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I actually found a linen duvet cover at IKEA, of all places, along with some 500 thread count sheets. They don't have the sheets anymore, but last time I looked they still had the linen duvet cover.

I have also found that if you hit the store on the right day, they sometimes have some very nice quality duvet covers, all cotton, better than the standard low thread count, and with pillow cases or shams. Unfortunately when they're gone, they're gone so you can't repeat the purchase

Best Bargain Buys: 10 Stylish Duvet Covers for Under $100
5/6/14 03:23 PM

I'm a big fan of the Capisco chair from Hag

Non-Aeron Office Chair Picks?
Good Questions

4/29/14 02:01 PM

or - if you are feeling a bit flush, you could not disguise it and use the ModKat box which has a pleasing design and works pretty well in terms of keeping litter granules confined (not completely, but better than the average box). I think I got cats again partly because I liked the design of that box. And no, they aren't paying me to say this - it just happens to work well for me and is probably the best one I have had (and I've have, over the span of many years, about 17 cats at one time or another)

10 Ideas for Disguising or Hiding a Litter Box Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/9/14 06:03 PM

I've had expensive covers and inexpensive ones. I have found pure linen, surprisingly, at Ikea for about $80 (cover and 2 pillow cases). I have found 500 thread count sheets at Ikea too. A set for me typically costs about $50-60 Canadian$ and lasts upwards of 10 years. I have cats who, much to my pleased surprise, I have managed to train to sleep on a towel at the foot of the bed, so they don't get on the rest of the bed (most of the time). Yes, prior to training, they put in a few tiny holes (I patch with iron-on tape on the inside or I use the flip side). I've also made duvet covers from sheets- not actually less expensive than buying an Ikea set. I haven't found the same kinds of linen outlets here in Montreal as can be found in the US, though a couple of discount houses (HomeSense/Decor Decouverte and JYSK have provided some very good deals - about $40 a set for relatively high quality).

On The Problem With Duvet Covers
1/18/14 01:25 PM

another voice - I too learned to touch type at an early age - I think it was grade 8. We had big old manual Underwood typewriters with blank keys. The chart with the letters was at the front of the room. Most useful course I ever took, bar none - it has served me well going on nearly 50 years now. I can't imagine having to type a paper by the hunt & peck method.

Stop Looking At the Keyboard If You Want to Type Faster SXSW Interactive
3/20/13 12:12 PM

With apologies to Garrison Keillor - the news from Lake Woebegone does it for me

Steal These Habits For A Good Night's Sleep
10/10/12 10:05 AM

no top sheet - just a duvet cover which gets changed regularly along with the fitted bottom sheet & pillowcases. Making the bed takes seconds. When it is really hot, I sleep on top of the duvet with a thin cotton blanket as cover - just a quick smooth out, pillow fluff, and folding the blanket in the morning.

Making The Bed… With Me Still In It
8/12/12 10:40 AM

I'm with Thrifty Guy on this one - WD40 on a soft cloth (rather than a paper towel)

8 Tips for Removing Fingerprints from Stainless Steel
12/29/11 12:47 PM - check out the space savers. Not for the tiny budget, but a miracle for the tiny space

Small Space Solutions: Living Large in Any Size Home
Best of 2011

12/24/11 11:11 AM

Funny - I too like orange more as I get older (60 something now) - just bought an orange laptop case last year - but I'm still hanging on to whitish walls - the better to display a wide variety of artwork, I think.

The Most Popular Color in the World
10/10/11 02:19 PM

lovely -
I too got married at home, many years ago. In my case it was my parents' home. But you revived a long forgotten memory. Our wedding was a shoestring affair, but I did have a bouquet made. The florist used tulips instead of the daffodils I had requested. Bridal trauma, of course. The flowers were remade with daffodils - and sat quietly on the buffet during the wedding as I totally forgot to hold them at the appropriate moments.

Real Life, Well Designed: A Wedding at Home
9/15/11 01:43 PM

Are the green and orange chairs inspired by the womb chair or is it the other way around?

Prague Kolektiv Closing & Celebration of Czech Modernist Design
7/29/10 09:17 AM

Does anyone know of a good place to get Creuset cookware re-enamelled? Is it even worth doing? My old dutch oven has a large chip in the bottom.


Hot Stuff, Including Le Creuset, Staub & Matteo Thun Knives Home & Housewares Show 2010 | Apartment Therapy New York
3/30/10 02:07 PM

No one has mentioned the books - to me a place just isn't home until the books have been unpacked and shelved. Lovely place - and place for books.....

Apartment Therapy DC | Yassir's Mid-Century Modern with an Asian Twist House Tour
8/19/09 11:42 PM

I work from home and my office is in a corner of my living space. I have recently found a gizmo to help get wires off my desk and into the corner where the modem & switch live. This is a USB server (mine is from Startech and I paid $59 Canadian) to which I have connected my scanner, label printer and b&w printer. This little box connects to my network switch and, using the included software, the peripherals, which used to have to be connected directly to my laptop, are now connected through the network and OFF MY DESK! Only one minor inconvenience, when I undock the laptop and go elsewhere, I have to reconnect the peripherals when I redock. Takes about 1 minute and is no big deal.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | 8 Ways To Make Your Home Office More Comfortable
8/5/09 02:01 PM

I've been using the various coloured tennis balls available from Staples (Bureau en Gros here in Montreal). They're cute and work well, but I really like the socks idea - can be substantially classier than tennis balls.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Chair Socks: Give Your Furniture Some Fashion
7/7/09 01:56 PM