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The thing about most expensive cities is that if you look carefully enough, they usually do have neighborhoods that are somewhat reputable that have moderate rents. That's where I've always chosen to live. They're usually far from the "downtown" areas but they're often quiet and lovely. In Chicago we lived in Rogers Park and had a beautiful apartment with a sun room and gourmet kitchen a block from a beach, and in NYC we live in Pelham Parkway in the Bronx, which has lots of families and is super cheap (we can afford 1500 square feet just for two of us!) It's always just a short train ride into the city to go out with our friends and I've always found it worth it to have a wonderful space to come home to. However, this wouldn't work for you if you value living in a hip, young neighborhood.

Living In The Most Expensive Cities:
How Long Can We Keep This Up?

9/20/12 12:45 PM

I bought my cast iron skillet for about $3 at a Salvation Army four years ago, and it's definitely my most used pot. I scrubbed the heck out of it with steel wool when I got it, seasoned it properly once, and then let it build up its coating naturally. I wash it with dish soap and a scrub brush every time, and as long as I'm cooking with fat regularly the coating stays shiny and perfect. However, I will say that having a larger stainless steel saute pan around is also very handy. We have a complete set of All-Clad from our wedding. I'll second everyone who said that you should get a cheap cast iron pan and save up for a nice stainless steel one.

Should I Buy a Cast Iron or Stainless Steel Skillet?
Good Questions

7/29/11 06:18 PM

My coworker run one of these. For $5 a bottle plus a $5 deposit we get a big bottle of home-brew every other week. He runs it at cost to make it legal as well. It's an excellent arrangement for all involved. We get delicious, cheap beer, he gets the cost of his home brewing covered.

Brewlab: A CSA for Home-Brewed Beer
7/29/11 04:55 PM

When I was in high school I created an "energy bar" for a science project that was like a cross between a granola bar and a rice krispie treat. You boil sugar and corn syrup, stir in peanut butter and either chocolate chips or cocoa mix (I actually like Swiss Miss cocoa mix in this recipe the best) and then stir it into a mixture of granola and rice krispies. When I'm feeling particularly healthy I mix some wheat germ into the dry mix and you can't taste it. Then you either lay out the whole mess in a pan, cool and cut it or you can dollop it onto parchment paper to make little cookies. It's super fattening but amazingly delicious. We called them "Study Buddies."

Playing Around: 5 New Takes on Classic Rice Krispie Treats | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/21/10 04:01 PM

Since when do my floors need to be disinfected?

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Test Lab: Haan Steam Floor Sanitizer
5/25/09 09:59 PM

Thank you for the clarification, Chris. I think the problem the readers are having is due to the fact that all the home tours we see on AT are finished spaces that have been years in the making. At first I too was turned off by the chaos, but I got the impression from the intro that you were nearing the end of your construction process, not the beginning.

Knowing now that you've still just barely started, I find it fascinating to see how you're living through the construction. It does remind me a bit of indoor camping. I think I'd find it fun to live like this for a little while, but the novelty would wear off quickly.

Definitely keep us posted about how it all turns out. I'd also like to hear more about what's going to make this such an eco-friendly space.

Apartment Therapy DC | House Tour: Chris' Green HomePhiladelphia
4/29/09 02:37 PM

I grew up with two flights of winder stairs in my house, and to be perfectly honest, I never thought twice about it until today. My house was old and small, and both staircases had those wedge-shaped stairs. They seemed to work out fine for us. You usually walk up the outside by the railing anyways, where the stairs are wide. I think it actually makes it faster to get upstairs without the landing in the middle.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Winder Stairs: Traditional and Modern
2/17/09 04:07 PM

I think I'm more inspired by your house tour than any other one I've seen. You've captured exactly the feel I strive for in my work-in-progress apartment. Your apartment is colorful yet grown-up, nicely styled yet so obviously lived in. I've been looking for something big but not overwhelming or expensive to go over our desk, and I'm going to go out TODAY to try to find a big old classroom map like yours. I love it.

Also, I need your shower curtain like a fish needs water. Where's it from? Share, pretty please!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | House Tour: Meghan Shawn's Spacious Vibrant Flat San Francisco
12/4/08 11:48 AM

Wow. Just wow. I must have your home. It's got such a great mid-century look, not just in the pieces chosen but in the allover "vibe," but not an inch of it feels dated. I'm very impressed. Now, will you come decorate my apartment for me?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Southwest #16: Luka Gage Modern Ranch
10/12/08 08:09 AM

I think that the reasons people are calling this home too "retail" are twofold:
First off, a lot of care, expertise, and restraint went into the selection of every single object shown in these photos. This person is a designer. This is what he does, so of course he does it to a tee in his own home. I bet he spends all day shopping around for his clients, and the best of the best of what he finds goes into his own home. The rest of us simply cant spend that much time finding great pieces for our homes.
Secondly, this is a home that requires something that most AT readers don't have much of: MONEY! Everything seen here is actual high end, not just trift store and ikea finds that are designed to simulate high end. I'm not saying one or the other is the "right" way to go, I just think that this home is very much in contrast with the usual AT aesthetic. In this home the driving factor is a sense of style, not an ability to be creative with limited resources.

