Location: San Francisco
I found both my house and Apartment Therapy at the same time this summer. My husband and I submitted a short sale bid and started the long waiting process. In the meantime, I developed a friendly relationship with the previous owner. Her design influence, Apartment Therapy, and a thrifty budget were in mind during the six month waiting period to get the house.
Since I'd been living in 800 square feet and was now moving to 1500 without a ton of extra money, I had to be creative. I scoured your pages, daydreamed (ok, maybe I obsessed) about the house. Since moving in a month ago, I've painted, re-used and updated my furniture, gotten some great deals from friends, and found out that one can of bold apple green paint can go a long way.