Buyer Beware or Bad Rap: Should You Avoid Builder Grade?
If you google “builder grade,” you’ll see a ton of posts celebrating basic rooms getting a major upgrade—or getting the boot entirely. The builder grade materials in questions will inevitably be described as “sad,” “generic,” “cheap,” “boring,” and, in some cases, “orange-y.” But are builder grade materials all bad? What even are they? Let’s explore… Let’s start with the basics.
Feb 8, 2018
A Studio Apartment Goes from Fine to Fabulous Thanks to a Faux Wall
Name: Jackie Barth Location: New York City Size: 466 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting One of the biggest bummers about living in a studio apartment is the whole “everything’s in one room” vibe. If you don’t love the idea of being able to see your bed from your couch (or are looking for some extra privacy in your small space) you’ll find inspiration in this NYC rental studio.
Feb 8, 2018
So… Is it OK to Pee in the Shower?
We’ve all been there. Just after the ceremonial un-robing that occurs prior to hopping in the shower and closely following the forthcoming cascade of water from the shower head — your bladder beckons. But it seems like a lot of work to get out of the shower, grab a towel, dry off, and make your way back to the commode. So you ask yourself the age-old question, “To pee or not to pee?” Yep, we’re going there. Don’t worry; we’re all friends here.
Feb 8, 2018
Is This the Year You Buy a Home? 4 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
You’ve been setting aside money for a down payment for a few years and you’ve met your goal. Your online browsing has turned to semi-regular weekend open house hunting, and now you’re thinking about getting an agent of your own. Is it time? Are you really ready to buy a house? One of the biggest daily life differences between renting and owning is that no one is responsible for maintaining a home except for the home owners.
Feb 8, 2018
In Praise of Eating Dinner in Total Silence
When my husband and I got married four years ago, a friend of mine who had already celebrated several wedding anniversaries gave me one piece of unsolicited advice: Sometimes you’re going to eat dinner in silence — and you both should be okay with that. It’s not like we had never eaten in silence (or near silence) before. We had already been dating for many years and had hundreds (thousands?) of meals together.
Feb 8, 2018
The Clever Small Space Kitchen Hack Hiding in IKEA’s Children’s Section
Touring Mona Hamilton’s 650-square-foot Montreal apartment is very inspiring. Not only is it a soothing, lovely space with enviable elements (the removable wallpaper in the kitchen being one of them), but it also features a hack that could be a great space saver for small kitchens or kitchens that need more counterspace. And the source of this hack’s furniture elements is rather surprising. Hacking IKEA components is NOT a new idea. (We have even published one or two or 100s before).
Feb 8, 2018
7 Eye-Opening Coffee Bars You’ll Want In Your Own Kitchen
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale) From Kitchn → 7 Eye-Opening Coffee Bars You’ll Want In Your Own Kitchen null
Feb 8, 2018