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Display Name: Rhonda N.
Member Since: 9/1/10

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I like the breakdown here for those of us on the remedial decorating/design end of the spectrum. Sadly, there will likely be no more wee ones in my home or I might just copy this bit for bit!


Step by Step: How To Turn Inspiration Into Decoration
5/7/13 09:31 AM

Kudos for brainstorming good use for an otherwise wasted material.

The very first picture (and the second) look like a monstrous fungus is consuming the chair. I would sit in it because I am not afraid of a monstrous fungus - unless it's in my shower, as I feel my privacy has been invaded. :)

The up-close picture looks less like a fungus and more like a chair that didn't quite make. I'd still prefer a chair molded both front and back, if that's possible to do with the material.


Well Proven Chair: Made from
Wood Waste + Bio–resin

2/22/13 11:37 AM

Good gravy - they are putting in a rail. The idea was for us to look at the new, improved room as it is finished enough to give us an idea. That's it. And I like it, by the way.


Before & After:
Kate & Ellen's Living Room Revamp January Cure Reader Projects

2/5/13 11:03 AM

Hey Smarteralec,
I truly think if you leave out all navy and white stripes or any anchors, etc., you avoid a twine = nautical equation. After all, twine is just as useful on a farm, or in a factory - heck, for many house projects, in addition to wrapping your banisters or other pipes. ;)
Just meant for a little reassurance. If you love the look, I bet it will also look great and chic in your home!


Chris Barrett Design's Creativity Warehouse Workspace Tour
2/5/13 09:17 AM

I enjoy the disagreement over beans/no beans more than I care about the 'right' answer! :)

If I put beans in my chili, it's black-eyed peas or purple-hulled peas (are they the same thing? Yes, i can google it myself.) They stay a little crunchy, which I prefer over mushy beans.

I had a neighbor when I first moved to Houston who was a quintessential, bonafide cowboy by upbringing - handlebar moustache and everything - except that he was a Harvard-educated lawyer. I'll never forget his no-nonsense take on it: "If you want beans, eat beans. If you want chili, eat chili." I wish I had pointed out what Christine M. said above, about chili technically not having meat either. :)

I used his maxim to serve up my chili at a chili cook-off. I took second, but bet I would have taken first with the black-eyed peas in it.


How To Make a Very Good Chili Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
1/31/13 01:29 PM

Fun indeed.


One Design, Multiple Budgets: A Beautifully Patterned Big Kids Bedroom
1/28/13 10:20 PM

Who cares if everyone has an expedit? I have several because they fit my stuff well - really well, unlike most other bookshelves. And yes, I like the way they look and their infinite versatility.


The World's Most Popular Bookcase:
Best Uses of the IKEA Expedit

1/22/13 02:30 PM

Lanolin for my dry chapped lips (and sometime kids' chapped faces and noses as well as the occasional overnight foot treatment - a little lanolin goes a long way. I still have a tube from nursing 5 years ago!).

Eucerin for my hands and feet.

Water to drink and the aforementioned humidifier.

Wool socks!


Cozy Living: 8 Winter Essentials
1/18/13 09:36 AM

Wow. Thought I'd be only one with JC Superstar! Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat works too.

Also Prince, CCR, Alan Jackson, and Randy Travis.


Do You Clean to an Embarrassing Soundtrack?
1/4/13 12:42 PM

I have similar issue, but with a niche in my living room built for giant tube tv. I have an armoire that fits well but doesn't look right. May have to submit a photo for the 'Good Question' series.


Before & After: Tube TV Armoire Gets a Widescreen Upgrade Reddit
1/3/13 10:31 AM

I like the cards sent to me from the person who got free cards and labels from the Humane Society (or Open Door Mission - whatever).

I like the cards sent to me that my great aunt bought at Costco after the holidays last year.

I like the cards that my graphic design friend made with actual pine needles on it.

I like the cards that cost a small fortune.

I like the cards that have no photos.

I like the trifold cards that have photos plastered everywhere - front and back.

If you sent it to me, I love it. Thank you for sharing yourself with me, in whatever style. I hope I'm as thoughtful and organized as you and actually get one out this year.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Burning Question for Parents: Do You Put Yourself in Your Holiday Photo Card?
12/9/12 03:46 PM

Sigh.

Consider this a sort of confession. I have, indeed, not RSVP'ed (by the way, RSVP is actually a verb co-opted for nounhood, so I will use it as a verb). I was not too busy, but probably forgetful.

