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It works because the nutella basically already has in it all the ingredients one typically uses to make flourless cakes or brownies-- sugar, oil, milk, cocoa. Once you add the eggs then you're basically done.


How To Make 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/9/14 02:44 PM

A fine tip I suppose. I usually check for leakage at the market. I'll also use a plastic produce bag for freshly packaged meats just in case. Most packaged meats these days are vacuum sealed, like the ones shown in the picture.


Tip: Put a Separate Bin in Your Refrigerator for Meat Tips from The Kitchn
6/9/14 12:16 PM

I really like the vanity. My guess is that there aren't many vanities that fit the space well, and even fewer with that unique color. So kudos on that.

I can see the industrial appeal of the salad bowl sink but I would not have made that choice.

I use several of those salad bowls on a weekly basis (mostly for mixing ingredients for cooking/baking) and they look cheap. They wash and shine well in a dishwasher, but I don't know about hand washing.

Even though vessel sinks can be very expensive, they can also be very affordable. I actually think a white sink would have looked better, stylistically, and can be bought for under $100.


Before & After: IKEA Rast + Salad Bowl to Sleek Bathroom Vanity IKEA Hackers
6/6/14 02:32 PM

Awesome outdoor space! I voted for you.


Erica's Ocean Air Small Cool Contest
6/5/14 10:52 PM

To me something seemed off... I had to stare at the photo for a while before figuring out what it is: the table is too small. As a result, the pendant looks too big.

I believe would look so much better with a table that could seat 6. You might also want to do something with the chair rail ... for example, paint the wall below the chair rail a different color. Or paint the entire wall and keep the chair rail white.

Also, I think the white walls make the dining room look unfinished and a rug would work wonders to bring the space together. I noticed from your blog that you had a rug in there previously but it was obviously way too small.


Before & After: Builder-Grade Basics Get Beautiful
5/27/14 02:24 PM

Maybe the correct term would be 'furnishings' not 'furniture' - I agree that a lamp is not really furniture.


Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Furniture
5/21/14 05:06 PM

I've seen the Container Store desk in real life at the store. It's nice, but you can tell it costs $239 at a store where $239 doesn't buy very much. The drawer is nice because it goes along the entire length of the desk but is very shallow.

The West Elm desk looks like a great value. But I'm guessing it looks very rustic, like a lot of stuff they have these days. So it's not for every decor.

I'm surprised the CB2 Guapo desk didn't make the cut. http://www.cb2.com/guapo-desk/s670589


Top Ten: Best Low-Profile Desks Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2014
5/13/14 01:22 PM

I think the neon sign works with the rest of the decor in the space - it's all about context. Obviously, such a thing would look odd or out of place in a more traditional design, but I think it is effective here.

I don't love the shelving in the living room. It's a good effort, but seems incomplete to me. And the wine "rack" is just plain silly -- how are you actually supposed to get bottles out of that thing? Aesthetics aren't everything, it still needs to be functional. Unless the resident doesn't drink wine and it's just for decoration. Then by all means, go crazy.


Moody & Masculine in Manhattan Professional Project
4/28/14 10:57 AM

I've slept in a twin bed with another person before, but it's definitely not optimal or something I'd want to do on a daily basis. It helps that the bed is up against the wall, for sure.

My partner is 6' tall and we share a full size (aka double) bed. It took some getting used to, but it's workable. It helps to turn the A/C way up at night or open a window so we don't get too warm. We both move around a lot, so that's a downside.

If I had to live in this space, I'd probably consider purchasing a high-end futon (some places like CB2 call them sleeper sofas now) that can be upright during the day or when there is company, and then fold down at night into a bed. The futon would go in the same space where the twin bed is now. It would jut into the hallway but it's not a big deal because it's only extended when you're ready to go to sleep.


Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Ashley & Ryan's Happy History
4/23/14 07:18 PM

I think it's really cute how they share clothes!


