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Display Name: Virginia Grayson
Member Since: 11/30/11

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Wine shouldn't be put where heat rises anyway.

Ceiling hung bird or other mobile-type art.

Tile to match backsplash.

Counter depth refrigerator and tidy/remove refrigerator art will also help - this all draws attention to the refrigerator.

What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 08:59 AM

While I like open spaces (and am willing to own less stuff - not judging), I understand the need to maximize all surfaces.

Decide what would best be stored there.

If you need space for smaller folded items (undies/socks), look into stacking drawers the depth of the dresser - like a dresser on top of a dresser.

Smaller items, such as jewelry could be stored in small drawers, but I'd think vertical space on those - wall mounted small drawers or a rack for draping jewelry.

I multi-tier rack/lazy susan might work for you but the round shape doesn't maximize the surface space.

Drawer organizers are another option if you don't mind the look of them sitting on top of the dresser.

A small row of open bins - the kind with the slanted towards you opening - could allow for easy storage - socks, etc.

How To Get the Most Storage Out of Dresser-Top Space? Good Questions
7/23/14 07:59 AM


Change Your Space, Change Your Outlook: 10 Ways to Be Happier at Home
7/23/14 07:27 AM

Love the ombre chairs.

Jocelyn Scrapes Back Her Loft House Tour
7/23/14 07:25 AM

Super funny!

Jocelyn Scrapes Back Her Loft House Tour
7/23/14 07:24 AM

Super funny!

Jocelyn Scrapes Back Her Loft House Tour
7/23/14 07:24 AM

This lamp would give me nightmares - it's like the monster escaped the closet!

Atomic Table Lamp
7/22/14 08:14 AM

What a fun project and you are fortunate that the owner is willing to invest in your new home.

So glad that you are planning to paint the cabinets. That was my first thought too.

I would prioritize those things that a contractor MUST do and defer the rest. For example, new countertops over a new stove - as long as you plan to install another free-standing/drop in range, you can do that later.

The front cabinet/island counter looks like wood and is very nice - I would retain that but, depending on condition/your taste perhaps darken it (be food safe with that). If you do want/need to change it though, enlarging it so that you have a larger work/eat area might be a good idea.

New backsplash could add a lot and, if you wish, incorporate utensil hanging options.

I'd do something to get that microwave off the counter - in a cabinet (upper/lower).

What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 08:13 AM

Love Command products and have had zero problems - perhaps the paint had not yet cured. I would NOT use them on new paint - let it sit a month.

10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About
7/21/14 02:19 PM

Thank you for turning the knife inward!

Read Ms. Manners books and you will be amused, educated, and have the opportunity to be near perfect!

How To Set The Table Properly
7/21/14 02:17 PM

Lovely space using my favorite color scheme with many covetable items. Thank you for sharing.

Gender decorating? Good grief! Gender identity is on a continuum.

If the header was something like "Man Cave Decor", I could understand the commentary on this.

Rich Textiles in Russian Hill Professional Project
7/21/14 07:05 AM

I love the 3d one and the skirt/pant hanger idea.

DIY Wall Art: 10 Fun & Affordable Ideas to Add Personality to a Rental
7/20/14 11:20 AM

I muttered an exclamation - very unexpected. Clever and hard work.

Before & After: From TV Armoire to Built-in Banquette Bench
7/20/14 11:18 AM

I think the ideas are pretty comprehensive - for example; varying textures can include a distinctive, nubby are rug; color in one area can also be expressed in a multi-color area rug.

I also like the idea of adding natural elements (no, not mounted heads - not for me) but plant materials, stones, etc.

I've recently added a few more metallic elements - quite by accident - I'm slowly unpacking a few stored boxes that held these items. I realized that the warmly glowing surfaces added muted light that works for me.

Pull It Off: 5 Ways to Create Calming Rooms Full of Personality
7/19/14 08:51 AM

I'm glad that these things find a new home and that it's not mine. Happy collecting!

Found It? Buy It: ALWAYS Snap Up These 8 No-Regret Items At Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
7/19/14 06:48 AM

Agree with Lucyswanninri - be sure to tighten. Re the shower curtain rod - clean the gripping area with alcohol to remove any soap/cleaner residue. Buy a more expensive rod - the quality does count. I've used tension shower curtain rods for decades and once I switched to better/best quality - no problems.

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 02:53 PM

Thanks for the tips on dish cloths and that silver sponge. I did have to look up the Swedish dish cloth. Yes, cute.

I use the the dried-out sponges that SurLaTable and other stores carry. I find that they last longer than others and I can store a dozen in the space that a single sponge take up. I microwave them wet for a minute, let them dry out thoroughly and sometimes put them in the dishwasher.

I always wear gloves and use the very hottest water.

Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 01:21 PM

Miami Elaine has the right idea - a double keyed deadbolt resolves this. Relax though - this is an unlikely crime - snaking one's hand around would take a bit of industry and dexterity and time. I doubt that most thieves really want to take the time/trouble.

How To Make My New Mail Slot Burglar Proof? Good Questions
7/17/14 09:15 AM

I've had a dishwasher since childhood and I'm old enough to state that this made my home pretty edgy and modern (my dad loved technology). We still did a lot of hand washing and I pretty much hated it.

I'd love to see a posting on best sponges, brushes, etc and how to keep them sanitary and stored (ideally with minimal clutter in mind).

I use a sponge with an in-sink sponge holder and a handled scrubby brush which is kept in the utensil section of an in-sink drainer. I think I need a flexible scrubber/cloth though but hate the idea of a cloth hanging somewhere in sight to dry - icky.

Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 09:08 AM

I love the Barbie boat! I'm not sure that Barbie really washes well, though, despite that orginal Malibu model.

This reminds me of making doll beds out of cigar boxes and traditional wooden clothes pins. Maybe this is how DIY starts - by seeing it in action at the child level?

Keep it Green: Upcycling Your Recycling Into Toys
7/17/14 09:04 AM