Tess Wilson's Recent Articles
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Where-To-Live Quizzes: Have You Taken One? Did You Follow Its Advice?
Although no quiz could really accurately predict how I’d feel living in any given city, I still thought it would be fun to see where the all-knowing internet predicts I would be most happy. I was not expecting the word “Arkansas” to be involved… And I mean absolutely no offense to Arkansas – I’ve never been there, and I’m sure it’s lovely – but I was surprised.
Apr 9, 2013
Rag Sorters + Textile Recycling: How To Recycle Your Unwanted Fabric
We’ve all got the bottle/can/paper recycling down-pat, but what about fabrics? What do you do with the sheets that got so wonderfully soft that they finally shredded? Or the beloved t-shirt that was demoted to house-cleaning garb and then again to rag status? Or the legs of your jeans when you chop your annual cut-offs? Fortunately, all of that fabric is still very much in demand.
Apr 1, 2013
Erotic Wallpaper: Would You?
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be the perfect time to look into wallpapers that can subtly sexify the boudoir. While many of these work their magic on a subconscious level — much classier than a wall decal that says “Hey, Sexytime…” — it goes without saying that they are sorta Not Safe For Work.Also unsafe for work? An image search for “erotic wallpaper”.
Feb 4, 2013
Anything Goes? Dog-Walking Wear
One of my four jobs is dog-sitting, which I love and take very seriously. However, after a stint of back-to-back dog-sitting gigs, I noted to a friend, “If I had a dog of my own in the city, I’d give it about two weeks before I’m taking her on walks in my underwear.”When I wrote How Hot Do You Look At Home?
Jan 25, 2013
3 Tips For Getting Warm on Cold Mornings
These days I live in mild San Francisco, but I spent the first 23 years of my life in Chicago, a city where a windchill of -20ºF (that’s -29ºC) turns waiting for the bus into an extreme sport. I’ve learned a few things over the years… I like to keep my apartment as cold as possible while I’m sleeping, but even if you don’t, the transition from under-the-covers to real world can be a brutal one.
Jan 25, 2013
The Perfect Backdrop For Drama: The Gardens Of Downton Abbey
I cannot believe Season 3 of Downton Abbey has arrived — I still haven’t seen Season 2! Of course, since I watched all of Season 1 in less than 48 hours, it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up.
Jan 11, 2013
SF’s Micro-Apartments: 220 Square Feet for $1500
And now for a post-holiday dose of most-unwelcome reality: plans are afoot in San Francisco to create a few hundred micro-apartments, for residents who want to live alone but can’t afford the average studio price of $2,075/month. Remember when I said the alleged average of $1,905/month for a 2-bedroom in San Francisco sounded crazy low? Try $1,500/month for a 0-bedroom…SF Gate has the full scoop, including renderings and floorplans of the micro-apartments.
Nov 23, 2012
Buttonhole Napkins: Have You Ever Heard Of Such A Thing?
When I saw these napkins, handmade using Liberty of London fabric and inspired by first class airline napkins, I thought, “So pretty and ingenious! But who would ever use them?” Here’s the thing: I don’t think I’ve ever seen an adult eat with a napkin tucked into their shirt in real life. Have you?
Nov 16, 2012
How To Remove Wallpaper (Even When You Really, Really Dread It)
Removing wallpaper is a massive job —many how-tos begin with “you can do this” and other encouraging words— but with the following steps, you really can do the job and do it well. Patience, persistence, time, and upper body strength are the major requirements, and a bucket, sponge, and scraper are really the only tools you really need. I’ll say it again: you can do this.
Oct 19, 2012
How Friendly Are Your Neighbors? What Do You Do If It’s “Not At All”?
I’ve lived in my apartment for seven years now, and getting my neighbors to say “hi” back to me is still like pulling teeth. I’m clean, I’m upstanding, I tiptoe around like a ballerina, I’m genuinely (not fakey over-the-top) friendly, and I recently went 2-for-8 in Returned Friendly Greetings. What is going on?Do you say “hi” back to your neighbors? If not, I’m intrigued and would love to hear why.
Jul 26, 2012
Homekeeping When You’re Home Sick
I’ve been sick for less than 24 hours, and already my apartment is trashed. My little living room currently has two empty juice bottles, a bottle of sparkling water refilled with tap water (for the 100th time), a tea mug, many blankets, a robe, my post-shower towel, and a copious amount of Thai takeout paraphernalia — all artfully arranged around my pulled-out pullout couch… and my bedroom is no better. What will this place look like by the time I’m well?