I personally aspire to a home like this when I'm rearranging my craigslist and ikea furniture. It just... doesn't quite look the same.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Midwest #16: Ellie's Dad's Creative Relief
10/12/08 08:04 AM

That magazine collage on the door is a dead giveaway- this is someone's bedroom, probably someone no older than high school. Probably not appropriate for this contest.

However, props to Megan for having the most sophisticated teenage bedroom I've seen in a while. I think when you have your own place it will probably be very stylish, and a perfect example of an apartment therapy home.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Northwest #12: Megan's Vibrant Colors
10/12/08 07:51 AM

If the photo where the kitty's eyes perfectly match the pillows wasn't intentional, it should have been. So cute!

I think that your color choices are very refined and sophisticated. My only criticism is that the extreme lack of clutter makes your photos feel a bit staged- like this is a photoshoot from a West Elm catalog. As your budget permits you should add some more personal and quirky accessories like that darling piggy to make it look and feel more homey.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Midwest #14: Amie's Personality Reflection
10/12/08 07:48 AM

I bought one of these a while back during a brief stint working at a Restoration Hardware. I've kept it on my keychain ever since and don't know what I'd do without it. I'm a knitter who takes her knitting everywhere with her, and I find the knife to come in handy so often for cutting the yarn when I'm out and about. No need to try to snap the yarn and make a mess of my project.

I will agree that it's a bit hard to open, and is breakable. Last winter I dropped my keys coming out of the house, and it snapped in two! Luckily, Restoration Hardware has a great return policy and I just exchanged it for a brand new one.

I've also taken this through airport security countless times without a second thought- it truly does look like just another key.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Keychain Toolbox: Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool
7/13/08 09:47 AM

Lurker2209, just pick whichever stuff is nicer, then put the rest into storage. If your new apartment won't have one of those great basement storage spaces, see if one of you can stash a few boxes at your parents' house.

My fiance and I moved cross-country together after graduation, and started out with nothing, so every piece of furniture we own was purchased jointly. Unfortunately, we started out with next to no money as well, so a lot of it is ugly Craigslist (not the cute vintage stuff- the stuff that sells for $25) and Ikea. The agreement is that he gets all the functional, ugly stuff and I get to keep the attractive stuff that I've been slowly adding to our apartment. The one thing we fight over is the TV. He works at a big electronics and got a great deal on a 42" flat screen, which I probably use more than he does. If we break up, I want it! It sits on MY pretty credenza, which was purchased to fit it perfectly. He gets the new iMac, all the video game systems, and the extensive collection of DVDs, and the old TV. I think it's only fair that I get one piece of cool electronics out of the deal. He does not agree. We just had a (mock) shouting match about who gets the TV, inspired by this post. I guess we just can't break up!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Quotes: On Moving In Together
6/19/08 06:30 PM

1. Location
2. Allows bunnies has hardwood floors the bunnies cant chew like carpet (obviously, we are not the norm)
3. Clean, newish bathtub
4. Separate dining and living rooms
5. Decently (small) sized kitchen

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Top 5 Things Renters Look For?
6/11/08 06:21 PM

I can actually give you a bit more of a definitive answer on this. Pyrex is indeed heat resistant, and so is often used as bakeware and also in labs as heat resistant beakers. I used a lot of them when I was a science teacher. One day we were using one of our trusty old pyrex beakers for a boiling water experiment, when it suddenly exploded on the hot plate. Luckily no students were nearby, so no-one was injured.

This can happen because though pyrex is resistant to heat, it is still a glass. Glass molecules are arranged randomly, as they are in liquids, and do not have strong bonds between them. This is why really old glass in windowpanes is thicker in the bottom- the glass has flowed down over the years due to gravity. Because of this structure, to cut glass all you must do is score it with a sharp tool and you can break it evenly, since you've lined up the molecules in straight rows and they will snap down the center. This kind of arranging effect can also happen if you smack a pyrex beaker or bowl down on a counter or hard surface. If this happens repeatedly over time, and this is coupled with the expansion and contraction of heating and cooling, you weaken the structure of the glass. This can cause it to unexpectedly shatter apart in response to a temperature change. Apparently this happens a lot at schools, since students don't tend to be terribly careful about smashing the glassware around on stuff.

The moral of the story is, treat your pyrex glassware with caution and try to avoid dealing it any sharp blows, especially against those rock hard (pun intended) granite countertops everyone has nowadays.

Apartment Therapy - Good Question: Bad Break-up With My Pyrex Bowl?
11/3/07 07:27 PM