Are Essential Oils Like Lavender Safe for Cats?
We started looking for natural remedies to our cats’ problems, including fleas, allergies and mood swings, after realizing that our kitties were very sensitive to some of the chemical treatments we had been given at the vet. As soon as we opened a tube of Advantage, even if it was in another room, our cat P. Kitty would be nowhere in sight.
Oct 27, 2022
House Tour: Alicia’s Romantic Portland House
Name: Alicia PaulsonLocation: PortlandSize: Almost 2,000 square feetYears lived in: Almost 7 If you’re one of the many fans of Posie: Rosy Little Things, Alicia’s shop, you’ve already had glimpses of her home on her blog. If you’re an AT reader, you’ve had a quick peek at her studio — she was a contestant (and honorable mention!) in the Fall Colors Contest.
Jun 4, 2019
Tip: Where to Buy Cheap Magazines
A few months ago we started looking more closely at our budget. Being online much of the day, surfing blogs and online magazines, we decided we could forgo spending money on magazines. However, every so often we just can’t resist the urge… when we see them for sale at incredibly inexpensive prices.Where do we find them for less than the price of a cup of coffee?Our go-to place is actually our local library, where they sell them for between 50 cents and a buck.
Oct 13, 2008
Follow Up: Best White Paints
After our recent post on Best White Paints, we received an email from a friend who has a background in decorative painting. Jump below for her notes on white paints…• Benjamin Moore Super White (cool white, pretty modern/stark)• Benjamin Moore Linen White (yellowy-peach tone) I love this color, but depending on lighting situation, can look a bit dingey.
Oct 8, 2008
Contact Paper at Target
As is usually the case, when we weren’t even looking for it, look what we found…Nice contact paper/shelf liner.Self-Adhesive Liner by Magic Cover, just $5.99.Related Posts:• Good Questions: Fashionable Shelf Liner or Contact Paper?
Aug 12, 2008
Good Questions: Mixing White and Stainless Appliances?
AT, Can you mix stainless steel appliances with white appliances? I have a stainless steel stove and dishwasher. I’m thinking of purchasing a new refrigerator in white. Would that look ok… or should I stick to stainless steel? Thanks for your help, -JudyOpinions, everyone?
Jul 29, 2008
EasyChange Removable Wallpaper from Sherwin Williams
We can practically hear the cheers from renters everywhere. Sherwin Williams’ EasyChange Wallpaper is — wait for it — guaranteed to both go up and come down effortlessly. Yes, come down. Without special tools and solvents. And, to cap it off, there are some Graham & Brown wallpapers to choose from. SuperFresco by Graham & Brown, page 23 Grand Corniche, page 5 See many, many patterns here (including some, um, ugly ones).Via: Oh Happy Day(Thanks, F.!
Jul 7, 2008
Best Coat Racks
SF House Tour: Tara’s Tiny San Francisco Hodge-PodgeScavengingJump belowFreestanding:• Urban Outfitters Coat Rack• Twist Coatrack by Christoph Burtscher & Patrizia Bertollini• Thonet P2204 Bentwood Coat Rack• Zanotta Sciangai Coat Rack by by de Pas, d’Urbino & Lomazzi• Saturn by E. Barber & J.
Jun 4, 2008
SF House Tour: Gehry and Lanya’s Life Meets Art
Name: Location: Size: Years Lived in: >> “The apartment is special and worth honoring,” says Lanya. Both Gehry and Lanya love to travel and have an incredible knack for creating community. Their home is the nexus of those interests and is seeped in the impact of the people they have met around the world and around the corner.
May 6, 2008
SF House Tour: Lynn and Leif’s Paris Hotel Home
Name: Lynn Goldfinger-Abram & Leif AbramLocation: San FranciscoSize: 1550 sq. ft.Years lived in: 10>> (Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Remember when we blogged about Paris Hotel Boutique? And we begged Lynn to let us do a house tour? Well, she graciously agreed, and here’s her beautiful home! >> AT Survey:Our style: Hollywood Glamour meets Paris Hotel with a modern twist!
May 1, 2008
SF Good Questions: Does Anyone Else’s IKEA DOCKSTA Table Wobble?
Look!: Emma Rose PaperyAT:SF, Don’t even say it. We know “you get what you pay for,” but our DOCKSTA table wobbles. It’s making me crazy. Does anyone else’s? And if so, how’d you fix it? Thanks! -S.Anyone?(Update from S.: The wobble is from the table top. if you put your elbows on it the vase of flowers wobbles. but from the top, the base is stable.
Apr 14, 2008
Best Small-Scaled Modern Dining Chairs
Small dining room? You’ll need some small and/or delicate-appearing chairs that don’t overwhelm. Check out our favorites below the jump.• Jacobsen Series 7 Chair• Cherner Side Chair• The Bellini Chair• The Supernatural Chair by Ross Lovegrove• Thonet No.
Apr 10, 2008
Alameda Flea Market: Tips
We’re excited that it’s Alameda Flea Market weekend. It just doesn’t come around often enough for us. What? You’ve never been? Well, we’ve put together a few tips for you… Image: Kent K. Barnes / kentkbPreparation:• Dress in layers• Wear comfortable shoes• Don’t bring your dog — it will have to stay in your car, and it will get too hot (Yes, really.