Same with thank-yous. No rudeness intended, but effects of rudeness acknowledged.

I now try to make a point of responding right away. I'm still not as great with thank yous, but am trying harder.

I send my repentance out into the universe. And, I pray that this is all anyone asks of me is to be sorry and try harder next time.


Party Planning Vent: What's So Hard About RSVPing?
11/8/12 03:50 PM

I've been planning to do something similar to mine - thanks for the motivation to get started before the kids are too big! (Although, if it looks good enough, I could just keep it out there....)


Before & After: A Little Tikes House Gets a Paint Job
9/15/11 05:44 PM

A woman was shot in the face at point-blank (she survived! incredible story) in the house caddy-corner from our first rental home.

My friends, who bought the house, did so because they got a great deal on it. They had to clean up a lot (not blood, but fingerprint dusting powder, etc.). It's always amused me because the husband of this friendly pair is frugal to the extreme. The house became a happy, sweet family home for them.

I say buy it!


Would You Buy a House with a Dark History?
Good Questions

9/9/11 06:12 PM

Wow - I could have written an article for AT! (No sarcasm in the above exultation.)

Being organizationally challenged my whole life, I finally got tired of searching for my keys. Having just replaced my old, grody switch plates (truly, you have no idea) with some pretty metal ones, it occurred to me that hanging my keys via strong magnet would keep my keys right where I want them. Enter some super strong, teeny little magnets from The Container Store. I had used them for kids' school papers, and knew them to be really sturdy at about 1/8" in size. The only difference here is that I just snapped the magnet on the plate. It's so small, you don't see it at all when the keys are there, and you'd have to be checking for it to notice when the keys are off.

It holds my remote control car key (like the one in the picture) along with two normal house keys. I think it would hold more if I tested it. And my little magnet has not messed with the remote function in any way.

I (almost) never lose my keys at my own house anymore. They come in the house from the car and snap on the magnet before the door is even shut.


Don't Forget Your Key: A Quick DIY Tip
8/12/11 03:03 PM

A fifth vote for City Museum in STL - which is NOT what you think it is. This place is insane! Made of mostly reclaimed materials (if not all?), it is straight from the dream world of a genius mastermind.

Rebar tunnels several stories high? Slides made from those rolling conveyor things in factories? Marbles and ceramic tile bits used all over? A bus on the roof? A giant grasshopper? An airplane perched in midair...that you can climb on? Cocktails served until 1:00 a.m. to grownups who then go climb over said rebar tunnels? Wow.

There is no way to describe this. My kids aren't the only ones who clamor to go to City Museum. (We live in TX, so we've only been once. And I promise, none of the above is exaggeration....)


United States of Design Road Trips: The Midwest
American Style

7/28/11 11:12 AM

I thought the cork tiles were intentionally off?

But, I am rather into sloppy....:)


Home by Novogratz: Episode 2 and a Q&A with Cortney
Would she paint a teak Danish modern chair?

7/27/11 11:23 PM

@kkr - important distinction! You could really foul a project by using concrete when you needed cement - or vice versa.

Love concrete, love this:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/chesterfield-sofa-made-from-an-unexpected-material-126229

And wish I could find an example of someone who had covered an old sofa in some kind of cementitious material - I've seen one completed with mosaic pebbles, and want to try it myself someday! There a lovely one outside a secondhand shop in Cowan, TN. Keep trying to find someone to tell me how it was made; no luck so far.


Cement Furniture Warm & Industrial or Hard & Heavy?
6/14/11 10:12 PM

Dang - was just looking up this post to copy/paste on a new AT article, and instead commented here instead of there. Thus the irrelevance and/or redundancy above.


Chesterfield Sofa Made from an Unexpected Material
6/14/11 10:12 PM

@kkr - important distinction! You could really foul a project by using concrete when you needed cement - or vice versa.

Love concrete, love this:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/chesterfield-sofa-made-from-an-unexpected-material-126229

And wish I could find an example of someone who had covered an old sofa in some kind of cementitious material - I've seen one completed with mosaic pebbles, and want to try it myself someday! There a lovely one outside a secondhand shop in Cowan, TN. Keep trying to find someone to tell me how it was made; no luck so far.


Chesterfield Sofa Made from an Unexpected Material
6/14/11 10:10 PM