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Display Name: MaryHS
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Have you had any issues with the bed being up against the window? My daughter wants a loft, but due to room's shape part of the bed overlaps the window. (And it's not conveniently at the end to allow a staircase a'la' ana-white.com's camp bed with stairs.)


Orrin & Thacher's Modern Rustic Bedroom Kids Room Tour
7/15/14 04:20 PM

What I've been looking for is blinds that open from the top down, like they have in my doctor's office. Not high tech, just high-privacy for ground-level living!


The Home Tech Upgrade You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without Décorview
7/15/14 10:53 AM

I'm with you -- I don't like artificial scents at all, and many trigger my migraines. No need to light a vanilla candle..just put out a bowl of vanilla.

Oh and for anyone who might have a backyard beehive -- avoid laundry softeners! Some component in them irritates the bees so they're more likely to get pissy and sting.


How To Get Rid of Funky Smells: Products, Remedies & Scents to Stop the Stink
7/15/14 10:51 AM

My summer in Norway I was given what my friends laughingly called "brennevin" -- and that "brandy" was pure moonshine. A shot of that and I was willing to swim in the fjord -- brrrrrr!

My friends at Aalborg Universitet tended more towards Aalborg Aquavit (of course!), Franziskaner weissbier (on tap at the pub), Louis Jadot pouilly fuisse (sold only by the case), or mead from the beekeeper who sold at the nearby farmer's market. But we were international too -- the grad students brought their favorites to share, so I got to try quince wine from the Balkans, Serbian brandy, and many kinds of German schnapps.
(What I really miss besides the people? Danish breads & pastries... best I've ever had, and I've been to Paris & Bordeaux. I'm told it's the butter, and I'd believe it.)


A Swedish Midsummer's Eve Party 12am-2am, Drinks
7/15/14 10:47 AM

Adventures in Plumbing for us -- we have a 1950s laundry sink with elderly faucet that developed a leak. The plumber pretty much looked at it and laughed. No longer standard so $600 to replace, so let's install a whole new sink! Um....no. I want the solid concrete sink.

We're RubeGoldberging the leak by putting an extra ball valve on it -- for less than calling out the plumber to have him laugh.


9 Cheap (or Free) Ways You Can Make Your Home (& Life) Better This Weekend
7/12/14 03:50 PM

Suggestion -- consider using an "on/off" lever before the head. Those let you temporarily turn off the shower flow without changing your heat settings. Super for soaping up a small child, shaving your legs, or making the mad dash for a new bar of soap. And, oh yeah... its original purpose... for saving on water during a drought.


DIY Renters Solutions: How to Replace a Showerhead
7/12/14 03:43 PM

Oh I like that idea. I may try a variation with an actual cooler though, or maybe find a way to add on insulation to the boxes and the underside of the lids.

Cara100 these inserts are actually Home Depot planters. If they're anything like the ones I bought a few years ago, there are removable stoppers so gardeners can drain or not depending on the application.


DIY an Outdoor Table with a Built-in Hidden Cooler Remodelaholic
7/11/14 10:33 AM

Looks like a good time!

One question - why is the ladder out? I'm assuming you have a reason, but it goes against all my childhood training. Dad drilled me to put tools away when done, and especially not to leave ladders where someone could easily knock it over or unsupervised childre might climb higher than their ability...


The Best Summer Party Ideas Better Homes & Gardens
7/11/14 10:28 AM

Sigh... I wish I could use magnets for my keys. I'm stuck with one of those electronic monsters to start my VW. And then there's the electronic entry keys for various buildings...


DIY Project Idea: How to Make a Small Entryway Wall Organizer (with Magnets!) Apartment Therapy Tutorials
7/10/14 09:31 AM

There's something for everyone -- I happen to like the vibrant blue entryway. It's over-styled for my life (too many pillows for a daily-use space) but as long as there's a place to hang all the coats & jackets needed in New England, it's a fun way to liven up one wall. If you notice, the rest of the room shows in the mirror--and it's still basic white&black.


Basic Befores and Awesome Afters: 3 Rooms, 3 Total Makeovers
7/9/14 10:38 AM

I'd be celebrating all right... and taking the money all the way to WorldCon in London later this summer.


