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Display Name: shannon.10
Member Since: 2/19/14

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Our back yard is wooded so it doesn't offer much play space for the kids. However, we are lucky to have a large driveway at the end of a cul-de-sac, which is great for bike and scooter riding. Whenever the kids do play outside (sadly not as much as I did when I was a kid) they are in the front of the house which gives us a great opportunity to mingle with the neighbors.

Is Your House a Mullet? 5 Ideas for Front Yard Fun
7/9/14 07:23 PM

Ummm, no. Sleeping with doors and lower floor windows open/unlocked just seems stupid. I grew up in a nice residential area section of a city and although it was very quiet we had our fair share of 'occurrences' including my mother's handbag being stolen off our kitchen table in the middle of the night.

In our home now, during the day I keep my front door open but I have a loud and obnoxious dog and many of my neighbors are home and outside. At night we keep our lower floor doors and windows locked and our upper floor windows open but our house alarm and motion censors are all set.

In theory, I know that all of these things are only precautions and a determined thief will get in if they want too. However, I feel like I would be irresponsible if I didn't take reasonable precautions.

Would You Sleep With The Doors Open?
6/29/14 12:24 AM

Although I agree that IKEA should be a little more inventive with its offerings, this seems like a very Target type of idea. They go through several decor lines per year but never really seem committed to any of them, I hope that is not the case with the new IKEA model. It is frustrating to start buying pieces from one collection only to find that it has been discontinued a few months later.

IKEA to Release 10 Collections a Year Design News
6/20/14 12:31 AM

Love the flow of the space. It seems so much larger than 224 sq. ft. and you have made so many great furniture choices. Since you are on a lower floor, you may want to invest in some top down shades so that you have more privacy but can keep the shade partially down for sunlight.

Tesha's Charming Character Small Cool Contest
6/10/14 11:11 PM

Love this space. The paint and furnishings make it seem like a larger space. Can't believe it's big enough for 3 bedrooms at 500 sq. ft. I Would've loved to see the kitchen space, it must be super small. Well done. Favorited.

Josh's Collected Sensibility Small Cool Contest
6/4/14 11:47 PM

The most I have spent is $200 because I am "cheap" and because I have been lucky enough to find lamps that fit my decor that are less expensive, although I can see spending much more for a "special" lamp. A lamp can define the look of a room, it's a work of art. There are many times I have walked into a room and noticed the lamps (or lack there of) first.

Tell Us: What's the Most You've Ever Spent on a Lamp?
5/29/14 11:17 PM

So amazing! I love everything about it. The bed is very cool as is the storage below. My favorite in the teeny tiny category so far. I wish there was a way that we could see a larger image of the floor plan.

Natasha's Fashionable & Functional Small Cool Contest
5/27/14 09:25 PM

You may need to hire a professional. Houses built before the the 1970's are likely to have lead based paint, which is very hazardous to remove. You probably need to have the walls "skim-coated" before you can paint over them.

Splurge or Save: What You Need to Know About Buying Paint
5/6/14 12:19 PM

Farrow & Ball is sold through its retail showroom, not just to the trade. There are 5 in the greater NYC area or you can go on their website A gallon of wall paint is about $90 and requires 2 coats. I have used their paint and it is wonderful.

Splurge or Save: What You Need to Know About Buying Paint
5/6/14 12:06 PM

You are a Rock Star for living with the previous kitchen. I haven't seen a kitchen so in need of renovation in a long time. It seriously looks like something out of the Tenement Museum (minus the obvious loving touches, like the mug hooks...)

A kitchen renovation is expensive. Yes, Ikea cabinets are inexpensive but electrical, plumbing and structural work are not. Although I hope the project comes in under budget, I expect it will not. Good luck, I am excited to see it finished.

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 11:54 PM

We have been using a Pellet stove to heat our 2000 s.f. house for three years. Yes, it is a little more work than using our oil heat, however, it costs about 1/3 to heat our house and it keeps the main living space much warmer.

We chose the insert style which we had installed into our existing fireplace, so we have the functionality of the pellet stove with the look of a traditional FP. The main benefit of using the pellet stove is that it is self-feeding so we can leave it on throughout the day when we are not home.

We were able to use it during our weeklong power outage after super storm sandy by plugging it into our generator, which we would not have been able to do with our oil furnace without having it hardwired first.

Pleasant Hearth Pellet Stove - 35,000 BTU
2/19/14 05:33 PM