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Display Name: ali-in-seattle
Member Since: 9/24/13

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There's a DOG? Seriously, I had to click through a second time to find it, because that kitty mos def steals the show!
Wonderful example of two people working together to create a welcoming, personal home. And you are so cute together--2 peas in a pod. I give the relationship 2 thumbs up. :-) (BTW, the flooring was a gorgeous choice. Bravo all around.)


Joe & Brad's Small Space with Big Style House Tour
4/11/14 09:00 PM

I have a similar galley kitchen that gets no natural light, and I hung a small mirror above my sink that helps a LOT. It doesn't get very spattered--hardly ever--except when my boyfriend is doing the dishes--(haha). It cleans up so quickly with a swipe of a damp dishtowel that it's much easier than cleaning anything else.
I'm currently planning on painting my dingy-cream cabinets and will now consider doing the wall too (even tho I will have to paint it out when I leave) so that it has this all-in-one look to it. (I'll probably go with warm light grey and the existing (fairly nice) brushed nickel silver hardware.
BTW, I think the brass ones in the post are fab--OO! They are like jewelry.


Before & After: A Seriously Stylish Kitchen Renovation on a Budget One Kings Lane
4/11/14 08:45 PM

It looks angry and aggressive to me--ick-- I can't imagine having this in a baby's room.


Before & After: A Painted Dresser Gets A Nursery-Worthy Upgrade Professional Project
4/5/14 02:00 PM

I admit that I just don't GET it. To me, (even in pictures), they look dingy and dirty. My nose crinkles up like I expect them to smell! They seem like they would always look matted down unless you vacuumed every day--a maintenance nightmare! Off-white is so impractical! Maybe it's because I'm a child of the 70's who was traumatized by shag carpeting...I dunno--I think this trend is The Emperor's Clothes. Give me a vintage Persian tribal any day--


20 Beautiful Rooms with Beni Ourain Rugs
3/29/14 12:37 PM

Good Lord, when are we going to see the end of these blecchy DIYs? I appreciate that time was put into this, and as long as they are happy with it, that's great--but the stain job is so blotchy it looks like tinted plywood or something. I too am sick of these Painted Dresser Before & Afters...I just wish AT would be a little more discerning about what they choose to show...


Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Media Stand Makeover
3/9/14 11:07 PM

The orginal piece: GREAT LINES (even though the wood wasn't fab--ok, so paint the wood and keep the design intact...)

The refurb piece: generic, cheapo, mass-market, plain, clunky-looking, ham-fisted, style-less--looks like some kind of corporate-ish credenza from Office Depot.

(Does AP just post every single before & after story they recieve, or is this one the editors deemed worthy i.e. showing taste, sensitivity and inspiring creativity??? yeesh.


Before & After: A Modern Nursery Staple on the Cheap
2/27/14 05:18 PM

I have lots of experience with dye, and I would not attempt this project... however, if you are "hell bent" on doing this, these are my suggestions additional to the previous posts:
1. Forget Rit dye--it is garbage. Get Procion from Dharma--it's what professionals use. More color choices too.
2. Launder the slipcovers before dying, to remove any factory treatments/finishes/residues; try Synthrapol (also from Dharma) instead of regular laundry detergent. Washing will also soften that stiff cotton which makes it more receptive to the dye, imo.
3. You must have a REALLY large container to do this in, so that it can move very freely--otherwise, you'll get streaks, light/dark blotches, etc. If you don't have a huge capacity washing machine, I wouldn't even attempt this. Even a bathtop might not be big enough-- another thing that is good about washing the cover first--it will give you an idea of the wet "mass" you'll be dealing with.
4. As others have alluded to, because you are starting with white, you really shouldn't go many shades darker--in my experience, it's best to not "stray" more than a few shades from the starting point.
5. When mixing the color up, sometimes it's really hard to gauge the intensity or even the color itself if you are combining a couple of different dye colors. Just dribble a little on to a paper towel to get a "read" on what you've really got--you might decide you need to add more water or dye to go lighter or darker.
6. To develop deeper color, my experience has been to let the piece sit in longer, rather than deepening the dye bath itself--this gives a better result.
7. Do NOT wring the cover after dying--even after you think it's been thoroughly rinsed out--because that could cause streaks.
Good luck!


