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How to Decorate for a Backyard Summer Party – Holidash. I love the idea for keeping water balloons and sparklers around for your dinner guests to play with. Also the use of a colorful beach towel as a tablecloth seems very practical when you’ll be serving cold drinks that will condensate. (I don’t know about you but my coaster always gets stuck to the bottom of my glass and slides off and plops into my lap which makes me feel flustered and usually leads me to eventually tip a tall glass of lemonade all over the table, all preventable.)

Living in 182 Square Feet in Seattle The Seattle Times | Apartment Therapy. I love that his focus is on getting himself back out into the neighborhood instead of hanging at home too often.

How can I muffle loud pipes in a wall, preferably cheaply? | Ask MetaFilter. We discovered that a kitchen sink pipe runs through our lower level living room when we drilled straight through it while hanging curtain rods. Now that we know where it is (silver lining?) we might try to muffle it.

Design*Sponge » before & after: ashley’s chair + mary’s ikea hacks. I really love the second chair makeover on this page, almost makes me wish we didn’t have upholstered office chairs.

Your Smoke Detector Questions, Answered | Unplggd. I’m suddenly feeling insecure about never cleaning out my smoke detectors.

Design*Sponge » new: oh joy wallpaper for hygge & west. I really like this, and as I usually dismiss wallpaper as too much work I will be considering where I could use this.

decor8 » Aunt June Fabrics. An Etsy shop I really must remember, I have throw pillows to make.

shelterrific » tried and true: spot shot carpet cleaner. I need this, I am a clumsy person who prefers red wine in delicate and tall stemmed glasses.

Limited Edition Walnut Eames Hang-It-All | Design Milk. If only we had the space, all our hallways and entry areas are too tight for anything but the most compact of hooks.

Simple Lovely: The Summer of Self Improvement — Paper Chandeliers (Or “The Patience Edition”). I love the reflection on DIY, but I also love this paper chandelier. I have a new light fixture that is plain and just begging me to decorate it for the seasons.

Traditional & Affordable: Cotton Rugs | Apartment Therapy DC. I could use a big rug in our dining room.

Col-Letto Bed | Design Milk. This bed with foldable soft sides is really neat. I want one.

· comments [10] · 08-27-2010 · categories:links · the home ·

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Seanna Lea // Aug 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I’m with you. That second chair is really cute! I wouldn’t have thought it was paint and decoupage. I expected it to be some kind of contact paper.

  • 2 herschel // Aug 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    i JUST bought the walnut hang it all. it’s going over the dresser as a sculpture, with occasional hanging function.

  • 3 megan // Aug 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Seanna Lea – Yes, exactly, it’s so neatly finished.

    Herschel – That is a very good idea.

  • 4 Kerry // Aug 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    The noise from the pipes is called a “water hammer”. the best fix is to have a plumber install a water hammer arrestor. It is in the best interest of the homeowner to correct this problem “a source” rather than pad the pipes within the wall, as a water hammer will eventually losen all the couplings in your pipes, causing leaks and potentially a flood. In our last apartment we had a water hammer in the pipe running along the bedroom wall – it took months for us to convince our landlord to fix it, but they finally did!

    And I love the idea of having water balloons as a centerpiece at a picnic…though with my family I’d need to be wearing a raincoat!

  • 5 Jennifer // Aug 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t tell you this very often, but I love your link posts. Love love love them. I have found many marvelous blogs and other sites through you, and I so appreciate your particular sensibilities.

  • 6 megan // Aug 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you Jennifer!

  • 7 Rachel // Aug 28, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I love spot shot. I have used it a couple times to remove hot chocolate from rental carpet. No traces of the spill were left to bemoan.

  • 8 regina // Aug 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

    we just threw a bbq first birthday party, my hubby thought i was crazy using the beach towels as table clothes and using sparklers in a mason jug as centerpieces….it’s so nice to see a link proving that the “pros” and i think the same!

  • 9 Cynthia // Aug 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    My mom swears by Spot Shot. But she also gave me the best advice for stains, especially if Spot Shot isn’t working or you’re out. A guy cleaning her carpets told her to use laundry stain remover, like Spray ‘n Wash or Shout. Using that, I got a huge mustard stain (damn you yummy Montreal smoked beef sandwich) out of a beige carpet, also in a rental. It took a few tries, but eventually it was all gone.

  • 10 Miss B // Aug 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t know, that 182-square foot apartment sounds like a nightmare. I totally support the notion of not having the giant fridge and buying fresh food multiple times each week — but I also want counter space and room in which to actually cook it (my tiny kitchen in my 425-ish square foot apartment is already completely restrictive in a lot of ways). And while being forced to get out into the neighborhood is great if one enjoys spending the majority of one’s time around people…I would go totally batshit crazy if I couldn’t have a large part of my week consisting of me quietly alone in my cozy apartment. I think that kind of living only really works for people who are (1) fanatically on top of cleaning/tidyness — which I am definitely not, and (2) people who don’t really want to spend much time by themselves. (And also maybe people who don’t own shelves and shelves and shelves of books…)

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