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I go with the person who advocates trying to stain the paneling a lighter color. Is there some kind of wash or stain that would give it a white or light gray look while still being able to see the wood grain? Also I agree with painting and changing the fireplace and ripping up the rug, STAT. It can be a great room.

Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/24/14 08:37 PM

I am going to try this on our Crate & Barrel table.

Before & After: A Well-Loved Table Gets A Long Awaited Update
6/22/14 12:49 PM

Thanks for the info!

Peggy & Chris' Los Angeles Modern House Tour
6/17/14 11:32 AM

Hsu, Do you mind if I get really nutty and ask what the diameter of the pipe is?Did you have them the length at HD? And the style of the Restoration brackets? Thanks.

Peggy & Chris' Los Angeles Modern House Tour
6/16/14 04:45 PM

This house is amazing. As a fellow Angeleno I completely and deeply appreciate how they modernized an older Spanish home in a contemporary way maintaining the charm while simultaneously gaining an edge. No easy task and here accomplished gorgeously. I never "Pin" anything and I am saving this. Homeowners, so glad you gave the source of your curtain rod hardware because that is the one thing I want to replicate immediately. Where did you find the black iron pipe? Lovely job. Spanishy and modern. My favorite look for Cali! Well, one of them, who can choose when we live in a city this rich and diverse in architectural styles.

Peggy & Chris' Los Angeles Modern House Tour
6/16/14 01:30 PM

Second e_clare's comment on the Produckt milk frother. It is an integral part of our mornings. A pot of coffee from our French press, some milk heated in the microwave and frothed with Produckt gives us a really nice cuppa joe in the morning. I also love their plastic dish brushes, which are ridiculously cheap as well. Am going to look into the double boiler insert.

15 Smart & Inexpensive Kitchen Goods to Buy at IKEA Shopping Guides from The Kitchn
4/23/14 12:23 PM

Completely agree with the first commenter who recommends Cheryl Mendleson's book Home Comforts. I've owned a copy for years and often refer to it, especially the stain removal guide. Yes, she's anal, but her tips have helped me again and again. Maybe she's preaching to the converted in me. I've separated my laundry by color, and sub color, all my life. Plus, she's a lot warmer than Martha Stewart.

Also, agree with the Gretchen Rubin diss. Highly overrated and sometimes slightly bizarre. Just can't take advice from a woman who lives in one the world's fashion capitals (NYC) and cops to wearing yoga pants every day. As Jerry Seinfeld said long ago to George Constanza when he decided to wear sweatpants everyday, "It looks like you've given up."

Happier at Home: Top 5 Books for Homebodies
11/4/13 11:40 AM

Studio City home owner here. First, I would defend Susan's choices of places to profile. They are all fairly centrally located and places a person from out-of-town might choose to look at first. After all, the post is "How Much Does It Cost to Live in L.A.' Not How Much Does It Cost to Live 25 Miles Outside of L.A.. As far as the more far-flung locals like Sierra Madre and La Cresenta? Yes, totally gorgeous, but also pretty far out and then you get into the wicked commutes The Southland is so famous for. Also, I find a lot of newbies need some ramp-up time to get used to driving the freeways. Six lanes! Exit left! Carpool lane! Construction! It's not for the faint hearted.

We can quibble about housing prices, and like the people above I know people living in really inexpensive apartments in Los Feliz and people paying jumbo mortgages in the Hills. The thing that makes L.A. more expensive than cities like NYC or San Francisco is that you really need a car. Yes, there are people that make do without and God bless 'em but given the huge geographical areas most of us have to cover any given week, there are very few ways around having one. Let me repeat. It is very difficult here without a car. So unless you happen to have a lot of cash on hand, you are either going to be making car loan or car lease payments, as well as paying for maintenance, repairs and insurance, which depending on your age, sex and zip code can pack a wallop. Even without gas, a car is going to cost you a bare minimum of $200 a month and probably more like $300 to $500. Gasp. I know. But I am being realistic. Personally, I hate driving and wish L.A. had never gotten rid of the street cars, but there you have it.

Why do people come to L.A.? Well, one of this country's biggest exports is pop culture and this is where a lot of it gets made. I'm not saying it's good. I'm not saying it's bad. It just is. The people who made silent films moved here for the light and people have been following ever since.

What Does it Really Cost to Live in

8/15/13 04:27 PM

I would also say spot on, Abby Stone. L.A. is soo different from New York it is impossible to compare. I hated L.A. when I first moved here from Brooklyn 15 years ago, but have come to truly appreciate all it has to offer - mild seasons, a backyard with a Meyer lemon tree and bougainvillea vine, dips in my neighbors' swimming pools, the ability to say go the beach in the morning and then catch a concert at Hollywood Bowl at night, but mostly I relish the right to sit back and laugh at all the smug New Yorkers (many of them dear friends with tragic blind spots in their mental and emotional processing powers) bloviating on their inherent superiority. Oh man, I usually think when they start up, do they know how silly (and utterly UN-sophisticated) they sound? Oh, well, I guess it takes a certain amount of left coast zen to lovingly accept differences, whether n cities or humans.

