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Display Name: TeaTowelDame from TheDasherie.com
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mdorothy, great present, lovely story!

How To Be the Best Gift-Giver Ever
7/28/14 11:53 AM

Mess and dirt are not the same thing, and if you keep your space neat it's much easier and faster to clean. Also, between cleanings it looks pretty clean.

The best way I've found to keep a place neat is to have the place something should go be the nearest and most convenient place. This may mean adding new storage or removing existing storage. For example, I have a coatrack near my stairs, but the tall newel post was a single pace closer to the front door, so I got my builders to saw it off. Now the coatrack is the nearest and most convenient place to hang your coat, so we always hang our coats there and it doesn't feel like any effort.

7 Ways You’re Making House Cleaning Harder Than It Has To Be
7/28/14 05:16 AM

Such an improvement!

Before & After: A Breakfast Nook Gets a Bold Blue Look Under $600 Professional Project
7/28/14 05:09 AM

Wow, I swear when I saw that bottle I heard a coffin lid slam shut!

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 12:04 PM

Really love this, and love the writing style of this renovation diary too.

Mike & Sandie's Foyer: Wainscoting Renovation Diary
7/24/14 05:10 AM

I agree with the basket suggestions. In fact I think it would bring in a bit of texture that would work really well with your look. I think a wicker picnic basket (or even better two, in different sizes, one on top of the other) would look great up there. If you're not picnic people you could store seldom-used items in them and dust would be less of a problem as they are lidded.

BTW, I love your kitchen, both the two-tone look and the solid wall of cabinets. (I presume the pictures were taken before you finished tiling your backsplash?)

What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 10:06 AM

That Jonathan Adler sofa in navy is gorgeous!

Can You Help Us Find a $1000 Couch We Can Agree On? Good Questions
7/18/14 09:21 AM

I love this, the dark lower cabinets with wooden worktops and white upper cabinets is a beautiful, warm fresh combination. You do seem to have lost a lot of storage though, is there somewhere else not shown that you also use for kitchen storage? I also absolutely love the overlapping vintage window-frames in your dining area, really different and a great focal (and presumably talking) point.

Before & After: Melissa's Country-Meets-City Kitchen Makeover The Big Reveal
7/18/14 07:47 AM

I live in Dublin, Ireland and it's totally acceptable here to ask about rent (with the polite "if you don't mind me asking" of course)

Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/17/14 12:22 PM

I did wonder why this was a headscratcher as I live in Ireland where every front door has a letterbox (aka mailslot). I really don't think anybody is going to be able to reach through the letterbox and open your door. What is possible is for someone to put a fishing rod through the letterbox and steal the front door or car keys stored inside, near the door (there was a rash of this a few years ago). Although this may be more of an issue when you are in the house.

How To Make My New Mail Slot Burglar Proof? Good Questions
7/17/14 10:46 AM

If you use a basin in the sink then you can still pour unwanted liquids (tea, coffee, soaking water) down the sink without diluting your washing water. Also throw all your cutlery into the basin first, then when you're finished washing everything else it's been soaking and is much easier to clean. (Obviously if your cutlery is very dirty don't do this)

Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 10:24 AM

I'm sure this couple DO have a reason to have the bed in the kitchen area while the living area is separate. Having said that, I'd love to know what it is because, yes, it does seem like the bedroom and living areas could be swapped for a better use of the space. And it is a gorgeous space.

Bridget & Robert's \"Collected Treasures\" Budget Friendly Loft House Tour
7/17/14 09:24 AM

I like this, but high-gloss black is the least forgiving of paints, it shows up every dent and imperfection. However the effect of painting trim nearly always works I think. I once lived in a house where we painted the trim a different colour in each room (all the walls were white) and it looked terrific. And on the tiny landing that was literally one door wide by two doors long we painted each doorframe a different colour. It was pretty much the only decoration there was room for and it looked great, as well as making the space seem larger.

Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black
7/17/14 07:08 AM

I do love these sneak peeks at the catalogue, but am I the only one who is frustrated that the AT captions cover so much of the Ikea pages? I want to see what's being covered up!

IKEA 2015 Catalog Sneak Peek: Stylists' Ideas Worth Stealing
7/17/14 06:52 AM

This is really beautiful - stylish and grown-up yet with a playful feel. Excellent parent-child collaboration!

An Unexpectedly Chic Super Mario Bros Tween Room My Room
7/16/14 10:41 AM

This article seems to think all renters are apartment-dwellers and all owners are house-dwellers (#4 Mail is a pain, #8 Outdoor space is minimal, #9 There's never enough storage). Obviously plenty of people own apartments or rent houses, and mail delivery, outdoor space and storage space issues are most certainly not confined to renters.

Having said that, and in deference to my username, a good tea towel can make all the difference to any kitchen, big or small!

The 10 Worst Things About Renting (And How to Deal with Them) Renters Solutions
7/16/14 05:17 AM

When I had to go to the launderette I did it every two weeks. I put it in the machines, went to the supermarket then came back in time to put it all in the driers while I dropped my groceries back at home, then came back and folded everything while it were still warm ('cos I don't iron). I much prefer having my own washing machine, and I so much prefer being able to line or air dry my clothes, but I do kind of miss that fortnightly feeling of every piece of clothing I own being clean at the same time.

Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 10:57 AM

But how do you open the blinds in a power cut?

The Home Tech Upgrade You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without Décorview
7/15/14 10:48 AM

This is beautiful, I love the colour scheme with the two different colours of cabinet and you've really done so well with a difficult layout. And I absolutely love the cabinets on the non-kitchen side of your peninsula unit. This kitchen looks like a joy to cook in, and is clearly perfectly connected to the dining area too.

Before & After: Mallory's Complete Overhaul The Big Reveal
7/15/14 10:10 AM

Agree with most of the above - lamps, plants, a rug and some coloured throw cushions. But also things like books and ornaments. Currently this room give no clue to who lives here, some small personal details would really help.

Ideas for Living Room that \"Needs a Little Something Else\"? Good Questions
7/15/14 09:14 AM