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Lovely! I thought it would just be spraypainted gold and glass fitted. This is MUCH better


Before & After: A Rusty Reject Gets a Reclaimed Reno
7/23/14 09:05 AM

Agreed. I spent a lot of weekends catching up on chores while I lived alone, but my home was in much better shape (and it took me FAR less time) when it was just me and the cat. The husband and toddlers, while otherwise wonderful, are definitely in the "problem" not "solution" home categories.


5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 12:57 PM

My husband was enamored with our Dyson when we first got it too. Something about it making vacuuming more of a science than an art (don't ask). I thought it was worth the money just to get a household chore in his column -- but turns his excitement was pretty shortlived. I do the vacuuming.


Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/10/14 01:09 AM

Oh no, not this "controversial" tour again! Ah well, my opinions haven't changed. It's beautiful, it's impersonal. Like the front hall and kitchen, am put off by the living room and dining room (but I think they'd be fine without the accessories and with a couple of personal items). Unlike others, the bedroom doesn't do it for me, but to each her own.


Crystal's Dramatic Home in San Francisco House Tour
7/6/14 10:18 AM

Yeah, I guess the after is better... but I really did not notice. I tried.


Before & After: All White Kitchen Gets a Subtle Kick
7/3/14 11:30 AM

That's not the exact same table -- but I like the newer one better. I have the one in the first picture. The top is too much (looks a little cheap), so I prefer the wood top.


Seriously Sleek: 10 Stylish Home DIY Projects that Look Like Expensive Store-Bought Items!
6/23/14 09:07 PM

I don't mind the company name or fabric label, but the last thing I need is my employer shouting at me to love my job.


Trend Alert: Embracing Bold Messages in the Workspace
6/4/14 10:18 AM

Looks terrific! It's a beautiful floor, either way. (Can't believe it was painted, but good on you for finding the beauty.)


Before & After: Sunroom Floors Get a Fun Refresh
6/2/14 11:07 AM

My father-in-law owns a nursery, so I second the plea to support your local businesspeople instead of going to the huge home improvement stores! Their quality and expertise are far superior. During a sale, the prices are pretty comparable. Buy local!


Where To Get Plants The Gardenist
5/31/14 04:58 PM

Good advice -- but don't forget experiences. There are a lot of (literally) forgettable moments at bars in college, but hanging out with friends (including with alcohol) are some of my favorite college memories. Can't stay in and cook/study every night!


A Roadmap to Happiness: A College Student's Advice on Frugality
5/22/14 01:27 PM

Olderworker - the Newbury Street and Chestnut Hill (Atrium Mall) stores closed, but they reopened in the old Louie Boston building on Newbury and Berkeley. That's the concept of fewer, bigger historical buildings mentioned in the article. You should check it out - it's worth seeing, and then you might never shop at RH again because it's clear their stuff isn't marketed to people with less than 5,000 square feet.


Why The Huge Catalog?
And How Restoration Hardware is Becoming The Ikea of Luxury Furnishings

5/19/14 03:28 PM

Bah humbug to the whole not-an-online store. They aren't a brick-and-mortar store either.

I visited our local Boston megastore before placing an order for some cabinet knobs and light fixtures for the house we bought last year. My first impression was, "wow!". The store is visually impressive -- 20 foot ceilings, huge windows, huge chandeliers. My second thought was, "I guess they need 20 foot ceilings to make their 15-foot-long 6-feet-deep sofas look to scale." By the time I toured the fourth floor, I was a little tired of brown walls and Belgian linen fabric, and I resented that the place felt like a nightclub rather than a furniture store. (That's a bad thing when you want to buy furniture and hardware.) I was also hugely frustrated that none of the things I'd seen on the website (cabinet knobs, lights) were actually available in the store for viewing or purchase.

So, instead of having one of the hot women who were walking around place my order on an iPad (i.e., an online order from the store), I ordered my cabinet hardware and lights from home. The knobs came immediately and the return window ran out before I decided which to keep and which to return, so I'm stuck with the too-big extras (an expensive mistake on my part. I was busy moving in). Lights took 3 months to arrive and weren't as awesome as I'd hoped, based on viewing them online. Too bad I couldn't see them in the store. Or return them in the store.

Having stores with no inventory or sales (cash registers) or returns is not an "in-person shopping experience," no matter what the Playboy CEO tells me. RH is an online-only store, and it charges a ton for shipping, returns are very expensive, and many products take months to arrive. This is hardly a recipe for customer satisfaction. It's been a year, and I apparently still have a lot of resentment about the wasted money and disappointing product. (Well, I do love the too-expensive cabinet hardware that actually fit my cabinets.)


Why The Huge Catalog?
And How Restoration Hardware is Becoming The Ikea of Luxury Furnishings

5/19/14 03:18 PM

absolutely gorgeous


Before & After: An Outdated Master Bathroom Goes from Maroon to Modern!
5/19/14 01:04 AM

This is gorgeous. Love the modern/eclectic decor with historical bones and the outside space.


Chris & Damian's Updated 1898 Echo Park Home House Tour
5/15/14 12:19 PM

Boston suburb, single family ranch, radiator heat so they had to run vents through the unfinished attic = $13,700 inc labor, materials, permits.


How Much Does it Cost to Install a New HVAC System? Reader Intelligence Request
5/9/14 08:17 AM

Like it. It's perfect for your needs.


Before & After: Kim's Nursery Dresser
5/8/14 01:05 PM

Lovely! With all those issues, I don't think I would have tackled it -- but it looks great!


Before & After: A \"Wreck\" Gets Beautifully Redone
5/8/14 10:10 AM

Wow, surprised that people are judging this so harshly. Yes, some things feel a bit sterile (the kitchen is gorgeous but needs a few accessories, for one) and there were too many faces for my taste (buddhas, dogs, etc.)... but there's also lot to love here. Like, the house's gorgeous architectural details and the way she uses so much vintage furniture, but the effect is still current. Pinterest inspiration has its place!


Cynthia's Sunny Accents House Tour
4/17/14 12:16 AM

They look great! I didn't expect all the tufting, but it's definitely a cool and unique look. Good decision!


Before & After: The Fate of Sheryl's Vintage Chairs Good Questions Revisited
4/9/14 10:03 AM

Gah. Life is unfair. So jealous.


Mandy and Matt's Lovely Canalside Home House Tour
4/6/14 01:27 PM