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Display Name: MelanieRose
Member Since: 4/28/14

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The after is so pretty and has a much more functional layout, but I'm still trying to process the idea that your original kitchen didn't have sufficient storage (as labeled in the picture). Not a judgment, just an observation based on my own kitchen storage needs. Anyway, you needed more storage and you went for it and it looks really lovely.

Before & After: Rachel's DIY Kitchen Renovation for $10,000 The Big Reveal
7/23/14 09:25 AM

Question - isn't a craftsman influenced bungalow redundant? I grew up in a bungalow and we also referred to it as a craftsman. Were we wrong in this? Just curious.

Graylin's Craftsman Influenced Bungalow House Call
7/18/14 10:37 AM

I was expecting to see info for raw cast iron. I use baking soda. Some of the marks don't come off, but I don't mind - I kind of like them.

How To Clean Cast Iron Stove Grates Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
7/18/14 09:40 AM

I've had a mail slot for years and never thought about it in this regard. I always assumed if someone wanted in, they'd probably do enter through the back door or a window. Anyway, a mail slot is convenient for traveling because you don't have to stop your mail unless you're expecting packages.

How To Make My New Mail Slot Burglar Proof? Good Questions
7/17/14 11:48 AM

Rolling suitcases are great for laundry and grocery shopping if you don't have a cart. That's what I used while living in Montreal. I didn't mind too much hanging out at the laundromat - coffee and a book made it a relaxing time. The most annoying was rolling the suitcase several blocks through the gravely snowy sidewalks.

Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 10:33 AM

I wasn't going to comment, but I just want to say that your kitchen is really beautiful and you shouldn't have to defend your choices to anyone. Thanks for sharing.
We had 80s cabinets that had also seen roach problems long before we moved in. Boy was I glad when we got rid them. I originally thought we had the same kitchen, same layout, etc. until I realized you had a whole other side to your kitchen. Ours looks almost identical to the window side of your kitchen, but our range is on the left side of the sink...sadly we don't have space on the opposite wall for counters.

Kitchen Before & After: An IKEA Kitchen Renovation for $8,700 Kitchen Remodel
7/15/14 09:42 AM

I definitely wasn't implying that all homes in the Colorado or southwestern states follow this design sense. I was only stating that this style is more at home in the southwest than the east making it seem less trendy. My family members that live in the southwest have houses filled with antlers, skulls and southwest blankets, cowhide stuff all over and they are all in their 60s or older and trust me, their houses are far from stylish. But they are based in Arizona and New Mexico, not Colorado.

Bridget & Jake's \"Make It Your Own\" Denver Homestead
7/11/14 12:00 PM

Your house is not my style, but I really love your home. Even though it is very traditional, you incorporate so many quirky and personal elements that prevent it from being stuffy and impersonal like many of the more traditional homes featured on AT. This has really opened my eyes - I learned that traditional doesn't have to mean boring.

The Pineapple Housewife's Happy Home House Tour
7/10/14 12:45 PM

I'm all about squeezing in a quick nap. I often sleep on the bus and subway. Those are the best naps ever! Once I was woken by the conductor because I took the subway to the last stop and everyone had already vacated the cars - even the lights inside were turned off. Needless to say, I felt very refreshed for the return trip to my actual destination.

Swede Dreams: Snoozing at IKEA
7/10/14 12:25 PM

I think a lot of what can be construed as trendy depends on where the person lives. If this house were on the east coast where I live, it would definitely give off that trendy vibe. However, being in Colorado it doesn't have the same effect. I've never been to Colorado, but this is exactly what I would expect from a Colorado home. Skulls, antlers, southwestern style blankets, rustic wood, cowhide rugs, etc. all seem very Colorado and give it a more timeless rather than trendy quality. I imagine that many people have similar items in their Colorado homes whether they are 25 years old or 90 years old.

