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Display Name: Carol L.
Member Since: 1/3/14

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How lucky you are to have a nice large counter top. They come in handy when putting on makeup. You have such a nice size bathroom with plenty of storage. I can't imagine it needing a renno in the near future.


Before & After: A Bold But Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover
4/14/14 04:36 AM

I am trying to do the same thing, but with semi-gloss paint. It's not coming out as well as yours. Your piece looks magnificent. And the change in knobs was just brilliant, although I would still keep the originals for a future project.


Before & After: Michelle's Lightened & Refreshed Nightstands
4/14/14 04:27 AM

Love the bottom piece as is. I would also consider separating it and use the top as a bookcase or curio.


Would You Paint These Vintage Laminate Pieces? Good Questions
4/11/14 02:10 AM

I would like to see that same room reconfigured because most homes are looking like that because of where the fireplace is located and the absence of enough wall space.


The Home Theater Mistake We Keep Seeing Over and Over Again
4/9/14 08:44 AM

Wishing you the best if luck and glad you hired a professional to guide you through it. He will have to deal with the contractor, not you. Can't wait to see the final result. Also, do those little minor updates to the bathroom at the same time if it's within your budget. This way you won't have to think about it down the road,

As for the water damage, isn't your co-op responsible for that repair? In my building, anything within the walls are their responsibility.


Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/8/14 06:19 PM

If the baseboards (growing up my mother referred to them as the woodwork) are painted with semi-gloss, dusting is very simple. If you use a Swiffer duster with the extender, it goes quickly. Before Swiffer I would simply go over them with a soft brush attached to the vacuum. Washing semi-gloss is pretty easy. I also do my window trim with a semi-gloss treatment.

I stopped using dryer sheets when I read I cup of vinegar added to the rinse cycle was a better alternative, although not for all fabrics. So I can use my left over sheets for dusting.

I also found a reusable cloth made my Kaywos. You just wet it, wring it, wipe and let it dry naturally. It leaves things streak free and lint free. No need for Windex and paper towels. I use it on glass surfaces including the TV and computer, plastic, tile, granite and chrome. People even clean their windows with it. However, I would probably first clean it with vinegar and water.


Weekend Wipe Down: 6 Easy (& Some Weird) Ways to Clean Baseboards
4/6/14 09:55 AM

Great idea especially if you make cocktails frequently.
For me it would just be something else to dust. If company is coming, I hide my micro-wave and put out the bottles. glasses and ice bucket on the counter.


Before & After: Plain Jane Shelf Gets a New Occupation
4/5/14 12:36 PM

So glad NY got rid of that day. However, I bet materialism wasn't a big factor then since everything most people owned fit into one suitcase.


Why May 1st Was \"Moving Day\" For All of Manhattan
4/3/14 12:01 AM

Lovely and so personalized. But also so organized. How do you store your off-season clothing?? Makes me wish that I was 1% as organized and clutter free as you are.


Jackie's Colorful Upper East Side Home House Tour
4/2/14 02:44 PM

Hmmm...in the 50s my mom would hit us with the wooden spoon. Hard to believe it was the same spoon that stirred that delicious Sunday tomato sauce. No wooden spoons in my house!!

I was really waiting for the $200 wooden spoon from some fancy designer. That would have been a hoot of an April Fools joke.


Top Ten: Best Wooden Spoons Annual Guide 2014
4/1/14 03:54 PM

Ya know, that's how it's done in Hollywood because from far away who would know. Still love the making the bed the best of the day.


Kitchen Trends We Love:
Marble + Foam

4/1/14 03:46 PM

One of those rooms would be bigger than my whole apartment. What would be even funnier if you showed the front of looking like a mid-century suburban ranch.


Jim & Doris' Global Island Oasis House Tour
4/1/14 03:42 PM

Yes, this is all part of April Fools. Really, making a bed. But the comments here that take it so seriously crack me up.


Before & After: This Busted Bed Gets Beautiful
4/1/14 03:38 PM

Get rid of clutter before taking the photo. And when showing a before and after shot, please take it from the same exact angle.


5 Quick Styling Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Home
3/31/14 11:38 PM

Waiting for Netflix to bring many of these titles up to their current season. Some of there shows are a few seasons behind.

Would also recommend The Killing. It's a slow start, but powerful acting. The remake of House of Cards is also good, but also check out the original British version.


Get Addicted: 10 Suspenseful Series to Start (Binge) Watching on Netflix This Weekend
3/28/14 02:17 PM

I love my Swiffer dust mop, and I get them when they are on sale at half price. For me using "reusables" would be fine if I had my own washer and dryer, but I don't. Swiffers do pick up the dirt on floors just like in the commercials, and believe me it's really shocking how dirty a floor can get in a short amount of time even if they look clean.
I use the wet ones too. It really cuts down on cleaning time.

I know they came out with a steam mop, and was wondering how that product is?????


Are Swiffers Really As Good As They Claim? Good Questions
3/27/14 05:28 PM

I had a lighter shade of those same cabinets without those dark brown boarders. I opted to change the countertop to black (with blue highlights) granite, and had the walls painted with a faux-sponge finish in Wedgewood blue and cream. My accent color is red and I have a few hearts displayed on the kitchen wall. So I decided to faux-sponge paint one heart on the bottom of each door near the opening, and in the middle of the drawers. I was happy with the results because it fit my personality. Between the new walls (which look likes wallpaper), inexpensive artwork, and that touch to the kitchen cabinets, it camouflaged that 80's look. My appliances were also almond so everything blends nicely.

I also saw an episode on HGTV's Design to Sell with similar cabinets where they cut off some of the bottom brown boarder and sanded it, bought inexpensive molding and nailed it about an inch around the perimeter of each cabinet door and repainted them white. Then they added a nice knobs and the whole kitchen looked custom-made.


Before & After: Plain Particleboard Cabinets Get a Cheery Spring Paint Job
3/22/14 10:37 AM

I have a friend with an all white house which is too stark for me. However she has been adding pops of color. She color blocked one of the walls and it looks fabulous.


Fear No More: 8 Baby Steps to Adding Color in Your Space
3/20/14 01:32 PM

Beautiful job!!


Before & After: Out With the Mice, In With the Nice
3/20/14 01:25 PM

Hats off to anyone who can transform any piece of furniture into something they like. I am still having lots of problems with my little dresser for the bathroom because the paint is not coming out evenly and I am trying to paint it cream.


Before & After: St Patrick Himself Would Be Proud of This Sideboard
3/17/14 06:50 PM