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Display Name: SherryBinNH
Member Since: 10/21/08

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@jeoffry, you know what? As an atheist, I do NOT respect religious artifacts, they are just d├ęcor to me. I have a pantheon of little statues of mythological deities from many cultures, including Christian ones. (The Madonna sits next to Isis and Minoan, Japanese, and Hindu goddesses.) I find the mythological impulse in humanity anthropologically interesting, and I collect with that in mind.

I have no problem with -- no, wait, I DO have a problem with people mindlessly holding religious beliefs, all of which I consider equally mistaken. However, I DO respect your right to hold those beliefs. That doesn't mean I think it's my responsibility to implicitly support them.

People of any faith need to start to accept that there is a growing number of us out here who strongly disagree and who may choose to not concern ourselves with the "propriety" of religious objects being used secularly. Consider it a form of free speech or protest, if you like. You have the right to feel annoyed, but not to try to curtail the practice, unless and until this becomes a theocracy.

Christians have burned the Quran to upset Muslims. Using stole as decorations seems mild.

The Kings' Quirky Castle House Tour
7/29/14 10:22 AM

Really lovely -- and I also want your living room rug! (I wish I had had your design sense when I was your age!)

Rachel's First Place (and It's Great!) House Call
7/29/14 09:56 AM

Another caution about acetone -- I knocked some over on a shellac dining table (I am guessing that it's shellac) and the finish was destroyed totally in seconds -- I have a big spot of essentially raw wood with gloppy looking edges to figure out how to fix. Meanwhile I have to use a tablecloth to hide my shame! ;^) ) Acetone will eat lacquer, if it's really lacquer.

Magic erasers are abrasive -- that's how they work. I don't think people who recommend them are totally aware that they are using something akin to very fine sandpaper. It's great for many surfaces, but NOT shiny lacquer. I'd also be careful on latex paint -- use them much and you will remove enough paint to show the previous layer.

Good luck -- the stain could be permanent.

Can a Stubborn Stain Be Removed from White Lacquer? Good Questions
7/29/14 09:53 AM

I think it was about $500 per tree for fairly large oaks, including stump grinding, removal and chipping of the branches, and leaving the logs which a friend chain-sawed into fireplace lengths. In NH a few years ago. In a less accessible location, it cost almost that much just to have some overhanging branches removed so they weren't scraping our roof... So it depends a lot on the specific job.

How Much Did It Cost To Remove a Tree From Your Yard? Reader Intelligence Request
7/29/14 09:48 AM

Those Design by Conran items are largely on clearance, and greatly reduced! Makes me wish I needed furniture!

Design Q&A with Chad DeWitt
7/29/14 09:44 AM

Glam = Mirrors -- my first thought at the headline!

I like it a lot, but the mirror proportions bother me a little -- I think I'd paint the beveled frames of the mirrors silver (pewter?) as a transition between the paint and the mirror. Or maybe silver leaf those edges.

But it's definitely way better already! The faux tray top is great!

Before & After: A Thrift Store Cabinet Goes Glam
7/29/14 09:36 AM

Clean. Functioning. Nothing broken.

Move in Ready, means those things, but I wouldn't want to move in if there were things I'd HAVE to change, such as wallpaper or ugly paint. I might go ahead and do it if there were enough rooms to stash that room's stuff somewhere else while I worked, but I know from experience how hard it is to paint with things in place, or even piled in the center and covered with tarps.

When Do You Consider A Place Move-In Ready?
7/28/14 05:07 PM

I have mixed feelings about the decorative painting, but I love the new hardware and am oddly fond of the dark and white combination, which normally isn't a theme I go for.

Before & After: A 40-Year-Old Nightstand Gets A Youthful New Look
7/28/14 04:52 PM

@ecuadorina, those are real concerns some people might not think about, and which have gotten some folks into trouble. So, sarcasm aside, what's wrong with reminding people that not every idea is universally good? It's one thing to go "Well I don't have kids or mobility issues, so a bed in a closet might just work FOR ME" and it's another to not even think about it and have the firemen overlook your child when the room is obscured with smoke and they aren't expecting that setup. But since you did the reminding, the rest of us don't need to! ;^)

Tips From Our Tours: Creating Private Space in Studios or Lofts
7/28/14 02:04 PM

Wow, that last photo doesn't look staged AT ALL! ;^) The storage ideas are all good ones, but I'm distracted by all that white stuff in one place!

10 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Space
7/28/14 01:12 PM

From bland to bold -- I love it!

Before & After: A Breakfast Nook Gets a Bold Blue Look Under $600 Professional Project
7/28/14 12:58 PM

Can I see a show of hands? Who here would buy that Listerine? Anybody? Anybody>? Bueller???


