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Display Name: jenn_ness
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In the last place I rented, (I was there six years) I painted several walls, pulled out the downstairs carpet and polished the concrete subfloor. Never asked. Recieved my entire deposit back when I left. I also replaced the kitchen countertops and put in a new stove and dishwasher. It was home. Why wouldn't I make it as livable as possible?


Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 01:36 PM

Please the time you plan on starting as well as ending. Can't say how many times, I see ads that state -"No Early Birds" and yet don't list a start time.


The Anatomy of a Great Summer Garage Sale Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/12/14 07:08 PM

Hiya-

Not married. Living in sin. Just turned 40. Bought a stand mixer (kenwood) when I was 27. I love it and use it all the time. Can't imagine making holiday cookies the last 13 years without it. I moved in with my fella when I was 36, he had a bachelor's kitchen, and I had, well... everything. I have never bought (or thought to buy) kitchen gear, to be placeholders till or if I marry. If we marry we might change out some stuff, to incorporate "our tastes" better, but I can't imagine just making due, until I marry, someday. That seems sad.

Managed a Sur la Table, after college for a year, and I am in agreement with others on pans. Every set that you buy has two super functional pieces and 3 less useful ones. Pan sets are marketed to newlyweds, they are overpriced, because the companies know that they are being registered for and bought as gifts. Sets are also meant to lock you into the brand mindset of only All-clad or Calphalon, so that you will buy the other more useful pots or pans (which are more expensive) seperately.

Every amazing meal you have ever had in a resturaunt was cooked in a beat up crappy aluminum pot / pan. Expensive pans are pretty, not more useful. I buy my pans at a resturant supply store. Supply stores are fabulous, and they have massive selections of sizes. You really don't need to spend more than twenty bucks on a non-stick pan. No matter what brand you buy, they last 3-5 years depending on use.

Knives, are similar. You need three or four to start. They stay sharper and cleaner on a mag strip instead of a knife block that you can never clean. Paring knives are like non stick pans. Don't pay more than 5 bucks and replace every 3-5 years. (My paring knife is by Shun, but it was a product sample)

I heart my Dyson, I know people swear by Meile, but Dysons are great as well. When I had a roommate I used to vacuum after she did, and it was creepy how much dirt the Dyson pulled up.

I hope you have a great wedding!


Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/10/14 01:11 AM

Of course the needlepoint pillows were handmade by your Grandmother. The more I love something, the less likely it is to be available. They are beautiful, and I am deeply jealous.


Janine's Beautiful Baltimore Home House Call
7/2/14 11:04 PM

I also agree that Ike is wicked cute.


DIY Faux Card Catalog Cabinet Apartment Therapy Reader Project Tutorials
6/29/14 10:43 PM

Cabinet is beautiful. Bravo! I love card catalogs. I have both a mock one and a vintage one and love them both. I disagree that they are impractical storage, my vintage catolog holds all my small random bits and bobs, and keeps small things that would just be clutter well organized.


DIY Faux Card Catalog Cabinet Apartment Therapy Reader Project Tutorials
6/29/14 10:40 PM

There are a bunch of places. One in Burbank was recently going out of business. It was huge, and they had a crazy assortment of stuff. From dining chairs to trumpets. Tons of artwork.


Source For Painting from Suits Series? Good Questions
6/24/14 01:02 PM

I am so jealous how great basic IKEA pieces look in a fabulous European flats. I agree with everyone else those floors are wonderful.


Laurence & Fabrice's Friendly Eclectic Mix House Tour
6/18/14 07:45 PM

Whoopsies. Clearly Flu brain got the better of me. My Blackberry did not have fashion accessories.


This Smart Ring Changes Color When Someone Calls You Design News
6/11/14 02:02 PM

Not for nothing but my Blackberry had this feature at least 8 years ago.


This Smart Ring Changes Color When Someone Calls You Design News
6/11/14 01:58 PM

Okay the cabinets do look great, but let's also admit, that in the second photo you also turned on the lights, which adds quite a bit of additional ligtness.


Before & After: A $90 Weekend Kitchen Refresh
5/24/14 07:16 PM

I third, fourth and fifth the fireplace. What amazing color is it?


JJ's Mesh of Styles House Call
5/24/14 07:14 PM

Beyond the fact that this isn't a baby blog, it also isn't auto one. Slow day in the office?


Volvo Makes Inflatable Car Seat Design News
5/22/14 02:48 PM

I have a C7 and it is a great bike!


Public C1 City Bike
5/21/14 05:55 PM

Last summer in Palm Springs in a very over priced thrift store, I nabbed a brand new Pucci clutch out of the bin of old free with purchase make up pouches. I did not quibble at the two dollar price tag. I found a 15 drawer library card catolog with all it's orginal brass hardware for 100 dollars on craigslist, took me a week to refinish it, and I have no idea what it would be worth now, but I know I will never part with it.


Tell Us: What's Your Best Bargain Find?
5/21/14 05:44 PM

It was a crazy stab in the dark, but your Doodle looks a lot like mine, and you are in LA as well. Mine (Abe) will be three in August, we adopted him the first weekend of October and I have sort of always wondered about his siblings as he was the last puppy left. He was a backyard whoopsies and I can't remember exactly where we had to go to get him, off the 91 north of Long Beach. Mom was and 8 pound white toy poodle and Dad was a golden mix. Will crack up if we have littermates.


Ruby's Gorgeously Glam Nursery Nursery Tour
5/8/14 05:21 PM

Adorable room. Super cute pup. (is your doodle nearing three?)


Ruby's Gorgeously Glam Nursery Nursery Tour
5/7/14 04:45 PM

I am a little curious, I followed the recipe pretty closely. Added a little orange juice at the end and had a heavy hand with the spices. My chops came out pretty darn salty. I rarely cook with salt, so maybe I am a bit sensitive, but they were way salty. Is that how brined meat is meant to turn out?


How To Cook Tender & Juicy Pork Chops in the Oven Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
4/30/14 12:45 AM

Has anyone ever used Epmar sealers on their countertops? I have also had ardex on my radar to cover up boring and yucky 80's tile countertops. I have used Epmar on my floors and currently over wood as well. I love that is indestructable, and easy to clean.

I am a little surprised that you didn't credit or link to Kara Paslay. As far as I can tell, it was her idea to use Ardex unlayment as both a counter resurfacing and as a wall treatment.

http://karapaslaydesigns.com/diy-ardex-concrete-countertops/


A Cheap Fix: DIY Concrete-Finish Floors, Walls & Countertops
4/29/14 10:20 PM

Bravo!! you recused it from the landfill and made a piece you are proud of, excellent work.


Before & After: A Cheery, Spring-Like Vintage Vanity Chair Rescue
4/22/14 11:45 PM