ddelora


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Home owner 
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California, United States 
My favorite style:
Traditional 
My next house project:
Front yard landscaping. 
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ddelora
Thru power outages, certainly. Thank goodness our neighbor shares his generator. We just plug in! Don't mind no TV/computer, not doing laundry, using candles, et al...but the refrigerator/freezer is paramount.
on Wednesday at 7:44am   
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rhodalynn
Impossible for me.
on Thursday at 7:10pm   
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macgrill
Jan Moyer - I loved your post! You and I think alike. I would have been a terrible pioneer woman.
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ddelora
I only buy 18/10 stainless steel flatware, settings for 12. I try to keep the design simple so they go with various table settings/cloths/family events. They last for years, however, when I tire of the flatware (3 different sets in 30 years), I recycle them to our camping gear, or to my adult children whose children "lose" utensils thru lunches (accidently throwing in the trash), digging in the dirt, using them to pry something open, garbage disposal, ad infinitum.
on Wednesday at 7:41am     
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pattisani
pagerobertson- Excellent point! I have my grandmother's sterling from 1916 and have added to it for about 24 place settings. While we don't use it on a daily basis, we do use it everytime we host a family or friends meal. When you use it regularly, it doesn't need to be polished except for spots. And it just feels and looks lovely to use...
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janetmason
Was told that stainless and sterling pieces shouldn't be in contact in the dishwasher, so takes an extra moment to separate at either end of the cutlery basket. Also, have always washed the sterling knives by hand - the ornate handles are glued to the blade, so won't stand up to the heat in the dw (esp. if you use the dry cycle...) Old wives tales? 40+years later, both sets look great, no pitting, and only 1 knife has a slight wobble in the handle.
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ddelora
I point to the "no soliciting" sign in the middle of my door. Ask them if they can read/understand English. They always answer "yes". Then I tell them that "comprehension" of the English language is paramount if we are to converse with each other. Once they complete a course in English comprehension, there will be no need for them to knock on my door. They never come back.
on Wednesday at 7:29am     
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wasacampbell
I remember regular visits from the Fuller Brush man when I was a girl. It was not unusual for my mother to have a list for him. I think my parents bought a set of encyclopedias or some type of educational set of books that way too. We ( 3 siblings and parents) used them for years but then that was before computers and Google. When my husband and I lived on the farm, we had more door-to-door visits than we do now here in town. Some were down right scary! We got a great dane and she certainly did her job. Best farm dog we ever had!
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Genevieve
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ddelora commented on an ideabook

Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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ddelora
Living off grid using batteries? Buying "eco-friendly" cars with banks of batteries? Take a deep breath and read the following. Look at the costs of producing your "eco-friendly" batteries. The disposal part costs billions, leaving on tanker-type ships to massive disposal sites. Know the full story.

There are six types of electric vehicle batteries: lead-acid, nickle-metal hydride, nickle-cadmium, lithium ion, zinc-air and flywheels. All are composed of metals, processed and manufactured with varying degrees of environmental impacts. Lead-acid batteries are the most environmentally problematic. Lithium ion poses fewer environmental risks but still places a burden on natural resources.

Mining metals is the process by which large volumes of rock containing metal ore are excavated from the earth. To produce commercial-grade metals, the rock ore must be ground into finer particles which undergo subsequent processing to isolate the metals from waste rock.
Harmful levels of lead, zinc, arsenic, cadmium and lithium can end up in groundwater, surface water and air when waste rock which still contains metal particles is disposed at the site. Rainwater leaches the metals into surrounding soils, groundwater and surface water. In relation to greenhouse gas emissions, heavy machinery used in excavation runs solely on fossil fuels.

Once the metals are produced, more processing and refining occurs. For example, the lithium used in batteries is refined through electrolysis. During this process, an electric current is passed through the molten material forcing the lithium onto a cathode. A lot of energy and water are required to heat and cool metals during processing, which sends harmful pollutants into the air through emissions.

