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Display Name: Aulaire
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Indoor Outdoor Space at Haus mit Atelier ArchDaily | Apartment Therapy New York
5/28/10 09:01 AM

Forget the reno into the present, smaller apt and rental: The original apartment (as shown in the house tour) is absolutely the perfect home, period, no need to look further, just substitute my stuff for Ivonne's stuff and live happily ever after!

Ivonne's Gutsy Renovation House Tour | Apartment Therapy New York
4/15/10 09:50 AM

SaraBa's "cheesy" and "trendy" cover the subject for me.

Unique Mirrors from Addiction Collection | Apartment Therapy New York
4/13/10 08:52 AM

"We get a PEEK," not we get a PEAK." (The only peak here is the peak of bad taste. . . .)

Missoni Family at Home by Juergen Teller | Apartment Therapy New York
1/21/10 06:46 AM

OK, this isn't funny: I really, really, really NEED that faux brick wallpaper behind the lamp in picture 8. Please, somebody, know what it is!

Vintage ABS Plastic Shelves - $160 New York Scavenger | Apartment Therapy New York
11/18/09 07:14 AM

I don't know who Russell Brand is, so I'm just looking at an interior, and I'm seeing a pretty ugly space. Black [almost] alone doesn't equal goth. "Modern Goth" sounds oxymoron to me. Maybe I'm just not savvy--or maybe it's just heavy-handed and awkward, as it seems to me. . . .

Russel Brand's London Boudoir For Sale | Apartment Therapy New York
11/18/09 06:55 AM

French finish usually isn't actually pure shellac---it's shellac and linseed or some otheroil. The oil acts as a lubricant that prevents lifting of the shellac from the surface being polished. This from Wikipedia [the "fad" is the pad used to apply to polish]:

The 'fad' is commonly lubricated with an oil, that is integrated into the overall finish[1]. This helps to prevent the 'fad' from lifting previously applied layers of shellac. Typically, "softer" oils, such as mineral oil, will produce a glossier and less durable finish whereas "harder" oils, such as walnut oil, will produce a more durable finish.

Finishing The Job, Naturally: Shellac WoodWise | Apartment Therapy New York
11/17/09 07:02 AM

I've seen it, too. It's very familiar. This is going to drive us all crazy.

Source or Artist of Bear Artwork? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
11/14/09 06:44 AM

I don't know---am I the only one who finds this makeover underwhelming?

Before After: An $80 Rental Kitchen Makeover | Apartment Therapy New York
11/12/09 08:00 AM

You've got to be kidding.

Take Us To Your Home: Tiny Terrariums by Matteo Cibic | Apartment Therapy New York
11/11/09 06:37 PM

I love the mini-decorating project of designing a table. We have an annual, medieval Yulblot (winter solstice) feast at my house, and I even include the food in the table design. What fun!

Thankgiving Tables from Flickr | Apartment Therapy New York
11/11/09 07:57 AM

The third one is sooo gracious! The silver bedroom kicks ass. The first one, however, doesn't seem to me to work as a vanity, actually: the mirror's too high and the vanity surface is too clutter with objets. . . .

Improvise Vanities for Your Guests | Apartment Therapy New York
11/11/09 07:53 AM

Coincidentally, a few weeks before news of Gourmet's demise, I found a stash of several hundred Gourmet magazines in my attic--between 1960 and the 90s. They're so timelessly beautiful--in fact, the older, the more so. Even although I haven't been getting Gourmet on a regular basis for a while now, I've never been sadder over the ending of any other publication.

The Rich Colors Patterns of Gourmet Magazine ColorTherapy | Apartment Therapy New York
11/11/09 07:46 AM

I find the comments here both interesting and thought-provoking. I politely disagree with inkstainedwriter that this discourse is out of place on AT. Tonky's terrific poster isn't one I'd buy, because I disagree, but it brings up the point that articles of home decor can be far from superficial decorations.

Apartment Therapy New York | Health Care Cures for the Home
11/7/09 06:40 AM

Not a recent blunder, but once I made a pate-like dish from a Finnish recipe. It involved pureeing chicken livers in a blender then adding other ingredients and steaming it. After a while, I noticed guests steering clear of that end of the buffet. I tasted the pate loaf, and it was like a gum eraser. When I threw it into the trash can, I missed the can, and the pate hit the floor and bounced.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Your Most Epic Entertaining Disasters
11/6/09 08:34 AM

I would never stay in the suite in Picture 3, because ever after, I'd hate my own beds.

Apartment Therapy New York | Hibernating Dreams: Alcove Beds
11/6/09 08:29 AM

Thank you thank you! I've been casting about for a lazy way of shortening some curtains. . . .

Apartment Therapy DC | Fabri-Tac-tastic, Part I: One Easy No-Sew Pillow Update
11/4/09 07:34 AM

Speaking of Patrick's Big Window Challenge, where has Patrick gone? We miss his sharp, incisive, witty comments!

And PS: I think it was the lighting in his window that made things look purple---that it wasn't the frames and other objects themselves. . . .

Apartment Therapy New York | Purple Accents Accessories for the Home Roundup
10/27/09 08:07 AM

Scroll a little less than halfway down on this link for a similar staircase situation:

The inset lights add drama, I think.

Apartment Therapy New York | Fix Something Around My House: StaircaseWork Day 2
10/22/09 10:49 AM

Yes, please remove the metal nosing from the stair treads! They really diminish the look gained from all your hard work. ---And wow, have you ever done a lot of hard work. I'm filled with admiration!

Apartment Therapy New York | Fix Something Around My House: StaircaseWork Day 2
10/22/09 09:45 AM