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Display Name: lindsayraemyers
Member Since: 1/18/12

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I love the Homekeeping Handbook. It's three parts helpful to one part hilarious and ludicrous (if you don't have a household staff who has time to wipe down your porch furniture and pillows every day?!?!)

Happier at Home: Top 5 Books for Homebodies
11/4/13 11:06 AM

Say nothing! Friendship is more important than mold- she obviously doesn't care and/or doesn't share your standards of cleanliness. Stay elsewhere on your next visit or come prepared to scrub THEN shower.

That being said, I am fairly certain I got a staph infection after showering at my sister's house (she has had staph several times) and I was pretty angry about that- I was gentle because she had a newborn at the time but she was exposing him to this bacteria too!

In general, though, JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Trust me, you will regret commenting.

Should I Tell My Friend That Her Bathtub Is a Health Hazard? Good Questions
8/29/13 11:29 AM

I know you said you live in an apartment but for folks in houses I would recommend yard work, along the lines of having a dog, lots of people to say hello to and strike a conversation up with.

Atlanta is great! Southerners are FAR less likely to find you strange for striking up a conversation. If you're a live music lover, I also recommend checking out Eddie's Attic in Decatur or Eddie Owens Presents in Duluth (worth the drive if you're into songwriting and music).

Other recs... Holy Taco and Hodgepodge coffee shop in East Atlanta. And if you want/need a tattoo you MUST go see my friend Laura at Memorial Tattoos. She is amazing.

Building Community: 5 Great Ways to
Meet Your Neighbors

8/28/13 02:48 PM

I always write handwritten thank yous. In fact I recently found note cards appropriate to send after making a new acquaintance and I've started sending those too. It's a lost art and people appreciate it.

Do You Write Thank You Cards? Reader Survey
6/26/13 01:18 PM

And although I personally have no problem with people's choice of carpet I was recently trying to decide what to use for flooring in a newly acquired rental property and a friend of mine who is an allergist put a firm NO on carpet anywhere in the house. Wood and tile it is!

Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)
6/10/13 11:38 AM

I didn't know that reproduced art was such a faux pas- the first time I went to a dear older friend's home I noticed her kitchen was decorated in tastefully framed reproductions- with the twist that they were all of the sort which stated the show they had been purchased from. I love that- I now make it a point to purchase prints when I travel to a museum for a special show and I always remember it. On a related note my grandmother has many prints from years of Georgia O'keefe's work being featured for the santa fe chamber music festival. These music festival prints from the 80s may just be posters but they are very sentimental to me, when they are passed to me I fully intend to reframe and keep them.

Additionally, along the lines of tasteful framing for the budget conscious I recently pulled this trick learned from DIY TV- does anyone recall how popular it (apparently) was to have polished brass EVERYTHING? At many thrift stores and estate sales you can find already framed prints but in horrid polished brass. The fix? Get a can of brushed nickel spray paint, cover the glass and spray away. TOTALLY modernizes your $5 framed find.

Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)
6/10/13 11:36 AM

I shared a bedroom all through college and at least one year after with a platonic friend. In college we did have bunk beds and I always enjoyed that. In both cases my roommates were heavy sleepers and that can help or hurt. The first always woke after me and my quiet alarm didn't bother her. The second was a snoozer and woke before me and it ruined me for life because I had to learn to deal with the alarm prior to when I wanted to get up. Best to figure that stuff out!

I will say I also had a lofted bed sans roommate but in a small bedroom and I loved it, it really helped open the room up. In all of these rooms I had twin beds. In terms of people who say you can buy quality linens etc for the twin beds more reasonably... I would actually suggest the opposite. If you go for twin beds, sure, get nice things and it will be cheaper but one day you are probably going to share your bed with a partner and wonder when you will EVER use those nice sheets again! So that's the argument if you are thinking of investing in a good bed!

What is the closet situation- that seems more problematic to me....

How To Design Shared Bedroom For Two Single Ladies? Good Questions
4/26/13 12:17 PM

I love this post- it is good to see the design-on-a-budget resourcefullness! I just bought a house and am SO grateful for that but keeping it up (110 years and a lot of unkept yard!) is expensive enough and leaves me frazzled about the interior! I love to see that 8 years after the fact I might have a home as lovely as yours!

Also a question to the poster and/or commenters- I have 11 foot high ceilings in about half of my house. This leaves many LARGE blank walls to figure out. Any tips, tricks, ideas, or photos of similiar spaces appreciated!

Ruthie's Really Fantastic Fixer Upper House Call
5/16/12 11:49 AM

These are great suggestions- I have a few more to add...

DEFINITELY price things low! And decide what sort of sale you're having from the outset- are you trying to get rid of stuff or make some money? If you are in the latter category be prepared to have to store your stuff again and list it on craigslist or ebay. If you are in the former category just price low and know that your stuff is going to a home where someone will appreciate it!

I also like having some hospitality- setting out a few boxes of donuts goes a long way towards people staying to mill around a little bit.

I also think putting on crowd-friendly music is important- Elvis, Johnny Cash, or even Taylor Swift are good options! People like to discuss things together and not be overheard by everyone else. Nothing is creepy like a silent yard sale!

Organizing and styling is SO important. If I drive up to a house where it looks like boxes were just dragged from the basement to the front yard I will NOT be stopping. Put some interesting/big/fun looking items by the road! My dad put his jeep in my front yard to string a clothesline between it and a tree and every other person wanted to joke if they could buy it- stuff like that helps.

I think having a group yard sale is confusing but if a bunch of friends are chipping in small amounts of stuff consider strategically locating the group yard sale in an area known for having "good stuff" people will be attracted to yard sales in pricier or more historic neighborhoods just because of their previous good buys in that area.

Happy yard saling!

How To Sell Your Stuff: Tips For A Super Successful Yard Sale
2/1/12 04:29 PM

I am addicted to my LUSH bath and body products- to whoever was looking for something natural that TRULY is and a company that has a commitment to their employees, the environment, and great products all the way around. Totally choose LUSH.

My sister is a manager at one of their stores and they are for real. Plus their stuff is GREAT.

No Substitute: Which Products Inspire Brand Loyalty?
1/26/12 03:31 PM

I would just like to add a few suggestions after finishing a similar project.

The filing cabinet I started with had layers of disgusting paint all over it- including all the hardware. I decided to STRIP the paint before priming. I stripped and sanded but I realized to sand it down perfectly would be quite a long process and I was hoping for a quick project! Plus it looked like it was getting ready to rain.

Anyway, mine isn't nearly as nice and smooth- perhaps another few layers of primer would have done it but the bottom line is I shouldn't have stripped it. I should have just primed it. The only good thing that came from the stripping was getting the hardware nice and paint-free but I could have potentially done that ONLY and left the rest alone.

My two-drawer filing cabinet DEF looks a ton better and will look nice where I am going to keep it but I just want to offer a word of warning for anyone who is paint-stripper happy (usually me!) and thinks it would be better to get it down to basics. WAY easier and few chemical burns to just prime and paint and would turn out smoother.

In summary:
primer is enough
take off hardware to strip if necessary

The end result is fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!

Before & After: An Upcycled File Box
1/18/12 04:44 PM