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Display Name: denisegk
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thanks for the link. I did click it and read through, I guess this could be in the northern area and it would be quite nice.
It was weird reading about the "hole in the ozone layer" above New Zealand in the clothing section. I mean, I knew about the hole but I somehow thought it was over mostly ocean and Antarctica. How awful to have to take that into consideration everyday! No wonder NZ is far ahead of us (in the States) in their lifestyle and goverment policies about the environment.

A Little New Zealand Beach House Lives Large Arch Daily
7/11/14 12:53 AM

hmm, I'm positive I read an article about this a few years ago an IKEA were distinctly unhappy about it and trying to stop people from napping in a culturally appropriate way. I guess they couldn't beat 'em so they decided to embrace it. can't say I blame them. I love my chinese relatives, but in the case of the older folks while they may be the most hospitable and generous people I know they also never change their minds or habits about anything!

Swede Dreams: Snoozing at IKEA
7/10/14 02:56 PM

if you click on the post title in black, it does mean you have to make an extra click.
but, if you click on the orange link which is always shown before the jump it will take you directly to the article.
it is weird that two links that seem to point to the same place actually don't, but there is a one-click way like you want.

A Big Bowl of Overnight Oats for Your Morning Struggle Delicious Links
7/10/14 02:45 PM

does New Zealand have very temperate winters? I thought I remembered from lord of the rings (go ahead and laugh) that it gets pretty cold there. with that wall of glass, facing the water no less, heating must be impossible or expensive.

A Little New Zealand Beach House Lives Large Arch Daily
7/10/14 02:41 PM

there's such an imbalance in the relationship between the renters and the real estate company. I'd rather see that the family (well, the adults) were treated as employees, maybe contract employees to simplify taxes for the company, and the homes treated as the family's company housing. then, when they are asked to move suddenly, it's with the understanding that they will continue their employment at another property of company housing.

on a different topic, the way the article was written immediately made me ask why losing it all hadn't helped these people get the proper perspective on "trappings of wealth". why try so hard to hang on to a past life? enjoy the new life.

Family Lives in a Showhouse, Like Living Props Design News
7/10/14 02:37 PM

what has worked for me is taking opportunities to observe the mouthy person very closely at other times when they are talking to others or engaged in activities I'm not part of. time and again I see that they don't really enjoy anything or anyone. and then the subtle but certain edging-away that everyone they talk to does after a few moments of the person's company. frankly, it helps me to be very glad I'm not that person and then I care less and less what they think. maybe it's a bit of superiority creeping in, and of course I'm not superior to anyone else, but my life and level of happiness are superior to those of people who only see and voice the negative.

Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 02:29 PM

I think many of the contested changes will be good.

the window being removed for a coat closet: the closet is more useful to them and the window makes the area look unbalanced and weird being next to the door with no sign of a matching window on the other side.

the bench: right now it's backless y'all, with stair treads that will dig into your back and head, plus it looks too low for adults to be comfy sitting and chatting.

painting things white: I say go for it. Sarah's foyer may look generic to some but to me it looks peaceful rather than heavy/dark (like the homeowner's current foyer) or overly stimulating like you sometimes see when folks try to draw attention to every square centimeter of character in their house. some people need to feel relief and release as soon as they come home, maybe these folks are two such.

Inspiration for Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation Renovation Diary
7/10/14 02:13 PM

I'm in love with most everything Sarah Richardson does. she's the only thing I miss about satellite TV.

Inspiration for Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation Renovation Diary
7/10/14 02:04 PM

I also used fifty for all my wedding and reception flowers. the price was great, every bloom was perfect, and I really appreciated how they packaged the flowers in the box.

Two Seriously Surprising Resources to Save on Your Wedding
7/1/14 12:12 AM

Here's one I found out about from photographers, but it's really useful in the kitchen and all throughout the house.

Cut the wooden skewers into small sections (I like 1"). Discard the bit with the pointy end.
Get a wide rubber band. Lay it on the counter parallel to you. Lay a skewer section on the rubber band, perpendicular to you. (the skewer should be pointing away from you, the rubber band should be going across) Keep the rubber band in a long skinny oval shape.
Take one end of the rubber band and thread it inside the other end of the rubber band. Pull until the rubber band has tightened around the skewer section.
Now you can use this to close things up, hold them together, whatever. You just use the skewer section as a "toggle closure" by wrapping the loose end of the rubber band around it.

