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When you put a cucumber in vinegar, when does it become a pickle?


How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 06:20 PM

Dana, you do nothing with such gusto and style! May we all be inspired.


In Defense of Laziness Weekend Meditation
6/2/14 12:53 AM

PS: should read ''OCD moment'' and not OTC. I did a little research and Miss Breaux seems to have borrowed her ideas from Shawn Achor's best-selling book ''Before Happiness'' and added a pseudo home improvement angle to make it fit in AT. But it doesn't. Looking at the pileup of insults and apologies, Miss Breaux should revise her approach and refrain from playing domestic guru until she can infuse her posts with a bit of compassion. I am nearing 70, I'm retired, have raised 3 kids, I'm not in primary school anymore, and I don't like being treated like an imbecile. Hopefully, AT readers are mature enough to decide what they want to do with their precious time in the morning. Miss Breaux, I have some advice for you: before posting anything, read it out loud and see if you can swallow your own Monday morning brew. And the least you could do is cite your sources.


How to Have a Successful Week: Do These 6 Things Around the House Monday Morning
5/26/14 10:24 AM

Thanks to my lazy disposition, I don't read that sort of to-do list on any Monday morning, or any other morning. The ''Do this, do that'' title and general tone of this post sounds like someone is having a bit of an OTC moment or a real ego trip. I don't need a mommy. Enough with the guilt trip. Let's get real. I smile every morning, stay in bed as long as I want I'm quite capable of running my life my way. Whoever wrote that list should get a life.


How to Have a Successful Week: Do These 6 Things Around the House Monday Morning
5/25/14 11:54 PM

That old chair looked like it came straight out of Coronation Street's cab office. The new version looks real posh! Congrats!


Before & After: A Washed-Up Wingback Gets a Fresh Start
5/19/14 10:59 PM

toilet paper


Tell Us: What Do You Splurge on Even When You're Scrimping?
5/13/14 12:55 PM

Things in a bowl - not soup, might spill - but anything else bite size or spoon size or smaller, plenty of spoons to go around, and forks too, for those who would rather...


Dinner Party Recipes That Are Easy to Eat from a Plate on Your Lap? Good Questions
5/7/14 07:29 PM

My knees hurt just by looking at that tree house. Wonder how I'd get up there after a night out...


AIA Announces Top 10 Green Buildings in The US
5/2/14 08:06 PM

I agree with ┬źDon't use bar soap┬╗ but instead of shower gel, I use Dove soap, which they say is not soap. Whatever it is, it cleans well and leaves no residue on my skin or shower walls.


A Shiny New Shower & Tub: A Cleaning Regimen for Keeping them Perfect Forever
5/2/14 07:55 PM

You will appreciate the white walls once it starts raining and raining for days on end, as it always does in BC. A large picture of a wave can be found at IKEA and could bring in some blue and a hint of surfing. You can move it elsewhere later on.


Where Should I Paint Blue Accents? Good Questions
4/30/14 12:37 PM

I have no AC. Montreal weather is endurable except for a 2-3 week ++heat wave. With two fans running, I use a moist washcloth to create a cooling effect on my skin. I become a lizard that moves very slowly and only if absolutely necessary. I used to spray myself with cold water but that used up too much energy and made me sweat. I hate the heat.


How to Stay Cool Without an Air Conditioner
4/30/14 01:01 AM

Making the space less busy visually would allow you to install hardware and maintain a simple, unified look. One way to achieve that is to paint the wooden edge on top of the upper cabinets in the same white you used for the cabinets. Maybe paint the bottom cabinets in the same colour also?


Should I Add Knobs to My Kitchen Cabinets? Good Questions
4/25/14 02:28 PM

I don't like the way it has been styled, decorated and it obviously needs some cleaning. It feels dusty, old and out of date. These house were well built and that is a plus but they overdid it with the wood. America, keep one or two of them as museum pieces, ant that is what this looks like, but please, let us breathe. You obviously need someone else to make the decision for you so here is my two cents. Paint paint paint and keep the fireplace as a memento of the good old days but please clean said fireplace.


To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 01:56 PM

It may be insects, like spider mites, which are so small you barely see them when you go to the nursery and when you get home, there are more and more, until they have completely sucked the life out of your plant. They hang around under the leaves and look like little flecks of dust. If the fleck starts moving when you push on it with delicately your nail, congratulations, you've got spider mites. To get rid of them, you need to wash the plant with a special non toxic soap you can find at the garden center.


Can I Save My Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant? Good Questions
4/21/14 01:33 PM

Those houses always remind me of Tony Soprano.


How McMansions Ruined America Design News
4/16/14 12:01 PM

You might want to keep one of the old bricks as a souvenir...The pictures and descriptions are great. Cheers to all the team!


Jennifer's Kitchen: Tearing Down, Building Back Up Renovation Diary
4/16/14 01:07 AM

I got rid of my Lodge 10 inch cast iron skillet after trying Kitchen Aid's 10 inch cast iron skillet. Lodge's finish is smooth and the fat ends up around the steak instead of under it. Kitchen Aid's finish is textured, just enough for the fat to remain under the meat where you want it for better results. Just as easy to clean.


How To Season a Cast Iron Skillet Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
4/15/14 01:32 PM

I buy a few every time I go to IKEA and use them as sidewalk surprise gift bags. I fill it up with stuff I don't need, neatly packed and in good order. I leave it on the sidewalk and by the time I get back in my apartment, it has disappeared. The bag itself is part of the gift. Reminds me that I have to go to IKEA for a refill.


In Praise of IKEA's FRAKTA Bag
4/9/14 11:03 AM

Great project! Will certainly watch and cheer. Thanks for sharing.


Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/9/14 10:41 AM

Check yesterday's post on AT - a Mini makeover on the cheap. Kitchen is similar to yours, colour of cabinets and floor. They did a great job at a mini cost.


What Is a Good Color Scheme for this Kitchen? Good Questions
3/28/14 03:44 PM