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Right on, msmla! All the worrying & fretting over the "what ifs" keeps the parents from enjoying the "what IS". Parenting is way more natural than driving a fuel-propelled tin can in mad house traffic to a job that gives one ulcers- so why turn parenthood into just one more stress filled obligation! The companies manufacture baby monitors & such to convince mothers that every waking moment of their child's life is rife with dangers. Now moms are all in a tizzy so the mental health industry is manufacturing drugs to calm everyone down & cable TV convinces you to lay on the couch all night & catch the latest episode of whatever the hell is a Kardashian & who she's doing (but you can still keep an eye on the baby at the same time with the latest monitoring device!). Then one night everyone looks down at the bowl of spicy wings setting atop their bloated bellies & suddenly there's a soft drink commercial extolling the virtues of their latest even MORE caffeinated beverage to get people up off their lazy butts & move! But all that caffeine gives you an unwanted Jolt of a heart attack & next thing you barely know there's your kid leaning over the hospital monitors that are keeping track of your slowing slipping away vitals. You were too busy staring at baby monitors & television news casts telling you that life is a dangerous place to live that you never had the chance to really enjoy your children as the beings they are. The kids pat your hand & listen to your fading breath. Then they go & tweet all the details to everyone they know. Seems a sadly ironic way to live ones life.

Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 08:40 PM

Well, if people are using "new/crafting" pallets then they can't be considered Recycled. that's just like buying new lumber from the hardware store that's in the shape of a pallet. Recycled or re-purposed is supposed to be about not making more stuff to fill landfills but reusing what is out there already. If this table is actually made from a "new" pallet then I am not impressed.

Before & After: Recycled Pallet Pops With New Purpose Instructables
7/24/14 02:09 PM

What sort of crime did that baby commit that he needs to be on HOUSE ARREST??!!! Whoa, these criminals are getting younger & younger every day!!! (maybe I should read the article. maybe this isn't a mug shot of a Tot Terror & it's something about overprotective helicopter parents taken to the extreme)

Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 01:27 PM

3-2-1.... waiting for the "pallets will kill you" comments. C'mon people, don't let me down!

Before & After: Recycled Pallet Pops With New Purpose Instructables
7/24/14 01:25 PM

LOL! Love that- when your mom thinks it's cool, that's when the trend is over! And when GRANDMA says everyone at her senior center is "hip" to it then it's really time to move on! (thanks for the laugh adora!!!)

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 01:22 PM

Why is the kid allowed to stand on a chair- and with shoes on!- in a house all anal about the place settings? Just wondering.
Anyway, different cultures & different countries (with differences even within that country) have different utensils customs. All this would look like a joke in a place like Ethiopia for example.
These look pretty. But fussy!

How To Set The Table Properly
7/22/14 12:43 AM

For some of the lighter weight things- like paper towel holders, craft ribbon holders, lightweight curtains, cutting board dividers- sure tension rods work great. But the heavier items- like the plant holder, or the plates with fruit (thought those planters are cute!!!), or any heavy curtains- I totally wouldn't trust them. I've tried 3 different brands of tension rods just for my shower curtain with disastrous results (once the Martha Stewart brand fell on my head while I was stepping out of the shower & knocked me down because the curtain fell off on me & tangled me up causing me to really take a tangled spill- quite a sight for hubby to respond to! I cringe whenever I see that woman now! LOL!). I've used shorter tension rods for those little curtains & even the paper towel holder but i will never trust the longer (and supposedly more sturdier) ones ever again.

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/19/14 12:47 PM

should have been "every time they laid eyes on me".

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 10:24 PM

Can't assume Miami's neighbors, just because they are Jewish & singing after Shabbat, are running an "illegal synagogue". I didn't assume that my previous crazy overboard shoving their beliefs down my throat every time they laid eyes on my neighbors were running some sort of religious organization out of their home- even when they had like-minded folks joining them for prayer groups. No law against that in this country. They may be annoying & noisy but can't assume that their religious gatherings are illegal.

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 10:23 PM

Black trim on pastel color walls DEFINITELY can look great! Imagine pastel pink walls (for those who love that color & have furnishings in that palette), with gloss black trim. With coral pink decor accents. That is Miami all the way! Love it. Or pastel lavender with black trim. The heavy accent color- dark purple decor accents. Pastel colors work much better with black trim than dark color walls, in my opinion, but a "look" can definitely be achieved with any color wall with black trim. It can be very elegant.

Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black
7/16/14 02:43 PM

From horrendous to hip! Great job! Some people don't like the two tone, I'm not a fan either, but if it works for your space that's really what's important. That piece would have been passed over as junk but you gave it a serious second life. Awesome!

