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Display Name: ericasullivan
Member Since: 10/5/09

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The wall planter looks like it might be the Urbio wall planter, which was a successful Kickstarter project from 2011.

Teal's "Tangerine Punch" Room Room for Color Contest
10/22/12 04:40 PM

Hey @Mid-C Frank, I'm in New England too, and my local Market Basket sells Kate's!

Real Buttermilk's Comeback Story
9/17/12 03:06 PM

I use a French press (for hot coffee as well as cold-brewed iced coffee). I have a nice insulated one that keeps the hot stuff hot all morning. I don't have to worry about filters, and cleanup is easy since I have a garbage disposal.

How Do You Make Your Morning Coffee? Good Questions
9/17/12 09:27 AM

I had a similar situation with apartment-style dorms in Boston. In our case, the no-upholstered-stuff requirement also had something to do with flammability/fire hazards.

Getting Comfy in a Dorm That Doesn't Allow Furniture? Good Questions
9/7/12 05:04 PM

Yes, definitely add a rug! It would help define the space and make it more like a room (and less like a hallway).

Those chairs don't look very comfortable; I don't think they would encourage me to linger at the dinner table over a nice meal. TSPInteriorDesign's comment above me, about getting backless stools, might save space, but I think that would be even less comfortable.

How To Make Insanely Narrow Dining Room More Functional? Good Questions
8/31/12 10:05 AM

@KCKO --

Seconded! Clorox Foaming Bleach Spray is excellent for degunkifying (technical term) caulk and grout.

Paint Colors for Basement Apartment? Good Questions
8/30/12 11:17 AM

I don't make coffee every morning, and I'm a bit of a fanatic about keeping my counters as empty as possible, so I don't have a dedicated space. I am not too fussed about preparation, so I use a humble blade grinder (I know, I know) and French press, with an electric kettle to heat the water. When not in use, they are stored away.

I'm curious -- what's that thingie to the left of the espresso machine in the bottom picture?

Artfully Arranging Your Cup of Joe: Separate Morning Coffee Areas Kitchen Inspiration
8/29/12 10:19 AM

I. LOVE. This.

Alina's Exotic Cooking Lair Kitchen Tour
8/29/12 10:10 AM

I think either the coffee table needs to be bigger, or there need to be a couple more side tables. Where are you and your guests supposed to put down a stray drink or book?

Paul & Isaac's Global Fare in Manhattan House Call
8/27/12 04:35 PM

I can't say I've ever opened my fridge and seen an opened coconut, eggs in their own individual decorative holders, or naked cheese. Most people have a few (or more than a few) jars of condiments, and I proudly count myself among them!

But, that said, the checklist makes some good points. Step 3 suggests removing the drawers and washing them in the sink. For folks who have a single huge fridge drawer that won't fit in the sink (like me, with my cheap rental fridge), I recommend using your tub or shower stall to achieve the same thing.

There's also a reference that makes me laugh, in the second-to-last step: "Attach the baking-soda pod’s suction cups to an interior wall." There's no context for this, so I'm picturing a little baking-soda spaceship. I would think a 79-cent box from the grocery store works just the same as a "pod." :)

A Checklist to Help You Speed-Clean the Refrigerator in 20 Minutes!
8/24/12 09:04 AM

I have a clip-on thermometer. I keep it hooked over the edge of the pot and turn off the heat before the milk reaches 180F (that's when it starts bubbling up and overflowing).

I've had this issue when scalding milk for yogurt.

Help! I Keep Letting Milk Boil Over. Is There a Gadget That Can Help? Good Questions
8/22/12 01:40 PM

@Chzplz --

Well... Bagel 20 might not be a lady...? :D

Tyler's Cozy Cottage Kitchen Kitchen Tour
8/22/12 08:49 AM

If you're trying to save money, or want to avoid disposable products:

- Buy a few microfiber cloths and use them instead of Swiffer dry cloths. I've seen them 2/$1 at my local grocery store. I use them (they fit right into the holes like the Swiffer cloths), brush the dust off into the trash, and pop them in the laundry. You can use them for damp mopping too; just get them wet first, and spray your cleaner of choice on the floor, then mop. Voila - a budget version of the Swiffer WetJet!

- Buy a sturdy toilet brush and use borax (non-toxic, cheap, found in the laundry aisle at your grocery store) or vinegar to clean your toilet. If you do this every week, neither your toilet nor your brush will get gross. I've had the same Mr. Clean toilet brush for six years now, and it looks and smells just fine.

- Replace surface scrub with baking soda in a shaker. If you like a fresh scent, add a few drops of essential oil (e.g. peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree).

- Use a squeegee to dry off your walls and tub after you shower. It takes an extra minute or two, but it'll save on tile cleaner and elbow grease!

10 Must-Have Essentials for a Well Stocked Housecleaning Kit
8/15/12 09:56 AM

@Herzsprung --

Hmm, good point, I suppose I should have said "at MY local shop," since I'm in the States and (sigh) everything is bigger here.

What's the Best Way to Use Up a Half Bottle of Leftover Wine? Good Questions
8/14/12 01:14 PM

@Battra92 --

There are different sizes, but the vast majority of bottles at your local shop are 750 mL.

What's the Best Way to Use Up a Half Bottle of Leftover Wine? Good Questions
8/14/12 11:45 AM

I have a Cuppow Wide and I love it! It's perfect for the glass (well, jar) of water that I keep by my bed. I'm notorious for spilling water all over myself when irresponsibly trying to sip in a reclined position. No more!

Cuppow: Transforms a Canning Jar Into a Smart Travel Mug Product Review
8/14/12 11:36 AM

Big bird lamp is visible in the first picture, on the shelving unit.

That rug is really jolly and brightens the space up, but the big creases look like somebody could trip over them. Maybe spritz it with some water to relax the folds, and put it outside in the sun?

Rivers' Mix of Old, New & Handmade My Room
8/9/12 11:05 AM

@ Abbey C --

Yeah, September 1 is the worst! The moment I was done with school, I got off that horrible cycle. Fewer places are available on other move-in dates, it's true, but I think it's worth it not to have to fight the teeming hordes for a U-Haul! :)

What Does It Really Cost to Live in Boston? Apartment Therapy's Cost of Living Report: Boston 2012
8/6/12 02:07 PM

I'm a woman and I carry a good-sized bag to and from work. Washability definitely played a role in my choice of bag! Still, when traveling, I keep it over my shoulder or in my lap -- I would never put it on the ground or the floor, much less a bathroom floor.

Why Women's Workspaces Have More Germs & Where You Should Be Cleaning
8/6/12 09:06 AM

A neutral natural-fiber rug, like a woven jute or sisal one (something like this, maybe: would also look nice with the green -- nice earthy colors.

Paint Color Recommendations with Green Sofa? Good Questions
8/2/12 04:55 PM