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Display Name: ElbieSwan
Member Since: 11/14/09

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scramble eggs with some salsa, and roll the eggs up in the tortillas. Easy breakfast that doesn't need fork or spoon.


What Can I Do With Leftover Flour Tortillas? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/3/10 05:40 PM

I'm not sure that more layers is better. Lasagna is a balance of flavor and texture that would seem to be missing in a 100 layer version. No...It doesn't appeal to me at all.


Bigger, Better, Cheesier: The Hundred-Layer Lasagne | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/17/10 06:35 PM

I don't see where cabinet doors with mirrors would be any harder to keep clean than cabinet doors with glass. The advantage to mirrors would be that you would get the open feeling of glass, but they would still hide the stuff in cupboards. The stuff behind doors wouldn't be on display or have to be kept in perfect order.


Mirrored Cabinets: Check Your Hair While You Cook! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/8/10 09:59 AM

In my old house, I tore up the linoleum in the dining room and in the kitchen. I found perfect floors under linoleum in the dining room, but found black tar in the kitchen. I bought commercial products to try to remove it, but they didn't work. I figured I'd have put put down linoleum again, which broke my heart, because I could tell the hardwood floors were oak and in good condition. Thinking I had nothing to lose, I bought in from the garage a bottle of plain old spray-on bug and tar remover for my car. I sprayed it in a small corner, let it set 5-10 minutes, and PRESTO the tar broke down and I was able to move it fairly easily.


CHI Good Questions: Stripping Linoleum With Boiling Water? | Apartment Therapy Chicago
3/23/10 09:49 PM

Clean colors are the in thing right now. Get several samples of colors you love. You usually can get enough to paint an 8"x11" sample for under $3. It's hard to determine which colors are best with samples any smaller than 8"x11".

Tape the samples next to the woodwork, but put white paper behind them so you aren't comparing them to the current wall color. Look at them next to the woodwork for several days at different times of the day so you can see how the light affects the colors. Then you'll be able to see which colors you love with your woodwork.

After you've chose two or three colors you love with your woodwork, put those two or three colors next to your other accessories. Again, look at them for a couple of days in different light, and you'll see which you love with your accessories from the colors you chose for your woodwork.

Good luck! You have beautiful woodwork and a cute home! I'm sure you'll love making it a home!!!


Paint to Brighten a Room With Dark Woodwork? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
3/22/10 08:25 PM

NEVER NEVER buy things you don't love just to make do. Make do without instead. If you buy things you don't love, you'll be tempted to pass on things you do love be cause you already have something that fills the purpose.

Okay...off my soap box. Artwork can make a huge difference in making your rooms look feminine. You can keep even the most feminine looking artwork modern with a modern frame.

Another way to bring a feminine feel to the room is to add more pillows and perhaps a throw.


Suggestions for a Modern Feminine Living Room? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
2/26/10 09:33 PM

There are so many different colors of white that would beautiful. It looks as though there might be a bit of a taupe and gray undertone to the beams, so you have a lot of options, depending on whether you wanted cool tones or warm tones. You have a lot of blue accessories and a little green in the bed coverings. That leads me to think you could pull in a white that has teal or aqua undertones leaning a bit to gray. What this would do is tie in the blues and greens you have in the room together, making a very harmonious look.
I also think you need to create the look of a headboard if you can.


Paint Color Suggestions for My Bedroom? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Boston
2/26/10 08:59 PM

Okay.... This article kind of disappointed me. I was hoping to see pictures of the things that can be used. Words are great, but a picture really inspires.


5 Things to Use In Place of A Coffee Table | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/22/10 08:49 PM

Being an artist, I love the look of the tv on the easel. The article says it's common, but I've never seen it before...especially not at Target.


The Power Of Distraction, Part II: Hiding TV's In Plain View | Apartment Therapy DC
2/16/10 11:11 PM

Paint it. I never have understood the obsession some people have with not painting wood. And considering the condition of the finish, I'm not convinced that painting it would lower the resale value. Leaving it would be just as much of a turn-off to would-be buyers who don't want to put any work into a house as painting it would be.

