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Display Name: fierymermaid
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I have a sewing and art room. I can just close the door and hide the mess. I used to store everything in closets and pull it out when I was using it, which was aggravating and resulted in me sewing less. It's annoying pulling out a sewing machine, serger or two, and an embroidery machine. No, no, no.


Do You Have a Dedicated Craft Space?
4/23/14 12:37 PM

My house has wood trim in the living and dining area and someone painted over it (everything is white) at some point...it looks terrible, to be honest. The trim just disappears into the walls. Instead of being the decorative accent it was meant to be, it now just looks like oddly placed pieces of trim that gets in the way of hanging stuff on the walls. Paint the walls, first. Your opinion may change. It's much harder to get paint off the woodwork.


To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/23/14 12:32 PM

We need a new mattress. It's such an expensive purchase that I keep stressing out about it and can't decide on one.

I have terrible insomnia of all three varieties (can't fall asleep, can't stay asleep, and wake up too early). I've been this way for as long as I can remember and I've tried every trick I can think of. I've sort of just given up on it. Not being able to sleep makes for good alone time, anyway.


How To Sleep Better: 9 Fixes For Common Reasons Why Your Bedroom's Not Working
4/20/14 09:43 PM

It's not a bad price for a handmade quilt, honestly. "Pure cotton" is a goofy selling point, though--quilts are supposed to be cotton.


Reverse Dot Belle Indigo Quilt
4/16/14 08:38 PM

Silent Hill furniture monsters?


Never Forget This Exists in the World: The \"At One\" Sofa
4/15/14 09:16 PM

Kinda late for an April Fools joke...


Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
4/4/14 11:46 PM

I love red and have it in every room of my house to some degree. Large doses in some and small in others. I literally just hung up red velvet drapes in my dining area and sat down to read some AP...haha.

I decorate based mostly on what makes me happy to look at, rather than an emotion I want to convey to everyone.


Color Rules: 4 Very Versatile Colors for Any Room
4/4/14 11:37 PM

I absolutely despise all-white bathrooms. Reminds of a psych ward bathroom or hospital bathroom. My current bathroom literally has no wall space for art between the floor-to-ceiling closet, medicine cabinet, wall unit bathroom heater, and window.

I like plush bathroom rugs (and bath mat) that are machine washable. Too easy.

I agree with those who mentioned extra TP being within reach. My MIL keeps hers in the hall closet...I discovered this when I was in the bathroom without TP. Yelling for your husband to bring TP isn't cute. :<


Do You Have Strong Feelings about Bathroom Decor?
4/4/14 05:54 PM

I liked the before better, honestly. The after looks like many of the photos I see on this site on a regular basis. I could also be biased, seeing as how I have a very similar style couch as the before (mine is red, though) and a large gold mirror. Glam granny and I have share tastes, apparently.


Before & After: A Dramatic Small Space Makeover... and What Makes it Work Lonny
4/3/14 10:27 PM

I'm very short, so the extendable Swiffer duster is a godsend for me. No more climbing to dust!

My house is all tile and I have pets, and I think the Swiffer dry sweeper is one of the best products for picking up pet fur on a daily basis. I have a reusable dust mop, but it's not as good and it's so difficult to wash the fur out of it. I like my Swiffer WetJet for pet accidents. Easy to get it out for spot cleaning and then throw the nasty pad away.


Are Swiffers Really As Good As They Claim? Good Questions
3/29/14 10:06 AM

Mean Green for everything: http://www.crbrandsinc.com/brands_meangreen.php

I buy a big jug for $5 and dilute it in smaller bottles. Great for upholstery, stripping floors (up diluted), greasy kitchen, ovens, scummy bathroom, and laundry stains (including auto grease on clothes!).

I'm also a fan of Bon Ami, it's awesome! I used Mean Green and Bin Ami to make my stove/oven look brand new.


Reader Recommendations: Simple Cleaners That Really Work Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/26/14 01:53 PM

I've been replacing mine with a matching set, gradually, as the old containers warp and/or crack. Since I can jellies/fruits/etc., mason jars are too valuable to me to use for leftover storage. I need them for jam, pickles, and salsas.


Recycled Jars or Pretty New Purchases: Would You Make the Switch?
3/25/14 12:23 AM

I guess I'm the odd one out in that I fall asleep to the sound of artillery and helicopters? It's nice, kind of like thunder. I can't fall asleep with absolute quiet, either. It's weird. Even when I lived in a small Ohio town, I had the benefit of living near busy train tracks. Loved falling asleep to the sounds of the trains.


Will You Ever Adjust to City Noise? Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/12/14 09:40 PM

The trick is to be in an area with no or low demand and lots of elderly people/fairly old towns; the kind where people buy their houses young and lived there through old age (a long established town/suburb, basically). Results in lots of family members inheriting furniture they think is ugly and pricing it just to get rid of it. Large cities are to be avoided. I have found most of my good finds in small town/suburban flea markets/yard sales and antique shops in the boonies. Shops in cities and especially tourist towns (even small ones) are to be avoided, in general. My living room set I got in Richmond was a bizarre exception to these rules, and I'm pretty sure it was just the result of a divorced woman trying to quickly purge everything that reminded her of her ex.

This is just based on my personal experiences, and has held true (for me) over the past few years and the past six places I've lived.


Dan and Elizabeth's Americana Inspired Home House Tour
3/9/14 11:12 PM

I am LOVING all these fabulous bathrooms that have been posted lately! Beautiful, and I love the brass and gold. Gold is always, always classic.


Before & After: From Boring Bathroom to Bold! Professional Project
3/9/14 09:11 PM

I like it. Before it had some ugly old veneer on it. The after has personality. Just because something is from the 60s doesn't mean it's an awesome, high quality piece. Furniture should evolve to fit our needs, and she did that wonderfully.


Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Media Stand Makeover
3/9/14 08:03 PM

I miss Richmond! I actually bought my couch, love seat, and arm chair at a divorce sale in your neighbourhood, haha.

I love seeing this house; even though it's not my personal style, I like how much character it has. And it's always great to see a departure from the regular house tours filled with MCM, Ikea, and West Elm. There's nothing wrong with that stuff, I just feel like I see it more than anything else on here.


Dan and Elizabeth's Americana Inspired Home House Tour
3/9/14 07:21 PM

It looks weird as is, yes. I'd try furnishing the room and perhaps painting before I changed out the tile, though. You may find a way to incorporate it into your decor and really love the effect. If you still don't like it after that, then change. It's also a nice compromise with your spouse, showing that you're willing to give it a shot.


Original Mantel Tile - Tacky or Classic? Good Questions
3/8/14 09:27 PM

My mom made a quilt for her "grand dogs" to use on our couch. She mailed it to us just for them. She specifically told me "It's not for you, it's for my grand dogs." It is black and matches the living room and our dogs. Convenient.


Quick Tip: How To Protect Your Sofa from Pets Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/8/14 05:30 PM

Yesssss. Colour and pattern are the best. No point in worrying about your house looking outdated one day, because no matter what you do, it will. I'm sure people in the 70s who bought solid coloured gold couches thought they wouldn't look dated, either. No matter what, you will one day be the old lady/old man with the house full of old, weird, ugly stuff, unless you continually update in an attempt to always be on trend. If you don't do that, then just accept facts and decorate with what you love...who cares if it isn't trendy?


Top 10 Signs You’re a Design Daredevil
3/4/14 05:48 PM