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Display Name: tearinitup
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Thank you so much! It's not our dream sink or anything, but it works really well in the small kitchen. Typically counter corners have a lot of unusable space, so it just made sense to get a sink like this (also from Ikea) so we had more counter real estate.

Taryn & Sanford's Unflappable Abode House Tour
3/1/14 02:25 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone! The sofa is the Lounge 93" with custom upholstery called Valencia Ink.

As for the fire pit, etc, it's all completely covered with giant mounds of icy snow, so we couldn't get that photographed.

Taryn & Sanford's Unflappable Abode House Tour
2/28/14 06:50 PM

I've spent a lot of time in this apartment, and it's even more fabulous in person. Congrats, Veronica and Keith!

Veronica & Keith's Handmade Chic House Tour
5/30/12 03:00 PM

Forgot to mention the diagnosed anxiety during that old job! I'm so much happier now. But, I will say that my current job in public relations doesn't look too kindly on extended vacations (longer than a week or 10 days). It's not prohibited, but it's not encouraged, either. And while you're gone, guaranteed someone will contact you and expect a response. I am trying to get longer vacation packages approved but it'll be a long shot.

How To Get the Benefits of a 2-Week Vacation in ONE Day!
6/20/11 05:29 PM

After experiencing some severe work-related stress manifesting itself in the form of an irritated stomach lining and teeth grinding, I left that toxic job, freelanced for a while, and found a new job where I've negotiated a pro-rated pay for working 4 days per week (32 hours). I work enough to get all of the full time benefits, and I take Mondays off. Saturday is my play day to do fun things, Sunday is my "me" day to relax and be lazy, and Monday is for errands since the stores are less crowded. I don't think I could ever go back to the 5 day a week grind, and the mental benefit outweighs the extra pay. I know that not everyone is lucky enough to work for flexible companies, but you'd be surprised at what you can negotiate with the right approach. I too dream of taking a 2 week straight vacation, the longest I've gone was 10 days and that was during my freelance days!

How To Get the Benefits of a 2-Week Vacation in ONE Day!
6/20/11 05:19 PM

Lifetime renter here - I wish that more landlords would think beyond the cheapest cabinets and fixtures they can find at home depot, and spend just a little more for something that looks nicer and is easier to keep clean, and lasts longer. Case in point - that horrible white and gray linoleum that is in every kitchen. I would rather have cheap polished concrete floors than icky linoleum that collects dirt and gets scratched over the years. We also have el cheapo kitchen cabinets that appear fairly new, but are ugly and flimsy, already damaged from the previous tenant.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Apartment Renovation: Landlords vs. Renters
5/19/09 09:08 PM

i found a big sawed off tree stump in a nearby park, but my husband was out of town and i had no way of moving it (it was really, really heavy). i had dreams of treating it and making it into an accent table for the house...of course, when he got back to town, it was gone.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | 5 Natural Objects You Can Use In Your Home
5/18/09 11:29 PM

I currently have a very bright color scheme going on - a rainbow duvet cover, and a red dresser. The only muted tones are the cool blue-gray walls, and the light oak colored headboard and night stands. Lately I feel like it's just too stimulating, and I'd prefer a calmer, lighter scheme. My dream is to do it all in white, but with a 80 pound labrador and two cats, it would just be too much maintenance as far as keeping it clean; we'd be better off with a pattern (yes, they all sleep at the foot of the bed, and we like it that way). I've been looking like crazy everywhere for a calm, soothing, patterned duvet cover - anyone have suggestions?

Apartment Therapy Chicago | 10 Different Ways to Dress the Bed
5/18/09 11:15 PM

Personally, I like them a bit short. The goal here wasn't to completely close off the other areas, but to provide a light screen so they could watch TV without a glare. You're achieving that, and you're also leaving it a bit open. Also, curtains hitting the floor with pets gets them super dirty. I know, because I had a similar setup in an open storefront that we lived in. We hung the Ikea heavy duty natural curtains to section off our bedroom, using metal electrical piping secured to the walls. I hemmed the curtains so they just touched the floor, and they would get sooo dirty, a real pain to wash without a washer/dryer in unit!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | How To: Hang 30' Of Curtains For $40
5/18/09 11:00 PM

Plants can take too long to grow and climb up the fence or to get tall enough to cover it, especially if you're just renting as I am. I recently bought this reed covering from Home Depot - at $24, it's a bargain, and easy to install. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=100661555&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&ci_sku=100661555&ci_src=14110944&cm_mmc=shopping-_-google-_-D28X-_-100661555

Apartment Therapy Boston | Decorating a Chain Link Fence
5/11/09 12:53 AM