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I bought a gray and white chevron slow cooker. Used. Which could mean the original owner decided chevrons were out. I don't care. I love that it's neutral, clean-looking colors and not some strange floral pattern. But when trendy items show up in the thrift shops, the trend is breathing its last.


How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 09:51 PM

If you start painting and change your mind halfway through, on a project this size, you're screwed. So do whatever you can to get yourself off the fence.

You need to be certain you love the shape and style of the cabinet. If you hate it now, you will probably hate it once it's green, but with the added frustration of having bought the supplies and done all the work. Print out your photo on a black and white printer, and really look at the shape of the cabinet. If you have and are comfortable with photo editing software, take your photos into the program and play with the color.

The impact on the room is going to be similar to doing an accent wall, because the thing is so big. So try to get a sense of how the room will feel with that much green. If those curtains have enough fabric to mostly or completely cover the front of the cupboard, try draping the cupboard with them for a few minutes. Use tape if necessary to hold them in place. Stand back and look at the room's colors as a whole. Better yet, if you have or can borrow sheets or a blanket in a similar color to what you have in mind, use that to drape it and leave the curtains up.


19th Century Style Cabinet: Should We Paint It Green? Good Questions
7/24/14 01:32 AM

A few strategic cuts will give you two or more peony rings from each cage.

Some people who feed hummingbirds stick tomato cages in the ground near a feeder. The birds like to perch on top and guard the feeder. Apparently the wires are a comfortable size for tiny hummingbird feet to grip.


6 DIY Project Ideas Using Leftover Tomato Cages
6/27/14 06:27 PM

LOVE it. I am very impressed with the results of your hard work.


Before & After: A Kitchen Gets a Dramatic Transformation with Paint & Hardware Under $700
6/22/14 04:26 PM

The paper one rocks my socks. I thought it was tile.

The asymmetry of the gold striped one bugs me. But that says more about me than the project.


Home Decorating Ideas: 9 DIY Projects for Transformed Tables
6/14/14 02:48 PM

Thank you for the follow-up! I'm glad to know the paint does last. I'm considering painting some of my plastic flowerpots.


Reader Project Update: How Does Paint Hold Up On Plastic Playhouses?
5/17/14 06:59 AM

Do some price comparison between stores, if you're lucky enough to have more than one grocery store you can get to easily. Buy things where you get the best value.


Tips for Sticking to a Budget: Getting Grocery Shopping Under Control Budget Living
5/15/14 10:06 PM

I tried sock clips eons ago and hated them. Lingerie bag wins. I have lots of the same style but with different color trim, so I match and fold once they're clean. Next time I need new socks I might try getting all of them the same, then I could leave the clean socks in the bag and put the entire bag in the sock drawer. Clip another bag to the laundry basket for dirty socks and it's a perfect system. I also use the mesh bags for "hand wash" items and actual lingerie. But not for wool or cashmere. Those I hand wash, unless the label specifically says it can be machine washed. If you've been dry cleaning your wool or cashmere sweaters, try hand washing one for Earth Day.


The Best Time-Saving Laundry Gadgets You're Not Using
4/22/14 07:09 PM

Following the link to Body & Soul reveals that the plant in the shower is actually a cut bundle of eucalyptus. It's a bouquet, not a houseplant.


7 Sweet (& Some Surprising) Spots for Plants in Small Spaces
4/13/14 01:47 PM

I was given free okra starts for my community garden plot one year. Unfortunately this is upstate NY, and that summer was cooler than usual. My poor little plants only grew ankle high. I harvested one tiny pod per plant, and that was it. Never tried again.


The Real Radiant Okra The Gardenist
4/5/14 11:22 PM

Our bathroom is decorated with vintage glass from thrift stores. Fine in a wet area and easy to keep sparkling clean.