Quiz Answer: Can You Spot the Most Valuable American Antique?
7/7/14 01:45 PM

This may be my favorite party writeup ever from any design site or magazine. It doesn't look staged, no one's posing, and it looks like a relaxed good time.

Now you have me homesick for my friends in Aalborg, Denmark! And for the carrots & baby potatoes from the farmer's market down the street from our apartment in Jyllandsgade.


A Swedish Midsummer's Eve Party 6pm, Dinner
7/7/14 01:40 PM

Man, the Jezebel comments on the vinyl floor are nasty. Sure, the vibrant color set doesn't match my style -- but it's an interesting new technique not a recommendation of color choices. Sure, it's a temporary material and might be tricky to remove later-- but don't slam her for being willing to try it. As she said, it's designed for gym floors and patching is easy.

For what it's worth, I'm experimenting with this same kind of tape on my front door -- it's an aging steel door that needs a total strip-and-repaint, and I wanted to get an idea of what it might look like with the 'panel' segments picked out in a different color. I happened to have a roll of purple floor tape rescued from the discard pile after my company's factory renovation, so I put it on. That was March - it's now July, and it's holding up so well that I decided to tackle something else first. And I've survived an experiment with crazy color without hyperventilating -- so that door will NOT be repainted white. ;)


10 DIY Ways to Rescue a Rental Bathroom
7/7/14 10:40 AM

Beautiful work -- the doors really transform it.


Before & After: From Stale Stereo to Sassy Sideboard
7/6/14 10:29 AM

Second one to add -- smoke detector. They do have a lifespan -- and they're designed to get oversensitive as they expire, so if you're annoyed with a smoke detector that goes off at the first hint of an over-toasted bagel, check the "change by" date.


It's Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
7/1/14 01:38 PM

I'll add one more -- the hoses between your plumbing & your washing machine. The manufacturer says 5 years, I've gone longer -- but only because my connections are 90% over the downstairs sink.

Down pillows can be washed -- first time I saw dry clean only, I laughed. I figure the DUCK got wet a lot, why not the feathers. Take them out of their waterresistant covers. Put two in the washer at one time for balance. Dry them on low with a clean sneaker, and leave time for several rounds just in case. Then for good measure put them in direct sun and flip'em and fluff 'em until they're puffy & dry and sanitized. Comforters get the same treatment from me, but go to the laundromat for this if you don't have a front-loader. (The center agitator can do weird things to the fill patterns.)

Sponges wash well too, even after they got stinky. Just please don't use them on the floor and return them to the sink...now THAT is scary.


It's Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
7/1/14 01:36 PM

I've wanted one with a pedal that works ever since I went to a no-electricity camping event where someone was selling repair services out of his trailer. Leather? Canvas? No problem!

I have a similar table in my shed that I want to use behind the door if I can figure out how to stabilize the veneer. Someone long-ago removed the old machine, and I want to make a box to fit into its space. Sturdy table for my daughter to put her backpack on -- and a space inside for useful things that would be easily found there in an emergency -- a flashlight & matches & hurricane candle, a pocket knife, etc.
Mine is "Domestic" brand which would amuse me for this purpose.


Versatile Vintage: Sewing Machine Tables in Every Room
6/27/14 03:13 PM

A thought for the IKEA slammers... the way you put down their style down is so very similar to how my family evaluated furniture from the 40s & 50s -- which is now held up as an elegant design choice again.

I like good Danish Modern and I like some of the IKEA furniture. So there's my $0.02.


Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/27/14 02:08 PM

Virginia I had to laugh -- in my family it's when you realize that emptying the sink strainer is no big deal. "It's just sink soup!" Alternatively, when you start squishing bugs for someone ELSE who is more squeamish than you. ;)


Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/27/14 02:02 PM

Hi ButterflyOrbs -- Another trick for taking photos of notes? Do this at museums! One photo of a fantastic artifact.... and the next of the museum tag identifying artist, source, century, etc. Fantastic for those of us studying primary sources for re-creating the crafts.


6 Small, Random Efforts That Pay Off Big at Home
6/26/14 12:59 PM