A Survival Guide to Life in Los Angeles:
10 Things You Need To Know

8/7/13 03:07 PM

I agree with people above who say that although e-readers are uber-convenient, book books - in many but not all instances - can not be replaced. Regarding the relative green-ness of e-readers: the jury is still somewhat out. (See link below.) The greenest read is a library book.
For me, art books, coffee table design books, cook books with annotations, etc. are my irreplaceable books.

Are Books Obsolete? Thoughts on the Printed Word
6/19/13 03:29 PM

Disagree with some of the comments above. Thieves are more likely to know how to disarm your "security" system than they are to check every food jar in the kitchen. And FYI, deadbolts, alarms, etc. are all rather easy to trip. If someone wants in, they're coming in. The more cleverly it is hidden, the less likely they are to find it. Living in L.A. I consider the safe deposit box a dilemma. When the big one hits, is the the bank any safer than my house?

8 Secret Spots to Hide Valuables at Home
6/17/13 01:03 PM

I still might try and find the expensive chair on sale and save money on everything else. Cheap upholstered furniture wears out soooo quickly. But a great, great example of how to get the look with less $$$.

One Design, Two Budgets:
Chic, Comfortable Sitting Room

5/8/13 11:46 AM

Love that pink desk, too. Thinking I've seen it in ???? DWR catalogue or Room and Board? Beautiful house.

Chay's Lake Hollywood Spanish Hideaway House Tour
1/3/13 01:32 PM

Oh, I need this bad!

Join Us & Get Organized in 2013:
The January Cure!

12/18/12 04:34 PM

I can see why the owner wanted to 86 the oak cabinets. I'll never understand why people make cabinets that stop short of the ceiling, but I don't think I could live with the black. I would feel like I was in a nightclub circa 1982. Is Tainted Love playing in the background? . .Some perspective though: no storage in the first kitchen? I counted at least five drawers in the island alone. I have one drawer (one!) in my 1937 kitchen in L.A. . . do love that pantry, though! Happy cooking to the cook!

Kitchen Before & After: A Kitchen Keeps Its Footprint, But Gets An Updated Look Reader Kitchen Remodel
12/13/12 02:52 AM

Tripling the counter space and storage in a NYC kitchen is never a bad thing. My taste runs more toward white or light cabinets, but this probably goes bettter with a flow into a living space. I agree with the person who said that the before had tons of wasted space. I think this is an efficient and enviable re-model.

Before & After: Little Kitchen, Big Style The Sweeten
11/29/12 12:36 AM

Tripling the counter space and storage in a NYC kitchen is never a bad thing. My taste runs more toward white or light cabinets, but this probably goes bettter with a flow into a living space. I agree with the person who said that the before had tons of wasted space. I think this is an efficient and enviable re-model.

Before & After: Little Kitchen, Big Style The Sweeten
11/29/12 12:36 AM

Sammi M!

I tried this and got great results. I had two relatively new (3+) year-old pieces. One a dutch oven and the other a boulibase pot, which is a large soup pot, shaped something like a wok. The dutch over in particular had some large browning stains on the bottom due to the no knead bread someone else mentioned above and as well as the usual tomato and wine sauces and ribs that had cooked in there.. Results from the Tide method were AMAZING. I can not say the pieces look brand new because both retained the slightest, slightest, barely-there brown splotches in places, but really if you weren't looking closely you would think they were brand new. On one I had previously used the bleach method also and scrubbed lightly with Bon Ami. Obviously, neither worked as well.

The Tide method worked way, way, waaaaaaay better. Also tried it on a small casserole piece, which is probably 25 years old and very, very badly stained BLACK from a popcorn burning incident. While that one is still stained it is probably 50 percent better and I would be curious to see what another treatment would do.

My experience with the treatment? It is weird to load up your cooking vessel with what turns out to be a fairly sludgey combination of Tide (I used powered for HE washer, because that's what I had on hand) and water and then boil. It is also not a cheap solution given the price of Tide and the size of my pots, but I am glad I have it in the cleaning arsenal. (Note, watch the pot, because the mixture can get very frothy and boil over.) But again was very happy with the result.

I have read many, many threads about cleaning Le Creuset on many websites. (Obsessed? Yes!) This was the most complete discussion and offered the best tips. I have been reluctant to scrub too hard with either Bon Ami or Bartender's friend. Years ago, I used Comet with bleach on some of my older pots and regret it. I think it was too harsh on the finish. But again for anyone else reading this thread. The Tide method really, really really worked. As a test case, I may try the baking soda in my little stained popcorn mess, just as a control experiment, but I can highly recommend the Tide method.

So that is my experience. Thanks Sammi for this suggestion.

How Do I Clean the Stains Off My Le Creuset Dutch Oven?
Good Questions

10/11/12 01:38 PM

Kudos to anniva whose method is the most advanced. I never thought of boiling the water to use the kettle as a top cooker. I've been doing half the method: I cover the sandwich with a little foil top and then fill the kettle with water and place on top. Pressing is optional.

5 Ways to Make a Hot, Crispy Sandwich Without a Panini Press
10/1/12 03:42 PM

This was yummy, although I cheated (it was a weeknight and late at that) and used the spicy bean dip from Trader Joe's as the bean spread. Also used their whole wheat and flax seed tortillas and added avocado slices. Will definitely make again.

Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Fajitas with Creamy Black Bean Spread Recipes from The Kitchn
9/25/12 02:11 PM