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Display Name: Dr Whom
Member Since: 3/14/14

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For a rather affordable cream ale, I'd add Genesee. I've gotten 6-packs of pony bottles for less than $4, and they're tasty and only 5.1% ABV.

I would also recommend nearly anything from Leinenkugel's, but in particular, their Berry Weiss, Summer Shandy and Sunset Wheat. The Berry is, obviously, very fruity and fun, and the Shandy and Sunset are both very refreshing, summery brews.

Tips for Choosing the Best Beers for a Party, Plus 5 Favorite Picks Tapped In
5/30/14 11:30 AM

I really don't think a lack of fashion is Glass' biggest problem, though I can see how making them look more like glasses and less like a creepy internet-connected camera attached to your face might make them more appealing, since you'd be less likely to have people yelling at your for being rude and filming them (mostly because they can't tell that you're being rude and filming them).

Google Glass' New Head: Fashion Expert Ivy Ross Design News
5/29/14 01:17 PM

Very well edited place. It's got the best qualities of minimalism without feeling too cold or sterile. The warmth and personality of the place shines through, even without an especially vibrant color palette. I'm especially impressed with how big the place appears, given the square footage and its origin as a studio. Well done!

Ross's Greenwich Village Home House Tour
5/27/14 12:38 PM

This house is really beautiful. There are so many nice elements, I hardly know what parts to single out. Just overall a very stylish, welcoming, cohesive environment. Great job! I'm bookmarking this for inspiration.

Chris & Damian's Updated 1898 Echo Park Home House Tour
5/15/14 02:27 PM

This is beautiful, though it feels strangely like a museum more than a home. I suppose that's a testament to how well kept it is and how close to its original intent it remains.

Joshua's Usonian Retreat: The L.H. Hamilton House House Tour
4/30/14 03:47 PM

This home is so light and fun! Loving all the comics and Keith Haring.

Professor Ramzi's Playful Madison Home House Tour
4/28/14 04:54 PM

Based on these definitions, I'd say I'm definitely cozy, though I'm trying to inject a bit of minimalism into things. I feel it's important to have a balance.

Minimal vs. Cozy: Which is More \"You\"?
4/25/14 12:00 PM

The entitled negativity in these comments is hilarious. It's as if every individual person here thinks this new column is being written exclusively for them, and since it's not living up to their particular choices, it should end or change right now because, again, it's being written only for them and not for other people who might find it interesting.

Personally, I'm really excited to see where this goes specifically because it's so different from what I'd expect. I think the omission of vodka and tequila is part of why I'm excited about it, partly because they are such obvious choices and their omission means that these cocktails will be less than obvious and therefore more interesting, and partly because I'm actually not a very big fan of either of those to begin with.

I agree that some of the choices are questionable (marachino liqueur is a curious one, and I'm a bit stumped at the idea of bitters being considered bottles, but then it sounds better than the 7-bottle-plus-bitters bar). Judging from the comments that they've left trying to explain their approach, though, I can't wait to see where this goes. Sometimes limitations bread creativity, and not having some possibly more versatile "staples" means that this bar could produce more creative concoctions.

Introducing The 9-Bottle Bar: A Guide to Building a Small Yet Mighty Home Bar The 9-Bottle Bar
4/18/14 02:29 PM

I just had the good fortune of picking up a bottle of Brooklyn Gin. When out shopping for a bottle recently, this one caught my eye, and when reading into it, I was pleased with its back story and the description and reviews I was reading, and decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did! It makes an excellent gin and tonic. I believe it goes for $30-40.

3 London Dry Gins to Fit Your Budget The 9-Bottle Bar
4/16/14 03:44 PM

Really great job! I've never reupholstered anything, so I wouldn't even know where to start. That looks pretty stellar for a first attempt! Nice choices on the fabric and stain as well. All in all, very classy.

Before & After: MCM Chair Gets an Upholstery Redo
4/11/14 10:04 AM

These look amazingly comfortable. They do look a bit overstuffed compared to the original upholstery, but that seems like a plus to me. They look more elegant and upscale now, as well, though it helps that they started with a such a great shape.

Before & After: The Fate of Sheryl's Vintage Chairs Good Questions Revisited
4/9/14 02:12 PM

This is a very creative use of that table, but like others above, I'd be concerned with how stable it could be. Clearly it's not intended to be a seat, but rather more of an ottoman, and so if anything, you'd only be resting your feet on it, but still. It'd would be very easy for a guest to not realize and sit on it, and if it were me, I'd rather not have to tell everyone who came in what was and wasn't safe to sit on.

