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Yep... and my rinse water from making salads goes into a watering can for my outdoor plants, too. But mostly I just don't let water "get stale." I drink it, because it's good for the kidneys. :)

The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/17/14 02:05 PM

If it's just me and my husband we kind of park our water glasses on different sides of the counter top by the fridge for refills. But when there are several of us to keep track of, we either leave our drinking glasses at the dining table at our customary sitting places (we always end up in the same chairs so it's easy to remember whose glass is where). Two other tips that work at larger family gatherings and holidays, is we put different charms on elastic bands to mark our water glasses for the day. If that's too much trouble, you can also write your name on your glass with a dry erase marker-- as long as you are careful that you don't smudge it with your hand, it'll stay on the glass until you wipe it off with a paper towel.

The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/16/14 05:11 PM

The wood decking tiles are from IKEA- they were already featured in previous catalogs.

IKEA 2015 Catalog Sneak Peek: Stylists' Ideas Worth Stealing
7/16/14 03:24 PM

Along with some of these tips, I'd like to add that I had done this kitchen organization blog back in the new year for those who need a clean sweep of the kitchen area to facilitate cooking, baking and daily functions. Hope this helps a few of you come up with some new ways of streamlining the "hub" of the home.

Why Didn't We Think Of That? 18 Genius Kitchen Organizing Tips From Our Readers Reader Intelligence Report
7/9/14 02:10 AM

(If you insist on using sponges -or other cloths that can harbor bacteria - to do your dishes or wipe counter tops, then do yourself a repeat favor: get them really wet and pop them in the microwave for 2 minutes every few days to kill bacteria.)

It's Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
7/7/14 02:31 PM

Re: Sponges. Yuck. My pet peeve is people who use the same nasty sponge for days and weeks and months on end, to clean dishes, cutting boards, utensils, and wipe counter-tops and stoves and clean out the same sink that they just had raw chicken in. I never use sponges. I use a microfiber rag for wiping the counter-tops, and I wring it out in nearly boiling water about once a week to get the worst gunk out, and then I toss it in the washing machine. For scrubbing pots, pans and cutting boards, I use a nylon scrub brush with a handle. I put a little squirt of soap on it and wash my pots. I use a separate scrub brush for sanitizing my sink a few times a week with vinegar. About once a week, I put the scrub brushes in the dishwasher to completely sanitize them. If you get a good nylon brush, they last for months and months.

It's Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
7/7/14 02:30 PM

So when you say "clean sneaker" you must mean "Brand new sneaker" because there's no shoe that has ever been used on a foot or outside of my house that would ever make contact with anything I put my face on for 8 hours a night. :) Better yet, just use brand new tennis balls to fluff up a washed pillow.

It's Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
7/7/14 02:23 PM

Honeybun - I agree with you - swap the loveseat and sofa, and give them a little breathing room. If the fireplace can be moved to another wall, and make it have its own mantle-piece or surround, that would be a good start. Otherwise, get some built-in shelves in that angled-niche wall area that wrap around the fireplace, and the TV, and anchor the whole section. You can then use those shelves to display pretty objects, and maybe just keep the more 'cluttery' stuff in wicker baskets at the bottom for kids to access as necessary.

I'd brighten up the room-- maybe a light gray slate to contrast the beige furniture, and give the red curtains more punch as an accent? Especially if you use crisp white shelving and trim. Add in some plants and a good area rug with blues, reds, and browns, and it should look more pulled together.

Help Brainstorm Ideas For Redoing My Living Room? Good Questions
6/30/14 11:46 AM

They're a great and forgiving perennial for the yard too -- handle full sun well, and they're hard to kill. Cut them back in the winter a bit when they get too scraggly and they'll just come back with vigor. In some cultures they're considered a funeral-flower (which is why my mom doesn't like them) but they really do deserve a little more credit for their longevity and affordable price, and fresh look.

Budget Blooms: The Case for Carnations
5/27/14 12:02 PM

Yep- I hear ya, AMChicago-- I wonder too because most latex paints -- while lead-free -- are still not exactly edible. I'd worry about children chewing on the rails while teething and ingesting paint. Hopefully this crib was painted with a child-safe paint.

Before & After: Budget IKEA Sniglar Crib Goes Pretty in Pink
5/15/14 10:29 PM

I am in full agreement on your color choices! My parents have an actual early 1800s antique lacquer cabinet with a marble top that's from France, and it has the high gloss black doors, with ornate gold detailing. I could see making this have a faux-French rococo vibe with some high gloss black paint and gold leafing. And then you hang a modern piece of art above it and a geometric rug and it suddenly all works.

Advice on Refinishing Ornate 1970s Bureau? Good Questions
5/15/14 02:38 AM

Pineapple tops are fun to sprout as a house plant as well. I have two of them in giant white ceramic pots. They are in the bromeliad family.