Isaac and Florence's Eclectic Zen-Inspired Apartment House Tour
4/4/14 12:53 PM

I'm a bit confused how a color can be both versatile and come with a list of specific caveats as to its use. For instance, red and blue can be energetic but they must be used in small doses and everything else must be kept white? Seems like kind of the opposite of versatile.


Color Rules: 4 Very Versatile Colors for Any Room
4/4/14 11:45 AM

I appreciate the designer's use of an analogous color scheme (blues, yellows and greens). I think the design evokes a kind of cape cod theme with the rustic coffee table, striped (jute?) rug and white cabinet. Very calming and cozy. Nice furniture arrangement and traffic flow as well. To me it's a competent "textbook" design.

Yet to me there are 2 things that may cause some initial confusion as to what the designer's intent was here.

First is the use of the mirrored console table. By itself it's a fine piece and looks nice with the sconces, but that corner reads glamour/hollywood regency, whereas all the other pieces in the room read cape cod. To bring cohesion into the space I think the designer could have repeated the mirror elements elsewhere, for example a reflective inlay on the wall mirror or in some of the accessories.

It's really tough to pull of "eclectic" style because there has to a balance of different styles -- this doesn't necessarily mean a precise pairing of the number of pieces in a room, but more of a visual or thematic balance. This is an attempt at that but it seems like too much of one theme, not enough of the other, making it seem unbalanced.

I also think the window treatments might be a tad too busy taken in context with the bold rug and very bold sofa. It's a lot of patterns and colors that the eye must take in all at once.

If the homeowner likes it then it's a job well done. Remember the designer is merely finishing up her graduate degree in ID (I checked out her website) - she's not yet a seasoned designer but is clearly competent and can apply her education in a real world setting. Good luck Luna!


A Polished Philadelphia Living Room Professional Project
3/30/14 05:12 PM

I grew up with a top loading washing machine for my whole childhood... my clothes were always very clean! I've personally never heard that the top loading washers are horrible at washing and spinning.


Can You Spot It? Top-Loading Washing Machine Hidden in the Kitchen Studio D'Archi
3/26/14 11:18 AM

The coffee table is from Jason Pickens -- www.jasondpickens.com. It was featured in a House Tour.


Cheap, Yet Chic: 8 Living Room Ideas for Little to No Money
3/25/14 04:42 PM

Displaying collectibles and grouping objects according to size, color or theme has always been an important part of interior design but I think this preoccupation with "vignettes" is reaching a saturation point and treading into the territory of the silly. I try here and there to make a bookshelf/window sill/tabletop look nice or "curated" but I realize that nothing I ever do will perfectly recreate the artifice of a magazine, brochure or blog shoot.


Cheap, Yet Chic: 8 Living Room Ideas for Little to No Money
3/25/14 01:39 PM

^That's how it is in a lot of big cities. Obviously putting the parking lane as a buffer between the bike lane and the driving lane is most ideal!


Instant Bike Lanes From Recycled Plastic Design News
3/13/14 08:28 PM

The color combos are definitely bold, but I wouldn't say they are that unusual. Most (if not all) of them follow the basic rules of color theory - pairing complementary colors, pairing analogous colors, primary/secondary/tertiary colors, etc.


Be Bold: Unusual Color Combinations that Work Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/13/14 07:49 PM

More pics of Andy please! Thx!


Bree & Andy's DC Home Hits the Bright Spot House Tour
2/25/14 08:44 PM

@Estefania. The outer sections of Expedit are not hollow. They are filled with many layers of pressed honeycomb paper. Reducing the thickness of the outer sections not only reduce how much paper must be used for the inside of each section but also how much of the outer fiberboard layer must be used (thinner sections = less surface area that has to be covered by the exterior fiberboard layer).


IKEA Responds: Expedit Versus Kallax Design News
2/21/14 04:05 PM

I think it would be a great improvement if you could orient the lamp toward the ground instead of the ceiling, as in the original chandelier.


IKEA Hack Flashback: Flipped Tertial Lamps Become Single Ceiling Light
2/21/14 09:32 AM