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Display Name: Swissrose
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Small glass bowls we use for pretty much everything (and a bigger one as a salad or fruit or whatever bowl).
A small 365+ saucepan that was in the first of that range so now … 10+ years old? Indispensable.
Washing up brush that has a suction cap at the end.
DRAGON cutlery - in my household, both my daughters' and my best friend, it's the best value for money!
Glass pyrex-style bakeware (round, square and rectangular).
Among other staples.


15 Smart & Inexpensive Kitchen Goods to Buy at IKEA Shopping Guides from The Kitchn
4/24/14 04:46 PM

Dumb question - what about that heating element on the floor of the oven?


How To Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
4/1/14 05:26 AM

Agreed to all - I would like to say it would probably be frowned upon in Europe if a guest rummaged in the fridge at all! We tend to buy fresh and frequent and plan the contents of our fridges, so it would be an intrusion for someone to go searching for "snacks" in the fridge :O We just don't have that kind of thing - we offer 3 meals a day (we consult with the guest!) and afternoon tea/coffee with a sweet option, or a biscuit/chocolate/fruit with tea in the evening or whatever, but are not geared to any old time snacking.
Obviously I'm not talking about a guest feeling at home, making themselves a cup of tea or coffee and getting the milk from the fridge… ;)
I provide towels etc. but most guests bring their own - it's up to them if they wish to use the ones I provide in addition.
Another thing I have learnt to offer is travel slippers, as our floors may seem cold to some and that has often been taken up.
Also I offer the use of the washing machine to guests, since I'm a minimalist traveller myself and appreciate they may need to wash something - and often do!


How To Be a Great Host: 13 Tips
4/1/14 05:16 AM

What a fun thread!
I don't remember any art on my bedroom walls until I started to put posters up from the age of about 8 - Suzi Quatro, Jimmy Connors (I have never played tennis in my life…), Slade and then from the age of 11 it was horses everywhere… However my dad got a reproduction of a Breughel painting that I saw in Vienna a few years ago and my mom made some awesome 70s appliqué art to hang on the walls and once painted a huge red tree behind their bed - it was a rental and she was in trouble because the colour seeped through the plaster and it all had to be redone for the next people ;O!
I was allowed to choose wallpaper for a bedroom when I was 10 - for some reason I chose a spriggy flower print in orange/yellow. Then in the next place, I asked for orange carpet - but thankfully they put it in the wrong room… When I was 12 I was allowed to "do" my room from the new Ikea store that had opened up nearby and I chose everything in stripy red, orange and yellow and had a sort of pot-table for plants, and of course my horse posters and record player :) From the age of 8 I had a very cool orange dressing table that was a cylinder on a stand and where the top lifted and flipped over and was a mirror and you kept stuff inside - a few years ago I found the exact same one in white on ebay and got it for my present, also small, bedroom…! I was overjoyed.


What Art Do You Remember from Your Childhood Bedroom?
3/23/14 02:25 PM

I rinse as I go, usually - or put things straight in the DW. If it's a bigger cooking project, I might fill the sink with soapy water and let things soak while I work, doing clean-up at the end.
One thing I also do after I chop onions or garlic is to run the knife under the tap and the flat side (carefully!) along my hands; this stops my hands smelling of onions and garlic and saves me buying a "special" steel soap for the purpose…


5 Tips for Cutting Down On Dirty Dishes Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/4/14 08:33 AM

So if you like Amélie, you might like Delicate (La Délicatesse), also Audrey Tautou… not sure if it's on Netflix but worth searching out in any format. A very finely drawn and acted romantic story.


Escape the Winter Doldrums: Netflix Picks to Watch Tonight
2/6/14 11:39 AM

I don't really understand the discussion and the author doesn't make it clear how they use their bedding…
Surely if you are using blankets, quilts or whatever, that are either unwashable or rarely washed, you would use a protective sheet below them in the old-fashioned way?
If you use a duvet or feather bed, it has a cover that you remove regularly, as you would with pillows, and wash… simple as that.
However, I have noticed in bedding ads in the US that sometimes it looks like there is a flat sheet turned over a duvet - doesn't that just make more unnecessary work?!
(BTW, if it is very hot in summer, we will use the duvet cover without the actual duvet in it!)


What’s the Purpose of a Flat Sheet, Anyway?
1/31/14 06:53 AM

I'm with "what about dust and grease from cooking"?! I don't like making myself extra work…
However, if I had only 4 of everything and used it all the time and was a total minimalist, maybe.
But like units with spaces below and at the sides, it's always a matter of how on earth do you keep it all clean?! Give me floor to ceiling units and nothing to catch dust and grease. Regular cleaning up is perfectly sufficient for my taste!


In the Mix: 20 Kitchens with a Combination of Cabinets and Open Shelving
1/21/14 02:19 PM

Interesting how people get so into what they particularly love or hate - I find, in any case, that the style of the house/room also has a part in dictating how I decorate it, regardless of any rules… As it happens, as an ex-pat abroad, I like the KCCO logo for several reasons, none of which are due to any rule or trend, and it's also a great reminder in my everyday life!

But if we're talking about pet hates - I loathe rooms where everything is geared towards a TV, wherever it is… hide it, or better, get rid of it!!


Interior Design 101: 5 Rookie Mistakes You'll Never Make Again
1/2/14 04:10 AM

I'm so pleased to see it isn't a free-for-all wild orgy everywhere in English-speaking countries - that's the impression we get! Phew.
As a child, my family spent the holiday in Germany with my dad's family, so Christmas was Christmas Eve - a big long lunch with my grandmother while my aunt decorated their tree ("helping the Christchild") and when we were allowed in as the village church bells were ringing, there was this beautiful tree all dressed in silver, the window open and I was always told I'd just missed the Christchild bringing the presents…
With my own family, having an English background was practical because we celebrated Swiss Christmas Eve with my in-laws and English Christmas Day with my family. Christmas Eve is a very elegant occasion (because that's what my in-laws are like!) and now we don't exchange any gifts and don't stay very long, either, as my MIL is not in good health. Christmas Day is a big turkey dinner but we usually wait till it's getting dark to start opening presents, one at a time, and English relatives are always amazed that our kids have the patience to wait so long, but that's just the way we've always done it. After all, it's not just about presents but all about being together as a family.
Now that I have grandchildren, we all go over to my daughter's house for the turkey dinner so the kids are in their own space - us, my daughter and son-in-law, their 2 kids, 2 foster kids, my second daughter with husband, my youngest with bf, my BIL and my daughter's in-laws… what a crowd!! But only the children really get a gift, though I will give my daughter some tickets and son-in-law will get a salami so everyone can sit round with a glass of wine or grappa and eat slices of salami instead of dessert LOL.
Here in Switzerland it is important that everyone goes and thanks the giver for each individual gift, and the kids learn that right from the start. It's so nice to watch peple's reactions to a gift that is homemade or has been chosen with care and attention to their personal interests, I'd hate for a paper-tearing orgy to happen in my family.
My second daughter's husband comes from a large family and they celebrate on the 26th so everyone can come without conflicting family celebrations.


Idea Exchange: What's Your Christmas Present Opening Tradition?
12/21/13 10:33 AM