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My dad used that jam jar idea waaaaaaaaaay back in the early 1950s. He used Skippy peanut butter jars for his nails, screws, washers, etc. and installed the jars on the bottom of the shelf over his work bench.

As a native Californian, I always flinch when I see anything heavy stored over a bed. I can remember a Northridge resident being interviewed after that big quake with a bloody face, because he'd mounted his bicycle over his bed.

10 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Space
7/29/14 05:40 PM

Heh, one of the few things I didn't like was the grey walls. So over grey. And, well, antlers. But other than those, it's a lovely space.

The size of the dining room. Wow.

Rachel's First Place (and It's Great!) House Call
7/29/14 05:31 PM


When you start out with such a cool space, it's imperative that you don't let it down, and you didn't. I love that tiled bath, and the kitchen is so nifty!

About the only thing I didn't like was how the bedside table in the smaller bedroom crammed the bed into the corner. It was just too visually crowded for me.

As a former Catholic, I recognized the stole immediately, and I don't really see the problem. It was probably discarded for being too shabby for use anymore, so I figure it's fair game. After all, you see buddha statues and heads EVERYwhere now. I'm more insulted by the yoking of Shakespeare with Kiss -- that's a real travesty! .... :-).

The Kings' Quirky Castle House Tour
7/29/14 05:26 PM

Heh, empty space make me feel depressed -- I suffer from horror vacui!

8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space
7/29/14 05:05 PM

I like the wallpaper! I also really like the one vintage mirror with the green "wings." Love the bright pink cord on the bed light. Nice!

A Small Parisian Studio Professional Project
7/28/14 04:37 PM

The two Austin bedrooms look like clones.

Painting Ideas: 10 Intense Wall Paint Colors to Push Your Style
7/28/14 04:31 PM

Seems small on the inside -- usually a problem when all the interior walls are removed. There's no sense of "somewhere else" in the space. What you see is what you get.

The wood is nice, but it looks like they could use a little more lighting -- or fixtures that provide more light.

I do like the fabrics and the painted window trim. I also like the turned wood sofa on the front porch, but upholstered cushions outdoors turn nasty real fast. That little rocker next to it looks very much like a foldable rocker I had years ago. Is it collapsible?

Erin's Warm & Wood-Wrapped Austin Budget Bungalow House Tour
7/28/14 04:29 PM

I remember not liking all the white when I saw this tour way back two years ago, and it still hasn't grown on me.

Nice, but eye searingly bright.

Wendy & Gavin's Bright White Cottage House Tour
7/27/14 06:28 PM

"Keep Calm and Carry On" was so new when I got my poster that I had to order it from England. I saw it in a British design mag.

I like it. But it's SO everywhere, I'll probably just put it in the hall closet for the next ten years.

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/25/14 06:22 PM

I really appreciate how the English are not prejudiced against pink. So many Americans have this silly notion that pink is only for Barbies and tiny girls. In a dark grey climate pink walls can be inspirational.

I love that portrait over the fireplace. So evocative.

I don't think that headboard is really for Dia de Los Muertos. It's just a collection of milagros. Not quite the same thing.

Caro & Josh's Colorful & Quirky English Home House Tour
7/24/14 06:31 PM

It's a Bedouin rug from Morocco. And, yes, it's trendy as hell.

Change Your Space, Change Your Outlook: 10 Ways to Be Happier at Home
7/23/14 02:18 PM

Thank you! My question, too (re: upside down books). Some new weird designery quirk like putting plain white dust jackets on all your books?

It's a nice space, and I LOVE the bathroom, but everything is so expected and done. Not surprised to see the ubiquitous teepee. Again, as mentioned above, with money many things are possible.

I was kind of hoping we'd see some "before" shots of the artist's space. I'm guessing it had a lot more real personality.

Jocelyn Scrapes Back Her Loft House Tour
7/23/14 02:14 PM

I can't imagine how often you'd have to wipe those gold cabinets of fingerprints!

Love all three of the green kitchens in this list. I really love that super dark green that's almost black. Just yummy. And Cameron Diaz's is simply gorgeous.

And Now for Something Completely Different: 10 Standout Kitchens
7/23/14 02:06 PM

I spent some time in Providence --gosh -- about 40 years ago now, and I loved it. I especially liked Benefit Street. Is your smaller dog a chiweenie???

About the only the thing I saw I would change is to paint the trim and the mantel a slightly different shade of white than the walls to help them stand out a little more. But I was very impressed, and this house is huge. Great back yard, too.

Jim & Laura's Light-Filled Providence Colonial House Tour
7/21/14 06:58 PM

I agree with those who say the scalloped valance adds to the vintage charm of your kitchen. It does "marry" well with the arch-topped design on the cabinet doors. I also like the grey paint on the lower cabinets. It does help to disguise the darkness of the granite. Love the pendant light! The track lighting was so cheesy looking.

Looking at the pics on your blog: does your son ever step in the dog's (?) water dish when he's drawing on the chalkboard? :-)

Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Facelift on a Budget
7/21/14 06:47 PM

When I first saw the thumbnails without reading any of the commentary, I was "yuck. brown and white." But I think you did very well with what you have. Just a bit gloomy. I think I'd need more color.

Paul & Katie's Vintage Modern Bellevue Loft House Tour
7/20/14 07:04 PM

As another native Californian, I love that giant lemon tree. As a coworker and I were discusssing years ago: buying lemons just seems so WRONG.

And while my dogs are the cutest in the world, Scrappy is running a close second. :-)

Love the colors, and the furniture arrangement is pretty optimal. I really appreciate that you were able to create the illusion of a foyer. I think that is a crucial factor in making a tiny space live larger.

About the only thing I don't like is the plastic crate with the lps. It just reminds of my being poooor days.

Revisiting Scott's California Bohemian House Tour
7/18/14 02:30 PM

Hyper masculine -- even the toiletries in bathroom all look like guy stuff. And black leather is just so batchelor pad.


I still love it. I'd add a little more color -- some green, or burnt orange -- but I love all the stuff. And everything is arranged so beautifully. That's not a talent many people enjoy.

Scott & Kristan's Inspiring Arts District Loft House Tour
7/17/14 10:07 PM

Yeah, it's pretty twee. Lots of teensy, feminine decor items that just kinda float on those flat white walls. But the homeowner is working the Zoey Deschanel look HARD.

The brick walls in the bedroom area really tone down the Costco store vibe in the living room. Are they not allowed to paint? The gallery wall items are small and mostly with light-colored backgrounds, so they don't have any presence.

Eh, o.k. for a student place that's just a temporary way station.

Bridget & Robert's \"Collected Treasures\" Budget Friendly Loft House Tour
7/17/14 02:29 PM

My dachshunds may not be big, but they have big barks. And they WILL bark.

I've lived alone, but I bought a condo with my sister almost 30 yrs ago and sometimes wish I still lived alone. I retired a year ago, but she's going to retire in another year or so, and I'm not looking forward to it. It's so nice to have some alone time.

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/16/14 06:23 PM