kitchen sponge. So satisfying how the baking soda visibly picks up the ick.

How To Clean the Stove Naturally: A Tip | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/24/10 05:25 PM

Can you freeze or refrigerate some of the no-knead bread dough for a few days if you don't want to bake all of the baguettes at once? And if yes, at what point in the process should it be frozen/refrigerated?

How To Shape a Baguette Loaf | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/8/10 04:59 PM

I am ALL for the cheese tupperware. Not only does it keep the fridge smelling fresh, but it sort of edits the amount of cheese I let myself buy, since there's only so much space. Plus it keeps me from misplacing my delicious goodies behind other items.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How to Store Cheese: What To Do When You Get It Home The Cheesemonger
11/5/09 09:31 AM

I think you might be able to find the little table/cart at cb2... could be wrong though.

Apartment Therapy New York | Roomark: Moxie 9.10.08
9/15/08 11:56 AM

i love these - and also would like to get them into my apartment! i'm wondering - would they be easy to paint? the ikea site says : Base material: Steel, Pigmented epoxy/polyester powder coating

any advice?

Apartment Therapy New York | Lerberg Table Legs from Ikea Boston
9/9/08 06:48 AM

it's not tough -- just make sure you get the pieces with drawer runners lined up correctly! otherwise you have to go back and start from the beginning again. trust me... not fun.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Is IKEA's Malm 6 Dresser Hard to Assemble?
1/30/08 10:43 AM

fortunately, beekeepers can buy more bees to replenish their hives. my friend's dad has been keeping bees on their brooklyn rooftop for several years now -- they make delicious honey.
as for the legality of keeping bees in the city, i wouldn't worry too much for Graves. there has been press in the past about nyc beekeepers and the city hasn't cracked down yet. hopefully that won't change.

link to a 2002 nyt article:

NYC Beekeeping
6/6/07 06:48 AM