DIY Decor Trend: Pineapple Craft Projects
5/9/14 05:09 PM

You basically have the options of making the tile colors seem like the most intense colors by painting the walls a neutral like gray (as long as you stick to a similar tint/tone-- such as a greenish tinted gray, or a warm tinted gray to go with each respective tile color), or else sticking to a crisp white. But personally, if this was my house, this is what I'd do: Since the tiles are both sort of in a more muted drab color wheel, I'd take the paint colors in a more punchy direction, which would help translate the tile colors as neutrals.

So for the one bathroom where the predominant color is a greenish-beige, either go with a similar green tone but far more saturated (think a velvety "moss green" with a third analogous accent color, perhaps in a like a rich warmed up blue) OR take it to a complementary opposite color, [red being opposite of green, but also more saturated] like a mid-tone reddish-orange (like a "paprika"...)

With the salmon /brown tile I'd do the same thing-- Either go way warm and intense with a richer paint color, like a cayenne red, or dark raisin, OR go opposite to the greenish-blues, like a dark peacock blue-green color.

Another cheap fix would be to look into the countertop and cabinet paint solutions that come from Rustoleum company. They have easily applied paints for laminate & cabinet surfaces that would give you a new look for a couple hundred dollars.

Color Ideas to Work with 1960s Bathroom Tile? Good Questions
5/9/14 01:11 PM

We had to get a new fridge and a new dishwasher, and because our cabinets are white (and our old appliances also were white) we just continued with that, because when I look across my kitchen, I don't see my appliances jumping out at me. They blend in nicely with the white cabinets, and makes the whole space seem continuous. Stainless is fine too, but I think -- as so many others have said - that it's SO trendy right now that people would rather have a cheap-quality appliance, as long as it has a stainless front, as if the stainless front somehow makes it more durable or expensive. A crappy appliance is a crappy appliance, no matter what it's made of on the outside. A good quality range -even if it's white - is a work horse! Ours is 15 years old and still going strong.

Should I Have Gone With the Stainless Range? Good Questions
5/8/14 10:42 AM

I think the awning must serve a purpose -- and it's probably more for protection from rain than sun, if I'm gonna guess. So getting rid of the awning might not be advisable. Instead, maybe just replacing it with either a little portico or another awning in a more cheery color would be fun, and then painting the gutters, window trim and downspouts to match the awning. And make the door another complementary color. I might suggest doing the awning a soft white, and painting the window trim & gutters a soft white as well (stick within a warm color family to match the pinkish brick) and then maybe paint the front door a brighter color like butternut squash or even a light green like celadon or jade that would have a tinge of pink in it.

Exterior Color Ideas For My Brick Home? Good Questions
5/6/14 01:35 PM

I squeegee my fiberglass tubs & showers every single time, and I only have to clean them maybe once every 6-8 weeks? I clean the chrome off with baking soda as needed. And for that gray stuff that still seems to build up, despite my daily squeegee, the best thing I have used is the Pinterest trick I found from some blogger where I adjusted it a little bit- fill a spray bottle with about 1/3rd dish soap (like Dawn or Palmolive) and about 1/3rd vinegar, and 1/3rd lemon juice... spray on evenly (it's strong smelling because of the vinegar, but shouldn't be dangerous, because it's just regular old dish soap) leave fans running, let it soak through for 15 minutes or so, and then wipe off / rinse with cold water until it isn't soapy anymore. Repeat on deep stain, or scrub if necessary, but usually once is enough.

A Shiny New Shower & Tub: A Cleaning Regimen for Keeping them Perfect Forever
5/2/14 12:53 PM

I have oregano that has self-seeded all over my yard and it has pretty purple flowers, so I feel the same way about mint. I'd rather have edible "weeds" than thistles and thorns...

The Dos & Don'ts of Growing Mint
4/28/14 11:34 AM

Yes-- it is a real Swedish word. It means "to elevate" ... Most IKEA product names are based on adjectives, verbs or towns/ villages in Sweden.

15 Smart & Inexpensive Kitchen Goods to Buy at IKEA Shopping Guides from The Kitchn
4/25/14 12:46 PM

I haven't tried the Värdefull garlic press, but I have the Koncis from IKEA, and the little cup comes out and easily cleans out as well.

15 Smart & Inexpensive Kitchen Goods to Buy at IKEA Shopping Guides from The Kitchn
4/24/14 12:12 PM

Speaking of drinking glasses- a few years ago they had candles in frosted-striped glass containers, and I bought eight of them at the time, and when the candles were burned up, I ran them through the dishwasher and now they're my favorite juice-glasses. They have held up for nearly a decade! :)

15 Smart & Inexpensive Kitchen Goods to Buy at IKEA Shopping Guides from The Kitchn
4/24/14 12:10 PM