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Another thumbs down for the shutters. I don't have a problem with the blue, but the size of the shutters is way off. Even if they are never closed (the norm these days) they should be sized so that they would cover the window if closed. So shutters beside those double and triple windows just looks dumb!


Make One Colorful Change to Create Crazy Curb Appeal
7/31/14 02:26 PM

You know, you are absolutely right that there are cultural differences--which I did not initially consider. In some cultures it would be expected that "family" and "extended family" are always welcome without any notice required. My daughter had to deal with this after a fashion in college. As a freshman, she lived in a pretty small room with 3 other girls (so small that the beds needed to be bunked). One of the girl's family was first-generation American. Her family and extended family (grandparents, aunts, cousins) would descend upon this little room and stay for hours. I don't think it was out of their cultural norm, but it was uncomfortable for my daughter (who generally dealt with it by leaving the room).


The Awkward Files: When (and How) to Say No to Hosting Houseguests
7/30/14 04:06 PM

I don't really see why a professional couldn't skim coat those walls to a smooth surface--although perhaps the issue is really that covering them with plasterboard would actually be a cheaper solution given the labor involved. Only you can decide how big an issue this is for you.


Paint Ideas For Textured Walls? Good Questions
7/30/14 03:42 PM

LordGeorgie, you are clearly being taken advantage of. It is hard to believe the b@lls of some people (sorry, but is don't know a better way to say that). I would let her know in no uncertain terms that you have "other plans" starting on Friday, and ask her where she would like to be dropped off. Only you control how far you let people walk all over you.


The Awkward Files: When (and How) to Say No to Hosting Houseguests
7/30/14 03:37 PM

Do be cautious about what you let your dog play with. Big chewers will demolish stuffed animal type dog toys and possibly swallow pieces. Ditto with rope type "tug" toys. They can swallow pieces of rope--necessitating surgery. Last time I happened to be at the vets, I spoke with a woman whose big lab had just had surgery because he ate her pantyhose. Dog proofing one's house or apartment is much like child proofing. In both cases, nothing beats a high level of supervision.


Bringing Home a New Dog? The Essential Shopping List for a Damage-Free Home
7/29/14 08:48 PM

If you go to the farmer's market near closing time, you may score some wonderful bargains. The vendors would rather not have to pack the produce up and cart it away.


A Field Guide to the Farmers Market
7/28/14 05:06 PM

I have cats and use the strategies noted above--antique birdcage, terrariums, and hanging plants (well above where they can be reached from the windowsill). Succulents will do better in open cages and will not do well in the moist environment of a terrarium. Tropical plants like African violets will thrive in a terrarium but you still need to make sure that you don't allow it to trap too much moisture. Don't place a close terrarium in direct sunlight either--it will overheat! Look up "wardian case" if you want to see some beautiful examples of plants growing protected by glass.


My Cats Are Eating My Succulents! Help? Good Questions
7/28/14 01:25 PM

Wow! Very attractive! Lots of imagination without a lot of money spent. I'll bet that the original table could have been utilized (maybe with painted legs?) if the budget was even tighter.


Before & After: A Breakfast Nook Gets a Bold Blue Look Under $600 Professional Project
7/27/14 06:03 PM

I'm not really a fan either--for all the reasons listed above. You can also add that there isn't enough contrast between the animal hide "rug" and the wood floor. I'm not a fan of hide rugs anyway--but at least get the colors right. Although there are nice individual pieces, I think the place lacks cohesiveness.


A Small Parisian Studio Professional Project
7/27/14 08:52 AM

Any ideas for a 50's/60's bathroom done in YELLOW wall tile with medium brown tile trim? The floor is small ceramic tiles in various shades of tan. Tub and toilet are white. The sink is not vintage and is sort of off white in a golden oak cabinet. I know that the sink/cabinet combo is going out--just not sure to replace it with. Although we own the house, we can't afford tile removal and replacement.


How to Tone Down (or Play Up!) Pink Vintage Bathroom Tile
7/23/14 03:32 PM

Nice move on IKEA's part. I hope the idea catches on with more stores. The more companion animals that find their way out of shelters and rescue groups the better!


Want a Beagle With Your Billy Bookcase? IKEA Showcases Homeless Pets on the Showroom Floor
7/22/14 09:31 AM

Is that little nook where your desk is wide enough to accommodate a full-sized bed? If so, could you place a guest bed there and move your desk, and maybe a comfortable reading chair to the end of the room that is currently occupied by the sofa?


Ideas for Narrow Loft Space? Good Questions
7/17/14 09:47 AM

You can also think about trying to use less pots and utensils when you cook. Think about what you need to cook, and the logical sequence in which to do it. For example, if you need to sauté a small amount of (for example) onions and mushrooms, and you also need to make some rice--do the vegetable in the bottom of a saucepan, remove them, and then do the rice right in the same pot. Use the same spoon to stir two different things on the stove, with a quick rinse at the sink in between, if needed. Rinse and "re-cycle" your coffee or teacup, and then give it the full wash-up at the end of the day. Same for your water glass.


Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 09:31 AM

Just be aware of what kind of paint you are using. Flat or eggshell paint originally used for a wall is probably not the best choice for a piece of furniture unless you plan to cover it with polyurethane. By itself, it may not stand up to abrasion (drawer opening/closing) or being wiped down frequently. In any case, hold on to at least a bit of paint to do touch-ups of whatever you originally used the paint on.


Reuse & Restyle: 10 Home DIY Project Ideas for Leftover Paint
7/13/14 06:14 PM

I don't know whether they are native to your area, but a big groundhog is pretty strong. We had some that bent the wire fencing around our vegetable garden last year--and it was made of a really heavy gauge wire!


How to Cultivate a Wildlife Habitat in Your Outdoor Area Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/13/14 06:08 PM

Very nicely done. The bottom part does seem a little under-utilized. If storage is an issue, you could store serving platters or trays, baking dishes, or table linens under the wine glasses. I could see the same approach being used to create a storage area for larger, awkward-sized things that you would like to keep handy, but can't fit on the counter (such as a juicer, food processor, stand mixer, slow cooker etc.)


Before & After: A Boring and Brown Dresser Turns Cool and Clever
7/12/14 01:03 PM

Well, well, well--my comment about learning how to draw/paint circles and straight lines magically disappeared. I still believe that, as discerning noted, use of a compass, straightedge, and protractor would have made the above examples much more appealing (at least in my opinion).


Try This: Paint the Wall Behind a Shelf to Make Vignettes Pop Justina Blakeney
7/11/14 08:09 PM

What a fantastic job you did! Bravo!


Before & After: An Army Green Vintage Broyhill Goes AWOL
7/10/14 10:25 AM

I'd like to find a really good toaster oven that toasts evenly. I don't need the fancy features (or price) of the Breville, but everything else I have had seems to have a hard time creating decent toast. I'd buy a traditional pop-up toaster but I like the re-heat and top broil features of a toaster oven.


Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/9/14 11:59 AM

What a lovely house. You get a lot of natural light. Your dining room is the only time I have admired a room with a dark color paint--I think it is the natural light, light woodwork, and light furnishings that make it work. I love the bedroom also--so much more interesting than a typical "boxy" space!


Beth's New-Meets-Old Beach Cottage Inspired Bungalow House Tour
7/8/14 02:13 PM