Apr 4, 2008
How To: Keep Silver Tarnish-Free
We thought we’d share with you our tried-and-true method — call it the lazy person’s way — of keeping our vintage silver tarnish-free.We assume it works because the jar is air-tight — we use the silver every day, but obviously not every single piece. (We haven’t noticed scratching, but we don’t actually just toss it in there. And since all of it is vintage, and most of it is from the flea market, scratches are okay with us.
Mar 5, 2008
Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator by Biokleen
We don’t use chlorine bleach — both because we’re allergic to it, and because we really try not to use toxic cleaning products. And we’ve never found non-chlorine bleach terribly effective. So we’ve been trying to figure out what to do about our white blankets that have dog footprints on them. Alex from Hygge House heartily recommends Biokleen’s Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator.
Feb 14, 2008
SF House Tour: Monique and Richard’s Apartment at a Glance
(Welcome again to Monique, one of the finalists in our San Francisco Blogger search. Comment away!) Name: Monique and RichardLocation: San Francisco (located between the Mission and Castro Districts)Size: 840 sq. ft. Years lived in: 5 months Monique and Richard moved into their first apartment together back in September.
Feb 7, 2008
SF House Tour: Lena Corwin’s Curated Charm
(Welcome to Leah, one of the finalists in our San Francisco Blogger search. Comment away!) Name: Lena CorwinLocation: Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 1,800 sq. ft.Years lived in: Almost 3 Personal style doesn’t fall too far from the tree. We recently featured Lena Corwin’s childhood home and it left us wanting to know about this former SF girl’s current digs.Lena probably needs no introduction to most of you.
Feb 4, 2008
SF Good Questions: Queen Mattress on a King Frame?
AT:SF, I have a queen-sized mattress from DWR that I love & have no plan to get rid of it. There is someone on Craigslist selling a platform bed that DWR used to sell that is made from solid walnut w/a matching slanted & very tall vertical headboard (used to be called the Blu Notte). The seller is letting it go for $1,500 & I think they must have paid around $4-$5K for it.
Jan 29, 2008
SF Mini House Tour: June Schwarcz’s Artful Sausalito Home
A few months ago the Heath Ceramics monthly newsletter had in it a slideshow of a visit that Catherine Bailey made to artist June Schwarcz’s Sausalito home. We loved its passionate, textural mix of arts and crafts, and have often thought of it since then (especially, for some reason, the collection of spoons shown here). Take a look.Read an interview with June Schwarcz here.Thanks, June and Catherine!Images: Catherine BaileyDo you have an idea for a house tour? Let us know!
Jan 15, 2008
How To: Build Staircase Drawers
Remember these stairs? We slinked to them earlier this year after AT:LA blogged them. It turns out that they were made by an Australian company, Unicraft Joinery. We’ve been haunted by them ever since, but were somewhat dissuaded by the naysayers on Lifehacker and Unclutterer… However, we finally found some DIY instructions. Check them out here: Staircase Drawers – Canadian Home Workshop.
Dec 11, 2007
Look!: Dirk’s Dishwasher-to-Cabinet Project
More storage. Seattle reader Dirk wrote to us about his Dishwasher-to-Cabinet Project, in which he reclaimed the space taken up by a functional, but unused dishwasher…Goals of the project: Replace the dishwasher with a cabinet, blend it in reasonably well, and yet allow the process to be easily reversed in case a future owner wants a dishwasher. I achieved all of this with a few hand tools and a visit to IKEA.
Nov 5, 2007
Good Questions: How Would You Frame This Painting?
AT, How would you frame this painting?This is a Mexican amate painting I’ve been dying to hang in my living room, but I can’t figure out how to frame it. The edges are the problem–the amate paper has really cool textured edges (which you can see in the second pic).
Oct 12, 2007
House Tour: Lisa’s Beachy Regency Modern Mix
Name: Lisa JossLocation: Mill ValleySize: 1,850 sq. ft.Years lived in: 2 You may remember seeing Lisa’s bathroom on AT:NY. Here’s your chance to see more of her cool blue “beachy-regency modern” Marin house.Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let us know!
Jun 26, 2007
Good Questions: Sound-Dampening Paint?
AT,We just moved into a 6-unit Victorian that’s only slightly less drafty and for the first time in our adult lives we can really hear our neighbors. We’re considering something we discovered online – sound dampening/deadening paint, with two goals in mind: 1. keep our neighbors from hearing us and 2. keep us from hearing our neighbors. We’re mostly coping with footfalls and voices, not nuisance-level noise.
Apr 18, 2007
How to: Remove Odors from Your Home
Recent posts on Frugal for Life and Lifehacker reminded us of some easy, eco-friendly ways to remove odors from — or, as Lifehacker says, “de-stinkify” — our homes (without resorting to non-green air fresheners).
Mar 27, 2007
Stanford Surplus Property Sales
O.K., so everyone knows about Craigslist. And Victoria’s written about her adventures at Alameda and Alemany — and Lisa’s just found a great chair at Goodwill. . .but what about other sources for inexpensive, but well-made, furniture and household items?When we saw a Craigslist posting for Surplus Property Sales at Stanford, we knew we had to check it out. And on a recent Wednesday, we did. (You knew there had to be a catch, right?
Mar 19, 2007
Good Questions: Slippery Mattress Topper?
Hi AT, I just bought a great memory foam mattress topper and I’m really enjoying it. The problem is it tends to slide a little bit further down the bed every night. After a few days we have to take off the fitted sheet and yank the topper back up into place. Any idea how to get the thing to stay put?Thanks,Ray Ray,Good question. We did some research, and came up with the following suggestions:According to Best-in-Bedding.
Jul 6, 2006