whitsyloren's Profile

Display Name: whitsyloren
Member Since: 10/6/13

Latest Comments...

My dog is a Rottweiler German shepherd mix who is thriving on two hours at the park after work and one half-hour jog in the morning. There's a jack russel in my building who recently got so bored that he lost it and ate through half a couch cushion. Dog personality, not size is what counts.

Going by breed alone isn't always accurate, especially when you're rescuing from a shelter and have no info on the dog's family history. There are several personality and temperament tests to help with that. That's how I ended up with the wonderfully lazy, people-pleasing mix I have now. I can't find the link now, but I found a tutorial through the humane society back when we were adopting. Of course using modern training techniques like positive reinforcement instead of Ceser Millan's outdated dominance approach helps, too (you'll have to excuse me, that's my soapbox issue).

Would You Have a Big(ish) Dog in a Small(ish) Apartment?
3/12/14 10:55 AM

I absolutely love this, and nearly every photo had something in it that made me go "you can DO that??". Nice to see different perspectives to learn from.

Kelly's Cozy Chic Studio House Tour
2/27/14 08:07 AM

The linen shower curtain says to "use with a liner (not included).

Alternatives to Vinyl Shower Curtain Liners (and a Water-Repelling Tip)
2/11/14 09:54 AM

It is interesting to see what inspires you outside of the home-decor world to help understand your perspective as a designer better. Maybe an inspiration board with stuff like this could be in a separate part of the website? As a designer, I trust your home advice. I have other sources for fashion advice. I'd rather not sort through other topics when I need my home decor hit from Apartment Therapy in the morning.

Nike Hyperdunk 2013
1/23/14 09:42 AM

I love it! Especially the bedroom textiles. Amazed he gets by without a crate for that pup. I don't plan on leaving mine alone with an Eames chair any time soon.

Evan's Modern & Cozy Manhattan Studio House Tour
1/22/14 12:20 PM

Am I the only one who loves the old grated ceiling to floor window to the staircase? The width of the grates doesn't look kid (or pet) friendly but I think I would have installed something more narrow rather than scrapping it altogether. I had something similar in my childhood home so it's probably just a weird quirk. Overall the kitchen looks lovely.

Before & After: Kari's Modern Kitchen Makeover
11/16/13 11:22 AM

at first glance I thought this was a DIY for rice crackers.

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift:
Clay Magnets Homemade Holiday Gift Idea Exchange: Project #5

11/10/13 10:21 AM

It's an interesting mix of (what to a renter of a tiny Toronto apartment seems) incredible opulence and miss matched rustic style. Bought two kitchen aid mixers but no two dining chairs match? Is that gigantic metal cabinet a second fridge? Look at all those (PAX?) wardrobes! AND ALL THAT SPACE! At first I didn't like it but going through all the photos it makes them seem more grounded. Like they invest in what they love and aren't trying too hard to give the overall appearance of luxury.

Johanna & Derek's Airy Live/Work Studio House Tour
11/2/13 09:54 AM

If you have enough light coming in from the shower window navy would be nice. I'm thinking something like this nautical bathroom Joanna Goddard had done.


What Color Walls with Red Shower Curtain? Good Questions
10/24/13 08:07 AM

The absolute "no" on offices in the bedroom seems silly to me. In my last apartment I had a separate room for my office. It didn't have any natural sunlight, only a "window' into the living room. I felt awful after a day of work and my sleep suffered. I now have my desk right in front of my bed and I'm sleeping much better, thanks to the gigantic window that it's under. Now I get sunlight during the day and have a beautiful view to look out at during breaks. Well worth the sight of my monitor and a few pens as I'm dozing off.

I think the question of where to put the office has to be tailored to the specific person's needs. Particularly when a room as personal as the bedroom is concerned. For me the popular desk-in-a-closet arrangement would be the absolute no-no. For others my arrangement might not work. Why try to turn it into a hard and fast rule?

Ask Maxwell: How to Fit a Home Office into a Small Space Apartment Therapy Videos
10/6/13 11:07 AM