Before & After: An Auction Gem Gets Glam
7/16/14 02:37 PM

How about the guy whose bedroom abutted mine in a single story duplex. We referred to his eh-hem revolving door girlfriends as "The Flavor of the Month". The loud bedboard slamming against the wall to the rhythm of their amorous activities night after night was enough to make me wish for loud sub woofers & heavy metal music! At that point I would have preferred neighbors who raised goats in their bedroom! The wall would shake, things would fall from my shelves, my goldfish suffered seizures! And the screaming! How to politely talk to a guy like him?! So, one night, before the "party" started, I called the police saying it sounded like a woman was being murdered. By the time the cops arrived the couple were "actively engaged" he was grunting like a wild boar & she sounded like she was being chainsawed in half! The cops broke down his door to rescue her. Well, lots of embarrassment all around. He was a lot more quiet & timid after that. Then he moved out. The couple who moved in after them were super religious. They complained to me about everything- seems that regular people were affront to their delicate sensibilities. They didn't like my normal volume music (anything not religious was Satanic), they didn't like that my (at the time) boyfriend sometimes spent the night (sleeping in sin), even the bumper sticker on my car (coexist) they had to comment on, they constantly approached me to try to get me to attend their church to the point I was afraid to go home & afraid to leave my house! I couldn't even sit out back on our shared patio space & enjoy an evening glass of wine without a commentary about the evils of alcohol.... drove me crazy! I finally moved out!!! So, THIS is why I've rented for over 35 years. If I bought that place I'd be stuck with horrible neighbors FOREVER!!! LOL!

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 02:30 PM

I agree with the others. My first thought: Cute clever design in a challenging space. BUT the "bedroom" area needs to be screened off from the kitchen area. Even if you use a tri-fold screen, or even a (tasteful, not bedsheets style!) curtain. But Map Girl's idea is even better- move the wall that separates the "living room" area from the "kitchen" to separate the sleeping space. It is more logical, for example when you have guests, to have the food prep area open to the entertaining area. Your guests would rather hang out on the sofa, while some sit at the bar stools, openly chatting with you while you prepare the drinks & snacks, than hang out in your bedroom! Reconfiguring this space will also have you reconsider the placement of your "dining" table. That is cute for a romantic"breakfast in the bedroom", but it wouldn't work to have any guests served a meal in your bedroom! (In our bedroom my hubby & I have a cute cafe table with 2 cafe chairs for those times when maybe one wants to lounge in bed while the other wants to drink coffee, eat muffins, & read the paper. The proximity of the smell of fresh coffee & muffins entices the other to get his lazy butt outta bed! But I couldn't imagine allowing any guests to sit at that table that is reserved for our quiet time. Your bed represents the same thing. Your bed is for your private time together- NOT for guests to hang around while you are mixing drinks & cooking dinner! Open loft concept spaces ARE a challenge, but the sleeping area should ALWAYS be the area "closed off" (even if it just with a curtain or screen) to the public. Meanwhile, you both are adorable & I wish you many more years of love & happiness together. :)

Bridget & Robert's \"Collected Treasures\" Budget Friendly Loft House Tour
7/16/14 02:10 PM

Wow! I was just commenting in another post about how I once accented my black & white bathroom with orange! I painted the wall behind the toilet (which was in an alcove) bright orange and it looked awesome!!! So good for you AndieDH that you went with your "gut"! Too many times I think people look at these design/decor mags & blogs & think that they have to emulate all the "normal" looks, or all the "latest trends" when in fact all we really have to do is go with what we like for our own lives. Our lives are an ever evolving, ever growing creative project. Have FUN with it!!! In the end we'll spend eternity in a "normal" traditional, tastefully accepted blue satin lined box. SO why not live BIG & BOLD & BRIGHT NOW while we have the chance?!

Take a Decor Risk: 5 Tips and Tricks to Help You Make the Leap
7/16/14 01:52 PM

I did this one time in a place I lived (got the landlord's permission n case anyone wonders). And the look was FABULOUS!!! It came about by accident because someone gave me a can of glossy black paint for some craft work. I didn't know what to do with the leftover & just for fun I painted the trim in my work studio. Well! It looks so great I kept on going. The trick is to have furnishings that will enhance the look. So I found myself painting all my furniture black as well. And I bought black&white floral pattern curtains and on & on!!! It was a lot of fun to rethink decor using black & white with different accent colors (red for kitchen- very Asian looking, it was great!), I accented midnight blue in the bedroom, orange in the bathroom. Each room had a different accent color. "Pops of color" long before that stupid expression became "pop"ular. I found this to be an addictive decor style!!! Trick is to keep it clean, keep it tidy, keep it airy & bright. Either have super high glossy wood floors or white floors with black & white area carpets. Also, lots of plants help. Personally I wouldn't go for the look in the last photo: dark blue sofa with the black painted wall in the background. And the sofa style is too boxy for the space- go with something with softer lines to offset the boxiness of the space. But all the other photos are really superb! Love the drill bit table legs in the 2nd photo!

Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black
7/16/14 01:42 PM

Thank you segacs for bringing this up! With all the joking & comments about dying alone (and maybe being eaten by the pets) aside it is true that one should NOT have a pet to ward off loneliness. Animals are not here to "serve" us & fill voids. They are here to enjoy life just as much as any human. So, if you are getting a pet because you are lonely- don't! Get a hobby, a MeetUp group, a volunteer position at a local shelter (human or Animal), a yoga/dance/taichi class- get other humans in your life! Bring an Animal into your home because you want to share your life with that Animal, you want to offer that Animal a loving nurturing healthy home- as you would a child. And, as segacs said- Don't ABANDON that Animal when you move out! That Animal gave you love & friendship.he is not a lamp that you can just leave by the curb!

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 03:51 PM

"Remember that roommate you had that walked around naked? Or the one who clipped his toenails in the living room while watching TV?" Yeah, I remember that guy! Because now I am MARRIED to him! LOL! (but remember ladies, while he's doing those annoying little things, at least he's doing them in YOUR house & not some other woman's house! LOL! Pick your battles & then let them go!!)

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 01:50 PM

Oh absolutely yes! Especially the place that I moved into that the landlord had painted every wall, trim, & floor "Battleship Gray". Seriously. I found the stacks & stacks of 5 gallon buckets stored in the barn (apparently he was an ex Merchant Marine & must has been stealing the buckets for years.) Oh, you betcha I painted that otherwise awesome Federal style house's interior NORMAL colors (cream & antique beige for walls & trim. The floors were a challenge but I did criss-crosses of grout white to make the floors look like concrete tile blocks.) Since he never ever in 5 years came to make repairs or check up on the place he never never knew. Even when I gave notice 7 moved out he never bothered to check up on the place! He just gave me my deposit back. And I also painted antique white a kitchen that had 3/4 up the wall dark brown paneling, dark green peeling vinyl wall paper above, & cabinets made from the dark brown paneling. OH, so HORRIBLE! And the floor was peeling (stub your toe every 2 feet peeling) ugly dark green tiles. Oh hell yeah I got rid of the wall paper, painted over everything with antique white & pulled up all those tiles & replaced with tan linoleum. When I moved out a few years later, the landlord came by (for the first time!) and said "Wow, you really made this place look great! Now I can charge the next tenants more money!" I always figured if the landlord doesn't care enough about the property to make timely repairs (usually have been told to do it myself & take it off the rent) then I can do what I want. What's the worst that will happen? I lose my deposit? The tradeoff is living in a place I can enjoy!

Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 01:42 PM

Yes, bare light bulbs! Bare light bulbs in cages! Bare light bulbs on the end of pipe's! Bare light bulbs hanging from the end of a noose! Ahhhh makes me long for the days when Ralph Cramden's kitchen, illuminated by the blaring bare light bulb, was the center of the universe.

DIY Lighting Ideas: 10 Affordable DIY Projects for Expensive-Looking Modern Lights
7/13/14 06:36 PM

Well, I knew that people were going to pip in with the "Bedrooms need to legally have a door & a window" comments. And the ever classic "Child welfare will take your baby if you turn a closet into a nursery" comments. First off, these are not coming from people who intentionally rented OUT an apartment that has a closet illegally converted into a bedroom. These are people who already live in a space & have decided to boost their living area by turning an underused closet into a little extra living area. That closet turned bedroom in the second foto is bigger than the actual beroom I shared with all my siblings growing up so I think that "bedroom" looks darn cozy! And I am fairly certain that people who already live in San Francisco or other earth quake prone regions ALREADY know to bolt things securely to walls! And child welfare agencies are more concerned whether or not you are feeding & clothing your babies & whether or not there are piles or guns & drugs in the house. Child welfare agencies aren't peeking into bedroom windows looking to see if parents have turned a closet that is already IN the parents bedroom, so therefore CLOSE to the parents bed, with the door removed, into a make shift nursery. Heck of a lot safer than a separate room down the hall out of sight & hearing range! (So, yeah, if your friend got in trouble with child welfare it was for something a lot more serious than a closet turned nursery!) The house we are renting right now has a large 10 x 10 out of the way closet/storage room. No windows, shelves, or rails & so we weren't sure what we were going to do with it. We didn't want it to just become a catch all junk room. So my hubby got the idea to turn it into his own Man Cave. He's got his love seat, TV, Dallas Cowboy carpet, he put up shelves for his collections. He even painted a "window" on one wall that has a view of what is really on the other side of the wall & hung curtains on either side of it to complete the look of an actual window. Creativity is a heck of a lot more freeing than living in the "But the sky might fall" self imprisoned mentality.

Better Than Storage: 7 Creative Uses For Your Closet
7/13/14 06:29 PM