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A Beautiful Mess
Springfield, Missouri
We believe the best things in life are homemade.
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I'm a great admirer of Milton Avery, but am not exactly a student of his work, so I'm afraid I don't know! The website I purchased it from called it Pink Tablecloth. http://www.paintingstar.com/item-pink-tablecloth-s102266.html -Mandi
We have ductwork all through the house, and a forced-air heating system, so it was really just a matter of getting an air conditioner and having someone instal it. My dad "knows a guy," so we were able to get a good deal on installation. I think it cost somewhere around 1k for the unit and installation, but we didn't have to run any ductwork. -Mandi
Hi Amber, They have them on Amazon and at Hobby Lobby too. Hope that helps! :)
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Today, with our good friends at Canon USA, we're excited to issue you a challenge! It's something we've all been meaning to do but have put off for way too long. We're printing our Instagram photos and making albums. Everyone here at ABM is joining in as well! We challenge you to print your Instagram photos. (Start small or print them all. It's up to you!) Then make a photo... Continue reading
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Hi Hayley! You can use any brand of frozen onion rings :) -Jacki
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Hi Maren! Any brand of frozen onion rings would be great! :) -Jacki
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It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I began to appreciate beer. I was always a mixed drink or cocktail kind of gal. But these days, I'm as likely to order a beer as I am a cocktail. And this year I am determined to have a successful at-home-brewing experience. About a year and a half ago I had an EPIC fail. And I've been nervous to try... Continue reading
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There's a fan in the ceiling to suck up the steam/smoke/fumes from the stove and ducts to send the air outside— it's controlled by a switch on the backsplash. If grease in the air gets to be a problem with keeping our kitchen clean, we may have to shell out the cash to get a hood vent, but if that happens, I'll want something minimal that I can trim up to look built-in with the shelves. It probably won't end up being an inexpensive purchase, which is why we wanted to see if we would be happy without one. I do cook almost every day, but I can't fit more than two large pots on my tiny stove, and I usually fry things up on the front burners with a splatter screen. So I'm not that messy of a cook, and that's part of the reason I'm the one to always cook- I hate seeing someone make a big mess in my kitchen! Haha! If grease splatter is a frequent occurrence in your kitchen, then obviously the utensil grill wouldn't be a good idea for your stove's backsplash. -Mandi
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The new chairs are actually extremely comfortable and take up less space than the old ones. Before I found those old shell chairs, we had been using bentwood Ikea chairs and were pleased with how many we could fit around the table, but they weren't very comfortable and I wanted something more substantial. Those shell chairs were actually too substantial and awkward with the space, though. Their bases made it extremely difficult to move the chairs in or out and caused us to painfully stub our toes on them pretty frequently. I considered getting shell chairs without arms (so we could fit more around the table) to replace those thrifted shell chairs, but I just didn't see us being happy with how difficult it is to move shell chairs in and out from the table. These windsor-esque spindle back chairs are really comfortable to sit in (I guess you'd be surprised), but I wonder sometimes if I would've been happier with the funky look of shell chairs. In the end, practicality won out. :) -Mandi
It's not that difficult to run the wires or instal a new electrical box, but would be tremendously difficult to take photos in our attic! Haha! My dad is an electrical engineer, so he kindly did it for me, so I'm afraid there won't be a post about that. But you might be able to find a video on youtube or an informative article on This Old House about it. -Mandi
They drive me nuts too! This is the first photograph that made me hate them less. They are stained badly in our kitchen, though, and in sore need of refinishing, but we can't decide if we should refinish or cover them. We've been considering resale value. Ugh. -Mandi
I sometimes wonder if I should've gotten something funkier, but these were much cheaper than other options I was considering, so in the end they won out. :) They are so comfortable compared to my bentwood Ikea chairs, though! We like them a lot. -Mandi
Thanks, Frances! I made the table over 7 years ago, and I'm afraid that's before I was blogging about DIY anything, so I didn't take photos. It was a relatively intense process, as far as furniture making goes, and even had a professional metal smith make a custom jig for us. He was a friend of my dad and did it for us for free. So my process might be different even because of that jig. I did a quick Google search for "farmhouse table plans" and found this variation on the style I made, which looks like it would be much easier to make, too. I'd suggest using a dowel joinery technique for the planks, and using a jig for the dowel holes. Good luck! http://www.hgtv.com/dining-rooms/diy-farmhouse-table/index.html -Mandi
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One of the most common questions I get asked is how to do "cat eyeliner" and how to get eyeliner to stay. Winged liner is actually pretty easy once you've got the right product. My absolute favorite product is the tattoo liner by Kat Von D. It's available at Sephora. It's designed after a Japanese calligraphy brush, so it has long tapered bristles instead of a typical felt tip. It's... Continue reading
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Did you happen to catch the links near the end of the post? I wrote several posts about the kitchen reno, and there are lots more photos. :) -Mandi
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We're considering doing this to the exterior of our home too. Maybe when we go to sell. :) It makes a huge difference! -Mandi
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That's so interesting! I'm glad you shared that. It must be something with the dark tint. -Mandi
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Believe me, you are WAY better off without Dunkin. ;) -Mandi
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Thank you so much! Yeah, Apartment Therapy is fun to read for the antics in the comments section, but as a writer, it really got me down and I just quit enjoying it. Here's a real doozie I wrote, in terms of comments. I meant for it to be lighthearted and also a polite reminder for hosts, but I should've known the onslaught it would bring! http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/hospitable-pet-owners-for-the-131849 -Mandi
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I actually bought black rubber trim to adhere to the space, but we haven't gotten around to putting it in. We want to give the floor a great scrubbing first. -Mandi
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Thank you so much! Writing is something I enjoy quite a bit. :) -Mandi
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The floors are original terrazzo. They are in need of restoration badly, but we're not sure if we should restore them or cover them. We're considering resale value. -Mandi
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I told my husband Phil that the stools were my favorite part too! He thought I was kidding. But I am so smitten. -Mandi
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As a first time home owner, I was incredibly eager to start renovating our entire house the day we moved in. Of course, it usually doesn't work like that, especially when you're on a tight budget. The comparatively large and open kitchen/dining area was what had really sold us on this little house, but for a long time it was my least favorite part of our home, as far as... Continue reading
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Hi Teresa! We definitely do. If you don't mind, send me an email at support AT redvelvetart DOT com so I can get some more info from you and we can troubleshoot that! :) -Jacki
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