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Where does one get a wood slice? Most of us don't have chopped trees and chainsaws laying there an easy place to acquire a slice?

DIY Tree Slab Side Table with Hairpin Legs Emily Henderson
7/18/14 03:45 PM

Never mind....I see you already answered that...

Kitchen Before & After: An IKEA Kitchen Renovation for $8,700 Kitchen Remodel
7/15/14 01:56 PM

Why not hang the uppers a couple inches higher and get rid of that weird shadowy gap? Or build them in with some trim?

Kitchen Before & After: An IKEA Kitchen Renovation for $8,700 Kitchen Remodel
7/15/14 01:55 PM

Every time I see your Chinchilla, I smile. And give you page click$ :-).

Tips For Negotiating a Lease with Exotic Pets
7/15/14 01:46 PM

I can definitely see this in a funky, fun place. 70's vibes aren't my thing, but I think this is very well executed!!

Before & After: This Dresser Will Win Your Heart
7/15/14 01:45 PM

That formula depends entirely on the local laws and renter's rights where you live. Look it up and tread carefully. Where I lived in Boston and Berkeley, that rule generally held (good tenant rights!) but I bet places that are more landlord friendly have different rules.

Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 12:32 PM

You are worried about dirt on clutter but not about aerosol E. coli on your bathroom drinking cup?

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 04:00 PM

I loathe pedestal sinks. I don't leave stuff out on my counter, but it is really nice to be able to do my makeup/hair/etc without having to precariously balance products on 2 inches of rounded sink lip. Rentals where I've had one, there wasn't any closed storage to make up for the lack of cabinet. Where am I supposed to put my blow dryer, makeup, cleaning supplies, tampons, extra toilet paper, etc?!

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 03:59 PM

The cookie butter is delicious on an astronomical level. It is also made with palm oil, which is made by clear cutting rain forest. Just something to think about. Wish I hadn't picked up a bottle of it, because then I wouldn't need to know what I was missing...!

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/10/14 12:27 PM

The Alameda flea market does preview days - essential if you want to score the really good finds. Also essential: being one of the first people through the door. Otherwise, the dealers get all the good stuff.

Smart Shopping: 5 Tips for Navigating the Flea Market
7/9/14 02:23 PM

Those are very popular bookcases available at DWR and CB2. They are wonderful space savers, and I think look great (we have 2). They are not a nightmare to dust - no more so than a regular bookcase would be. Less so, actually, as you don't have the awkward surface area of the bookcase to dust.

Maria's Playful & Polka Dot Home House Call
7/1/14 01:14 PM

Buy fabric by the yard for this....sheets are going to look seriously cheap, and actually won't be cheap! You can finish the edges with hem tape and an iron if you don't have a sewing machine!

How To Hang Curtains from Loft Window Frame? Good Questions
6/26/14 07:06 PM

I seriously doubt the OP has the budget to cover all that square footage with a temporary floor and expensive temporary wallpaper. (I've so been in your shoes! My grad housing looked very similar!). I think if you go for a deeper neutral, like a navy couch, and deeper wood tones, it'll contrast with the walls enough to make them fade away. Large area rugs will also distract from the vinyl floors and make the place a lot cozier! You could also frame smaller, cheaper art using large frames/mats to take up more wall space and create some drama with the art. If it's in the budget, maybe one of the smaller walls could have removable wallpaper - that way you aren't paying through the nose for something you won't be able to take with you when you go!

How Do I Decorate Greige/Yellow Graduate Housing? Good Questions
6/26/14 05:08 PM

People who live in hot/cold climates don't open windows - it isn't energy efficient.

6 Small, Random Efforts That Pay Off Big at Home
6/25/14 03:29 PM

Ceiling medallions and gorgeous fireplaces for the win!

City Living: Step Into these 12 Brownstones American Style
6/19/14 01:34 PM

....did you just Google your symptoms and write an article helping people self-diagnose via your unexamined ailment?

How To Avoid \"Painter's Shoulder\"
6/19/14 01:10 PM

The white isn't making it feel cold - that lack of art, mementos, textiles, lamps, etc is. What colors work with your belongings? Go with what looks good, because any wall color can be made to be welcoming.

Color & Shelving Suggestions for London Bedroom? Good Questions
6/16/14 02:18 PM

Cheaper paint isn't just less durable - it covers poorly, and shows brush strokes more readily. Unless you have more time than money, or don't care if your lightly-used furniture has obvious brush streaks, just get the more expensive paint. I find that once the 3-4 coats of cheap stuff vs 1-2 coats of the good stuff are taken into account, you are usually only saving around 25-30%, and you want to travel back in time to punch your past self in the face for making you do so much extra work.

5 Places Where It's OK to Skimp on a Paint Job
6/16/14 01:58 PM

So glad we've evolved beyond needing to take the delicate tastes of a late-working husband's aesthetic into account. Blech.

Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1975
6/13/14 06:36 PM

There is very clearly a shower curtain track on the ceiling of the bathroom - looks like the curtain is pulled around to between the wall and the bathtub behind the toilet.

Sheesh. Tough crowd. I thought this place was awesome!

Rupert's Form & Function Small Cool Contest
6/11/14 04:38 PM