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I vote black shutters and a color on the door. Maybe a sage green on the door.

Paint Color Ideas for Shutters? Good Questions
7/2/14 02:32 PM

Try search on First figure out the size of the rug you need. I personally prefer at least some of the furniture on the rug (at least the chairs). Then decide about weave. I have three cats and two like to use hand-hooked rugs as cat scratchers. I would suggest either a flat weave or a high pile tufted rug. And order the rug mat at the same time as you get the carpet. Once it is down, you will never want to move it. regularly runs 60-70% off promotion. Don't forget to check overstock, sometimes they have better prices on the same rugs. You can go with a pattern, just make sure it is subtle.

And bring some color in with pillows.

Suggestions for a Rug to Go With this Patterned Sofa? Good Questions
6/20/14 03:26 PM

What did you search to find such a fabulous painting?

How to Build a Custom DIY Floating Frame for Artwork Apartment Therapy Tutorials
6/18/14 01:32 PM

I brought a food mill. What a waste and a pain to clean. Stick with recipes that use the blender.

Savvy Style: How To Save Money on Kids' Stuff
6/12/14 01:57 PM

Love this. I actually brought Sunset Magazine book on backyards for kids and was hugely disappointed. I like this post very much.

10 Creative Ideas to Make an Outdoor Oasis for Kids this Summer
6/4/14 01:17 PM

To people who are complaining, not one of you made an alternative suggestion. Notable exception for ccatx, but his/her suggestion was mostly stores which have variable stock, home depot (same as lowes) or second-hand which would not make a great round up post.

I have never heard of Terrain and will check them out.

As a warning, my white metal outdoor Ikea furniture has not held up well. Maybe if I had sealed it something it would have done better.

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Outdoor Furniture & Accessories
6/4/14 01:08 PM

I second steel wool for sanding the ornate areas. But be sure to get the 000 size (or 0000, not sure if they sell that). This is extra fine steel wool and you won't need to worry about ruining the wood. Use sand paper for the smooth top and sides. Wear gloves or you will get metal splinters.

Advice on Refinishing Ornate 1970s Bureau? Good Questions
5/14/14 02:35 PM

These tips are incredibly late for the PWN. I'm already harvesting bok choy, spinach, arugula, and broccolini (all planted in March). Bulbs have already come up. Unfortunately we had a really wet March so the peas I planted in Feb. didn't really come up (and maybe some slugs had a hand in that). I'm expecting our first strawberries to be red this week.

My point is garden is dictated first by area then by month.

I think this is one area where the different city site had a distinct advantage.

Garden Chore Calendar: May is for Mulching The Gardenist
5/12/14 04:07 PM

I think number one should be never enter a babies r us.

4 Ways To Expand Even the Tiniest Budget for a New Nursery
5/12/14 04:01 PM

More pictures please. It is nice when the pictures overlap a bit so you can figure out the room configuration.

A Playfully Patterned Room in Wyoming Professional Project
5/12/14 12:17 PM

I love this kitchen. I would like to see the charging station and what not. I'm trying to solve that problem myself.

I'm a huge fan of Everyday Food. I'm hoarding my old copies.

Kitchen Before & After: Two Bedrooms Become a Gorgeous Galley Kitchen Reader Kitchen Remodel
5/9/14 05:34 PM

Mushroom Rissotto
2 can (14.5 oz ea.) reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 oz dried porcini, rinsed
3 tbp butter
8 oz mixed fresh mushrooms (such as shiitake (stems removed), oyster, or cermini) cut into 1/2 in pieces
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup grated parmesan plus more for garnish

1) In a medium saucepan, combine broth, porcini, and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil; cook until porcini are tender about 1 minute. With a slotted spoon, remove porcini; coarsely chopped. To keep broth warm, reduce heat to low, and cover.

2) In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high. Add fresh mushrooms and chopped porcini' season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 23 to 5 min. Transfer to a plate; set aside.

3) Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onion and 1 tbsp butter to saucepan; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender 3 to 5 min. Add rice, and cook, stirring about 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring until absorbed, 1 minute.

4) Add 2 cups of warm broth to rice mixture; cook, stirring occasionally until absorbed, 4 to 5 min. Continue to add north, by cupfuls, stirring occasionally and allowing each additional cup to be absorbed before adding more, until rice is al dente, about 25 minutes (you may not need all the broth).

5) Remove risotto from heat. Stire in Parmesan, remaining tablespoon butter, and half the sauteed mushrooms; season with sallt and pepper. Top with remaining mushrooms and serve immediately, garnished with more parmesan.

Old recipe from Martha. I can't find it online anymore. But it is the best risotto.

The Dishes I Never Order Out Because They're Better at Home
4/11/14 03:23 PM

No suggestions on food. But avoid TUMS, the calcium in them actually triggers acid production. I took Zantac (as recommended by an ob/my sister) and it worked great.

Quick, Healthy Meals That Won't Trigger Pregnancy Heartburn? Good Questions
4/11/14 03:16 PM

In Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades: The Complete Guide to Natural Gardening, Steve Solomon recommends you give the plants 1.5X the recommended spacing when using hoop houses, to compensate for the lose of light. You might want to try this next year.

I wonder if you need the hoop house for the whole season?

DIY Covered Greenhouse Garden: A Removable Cover Solution to Protect Your Plants Apartment Therapy Tutorials
4/4/14 02:54 PM

We got an armchair with ottoman from for around $400. The manufacturer only does online retailers. It doesn't have separate cushions, but it has held up well over the last year. I loved that I was able to get an arm chair and ottoman with a fun pattern for a low price.

For some reason the manufacturer is listed as portfolio on overstock and handy living on way fair.

In the Test Lab: Assembling a Felix Chair
4/4/14 01:21 PM

I have this rug in the blue. I love If you are patient, you can always wait for the 60-75% sale. I feel like they have one once a month.

I spent less than $300 for an 8 x 10 rug. It has held up great with one toddler and three cats for 6 months.

Get the Look: Beni Ourain Rugs for Any Budget
4/2/14 05:33 PM

I third (or fourth) the comments on oregano. In Seattle, it will take over your garden. Also, I think dried oregano is better than fresh. Parsley will also spread, but I always have a use for it. It also grows year round in Seattle. I've heard dill is also a bad spreader, but you just need to pull it before it goes to seed, or collect the seeds promptly.

What Herbs Should I Plant in My Garden? Eight Useful Ones to Grow
4/2/14 02:45 PM

Chili oil or cayenne pepper.

How To Teach Pets to Not Eat Cords
4/2/14 02:39 PM

Beautiful. Make me wish I had cabinets above my sink instead of a window.

When you get around to getting a rug, stick with a flat weave, they are much easier for sliding chairs in and out of the table everyday.

Dan's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/2/14 02:25 PM

Neutrals and wood styles always change. We have honey oak floors. We also painted our walls a very similar shade of blue. I love it!

Dark Walls May Solve Your Honey Oak Rental Kitchen Blues The Kitchn
3/24/14 01:10 PM