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You could try making a poultice, like you'd do for a stain on marble:

Can a Stubborn Stain Be Removed from White Lacquer? Good Questions
7/29/14 09:23 AM

Is there a reason you couldn't build out the rest of the soffit so you can add another cabinet over the fridge?

It seems like the perfect space for a baking sheet rack or cookbook shelf...

Or a door-less cabinet like this looks like something you could easily DIY and would complement your kitchen style.

What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 09:21 AM

Barf. I hate this trend.

Can You Paint a Fabric Chair? Yes. And You Should.
7/21/14 02:02 PM

$115/year for $32,ooo on personal property and $300,000 liability on a 1 bedroom in Washington, D.C. $500 deductible, State Farm.

How Much Did Your Renters Insurance Cost? Reader Intelligence Request
7/16/14 09:23 AM

We haven't had a microwave for 6 months... I only miss it when I have to dirty an entire pot just to melt a little butter (though now I'm using your bain marie trick).
I follow America's Test Kitchen and reheat most of my leftovers in a skillet. WAY better.
Meat gets defrosted in the fridge overnight.

How I Replaced My Microwave Without Buying a New One
7/11/14 02:57 PM

I think it depends a lot on the quality of your landlord! In my last apartment, I literally didn't have to change the light bulbs, just put in a service request and they were there about 10 minutes later to fix it. My current place is horrid - we've spent plenty of time and money fixing things the landlord "hasn't got around to yet."

Living in an Apartment Means Never Having to Do Anything
7/11/14 09:37 AM

What about a roller shade or flat roman shade? You could mount it inside the window frame pretty easily.

How To Hang Curtains from Loft Window Frame? Good Questions
6/26/14 08:58 AM

Agreed! I liked the small collections. I never really find anything I want now because there is just so much to sift through.

Under Reports It Will Close, Fab Pushes Back Design News
6/25/14 01:46 PM

Remodelista has a pretty good round-up of terry-alternative towels:

Where Can I Find Turkish-Style Towels for a Good Price? Good Questions
6/25/14 01:37 PM

Agreed! I got an Edison bulb rope pendant and it gives off so much heat I never turn it on

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Lighting
5/30/14 11:39 AM

That setup, while ridiculous, isn't an FHA/ADA violation, and since it looks like your place is a bit older, it's most like grandfathered in anyways.
Most of the apartment complexes I've lived in didn't mind if we switched out shower heads or wanted to replace the boob light with a ceiling fan, they just required us to pay for the fixture and have their maintenance team do the installation and removal when we moved out. I would think that faucet/sink situation would be a similar condition. If you want to leave the new fixture when you move out, you need to pick one that has lever handles and not knobs, because that WOULD be an FHA/ADA violation.
I'd at least take down the medicine cabinet and put up a flat mirror, then rehang the cabinet before I moved out.

Options for Tiny Sink/Enormous Faucet Combo? Good Questions
5/30/14 10:52 AM

Definitely a wood-toned crib to coordinate with the credenza. I don't like the white walls idea, because that pretty glider will blend into the background. A pale gray would be nice, and I like another commenter's idea of a raspberry ceiling. Then you could add some bright poppy and soft teal accents with the bookshelf, lamp, and a pillow for the chair. If you're set on a dramatic pattern like herringbone, what about doing that on the crib linens?

I'm Stuck: How To Decorate Gender-Neutral Nursery? Good Questions
5/20/14 09:51 AM

That hanging nightstand with the dog statue is the cutest thing but seriously impractical. Could be great in an unused corner, though.

Small Space Illusion: DIY Hanging Tables
5/19/14 02:08 PM

My entryway has a shortie bookshelf to hold keys/purse on top and then the shelves are filled with DVDs. I know it's random but in a tiny apartment it's just where they fit.

For Your Inspiration Board: 15 Stylish Entryway Setups
4/15/14 07:11 PM

I had a similar (more 40's) kitchen in my last house... It had a totally different wood floor than the rest of the house- skinnier planks and a darker color with a brass metal threshold. It worked because it the rest of the house was updated but the kitchen was totally vintage. I'd try to do something similar here, go darker and narrower than the rest of your floors with a different material transition.

Tile is much too cold and hard in my opinion (plus the grout stinks to clean). And I doubt linoleum will look like you actually spent money on a new floor.

What Material Should I Install for My Kitchen Floor? Good Questions
2/11/14 08:51 PM

My brother and sister-in-law have a very similar layout, though their stairs are enclosed. We painted their walls a light blue-gray (bluay?), which would really make your white fireplace and that blue pinwheel pop.

I'd leave the wall over the dining space white and hang a patterned rug or giant canvas like MunichMom suggested. YHL did a stretched fabric headboard that could work up there too:

Add some black open, ladder shelves to complement the sofa, so it's not the only black thing in the room. You can fill in the shelves with a couple of your kids favorite toys and books, and some other bright accents. I'd make new covers (maybe the kid's chairs too!) for your throw pillows in a bright print.
There's nothing better than a bright, well lit space that's kid friendly.

How Do I Bring Color into My Living Room? Good Questions
12/19/13 04:35 PM

Warm gray velvet curtains, (like these||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-) would look awesome with the blue couch and rug. Not sure how tall your windows are, but if you hung them right below the ceiling they'd have the most visual impact.
Can you replace the mini blinds too? An off white flat roman shade with lining would look great beneath the curtains and help insulate.


Curtain Suggestions for Chilly, Awkward Window Over Sofa? Good Questions
12/17/13 10:45 AM

I agree with thesmilequeen! Go white behind the white cabinets to make that whole side flow together, then paint the opposite wall blue and add black frames or picture ledges to tie into the black door and runner.
Check out this for what it might look like - they had a similar kitchen situation going on:

How Should I Paint the Walls in My Galley Kitchen? Good Questions
11/13/13 01:46 PM

As little kids, my brother got his own room and my sister and I shared so there was a guest bedroom. We did have a playroom, mostly because with a 6' ceiling height that room wasn't usable for much else. I imagine it was probably nice for my parents to not have a Barbie house or Hot Wheels track in the living room.
A couple years later, the three of us ended up sharing one tiny room for 15 months while our family built a new house. It was definitely a trial! We went "camping" in the yard a lot.

2 Rooms, 2 Kids: Share a Bedroom & Gain a Playroom?
8/17/13 03:40 PM