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Why would you want to seek out US design stores when you live in Berlin? There's an infinite amount of cool design in Germany.

If you're desperate for a WestElm, there's now one available in the UK: http://www.westelm.co.uk/ limited selection but shipping charges are cheaper than from the US.

If I could go back to the Rotterdam, I'd go here in a heartbeat: http://www.alexandrium.nl/Woonmall.aspx although not geographically close, there are tonnes of European designers featured, many of which ship to or have stores Germany.

I like http://www.tiger-stores.de/ for cheap accessories. I also like http://www.hemashop.com/de/ for quirky and inexpensive things for around the home. Both are very Scandinavian in their designs (Tiger's Danish and Hema's Dutch.)

http://monoqi.com/en/ are based in Germany and have some amazing stuff.


European Alternatives to my Favorite US Design Stores? Good Questions
6/30/14 05:50 PM

I don't think this is a useless post at all. Last trip I had where we were gone for two and a half weeks my home felt different on our return. It had been so long it felt a little foreign. I found that I saw the place with new eyes and was able to see aspects that I wanted to change that I hadn't noticed or considered before.


Do These 3 Things the First 5 Minutes Home After a Trip
6/23/14 10:10 AM

I like EngineerChic's idea about being 80% done. I think that's where I'm at. There are certain things I'd like to change but are currently beyond budgetary constraints (like the kitchen,) and I haven't made up my mind as to what I'd like it to look like anyway. There are lots of things in each individual room that I like and the house feels representative of us and our style as a family home.

I know I will be constantly tweaking and changing little things as long as we live here. My biggest issue at the moment is the cushions on our living room sofa - I feel like I can't get them just right! In the grand scheme of things, that's a pretty minor issue to have.


Why You Should Stop Trying to Complete Your Decor
6/19/14 05:09 PM

I couldn't live in a place like this but I'm so glad it exists. I would love to be an extended house guest and be able to spend hours exploring this space.


The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake House Tour
6/19/14 04:56 PM

I definitely prefer to stay in an apartment and we were renting apartments before Airbnb (a gite in France, a flat in Croatia...) It feels so much more authentic, a chance to live like a local as opposed to staying in an impersonal hotel. We both love to cook and it's nice to have more space than just one room. Now that we have a child it's even more important that we all have our own space to sleep and to relax and unwind in.


Hotel Escape vs. Living Like a Local: How Do You Travel?
6/9/14 05:17 PM

What's the last picture? I don't get it. Is it a bulletin board in front of the TV?

It would be nice to see a shot of the bedroom.


Brooke's High Ceilings Small Cool Contest
6/8/14 03:19 PM

Sorry, that should have been 'how someone utilizes their space and how many people live there.'


Francesca & Elisabetta's On the Park Small Cool Contest
6/4/14 06:40 AM

LarafromGermany, Small Cool is divided into categories (teeny tiny, tiny, little, International, etc.)of under 1,000 sq ft.

It's a family of four living in 725 sq ft. I think that's pretty small. How someone utilizes their space for me is a contributing factor as to how small that space is perceived. if it's one person or a couple, like one of the entries yesterday which was considered 'little' at 740 sq ft then that's no real hardship but to me this is impressive that two people and two small children live there.

I guess the definition of 'small' is all relative, especially as this is an American site and square footage is usually more generous there than in Europe. I live outside London and I wouldn't consider a lot of these places small either.


Francesca & Elisabetta's On the Park Small Cool Contest
6/4/14 06:38 AM

I love your home. We stayed in a similar place when we were in Copenhagen - I could move to your city in a heartbeat.


Sandy's Cozy Copenhagen Home Small Cool Contest
5/20/14 03:56 PM

I second atleighpowers for thrift store shopping - lots of things are new or gently worn.

I have a little girl, so I often get pieces that are versatile and have a bit of give; today's dress can be a top in a few months and leggings really do help transition an outfit. Even with leggings, I try to buy a little bit bigger when I can. Some items have lasted a long time, like skinny jeans that lasted for over a year and which I would pair with knee high socks when the length started to get a bit too short. Sounds funny but it looked fine!

I live abroad so my mom has bought most of her clothes as a way of feeling connected to her. We actually have TOO much so I try and purge regularly - it's a shame that some things she's grown out of she's either hardly ever, or never, worn. Kids grow so quickly and get dirty so easily and having a dozen or so outfits that you can mix and match is more than enough.


Real Life On A Budget: Christine's Money Saving Tips & Ideas for Buying Children's Clothing
5/20/14 03:46 PM

I too hate this new font. It hurts my eyes and makes Apartment Therapy an unpleasant place to peruse. Change it please!


