How do you live in a space that doesn't fit your style?

Unemployment has brought my years of living in quirky shared apartments to an abrupt end. I'm now renting a room in a dear friend's house, and I think I may go NUTS. I mean, I'm glad that living in a pastel-hued environment makes her happy. I really am. But being surrounded by "soothing" shades of aqua, "adorable" knick-knacks, and "inspirational" quotes is inducing serious angst for me. What's the Offbeat Homie in a stiflingly decorated environment to do?


Navigating money issues with lower income roommates

I love my roomies, but while I have a sizable savings account and decent income, they are barely living paycheck to paycheck, even with help from family. Our rent is going up and though they've assured me they can afford it, I'm getting nervous. I don't want to loan them money, but I do want to stay current on our bills.


8 surprising ways renters have the better end of the design deal

If I had EVER spent $2700 on any apartment I lived in, it would have been a “look at my design flair” orgasm. With ownership, all that “make things pretty” money gets sucked into the “make things functional in the long term” hole. So without further ado, I would like to let all those frustrated renters out there know the eight ways how you might have the better end of the design deal…


The single mom stigma

I've never — not even once — been late on the rent in all my adult life. I have a stable job at a world-class University. I make a decent income. I'm not rich, but I can pay the bills and live comfortably. So why, then, am I seen as a "liability" to landlords? Oh, right. The single mom stigma.