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I think I had the rest of this bedroom set when I was a kid, complete with canopy bed. It was a hand-me-down from my aunt, purchased at Sears or Montgomery Wards in the 1960s. The mint is really adorable, and much more fun than the original "antique white" that looked dingy when it was new.


Before & After: A Minty Fresh Dresser Refresh
7/23/14 03:14 PM

I wonder... maybe you need either PJs or top sheets, but not both?


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/12/14 12:58 AM

What you REALLY don't need is both casual and fancy dishes. We have one set of inexpensive, formal china in a simple pattern --Noritake Crestwood Platinum-- that can go in the dishwasher. We use it every day. We buy extra big box sets when they go on sale during the holidays, and replace pieces as they get broken, chipped or worn. I think we could serve 20+ everything but soup right now (the bowls break more easily than the other pieces). It works for every day and big dinners.

We use all our knives, and buy new special-purpose blades from time to time.

Totally agree on the other things. Top sheets, when I use them, always end up in a lump at the bottom of the bed under the comforter. I do use them in the guest room, so I don't have to wash the comforter there every time someone stays over.

I think the reason I like pedestal sinks (earlier thread) is that I don't buy a lot of cleaning products. I have one bucket of wipes, and a toilet brush in the bathroom. I use shampoo with the toilet brush to clean the toilet, and wipes for everything else. In the kitchen, I use dish soap or plain water for most things, or vinegar and baking soda when something is extra gross.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/12/14 12:44 AM

I think I'm a mediumist. Is that a thing? I like several of these, and almost-like the rest. Many of them would be wonderful if one or two patterned things were replaced with a solid neutral or black or wood. I love collections, but am leery of patterns. Mixed patterns, I have a hard time with.
On the other hand, a lot of minimalist rooms feel like hotels or real estate stagings to me, like no one lives there, and one thing out of place would ruin it.


10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist
6/28/14 01:03 PM

I'd go Old California with this room. I think it would fit enough with the cottage look in the rest of the house, play up the cool ceiling, and make the wood look intentional. Paint the fireplace in an off-white adobe-inspired chalky sort of color. Rip up that awful carpet. If it's wood underneath, paint it, if it's concrete just leave it and add some big rugs (Ikea has cheap ones). Wrought iron fixtures and curtain rods, heavy natural curtains left open, some western accents. Replace the door with something rustic-looking that has windows. Add a couple of comfy reading chairs facing the fireplace. If it's a guest room, add an iron bed. If it's an entertaining space, a nice table and comfy chairs. If it's a media space, a natural/rough sofa and console for the TV, maybe Mission?

Here are some good examples.


Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/25/14 03:28 PM

First, I think your space is beautiful. I love the restrained color palette, and that you have a dining area.

The TV gives me pause. It looks like the only way to watch it is lying down on the couch, which means only one person can watch it. If TV is a one-person lying-down activity, why put it in the public space instead of the bedroom? Does it double as your sound system? Do you watch TV while working in the kitchen? I've seen similar layouts in several small cool entries, and it confuses me.


Alberto's Landmark Style Small Cool Contest
6/7/14 10:12 AM

I like them both, actually. Looks like fun project.


Before & After: An End Table Gets a Royal Transformation
5/29/14 02:26 PM

Really can't stand serifed fonts online. I find them difficult to read, and my first thought is that the style sheet hasn't loaded. It feels buggy, rather than stylish, to me. Serifed fonts can be lovely in print.


Font Change! Baskerville is out for text, Georgia is in... May 2014 Relaunch
5/10/14 09:48 AM

Um, cleaning the backsplash behind the stove after every use is not something I'm ever going to do. Give me some nice patterned and textured tile to hide the dirt until deep-clean day. If you do this, then go for the mirror :)


Small Kitchen Design Ideas Worth Saving
4/30/14 04:31 PM

Whether costs are made back on a sale is only one factor. If you're planning to stay for a long time, IMHO, it's a small factor. You'll enjoy your life so much more if you like your home. I spend a lot of money on things to enjoy my life that I will never recoup, like travel, this year's fancy shoes, and nice dinners out. I don't see much difference between spending a few grand to have an amazing space that you can enjoy without leaving town and spending a few grand to go to a nice hotel somewhere else. If you don't make the money back, that's ok.

Any, btw, I love your kitchen.


Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/30/14 04:22 PM

I love the work table in the middle. I think I would get rid of the desk on the wall, and just have everyone sit at the table. It's like working at the dining room table, except no mess in the public part of the house. Instead of the desk on the wall, I'd add a cozy place to read.


Before & After: A Small Office Gets Some Stunning Storage
4/25/14 04:22 PM

My dad had a flat in San Francisco that had separate bath and toilet rooms, and I remember seeing others. It made 3 people in a 1ba a lot easier.

I think this was common in the Victorian period. Maybe only in city apartments? It's an idea I'd like to see come back, frankly.


A Professor's Small Space in Brooklyn House Call
4/23/14 10:44 PM

It kind of looks from the pictures like a full (not queen) bed would fit in that space, just with a narrower walkway. I'm curious why you didn't go that way. I couldn't share a twin every night, but did share a full for years. It worked ok, though it wouldn't if either of the people were tall or large.


Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Ashley & Ryan's Happy History
4/23/14 06:52 PM

Swoon. Do you need a roommate?


Isabelle's Top Floor Flat in London House Tour
4/19/14 08:58 PM

Agree on the first photo... It looks like the apartment we lived in when my parents were in grad school!


5 Tips For Making a Double-Duty Living & Dining Room Work in a Small Space
4/19/14 08:53 PM

Great post. Please do a similar one for builder-grade kitchens. I have the ugly 80s oak cabinets and laminate counters, and can't afford to replace for awhile.


8 DIY Upgrades & Fixes for Builder Grade Bathrooms
4/16/14 06:33 PM

You could make wood boxes and paint them fun colors. If you want baskets, there are lots of DIY tutorials on Pinterest for fabric, woven and glued rope baskets.

I love your shelf, btw. I think I'd do a light stain rather than paint. The laminated vertical support looks cool.


Where Can I Get Custom-Sized Baskets or Boxes? Good Questions
4/16/14 09:12 AM

It looks great, and I love that you found room for a decent-sized dining table. The only thing I would change, and this is just my personal quirk, is that I like my workstation to face a window. If it faced a wall, I'd probably end up on the dining table with my laptop. I have a whole house, and I end up doing that anyway...


Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Joe's Own Design Decisions
4/11/14 03:21 PM

The after is lovely. I probably would have tried to fix, strip and repaint the old cabinets, but I get that not everyone is up for that amount of work. I like all the other changes. I'm sure it is much more fun to cook in!


Before & After: Lisa & Brian's Brooklyn Kitchen Transformation Sweeten
4/10/14 03:43 PM

We have a vacation rental house, and the TV is above the fireplace in the family (not living) room. It works fine if you lie down on the couch, and it won't get broken by the renters. It also lets the furniture face the fireplace.

At home, the TV is in the bedroom. For me, TV is for relaxing, and having it in the living area distracts me from, well, living. I want to socialize or clean or do projects in the main part of the house. TV sucks me in if it's there. I also prefer to watch TV lying down.

What about houses designed before tv? I find it really awkward when a room in a craftsman (for example) that was obviously designed to center on the fireplace is rotated to center on a TV.


The Home Theater Mistake We Keep Seeing Over and Over Again
4/9/14 11:02 AM