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John's Third Floor Flat in Ft. Greene House Call
7/18/14 08:55 PM

The furniture is in two different places in the living room shots. It's a little confusing.

Graylin's Craftsman Influenced Bungalow House Call
7/17/14 06:31 PM

I came to complement the Welsh Terriers!

Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home House Tour
7/14/14 01:46 PM

When I can move in?

Ali & Dustin's \"Beach House Getaway\" in Downtown Denver House Tour
7/2/14 12:06 PM

Well great. Now I have to go out and buy a white director's chair.

Get The Look: Coastal Cool American Style
6/20/14 03:00 PM

I would do anything, absolutely anything, for a place like this. I live in NY. I make good money. But I can't seem to find a rental property anywhere, in any borough, that looks like this! What gives? What am I missing?

City Living: Step Into these 12 Brownstones American Style
6/19/14 06:00 PM

Why not have a corded phone? You can have a cordless one if you want to be mobile, but it's good to have a phone in the house for emergencies that will never die (or get lost). We use ours (in the kitchen) all the time, and it came in handy during Hurricane Sandy. Also, it's so much more attractive than cordless phones!

Kitchen Before & After: A Smart, Stylish, and Budget-Friendly Kitchen Update for $5,500 Reader Kitchen Remodel
6/16/14 06:12 PM

Pictures of the study?

Caitlin & Joe's Classic Philadelphia Home Small Cool Contest
6/2/14 12:53 PM

So cute! Love the exposed beams!

Have you guys considered turning the dining room table the other way so it is perpendicular to the wall? I've seen set ups like that that work wonderfully. Plus easier access to seating. And it divides up the room nicely.

Chris & Damian's Updated 1898 Echo Park Home House Tour
5/15/14 03:01 PM

I think the issue is that a "large Rubbermaid" tub is difficult to store in a small apartment, whereas many of these options are collapsible and can be leaned against a wall or tucked into the back of a closet.

Bathing a Baby in a Small Home: Space-Saving Tubs & Sink Tubs
4/25/14 10:59 AM

This doesn't take into account student loans. Mindy may be a doctor, but she is young and med school was expensive. Also, I always thought that the Big Bang guys were post docs. They make no money.

Could TV Characters Really Afford Their Rents? Design News
4/17/14 05:20 PM

Genius on two levels!

First, while I really like the aesthetics of doors replaced with curtains, I need the storage on the back of my door. I agree that this is not a great solution for those with small apartments/storage issues.

Second, while I do use my closet door for (jewelry) storage, I never considered using it as a dedicated space for worn but not dirty clothes. These clothes contribute to the bulk of my bedroom mess. Great idea!

20 Ways to Organize Your Bedroom Closet
4/7/14 05:22 PM

Lovely! Though the earlier sink looked bigger and nice too!

Kitchen Before & After: From Dark & Dated to Light and Sophisticated Reader Kitchen Remodel
4/1/14 01:28 PM

I like number one. I also prefer the creative instincts of most "three year olds" to most people's stuffy, conservative homes.

Real Room Inspiration: Decals, Removable Wallpaper, Washi Tape & Contact Paper Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/28/14 02:06 PM

Love the rug! I agree that the staging is a little over the top. But whatever.

Pomona's Boutique-Style Space House Tour
3/27/14 01:08 PM

It doesn't play?

Before & After: A Craigslist Piano With A Surprise Inside
3/26/14 01:02 PM

I wondered the same thing!

Cheap, Yet Chic: 8 Living Room Ideas for Little to No Money
3/25/14 07:24 PM

Spot on.

Help Spicing Up Dull Rental Living Room? Good Questions
3/21/14 10:21 AM

Hm. I don't know about the title to this article.

Shot in the Dark: Arrow Decor for Kids
3/18/14 05:44 PM

Well, I've been to dozens and dozens of houses in my lifetime. So yes, I have encountered it, but only in a small fraction of homes, and almost never in the context of a social event like a party -- which is the context which irritates me. (Also, as I mentioned, if there is wall to wall carpeting i'm inclined to remove my shoes because 1) it feels gross to walk on and 2) those carpets are legit difficult to clean and keep clean. Still, I would volunteer taking my shoes off. I don't think I'd ask someone to do so unless they had visibly muddy feet and weren't going to do so on their own volition. That's what I get for choosing wall to wall carpeting).

If I go to an Asian friend's house, it's common. I expect it. And it's usually well prepared for (with a space for my shoes and slippers for me if I want them), and obvious that I should do so based on the set up and behavior of everyone I'm with. I don't have to be asked.

If I go to Canada, which I now do frequently because my BF is Canadian, I now realize it is common.

But I would never carry around socks in my purse in NYC because I have never been asked to remove my shoes in a friend's apartment here except the one occasion I mentioned up thread. Just because I am aware of something (like polio disease) or have encountered something (like a gazelle running across the road) doesn't make it common.

I fundamentally can't understand inconveniencing a guest when you have hardwood floors that can be easily swept (or mopped if you must). Someone has to be inconvenienced, either you or your guest. It just doesn't seem like good host behavior to put the burden on the guest. Esp since people are really underestimating the embarrassment of not having your feet prepared for public.

P.S. Also, maybe I don't want to get my socks/pantyhose dirty on your dirty floor! I never walk barefoot in socks/stockings in my own apartment because I want them to stay clean as possible -- in the case of pantyhose I want them to last for multiple wears.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 04:43 PM