I find it's easier to use wide rubber bands this way than trying to wrap them around something the usual way.

Go Beyond Kabobs with More Uses for Your Wooden (and Metal) Skewers! Tips from The Kitchn
6/23/14 04:10 PM

Ibuprofen is best for that kind of pain. You probably have some nerve inflammation in addition to whatever you may have done to muscles and joints. Ibuprofen is best for nerve pain and helps reduce nerve inflammation. RICE + Ibuprofen is the best way to help yourself and prevent long term nerve damage. When you go to the doctor for problemsn like this and they write you a prescription for painkillers, most of the time its a massive dose of Ibuprofen. Skip the pharmacy and save some money.

How To Avoid \"Painter's Shoulder\"
6/22/14 11:52 PM

We use pinecones gathered from around the yard (or someone else's yard) to mulch around anything delicious to us or varmints. It will keep smaller animals from scratching and pooping on your berries and tomatoes too. Pinecones break down slowly, so you can use the ones squirrels have already torn up as well - they'll release their components before the nice looking prickly ones that will keep cats and dogs from using your nice soft veg garden as a litter box/napping place.

Garden Chore Calendar: May is for Mulching The Gardenist
5/17/14 02:19 AM

I'm happy to see the "spirt of 'small'" getting the respect it deserves! :) Please don't fix this typo, when you say it out loud it sounds funny and cute!

On topic, these spaces (and the table) are beautiful and so well thought out. Should we ever fall into a pile of money, I hope our preference and value of small sustainable homes doesn't change.

4th Annual Small Project Award Winners AIA Chicago
5/16/14 03:51 PM

Reminds me of the children's book _The Princess and the Peacocks_, about an actual room in one of the Smithsonian's museums.


Blue Bamboo: Chinoiserie Mural Color Therapy
5/16/14 03:43 PM

Agreed on the likelihood of staging, that said, whoever staged this home did a terrible job! The floorplan, so far as I can see, is not really a problem at all. However, the way it was filled - the way various areas were assigned certain functions - by the stagers makes it look incoherent. They should have fired the stagers, maybe their home would have sold faster.

Also, that anaglypta style ceiling in the downstairs living room/seating area is gorgeous. I love love love ceilings like that, plain or patterned.

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Sell SoHo Penthouse Design News
5/16/14 03:11 PM

and Konar's suggestion of bahn mi is spot on. we have a bahn mi place about 3o minutes away. It's worth it every Friday. so good!

What Are Some Tasty Sandwiches Without Cheese? Good Questions
5/13/14 09:36 AM

I have found that replacing cheese with smashed avocado or sauteed/ caramelized onions (big batch made ahead of time) lets me make all the same sandwiches without feeling like something is missing. The fattiness and savoriness stay about the same, both ingredients give a good punch of flavor and moisture, plus they're healthy (healthier than some of the cheeses I like, ha).

What Are Some Tasty Sandwiches Without Cheese? Good Questions
5/13/14 09:34 AM

Actually, going off the facts that they are mostly utensils you cook with and that the counter bumps out on the left edge of the pic, I'd guess these would be grabbed by the right hand of someone standing in front of their stove.

I don't have diagonal compartments (but what a GREAT IDEA), but that's how I have assigned my kitchen drawers' purposes. The one to the right of the stove has cooking and serving utensils. The one by the dishwasher/flour canisters/nice chunk of counter has baking/prepping utensils. The two in the island (upon which we stack plates and cups when it's time to eat) contain silverware in one and my wraps and post-its/pen in the other.

Make the Most of Kitchen Drawers By Organizing Diagonally Kitchen Organization
5/12/14 06:01 PM

I've always been told cut flowers need a moderate amount of indirect light.

Small Bathroom Ideas: 6 Room Brightening Tips for Tiny, Windowless Bathrooms
5/6/14 01:35 AM

And without brokers too, wow.
Hope the buyer put in the contract that the sellers have to fix up the lawn - those bald spots made me chuckle a bit, they're worse than ours and you bet we aren't in a 9-figure home! :)

Hamptons Estate Nabs Record-Setting Price Design News
5/5/14 06:40 PM