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Display Name: marceloteson
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As a wine geek that has no problems drinking 5 dollar bottles, I look for primarily two things - the first is what kind I want, even in the most general sense. Obviously red or white is the first question, followed for me by whether I want something light, medium, or full-bodied. It depends on what I'm eating and how I feel. Next I figure out whether I want fruity New World or earthy Old World. Knowing this is so important. It helps you save time and money and angst. If you get the cheap bottle you know you're in the mood for versus what might be an objectively better bottle that's pricier you'll be happier merely by drinking the wine you want versus the wine that's better.

The second thing is price. I never buy wine outside my budget. It's not worth it. I always try to look for what's on sale, what's underpriced compared to how good it tends to be, and also whether this is party wine, special occasion wine, or every day wine. I'm happy with supercheap discount bottles for every day wine. I've had 12 dollar bottles be "special occasion" wine and I've had 40 dollar bottles be that too. Depends on where I am financially at the time and how much I want to spend on what is basically a nice drink with my meal. There are usually other things more important than the increase in quality that price increase will get you.

Everything else, from the label to the copy to the esoteric winemaking concepts behind the bottles is secondary to what kind of wine I want and what kind of money I want to spend on it.


Judge a Wine By Its Label: A (Less Than Serious) Guide
Grub Street

6/10/11 01:27 PM

I can walk to IKEA Burbank.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Which Ikea Do You Go To?
5/25/08 07:29 PM

This is a really inspirational post. I have a huge patio/cabana area and I have no idea what to do with it. Now I have a strategy I can work off of.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | How To...Ikeahack a Cabana
5/19/08 08:52 AM

Burbank's as-is section is decent, but it really depends on your luck. I've gotten awesome deals there and I've also seen a whole lot of nothing. But I always check it when I go, just to be sure.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Any Luck with As-Is Stuff at IKEA?
1/11/08 07:08 PM

That's awesome. I thought about doing a wall mural myself but I decided I couldn't. Now I'm kinda inspired.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Flickr Finds: Gigegy's Wall Mural
1/11/08 07:05 PM

Replace with stronger scent.

I made beef bourgignon the other day, and I browned all the beef cubes and it left the smell of charred smoky beef all over the place. My vegan girlfriend was none too pleased.

To eliminate the odor I washed everything I was cooking in or on, disinfected the countertops, and lit one of those scented oil candles from Glade, which do wonders for covering up smells you don't like with smells you do.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Removing Tough Lingering Odours
12/18/07 08:47 AM

But the main point for me voting "not" wasn't what it looked like, it was the complete lack of function. That's not a decanter. As the poster above said, it doesn't decant. A decanter is supposed to allow INCREASED air flow to the wine by maximizing the surface area exposed to air.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Hot or Not?
12/7/07 12:02 PM

The tree trimmer who told them they don't need a permit and who used spiked shoes, etc. should be paying for the legal fees and whatever fines come back. Thank goodness common sense came into play.

If they're fined 10,000 dollars I'd still appeal on constitutional grounds. Excessive fines are prohibited by the Constitution. My dad got out of a 700 dollar jaywalking ticket that way in Pasadena.


Apartment Therapy - Check Before You Trim...Or Owe $374,000?!
12/1/07 09:56 AM

We went and bought two of them this weekend. The owner of the store is ridiculously nice, and the store itself is awesome. They have a dog there named Astro. :)

I'm sure if you called them you could work something out. He said that ever since the Apartment Therapy mention the boards have been flying off the shelves, so I imagine you'd have to hurry if you want one.


Apartment Therapy - Fallen tree cutting boards
11/11/07 11:02 AM

Yay!

We had our party last night and it was a huge success. Of course, now the house is dirty all over again...

Thanks so much, all of you, for the support, suggestions, and the props. I'm delighted that my lil alcove was featured here (you oughta see how the bedroom turned out. Holy crap!).

Next time I hope to be back with a one room remedy for my ailing patio area.


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Graduation!
11/11/07 10:59 AM

I'll be taking photos tomorrow. Our party is on Saturday night, and I'll have photos then too. It'll be more of a party party and less of a sit down and eat party, although there will be plenty of food available. :)


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 8 - PreGraduation
11/8/07 05:16 PM

I'm getting one. I live near Los Feliz. Thanks for the tip!


Apartment Therapy - Fallen tree cutting boards
11/8/07 12:25 PM

Chairs and table were from IKEA. We live 2 blocks away from one and our friend works there and occasionally gives us his discount on big items, so our stuff is disproportionately from there.

It seemed at first that we were behind. Painting seemed a long ways away, until we just up and made time for it. It's like the place transformed overnight.


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 8 - Throwing a Party
10/31/07 08:24 AM

Okay. Finally I have progress AND pictures!

