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Display Name: Haley J.
Member Since: 3/30/09

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That after paint job is trying too hard. I loved the floral details, color, and vintage drawer pulls in the before picture. It's a shame that they didn't just refinish the piece and freshen its paint color.

Before & After: A Painted Dresser Gets A Nursery-Worthy Upgrade Professional Project
4/4/14 09:25 PM

I don't have a problem with using open shelving in the kitchen, but I am already tired of seeing cabinets without doors. That can't go away fast enough.

Before & After: A Refreshed and Revamped Kitchen For $1000
3/22/14 03:50 PM

Many, many cats do not like enclosed spaces and will either a) hose down the interiors or b) mark around the outside of the entire space as their box. They might look cool, but in terms of practical use, they can be much worse than having a small uncovered box. Plus, it's much harder to clean the boxes and change the litter when they're stuck inside these little cupboards.

10 Ideas for Disguising or Hiding a Litter Box Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/7/14 04:22 PM

Ugh, just no. It's like a bad flashback to the era of black lacquer and brass modern furniture. There's probably a puffy black leather sofa hiding somewhere behind the camera.

Before & After: Hemnes Hack Gets The Dubai Treatment
3/3/14 12:28 PM

Someone get Eric Cartman on the case. I'm pretty sure some drum circles and college-know-it-all hippies will be appearing on their property next.

Tim and Hannah's Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin House Tour
2/3/14 04:07 PM

Uhhhh, don't you mean musty? Because I'm pretty sure that a house that smells musky would attract every animal in heat within a 5 mile radius.

Does My House Really Smell Like That? Five Ways to Mask the Musk
1/6/14 02:58 PM

I love that robin's egg blue paint - what's the color / brand?

Colorful Vintage-Inspired Play Zone for 3 My Room
2/15/13 08:28 PM

I'm actually going with a big project, because it's on my list, and I need it out of the way to be productive with the rest of the cure: Operation Xmas Removal. I usually do it on Epiphany, but wasn't able to get to it on Sunday. So, today's the day!

Day 5: Select One Project from Your List to Complete this Month Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/8/13 03:48 PM

As someone who is expecting, please let me encourage you: buy from the registry! I have gotten many gifts, but only 2 things that I was actually registered for. Many of the things I was given had no gift receipts, I couldn't tell where they came from, and I had no use for them. So, someone at the Goodwill has lucked into some stuff. My husband and I are on the hook for everything we registered for, but we have stacks of other stuff that's not really useful to us. PLEASE, shop off their registry!

Unique Non-Baby Baby Gift
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4/7/11 03:58 PM

Paint over it! Even it your potential buyer has kids, it might not be their style, it may not suit the gender, etc. It will be viewed as just another home project they need to handle. And even if you offer to paint over it, they may worry you won't do a good job or it will be sloppy. Just paint it a neutral. Selling your home isn't a time to let emotional ties to your decor rule your decisions; you're leaving the room anyway, so make it work to sell your house.

Should I Paint Over a Mural As We Show Our House To Potential Buyers?
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3/11/11 02:38 PM

Here are pictures from two different baby blankets I've just finished for my daughter (due in June).

Here's a very basic solid: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haleysuzanne/5482158705/

And here's one in the four colors we are using in the nursery (work in progress shot, each square is 9" x 9" and are sewn together):

If you like those, you can find patterns on my Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/haleysuzanne

I figure I'll probably make up to another 4 blankets - each a different pattern. Maybe have auntie make a chevron pattern in your nursery's four colors? Or a granny square that uses only those?

Patterns for Modern Crochet Baby Blankets?
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3/3/11 04:41 AM

I used dried morels to make this recipe of spaghetti with pancetta and morels. It was amazing - the flavors worked together beautifully.


Also, Marxfoods.com has some very good recipes for fresh and dried morels on their site.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Should I Make With 20 Pounds of Dried Morels? Good Questions
9/17/09 05:59 PM

@lasomnambule - Try Seed Savers Exchange or even Burpee.com. You will need to do some homework ahead of time to see what will work best indoors or in containers.

@whytephoenix - Absolutely. My mint even jumped containers last year when it really started thriving and was too close to the parsley. It is a predator, and it's already coming back for more this year since it's an annual.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Blogging Chow: The Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors
4/6/09 10:20 PM

I was reared by my Southern grandparents. We had a garden and raised cows, so we had fresh veggies during the summer and our own beef most of the year. It sounds like heaven, but the practice of boiling veggies down to a gray mush really turned me off them for years. Most meat was battered and fried, or maybe grilled. My family cooked only traditional Southern foods-- not even spaghetti-- so I didn't try many foods until later high school or college.

I still crave my Grandma's rich desserts, and I can batter-and-fry like a pro. But, I have a much more varied palette now, and I prefer my veggies prepared simply-- not cooked to death. I am much more health-conscious, but I still love artery-clogging Southern fare.

In the end, I've branched out and learned to love more than just what I grew up on.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Kind of Cuisine Did You Grow Up With?
3/31/09 08:53 PM

I am on the hate end of the Ikea spectrum. I've been two or three times. I have never bought kitchenwares there because they always look so flimsy. That, and when I went to buy Billy bookcases to build a wall unit, the experience was so terrible I swore I'd never go back. Love the shelves, but didn't love Ikea.

And yet! Hedgehog shaped cookies make me think maybe I should go again. And the baking pan. And the cake doilies.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | New IKEA for the Kitchen: 15 Maybe-Good Things
3/31/09 08:40 PM