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Display Name: jess13
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My bathroom. There may be carpet. There may be pink ceramic and cast iron things. There may be blue tile with terrible grout. There may be, but you'll never know because I'll be damned if I let anyone in there but select family members.

Also - cat hair and a certain carpet one insists on throwing all hairballs up on.

What Is Your Biggest Home \"Embarrassment\"?
10/14/13 11:56 AM

The link is not working for me, not that it would have changed anything I said. You people and your "don't criticize anything" BS are just hilarious, should we all check with you first before writing comments since you obviously know best?

Welcome to the internet, where not everyone agrees with you or likes what you put on it. Don't knock people who offer constructive criticism and posit dissent just because you don't happen to agree. You can go ahead and do it, but don't expect people to listen to you.

Before & After: DIY Makeover with Small, Chic Changes
10/14/13 11:46 AM

I like the wall treatment, however, the dresser:

This is not clever. Have you ever used electrical tape? The edges are super sticky, this will look...passable for a month tops before dust buildup starts to be noticeable. Why on earth wouldn't you just paint on the black stripes? You can get a 'tester' pot of latex paint at any hardware store for $2!

Before & After: DIY Makeover with Small, Chic Changes
10/14/13 11:10 AM

My grocery store sells chicken backs for $1/lb or less, so I'll pick up a pack if I need extra bones. Note these are not free-range or happy chickens.

Don't Have Enough Chicken Bones to Make Stock? Try This.
10/14/13 10:18 AM

I find it hard to believe you found it a bit "unnerving". What's unnerving about a service guy?
It would never occur to me, not in million years, to be worried about it.

So because you've never done X you find it hard to believe other people do X. That sounds like a totally sound and reasonable approach to life. Have fun with that.

Welcome, Stranger: Are You Comfortable With Repair People In Your Home?
10/11/13 02:46 PM

Love it! You can still see the detail n the top two drawers, what a beautiful color to ombre. I think the brass actually would have gone very well with the teal, but hey, nice job!

Before & After: An Old Chest Gets a Big Change
10/11/13 02:39 PM

Yes, I do try to avoid it. Now that I'm married my husband is pretty adamant that no contractor is there when he is not, some people call it sexist, I call it smart and realistic. When I lived alone in Philly and the Comcast guy came to hook my stuff up I had called a friend to tell her the situation and that if I did not call her again in x amount of time to call the cops. Thankfully the guy was very nice and polite. I do the same thing every single time I have a Craigslist transaction. There's a lot of crazy f*cks out there, I don't want to be the next one they get their jollies off on.

I absolutely do believe this is more of an issue for women than for men.

Welcome, Stranger: Are You Comfortable With Repair People In Your Home?
10/11/13 11:46 AM

Oh, really?

Welcome, Stranger: Are You Comfortable With Repair People In Your Home?
10/11/13 11:41 AM

After months of searching for something nice but under $75 I found this:

It's currently $75 for the queen set but I paid 60 something last year when I bought it. It is 100% cotton, machine washable, didn't smell funny out of the package, and is oversized which I absolutely love. Very good value.

Simple & Stylish: 10 Solid Color Quilts & Coverlets
10/11/13 10:32 AM

My Wegmans doesn't have frozen, but they do have them canned in water, so next time I'm there I will be picking up a few cans.

Recipe: Tart Cherry Crumble Recipes from The Kitchn
10/10/13 04:04 PM

It varies with season and mood, but there will always be two things made after a roast chicken dinner: stock for the freezer and chicken salad with dill and green grapes for my happy place. You've got me thinking about picking up another tub of green curry paste and coconut milk so I can throw together a quick curry next time.

My Cooking Routine: The Four Meals I Get From One Roast Chicken
10/10/13 02:40 PM

This is awesome. I never knew Ikea sold panels like that, got my brain spinning now...

Before & After: The Great Rooftop Grossness Rectification Project
10/10/13 02:18 PM

If your coffee is hot enough to curdle cream it's also hot enough to burn the hell out of your mouth.

Surprising Science: Why Adding Cold Cream to Coffee Keeps It Hotter Longer
10/10/13 11:49 AM

And then you realize you've spent $130 on a bloody smoke detector. I thought I was foolish splurging $35 on my Kidde talking smoke/CO detector (has different alarms for both and has a voice telling you which is being detected), now I feel much better.

A Smoke Alarm That Talks To You? That's the Latest Design from Nest
10/10/13 08:55 AM

My friend kept complaining that she killed off any succulent she brought home, even cacti and aloe. One day she went over to a friend's apt for the first time and saw his huge, gorgeous, healthy aloe plant and he told her all he does is water it daily. She thought succulents and cacti didn't need much water (as most of us do) but now that she's watering regularly they are all doing extremely well. Go figure.

When You Can't Keep Succulents Alive, Should You Really Be Keeping Plants? Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure 2013
10/10/13 08:51 AM

You know what keeps coffee hotter even longer? Adding warm or even room temperature cream! I know right, your mind is blown too!

I'll never understand why people add cold dairy to hot coffee. Unless you're at Starbucks or a gas station it just doesn't make any sense.

Surprising Science: Why Adding Cold Cream to Coffee Keeps It Hotter Longer
10/10/13 08:44 AM

Holy sh*t man, that is amazing work. I wish I had the knowledge and time to reupholster stuff like that!

Before & After: This Sofa Goes Ticky Ticky Boom!
10/9/13 10:12 AM

This couch begs to differ:

This is the Best Craigslist Ad You've Ever Seen
10/8/13 10:17 AM

You could throw a piece of granite or butcherblock on top of any appropriately sized dresser or cabinet, screw casters on the bottom (or not) and use that as an island. Way less work, more hidden storage. As a person with pets I'm not a big fan of open storage.

DIY Idea: Build Your Own Kitchen Island Cart Better Homes and Gardens
10/8/13 09:29 AM

This is so awesome it actually makes me want to have kids. So yeah - pretty damn awesome!

Toilet Paper Tube Halloween Creatures
10/8/13 08:41 AM