How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/25/14 01:37 PM

The thing about spite houses and fences, etc. is that they outlive the spite. THEN what? I feel sorry for the people who eventually have to live with their views blocked or their property value undermined by an old forgotten feud. The narrow houses are fascinating, and maybe the neighbors find them eccentric and amusing, but I'd like to think people who build them are more responsible to the future than that.

Spite Houses Are Exactly What They Sound Like
7/25/14 01:34 PM

yay, janel! (So much for assumptions!)

Spite Houses Are Exactly What They Sound Like
7/25/14 01:31 PM

I love the color scheme and the organization! Update us when the other half is finished! ;^)

Before & After: A Catch-All Laundry Room Gets Beautiful and Functional
7/25/14 01:14 PM

I had one of these rentals in the past. My solution was no overnight guests. (Day guests were not a problem.)

As for bathrooms off the kitchen or dining room, I'm not sure why those bother people so much. I suppose if someone needs to use the facility during a formal sit-down dinner it might be awkward, although one could notice and go BEFORE eating, but face it gang, we ALL have to go sometime -- why make it something to be embarrassed about?

How to Make the Most of Typical Rental Features: The Only Bathroom is Through the Bedroom
7/25/14 01:04 PM

We fend for ourselves at breakfast, so I try to be sure I have breakfast food my guest/s will like out on the counter (or fridge) for them. We don't eat pastries, but my partner's sister does, so when she comes we stop at the bakery counter for her. If she wants my Kashi cereal and almond milk, she's more than welcome to it, but since that's doubtful, there will be scones or Danish or something! And I borrow back a Keurig I donated to work (since I no longer own it) and leave out some K-cups for her.

I think making thing easy and obvious for guests, so they do not need to ask for help, makes them feel more at home.

6 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Overnight Guests Feel at Home
7/25/14 12:51 PM

Nah, you're foolin' us, aren't you!? ;^)

Before & After: IKEA Futon Graduates From College Instructables
7/25/14 11:56 AM

I kind of understand both things as separate issues. I am gainfully employed now, have a life partner who actually makes good money, so we are able to buy what we really want. But that was not always true. I remember many meals of tomato soup (cheapest) with things added like diced hot dogs. You make every penny go as far as you possibly can, you find free food (end of the day many bakeries, places like Panera, chains like KFC, give away any unsold food at closing...), etc. It's not fun, but you hope for it to be temporary, and you get by. And letting people **who ask** you what you need knkow the specifics is perfectly logical. (ASKING people to give you things is more iffy to me...)

But I also kind of grok the idea of finding it hard to understand asking for specific gifts. (In fact, it could have been me in a particular thread making that original statement, but not in the context of a minimum wage earner.) In certain contexts, and not being mindful of people in tight circumstances, wish lists are kind of greedy.

I know I have commented in threads about wedding gifts for people who have merged households and lived together a few years before marrying. If you have an established household, even if you at this point are low on cash, you most likely have the essentials. But in our culture, the whole "gimme" attitude that some people have about events like weddings (or worse, DESTINATION weddings) seems to be that everyone you know OWES you wonderful free things simply because you are changing your status. Wanting to upgrade to fancier more expensive versions of the things you already own simply because you are finally tying the knot is offensive to me. (The whole idea of wedding gifts was originally to supply the essentials to a couple just starting out, probably in their late teens, with nothing but their clothes... Not many people fit that category now or have such low expectations.)

So, although I can see how someone in low a income situation might take offense at a comment not aimed at them but with which they relate, it might be useful to recognize that philosophical discussions may be addressing specifics.

(Even when I was destitute and out of work entirely, living on credit cards and rare temping jobs, and selling my belongings to pay the rent, I still thought it was inappropriate to ASK for stuff. As an adult, I considered it my responsibility to try to find some way to keep myself afloat. For a while, that meant moving home with my parents while I job hunted, which made ALL of us uncomfortable... You do what you have to do...)

Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/25/14 11:55 AM

OK. No.

Offices are impersonal enough. Not having a dedicated space to be my own turf, where I can stash my own stuff, where I can NOT interact with other people when I need to focus, is essential. This playground for adults does not look conducive to productivity (unless maybe the business is some kind of creative one where talking and brainstorming are the work). I am not concerned about sitting for long periods -- I am fully capable of standing up and walking around frequently for myself or to manage some task, so this all seems contrived and artificial to me, not to mention kind of arbitrary. (If this were a sort of atrium with more traditional desk areas around it so you have options, maybe it would make more sense to me.)

I don't think I'd be interested in working for a company with this "edgy" infrastructure. They might be innovative and leading edge, but they would not be comfortable. (Maybe when I was first starting out and could quickly move on from there...)

Is a Giant Rock the Office Furniture of the Future? Design News
7/25/14 11:20 AM