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Display Name: Lisa Valerie
Member Since: 10/22/12

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got me. doh!

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Plastic Furniture Covers Right Now
4/1/14 04:02 PM

RE: grab bars. Start with the kind that have super suction cup fasteners - that way you can install them during a private trip to the bath and then they'll already be there for use. And, they can tell you how convenient they are! From there, move to the great new styles for toilet paper and towel bars that don't have the "old crippled folks home" look. I think that's what turns most off.

Moving Downstairs: Thinking About Design as We Get Older With 10 Links To Start The Conversation
3/17/14 01:41 PM

"rounded edges to be more kid friendly"!! Hey Ikea - I don't have kids and don't want rounded edges. We went through rounded edges way back in the 80's. It's too soon to be "retro". Why screw with success?

IKEA Discontinues EXPEDIT, Prompting Petitions Design News
2/21/14 12:30 PM

so funny. I, too have plants near death thanks to the lovely Libby Lou Button who obsesses over them to the point I have to put them in places that aren't conducive to staying alive.

How To Make a Succulent Wreath Apartment Therapy Tutorial
11/26/13 01:37 PM

OK there aren't enough Taras to best me...always one for the "count the penises" game - I found 5
1. on the Greco roman statue behind the sofa
2. the wooden phallic
3. cactus photo near hallway
4. bathroom boy
5. cactus in dining room, left window (still struggling to be a contendor...)

Okay - all work aside. The home is beautiful, inviting and warm. Shoulda' shown your Susan, though - that would have made it perfect.

Manuel & Colt's Southwest Modern Apartment House Tour
7/26/13 02:14 PM

Yes, yes, it is beautiful. Even the seemingly nirvana-like photographs are beautiful. That is, until you stop to think about what the elephant (especially) must have endured to "become habituated to human contact" as stated in the "Vision" verbiage of Mr. Colbert's exhibition. Show me more tiny apartments and houses with 95 coats of paint on the woodwork, please.

The Sweet Sound of Renovation:
A Concert Hall Loft

1/4/13 12:46 PM

Excellent! Creative, economical AND a good social commentary. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Right On, Mama!
oh, and no crappy plastic to move around later.

A DIY Cardboard Kids' Washing Machine
1/4/13 12:23 PM

You've got a lovely hidey-hole for you and your pups. Kudos on making it work for you.

Robert's Character-Filled House in Echo Park House Tour
12/20/12 12:46 PM

Love the concept!. I was thinking about putting it in a corner and then having garland and/or LED lights span the canvas, creating something of a 3-D effect. You could put the light string behind the canvas and cust small openings for the lights.... and I'm off.......

Trompe l'Oeil Christmas Tree:
IKEA Margareta Fabric, Four Ways

12/9/12 09:30 PM

I hope someone deserving gets to live in this house after you. The lovely simplicity and tasteful adequacy of updating and not messing with is to be applauded. Very very well done. You've already got my vote for top 10.

Levi & Evette's Simple, Approachable Style House Tour
12/6/12 01:23 PM

I always recommend getting a cat or two, but mine have turned against me - they snuggle closer on weekdays and do the obnoxious-get up-get up-GET UP! routine on weekends. Aside from making certain you live a life you love - I have nothing further to offer.

10 Tips for Making Winter Wake-Ups Easier
12/5/12 12:33 PM

how about it? sheez - who cares what the table looks like? I'm going to the cupboard for my brown bag hat, now...

Secrets of a French Hostess Sous Style
11/19/12 01:38 PM

I'd suggest homing in on the grey/white and adding complimentary colors like yellow, black, turquoise mixed in. Maybe a couple of neutral solids with texture and a couple of patterned, such as in the link below.

Ideas for Pillows to Coordinate with Red Patterned Rug? Good Questions
11/13/12 03:02 PM

The bentwood cafe chairs are second only to director's chairs when it comes to absolute discomfort. If you don't want anyone hanging out at the table after the meal they're okay...
I'd definitely go with two upholstered/armed chairs at the head and foot of the table and simpler on the sides. I'd suggest turning the table, and either pick up a color from the rug or switch it out. 2 cents.

Dining Chair Suggestions for Inherited Carved Wood Table? Good Questions
10/25/12 06:18 PM

I'd recommend relocating the dresser and replacing it with something smaller. The ottoman in the link could work if you staggered them - butting one up against the end wall and the other against the doorway wall. That would limit the amount of jumping space needed to get into each bed.

How To Use 5-Foot-Wide Room for Guests? Good Questions
10/22/12 07:40 PM