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Have the contractor raise the kitchen cabinets and install a shelf underneath. You'll get additional storage, free up countertop space, and draw the eye highter to expand the room. It could also give you a space to install or store the microwave, as someone mentioned earlier. Please post the after pics!


What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 09:12 AM

This game is strangely addictive:
http://biminiringgame.com/how_to_play.html

You only need a tree and 3 simple and inexpensive items from the hardware store. And maybe a ladder.


Make It: 5 DIY Lawn Games
7/3/14 11:31 AM

Well done!

Can you provide the source for the 2-tier side table next to the sofa?


Before & After: Kyle & Angela's Apartment Kitchen Renovation Sweeten
5/30/14 01:56 PM

I love that there isn't any predictable/typical furniture and decor - Eames chairs, mid-century credenza, fiddle-leaf fit, etc. (all of which I have...) - in this home. It's nice to see something different yet still fantastic. Very inspiring, great job!

One question - is a "hero stool" a thing?


Alexandra's Simple Things Small Cool Contest
5/28/14 04:26 PM

This is brilliant! I'm showing it to my aunt who was said we wouldn't last another year in our 2 bedroom Manhattan co-op (we have a 2.5yo and 3 month old girls) and to my husband who says we aren't having any more kids because of space constraints :)


Comfort & Simplicity in a Room for Four Brothers My Room
5/27/14 10:04 AM

This is a really lovely room, thank you for the sources!

What type of houseplants are those on either side of the sofa? I want to find an Elephant Ear/Persian Palm but have been concerned the leaves will be too big for my space. Those plants look perfect!


Shop the Room: Alison's Collected and Curated Living Room
1/27/14 04:58 PM

Thanks for the tip LindsayRVA - there are a couple of Michelle Armas on One King's Lane today! This 35x26 is very similar to the one in the post https://www.onekingslane.com/product/31483/998440


What is the Name of This Artist? Good Questions
1/21/14 01:09 PM

The chair looks great! I've been stalking Craigslist for weeks for a chair like that. Jenny from LGN also did this back in August and hasn't posted any issues http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2013/08/diy-spraying-painting-vinyl.html


Before & After: This Muted Chair Gets a Kick of Color in an Unusual Way
1/6/14 11:05 AM

Here's a pretty detailed tutorial if you go the skirt route:
http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-skirted-console.html


What Can Dress Up Media Center and Hide Cords? Good Questions
12/16/13 10:06 AM

An image of the how the HERMETUS BOTTLE OPENER AND SEALER seals a bottle is here: http://goodbeerhunting.com/shop/3-in-1-hermetus-bottle-opener-and-sealer


10 Kitchen Stocking Stuffers Under $15 Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn
12/12/13 11:51 AM

I think it's cute and whimsical - which works especially well since it's temporary. However a warning that YoungHouseLove documented some issues with electrical tape used on picture frames: http://www.younghouselove.com/2013/11/three-oops-moments/


Washer & Dryer Makeover: Temporary, Fast & Just $8 A Beautiful Mess
11/22/13 11:03 AM

I'm also a fan of R&B for high quality sofas at a relatively affordable price. We originally ordered the Newton sectional because it was the only one that fit our dimensions but were disappointed with the look - it was boxy and heavy looking - and the didn't find it comfortable. We returned it for the Hawthorne sofa and it has been comfortable and durable. R&B's return process (for a stock item) was easy and efficient.


Recommendations for Sectional Upgrade? Good Questions
11/20/13 10:03 AM

What a difference! I'm inspired to paint stripes (maybe even yellow!) in our entryway.


Before & After: Yellow to (More) Mellow
9/11/13 04:40 PM

We've had this sofa for a year, in the stock color shown - bone (white, since I couldn't commit to a custom color), with a toddler and it's held up wonderfully! It's really comfortable and spots come out so easily with a little bit of upholstery cleaner.

We were having trouble decorating our newly purchased apartment so decided to go with a budget-friendly option with the potential to upgrade once we felt more settled. But it's been a year and I have no interest in replacing it and feel great that we didn't spend 2-3x as much as something I doubt we'd be happier with.


Hawthorne Sofa
8/29/13 10:00 AM

My husband and I bought these a year ago and I've never slept better!
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/Tempur-Pedic-reg-Cloud-Pillow-in-Queen/1040248202?categoryId=12013

I'm usually a 2 pillow person but I found one of these to be sufficient since they don't get crushed like poly-fill or down.


Are Expensive Pillows Worth It? Good Questions
8/20/13 04:49 PM

Good luck! I know you're concerned about your sewing skills but stitches are relatively easy to remove. The most important thing is to get your measurements correct and ensure you have enough fabric for all panels BEFORE you cut anything - a fabric store once cut me 1/2 yard short for curtains and it was almost a disaster..

My advice is that if you feel yourself getting burnt out or frustrated getting your machine to work with you, be sure to take some time to relax and recharge before you get out your scissors. You'll need your full focus for the cutting.

And I also agree with @BarbaraF to iron your seams, it makes for a much more professional finish.

I can't wait to see the finished product!


Tara's Project Progress: Sewing Practice & Fabric Reveal Liveblogging the Style Cure
8/19/13 03:49 PM

The Starphire is adding about 15-20% to the cost our doors, for a 60 inch width and I believe 74 inch height.

We're also considering a recommended coating that causes the water bead and apparently helps keep the doors cleaner. Any thoughts on that?


Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom:
The Glass Shower Panel & Other Details Renovation Diary

8/6/13 04:38 PM

I would trade a lot of giant windows in my kitchen! That pendant light actually looks adorable in the after pictures, but I assumed it was glass. I look forward to the after pictures.


Lauren's Before Photos: Dated, Bare-Bones Kitchen Liveblogging the Style Cure
8/5/13 02:58 PM

We're taking estimates on our glass shower door and one of the installers showed me small samples of the standard vs. Starphire glass. My husband wasn't there so we've been discussing which to go with and now I'm certain Starphire is worth the additional cost. I'm sorry you weren't given clear guidance on the difference before you made your decision, but you've certainly helped us with our renovation!


Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom:
The Glass Shower Panel & Other Details Renovation Diary

8/1/13 01:50 PM

The white and the accessories look great! But is there no mirror in this bathroom?

We're renovating our baths now and painting the guest bath a very similar blue color as the Before..


Before & After: A One-Weekend Bathroom Refresh (+ Painting Tips from a Lazy Perfectionist)
6/3/13 10:10 AM