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Display Name: citipearl
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I have already passed all of those milestones and now that I'm way beyond those, I'm less concerned about what I have. Original artwork will be what I create. IKEA is just fine. Scaling down and loving it.


Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/26/14 01:41 PM

I guess it depends where you live, however, trash (especially in the kitchen) needs to go out every night as food of any kind attracts roaches. They also like dark and damp (and cardboard, paper products).


5 Chores You Can Skip When You're Busy
5/11/14 11:48 AM

Isn't there a lot more light in the "After" photo? I like the new paint color and all the other touches, however, it does seem that the "Before" photo was taken in the dark.


Before & After: A Bedroom Gets Finished With Fresh Paint and Flea Market Finds
4/21/14 04:45 PM

I had 1970's laminate cabinets with "almond" laminate and "oak" trim - the complex was re-doing apartments as they were vacated so I wasn't too worried about tinkering with the cabinets. I removed the doors and hinges (saving everything) and left open shelves on the top cabinets. Then I arranged dishes and other kitchen-y things as a display. It looked a lot less dated.

Re: Vertical blinds - I lived in one complex that would allow you to change them (even temporarily) since they wanted the outside of the units to look the same - best to ask management before doing anything with them.


Reversible Upgrades: Things to Temporarily Change in a Rental Renters Solutions
4/10/14 01:57 PM

Ooooh la la!


BRING IN SPRING: Win a $500 Shopping Spree from LOFT Giveaway
3/25/14 02:14 PM

Another option is to go first thing in the morning - even on a weekend. Get in and out before the family shoppers appear with strollers, kids on the loose, or people who want to wander (a la mall walkers). Know which departments you want to visit - speed through areas where you know you don't need to shop. Wear comfortable shoes! Definitely pre-shop online or with the app - bookmark things you want so you don't go through the similar sounding Swedish names for things (I only can remember a few of them). Have the coffee in the cafeteria - it's really good!


Tips for Navigating IKEA In Record Time
3/7/14 02:29 PM

Deee-lightful. Now about those high ceilings, mouldings, windows... How do "we" recreate some of those features?


How To Decorate Like a Parisian
2/18/14 12:40 PM

I have had several of the hard surface countertops in different kitchens, including tile, granite and marble (not concrete) and I find I get to test the durability of every glass or ceramic thing I own if something drops onto the countertop. Same issue with tile floors (which end of with chips in them if you drop something heavy, like a pot). As I recall, if you don't take good care of your butcher block countertops, they become porous and a health hazard because you end up with food creeping into the wood. Stainless steel scratches too easily (not a big fan of stainless steel appliances now that I've had them because they need to be babied). Wood floors are not too bad and are easier to stand on for longer times in the kitchen, although you have to keep up with them so you don't have worn areas - and, if your dishwasher or sink floods (yes, this happened to me), your wood floor warps. For my money, and sanity, I would stay with a bullnose, high end laminate countertop and a high-end/retro linoleum or laminate tile floor. It's easier and less expensive to replace the countertops if you get sick of them or they become damaged and it's easier to replace a tile or two on the floor if there are any mishaps. Keep the tile for backsplashes.


Tired of Granite? 8 Countertop Alternatives to Consider
2/12/14 12:29 PM

I was very pleased with my Vios service. One caveat: if you sign up for a 2-year contract to lock in your rate, your first month will not count towards your disconnect penalty, which was hefty, in my opinion.


5 Things To Know If You're Having FiOS Installed
1/29/14 03:48 PM

I'll try it - have done the bleach the floor (lose brain cells) approach to no avail. With this pen trick, I'll re-do it once a month if that's what it takes.


We Tried It: The Miracle Grout Pen Test,
Before & After

1/27/14 10:24 AM

Oh, and "what I can afford in New York City" is nothing by myself. I wonder if it's this bad in other cities?


What Rent Can You Really Afford? Budgeting for Extra Monthly Costs
1/14/14 02:24 PM

I moved into an apartment that had a separate bill/company for cooking gas. Would have been nice to know beforehand. Also, although it was also in New York City, it was farther away from everything, including veterinary care so every time I had to take the dogs to the vet (or bring them anywhere), I had to either pay for a cab both ways or rent a car and pay for tolls, gas and parking (and a big fat parking ticket one time)..


What Rent Can You Really Afford? Budgeting for Extra Monthly Costs
1/14/14 02:22 PM

A classic. Perfect.


Win: A Barcelona Chair Reproduction from Rove Concepts Giveaway
12/17/13 02:59 PM

I did it again --- AGH! double o-v-e-n.


Before & After: Kari's Modern Kitchen Makeover
11/15/13 02:23 PM

Jeez - double over, not double OVER. Also, had twin Sub Zero fridges - one fridge, one freezer. All in another life...


Before & After: Kari's Modern Kitchen Makeover
11/15/13 02:22 PM

First, when my kids were small, I kept extra paint to touch up anything I could not clean off the walls if they got "creative." Second, certainly it's possible that the owners have a Kosher kitchen, however, it is also possible to need more cooking options if you like to entertain large groups of people. When I was married and had a Doris Day house, we had a sink, a brass "salad" sink, and a bar with a sink in the adjoining family room - and a double over for cooking, say, a turkey in one and pastry in the other - different temperatures, no pie smelling like turkey..and an outdoor barbeque. It's great when you're entertaining and there's more than one person doing food prep to be able to spread out/not trip over each other. Cannot add much to the cabinet discussion other than to suck it up once or twice a year and get up there and clean (rubber gloves, please).


Before & After: Kari's Modern Kitchen Makeover
11/15/13 02:21 PM

Wow. May I have a single story (smaller) one, please?


Mark's Zero Carbon Eco House House Tour
11/6/13 12:24 PM

Yikes. The beds suspended from the ceiling would worry me... especially if I lived in an earthquake zone (even the Northeast had an earthquake recently).


5 Cool Hidden Beds for Small Spaces
11/6/13 12:21 PM

I have used plain old roller shades cut to size at the hardware store. In older homes/apartments, you'll often find the hardware for them already in the window frames. If not, they are easy to tack up and don't leave a huge hole if you move and your landlord doesn't want them. I have had plain white ones (that look minimalist and modern) and ones that have a blackout layer inside when light control was an issue. It's a short-term, inexpensive way to go - and easy to afford on all the windows. I also like roll up cotton or linen shades, but they're a bit trickier because you have to zhoozh them when you raise them so they don't look a mess.


Inexpensive Alternatives to Window Blinds? Good Questions
10/31/13 10:38 AM

grammar police: without BLOCKING light. (sigh)


Furniture Arrangement Ideas for Studio? Good Questions
10/30/13 03:01 PM