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Display Name: Courtney Landes
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I agree with kimithy. I would also add that, depending on the size of your tv, you can probably move the sofa closer to it. I would skip the coffee table, since you want a clear flow to the balcony. Instead, get a set of nesting end tables.

Ideas for Living/Dining Layout in Open Square Room? Good Questions
4/18/14 11:37 AM

A lot of this information looks spot-on, but I call shenannigans on the Mad Men entry. Who says that Draper even pays rent on his apartment in Mad Men? He got a half a million dollars when the original agency was sold to the group in England, and he sold the house in Ossining after he and Betty divorced. (Also, Betty apparently took nothing in the divorce.) I'm assuming he bought the apartment he had with Megan instead of renting, and it's quite possible that he bought it without a mortgage (or with a very small mortgage.)

Could TV Characters Really Afford Their Rents? Design News
4/17/14 03:31 PM

I see no reason not to use a glass vase. I've used large glass jars before. I wouldn't use the one in the picture, though. It's too tall. I like the utensils to stick out of the vessel by at least a couple of inches.

Would You Use a Glass Vase to Hold Kitchen Tools? Kitchen Organization
4/16/14 03:42 PM

This reminds me of a Julia Child recipe that was featured recently on Smitten Kitchen. Basically, you puree asparagus (sans cheese) and mix it in with the yolk mixture for devilled eggs:

Recipe: Asparagus & Prosciutto Crostini Appetizer Recipes from The Kitchn
4/16/14 12:56 PM

If you used chemical oven cleaner on this pan, it is now unsafe for cooking.

Why Does My Cast Iron Cookware Still Seem Dirty After Cleaning? Good Questions
4/15/14 11:32 AM

Huh. The floor plan looks like it creates several bottlenecks in the flow, but it doesn't feel that way in the pictures.

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Joe's Own Design Decisions
4/11/14 11:27 AM

Ugh. Is there some landlord's magazine or blog that is promoting this color? I'm shopping for an apartment, and I have come across DOZENS of ads with most or all or the apartment painted in this color (or even worse, a slightly darker shade with the same undertones.) Sometimes the bathroom is spared, and slightly less frequently, the kitchen. But holy crap, this gawd awful color is everywhere in rentals these days!

What To Do with Ugly, Beige-y Walls in a Rental? Good Questions
4/10/14 10:34 AM

@Maud2--Are you serious? Have you used these bags? They are incredibly useful--easy to clean, easy to carry. They hold LOTS of stuff, but can fold up to practically nothing. And they are half the cost of the resuable bags sold at my grocery store for twice the size.

There's a reason people gush over them.

In Praise of IKEA's FRAKTA Bag
4/8/14 11:50 AM

My friends are not the kind of people who expect me to be able to provide them with Bellinis when they drop by unannounced.

Insta-Party: Pantry Items to Keep on Hand for Easy Entertaining
4/4/14 04:30 PM

Considering how the vast majority of the overrun came from labor costs for issues that you couldn't predict very well, I'd say you did an awesome job of budgeting and sticking to the budget!

Dan's Kitchen: What it Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown Renovation Diary
4/3/14 04:29 PM

A lot of these are great ideas, but I have to disagree with the curtains in front of the window air conditioner. That might work when you aren't using it, but adding flapping curtains to the window unit is hardly less of an eyesore during warmer months. Smaller bi-fold shutters might be a possible solution if you can get away with installing them.

10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores
4/3/14 02:50 PM

I think a blue or green would work best, possibly a purple if you want to be really bold. If you don't have a sample of the actual stone, you can probably find a close match at a home improvement store. Bring it to the paint section to help pick samples. Once you have narrowed down your choices, buy sample sizes of the paints and make big sample boards--at least one or two square feet. Lean them against your house for a few days to see how they look with the light and floiage around your house. Don't rush the decision. It's much harder to change your mind on outdoor painting projects.

Paint Color To Coordinate with Stone on My Home's Exterior? Good Questions
4/3/14 10:14 AM

Really? ONE April Fool's Day post, maybe two, can be clever and fun. Doing them all day long is just tacky--and an exercise in testing the patience of your audience.

Cookin' with Coolio by Coolio Classic Cookbook
4/1/14 02:49 PM

A throw makes a room feel cozy because you associate it with being able to curl up under the the throw, possibly with a cup of cocoa or tea and a book. A throw that says "don't touch me" is not cozy. It's high-maintenance and silly.

I love a throw folded over the back of a chair or sofa, but not one that is tucked under the cushion.

Also--that dangling fringe is a no-no for people with cats. That fringe would become a cat toy in about 10 seconds. Then you'll have an "after" photo of a shredded throw.

Try This: A Throw Layered Under the Chair Cushion
3/31/14 04:02 PM

When I was working out in the morning, I had a soy banana smoothie. (soymilk, soft silken tofu, frozen banana, touch of honey.) It was just enough to give me enough energy to workout, but not enough to make me feel ill while working out. I would slice the bananas before freezing them and portion the tofu and soymilk the night before. In the morning, I would stumble out of bed, throw on my workout clothes, blend the smoothie, and head out the door. I drank the smoothie on the way to the gym. When I was doing this, I found I needed a snack once I got from the gym to work. I started having a slice of whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter. I thought of it as splitting a normal-sized breakfast into two parts.

Cure My Cooking Problem! What Should I Eat for Breakfast Before I Work Out? The Cooking Cure Spring 2014
3/27/14 11:10 AM

If you have pets, I can't recommend Anti Icky Poo highly enough. It must be made of rainbows & unicorn eyelashes, because it is MAGIC.

Rethink the Stink: 5 Odor Removing Products No Home Should Be Without Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/25/14 10:39 AM

I have never trimmed a shower liner. I press the extra width onto the side walls of the shower when I'm in there to prevent water from getting on the floor. The extra length serves the same purpose. I would rather clean a little mildew once in a while than have to mop the bathroom floor after every single shower. (But I have only had mildew problems in one apartment bathroom since the early 90s.)

Clean Shower Tip: Do You Trim Your Curtain Liner?
3/24/14 11:54 AM

If I had open shelving, I would go for matching jars. For enclosed storage, I can see replacing old containers for new ones that use the space better (like replacing round containers with square ones). The old ones would go to goodwill, freecycle, or find a home among my local pals.

Recycled Jars or Pretty New Purchases: Would You Make the Switch?
3/24/14 11:22 AM


Before & After: Patience's Fairy Tale Fireplace Makeover
3/24/14 11:16 AM

I like the look of open shelving, but I'm realistic enough to know it's not a good fit for me. I do think they will regret putting open shelving above the stove. That stuff will get coated in greasy dirt no matter how hard you clean.

Before & After: A Refreshed and Revamped Kitchen For $1000
3/22/14 03:42 PM