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Member Since: 4/20/13

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Thank the decorating gods for white paint!

Before & After: A Charming Log Cabin Kitchen
1/9/14 05:01 PM

Oh my heavens incredible!

Time Saving Tip: Use A Flat Iron For Quick Collar Ironing
11/4/13 12:57 PM

I love you, this, the thing, the spinner! Awesome idea.

Quick Tip: Use a Salad Spinner For Quickly Drying Small Clothing Items
11/4/13 12:56 PM

I glue-gunned my poetry, short story winners plaques inside my favorite closet; when having a bad day I can open it up and Voila, I'm a Winner all over again. I can close the door to keep myself from getting too stuck on the whole thing. They are out of the way...and you could do this virtually anywhere you can hang the things. Tuck em in somewhere! They're so worthy of your own praise, and the name on the plaque was one of my non-interests in pitching them in a landfill. Better Karma maybe. : )

One Minute Tip: Letting Go of Memorabilia Apartment Therapy Videos
10/14/13 02:22 PM

Um, tried this....the photos increase the longing and loss as to "oh, look sad photo of sad lost thing'. Instead I've resorted to keeping small actual pieces of clothing, teddies, papers, one cup from the precious china set...this works for me. I frame, integrate into another object, make a 'saver' box...the photos only work for whole houses I've had to leave, or giant pieces of furniture; where there's little option left. I've moved 42 times (I sat down and made a chart and counted!) and have had lots to wade/swim through. Good Luck to all who have to contend with this issue.

One Minute Tip: Letting Go of Memorabilia Apartment Therapy Videos
10/14/13 02:18 PM

Yummy ideas and visuals all round. That second room with the 19th century oak round pedestal table: A common style and 'workhorse' of a piece of furniture.

When I scrolled to that Table in that room, my heart skipped a beat.
My long gone identical table I inherited in the Midwest 1870's farmhouse I rented was surrounded by wood burning heat stoves, wind chimes and curtains with big strawberries printed all over it alongside the Jim Morrison posters.
Yes, the 1970's in full swing.

That oak table worked then, and it's gorgeous with the mid-century eclectic mixed offered up in the photo.

For the present and the past; thanks AT.

Our Best Decorating Ideas: How To Layer
for Added Comfort & Style

10/10/13 07:27 PM

In the words of Clint Eastwood "Make My Day". All this color, and all those smaller kitchenette-ish photos; Just like mine I just acquired in my new apartment. I pretend I'm living back in Europe....the compact, galley size kitchen and me.

Again, application of color has simply made my design mind soar!

The young Queen Elizabeth portrait sent me over the top.

Carry On, All.

A Plethora of Ways to Add Color in the Kitchen
9/25/13 12:57 PM

I bought Conran's Kitchen Book in the 70's and loved it during my moves through Urban and Rural homes, having kids along the way. The year I bought the book I had my daughter, who now has the vintage book now gracing her own living room table.

Thanks, Conran.

A Visit To Terence Conran's Old Apartment House Call
9/23/13 02:40 PM

Fey & Mark and tiny family: You just won the Nobel, Academy and Rock Star award for parents of the year. Hands down the best ever nurturing-parent creation EVER on here; or a lot of places anywhere!

As a pre-natal educator of 25 years and the parent of two very grown babies and now am a grandparent, all three things were successful thus far in my I say to you will only grow (as your children will) to love creating an environment your little ones can thrive and blossom in.

The photos are perfect. There's no confusion, it's all obvious; the configuration of the tiny room. The door, the simplicity...the snack door. No pictures needed right now...the babies will take care of that and more in due time.

When my daughter was growing up (from age 4) she had a 'dormer' kitchen made from a closet under the eaves of our upstairs bed room. It was her heaven.

A Secret Kids Room Through the Closet
9/17/13 10:16 PM

Help with the configuration! Stopped at this color work up for living rooms and LOVE it! But found myself wanting to understand what and know.

Orange curtains, keep forever. Warm inviting and contemporary room, perfect.

Sarah's \"Sunshine Bright\" Room Room for Color Contest
9/15/13 10:45 AM

Pez collection insane-wonderful...Love it.

Bracelet 'exhibit' case is perfect. (is it legal to own that many?)

The ceramics table is #1 in ideas....many of us have these assorted types of these vessels, containers, shaped objects. Instead of figuring out where to put all these nice, but 'lonely' looking sized pieces....placing them in an arrangement as in the photo is just, well, a near no-brainer and very cool.

Colorful Collections from Our House Tours
9/15/13 10:37 AM

Contac too risky?

Sta-flo laundry starch can be used as the 'paste' to apply fabric or flexible papers to metal, wood or plaster. Goes on smooth, non-toxic and can be 'peeled' off when wanted with no sticky residue.

Used it for chest of drawers, table tops, refrigerator fronts, walls, shelving.

Five Ways to Customize Kitchen Cabinets with Colored Contact Paper
9/13/13 11:27 AM

The new available 'contac' designs may save my "you can't paint-landlord rule' life.

I recently gave our 1940's vintage high chair to our new granddaughter. It still had the contac paper on it from the last baby, 1976, and it's just like new!

Five Ways to Customize Kitchen Cabinets with Colored Contact Paper
9/13/13 11:23 AM

After homekeeping for 45 years (I'm over 60 and ok) the above by Miss C is absolutely, 100%, certifiably, organically, totally true!

And another thing......No matter what file system, box, labeled thingy I use....I cannot figure out what to do with the archival paper!


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

9/12/13 09:42 PM

While I love this whole post....there's an OMG factor. 'Get rid of clutter' is followed by 'display sentimental items around your home'. Dear lordy, living 65 years as I have, lived in 10 states and a foreign country, love folklore and art, raised two kids who are painters, been a pro photographer and the oldest of a family that had parents who collected Mexican furniture, masks and were fabric designers.......Please come over and tell me how to do both of these things. Yikes! I do make my bed, and am happy for it.....and thanks.

10 Simple Things to Make You
Happier At Home

9/11/13 01:49 PM

Molly's Pink & Lime room is completely inspiring for one huge reason. She, like me, isn't free to paint her walls for a variety of reasons (budget, landlord, physical impossibility)....and I'm constantly looking for those who've taken color to their heights. I just moved and am figuring out how to do this in the 1880's Victorian living room.


Jennifer's \"Pink & Lime\" Room
9/11/13 01:44 PM

~~~~~~~~~Your Living Room is Insanely Gorgeous~~~~~

Kimberly's \"Very Betsey\" Room room for color contest
9/9/13 10:30 AM

I love the treatment to your early mid-century bungalow. It 'feels' fantastic from here.
The colors make me want to sing CSNY's "Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakech Express".

Tracy's \"Madras-Marrakech\" Room Room for Color Contest
9/9/13 10:12 AM

This has inspired/encouraged me to FINALLY frame and preserve!!! my precious Peter Max scarves and 1920's hand-painted 40" long, 12"-fringed silk neck scarves + my 1930's batik silk-velvet fringed "piano" scarf/wall hanging. Thanks for everyone who posted some as archivist I'd like to avoid the professional expense and do the research to do it myself; these posts have helped much.

Colorful Accents: Framed Scarves
9/8/13 07:07 PM

life was better when I wasn't on the internet from 2003 to 2009. I was too poor to get it hooked up. I need to go back; soon.

11 Tips for Slowing Down
9/5/13 08:38 PM