We have two small trash cans in there, one lidded. Not just for feminine products, though the apartment lease specifically forbids flushing tampons. We need someplace to toss used q-tips, dental floss, facial tissues, razor cartridges, nail clippings, and wads of hair. I have long hair and remove a nasty wet hairbeast from the drain strainer every time I shower. What do you people with no bathroom wastebasket do with this stuff?


Do You Have Strong Feelings about Bathroom Decor?
4/5/14 10:59 PM

In my case, waking up to brewed coffee helps. A plug-in appliance timer would probably suffice for a coffee maker or electric kettle that doesn't have a built-in timer. The hard part is remembering to set it up the night before.


Recharge & Refresh: 8 Ideas for a Home that Wakes You Up & Keeps You Going
4/5/14 06:49 PM

That mirror makes me think of the haunted woods in Snow White. But it would be a convenient place to hang jewelry. I kind of fear it and want it at the same time. *shudder*


Fun and Whimsical Accessories & Lighting From Arteriors High Point Spring Market 2014
4/5/14 06:22 PM

We had the "now I lay me down to sleep" in cross-stitch too. The "if I die before I wake" part scared me. The entire house had lath and plaster walls, so adding artwork was not something done lightly. When we discovered the wonders of double-sided tape, I finally got permission to put up a couple of posters. Unicorns, because my sister and I shared a room and were both in the horsey phase.


What Art Do You Remember from Your Childhood Bedroom?
3/21/14 06:15 PM

We had the "now I lay me down to sleep" in cross-stitch too. The "if I die before I wake" part scared me. The entire house had lath and plaster walls, so adding artwork was not something done lightly. When we discovered the wonders of double-sided tape, I finally got permission to put up a couple of posters. Unicorns, because my sister and I shared a room and were both in the horsey phase.


What Art Do You Remember from Your Childhood Bedroom?
3/21/14 06:15 PM

A sale price is not always a great price. Check the per-unit price. Most grocery stores list it on the shelf. You may have to use your phone calculator to do a comparison between brands. For example, the name brand of toilet paper probably costs more per hundred sheets compared to the store brand. Rice in the big bag may cost the same per pound as rice from the bulk bin. Or more, or less. Find out. Then decide which items are worth the price difference to you.

If your store keeps a coupon basket at the entrance where people can toss unwanted coupons, use it. If I remember to check before I enter the store, and I see a coupon for something on my list, I can take it and use it immediately. I drop any coupons I won't use into the basket for the next shopper. No, I won't be getting $150 worth of groceries for $50 this way, but I can save a couple of dollars with no major time commitment.


10 Strategies For Saving Money at the Grocery Store Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/17/14 09:15 PM

If you suspect you have allergies and have insurance that will cover tests, finding out what you're allergic to will make life easier. I found out that my allergies include feathers/down. I started sleeping better as soon as I took the down duvet off the bed. Sometimes it's that simple.


How To Make Your Bedroom an Allergy-Free Zone Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/14/14 03:00 PM

Do you have any suggestions for softening a space that do not involve fabric, stuffed things, or plants? According to my allergist I'm supposed to be living in one of those empty-looking concrete houses in Dwell, on my knees like Cinderella, cleaning the floor like a toothbrush.

I've got a vacuum with HEPA filter, and allergy encasings on the mattress, box spring and bed pillows. Other than that I have a normal, non-minimalist, houseplant-filled apartment. I don't know how to strip it down to an allergy-friendly level and still have it be cozy enough to want to live there. My allergist discourages plants, because potting soil often harbors mold down where you can't see it.


Make It Welcoming: 7 Easy Ways to Add Extra Softness to a Room
3/8/14 03:08 PM

I'm delighted to see this doll becoming a reality. I like the idea that somewhere out there is a future fashion designer that will start out by making new outfits for this doll.


You Can Buy Artist's Average Woman-Sized Barbie Doll Design News
3/6/14 09:04 PM

Toilet brushes need cleaning?
Is toilet bowl cleaner not strong enough to clean the brush as well as the bowl?


Weekend Assignment: How To Clean Your Cleaning Tools
2/23/14 02:27 PM