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Americans, especially those who live in a desert, need to get over the whole lawn thing. k.-k. has it right - xeriscape. Even here in Seattle I use native plants and once they are established don't have to water. Even now, in the middle of a freaky hot and long summer, my plants are all fine without supplemental. The little grass I have for the dog is allowed to brown.

Drought-Ridden Homeowners Spray Paint Lawns Green Design News
7/31/14 11:57 AM

When I got my first lab as an 8-week old pup, I followed house training instructions and had her perfectly house trained at three months without pads. I tried them with my next lab who was a rescue at 4-7 months age. I don' think she'd ever been indoors. The pads were useless so I went back to crated when I can't be watching and frequent trips outside.

Exercise pens are good for some situations but knowing your dog is comfortable in a crate is essential. They will be crated if they ever need to stay at the vet and it is really useful when traveling. So I think everyone should have a crate their dog gets familiar with.

You missed one of my essentials. A bed with at least 10" clearance so your lab can crawl under it. When I replaced my bed frame about one year after I adopted my latest, she was heart broken because she couldn't get under it. I sold it on Craig's list and bought another with enough clearance. Now you know who is in charge of the decorating decisions in my house!

Bringing Home a New Dog? The Essential Shopping List for a Damage-Free Home
7/29/14 04:08 PM

Ditto @carrps comment on the green kitchens. I am rethinking having natural fir cabinets. The other thing these clarify for me in a big way is that I want to pair down the stuff in my kitchen to just what I need so I can have fewer cabinets. I love the kitchens that have space.

And Now for Something Completely Different: 10 Standout Kitchens
7/23/14 02:17 PM

Crate and Barrell did rescue stories. It was all about how the people included the animals in their life. I really liked that approach because it wasn't about impulse but about the ongoing responsibility and rewards. Also, cute animals make every furniture look better!

Want a Beagle With Your Billy Bookcase? IKEA Showcases Homeless Pets on the Showroom Floor
7/22/14 12:33 PM

If you plan to stay in one place for a while and you don't buy more than you can afford and you are willing to do the work to maintain it, owning will work out better. The people who are in trouble are the ones who treated their equity like a bank account to borrow from or who bought more than they could afford. I bought in '98 and even though the market has been up and down since then, my mortgage is now less than half the rent for a comparable place and what I owe on the mortgage is 1/3 the current market value.

All The Single Ladies... Are Investing In Home Equity
7/21/14 12:40 PM

Dishwashers save water which is the biggest reason I started using mine. I still handwash the things I use everyday - the blender, my good knives. If I didn't have a dishwasher I would probably get rid of some of my dishes.

I have a disposal but don't use it. Seattle has combined storm/sewer and I don't want to add to the problems. So I ruthlessly scrape everything into the food scrap bin before washing. I actually bought a spatula just for that. This is particularly important with greasy items. Did anyone see the pictures of the London sewers? I am not easily disgusted but that was really gross.

Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 01:29 PM

@morganok I know one person who solved this by explaining to the person that the dogs they thought of as security were actually a risk. Dogs outside bark at everything because they don't know what is a problem and no one tells them. Then everyone, including the owners ignore them. The thief can come in a window on the other side of the house and the dogs noise actually acts as cover. Now, if the dogs are inside, they only bark when there is someone trying to come in. Not only did explaining this to the owner solve the noise problem, it probably made the dogs happier because they were inside with their people.

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 04:53 PM

What is it with orange. I decided to paint my living room and dining room bittersweet orange when I bought the place in 98. Everyone said it would be too much, too dark. It was one of the few design decisions I was 100% convinced about and it is still the one thing I would never change. And all the doubters love the color. They say my place is one of the warmest most comfortable spaces they have been in.

Take a Decor Risk: 5 Tips and Tricks to Help You Make the Leap
7/16/14 04:45 PM

Well my rice cooker is one of the things that gets the most use in my kitchen. I use it at least once a week for grains, sometimes more. I like having something I don't have to monitor so I can do other things.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 01:31 PM

In Seattle most of what is pictured would go in either recycling or yard waste. I barely put out one small bag of trash a week and some of that is bagged dog poop. My food waste either goes in yard waste or compost bin.

I bought a set of washable mesh bags for produce so now I don't have any plastic bags.

@takenotice, check out the posts on space clearing for ways to get rid of junk. I put out excess materials from home projects, dug up dirt and rocks, etc with free signs and everything gets taken by someone.

