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Display Name: JulieLeanne
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Mine is a very old hand craved gilt mirror. It was given to my great grandmother as a wedding gift, who passed it on to her daughter (my grandmother) on her wedding day, who passed it on to my mother on her's, and finally to me.

It's a treasured piece, and has seen 4 generations through their wedding day pampering.


What Home Item Have You Had the Longest? (And What Is Its Story?)
5/7/14 06:55 PM

A burr grinder over the blade one linked would be a superior choice. Burr grinders are much more consistent with their yeild and the resulting coffee tastes much, much better


5 Luxurious Stands for Pour Over Coffee (Plus Some Pour Over Basics) Coffee Gear
3/7/14 11:44 AM

I thought I would be in the minority here splurging on housecleaning. It's wonderful and saves me from scrubbing the shower on my precious off days. I also splurge on my fitness interests, and grooming for my pups.


What Conveniences are You Willing to Splurge On?
2/20/14 12:33 PM

This one is easy.

Move the components to the opposite shelf so they are closer to the outlet
Zip tie all the cords together into one neat little rope.
Raise power strip onto shelf behind media box
Run any remaining cords down the back of the center leg and attach with zip-ties again.
Add a nice tall plant/potted tree to right or left of unit to add some life to the room.

Done and Done.


What Can Dress Up Media Center and Hide Cords? Good Questions
12/16/13 09:59 PM

Giant white shower curtain, and frosting on the shower door + all white accessories.

I would also get rid of the taupe/tan walls in favor of a pale silver grey.

The orange/yellow in the current paint is a direct complement (in color theory terms) to the purple in the tile, making it seem even brighter. That's the effect of complements, they magnify each other.


How Can I Make this Purple & Green Bathroom More Tolerable? Good Questions
9/24/13 04:19 PM

OH, I would also rotate the coffee table to be in front of the sofa, and move the ottoman either between the two chairs with a tray on top, or directly in front of one of them. It would help with traffic flow and balance


Good Question Revisited: A Before & After (Plus One More Question)
8/29/13 03:54 PM

I would just add more curtain panels and call it a day. They look a bit too skinny for the proportions of the room


Good Question Revisited: A Before & After (Plus One More Question)
8/29/13 03:52 PM

I brown them in a super hot skillet with butter+evoo, season, deglaze with white wine (often dry vermouth), turn off the heat and cover them till they are soft to my liking. I also toss in some fresh herbs before serving if I have them.

So easy, and great every time.


What is the Best Way to Cook Carrots on the Stovetop? Good Questions
8/22/13 08:16 PM

I would put something like this under the cabinet: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30216536/

As well as putting something framed, be it picture or mirror above the sink.


How To Make Misaligned Medicine Cabinet and Sink Less Awkward? Good Questions
8/15/13 06:51 PM

I bought myself a silky robe. Feels just as good as no pants without the exhibitionist factor.


A Real Front Door: Does This Mean I Have to Start Wearing Pants?
8/12/13 09:20 PM

Coming from a person who has recently suffered through salmonella poisoning - it's not worth it. Trust.


How Many Times Can I Reuse a Marinade? Good Questions
8/2/13 06:20 PM

I would probably just clean up a bit of the residue and add more velcro. Those cushions tip over if you look at them sideways.


How To Remove Velcro Adhesive from IKEA Sofa Cushions? Good Questions
8/2/13 04:43 PM

You need plants and textures! Plants in nice contemporary pots will really help to bring some life into the room. Then perhaps a nice textural throw. I would stick with cool colors, since it seems that is what you're leaning toward naturally.

Also, Open those curtains! I assume they hide a window? That alone will bring a ton of life into the room


Throw Pillows to Brighten Up Living Room? Good Questions
7/31/13 02:36 PM

So cute! PS: if you don't want the computer tower under the desk you can build a little case for it with feet + ventilation hole on the bottom and an open back. I have a giant PC too (essential for my work) and I have encased it.


Before & After: Curbside Trash Becomes Glam Desk
7/12/13 08:29 PM

I use a combo of lazy susans and those stacking, tiered ikea shelves for inside of cupboards. Works like a charm. "Wet" ingredients like oil, vinegars and soy on the lazy susan, and dry on the little shelf. Doubled the storage space.


Small-Space Spice System Suggestions? Good Questions
7/12/13 04:28 PM

I would probably hang an installation of inexpensive mirrors. That way, they would just reflect the decor in the rest of the space, and help the wall visually disappear. I use this trick all the time, especially when there is a window or great art opposite the huge wall

Plus, bounced light is always great.


Ideas for Decorating a HUGE Blank Wall? Good Questions
7/12/13 03:07 PM

If it's an induction top, it's true that All-Clad are the easiest to source, but definitely not the only option out there.

I'm a fan of industrial grade pots and pans from our local restaurant depot with the addition of a "Giada" non-stick from Target that gets replaced every couple of years.


Can Non-Stick Cookware Be Resurfaced? Good Questions
6/6/13 09:40 PM

My list is similar: brown rice, canned san marzano tomatoes, peanut butter, greek yogurt, dry black beans, dry chickpeas, flour (i bake a ton of bread), apples, and a hunk of good cheese.

Let's not forget olive oil! Can't live without.

It's amazing how many of the dishes I make start out with the exact same staples, but end up being pretty diverse.


10 Low-Budget Pantry Items Everyone Should Have
5/24/13 02:09 AM

Personally, I would go with the natural wood. It ages better and will work really well with white pieces.

If you must have white I would DIY:

White armoire with glass doors + fretwork applied over the top + legs

Check this site out for inspiration: http://www.myoverlays.com/home.aspx


White Armoire Similar to Dwell Studio's Gate? Good Questions
4/4/13 03:38 PM

We did the same thing in our rental to help soften the effect of double windows in a small space. Love it!

PS Ikea has really long curtain panels that are (cheap $20 for 2 panels) 100% cotton and have the look of natural linen. Perfect for when you don't want to invest in expensive curtain panels for a rental unit.


Before & After: Disguising Offset Windows Behind a Bed
4/1/13 02:19 PM