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Display Name: JeniSandberg
Member Since: 4/4/11

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Ha--I have a black-and-white checkerboard linoleum floor in my kitchen. I like the look but I have the worst of both worlds! It *never* appears clean.

On the Kitchen Floor: Dark vs. Light
11/6/12 01:29 PM

In NYC, I have used Lore Decorators (212-534-1025). They're in Spanish Harlem, but they have a truck and will pick up and deliver. They reupholstered two fun '60s armchairs (with piped edges, loose seat cushion with zipper and those little slip things that go on the arms) for about $600 (as I recall--it was some years ago). I got cheap fabric from a shop on the Lower East Side. Lore did a nice job, no complaints.

In the DC/Baltimore area, I recommend Discount Fabrics USA in Thurmont, Maryland ( They specialize in upholstery fabrics. I have gotten fantastic deals on their remnants--only $5 a yard. It's a bit like any discount place though--you never know what you will find, and you have to be a bit flexible and open minded.

Case Studies of Real Life Upholstery Jobs: What Do People Really Pay?
6/19/12 07:06 PM

I'm Gen X and after living in New York forever, I recently bought my first house in a small town. I had thoughts that I would grow pretty flowers and start a vegetable garden, but really, I hate the yard and anything to do with gardening! I hate the bugs and the dirt and that it is just never done. The endless weeding is a nightmare! The front yard, the back yard, the neighbors sitting in is just not my thing. I would rather spend my time on other things.

Where Are the Gen X & Y Gardeners? The Gardenist
5/3/12 12:33 PM

My smallest apartment was literally a broom closet--220 square feet. The pros: on New York's Upper West Side, lovely pre-war building, great doormen, right on Broadway and very near transportation--and only $350 a month! The cons: the apartment was the former broom closet in the lobby of the building, the world's smallest bathroom, one tiny window looking on to the air shaft, and massive water bugs constantly came in through the drains. Did I mention it was $350 a month?

How Small is the Smallest Space You've Ever Called Home? Reader Survey
4/11/12 12:38 PM

Joys (a few from the many):
I sing--loudly, badly and often.
I am messy or neat as I see fit.
I choose the paint colors--no compromises.
Occasional pantsless-ness.

No one to do the dishes if I cook.
No extra pair of hands when I want to hang a light fixture.
I have to kill any spiders that show themselves.
After I eat all the peanut butter, there's no one I can send out for more.

If I could hire a cute handyman with benefits, I think I'd be set.

The Joys and Drawbacks of Living Solo
3/26/12 09:54 PM

Bless you! I feel like I can come out of the closet--I suck at DIY! I have ideas for projects and great admiration for those who can do it, but I somehow lack the skill and patience to pull it off myself. So I am very happy to support handmade artisans on Etsy and in my local area!

Not a DIY Person? Be a DIBSHA Person Instead!
9/7/11 03:21 PM

I've just put different grays throughout my new house and I have oak floors, too. I love it! I've got Benjamin Moore Gray Husky in the living room, Silhouette in the Dining Room and Revere Pewter in my bedroom. I'm currently house rich and cash poor, so I hardly have any furniture--lots of floor is visible.

Warm Oak Floors with Cool Gray Walls?
Good Questions

8/24/11 08:17 AM

Ooops, sorry, 1940 for The Philadelphia Story.

Cinema Style: 20 Unforgettable American Movie Interiors
8/3/11 03:40 PM

I submit for your perusal The Philadelphia Story, 1939, Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Snappiest dialogue ever and awesome, old school, Main Line interiors. The cabanas by the pool! My, she was yar...

Cinema Style: 20 Unforgettable American Movie Interiors
8/3/11 03:38 PM

Hooray for American design! From Duncan Phyfe and Herter Brothers to Edith Wharton and Dorothy Draper, our country has a fabulous history of incredible design. Looking forward to your posts!

July is All About American Style!
7/5/11 03:51 PM