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Our landlord also said we could feel free to paint, but when we painted something other than the walls, they went seriously psycho. Three years of living with crazy people who hold bizarre grudges until kingdom come and a lost deposit later, all I can say is get it in writing.

How To Repaint Stencil Ugly Rental Vinyl Tile Flooring Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/28/10 02:12 PM

Many of the pictures look like they are computer generated, i.e. pictures of rooms with computer generated objects (artwork, furniture) added. Very odd.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | House Tour: Daniel and Jason's San Francisco Gem San Francisco
10/1/08 06:12 AM

I'd like to avoid repeating the natural childbirth wars here, but it bears mentioning that there have been clinical trials on the effectiveness of doulas. Doulas reduce the chance of c-section, as shown by several clinical trials.

A woman who has a c-section, in my opinion, is less healthy than a woman who does has a vaginal birth. She has an incision through her abdomen and uterus and has experienced blood loss and ongoing wound healing. So I think it is medically arguable that having only your partner rather than also having a doula at your birth results in a healthier mom.

Disclosure: I had a natural childbirth without a doula but with a midwife. (As an aside, I think it's true that birth stories tend to focus on the horrible. I had a fantastic birth, even if it was painful, and yes, it was empowering and awesome.)


Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | The Best Birth
6/19/08 12:46 PM

Um, no.

Apartment Therapy - AT Europe: Paris - Corner Frame by Yvonne Schroeder
10/3/07 02:08 PM

The crazy thing is that the purchase price plus reno costs generally aren't that much lower than the estimated resale values. Except that you have given up a year to years of your life to renovation. Design and decoration may be fun, but gut renovation is largely about stress.

And I bet they don't include the carrying cost of the mortgage while the property is uninhabitable during renovation.

Apartment Therapy - New York Magazine: The Lovely Bones
10/1/07 12:12 PM

The color in many of the rooms is too monochromatic -- all green, all red, all purple etc. -- and there is no feeling of continuity between the rooms because the colors are so dominant and don't carry over from room to room.

Apartment Therapy - Inside Out: Elaine's Perfect Finds
9/26/07 01:53 PM

Go and get a hacksaw, as others have said. They are under $10.

Apartment Therapy - Good Questions: Where Can I Get a Shower Rod Cut?
9/11/07 11:17 AM

Off topic, but the rug under your dining room table is too small. The table looks cramped on it.

As for couch color, I'd also recommend a lighter neutral. Light to balance the black a bit, neutral so it wears well. I bought a light cream couch and a red couch once (for different rooms) and the cream couch has stuck with me through the years.

Apartment Therapy - Good Questions: What Color Sofa should we get for the Living Room?
8/31/07 10:52 AM

Anyone worried about that toddler clambering onto the surrounding wall and falling?

Grand Street Residence
8/8/07 10:49 AM

I agree with everyone above. It's just rude to go around and take many pictures of the insides of people's homes, much less post them on the internet. I would feel seriously violated if someone else did that.

How would the picture taker feel if someone did this to his home uninvited? Or hunted down his relatives homes and did so?

Just tasteless and creepy.


House Tour: Ross Behy, County Kerry, Ireland
7/24/07 12:54 PM

Does anyone know where I can get cheap (~$25) potted orchids in new york city?

I just moved from Boston, where trader joe's carried generic white orchids with blooms that lasted for months. I haven't seen any at the TJ here. It's a great way to get inexpensive long lasting flowers. I'm at a loss for where to get them here without shelling out lots.


Open Thread 361
6/22/07 04:51 AM