Electric car batteries are mass produced using assembly lines. Factories are notoriously large consumers of energy. It is likely that electric car battery manufacturers will implement strict energy efficiency protocols and may rely on renewable energy sources, however, energy supplies will be tapped to produce electric car batteries and waste byproducts will need proper disposal.

All of the electric car battery types are expected to last up to three years when a replacement will be necessary, resulting in many discarded batteries. There are federal and state laws requiring proper disposal of batteries which produce hazardous waste as metals are leach out unfettered. For that reason, metals in batteries should be recovered before disposal. The stripped batteries should then be disposed into specially designed landfills, i.e., those with liners to prevent leaching of remaining hazardous pollutants into surrounding soils and water. Electric car batteries are expected to cost around $8,000. Proper disposal will add to the cost of replacement.

The mass production of electric car batteries will result in large volumes of metal contaminated waste and place as much demand onto the power grid as traditional vehicle equipment manufacturing. Direct environmental impacts may result in reduced fishery habitat near mine sites, decreased air quality and associated lung ailments near processing facilities, and higher energy costs near factories. Indirect environmental impacts may result from increased fossil fuel use to meet factory demand.
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kienha
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skyval
Here's a little fact about the power of the sun .. in my passive solar house with the whole south side of glass , 65' of it , in Santa Fe in January when the temperature was around zero* , my house was 120* F at nine o'clock in the morning and I had to open the windows abit and put the bamboo shades down !!! Sun really helps you stay warm and I miss that everyday since then .
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ddelora commented on an ideabook

Houzz Quiz: What’s Your Decorating Style?

Answer these 9 questions to find out what decorating style suits you best Full Story
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ddelora
RIDICULOUS! Paint your grandmother's antique dresser? Who would do that? Why does Houzz insist that anything old is not to be appreciated/loved - AS IS. Why must everything be painted? Brick fireplace? Paint it. Antique furniture? Paint it. Aging fountain? Paint it.
Yes, paint a wall. Paint a 10 year old chair. Paint a fence. But things that are family heirlooms, or nature has aged with lovely patinas...enjoy their uniqueness, the variations of colors/shadings!

Also, as far as colors...what happened to red, yellow, soft greens? The choices are white, black, purple, blue, and orange. All fine in their place, and to each his/her own. But give us a full choice, or offer "none of the above".
on Sunday at 8:40am     
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Andrea Matis
Well thats spot on I have a nagouchi coffee table & 2 eames chairs. My daughter has always said im weird eclectic - no im midcentury!
Yesterday at 1:48pm   
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Jeannine Lancaster
Nailed it with traditional. We recently had our master bath resigned and when the designer saw our home she said our taste was a little eclectic but mostly traditional. I agreed then and now.
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ddelora
Neither! I'm going to go with Tesoro tile that looks like wood planks (coconut coloring). Hardwoods are just as much pain as carpet to keep clean and are not water/spill proof. Half my house is in 15 year old tile. Love the easy care, but not the grout. The new "hardwood" tile abuts each other with minimal grout.
on Sunday at 8:23am   
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nwduck
While wood floors can be quite pretty, I think it is telling that many people cover them up with huge area rugs. It seems more economical and hygienic to pay a professional $99 to shampoo 3 rooms of wall to wall once a quarter than haul off those gigantic area rugs for cleaning....whenever. It also seems the worst name for a product is "HARDwoods". Unless you are getting Brazilian ipe, wood dents, gets scrapes, etc. and takes some care in use. Your preference in cleaning/maintenance regimens and personal underfoot comfort would dictate selection. Doesn't seem one is better than the other, in my view.
on Thursday at 8:49pm     
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janadiane
I have carpeting, hardwood and area rugs. Every summer my carpet cleaner cleans what carpeting I do have and moves the area rugs into the garage. I put down tarps on the garage floor first and he cleans them right there. Some carpet cleaners say they have to haul them off for cleaning but you can find an excellent cleaner who will do them at your residence. The living room and hallway is distressed wood so I don't worry about dings or scrapes. My dining room and kitchen are not distressed so those do need to get refinished at some point. The area rugs only get one cleaning a year and the other carpeting gets twice a year. We are only two so don't get then too dirty.
on Thursday at 11:22pm   
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keatherl
Pool and a sauna :) even living in a cooler climate I would love a pool in the summer months !
Yesterday at 7:28am   
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raesimmons
Between the two I would pick hot-tub. I live in a cooler region where a hot-tub is usable year round while a pool requires a little more upkeep and being outdoors would mean it would get little to no use between September to May. Hot tubs are also generally smaller leaving more room for dining space/ loungers in the warmer months and garden and green space year round. In my area it is much more convenient to drive out to the lake or community pool for actual swimming, but sitting out in the hot tub watching the stars year round with a drink- alone or with friends and family is so relaxing. Especially good for sore feet/knees/backs after a long day.
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stidmama
I like the look of the traditional backyard's plantings and architecture, but also would love some extra paved space for seating and gathering as in the modern garden.
last Saturday at 8:21pm   
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janadiane
The traditional gardens remind me of my mother and grandmother so I like that a lot. My garden is cluttered now but it is only my third year in my home and I am learning what does well here. I moved from Maui to the Sierra Foothills so it is a big change. I have planted tons of Hostas and am excited to see how they fill in what was once bare dirt in the shady areas. Those areas will not seem cluttered, thank goodness. That is the great thing about gardens, they are ever changing and what doesn't work can be moved or given away.
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fsmary
Recent trip it Bilbao Spain, I photo'd the Guggenheim museum...my best picture to date!
April 7, 2014 at 8:53pm        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Emily Hurley
Found this one.