How Would You Look Lying in a Week's Worth of Your Trash? Gregg Segal's 7 Days of Garbage
7/11/14 12:17 PM

I bought a home so I could paint the color I wanted and have a dog without worrying that someone would change the rules. Then I found out that I love gardening. My yard is certified wild life habitat and I have become a bit of an expert on the native plants and ecosystem. Since I still work full-time, I still sometimes find the care, especially exterior stressful. The little things are worse than the big because it is more difficult to find someone to do it. You can find a roofer, but someone to install soffit vents? If you buy a new door you can get it installed but if you just need the trim redone? I also have considerable equity after 16 years. I didn't buy it as an investment but I pay less in mortgage than most apartments are renting for in my neighborhood so it worked out that way.

Living in an Apartment Means Never Having to Do Anything
7/10/14 07:33 PM

@sctom, I just renovated a basement space with 7' ceilings. It is roughly 25' x 14'. I got 4 mission style sconces with glass shades on OneKingsLane that take 60W bulbs. I added 4 cans near the center of the room and there is plenty of light. I have 4 light switches so you can do sconces on either end, cans on either side. For most purposes the sconces actually provide plenty of light and have the advantage of providing nice reading light for furniture nearby.

10 Under $200: Ceiling Lights That Provide Real Light
7/10/14 04:11 PM

So true Los Osos Diane. My front steps have painted risers and I am getting quotes to either strip them or replace them. They always look dirty.

Inspiration for Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation Renovation Diary
7/9/14 02:03 PM

I'm with @AnnaSabine. And storage under the stairs is more in keeping with the age of the house than covering over a window to put in a closet. I would put storage beneath the stairs and then a lovely coat tree against the wall. I also like the idea of painting the risers and staining the stairs.

As someone who lives in an old bungalow, I appreciate that there needs to be compromise between the style of old homes and modern lifestyle. But this plan goes too far in the direction of a builder basic to quote @Catka1.

Introducing Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation Renovation Diary
7/8/14 05:32 PM

Planter boxes. What you put in them depends on where you live. Put morning glory in here in Seattle and earn the loathing of your neighbors forever. In Boston it would be perfect. I planted stuff in big pots in my last rental and then moved them to my home when I bought it. I also really like @annecychic 's ideas for a rug and possibly blinds.

Design Solutions For Outdoor Space? Good Questions
7/1/14 06:15 PM

I doubt the bamboo ones would make much noise. I am going to try one of these for over my birdbath. If you hang a chime so that is brushes the surface of the water, it creates enough movement that mosquito eggs can't develop properly.

Make It: 5 DIY Wind Chimes
6/12/14 06:32 PM

I hire movers. Between getting the new place ready to go in and cleaning the old place behind me I have enough to do. Professionals have a vested interest in making sure everything arrives in the same condition it left the old place. No matter how good my friends and family were, the pros were also faster by several orders of magnitude. They also did a better job estimating what would fit in what size truck.

Heavy Lifting: How Did You Move The Big Stuff?
6/12/14 04:45 PM

Here in Seattle they stopped offering retention from what I can tell. Anyway, I am saving without cable, quite a lot. But I don't watch that much TV.

Tell Us: How Do You Save Money on TV & Internet
6/5/14 12:39 PM

This really depends on how much TV you watch. I do most of my TV from the internet and never pay overage so I am saving a ton over cable. Even if I buy a few shows from itunes or amazon I am still way ahead. I watch most cable tv shows when they come out on DVD through netflix. I suppose if you are watching over 30 hours of TV a week this might be the case.

Tell Us: How Do You Save Money on TV & Internet
6/5/14 12:37 PM

Like @CanadianMango I eat a lot of salads. I make 2-3 in advance. I use zucchini instead of cucumber because it stays better when cut up in advance. I add a variety of other veggies: canned artichoke, pepper, cabbage, cherry tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, mushrooms. Sometimes I roast a bunch of something - fennel, asparagus, beets - to add. Another thing I do is make a whole batch of brown rice in the rice cooker with seasoning added. Then I stir fry or roast veggies to toss with it. I measure out portions of things for smoothies, nuts for snacks, etc and store in small containers in the fridge. That way I have portion control taken care of and can just grab what I need each day. I eat almost totally whole foods, nothing prepared, and do very little actual cooking. The best of all worlds in my opinion!

Tips for Sticking to a Budget: Bringing Your Lunch to Work Budget Living
6/2/14 03:13 PM