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Display Name: Julietsong
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Keep a weekly schedule for the "must do's". Examples:
My garbage gets picked up on Thursday, so Wednesday night the fridge gets cleaned. And every Thursday morning, without fail, I squirt toilet cleaner into the bowl and brush it out when I get home so my bathroom always sparkles. Oh, and always keep the entry swept- it looks nice and keeps a lot of dirt outside, where it belongs.

The Hate-to-Clean Guide to Having an Always-Guest-Ready Home
7/6/14 09:26 AM

First, to reinforce #8: Weird things happen! Seriously- I've been through break-ins, flooding from water heaters gone bad, and even had a landlord's tree fall on my car. Protect yourself and your stuff- get insurance!

Second: Don't settle for "good enough for now" unless it's necessary for survival (ie: cookware). It may save you a few dollars at the moment, but you're filling space with junk that doesn't make you happy and will have to be replaced. Better to do without until you can get what you want.

Third: Rent or own, it's your home. You should get a sense of peace and comfort when you walk in the door. Don't let clutter, dirt, or a feeling of 'temporariness' take away from that. Personalize, organize, and keep it clean. You'll feel good when you come home and you'll never have to be embarrassed to open the door to unexpected visitors.

8 Life Lessons to Learn to Make Adulthood Easier
6/15/14 09:02 AM

A few notes:
*If you can't find a local upholsterer/refinisher, take a course- even an online course- and learn to do it yourself. Also: think slipcovers, good ones.
*Window treatments: I found a fabulous fabric that was a must have for my bedroom, but the price per yard was staggering. Rather than settle, I bought enough to do valances and sofa pillows, filling with neutral shades and sheers. They still look fabulous!

Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros
6/4/14 04:29 AM

I bought a vintage love seat from someone for $200. It had great bones but needed upholstery and new cushions. I found the right fabric in NYC's garment district and negotiated the price down to nothing. With trim and pillows, the total cost was $600 for a beautiful life seat that will last for years.
I've also found gorgeous antique dressers, buffets, etc. that only needed refinishing to shine, and have gotten them for a steal. Shop smart and, if you know what you're doing, this is definitely budget advice!

Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros
6/4/14 04:18 AM

12" stone, porcelain/ceramic, and slate tiles can often be found on the cheap if you shop smart and known where to look. Discontinueds are a great way to get them inexpensively.
Q $1800 sofa is inexpensive in relation to the cost of high end and high quality sofas. You want it to last, so it's something that should be saved up for rather than purchasing on the cheap you get what you pay for.

Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros
6/4/14 04:10 AM

Short lived heaven: Lilac and Hyacinth.
Wisteria- be careful, it can be extremely invasive. Mine is in a large pot and trained to tree form.
Rosemary, sage, basil, oregano, thyme, and mint- all by my kitchen door.

5 Fragrant Plants for a Small Space
4/9/14 01:20 AM

It's not hard, though it can be tedious. I've done it many times, and it works like a charm.
1. Follow the directions and USE A ROLLER. Wash the fabric. Starch the wall, apply fabric, and roll over it with the roller and more starch, working bubbles out and smoothing fabric as you go.
2. Work in small sections.
3. Sponge it down with water to remove, then SCRUB THE WALLS with a mild soap and hot water. Any discoloration should come off.
4. For textured walls, make panels: 1x1 frames with fabric stapled to them. (Kind of like shoji screens.) Just screw them into the wall at top center and bottom center.

How To: Make Removable Fabric Wallpaper
4/7/14 01:22 AM

Keep the paint chip card for reference, but emerald is a classic color and isn't going anywhere soon. I'd love to see your ideas!

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014!
12/7/13 03:25 AM

It's a lovely color and should appeal to the trendy crowd, younger consumers, and women. It gives a fabulous pop, and I can see it translating well in the fashion world and the auto industry as an alternative to red. It's just deep enough to avoid being "little girl," but the average male over 30 is going to see pinkish-purple; a potential death knell for traditionalist decor applications. However, applied judiciously, it could be a marvelous contrast on an aubergine sofa. Makes me think of Spring tulips. Perhaps next year, we could see a cobalt or sapphire blue, something a little richer that will stand up beyond the trend of the moment.

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014!
12/7/13 03:22 AM

2. Rinse and drain. Pat dry.
3. And cover wing and leg tips with foil.
4. "sealing IN juices..."

How to Cook a Turkey for Thanksgiving: The Simplest, Easiest Method Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
11/14/13 02:24 AM

Keep It Simple, Silly!
Why do people insist on overcomplicating things? Easiest, awesome, moist and flavorful turkey?
1. Thaw in fridge.
2. Unwrap, remove neck and giblets, rinse cavity with cold water.
3. Place in roasting pan with breast up, pour 1 cup saltwater into body cavity. Loosely fill with large sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme. Tuck tail and extra skin over neck and body holes. Salt and pepper top.
4. Roast, uncovered, for an hour at 350*. Skin will brown and crisp, sealing I'm juices.
5. Remove from oven. Spoon pan juices back over entire bird. Tent with foil.
6. Return to oven, roast 1+ hours until done. (Check temp.)
7. Remove from oven. Let rest for 30 minutes.
8. Carve and stir.

How to Cook a Turkey for Thanksgiving: The Simplest, Easiest Method Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
11/14/13 02:20 AM