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We did this for years---using a large square dishtowel, and it works beautifully. But I found a spinner in a second hand store, so I don't have to send Husband outside anymore. But you can dry a lot of greens this way.

Can You Really Use a Pillowcase to Dry Lettuce? Putting Tips to The Test in The Kitchn
7/18/14 03:43 PM

I use a second tension shower rod over my bathtub---the same height as the shower curtain rod, but about 3 inches out from the interior wall. It's very useful when we have company and need more room for wet wash cloths, and drip drying small clothes.

I use a spring curtain rod over my kitchen sink---from cabinet to cabinet---for dish towels and a paper towel holder, which I attached to the rod with zip ties. It's far from chic, but it's very practical in a rental kitchen with extremely limited counter and wall space.

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 03:06 PM

Great job. Lucky husband :)

Before & After: A Pair of Tulip Chairs Get a Better Bloom
7/17/14 12:52 PM

Ah! No, I didn't create a new word, but I didn't realize nichos were not well known. A nicho can hang on the wall or sit on a table or shelf, and is a form of Mexican folk art, whose origins lie in honoring a deceased loved one, or a saint. More than just a picture frame, although it maybe a picture frame, it is designed to evoke a memory, and may also hold tiny objects of affection---like a diminutive tableau or whatnot shelf. It might just have flowers in it.

Nichos are usually handmade by the relative (and as different as snow flakes), but the attached link shows metal nichos you can buy.

Certainly you can create a nicho for someone still living, but the tradition comes from honoring and remembering someone who has died. I am neither Mexican or Catholic, but you don't have to be to love nichos :)

From Wikipedia: Nicho art originated as a popular adaptation of the Roman Catholic retablo tradition of painting patron saints on wood or tin. Unlike the large, flat panels of retablo, nichos are small and built in shadow box style. Common structural conventions include hinged doors, carved borders, and multiple panels.

Try This: Paint the Wall Behind a Shelf to Make Vignettes Pop Justina Blakeney
7/12/14 11:12 AM

That first arm chair---the one with the metal arms and legs---looks like a hospital waiting room chair from the 1950s. But gone is the old green leatherette fabric. The new geometric print looks wonderful.

Real Life Rescues: 10 DIY Ways to Update Your Vintage Seating
7/12/14 10:38 AM

Fabulous! Opening up the bottom portion was genius. The color is bright without being painful. You and Mike did a great job.

Before & After: A Boring and Brown Dresser Turns Cool and Clever
7/12/14 10:32 AM

I love the idea of using the same color for the shelf and painted area behind the shelf, but like carolineemma, I'd need my "shapes" neat and tidy. I like nichos, too, and they would really pop with a painted background. What great way to add just a touch of contrasting color.

Try This: Paint the Wall Behind a Shelf to Make Vignettes Pop Justina Blakeney
7/11/14 03:49 PM

I'd rather launder my top sheet than strip off the duvet cover every week. Sleeping without a top sheet---to me---would be like sleeping without pillow cases.
P.S. to Teresa: there's no law that says you have to tuck in the top sheet. I freed my toes years ago :)

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 11:16 AM

I love it---I think it's gorgeous and I'd use it in a heartbeat, but I don't think it's mid-century or copper. No verdigris---not even a hint---though the photos are not adequate for a close look. But even if it had been cleaned, I don't think the patina could have been completely eliminated. I think it's post-1970. But a magnet won't stick to copper, so that can be your first test.

Can You Help Me Identify This Copper-Topped Table? Good Questions
7/10/14 07:35 PM

I meant to add that I hope you have a blast with your cooking school, and thank you for sharing.

Culinary School Week 1: How I Rediscovered the Paring Knife Culinary School Diaries
7/10/14 07:03 PM

I started housekeeping with one paring knife. That was it. I used it for everything. I now have a lot of knives (too many), but my favorite is and always will be the paring knife.

Culinary School Week 1: How I Rediscovered the Paring Knife Culinary School Diaries
7/10/14 07:00 PM

I endured a pedestal sink for a few years, but it's all better now. And then there's the salad bowl/basin sinks. Whose idea was that?

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 06:30 PM

My husband and I have owned four houses in 44 years of marriage, but we've leased homes for the past 14 years (because we were nomads). We'd like to buy another house, but we are in our 60s now, and even a 15 year mortgage seems less than prudent. But I do miss having my own home and I'm a little grouchy about it---just ask my husband :)

One Inspiring Reason For Owning a Home Comment of the Day
7/8/14 06:20 PM

Absolutely adorable. Smart and clever Mom---lucky kiddos, who will never forget this.

Before & After: Backyard Shed to \"Small Piece of Heaven\" Playhouse
7/8/14 05:19 PM

Ta Da! I love it. Very smart. Saving the tutorial now ...

Can You Guess What Secret this DIY Mirror is Hiding? Home Story
7/8/14 01:45 PM

Sherwin Williams used to make a color called Opal White---it was part of their "white" collection (in 1995!). Opal White had the barest hint of green in it, and to prove it to my husband, I had to hold a piece of white copier paper against the wall so he could see that the color was not "just" white.

It was a wonderful neutral choice. Every color I put against it looked good. Nothing clashed, and the available light bounced around it beautifully. To "prove" that it was not merely white, I massed white sheers on the windows so the visual color contrast was immediate. I found it to be a practical and soothing color.

Sherwin Williams Paint Color Suggestions For Dark Living Room? Good Questions
7/8/14 11:44 AM

Never throw away a broken laundry basket---the plastic kind anyway. With good sharp scissors, you can cut away the the top and use the bottom as a slide-out "tray" under the sink---kitchen or bathroom. It's perfect for things that might leak. I have two side-by-side under my kitchen sink (formerly Rubbermaid's largest rectangular laundry baskets, but 20 years old). One side is for cleaning products, and the other side is for rubber gloves, scrubbies, steel wool, disaster rags, et cetera.

What's Your Genius Kitchen Organizing Tip? Tell Us What Makes You Proud! Reader Intelligence Request
7/7/14 02:47 PM

They are all very handsome and stylish, and not a one of them looks comfortable. Sigh.

10 Stylish Sofas for Small Spaces
7/7/14 02:27 PM

Yea! What a terrific transformation. Mid-Century Modern on steroids!

Before & After: From Stale Stereo to Sassy Sideboard
7/6/14 10:31 AM

I'm one of those fussy Americans who is passionate to the point of obsession about that piece of "stripy fabric." I fly the American flag on a 20 ft. flag pole (plus seven other flags that I fly, too, as the urge takes me).

I don't "decorate" with the flag, nor do I wear flag-themed clothing. However, if I had an authentic historic American flag, you better believe that I would display it in my home. I wear a flag pin on my winter coat; the pin is a beauty, too, somewhat heavy and quite expensive---a gift from my husband.

The men in my family have fought in every American war since 1776. Three of my relatives fought in the Texas revolution; their names are inscribed on a plaque in San Jacinto, and a monument in San Antonio. One of my cousins was a Doolittle Raider and executed by the Japanese. My grandfather, father, step-father, and father-in-law are veterans. My son is a veteran.

That piece of cloth represents freedom, and the sacrifice made by millions of American families. That's why it's worth all the fuss and bother.

How To Properly Display The American Flag
7/3/14 09:54 PM