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Display Name: em4112
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We have strand woven bamboo and love it. We live in a small city, and there were very few good bamboo options in town. Bamboo options were either crappy or way too expensive. We ended up ordering samples of strand woven bamboo from several online distributers. We went with Ambient but also really liked Yanchi and Cali. Ours is a medium brown (honey) that is hand scraped. It shows some dirt but hides pet fur well. Both light and dark wood (and bamboo) are going to show dirt. Our contractor said that shiny floors are the worst for showing dirt-- maybe it's more that than light or dark. I'd rather see the dirt though than have nasty carpeting. I don't think it's any worse than tile.

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5/21/11 12:34 AM

I understand the practical aspect of registering for gifts in this situation, but it is really tacky. Gifts should not be expected for a new apartment and developing a registry shows an expectation. It's likely that the people who would like to buy them gifts are close friends and family who know the couple and can pick out items that the couple would like.

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5/11/10 04:52 PM

The couch is absolutely hideous. I disagree with those who say sell it though. I generally think that it is a better idea to use what you have until you are in a position to buy exactly what you want than to keep buying cheap furniture that you don't really like. In the long run, you end up saving money. It sounds like that it where you and your partner are anyway.

It's hard to tell exactly what color the couch is. If it is the color that I think it is (and judging from your other stuff), I would get square light blue and white pillows (maybe these from Z Gallerie: http://www.zgallerie.com/pc-8803-7-labyrinth-pillow-french-blue-20.aspx). I would also get a nice throw blanket to keep folded on top, which will cover part of the ugly couch. I think this blanket would be a good option: http://www.zgallerie.com/pc-6787-9-lazo-throw-azure.aspx

Good luck!

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2/5/10 09:12 PM

I would return it and save for Le Creuset.

I think that Le Creuset is a brand worth splurging on if you cook regularly (I say that because I have friends who pretty much never cook). If you buy a Le Creuset dutch oven (or pot), you will never have to replace it. My mother-in-law gave us a few pieces that were given to her 35 years ago, and they are still in great shape after being used frequently. We added two large Le Creuset dutch ovens more recently and just love them. They are our easiest pots to clean. I always use the shallow, wide dutch oven (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/le-creuset-6-quart-wide-round-dutch-oven/?pkey=ccookware-le-creuset|ckwlcered) when I have to saute things that are usually hard to clean up after, like caramelized onions.

If you are concerned about price, I would look on ebay. Considering how well our hand-me-down pieces have held up, I would be comfortable buying pieces that are used. I bet that a 20 year old Le Creuset pot would hold up better in the long run than a new non-Le Creuset pot.

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2/5/10 06:56 PM

I use my wonderful Le Creuset dutch oven for pot roast. I love this recipe of Tyler Florence: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/pot-roast-with-vegetables-recipe/index.html

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2/5/10 02:24 PM