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From one thirty-year-old owner of a one-bedroom with a 1940s kitchen replete with icebox to another, Rachel, congratulations on your purchase!

Rachel's First Place (and It's Great!) House Call
7/28/14 09:10 PM

Some of these I think are more class than age, but I do think that getting rid of stuff is a pretty adult decision, because it's about settling down in a place sustainably. Through my 20s I moved almost every year. Now that I live in an apartment that I'll live in for the foreseeable future, I know exactly how much room I have to store stuff, and I have to tailor my life to that limit rather than just saying oh well, it'll live in a box in the corner until the next place.

Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/26/14 12:27 PM

I scored this baby in that exact color for $300 on Craigslist, so if I won a second one to match, I would say that yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Pretty please, AT?

Enter for a Chance to Win: Mercer Tufted Loveseat from Canvas Holiday Giveaway
12/19/13 12:52 AM

I have an original '20s or '30s bathroom with small marble hex tiles and grey grout, and I have to say, it has held up really, really well—both to the current day and in my own tenure in the apartment. The dark grout is a real lifesaver. But assuming your man is not to be dissuaded, I'd agree with a couple of posters above that a larger block black & white floor would be lovely and in keeping with the vintage vibe you're going for (but I'd still use darker grout!). Alternately, some of the faux bois tiles are really quite nice, I think.

Bathroom Flooring to Complement Subway Tile? Good Questions
12/17/13 12:36 PM

Personally, I think this is rather dreadful--the green of the evergreen tree is the whole joy of the thing. A careful color scheme feels rather less minimal than a small, real, unadorned fir--to me, this is unappealingly try-hardy. I don't decorate for Christmas at all, and would suggest that as an alternative to the householder who cannot abide a tree that captures the spirit of a tree.

Merry Minimalist Christmas: Inspiration from a Chic Home in Holland My Scandinavian Home
12/13/13 02:16 AM

Seems like this has been suggested a couple times before, but it hasn't gotten adequate play: See's Victoria Toffee, no question about it. My father buys it in bulk every year for Christmas giving, and everyone in my family looks forward to their pound. We miss the tiny silver hammers that used to be included, but the toffee never fails to disappoint, and no other toffee I've tasted has ever matched its sweet/salty/rich/crisp/shattery perfection.

Send Us Your Suggestions: The Best Toffee in America The Kitchn
12/2/13 11:46 PM

My mother WILL NOT REST until she gets written lists from both me and my sister. Mine always contains four (yes, four!) categories of things: 1) an object that I need that will last forever (huge stockpot/serrated knife/custom frame job), 2) clothing I can live without but would prefer to live with (coat that's not black/patterned hosiery/trendy thing that I probably won't want to wear more than a couple seasons), 3) something vague that she can choose for me (houseplant/throw pillow/photograph for over the kitchen sink), and 4) a high-utility thing I can't afford but my parents can (iPad/plane ticket/kitchen cart). The fifth category of thing (the fancier-than-I-would-buy-myself version of consumables I always need, i.e. mascara/olive oil/soap/salt/candles/coffee) is reserved implicitly for extended family, and I'll jot down a couple of brands whose gift cards would be welcome for aunts at loose ends.

This system does sometimes feel a little shopping-listy, but it's evolved to permit both flexibility and specificity. Both my sister and I are grad students, and we are both I think pretty clear on the fact that this is basically a form of low-level parental financial assistance cloaked in cozy ritual that will change when we are more financially comfortable, which is fine with all involved. No other lists are circulated amongst my family (and certainly not friends), though my mom probably gets the same heads-up for gifts for her nieces and nephews that she provides to her siblings and siblings-in-law.

\"Registering\" For Holiday Gifts: How Do You Handle It?
12/2/13 11:34 PM

I agree with AriShavit above--though I have a pretty good quantity of kitchen stuff, none of it is redundant--no " everyday" vs " company" dishes or glassware, no heirloom pieces I don't use, no collections, no big sets of knives or saucepans in five sizes, very few unitaskers. I don't think open shelving would work for me if the things on my shelves weren't all used regularly.

Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/25/13 03:08 PM

**decants (I hope no one decays their flour!)

Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/25/13 02:41 PM

I moved into my apartment last January--I bought it and couldn't afford to renovate the kitchen, which is not just aesthetically outdated but stand-alone-components-with-appliances-from-the-'50s-no-counters-19"-range old. All of its upper-level storage is open, except one set of glass doors. I was convened about this moving in--I cook a lot and have a lot of kitchen stuff, and I am by no means the monochromatic, matching-set, minimalist, hyper-organized person with whom I associate(d) open shelving. I thought I'd maybe hang a curtain or just suffer it until I could afford to get some doors made. But a year in, I really like it! Bakeware and pans and a couple small appliances (ice cream maker, pasta attachment for the KitchenAid, etc) go in the little bit of closed shelving I have, and my dishes, glassware, Le Creuset Dutch ovens, stockpot, stand mixer, mixing bowls, coffee and tea stuff, dry goods in jars, all go in the open shelves. Groceries go behind the glass doors (I'm not a person with a big pantry or lots of cereal boxes--might be less keen if I were--but neither am I a person who decays her flour into a canister). The only thing I have to clean more than usual is the smaller mixing bowls. It's pretty (except for one little mugs-and-ramekins corner that gets jumbled), convenient, and homey-feeling. I have definitely changed my mind--have even thought about building a few more open shelves.

Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/25/13 02:39 PM

I think the storage issue depends on how you cook--I shop frequently, but also like to batch-cook, and I do some home fermenting and make my own stocks, so sometimes my apartment-size fridge is almost empty and sometimes it's at capacity with pots of stock or stew, jars of kraut and poached chicken, big bowl of chickpea or quinoa salad, etc. I personally could not swing the loss of fridge space and (maybe more important) arrangement flexibility--I also probably would not buy an apartment without a refrigerator or a place to put one, which may or may not feel like a big issue to you.

Drawers Instead of Traditional Refrigerator? Good Questions
11/25/13 10:23 AM

@kirkwilder, I am a LOT saddened by the use of asterisks.

But v. gladdened by all the plants. Maybe it evens out?

Alison's Collected and Curated Apartment House Tour
11/22/13 02:08 PM

Here is the one thing I wish I had checked when I was walking through my apartment before I bought it: cell phone reception. I don't have a landline, and my reception is often spotty in my apartment. It's a GIANT pain. I'm thinking about switching carriers to see if it improves.

5 Things Not To Worry About While House Hunting (and One Unexpected Thing You Probably Should)
11/21/13 06:59 PM

Why "gifted him"? Why? Can ANYONE explain why this is better than "given him"?

Gifts My Old School Style Dad Would Like
(And Maybe Yours Will Too)

6/6/13 09:42 PM

Love, love, love, love. The palette is incredible. I do not totally understand the rug placement in the living room, but adore the idea of a home designed specifically to accommodate its occupant's day-to-day needs and preferences, as opposed to designing the whole space around "entertaining."

Jessica's Crafted Space Small Cool Contest
5/23/13 03:52 PM

Oooh, I really like this. That pantry set-up is just lovely.

Hani & Andrew's Organic Modern Small Cool Contest
5/23/13 03:41 PM

Yup! It's adorable, but I wouldn't say "beachy."

Bethany Meyer's Beach Vibe Pad in Brooklyn Refinery 29
5/23/13 11:35 AM

Oh gosh, love it. It's funny; there are bedrooms with individual elements I like more, but few that have compelled me to "favorite"—but this one, in addition to mixing print and creating a palette with skill, feels sweet and quiet and comfortable and friendly.

Kate's Reading Nook Bedroom My Bedroom Retreat Contest
3/25/13 05:25 PM

My bedroom is peacock, too (B. Moore's Dark Teal), so naturally, I love the color! Your bedding makes me want to find a little bit of light pink for my own room.

Jeana's Perfect Peacock Bedroom My Bedroom Retreat Contest
3/25/13 05:17 PM

I clicked through expecting to hate a purple bedroom, but actually, I love the color. The crisp white really makes it less overwhelming for me.

Danielle's Rich Purple Bedroom My Bedroom Retreat Contest
3/25/13 05:13 PM