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I think the best you can do is try to balance "unusual enough to be interesting" with "not TOO weird". That was my guiding philosophy when I named my kids. Note that even then it doesn't always work out like you think it will-- when I named my Ava eleven years ago, the name wasn't even on the horizon. Now she complains about the eight bazillion under-five set Avas you hear moms yelling for in public. Oh, well, I tried, and it's still a gorgeous name. :) My son, Knox, worked out better. He's thirteen now and still pretty unique-- though I did panic a little when Angelina Jolie named one of her twins Knox. It didn't actually seem to catch on despite that.

I echo the multitude of disdain for "Brick". Give me a break. If I had any more kids to name (not gonna happen), I'd love Ivy for a girl or Jack for a boy. Not cutting edge, and I don't care.

Beyond Theo and Sloane: 100 Cool, Uncommon Baby Names
8/2/11 07:52 PM

Fair enough, but as there was no mention of it in the article, I thought it bore mentioning. Not everyone realizes how dangerous they can be. And the article isn't talking only about display, it's talking about using them. Peace. :)

Easy Breezy: Decorating with Vintage Fans
5/26/11 11:06 AM

Beautiful, yes, but a safety note of particular interest to those with children and pets-- some of those vintage fans can easily lop off a finger. Note the much wider gratings than in modern fans, and often-sharp metal edges.

Easy Breezy: Decorating with Vintage Fans
5/26/11 10:54 AM

I self-catered our wedding for fifty people because finances dictated it was that or nothing. I love cooking and I'm really good at it, and the food was wonderful (my sister bought us a wedding cake- I made everything else), but still. If I had it to do over again, I don't know that I would. I was SO stressed out and tired.

For the curious, the menu was:

Green apple bellinis
Large baked ham
Roasted beet salad (Ina Garten's recipe)
French Potato salad (also Ina Garten)
catfish pate
Fried chicken

Wedding Cake: buttercream pound cake with amaretto filling

And after all that, I barely ate any of it because I was so wound up. Figures. :P

Practical Advice for Self-Catering Your Own Wedding
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5/23/11 11:33 AM

omg, yes, drool. Drool x infinity. I generally prefer bright kitchens, but...gah! The stove! The refrigerator! The textures! And the STOVE.

An Alabama Kitchen by Tracery Interiors

4/6/11 10:42 AM

Scones are really best on the day you make them, and just passable the day after. I certainly would never recommend making them a few days before, unless you were freezing them, and even then that's not ideal. On the plus side, they aren't hard-- I make a different kind every week.

5 Ideas for a Make-Ahead Potluck Breakfast
4/6/11 09:04 AM

Oh, and to echo what people have suggested about going with a yellow sort of paint over blue-- I went with Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow and it is wonderful! Everyone who sees it loves it and it works with the oak quite well.

How To Update Outdated Oak Kitchen Cabinets?
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3/23/11 10:36 AM

Well, I like country, personally-- I realize not everyone does, of course, but it always bums me out a little bit to see how much it gets ragged on at Apartment Therapy. That said, I have basically the same cabinets in my new house, and I would also prefer to paint them (cream), but husband also said no. I also have black appliances. I've changed the awful hardware out to a nice, art-nouveau looking oil-rubbed bronze, am adding a bronze backsplash, and I ordered the Giani granite stuff in Sicilian Sand to paint the faux wood counters this week.

I think the suggestion to remove the frilly bits will help you get where you want to be; consider the Giani black to get different counters, and instead of bronze, maybe a stainless or stainless look backsplash. I haven't tried it, but for a tight budget you might consider the stainless look contac paper.

Best of luck, and please post pictures!

How To Update Outdated Oak Kitchen Cabinets?
Good Questions

3/23/11 08:53 AM

If you're cooking them in bacon grease (what can I say, I'm Southern), just sploosh the hot grease over the top with the spatula as they are cooking. Healthy? No. Tasty? Oh, yes. :)

Perfect Fried Eggs: Getting the Whites to Set
2/14/11 12:36 PM

The first cookbooks I ever got was a set of McCall's paperback cookbooks that my mom got me when I was eight; I was taught to cook early by the awesome cooks in my family (mom & grandma). The only one I still have is my favorite, World Wide Cooking. From that I learned an awesome chocolate mousse, zabaglione, gazpacho, and my irish oatmeal bread recipe. I still make these sometimes, especially the bread.

The first one I remember buying for myself is Sheila Lukins Around the World cookbook. It's still probably my favorite of all time-- my copy is splattered, battered, and near to falling apart. The pasta arrabiata recipe is peerless.

Nostalgia: What Was the First Cookbook You Ever Bought? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/26/10 08:01 PM