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I have a kitchen with white subway tile, checkered floors and wood countertops. We used white grout, as any color would likely conflict with the floors. We also wanted the tile to be subtle and not stand out. I have included 2 links so you can see for yourself what you think and go from there. As one poster said, it does just look like a white wall until you look closely ;)

What Color Grout with New Counters Tile? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
7/8/10 08:59 AM

Fantastic place...but where are the two Frenchies!? I wanna seeeeee!

Small Cool 2010: Emily Erick's Trial by Fire Family Little Division #18 | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/16/10 10:25 AM

One more thing, the benches need to go away entirely. Does anyone ever sit on these? Probably not...and if they did, they'd be locking knees and staring face to face on them! They're in the way along with the planters. Open up the entrance way and leave it nice and clean with just one planter on the left side under the mailbox.

What Do You Think of New Exterior Color Plan? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/12/10 10:39 AM

Here's my opinion, for what it's worth: If the dormers, etc are staying white, the storm door should be black or white along with the shutters and the inside front door should be red or a bold rust color. Then add all of the brass/gold detailing and it should look great! Throw a couple of Japanese Maples on each side, leave the shrubs and go from there.

The storm door should not be your focal point and by painting it almond you are highlighting it rather than blending it in. Your main door should be the focal point.

What Do You Think of New Exterior Color Plan? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/12/10 10:20 AM

This sounds like a total headache to me! Nothing beats selling local where furniture is concerned.

Tips For Shipping Furniture On Greyhound An AT Scavenger Success Story | Apartment Therapy Boston
3/3/10 10:57 PM

While looking at this tour, I imagined that this was my (imaginary) super cool eccentric grandma's house. I would invite my friends over to her place just for the chance to listen to her strange stories and stare at all of her crazy collections. Then, my awesome imaginary grandma would make us tea and cookies in her full length floral moo moo wearing her blue eyeshadow, bright red lipstick and horn rimmed glasses... and and everything would be right in the world.

Jason John's Hyper Saturated Home, Part 1 House Tour | Apartment Therapy New York
2/18/10 09:57 AM

Amazing. What a great space. I hope my barn can look this good someday - and that goat is adorable!

Kelly Ashlea's Converted Barn House Tour | Apartment Therapy Chicago
12/18/09 06:28 PM

i kind of like it but what's with the little pile of dirt on the floor in that last photo? i think these pictures are a bit extreme for this look, as i've seen it done many times where it still retains a clean modern look. i think the key here is CLEAN! when it looks like a dirty sty that would be featured on Hoarders then it's gone overboard. i do like the intention of this look though - communist decor.

Hot or Not? Ultra Distressed Interiors | Apartment Therapy Boston
12/11/09 04:08 PM

I love this little place. The creepy photo over the awesome jukebox (that is a jukebox, right?) is fantastic and just so unique. The kitchen cupboards are great and look solid and would work so well with any sort of update you go with. I'm curious as to what kind of flooring you're going to replace the vinyl with.

Great place. It's just the kind of style that says you love your home but also hints nicely that you're not out to please anyone but yourselves - you like what you like - and that's the best way to decorate. :)

Steve and Nancy's Vintage Sunset Inspired Home House Tour | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
12/8/09 04:05 PM

I think I may actually hate everything about this. Isn't it a long reach for each plate to get it up to that cupboard? You'd need a bloody wetsuit to do the dishes from the look of this photo. I have an idea, why not take the dishes in the shower with you each morning and do them there?

What's wrong with just using a dish drying rack again?

A Waterproof Drip-Dry Cabinet | Apartment Therapy New York
12/4/09 10:02 AM

I agree with creative license. Why not paint the bottom half AND the trim the same color of white (like decorator's white or cloud white by benjamin moore) and do the upper wall pure white or something almost pure? it would make everything in your house very light and fresh and you could work any pieces with that palette. i find a lot of Victorian design and decor looks quite dingy and garish when color is used but with a fresh coat of white paint you can really modernize and clean up the look. I really love that moulding detail on the ceiling, btw!