Before & After: IKEA Nesting Table To Chic, Glam Ottoman Ikea Hackers
4/7/14 03:50 PM

It's interesting, as my boyfriend and I were just trying to decide on certain things to keep on hand for guests the other day, specifically because I'm having a few friends over this weekend, but also in general. We were mainly focused on the bar, though, and for for that portion of this list, I think that's a pretty reasonable starting point for most people. Add or subtract as suits your tastes and the tastes of your friends.

For us, there's gin, vodka, rums (coconut, spiced and dark), and a few fun ones, like Midori and amaretto. As for mixers, I've got tonic, seltzer, sour mix, simple syrup, cranberry and pineapple juices, soda, and some maraschino cherries for dressing up the drinks. I've also got at least one red wine and one white on hand, and a couple types of beer. For non-drinkers, there are the juices, soda or water.

I hadn't given much thought yet to food, but this list is rather long. Still, I imagine it's to be taken more as suggestions of things you could have a variety of on hand, and so I think that's a pretty good idea. With very little space in my kitchen, though, I certainly can't manage to keep all of these on hand.

Insta-Party: Pantry Items to Keep on Hand for Easy Entertaining
4/4/14 04:14 PM

I like the simplicity and the (illusion of) space afforded by the furniture layout and modern decor. It is a bit cold in a sense (the minimalism surely lends to that), but I think the abundant wood and natural and organic pieces throughout bring life with them.

Oddly enough, the thing that caught my eye first was the sofa. I thought for sure that the description was going to note that it was a heavily modified This End Up piece. The crate-like shape and detail on the sides is very similar, but this looks much more upscale. It gives me ideas of how I might be able to update a This End Up bedroom set I've had for years that's rather dated but still in pretty good shape.

Mikola and Randall's Modern and Airy Small Space House Tour
4/3/14 01:21 PM

You've made some really interesting and unique choices with the fabric and the distressed effect on the legs. My initial reaction was mixed, but it's quickly grown on me. Great job!

Before & After: A Classic Chair Gets a Dose of La Dolce Vita
4/2/14 11:07 AM

Love! The quirky, science-y collection, the great layout and design, the fact that this is clearly a home that someone lives in, the adorable inhabitants (owner and cat alike), and the humorous and lighthearted survey. I especially like your advice, and I think it's some of the best that I've seen on here. You seem like a really down to earth and likable guy, and your home really reflects that. That, to me, is a great and important quality in any design: a reflect of self.

Mike's Cabinet of Curiosities House Tour
3/31/14 03:05 PM

I hate to add kindle to the fire, but at the same time, I think it's important not to be silent in the face of hate. So as a compromise, I'll be brief:

Yes, even on a design site. Some might say especially on a design site, but that's not the point. The point is we're human and we deserve to be represented anywhere other humans can.

A good question. What DOES anyone's private sexual behavior have to do with anything? A strange thing for you to ask, since you were the one bringing it up. All I see is a beautiful home which happens to include some tasteful artistic nudes.

And, no, a dissenting opinion shouldn't be deleted. However, there is a world of difference between a dissenting opinion and an insulting one that aims to invalidates someone's humanity.

Love your home, and your patience with the bigots. :)

Adam's Eclectic Vintage Bungalow House Tour
3/26/14 03:37 PM

(And of course right after I hit submit, I refresh and see that someone has suggested it four minutes before me. Ah well, great minds think alike.)

Before & After: A Craigslist Piano With A Surprise Inside
3/26/14 01:34 PM

Amazing! Next project: somehow replacing the keys with a decent full-size electronic keyboard and piping the sound out so that this could also be a functional instrument. Even if all you know how to do is play chopsticks, I think that could be a pretty neat addition.

Before & After: A Craigslist Piano With A Surprise Inside
3/26/14 01:33 PM

When I saw the before, my first thought was, "wow, ANYthing they do to this is an improvement." It turned out to be even better than I expected! Love the color and pattern of the fabric, and the new stain on the legs. Much better than a cheap big-box piece, even if it's just a chair.

It always amazes me that there are inevitably people on here who have to snark every single post, as if this net-gain project (a cheap, destroyed chair turned into something really nice) MUST have some sort of negative critique just for the sake of being negative.

Before & After: A 60-Year-Old Chair Gets a Facelift
3/25/14 10:02 AM