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Display Name: heydon
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I suggest placing either the couch or the house on Craigslist.


Furniture Arrangement in Living Room with Short, Angled Walls? Good Questions
4/4/14 12:02 AM

Nice to see a good piece of furniture treated respectfully for a change. You should repost this periodically for the future owners of your usual breathlessly-reported "updated" dressers, credenzas, and night stands. This month's paint is only pretty this month.


How To Strip and Refinish Wood Furniture Apartment Therapy Tutorials
3/25/14 04:33 PM

That's cheap so buy it; as others have said, a new piece anything like this would cost far more, especially if you buy something new that comes anywhere close to the quality workmanship put into most vintage furniture. That said, if the blue is original leave it alone. The random "unmatchy" accent will add more unique charm to your home than destroying the integrity of the piece for an arbitrary and unnecessary color story.


Is This a Reasonable Price for a Vintage Formica Sideboard? Good Questions
3/5/14 12:42 PM

That's cheap so buy it; as others have said, a new piece anything like this would cost far more, especially if you buy something new that comes anywhere close to the quality workmanship put into most vintage furniture. That said, if the blue is original leave it alone. The random "unmatchy" accent will add more unique charm to your home than destroying the integrity of the piece for an arbitrary and unnecessary color story.


Is This a Reasonable Price for a Vintage Formica Sideboard? Good Questions
3/5/14 12:42 PM

our compost bucket is a restaurant supply house bain marie and lid- the former owner of our house cut a circle out of the granite countertop for it to slide into, and the projecting lip of the bain marie holds it flush with the counter. Out of the way and more or less invisible, easy to lift out to empty or keep closer to the food prep for lots of waste. It does project below into the undercounter storage, but it hasn't been a problem.

It looks like these: http://www.hotelrestaurantsupply.com/bain-maries.html


10 Compact Kitchen Compost Bins
3/3/14 06:12 PM

Also try cubiclekeys.com - I'm an office manager and I go there for keys to almost every brand of office cabinet. If the lock has a number or letter/number combo, they can probably make a key.


How to Lock Used Furniture (If the Keys Are Long Gone)
2/22/14 09:23 PM

Huh. A shelf per genre? In one room? You guys must not have very many books. We arrange by room, more or less:
Kitchen: 3 linear feet cookbooks, including the freakishly unappealing early 20th century ones for recreational purposes only
Dining room: 36 linear feet art/architecture/design/fashion/political nonfiction + fireplace surround shelves: 8 linear feet lurid vintage pulps; 6 linear feet first editions/family hand-me-downs and heirlooms/vintage yearbooks
Living room: one stack current and unread; 6 linear feet recently acquired art/architecture/design/fiction
Sunporch: 2 stacks current and unread; 6 linear feet recently read fiction/nonfiction, gardening, California history and environment
Bedroom: 6 linear feet and multiple stacks old-favorite fiction, recently read, current and unread
Office/guest/library: 60 linear feet almost everything but mostly: vintage art/architecture, family-heirloom children's books, graphic novels & comics, fiction, politics, memoirs, history
It's pretty sloppy and there are books behind books, but I find everything. Oh, except the books still in boxes; I forgot about those...


Strategies for Arranging the Family Bookcase
2/21/14 08:20 PM

I'll be the third person who wants to know: what's that blue in the living room?


Chris & Meg's Darling City Cottage House Tour
1/28/14 04:51 PM

Hate it. For about 11 recent years, we lived in a 1904 rental house with a rudimentary and narrow galley kitchen that was more of a hallway than a room: refrigerator at one end, stove at the other, sink in an adjacent equally narrow space, and nothing else. So we went to Ikea: two Billy bookcases against one wall, one with glass doors and one without (for ease of access; opening the "cupboard" door effectively blocked any other movement in the space), and a Varde freestanding cabinet/counter between the fridge and the stove, the kind with open shelves below top drawers (again, because there was so little room to open doors). We had two and sometimes three cats, and are not particularly clean people. About every 6 weeks, I cleaned every single thing on every open shelf, then cleaned the shelves. This was the bare minimum to keep guests from recoiling in disgust at the greasy, fuzzy film that accumulated on any exposed item. Even in routine cooking, anything on a low shelf and used less than once a week or so needed to be washed first.

Then we bought a house with a 4-year-old newly installed kitchen with cabinets everywhere and doors on every one of them. It made me feel like the luckiest man on earth.

I can see a case for open shelves in a large space well away from the stove (and well above the floor) but not adjacent to the stove as in the pic above, unless the stovetop is only used to occasionally boil water, and the oven to store shoes.


Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/25/13 04:49 PM

Very un-customizable, actually. Most of the "customizations" illustrated here are little more than moving decor and accessories around, something most people are perfectly capable of doing right now. But the desk itself can't change at all - no height adjustments, and apparently no options for one of those dividers to become a keyboard tray, either.


WorkNest: A Highly Customizable Desk
7/5/13 11:09 AM