The Chameleon Cabin in Gothenburg, Sweden Adventure Journal
5/9/14 10:21 AM

That's funny, where rexrayfan sees a room begging to be repainted, I see a calm, soothing space that's perfect the way it is.


Colorphobic: Confessing Paint Prejudices
5/5/14 03:41 PM

Same. I like white and greys - upstairs I have four different shades of grey. I love that my bedroom looks almost light blue during the day and a dove grey at night when the light changes.

I feel like my design choices and accessories are quite bold so the white and grey balances it out. Only two rooms are painted a different shade; a navy blue, and that's a powder room which I hardly ever use, and our sunroom which is a light sage green that was already painted that colour when we moved in.


Colorphobic: Confessing Paint Prejudices
5/5/14 03:39 PM

PeePop, I agree! I can easily remember when I was in my early twenties and needed to be surrounded by stuff. Fifteen years later and I prefer a much more minimal look. Having a busy toddler helps as I see 'stuff' now as clutter and/or potential for mess, breakage or disaster.


Jamie's Eclectic Sensibility House Tour
5/1/14 04:43 PM

Having a home birth wasn't an option but not one I would have contemplated even if it was. I had a very textbook totally normal pregnancy but complications arose during labour and the situation escalated quickly to the point where I needed an emergency c section.

Although I didn't get the natural birth I had hoped (and planned) for, I was so grateful to the doctors and midwives in the hospital who acted within minutes when it was evident that my baby was going to come to harm.

What happens when a low risk labour escalates to the point where a c section is needed during a home birth? How long does it take before medical care can be obtained? Personally, I wouldn't want to lose that time to transfer to a hospital.


On Home Birth in a Small Apartment
5/1/14 04:13 PM

Five hours really isn't that long to drive at all. My husband is Scottish and we routinely make the 450 mile trip up from just outside of London all in one go - and we have a two year old.

I would also suggest reading material, if reading in the car doesn't make you sick. My family took a road trip from Toronto to San Diego when I was a kid and what got me through that was lots of comic books. That was by far the longest road trip we did, but I've driven to Chicago, NYC, Washington DC and Raleigh, NC...and pretty much all over the States. If I'm a passenger and the driver doesn't mind, I like to get a little uninterrupted reading in.


Surviving a Road Trip: 5 Tips to Get You to Your Destination With Your Sanity
4/10/14 10:01 AM

I have the same issue as Maveness. I'm mostly pleased with my paint choices but my novice painter mistakes bother me so much. When I painted the hallway leading down the stairs I couldn't be bothered to take off the hand rail or baby gates so my husband (also a novice,) suggested I use a brush. Bad idea. It too FOREVER and the brush strokes are all I see when I look up the stairs, enough to make me consider getting the hall re-plastered.

One mistake I did make with paint choice is to pick a high gloss white to cover a wall that had been painted mauve. In my defense, it said one coat and I thought that sounded good, no primer or effort (ha). It is very shiny but it doesn't bother me so much that I want to go through the effort to change it; I'm learning to live with it.

I've gotten much better at painting since then so I guess I've learned from my mistakes.


Share the Pain: What Was Your Biggest Paint Mistake? Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/13/14 05:16 PM

I'm a Canadian who lived in London for almost ten years and I honestly didn't find it that expensive. Their index is skewed; you can definitely get a bottle of 'good quality table wine' for less than £9 a bottle and monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £2,639 - really? NO ONE lives in central London unless they're fabulously wealthy. We paid less than £200 a week so around £750 for both a one and two bedroom place in Zone 3 which was totally affordable. Personally, I'm surprised Oslo isn't first and that Tokyo didn't make the top 10.


These Are the World's Most Expensive Cities to Live In Design News
2/3/14 04:41 PM

I am also of Russian descent (first generation Canadian,) and I find this totally inoffensive. My family (grandparents, mother, father, aunts, uncles,) were personally affected by Communism and immigrated to escape it yet I don't see the problem with the memorabilia displayed - my brother has the same Lenin lunchbox!

We were always aware of our heritage and encouraged to be proud of it, to understand our history and how lucky we were to be born in a free country. As someone with an immediate family member who lived through WW II I really don't think this is akin to KKK or Nazi propaganda. I know my father would rather I remember where I came from; good and evil.


Kate's \"House of Romanov\" House Tour House Tour
11/18/13 06:01 PM

I think choices are effective for children to help them to gain a sense of autonomy and independence - and I say this as a parent and a teacher.

The key is giving them choices *you* can live with and are relatively negligible or limited to two things, like 'do you want apples or grapes for your snack?' or 'which book would you prefer to read?'

For most things though, mommy/daddy know best!


Design Tweaks for Better Living, or Putting On Your Oxygen Mask First...
11/18/13 05:51 PM