Has Anyone Dyed IKEA Slipcovers? Good Questions
2/25/14 02:33 PM

Looks neat and pristine. If you'll need to add more stuff, try getting one or two wire shelves to put in one or both cupboards, and you'll gain almost 2x the amount of usable space--this will especially help with the smaller jars you've got there. ("Riser" shelves are also good for really small bottles of spices.) It's a shame to waste vertical space--stacking will be your friend!


Elizabeth's Cure: The Kitchen Cleanup Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/10/14 05:12 PM

Oh, jeez, that's such a KILLER design in a beautiful saturated color that I think you run the risk of ruining the whole thing! As other posters have said, if it's not to your taste, you should probably just buy what you want--especially because re-upholstering this will cost you at least what you could pay for new, and likely even more. And I personally don't think that artificially "shoehorning" this into looking more contemporary will be successful. It's like buying a Tudor cottage and stripping it of it's character to try and make it look like a post-modern house--it does not work and you're not fooling anybody. Tufting this will NOT help it!

If you DO decide to keep it, a neutral gray fabric might be the best bet to try and "bridge" art deco and today, a la Eileen Gray/sophisticated, as someone else suggested.

Then again, a dark moody color could be stunning too--but you have to be practical--for instance, black fabric will show every bit of fuzz, hair, fur, you-name-it...

Essentially, there are two opposing ways to go about this--either make it a big "statement" piece or neutralize the color choice so that it has less of an impact. There really is no successful in-between--go for one of the other!


How To Make Art Deco Sofa More Modern? Good Questions
12/10/13 02:49 PM

My NO-KILL SOLUTION: I've been facing the same problem at my family's house--since my parents and their cat all died within a couple months of each other, the mice have moved into the garage. As a vegetarian/animal lover, I REFUSE to kill them--it's not their fault they're mice--they're just doing what mice do! I tried several different humane trapping cages, and NONE of them worked--the mice are too small, too light and too clever to trip the door and get caught.
After some online research, I found YouTube videos with the most brilliant, low-tech, and no-cost method: all you need is an empty toilet paper tube, some cheese or peanut butter, and a bucket for the mouse to fall into. The tube is flattened on one side so that it won't roll, it is placed on a counter with one end hanging off, & the bait is put out at the end. Mousie walks through, tips it over, and all goes into the bucket. Then you can relocate him. (Note that you should put crumpled newspaper or a towel at the bottom so he doesn't hurt himself tumbling in.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfnub65F4Uw I'm going out there this weekend armed with several cardboard rolls and I can't wait to try this out.
I still don't know how they are getting in (the garage is a hoarder's paradise so I can't see the perimeters!) but I also read that if you can get a pencil into any space, like under a door, so can a mouse. They have flexible bones and can really flatten themselves... so the point is to check all the seals of the house to keep this from happening--especially as it gets colder and colder out...


Good Questions: What's the Best Way to Catch a Mouse?
11/19/13 11:45 PM

With all due respect--if you are going to post your design work on AT, the least you can do is answer people's questions--this is supposed to be about sharing!


Sarah's Dining Room Home Office DeskTops
10/26/13 03:31 PM

Those blue lamps are KILLER. Vintage or new?


Sarah's Dining Room Home Office DeskTops
10/18/13 04:20 PM

Just goes to show, there really IS no accounting for personal taste. While I found the original photo's trellis pattern slightly busy (I prefer a larger, more open pattern), the Before felt warm and had an organic feel to it due to rich color and the wood object. The After photo feels SO 80's to me--all that cold white melamine, black geometric accents, and specks here there and everywhere. Throw in a little turquoise in with that pink flower and you've got Miami Vice! Just looks dated to me. Agate bookends are pretty tho--


Before & After: DIY Makeover with Small, Chic Changes
10/14/13 03:09 PM

The minute I saw this, I thought: BLACK would be a good, grounding contrast to temper the sweetness of the stripes. I knew the shape of it reminded me of something...and then I remembered: Holy cow, check out this Wisteria dresser ($1300):
http://www.wisteria.com/Black-Bowfront-Chest/productinfo/W704/
I think that's a much more sophisticated choice than white, which IMO would look too country/fusty. Can't wait to hear what you ultimately decide!


Replace or Paint Pier 1 Birds & Branches Motif Dresser? Good Questions
9/24/13 01:52 PM