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Thanks for adding another diy item to the baby's must-have list, you big jerk.

DIY Paper Flowers From Recycled Maps
2/16/12 12:44 PM

I was the beneficiary of this crafty love, and the pom poms were gorgeous! They were the perfect choice for the bad-ass, earth-respecting, design-loving, pink-abhoring baby girl that's on her way. Thanks again Auntie M!

How To Make a Recycled Newspaper Pom Pom
3/8/11 12:32 AM

Great ideas. I love the Larkspur Garden Design driveway. And it actually looks doable!

Permeable Solutions: 5 Recycled Driveway Ideas | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
7/26/10 07:08 PM

I have a dog who sheds a lot. I also have a boyfriend who spills a lot. But the main problem is me. It's so so sad being me before 8am. The simple act of making coffee can lead to utter catastrophe. This morning, for instance, my arm jerked involuntarily and my teaspoon of sugar sweetened my kitchen floor. I have found coffee grinds in places I can't logically explain. Please AT, for the sake of my dog and my boyfriend. Help me.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Thursday Giveaway: Electrolux Ergorapido 2-in-1 Sweeper
6/19/08 02:21 PM

Yesterday I fell in love with these eco pots. And then fell in love with the Kangaroo Paw, and then ran across the lovely Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. So I played hooky from work and found myself a meyer lemon tree (and a dwarf lime), and a Kangaroo Paw, and tried to find some pots.

I went to Mordigans on Third, and Anawalt on Highland and Osh on Venice, and I can't find these green pots or really anything affordable and attractive enough to plant my new plants in. Do you guys have any suggestions for attainable planters that are big enough to plant a dwarf tree in that are under $50? I'd love some suggestions.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Eco Friendly Pots from Ecosource
6/19/08 07:03 AM

I love the idea of drought tolerant plants that can be cut to bring indoors. Do you guys have any local or online resources for the gorgeous Kangaroo Paw?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Great Drought Tolerant Plant: Kangaroo Paw
6/18/08 10:57 AM

I'm not a fan of plug-ins because of their evil, "sea-breeze on an autumn day" smells. But I am a BIG FAN of Mrs. Meyers Lavender products. So I just tried Mrs. Meyers Lavender plug-in. It makes the whole house smell just like her other products which is part lavender, part honey, a lot clean. Give it a try.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Spring Scents: 12 DIY Air Fresheners
5/17/08 11:36 PM

Doug, How does that Antix frame work? Is there a metal backing that all the little frames stick to? What a great idea.

Does anyone else have ideas for placing a bunch of unframed photos without using one of Martha's ribbon boards?

I like sliding nice snapshots into the frames of more formal art, but you can only go so far with that.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Displaying Family Portraits
4/28/08 11:13 AM

hmr - thanks, i'm a pretty saavy searcher, but I never thought it would be that easy. About to purchase a $14 hairdryer holster from Yay!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | AT Survey: Hidden Hairdryer?
3/7/08 12:44 PM

I have nowhere to put my dryer away whether I unplug it or not -- so it usually ends up sitting on top of the toilet tank. I've been looking everywhere for a wall-mounted cup holder that I can slide my hair-dryer nozzle into to hold it out of the way. Does anyone know where I can find something like that? They make them a lot as bathroom fixtures with toothbrush holes in them, but I can't seem to find any on their own.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | AT Survey: Hidden Hairdryer?
3/5/08 10:31 AM

It sounds strange to want to win Twigs, but I do, I do!

Apartment Therapy New York | Gift Bag 2007: Slatkin Co. Candle with Zippo Lighter
12/14/07 05:01 PM

I've always always gotten my trees from Delancey Street. The Delancey Street Foundation (which has an amazing track record rehabilitating ex-cons) has a moving company, tree lots, and a restaurant in San Francisco -- I have never received anything less than remarkably stellar customer service in any of their establishments. You'll see what I mean.

I go to their lot that's on Wilshire, somewhere between Highland & Crenshaw. I believe they also have a lot on Washington around Sepulveda.

And my tree is perfect.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Good Questions: Christmas Trees in L.A.?
12/10/07 03:11 PM

At my old place we had an old, flat, rusty looking fridge which kept being ugly despite our efforts at making the house perfect. We eventually painted the fridge with black chalkboard paint. The chalkboard fridge gave us a valuable creative outlet that changed seasonally and when the mood struck, AND left us room to write notes and phone numbers. When you've got super clean, modern, minimal decor I think it's nice to create one area that's allowed to be a little wild.

Apartment Therapy - Fridge Art? The Debate
11/28/07 05:09 PM

I'd love to find a wall-mounted reading lamp so that I can clear up bedside table space for books. I've spent years lusting after the wall-sconce version of the nelson lamp, but haven't found the $600 for them yet. Anybody have any great ideas or resources for affordable, simple, beautiful sconces?

Thanks! A

Apartment Therapy - Solo LED desk lamp
10/15/07 10:18 PM

Anna at D16-

Thanks for the great post. Have you ever tried painting vintage wood-veneer furniture? I bought a vanity that I would love to paint in a high-gloss, but I'm a little scared to get started.

Any tips would be welcome.



Apartment Therapy - Tips: 21
9/22/07 09:21 AM

Sorry, here's a link that actually works:

Apartment Therapy - Bedding on a Budget?
8/30/07 11:11 PM

Has anyone tried linen/cotton sheets? Target and Bed Bath & Beyond have pretty cheap sets (

It says 108tc, which seems worrysome, but maybe it's a whole different set of rules for linen?

Apartment Therapy - Bedding on a Budget?
8/30/07 11:10 PM

Shannon in SF, you're not the only one. I'm breaking my back to try and find nice, high thread count white sheets that aren't sateen. I don't want them shiny. I want them cool and crisp. Is that so much to ask? (sigh), linen would be soooo nice.

Apartment Therapy - Bedding on a Budget?
8/30/07 03:36 PM

Wow, such serendipity. I just ordered the W bed after all the AT reviews, and now need to upgrade to King-sized sheets. I've been dreaming of linen, but (after forking out the bed money) I can't really afford it. I spent most of yesterday on Overstock and Amazon and Linens & Things and Restoration Hardware looking for luxurious sheets that I could afford. I would LOVE some recommendations.

ps - Areahome's sheets are gorgeous, but $250 for one linen sheet!?

Apartment Therapy - Bedding on a Budget?
8/30/07 10:44 AM


The credenza looks terrific! I'm really jealous. I know your car guys did you a favor, but could you tell us approximately how much it costs to do that?

Also, what kind of shape was your credenza in before you had it painted? The vanity I'd like to paint has a few scratches and a dent in one place. I wonder if I would need to spackle before I gave it to the car guys...

Thanks for the tips!


Apartment Therapy - Open Thread #53
8/29/07 11:25 AM