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I kind of hate overly colored bathrooms. They feel dirty to me. So I'd go for a very crisp white in the salmon bathroom, paint the cabinet beneath the sink black, and have white towels with black edging. Any frames in the room should be black or white. Shower curtain should be white with a black border - think that hotel style sheeting you can find at Macy's etc.

Treat the olive the same way, but I'd paint the cabinet a really shiny navy, and do white and navy towels etc.


Color Ideas to Work with 1960s Bathroom Tile? Good Questions
5/9/14 12:34 PM

The nonprofit I head in DC -- the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture -- has produced a cookbook specifically for our low-income customers at our Mobile Market to encourage them to cook from scratch. The cookbook has gotten great national press, including this piece in NPR -- "Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/13/289594815/former-wic-mom-brings-produce-and-cooking-skills-to-dc-s-food-deserts -- written by my colleague who has been on food stamps and WIC and knows of what she speaks. The cookbook is for sale and purchasing it helps fund free cookbooks for our customers who use federal nutrition assistance benefits. Our message to them is similar to that on AT: cook from scratch, eat at home, avoid processed foods as much as possible, and use heart healthy oils. The cookbook is gorgeous and recommended especially for new cooks by the Washington Post. It was put together entirely by volunteer efforts: http://arcadiafood.org/order-arcadia-mobile-market-seasonal-cookbook


How To Eat Well When You're Low on Cash Budget Living
5/6/14 12:35 PM

The nonprofit I head in DC -- the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture -- has produced a cookbook specifically for our low-income customers at our Mobile Market to encourage them to cook from scratch. The cookbook has gotten great national press, including this piece in NPR -- "Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/13/289594815/former-wic-mom-brings-produce-and-cooking-skills-to-dc-s-food-deserts -- written by my colleague who has been on food stamps and WIC and knows of what she speaks. The cookbook is for sale and purchasing it helps fund free cookbooks for our customers who use federal nutrition assistance benefits. Our message to them is similar to that on AT: cook from scratch, eat at home, avoid processed foods as much as possible, and use heart healthy oils. The cookbook is gorgeous and recommended especially for new cooks by the Washington Post. It was put together entirely by volunteer efforts: http://arcadiafood.org/order-arcadia-mobile-market-seasonal-cookbook


How To Eat Well When You're Low on Cash Budget Living
5/6/14 12:35 PM

Lovely transformation but the short end of the backsplash drives me crazy. One more row of tile under the cabinets would have continued the line of the backsplash from tieback to the side and made for a more streamlined look.


Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped Shoebox Kitchen Gets Gorgeously Gray Professional Kitchen Remodel
4/25/14 05:32 PM

Here you go:

http://www.treadwaygallery.com/ONLINECATALOGS/MAY2005/images/0992.jpg

on this page.
http://www.treadwaygallery.com/ONLINECATALOGS/MAY2005/0951-1000.html
Google leather sling chair rosewood frame.


Help Me Find Chair from Ace Hotel in Portland? Good Questions
4/7/14 08:47 AM

wait, what am I missing?
what's the table doing?


Painted Furniture for When You Just Can't Paint Your Walls
3/31/14 07:57 PM

I got a $5000 couch at Restoration Hardware for about $3500 by visiting the couch a lot… over the course of months, sitting on it, looking at fabric samples, chatting with a sales person. Explained that I was saving my pennies for it (which was true). Finally one of them told me it was going on sale and would give me a "move in" discount, whatever that was. And she threw in a designers discount as well -- I agreed, thinking I was saving about 10 percent but it turned out to be almost 30 percent.
http://howtorunyourlife.blogspot.com/2010/10/transformation-begins-living-to-dining.html
My general rule on bargaining: decide what something is worth to you. Ask them what their best price is. If it's within shooting distance of your assessment of its wroth to you, buy it or negotiate it down a little further.


Bargaining for Beginners: 5 Smart Strategies to Score A Better Deal Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/17/14 01:34 PM

I have a creepy painting of two little boys from 1936. It's big -- about 3 X 2' -- in a florid gold frame. And they look evil and real, real angry. I love it. I got it for $90 at an antique shop. I bought it the second I walked in the store and have never never had a second thought. There is not a single person who has been in my house for the first time that doesn't comment on it. It's sort of pretty -- classic even -- but unsettling when you stare at it for while.


What Surprises People the Most About Your Home? Reader Survey
3/16/14 05:30 PM

Echoing Jonnifer. i there was one true think about 20s, it's that I moved a lot and lived in group houses that accumulated a ton of stuff and took a lot of beating (including the party where everyone rolled up in carpets and slept on the floor. It was winter, and they were drunk. It was gross but also hilarious.

Buy off of craigslist and garage sales, and then you can discard everything but your clothes when it's time to move. One of the greg satisfactions of my life was that i could move myself in my car in more or less one trip. Made things easy. I bought my house at 29 and have been stocking it with great stuff ever since -- mostly from antiques stores (secret: unless it's 200 years old and french it is probably cheaper and better made than anything you can get at Ikea. I am writing from a 9 foot library table -- crazy solid -- that I bought for $500. I will never part with it. ) I will never move, but its funny, I still think about what i would take with me and what I would sell. My next for neighbor moved house and it cost him $8K to move his furniture. For that amount I could outfit an entire new house!