April 8, 2014 at 12:58pm     
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ddelora
Ignore all the naysayers about vinyl. As even with leather, there are cheap versions out there. Company loves our "beautiful leather" barstools...that are vinyl.
April 6, 2014 at 7:00am     
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Maggie
Those chairs look like they can go many ways. If it is ease to keep clean that you are worried about, check out sunbrella indoor outdoor use of fabrics. The vinyl will not work well with the cushions unless you put in vents. Vinyl is not comfortable for sitting on for very long. Your upholsterer can eliminate the nail heads and provide a nice welting. Lots of potential but I don't think the even the metallic vinyls that they are using will catch on just for the reason that they are not that comfy.
April 6, 2014 at 4:36pm   
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lk_designs
No vinyl. There are some very beautiful natural fabrics available. Believe me, if you use vinyl you'll regret it. Ask me how I know ! ;)
April 6, 2014 at 6:05pm     
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Frederic
We have very tall vaulted ceilings and I think the tv looks fine above the fire place.
April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm     
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Wherever the best viewing is without neck strain.
April 10, 2014 at 7:35pm   
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ddelora commented on an ideabook

Spring Party Primer: 20 Ideas for Fabulous Fetes

Roll out the green carpet. On a lawn or in your living room, your spring party will be a hit with these tips and ideas Full Story
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ddelora
Coming off the 3rd weekend in a row of extremely loud mariachi music, please remember when you host a party that you still live in a neighborhood with other people! Your neighbors don't need to hear your music 2 blocks away. Keep the music down and your guests can converse/visit more easily - I mean, isn't that the point? Also, your neighbors may have also planned a dinner party that is now ruined because they had to run from the backyard, close up the windows/doors, and still suffer thru the thump-thump-thump of unwanted intrusion. Their own planning, dinner costs, time/effort of readying/setting up, et al, are wasted. BE CONSIDERATE!
March 23, 2014 at 7:23am     
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monicamelsness
Potterj .... look at Amazon.com
April 9, 2014 at 6:42pm   
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Surrounded by lush outdoor colors, chose simple white dinnerware that won't distract or look too busy. Urban Nature and NewWave dinnerware collections combine modern architectural shapes with nature-inspired flowing curves... great for a minimal yet formal tablescape or a casual alfresco party...
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We actually hired Jason Haber to pour an 11' x 14' concrete slab for a storage shed, and he did such a great job, we hired him 2 months later to pour an 11' x 1...
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