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Solvent is what dissolves the binder; what you term the solvent is usually called the binder, or the glue that carries the pigment and enables it to stick to the wall. So the solvent for a latex paint is water.

Splurge or Save: What You Need to Know About Buying Paint
5/5/14 01:35 PM


The best.

Where Can We Find Candle Covers for an Old Chandelier? Good Questions
3/20/14 01:21 PM

My thoughts exactly, Parnassus.

An Interview with Lulu deKwiatkowski of Lulu DK 2013 Design Evenings
12/16/13 07:17 PM

Don't do bamboo, whatever you do. It looks like it should work, but the headaches aren't worth it. We live in New Jersey and bought a house that had bamboo lining a fence for just the situation you have - BUT once a year it dropped leaves everywhere AND the thing that put it over the edge for us was that the runners started coming up under the deck, in the yard, many feet away from the original planting. Eventually the root system turned the earth to mats that we had to dig out with pick-axes. Ripped up the yard to get the runners out, and had to redo the entire back yard. Luckily it isn't a big one, but the leftover runners are still putting out shoots under the driveway next door and along the fence. Unless you put in a big box underground you won't be able to control it - or you get the clumping kind. We put in huge arborvitae in its place, but I don't think it will solve our privacy issue. I'd be interested to see what other solutions people propose. Pergolas are expensive!

Backyard Privacy Screen Ideas? Good Questions
5/9/13 12:07 PM

The table is actually a bench - the Squat, by Vessel. We have one that we call the toy coffee table because it's really small. It's great, but I can't find them to buy another one. I wish they'd make it larger so it could be a real table. You used to be able to get cushions for it, too.

Source for Curtains Seen in FLOR Catalog? Good Questions
2/21/13 10:24 AM

I agree with Snowdog. I've seen those DWR chairs, and they don't hold a candle to my (admittedly still expensive) Modernica fiberglass chair made from the original molds and the original fiberglass recipe. We had the fiberglass chairs growing up, too - they have such depth to the color AND they don't ding like those soft kinda gooey plastic-y ones. The DWR colors are nasty and lurid, too.

Get the Look: Molded Plastic Shell Rocker
1/16/13 03:45 PM

Whaaa? I thought quilting was a communal thing? It sounds lovely, your get-together, but have you thought of quilting on EACH OTHER'S projects rather than on just your own? That's how a big quilt gets done - not one person on their own thing, but lots of people on one thing. I've been a part of a quilting bee, and let me tell you, there's nothing like it. Kinda like a barn raising. Or a choir.

Peek Inside the Party: A Quilter's Circle Weekly Dinner in Los Angeles
11/30/12 10:53 PM

I use a pastry bag to squeeze them out - you get the nice round shape and a little pouf on top.

How to Make Cheese Gougères
4/10/12 01:01 PM

Does it matter to anyone how much danged thing costs?!

Why I'm Ditching an E-Reader for the New iPad
3/12/12 03:55 PM

Splendid Table How to Cook Supper is amazing. Also, though, Italian Country Table (same author), Simple Vegetarian Pleasures (Jeanne Lemlin), On Top of Spaghetti.

Emily's 5 Essential Cookbooks
2/28/12 10:45 AM

Austin's Home Street and a couple of neighboring streets have the funkiest and most interesting display I've ever seen, and I can't believe no one's mentioned it yet. I've been gone ten long years and it's STILL something I miss.

Top Places for Elaborate Holiday Decorations
12/15/11 06:41 AM

It's also the color of teakwood furniture.

Cool & Comfortable Color: Cognac
12/5/11 12:50 PM

You can always just put 'no gifts, please,' on the invitation - why is it that so many people are so unwilling to break with stupid traditions? How many of you women are taking your spouse's last name? How many of you are getting wedding rings (and how many of the men are?) I swear! If you're a grown-up and you've been living on your own, asking for wedding gifts is just greedy. It's not about the gifts, it's about the pledge. Nothing more, no matter what 'people' think. Why are people so da--ed conservative in this country?

Making a House a Home Through a Wedding Registry
10/22/11 08:59 PM

That's what they make playpens for!

Real Life @ Home: How's a New Mom Supposed to Shower?
10/18/11 01:51 PM

As a soon to be 51-year-old, I resent ArchDarling's comment. I know plenty of people in the NJ suburbs where I am exiled younger than that whose decorating style skews 'old' - read traditional and colonial, and not in a good way. And since when was 50 elderly? Not everyone who reads this site is a 20something.

Terry & Lyndon's Pristine Palatial Parlor
House Tour

9/29/11 12:57 PM

Apropos Julie Anita: being on the receiving end of a lot of 'heirlooms' can seem overwhelming, but at the same time, you do want something to pass on to your child, yes? My father got rid of a lot of things we kids would have at least liked to consider, but never had the chance. So, the Tiffany - if not for you, maybe someone later down the line?

Would You Sell One Treasure to Buy Another?
9/13/11 09:11 PM

I think this color has its place - when I said we chose it for our dining room/kitchen/living room, it was in the context of every other room in the house, including hallways, being painted a grayed out deep color or gray itself. We have a small Cape Cod and most rooms are small so deep colors make them cozy, but the dining room/kitchen/living room are all one flowing space, with regular height ceilings in the dr (originally the living room) and kitchen; the living room is an addition with two story pitched ceiling. The previous owners painted the living room and the wall joining it in the kitchen a deep burgundy with a bright white ceiling, which looks okay but kinda contrasty. The putty color we're using now allows those three spaces to flow better (they're linked visually and physically) and is a great backdrop for books, art, and all the color. Not boring at all, in my opinion. Plus, we used the Affinity line from Benjamin Moore and the colors really do work well together.

Putty in Your Hands
9/8/11 11:48 AM

Isn't putty close to 'greige'? I have to say I wasn't that into it until I decided on Benjamin Moore's 'jute' for the dining room, with creamy white for trim ('mascarpone'). We have TONS of bright colors in the dining room/kitchen/living room, and it's a great backdrop. It's a real color, but it does change with the light, so it's more than it seems.

Putty in Your Hands
9/8/11 10:44 AM

Cloaks and bookshelves? I think you mean mantel.

Perfectly Paired: Mantles & Bookshelves
9/2/11 11:10 AM

Looks like a Latin house to me! Some of the wall hangings appear to be Maya huipiles, or blouses. They are beautiful examples of the weaver's art, and differ from village to village. The kitchen reminds me of the kitchen I shared in Caracas, and of caraqueno friends' kitchens.

Beatrice & Ramsey's Cultured Echo Park Casa
House Tour

8/26/11 01:58 PM