The living room:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mteson/1806612395/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mteson/1806610031/

Painted red, reorganized, books and DVD's severely cut down and put away, new coffee table, new TV and technology. There's more to do still - adding a blik graphic to the big red space in the wall, mounting the big speakers on the wall, etc. But I'm already really happy with it.

The alcove, FINISHED:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mteson/1806602571/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mteson/1806606641/

We finally added shelves (2 dollars each! In the IKEA kids section!) and placemats and a dining area. I can't tell you how great it feels to be able to have a place to eat. And we replaced the old overhead light with a chandelier and added a dimmer switch to create mood. MAJOR props to Maxwell and the book for that tip. I especially love how the chalk and eraser stay on the table for anyone to draw.

Finally, the bedroom:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mteson/1807457630/

Painted it a lovely blue that matched the painting. While I like how the red sheets go, we're going to replace them with blue or black or a pattern that compliments the painting, and then keep the green. Orange and wrought-iron accents, shelves, and sconces to follow. Lots of candles. Very Moulin Rouge.

I'm so excited about where we are. And I love how it's different than what I expected. I thought this would be a sleek modern design, but it's turned into a colorful explosion that soothes, relaxes, and impresses. I love it. Love it love it love it. And since we pushed our housewarming a week, we have time to spruce up the bathroom!


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 8 - Throwing a Party
10/30/07 08:48 PM

You know, We've have been getting a lot done in our space, but we keep forgetting to post photos.

This week we:

- Painted the bedroom a beautiful blue
- Threw out two pieces of old furniture and one old appliance
- Started thinking about bedroom furnishings and developed an overall concept of the space
- Began the bathroom
- Finished the alcove/dining area (the one with the chalkboard wall) by adding an IKEA chandelier
- Started the pet corner

The living room and alcove/dining room are pretty much done at this point, we still want to blik something on the living room wall though.

Things for us to do:

- Finish painting the bedroom
- Order new blinds for the kitchen
- Blik the living room wall
- Buy a new flower vase (kitties broke the old one)
- Shop for accent pieces
- Tidy up

When you look at the difference between the old place and what we have now, with the color and the lighting and the chalkboard and the furniture...it's astounding. I feel like I'm constantly behind on this cure but really...I've been doing rather well. And what's most interesting is how organic the process has been. Once one piece of the puzzle is in place, other pieces become plain as day. The look I have isn't what I planned for in the beginning, but it's better because it came to be the way it is organically, without overthinking it. I'd paint the wall, and then it became clear what I needed to do for accents, and then it became clear what had to happen for lighting, and before you know it we had a colorful and dynamic space that works on all levels.


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 7 - Weekend
10/28/07 01:15 PM

I can't WAIT to show you the pretty much finished alcove, but I need to make one more installation (a new overhead lighting fixture) first. I just have one question though.

My new lamp (from IKEA, because I'm cheap and it's within walking distance) comes with three circuits - black, white, and green. It also has a fourth ground wire which is separate from the first three.

My original lighting fixture is crazy old, and only has black, white...and ground. So....where do I put the green wire from the new lamp?

If anyone has any wiring experience, I would be really appreciative of an answer. This is all very new to me! Thanks!


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 7 - The Bedroom
10/24/07 09:07 AM

Well, we painted the living room wall!

The color we picked was "Red Dahlia" from Martha Stewart. We made two coats, looked at how the wall was slightly uneven with the color and translucence, and decided we kinda liked it that way, so we stopped after the 2nd coat. We'll get pictures when it all dries and we can take the tape off, etc.

What was really amazing was the way painting this big wall got us in touch with the house in a way we never thought would happen. Standing on a stool hand-painting the top corner of my wall, touching a piece of it that I had never touched before, it was really interesting. We learned more about the structure of our home than we ever had before. And I've lived here 3 years!


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 6 - The Weekend
10/21/07 04:38 PM

I don't need another big rectangular box to find an outlet for, connect into my system, and then pay power bills for. DVD's are fine.


Apartment Therapy - Survey: Would You Consider a Set Top Movie Box?
10/19/07 06:32 PM

Nice! I made it on the list again!

That's not technically my kitchen, that's like a dining room/alcove. The kitchen is to the right, across from the landing strip.

We're not done here. It's gonna be kickass. Thanks for the support!


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 6
10/16/07 05:26 PM

The painted alcove wall!

Before:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mteson/1251970453/

After:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mteson/1584223333/

We're going to be adding some shelving and stuff to hang kitchen tools from, as well as a tall bar-height table and stools. We were going to attach something to the wall but we love using the entire wall to draw on too damn much.

We're so happy with it, and painting it took only a few hours! It's not the most perfect job in the world, but it'll definitely do. And it's inspired us to get cracking elsewhere!


Apartment Therapy - The Spring Cure: Week Five - Weekend
10/15/07 10:25 PM