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Display Name: Holly14
Member Since: 4/21/09

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I've reached the point where all the easy jobs for my 100+yo farmhouse have been done -- the painting, the shelves, the small repairs. I'm down to -- find someone to level the house, find someone to fix the subfloor, find someone to put down new flooring, find someone to....

Any suggestions about what to do when the remaining projects are major and the money is lean?


The First Step: Create a Project List The January Cure: Assignment #1
1/2/14 01:23 PM

I have one of those slotted rail with slide-in bracket systems that is at any big-box hardware. I used wooden shelves, but you could go with glass. I allowed enough clearance below the bottom shelf to easily remove the tank cover if necessary and then up to about 18 inches from the ceiling. Space shelves as you need them -- open storage for folded towels, attractive toiletries displayed, unattractive ones in a rectangular basket. It will hold a LOT of stuff, isn't expensive, and adds little bulk to a small room.


Creative Storage Ideas for Tiny Bathroom? Good Questions
10/17/13 05:29 PM

Brown rice: pressure cooker, 12 min.


3 Easy Ways to Make a Boring Pot of Rice Taste Amazing Tips from The Kitchn
10/8/13 12:12 PM

Oh, and for those who don't understand freezing grain products, I invite them to come see what strange creatures flourish in them when stored in the pantry in the humidity of the American South!!


Quick Tip: How To Fit More in a
Small Refrigerator

10/8/13 11:46 AM

I was hoping for more substantial tips than "remove the packaging" -- of course, I remove the packaging!! I have what used to be the "normal" sized fridge pictured in the photo and for my one-person household, more than half the space is filled with 2-liter soda bottles filled with water in order to cut down on cooling costs (also provides an emergency water source!!) My tip is: baskets. Metal wire baskets in the freezer, plastic in the fridge. This allows for the full use of space on and between the shelves and easier to find what you are looking for. In the freezer, one basket for meat products, one for frozen veggies, one for grain products (and yes, I do freeze brown rice, and all flour products spend some time in the freezer to kill potential weevils.)


Quick Tip: How To Fit More in a
Small Refrigerator

10/8/13 11:41 AM

My 2cents worth? clean it up a little bit and it would be a great backdrop for a MCM theme.


What Would You Do with Wood Paneling? Good Questions
7/17/13 11:10 AM

Too much big furniture in too small a space. That said, have you tried putting the sofa where the chairs are and then snuggling the chairs into the recesses on either side of the fireplace, facing the sofa? I assume there is a TV or entertainment center on the unseen wall?


Arrangement Ideas for Crowded Living Room? Good Questions
7/8/13 01:15 PM

Love & use frequently: electric kettle, toaster-oven, hot plate, and 1960s-era waffle iron.

Don't have: stove (long story -- involves mice, snake, stove, & nightmares), dishwasher, coffeemaker, stick blender, and any number of other gadgets.

Have and use rarely: microwave, blender, food processor, stand mixer.

Favorite non-electric appliance: my 1960s Presto pressure cooker -- use it many times a week.

FYI, Borage, you can get weather alerts on your smartphone!


What Appliance Can You Live Without?
7/1/13 04:37 PM

Nice job, globaltastes!!


Instant Update: Naturally Brighten a Space
6/24/13 02:22 PM

Let me second, third, or fourth:
--TAPE GUN
--inventory notebook
-big, fat, markers to mark the designated room to which to deliver the box


Moving Box Packing Survival Kit
6/18/13 12:42 PM

Lovely!! Peaceful and surprising. I especially like the art AND the hardware on the kitchen cabinets!


Cara's \"Have Less, Live More\" Flat House Tour
6/5/13 02:32 PM

To reply to @bejeweled and @bellsonhopi no, actually, I don't have a sofa, rug, or coffee table. Fortunately, I do have chairs and various other hand-me-down furniture. My home is nowhere near as nice as any of the ones in the contest, but it is actually possible to conceive of a space that does not use the traditional "design elements". Personally, I detest sofas -- huge, bulky, expensive, and impractical pieces of furniture. I'm always hoping to find inspiration for thinking outside the "sofa box". I suppose I'm a non-traditionalist.


2 Hours Left to Vote: The Finals! Announcing The Small Cool 2013 Finalists
6/5/13 02:18 PM

Sofa, rug, coffee table, chair -- these may be different sizes, textures, and colors, but the same basic design. The rooms are all lovely in their own way, but very predictable, dare I say, boring?


Announcing The Small Cool 2013 Finalists! Vote Now for Our Grand Prize Winner
6/4/13 03:38 PM

Love it! Simple, sophisticated, masculine -- very liveable and a GREAT location.


Tommy's Top of the Hill Small Cool Contest
5/22/13 02:44 PM

Comfortable, interesting, and efficient. I like it! (Especially the wall of shelves.)


Antonio's Warm Welcome Small Cool Contest
5/20/13 03:12 PM

Orange? Never would I have thought it could look so good! I love your home!


Elaine & Adam's Cheerful & Cozy Small Cool Contest
5/15/13 04:05 PM

I love how peaceful your home is! Calm, coordinated, but not fussy. That is one tiny bedroom!


Megan's Revived & Renewed Small Cool Contest
5/15/13 10:50 AM

Uhh, what fireplace??

Personally, I'd pick two colors from that floral pillow and put one in a rug and one on the wall behind the sofa and go from there. I do like the idea of a fabric piece of some sort on the brick wall.


Wall Color for Cold-Feeling Chicago Apartment? Good Questions
4/4/13 10:06 AM

Eww. Ick. On so many levels. Do I eat meat? Yes, sometimes. Would I use slippers lined with rabbit fur from a slaughtered meat-rabbit? Yes, probably. Would I put my tea cup in the rabbit-fur slipper? Uhhhhh, no. Not necessary. Not sanitary. Not pretty. Not.


Rabbit Fur Tea Cozy
3/26/13 02:23 PM

I like the design, except for the loft space. How will someone get to things that get pushed to the very back? Hire a child?


adAPT NYC: The Micro Unit Design Competition Winner
1/22/13 03:50 PM