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Display Name: maryl
Member Since: 3/20/11

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Took her "forever to notice him"???? He's adorable OMG. Lovely couple; lovely home.


Chris and Amber's Old + New Renovated Home House Tour
7/30/14 11:19 PM

"Trying" to keep a house is one the most common mistakes. I know it's giving up on the American Dream but it can be a money pit shackle. Explaining to your children what's going on as soon as it becomes apparent...Depression Era children were able to adjust. It will also be obvious what one really doesn't need. Those who have little share more than those who have tons. Our taxes pay for some diminishing social programs but we who are on the brink also give to charities that help the even less fortunate. The rich give to the opera and museums....and get a tax credit.


Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/27/14 12:15 PM

I'm thinking that "alliecan" is VERY attractive. They have done studies that a pretty young thin girl will have dozens of people stop to help when they are broken down on the side of the road. An overweight middle aged woman will be driven by for hours.


Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/27/14 12:01 PM

One needs the time to get all these services. I would walk (with a stroller and oxygen tank) 1.5 miles to receive WIC. There were only so many buses. Social Services wanted me to go home and count the change in the piggy bank and come back next week. This was 27 years ago when services were easier to get. I received a whopping $14 a month in Food Stamps because I worked. I wouldn't have made it without these services but wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy.


Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/27/14 10:54 AM

It does take a while to make a home...and sometimes the most creative elements come out of frugal means. Love this house. It does take a lot to dust I'm sure and they don't seem to be the type to let a little dust ruin their day...
Love the color! Stunning fabrics. There have been a few fabulous eclectic art filled homes on AT recently...I hope the responses have been favorable. More please.


Caro & Josh's Colorful & Quirky English Home House Tour
7/23/14 10:52 PM

Yep. My thoughts exactly.


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Face-lift on a Budget
7/20/14 07:48 PM

If it's not raining put it out on the curb....it will be gone. There are scavengers that troll where garage sales are just for this. Go ahead vultures pick the bones clean. It's the circle of life....one man's junk is another man's treasure.


After the Garage Sale: What to Do With What Didn't Sell Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/20/14 01:40 PM

Maybe this a very old article but...those infrared furnaces that cost "pennies a day" to operate. Like 1200 pennies a day. My electric bill was $400 in one month...okay granted I do have a refrigerator and a few lamps, but my bill is usually about $75 tops.


The 5 Devices that Burn Through Your Power Bill
7/20/14 01:36 PM

Am seriously thinking of refinishing my pink steel kitchen cabinets...love them but am sick to death of pink (like a Barbie Dream Kitchen). I see the two colors I've been thinking of here together...this will be a huge task but I am inspired.
Love the use of color.


Revisiting Scott's California Bohemian House Tour
7/20/14 01:23 PM

So very nice. There seem to be a few hundred sq. feet not shown...is that where you stash the clutter? I'm always amazed at people our age with no clutter. I love the warm woods and the floors...oh oh oh love those floors.


Jim & Laura's Light-Filled Providence Colonial House Tour
7/20/14 01:17 PM

She drink cream and sugar in her coffee? That's where many of the spoon use comes from around here....I borrow a handful of those black stir sticks from work (or Starbucks or McD).


The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/19/14 08:34 PM

My mother drank black coffee from the same unwashed mug at work for years...it was well "seasoned" as she said. She worked in a hospital and had two weeks of sick days every year (plus 6 weeks vacation...nice, eh?) and never used them...I mean never. She called off sick the morning she died at age 83. It builds up your immune system...or kills you. Such is life.


The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/19/14 08:21 PM

Ruby Dahling ....we are now considered "vintage"....cars are vintage at 25 years and it may be the same for furniture. UGH that stuff from the 80s will be the hipster's rage any day now.


Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Goes From White to Wow!
7/19/14 02:25 PM

An Apartment Therapy 1st....a piece of furniture that wasn't "updated" by being painted WHITE....love the tangerine...melon...coral....and the legs are a nice touch.


Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Goes From White to Wow!
7/19/14 02:22 PM

I had a delicious jar of Bavarian Sauerkraut that I just couldn't open - no way/ no how- that jar opener was the best thing I ever bought. But I'm older and have a problem with tendonitis in my wrist. I am paring down my knives to the ones I use though. We had one "sandwich" knife that came in the set that we used for everything...never found another one like it...had many that looked like it. My ex has it now...although it did belong to his mother.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/12/14 11:13 AM

Oh the lovely portraits peeking from behind the foliage....and the most perfect leather wing chair. This is what a home looks like when it's built slowly over time. More like this please


Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home House Tour
7/12/14 10:53 AM

Nice. I'd like to see this in 20 years. I almost looks too fresh. Very nice job. Great save.


Before & After: From Stale Stereo to Sassy Sideboard
7/6/14 11:26 PM

Nice job...looks great. Also never overlook just the guts of an ugly useless lamp. The switches, wire and sockets can get pricey to rewire lamps...


Before & After: A Dumpster Lamp Gets a New Life
7/5/14 11:39 AM

Ah a kindred spirit. I really love that you've collected beautiful pieces and kept them as is...flaws and all add to their character. I like the pink bathroom...the tile work was done by a long gone master...you've done a very nice job of accessorizing it. I have few store bought accessories...mostly gifts from friends... mostly in what AT calls the "outbox". Charming place...stay poor and creative... travel.


Christina's Comfortable, Collected Austin Abode House Tour
7/5/14 12:04 AM

If you wear a shoe size 9 or smaller try finding office files for 8.5 X 11 paper...the vintage steel kind...with adjustable shelves. I picked one up for $5 at a church sale.


No Closet, No Problem: 10 Fixes for Apartments with a Lack of Closets Renters Solutions
7/4/14 12:27 PM