What I Wish I Knew About Home Decor When I Was 22
2/28/14 12:46 PM

i'd paint that one wall -- with the pantry -- grey. And the backsplash feels unfinished and contextless. I'd like to see an open shelf in wood that matches the trim just above it and wrapping into the corner, essentially "capping" it to make it make sense. (As it is it makes me wonder -- why stop there? Or why does it exist at all? ). If you do that, I think you have more color options for the pantry wall. It could be anything, as you've then contained the one design element.

I like the die of painting the back wall of the pantry -- or perhaps wall papering it.


Paint Color Suggestions for My Kitchen? Good Questions
1/30/14 09:22 AM

a bunch of small framed mirrors -- different frames, all painted the same color? (black? white? light blue to pick up on the pillow?). I'm feeling like UI want some sparkle back there
or
paint a chalkboard behind the tv and then draw in your husband's cartoons around the v and up to the ceiling?

tape off and paint a white chevron pattern (stretching the length of the tv cabinet and going up to the ceiling) with the mocha paint in between?

a collection of antique keys pined up haphazardly all around? I like objects.


Ideas for Decorating Bare Wall Around TV? Good Questions
1/9/14 08:02 PM

what kind of bed even fits in that space? American beds are at least 6' long -- queens are 6' 6".


How Can I Downsize to a 6'x6' Bedroom? Good Questions
12/9/13 02:42 PM

paint the ceiling lemon yellow and get a better light.
the problem with that kitchen is the lighting. snake a rope light up under the cabinets and maybe over it too. Add some of those architect lights high up on the opposite wall.

do the pegboard thing above but paint it either in white or with thick horizontal stripes like the rig -- white and the blue of the wall, or white and yellow.

consider mirroring the backsplash -- will bounce more light around the room.

or leave the walls alone and carry the horizontal stripe right up the door from the rug. would look very cool.


How Should I Paint the Walls in My Galley Kitchen? Good Questions
11/13/13 04:18 PM

I just made LA native's microwave pudding (but with actual sugar not Splenda bleck. My boyfriends mother once had a bowl of Splenda on the counter and ants got in it, then all died in a line. Eat sugar.)
It is cooling in the fridge. I added a touch of salt because it needed a littler perking up. Thank you for that easy recipe!


How To Make Perfect Chocolate Pudding from Scratch Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
9/26/13 06:16 PM

hillsd! you must upload a quick diagram of your kitchen with measurements (the Paint program in microsoft works well for this). I live for this sort of challenge.

pamh in dc
howtorunyourlife.blogspot.com


Kitchen Set-Up & Design Conundrums: What Do You Most Want Help With? Reader Survey
8/25/13 02:59 AM

Realize that great design comes from limitations, be the financial or spacial. Anyone can design a good looking room with unlimited funds, but that just encourages opening a catalog and pointing to everything you want. When you are limited, you have to be creative and you come up with cool solutions that would never otherwise have been required.


How To Stick To A Budget in Your Nursery or Kids Room
8/13/13 06:58 PM

well conceived, flavorsplash. right to the heart of it.


Garage Sales: Do You Let Your Kids Keep Their Profits?
8/12/13 07:24 PM

I am having a strong negative response to the idea that the kid's things are exclusively his and he deserves remuneration for parting with them. Background: I have a friend who recently got her hair did -- it was pricey and her son saw the price tag and was aghast. Later, he asked if they could go out for sushi and she said, no, we can't have expensive dinners out every night. He pointed out that she got her hair done for an exorbitant amount so it was only fair that he got to have a nice dinner out (the kid is 9). The difference here of course is that she works at a job for which she is paid well and which she doesn't like at all in order to pay the family bills -- and somehow that work part of the equation was lost on him. I remember feeling the same way -- that family money (which I had done nothing to earn) was equally as much mine as my parents, and I couldnt understand why my mom got so crazy when I wasted (her) money.. because in my head it was my money to what i wished with. I would have pounded me, if I were her.
This is a long winded way of saying: the stuff is technically his, but there should be parameters on it -- he needs to understand that his largesse is not his. It is actually family money that bought the goods and he needs to learn it is not an entitlement, but rather be grateful for it. I think the money should go into the family account for a vacation or something special (that said, maybe throw him a 20. He can just as easily budget/treat himself with that.)


Garage Sales: Do You Let Your Kids Keep Their Profits?
8/12/13 06:01 PM

I never ran into this problem till just now! The grit doesn't wash off. blanching the rest of it!
crunch crunch crunch. such delicious asparagus!


Smart Tip: Gritty Asparagus? Don't Just Wash It, Blanch It!
4/25/13 12:29 PM

Baked apples. Great as they are or with yogurt for brekky, with ice cream and cookies for dessert. Bake up a whole tray of them. They seem to keep for ever. And here's how to core them in about 4 seconds: http://howtorunyourlife.blogspot.com/2013/03/ballers-how-to-core-apples.html

pam h
howtorunyourlife.blogspot.com


Eat Breakfast Like a Mom:
6 Smart Breakfast Tips for Everyone Guest Post from Debbie Koenig of Parents Need to Eat Too

3/7/13 04:33 PM