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I'm pretty sure I wore that MTM sweater!

Color By Decade: The 70s
Color Therapy

7/21/11 12:14 PM

I believe the waiting period is due to the fact that Pinterest is in a beta version right now, and too many people overload the servers. It's painfully slow as it is. Hopefully, these kinds of issues will be resolved and they will soon open it up to everybody.

Is Pinterest the End of the Home Inspiration Board?
7/20/11 11:43 AM

I'm completely addicted to Pinterest (despite some peeves -- including those mentioned above).

For one thing, I've never been completely confident about what my design sensibility is. But yesterday, as I looked across all of my virtual boards, I could really see definite patterns emerging. There are specific looks that thrill me, and I now recognize them whether they're present in furniture, paper ephemera, clothing, books or whatever. Somehow I never noticed this when I sorted through random magazine clips.

Also, as somebody else also mentioned, there's something to be said for drawing inspiration from a community you might otherwise not have access to. It's pretty easy to bypass the trite and repeated stuff, especially if you make good use of the tagging system.

I'm hooked!

Is Pinterest the End of the Home Inspiration Board?
7/19/11 11:59 AM

This. Is. Awesome. I'm going to recreate it for a powder room.

DIY Rope Mirror: A Restoration Hardware Inspired IKEA Hack
7/18/11 06:12 PM

The "birth of her daughter?" She only has one? Because she's been pregnant in every single show I've seen! :^)

Apartment Therapy Interviews: Sarah Richardson
7/11/11 03:04 PM

Sanoma? Monticito? Plack? Ugh. I was thrown off by all the misspellings. I can't help it; it's the way my brain works. But this is a lovely home.

Haley & Ted’s Bright White Cottage
House Tour

6/29/11 03:08 PM

Among other furniture items, my husband recently inherited his family's beautiful wood dictionary stand. At least, that's what they used it for. It's possible they also were used to display the family Bible or sheet music. We put our large illustrated dictionary on it, although we usually just look up words electronically.

Once Ubiquitous Furnishings We've (Mostly) Left Behind
6/29/11 03:02 PM

They're not cheap, so I reserve them for stains that are "sponge-worthy:" ballpoint pen disasters, refrigerator-door grime, etc.

My only mishap was trying to take a scuff mark from a textured wall. It took the top layer of paint off, too.

Magic Erasers: Toxic or Terrific?
6/23/11 05:03 PM

We were married in 1984 and immediately ordered some nice prints from our wedding photographer. But two years ago I decided that I really wanted all the negatives, if possible.

I thought it would be impossible to track this guy down after 25 years. But, amazingly, he was at the same address and the same phone number! When I asked him about the negatives, he said, "I'll call you back." Ten minutes later, he called to say he had found them and had put them in the mail, free of charge. I have no idea what his living space looks like, but now I imagine it's much like Bill Cunningham's.

Bill Cunningham's Furniture Free Life
6/20/11 06:15 PM

Another institution rebranded for the rich. Next time I'm in East Hampton (sarcasm), I'll stop by.

Restoration Hardware Opens New Stores
Design News 6.20.2011

6/20/11 06:04 PM

In post-college 1980, I paid $20 for a new David Lance Goines print. It traveled with us around the country, until we moved from D.C. to Dallas. We mistakenly left it behind and called the realtor. "Yes," she said. "I have it right here." And then .... SHE KEPT IT. Just wouldn't return our calls.

I have found that I could replace it -- for $500.

I Can't Believe My Parents Got Rid Of (Insert Item Here)...
6/2/11 12:02 PM

As a teenager on the Northern California coast in the '70s, I made similar things with shells, redwood driftwood and air plants. Takes me back ... although some of these designs are much more sophisticated.

Out of the Planter Box: Inspiring Ideas for Indoor Gardens
5/20/11 12:17 PM

Ironically, my computer refuses to play the sound on the YouTube dishwasher video.

Help, My Kitchen Is Possessed! When Appliances Act Crazy
5/20/11 12:09 PM

Kudos to Luke and his creativity, although my throat is closing up just looking at this space.

I do think it's fair to ask for some guidelines, such as running water. If we've misunderstood, and that little closet really is a bathroom, than I take it all back.

Luke's Barely Habitable
4/25/11 02:19 PM

And I beg you not to forget top-notch text editing. The posts can still have that casual, individual charm without the horrible punctuation and often awkward phrasing. Apartment Therapy is a big deal, now! Embrace professionalism!

Apartment Therapy Web Designer Search
4/21/11 05:20 PM


But, oh, how I wish the intros to these posts included the correct punctuation. Yes, I know. I'm one of those people. But it's important!

A Monsterous & Modern Family Tree Made of Buttons
Busy Beaver Button Co.

4/21/11 05:01 PM

We also have a suit of armour (which doesn't seem weird now that I've read these posts). It came from the set of a TV show I worked on. It wears various headgear related to the holidays/seasons. It's currently wearing a San Francisco Giants World Series cap and a "I Voted" sticker on its chest.

What's the Weirdest Thing in Your Home?
4/19/11 05:08 PM

I cannot hear that ticking stopwatch on "60 Minutes" without going into an immediate funk. And, oddly, it has nothing to do with Andy Rooney.

How Do You Handle a Case of the Sundays?
4/15/11 04:36 PM

I do understand stocking up for unplanned events (layoffs, bad weather, etc.), but:

1) this photo looks like a haven for rats, and

2) I heard one couponing woman say she took every one of a specific product off the shelf "but left one in case somebody needs it." Gee, that's great of you. What are you going to do with the other 18 boxes you "bought?"

As others have said, it just seems wasteful and selfish.

Weighing in on Extreme Couponing
4/15/11 04:02 PM

Oh, and I trimmed the top and bottom of the shade with thin black grosgrain ribbon. That may look too "finished" for some, with it helped cover up a narrow lip on the shade that didn't take the paper and glue as well.

The Look for Less: Wordy Lampshade
3/11/11 05:05 PM