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Display Name: LaureltQ
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I would stock up. When I bought my first "grown up" set of plates from CB2, after I had broken a couple, I went to reorder, and they'd been discontinued. I had to start from scratch. I have a dozen each of dinner plates, salad plates, cereal, and soup bowls from World Market, in WHITE. They're also indestructible.


How Owning 160 White Plates Has Saved Us Money
12/9/13 06:19 PM

My husband is the same way. He always has tons of hobby STUFF out. He even has a room for it, so I make piles of it, and when they don't get put away, I dump them in his room. Then when he can't find anything, he blames me!


\"Tidy Time\" vs. Tidy All The Time:
A Key Concept To A Cleaner Home

9/13/13 01:36 PM

I would feel much more comfortable curling up on the sofa of room 1 than 2. Not because the sofa looks more comfortable (which it does), but I find it more relaxing/comfortable


Design Duel: Which Living Room Do You Prefer?
9/12/13 11:31 AM

I'd put the TV somewhere along that 16' wall. What's wrong with having a sofa in the middle of the room? It will help define the space a bit more, and then the TV will be visible from the kitchen as well if you like to watch TV while you're cooking. As long as the sofa isn't super tall, I don't see it effectively visually dividing the room.


Where to Place TV in Open Concept Room? Good Questions
8/23/13 10:27 AM

MonicaK - I have those flannel sheets too. I bought them as a christmas gift to myself last year and am so pleased with them!


The Best Basics: Good, Cheap Sheet Sets
8/20/13 11:46 AM

Would this work as a dish soap replacement, or is it purely for stuff like cleaning counters and whatnot?


Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds
8/20/13 11:17 AM

Our bedroom has always been cavelike, and any attempts to brighten it up just made it look boring. I painted it BM Mysterious, and all of a sudden our white nightstands and the medium toned dresser stand out beautifully. The room feels larger because the walls just "fall away."

Big fan of dark colors in dark spaces.


Windowless Foyer: The Darker the Better? Good Questions
8/19/13 05:52 PM

We got a set of hand blown highball and old fashioned glasses from pottery barn for around $8/ea several years ago because they were the best looking/simplest ones we could find. They were beautiful, until you looked at them sideways and they shattered due to the super thin glass at the rim. After spending around $150 replacing them as they broke, I gave up and started using sets of glasses from Marshalls and restaurant supply stores. Maybe not as pretty, but I've only broken one in the last 3 years.


The Best Basics: Good, Cheap Drinking Glasses
8/14/13 12:29 PM

I've gone ahead a little as I have been pretty sure of what I'll be doing over the last week... I got my curtains and new curtain rod yesterday!

Curtains - $50
Curtain Rod - 30
Paint & Roller cover - $60
Jewelry hanging solution - $20
Hooks for Clothes - $30
Headboard - $100
Wall Sconces - $80

Total Budget: $370


Day 10: Make a Shopping List & Budget Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/14/13 11:01 AM

I made rhubarb simple syrup this spring and made 2 really great mixed drinks with it:

Muddled basil w/ rhubarb simple syrup, gin, and soda water (magical, bright, fresh)

Muddled ginger w/ rhubarb simple syrup, bourbon, and cinnamon whiskey (I make my own unsweetened stuff by steeping cinnamon sticks in cheap whiskey). Extra points if you add a slice or two of peach to the mix.


An IKEA-Inspired Cocktail Recipe: Rhubarb Margarita The 10-Minute Happy Hour
8/6/13 11:29 AM

Is that a cardboard cat condo? Where did you get it?


Tara's Before Photos: My Room is an Oversized Outbox! Liveblogging the Style Cure
8/5/13 11:59 AM

Definitely doing the bedroom. We sold the bed that I hated over a year ago, but now we're just sleeping on a mattress and box spring.


Day 3: Choose Your Room, Sit for 10 Minutes & Take Before Photos Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/5/13 11:52 AM

Susan, I've found that burying broken pots partway in a bed and then planting trailing stuff in them is a nice look and a fun way to keep using the strawberry pot a while longer.


Inspired By: Quirky, Playful Greenery
7/23/13 04:35 PM

It depends on the size of the room for bed size, but if you don't have the space for an expedit bookcase, Ikea has those curtain panel things that go on a track. That way you can pull it out and have privacy, or roll it back and have the room be open. Kind of like a hospital room, but less depressing.


How To Design Shared Bedroom For Two Single Ladies? Good Questions
4/26/13 11:44 AM

I listen to podcasts in the bathroom and have thought about speakers. Bluetooth would be ideal for me as I like to keep my phone in my bathrobe pocket.


Smart Shoppers Guide: Bathroom Speakers
4/26/13 11:34 AM

My 60's Kenmore machine sewed through 2 layers of microsuede with no problems at all. It's sturdy, easy to work with, and stretches enough that I don't think you'd have problems with it tearing like the leather.


Best Way to Repair Leather Chairs? Good Questions
4/16/13 03:00 PM

The chairs almost look like they're made of carbon fiber braid and either painted or covered on the inside.


DIY Idea: Faux Marble Table Top Poppytalk
4/16/13 02:54 PM

A greasy meal always helps me feel better. A fillet-o-fish sandwich with fries and a diet coke, or a big steaming hot bowl of pho and I feel much much better.


My Favorite Hangover Cure
4/15/13 11:15 AM

Ever since I saw this at Ikea months ago, I've tried desperately to come up with some reasonable use for it. It's cute and someday I will come up with a use for it. Likely 8 days after they discontinue it.


Raskog Kitchen Cart by Nike Karlsson
4/15/13 11:07 AM

Funny, my husband just asked me to find him a keurig for his office at work last night. This would be perfect!


Win: Keurig Vue® V700 Brewer! Thursday Giveaway
4/11/13 10:45 AM