Jul 23, 2012
“Girl Heaven”: Tom’s Apartment On Parks & Recreation
As much as I love Parks & Recreation, that’s how much Ann (Rashida Jones) loves her on-again/off-again boyfriend Tom’s new apartment. Declared by her friend Leslie (the one and only Amy Poehler) to be “girl heaven”, it’s stocked night and day with cheese plates, chocolate fountains, and “just amenities everywhere!”Let’s join Ann as she gives Leslie a tour of Tom’s luxury lifestyle. He’s got..
Apr 27, 2012
Fragrance Free Flowers For People Who Don’t Like The Smell Of (Most) Flowers
When people find out I work at a flower shop but I don’t like the smell of (most) flowers, they either laugh at what a funny place the world is….or they shove some peonies in my face, saying “But have you smelled these?!? Smell them!!!” While peonies, jasmine, lilies, and narcissus may smell like heaven to you lucky ones, to some of us they merely bring on headaches. Thank goodness, then, for these understated blooms, no less lovely for their lack of scent.
Apr 20, 2012
Sleeping Through Construction Noise…Sort Of
A new restaurant is being built in my building, and as excited as I am about having vegan-friendly food available right downstairs, I’m less thrilled about the construction that’s happening directly outside my bedroom window…In a lot of ways, I figure there’s nothing to be done — having guys throw old floor tiles in a dumpster one at a time (why?!) mere yards from my sleeping head is just part of living in a city.
Mar 27, 2012
Stinky Flower Water: Don’t Let It Happen To You
Your guests will be arriving any minute. The candles are lit, the bubbly is chilled, the coolest music anyone has ever heard is playing at the perfect volume, the flower arrangements are lush and modern, and the flower water is subtly, insidiously stinking up the entire apartment…Stinky Flower Water (STW) happens to the best of us. It happens so slowly, so subtly, that it may be undetectable to those that co-habitate with the flowers in questions.
Nov 21, 2011
Walk Like a Ballerina: Your Neighbors Will Thank You
In response to our recent Reader Survey “I Would Never Rent An Apartment That….”, many people said they would never live with neighbors above them- top floor only! I am lucky enough to live on the top floor, but I try to put my years of ballet training to use and tread lightly, out of consideration for my neighbors below…Now, I enjoy clomping around in hiking boots and kitchen clogs as much as the next girl.
Aug 15, 2011
Moving On: Post-Breakup Apartment Therapy
Sally: At least I got the apartment.Harry: That’s what everybody says to me too. But really what’s so hard about finding an apartment?After a break-up, getting to stay in your apartment can be a relief; but how do you make it feel new and yours, once a live-in love moves out?This month, we’re exploring the concept of Setting Up Home — sometimes that entails moving, and sometimes it means staying.
Aug 5, 2011
Hypertufa: Make Your Own Lightweight Planters
Hypertufa pots — lightweight, homemade, customizable alternatives to cement or terracotta planters — have long been on my extensive list of “projects to tackle once I have space to make a big mess, and a garden hose to clean up said mess”. Someday! Until then, perhaps you’d like to take a run at it, and tell us how it goes…I learned about hypertufa pots in the March 2010 Martha Stewart Living, and I’m so excited by the possibilities.
May 16, 2011
The Best Sources for Mail-Order Plants
Perhaps it’s the combination of the holidays and a winter birthday, or the hunkering-down tendency that rainy days inspire, but all I want to do is get pretty things in the mail. If I received a box full of dwarf conifers or perky succulents, I might be content to stay indoors until spring. Garden Design, my new favorite magazine (my friend passed her most recent copy onto me after she read it), has a very helpful feature on reputable mail-order plant companies.
Feb 8, 2011
Winter Sparkle Mirror Garland & White Lights
With San Francisco’s skies becoming increasingly cloudy, I needed a little light & sparkle to last me throughout the winter. Fortunately, I just happened to have a strand of little white lights and yards & yards of mirror garland on hand…This is one of those serendipitous projects made entirely from materials lying already lying about the apartment. Why can’t they all be so easy?
Dec 9, 2010
Collecting & The Windfall: Glass Grapes
image:2411bdc8ea8ccb8f6e89a54a089a55d46bc851b9 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" It can take years and years to build a thoughtful, harmonious, and satisfying collection. Or one day you walk into your neighborhood thrift store and there’s a fully-realized collection just waiting for you!When my friend Crystal was little, her grandma collected grapes. (“Grapes and dolls!”, she laughed.
Sep 10, 2010