Tired of the 80s Pepto Bismol Pastels! Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
12/3/09 10:03 AM

Hey again AT people! The light over the dining room table was from a vintage lighting store in Toronto. It is probably from the 60s and I'm not sure who the maker was. If you want something close to this style, just Google Fog & Morup and you will see plenty of similar lights. Mine is just a bit different, as it has two tiers on it...if that makes any sense. I think some people refer to the style as 'witch hat'.

Thanks again for all the nice comments.

Becke Lee's Vintage CabinHouse Tour | Apartment Therapy Chicago
11/30/09 07:47 PM

oh and if anyone wants to see more pics, you can see them all at

Becke Lee's Vintage CabinHouse Tour | Apartment Therapy Chicago
11/28/09 10:38 AM

yea we just use chalk and no, chalk dust isn't an issue as i wipe them off with a damp cloth - i don't have a chalkboard brush. btw, i probably sound a lot like a clean freak with my rug and chalk issues but on most days the house is a wreck with etsy items and chewed dog toys everywhere. ;)

Becke Lee's Vintage CabinHouse Tour | Apartment Therapy Chicago
11/28/09 10:36 AM

Thank you to everyone for your great comments. I was more than happy to share my 'work in progress' with you. ;)

The wicker head rope lady - I am WELL aware of her creepiness and I'm even more aware how ugly she is! I tend to have a fondness for things that are just totally bizarre so she was bought as a gift for me over 10 years ago. I just can't part with her.

The wooden chair in the dining room under the Karel Appel litho was found in the garbage. I just cleaned it up with soap & water and put some lacquer on it. I actually have two that I found about 2 weeks apart in 2 different garbage piles while I was out walking the dog.

Counter tops - terrible, but I actually don't know what wood it is as they were here when we bought the house. Someone thinks they may be Ash though...

The butcher block in the kitchen was purchased at an antique shop.

As for a rug under the dining room table, I have issues with carpeting or area rugs under eating tables. I know, stupid, but it just seems like a food and cat/dog hair collector. Some day a rug may appear under there though.

And finally, with regards to the geese for weed control, the chickens will be arriving next summer to get to work on our yard. ;)

Thanks everyone.

Becke Lee's Vintage CabinHouse Tour | Apartment Therapy Chicago
11/28/09 09:18 AM

I agree EAM, there should be NO apologizing for how you keep and decorate your home. I am finding a lot of the comments on AT house tours to be somewhat harsh lately...these are tours of people's tastes and personalities and most of the time, they are not something you would have everything of in your space too or else it would be your house! It just seems so catty to complain about all these stupid little issues like hanging wires, knick knacks etc. Your house is your creation and it should be admired for that alone. People need to get over themselves and appreciate differences in taste and style. Isn't that what AT is all about, anyway?

APAK's Creative Cottage House Tour | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
11/20/09 11:31 AM

okay...i love APAK's artwork and have two prints i bought last year that i adore. their house is fantastic but you know what is the absolute best? OCHO playing the piano!
this is one of my favourite videos EVER. warms my heart everytime i watch it.

APAK's Creative Cottage House Tour | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
11/17/09 10:34 PM

My favourite is Living Etc as well. Every month there are amazing ideas, the houses are fresh, lived in and inspiring. Dwell has lost me. Instead of being a 'green' magazine of change, it seems to have become nothing more than an elitist buttwipe. Dwell has pretty much ruined all things Eames, Mid Century and 'designer'. If i see another bloody Barcelona Chair or an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman I'm going to gouge my eyes out. What about people who are making cool stuff NOW that will be the smart design of the future!? Anyway, I could go on about Dwell for ages.

And yes, Country Living is getting pretty good! Great ideas, and very green ideas I might add. You just have to flip through about 15 ads for geriatric medications to see it all. As soon as those terrible pharma ads go, they may be onto something.

Overall though, AT RULES! thanks for existing.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Favorite Design Magazine?
10/5/09 09:52 PM