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Display Name: croquemadame
Member Since: 11/24/10

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This is a tough one for us. Our front door opens into a hallway where there's really no space for a table, and the landlord won't allow nails or screws to be used in the hallway (one of his many kooky restrictions). My boyfriend and I usually end up flinging things on the guest room bed, as it's the nearest flat surface. Maybe a little table in the guest room would help, since we can't fit one in the entryway.

The Clutter Filter: Create a Landing Strip January Cure: Assignment 9
1/14/14 04:33 PM

I love pumpkin and pumpkin spice. I find Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte way too sweet, though. It's a drink for someone who doesn't like coffee, I guess. I like putting a bit of pumpkin pie spice in with my coffee grounds at home.

The Inescapable (and Mostly Pretty Awful) Pumpkin Spice Trend
10/24/12 12:01 PM

I'm right handed, and I keep the fork in my right hand the whole time and cut with my left. That's what's most comfortable for me. I guess I'm not very sophisticated.

Using Your Knife and Fork: The American Way vs. the European Way
2/17/12 10:12 AM

Last year, I made vanilla extract as a gift. It's really easy to do: slit open vanilla beans, put them in a jar, immerse them in vodka, and shake every few days. If you want to have it ready by Christmas, you'll have to start ASAP, though.

Good Ideas for Yummy Food Gifts for the Holiday Season?
Good Questions

11/7/11 09:56 AM

Made this last night--so good! I added a teaspoon of vanilla and sprinkled vanilla sugar on top because I am a vanilla fiend.

Weekend Meditation: Homesickness and Plum Cake
6/28/11 10:23 AM

I have a real mix of things that I saved up for and things I got for nothing.

My most expensive purchase was a $1500 mattress. I saved up for it for months. It's the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on, and I don't regret the money at all. My other big purchase was $1100 for four curtain panels--but we don't have a lot of art, and they are gorgeous and make our living room a much happier place.

On the other hand, we inherited our couch and dining room furniture, and my dresser is from Ikea.

I'd like to gradually replace my cheaper and/or less-loved pieces with quality things, and I don't mind paying for them, but that means saving up. I'm young and I don't make that much money, so it's going to be a long process.

What We Spend on Furniture
6/16/11 01:48 PM

I kind of did this out of necessity. My landlord said we couldn't move in unless 80% of the floor was covered with rugs, and I had barely any furniture to begin with. I picked a big, colorful rug from Anthropologie because it was on sale and I knew that with their good customer service, it would arrive in time for me to move in. We inherited a black leather couch from family members and picked up the green in the rug in our curtains. Kind of haphazard, but it worked for us.

Building Your Room Around a Statement Rug
Shelter Pop

6/10/11 12:42 PM