Bridget & Jake's \"Make It Your Own\" Denver Homestead
7/10/14 12:09 PM

Well, I learned something. I thought only roofs on the exterior of a house had soffits.

10 Ways to Disguise a Kitchen Soffit Kitchen Design
6/25/14 10:45 AM

Don't be embarrassed! I'm excited too. Haters gonna hate, but I'll be having too much fun checking out the new stuff and drinking my free Ikea family member coffee to care.

BTW, those bent plywood office chairs are really nice. Ours already has them, but they are not cheap.

A Sneak Peek at IKEA's New 2015 Collections
6/24/14 11:55 AM

I agree with adding more light to give more energy, but I can't agree with the coffee statement. My husband and I cut caffeine out of our diet a year ago and it is amazing how much more awake I feel in the morning. My husband used to be like a zombie, but now he is so chipper and pleasant to be around even in the early early AM. Not preaching, just a very positive side effect we both noticed.

Want More Energy? 7 Ways Your Home Can Help
6/24/14 11:44 AM

What I've thought would be great would be to have the toddler attachments for the bike share bikes. You know, the ones that you attach to the back of the bike so toddlers can pedal too (or pretend they are pedaling). Maybe those would be a bit safer as the young ones aren't left to entirely navigate on their own.

Paris Introduces Bike Share for Toddlers & Kids Design News
6/24/14 11:15 AM

I realized I posted my questions, but I never complemented the update. It is very happy and fresh. I love a fresh looking kitchen that makes me want to hang out in it even when I'm not cooking. That's the vibe I get from your kitchen. Do you ever just sit in the turquoise chair and stare at your Pyrex collection? I think I would.

Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 12:52 PM

My aunt does this with food. She's an amazing cook, but when she throws dinner parties while we're eating she spends the entire time critiquing and apologizing for her food. If she served a hair ball in the food or gave us food poisoning I would get it, but to apologize for delicious food for me is ridiculous. It also makes you start to question the food - maybe it is a little tougher than it should be, maybe it does need more spice, etc. If she never said anything, I'd just be chowing down happy as a clam and my only thoughts would be, "Yay food. Nom nom nom."

Never (Ever!) Say This Word To Guests In Your Home
6/23/14 12:41 PM

You probably won't read this as the post is a few day old, but thanks for your suggestion. I was going to show my husband, but he beat me to it telling me that he was going to dig a trench for the drainage similar to what your landscaper suggested. So thank you.

Perfect Patios: Hardscaping With Gravel
6/23/14 09:28 AM

This is a serious and non-combative question - how are people getting grease everywhere when they cook? Is it for people who are mostly deep frying? We cook all sorts in our kitchen everyday, including sausage and bacon in a cast iron skillet which is probably the greasiest item and it never splatters up to our open shelves, cabinets or ceiling as some people in past pasts have said (and we have a low ceiling). Our house is older so we don't have a fan to help. Our backsplash never even gets dirty. I make my own marinara sauce and I have never had problems with sauce spraying everywhere. Since I have been reading AT as I cook, I actively think about these comments and I still cannot figure it out. Anyway, sincere question. Is it a different style of cooking?

Also, we cook a lot of curries, fish and other aromatic foods without a fan (there is a window). I love coming home after my husband has made an awesome Indian dish. I think the kitchen smells so good. Do most people find that gross? Is that what a fan helps with?

Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 09:23 AM


What Are Some High-Fiber Foods and Recipes? Good Questions
6/20/14 09:23 AM

Every morning I cook quinoa, chia seeds, almonds and cinamon in my rice cooker with milk (you can also use almond milk, coconut milk, water, etc.) and then I put it on top of berries and homemade yogurt. Stir and eat. Yum. I prep the rice cooker the night before and keep it in the fridge so in the morning all I have to do is plop the pan into the rice cooker. I used to use steel cut oats in stead, but I am trying to up my protein intake so I switched to quinoa.

What Are Some High-Fiber Foods and Recipes? Good Questions
6/20/14 09:22 AM