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Am I the only one bothered by the back splash? Adjacent tiles appear to either not align perfectly or are slightly too close, leading to squished-looking motifs. Other than that (which would drive me crazy), I agree its not very beachy, though I do like its peaceful vibe.

Sunset Magazine Unveils a New Los Angeles Idea House Los Angeles Times
7/31/14 10:16 AM

I have textured walls (orange peel like), and am slowly making the rounds skim coating. What worked for me was to dilute drywall mudd so its pretty runny, apply with the trowel, and then sand. After 3 or 4 coats, it starts to look good. Sanding makes a huge mess. I'm working on the most noticeable walls, and walls that we've modified and so have patches of smooth drywall. I'm really happy with my new walls :)

Paint Ideas For Textured Walls? Good Questions
7/30/14 06:18 PM

I shop for christmas and birthday gifts all year. I occasionally travel internationally for work, and always add a couple days to the trip - partially for gift shopping. I find that when you say "I saw X in Marrakesh, and it made me think of you" people are really happy. Similarly, I try to go to art shows and craft markets - and listen to my giftees - as suggested by mdorothy

How To Be the Best Gift-Giver Ever
7/28/14 11:09 AM

Am I the only one who finds these renderings to be remarkably similar to the Ikea kitchen 3D planning tool's rendering of cabinet feet?

Midtown's Nordstrom Tower Will Be World's Tallest Residential Building Design News
7/11/14 01:28 PM

I would carefully examine the legs and underside of the table for clues.

Regardless of its era or origin, its a lovely table! Enjoy it.

Can You Help Me Identify This Copper-Topped Table? Good Questions
7/10/14 02:21 PM

At my daughter's urging, I just painted a small wall in my kitchen a deep grey-ish purple. It looks amazing in my neutral space without being overwhelming, and adds a vertical element in space with many long horizontal lines. Yes, purple is a NEWtral ...and thanks for making me feel like a hipster this morning!

Small Project Saturday: Colorblock Dining Room Glidden® paint
7/10/14 11:49 AM

I have an expensive Stickley dining room table. I generally use minimal covering so I can enjoy the table itself, and resigned myself to look upon the scratches as a patina and a record of kid's homework and entertainment. I guess my outlook is much like Faith's perspective on her marble counters.

What's Better: Vinyl or Cloth Placemats? Good Questions
7/10/14 09:43 AM

I recently got rid of the texture on my walls by skim-coating with dilute drywall mud. It took a couple goes, but turned out really well. The key tool was a pole sander, which allows you to sand large areas quickly and evenly.

How To Minimize Appearance of Paint Line Buildup? Good Questions
7/7/14 06:56 PM

I followed your renovation with such interest, and I love this update on your counters. I'm astounded by the photos with two angles! And FWIW, I decided to go with quartzite.

Here's What an Etch on a Marble Countertop Actually Looks Like
7/7/14 02:49 PM

So wonderful! DH and I just agreed to get rid of our old graduate school days furniture, and accept empty rooms till the back account fills. These chairs are so lovely - and would fit the bill perfectly!

Win: A Customized Chair from Joybird Giveaway
6/30/14 01:13 PM

I'm in that end phase of kitchen remodel - been without an oven, etc, since January but really want to cook - and this looks like something that is possible for me. Thanks.

3-Ingredient Recipe: Magic Summer Sauce Recipes from The Kitchn
6/26/14 07:21 PM

This looks good, but I use sweetened condensed milk - it provides the sweetness and milkiness I like in cold coffee (but inexplicably detest in hot coffee).

Recipe: Homemade Caramel Syrup for Your Coffee Recipes from The Kitchn
6/26/14 12:35 PM

Buying a lawn mower instead of new stereo speakers was my milestone. Felt more like a millstone around the neck, though, and was not something I did with pride.

Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/26/14 12:09 PM

I couldn't agree more.

Plus - we love this blog because we love tweaking our homes, right? If it were done, there would be no more tweaking.

Why You Should Stop Trying to Complete Your Decor
6/18/14 01:21 PM

Count me as another non-shopping open house attendee. I never take the fancy printed brochures, I make sure I'm well-enough dressed (i.e. not on my way home from the gym), and I am polite. Where I live, there a sense that a house has more buzz with more visitors. I am sort-of shopping the realtors, because maybe in the next 5 I will be selling, and I am interested in the expectations for homes in my neighborhood. One of my friends is a realtor, and she thinks its fine, and indeed, lets us know when a particularly interesting house comes on the market. Besides, you might think you are not shopping, but if the right house came along, any of us might change our minds.


Get Out & Explore! The Secret to Seeing Gorgeous Homes for Free Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/16/14 03:37 PM

We are at about the 80% mark - remodeling kitchen, removing load-bearing wall, plus fixing up three adjacent rooms. Feels like it will never end.

My treat, when I am done, will be to set up my weaving studio and spend an entire weekend making something stunning.

When the Renovation is Over, I'm Treating Myself to a \"Fill In The Blank\"
6/12/14 11:53 AM

I love this, too. And I join Stream13 and A Rock's request to identify your amazing kitchen tile.

Ben's Spacious Simplicity Small Cool Contest
6/10/14 04:08 PM

EQ3, sadly, only ships to Canadian addresses.

High and Low: The New Classics, Super Budget Edition
6/4/14 03:00 PM

Congratulations. It not only has an eye-candy cover, it also covers such important ground! I expect to move back into a remodeled kitchen this summer, and organization advice would be so useful. Need a proof-reader?

A First Look at the Cover of The Kitchn Cookbook! The Kitchn Cookbook
6/4/14 10:38 AM

It was here that I read aluminum foil cleans off the hard water gunk. Works like a charm.

How To Clean Stainless Steel Countertops To a Shiny, Streak-Free Finish Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
6/4/14 10:23 AM