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Display Name: suzee
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Love the ceiling in the breakfast nook area. I remember when my mom re-did her place when my youngest sibling moved out, I thought it was kind of stupid. I mean, geez, she was the only one living there, and all that money! Now that we're four weeks away from empty nesting ourselves, it makes lots of sense. :-)

An Empty Nester's Well-Deserved Renovation Professional Project
7/19/14 05:04 PM

We have an LG stove with raw cast iron grates and they're OK (per manufacturer) to go in the dishwasher. Unfortunately, they don't fit in our apartment sized dishwasher, so I soak in very hot water and a little dishwasher powder (the green kind, with enzymes). A light wipe with no scratch scrubby sponge and rinse and they're good to go. I've been doing this every week or two for two and a half years, with no apparent problems.

How To Clean Cast Iron Stove Grates Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
7/18/14 10:29 AM

There are so many angry people in the world whose fundamental belief is that everyone is trying to 'rip them off.' Go to the market as an adventure and enjoy! Talk, ask, admire.

I usually ask for a deal if it seems reasonable, but that means end of the day or second day of a two day estate sale or I'm buying several items. I'm nice, and I say something like, 'I love this! Would you be willing to take XX for it?' And the deal I request is never more than 20% off, usually 10% ish. I almost always get the deal. Am I getting a 'great' deal (the cheapest possible price)? No, probably not. Am I happy with my purchase and the day at the flea market? Yes!

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Flea Market
7/15/14 10:45 PM

Thanks for sourcing! (Also, in reading the other comments, I want to say I disagree about hiding outlets...that actually makes me a little crazy, when I can't get to them to plug a phone or the vacuum in!)

Before & After: An Eichler Master Gets a Meticulous Makeover
7/14/14 10:14 PM

Source for the bed? Great room, btw. Very Eichler.

Before & After: An Eichler Master Gets a Meticulous Makeover
7/14/14 10:27 AM

I have explained to my bed partner that a top sheet is a kind of gasket for me, keeping just enough warm air in (we live in the SF Bay Area, not a lot of hot nights). Absolutely necessary. I do agree with the rest, though.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/12/14 11:14 PM

I liked the before (recognizing that it was pretty dinged up) so figured I wouldn't like the after - wrong. Nice job! Very creative.

Before & After: A Boring and Brown Dresser Turns Cool and Clever
7/12/14 11:04 AM

I loved reading this thread. You people are funny.

Even though my first CI pan is still in its teenage years, too (just bought it in January), it's so fantastic for things like hash browns and corn bread and bacon that I'm willing to roll with it until we get all the way there.

Help! Why Won't My Cast Iron Pan Stay Seasoned? Good Questions
7/11/14 09:42 AM

From a weekly farmer's market buyer's perspective, I'd request that you not look all hurt and pouty (oh, yes) when I breeze by your booth to go buy my vegetables instead of stopping to sample and chat. It's great that vendors like yours are there, and I hope you're doing well within your intended customer base. But $10 a pound granola would bust my food budget wide open...I'm there for the top quality/reasonable price organic produce. So really, you don't want me sampling at all, right?

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Farmers Market Farmers Market Etiquette
7/9/14 10:38 AM

Can you share bathroom paint color? I'm shopping for a gray for my pink tiled bathroom, too, and yours looks great!

Nice place!

Christina's Comfortable, Collected Austin Abode House Tour
7/5/14 10:54 PM

I'll never understand why people feel the need to report their unhappiness with others' choices on things like this...if you don't have something nice to say...?

I *do* have something nice: love it! Totally boring before, now its subtle, but with spice.

Before & After: A Sideboard Gets Diagonal Color for a Dining Room!
7/5/14 10:51 PM

The link above just goes to an IBM site with a jpeg of the website. Better link:

New Site Visualizes Your Region's Happiness Design News
6/30/14 08:24 PM

Geez. My momming days are past, and happily there were no anti-play date movements back then. That said, the vast majority of play dates were without the visiting parent, once the kids were over 2 or so. And they're long as the kids were safe I could have a little time (if I was the host) to get a load of laundry done, start dinner or just relax. If I was the visitor's parent, I got to run an errand, do something with the other kid or...just relax.

None of those, note, requires a clean house/apartment. Unless there's a safety issue, the only thing I can think you'd be worried about is the other parent judging you, and hey - that's gonna happen anyway.

To Playdate or Not To Playdate When Your House is a Mess?
6/30/14 08:18 PM

I can't imagine hanging a leaded glass window would be cheaper than just fixing it...? Is the exterior something really hard to fix?

Replacement For No-Longer-Needed In-Wall Air Conditioner? Good Questions
6/29/14 06:08 PM

We had the exact same room in our last house, same dark pine, same ugly carpeting. I lived with it for 10 years (for all the same reasons you post) before finally deciding on a whim to paint. BEST DECISION EVER. Two coats of Killz primer and three coats of paint, and I had a lovely, very cottage-y room. We replaced the carpet with a more modern, low pile (there was only subfloor underneath), and voila.

People will tell you not to paint that, but if you hate the paneling, just DO IT.

Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/24/14 09:51 AM

My husband's and my first apartment together was on Beulah St (in Cole Valley), we lived there for several years in the late 1980's. Your place looks so similar (well, not the beautiful furniture and design choices you've made!), and the light...oh the light. And of course the park, Haight St., Cole Valley restuarants, Twin Peaks. Sigh. We miss it (moved to the East Bay for affordability/child raising reasons). Enjoy!

Melissa's Modern & Organized San Francisco Home House Call
6/21/14 01:26 PM

I got it! There's more bidding competition for smaller, multi-purpose items like the card table than big pieces like the secretary. And the finish on the card table was in great shape. I like the burl table best of the four, though.

Quiz Answer: Can You Spot the Most Valuable American Antique? Style Quiz
6/20/14 10:53 AM


Before & After: Backyard Patio with DIY Built-In Benches Smitten Studio
6/19/14 03:58 PM

My threshold is, can I make the whole place presentable in an hour or less? If so, I'm ok. If not, if it's gone beyond that level of mess or dirty, it's bad and needs to be addressed immediately.

I work at home a lot, and there is nothing more distracting (for me, I realize that Roald Dahl and others don't have this problem) than a mess when I should be working.

The Messy Myth: Is Being Organized Really Always Best?
6/18/14 11:02 PM

150 feet, cedar, 6 foot plus 18" arbor, $8500 (labor by licensed, insured contractors and materials) in SF Bay Area. Plus removal costs for old fence, which were not insignificant. Envious of all the low costs elsewhere. I know we can get it done cheaper here, but usually by poorly paid workers.

How Much Did it Cost to Build a Wooden Privacy Fence? Reader Intelligence Request
6/13/14 10:25 AM