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Display Name: edie
Member Since: 6/20/07

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Post-remodel pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76601879@N00/3954541725/in/pool-460301@N24

Although the charm of the original was lost, I now love cooking in this kitchen, and will miss it when we move (we've found a bigger place that we love, and are now looking to find replacement tenants to take over our lease).

This is the smallest kitchen I've cooked in, but by paring down and organizing, I'm more efficient and clean-up is quick and easy. Thanks to your suggestions, I got rid of the pot rack over the butcher block table - it was really too much for the space, and I've found that I don't need it.

It was a bit of a shocker to see the finished project. The owner was inspired by our Ikea butcher block table and decided to do all of the cabinets in knotty pine with stainless steel door pulls. I've gotten used to it over the past year and am thrilled have drawers that easily glide open.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Question: Making A Galley Kitchen More Functional?
10/13/09 01:39 AM

Yes - that vanity is an eyesore. As far as a fluffy white rug, I have the West Elm organic white "noodle" rug, I think it's called. I wouldn't recommend it as it loses it's fluffiness the moment you step on it, and it's rather thin.

I too find it hard to "focus and relax" when I've got little critters scraping about in the attic above the bathroom! Our landlord gave us rat poison to put up there, which they took to (we could hear them eating it - it sounded like they were on crack!) And now there is a chemical smell coming from there. I normally go with non-toxic solutions as much as possible, but I found it hard to argue with my landlord on this one. I wasn't about to go figure out how to do this on my own.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Southwest Fall Cure: Focus and Relaxation Week Six
11/17/08 09:48 PM

This is great. The closet is inspirational.

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Laura's Pared Down Perfection Relocates New York
11/16/08 04:54 PM

Wow, I'm so behind. The kitchen remodel through me off track and the living room is more cluttered now than during Week 0. I'm slowly deciding what goes back in the kitchen cabinets vs. what can be purged, so right now everything is all over the place.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Southwest Fall Cure: Planning and Purging Week Four, Weekend
11/7/08 11:56 AM

Spedie1 here. Thanks for all of your helpful comments! I like the idea of starting with window treatments to help soften the space. It seems like a small change that could make a big impact. As far as the TV debate goes, I'm not a TV above or in the fireplace person. I chose the TV's current placement instead of the opposite wall because I didn't want it to be the first thing I see when I walk in the door, but, really, with a place this small and TV that big, it won't make much of a difference.

When I saw my pictures in this post I had to laugh, because half of my kitchen, including the refrigerator was sitting in my little living room due to a kitchen renovation, which is now thankfully complete (in 5 days, no less!) joey_brill, who commented that it looked like I didn't want to stay, was absolutely right. We've had problems ranging from termites, musty basement smell, and worst of all, a kitchen that had seen much much better days. But, the new kitchen has dramatically improved things, changing the energy in the entire house.

The standing fan is the Allaire from Restoration Hardware. Sexy or not, this will be going in the basement for the winter.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: How Should I Arrange My Living Room?
11/3/08 09:51 AM

This is Spedie1. Thanks for all of your helpful comments! Alas, this kitchen is no more. We're at the tail end of the reno and the kitchen looks VERY different. My landlord didn't discuss the design details with me ahead of time, so it's been an adventure to come home every night and see what's been done. I'll post pictures when complete, but just a 2-word warning: "knotty pine".

Just to address the questions about the kitchen's functionality, the lack of it wasn't so much due to size or the galley configuration, but had more to do with its overall condition. I'm not sure, but the countertops and sink might have been original to the 1930's house. In any case, the small hex tile wasn't well-maintained, the grout was completely missing in some areas, and generally just looked grimy - and I'm squeamish. Which is why those glass cutting board things were all over the place - they gave me little clean spots to put food on. The cabinets were also a challenge because after we painted them (a 3-weekend process), I guess we didn't let them cure properly so they were all gummy, making it hard to open the doors and drawers.

I still need to ask my landlord if he can fix the 2 burners on the gas stove that don't work. Does anyone know how to DIY this? Maybe it just needs to be cleaned?

Oh, and the clutter. Yeah, my other half likes to call me a clutter-monkey, but this pretty much shows that I gave up. Pictures really show the truth!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Question: Making A Galley Kitchen More Functional?
10/30/08 10:31 PM

Hey - that's my galley kitchen! I'm actually getting an almost complete renovation - new floors, countertops and cabinets. Demolition starts Monday, so this weekend, I'll be clearing everything out. I'm so excited to be able to cook again. What you can't tell from the picture are the poor conditions that make cooking a real pain. Basically the countertops give me the heebeejeebies - the grout is either really dirty or just missing, cracked tiles, etc. - they might have been original to the 1930's house. It's a shame that they couldn't be restored, but at least I'll now have a nice clean surface!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Southwest Fall Cure: Making Room The Weekend
10/25/08 07:55 AM

It should be good in the gingerbread. Last Christmas I used it to make gingersnap cookies in place of the molasses. The cookies turned out great - just the right amount of chewiness and not overly sweet. Good luck!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Alternative Sweeteners: Yacon Syrup
9/28/08 06:27 PM

Wow - this is also my dream sofa but didn't know this actually existed. This appeals to my "yogic" sensibilities, and if I recall correctly, both M and SK are fellow ashtangis. Love it!

Apartment Therapy New York | New Family Home #8: Honey, We Have a Sofa!
8/14/08 05:57 PM

Count me in. Thanks!

Apartment Therapy New York | Gift Bag 2007: 3 Pro Compact Steamers from Rowenta
12/4/07 04:23 PM

I just ordered the Blueair 402 Hepa purifier ($399). I live just a few blocks from the 405 fwy in West LA and I've been putting off this purchase for awhile.

How does one actually go about using one? I normally like to keep my windows open to get the cross-ventilation. With the purifier running is it OK to have the windows open for at least part of the day?

Apartment Therapy - Breath Easy: Keeping Interior Air Clean
10/23/07 12:22 PM

I agree with:

* Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison
* Local Flavors by Deborah Madison
* Chez Panisse Vegetables

A new one to add is:

* "How To Pick a Peach" by Russ Parsons - the recipes are Alice Waters-esque and it is also great reading

Good Question: Good Vegetable-Focused Cookbooks?
6/20/07 10:29 AM