So many people worry about the resale value... I'm sorry, this kind of bugs me. It's a transitionary frame of mind. You're living there now. Make the most of where you are now. Decorate it, change it, etc. whatever way makes you the most comfortable and happy now. If and when you're ready to sell, staging can work wonders on making the sale--even if the woodwork is painted.


Wood Trim: To Paint or Not To Paint? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy DC
2/16/10 11:08 PM

I would pull a color from the tiles to paint the cabinets, and then do a glazing technique to age them a bit and warm up the look. I think a cream color with a mocha glaze would look great. Get some great cabinet pulls and drawer knobs. Maybe a french country look, which would coordinate well with your current tiles and the decor you already have going on in the room. Since your appliances are white, add some more white accents, such as white canisters.
Your kitchen is really cute with a lot of potential.


Advice and Inspiration for Updating a Kitchen? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Boston
2/9/10 07:15 PM

I think it would look lovely painted. I say go for it!


Should I Paint the Trim On My Sofa? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/8/10 09:08 PM

I think the lamps need to be moved closer together. They're too close to the ends.

As far as what to put in the shelves, I think platters, gravy boats, etc. are obvious choices for a dining room.

You could always get baskets to fit the shelves and paint them the same color as the shelf so they blend in. That way you could have added storage and not change the look of the piece.


What to Put on Dining Room Sideboard Shelves? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
1/28/10 07:59 PM

Okay... I don't see any objectifying or sexualizing in these pictures. I didn't even pay attention to the person in the pictures until I read the above comment.

Anyway... I think this couch is cool. It doesn't go with my decor, but the concept is very, very cool.


Iris Koser's Chocolate Furniture | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/28/10 07:21 AM

It could be a VERY rude awakening if you happened to sleep-walk whilst sleeping in bed in picture 4.


Sleeping With The Fishes | Apartment Therapy New York
1/27/10 05:49 PM

I answered No, which isn't true. When I moved into my SO's house, he had a tv in the bedroom. Personally, I'd prefer NOT to have a tv in there, but "Yes, but I don't want it" wasn't one of the options.

I like my bedroom to be a sanctuary, a place where the media can't intrude.

Oh...and the comment about sex... It's true! We had more sex in the bedroom in my apartment, because there wasn't a tv to distract us from each other.


TV's in the Bedroom | Apartment Therapy New York
1/21/10 08:28 PM

I love the look of an all white bedroom. It's soooo romantic! However, I just cannot picture my man feeling comfortable in a room that is so obviously feminine.

Love, love, love, love #6!


White Bedrooms Roundup | Apartment Therapy New York
1/20/10 11:23 PM

Vertical... Definitely vertical with lots and lots of pillows.


Pillow Survey: Vertical or Horizontal? | Apartment Therapy Chicago
1/13/10 06:44 PM

I love getting a real Christmas card that I can hold in my hand. There is just something more personal about holding a card, like getting a hand-written letter. It just seems more special.


What Do You Think of Emailed Holiday Cards? | Apartment Therapy Boston
12/2/09 09:19 PM

Antiques Roadshow says that that value of antique is only ruined by refinishing or painting furniture IF the pieces is already a highly valued piece... Some antiques actually are worth more once the finish is restored.

As for your options...

You could slipcover the cushion. That would take just a bit of sewing. In addition to that, make matching arm protectors and pillow in the same fabric you use for the cushion. Get a length of the fabric and drape it over the back and under the cushion. You can use pins under the cushion to keep it from moving.

Another more radical option is getting fabric paint and painting the fabric to match your decor. I did this with the hideous fabric on a chair my mom picked up at a garage sale. The chair was great, the fabric wasn't. Painting the fabric is just a temporary fix as I plan to have it reupholstered once I've saved up the money.


How to "Punch Up" This Chair? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
11/23/09 10:22 PM