Emily Hurley


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CA  
About me:
Community Manager at Houzz and nester by nature. 
My favorite style:
Eclectic and warm. I definitely know it when I see it, but have a hard time creating it for myself. :) 
My next house project:
We have a 1926 Mediterranean bungalow, that is always in need of *something*. 
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Darzy
Guilty as charged adivra. We have many mismatched coffee mugs. Coffee mug gifts, etc. Hawaii mugs, Area 51 mug, Over the Hill Mug, NYPD, Rt 66, Starbucks, etc. I could go on!
last Friday at 7:59PM   
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condomary
I too had many mismatched coffee cups. About a year ago I got rid of all of them in a yard sale. Now I have 18 white ones all the same. I store them alternating up and down and they fit very nicely in a cupboard above the coffee pot. I like when I open the door the cups are nicely arranged rather than here and there just to keep them all in one spot like it was with the mismatched.
last Friday at 8:26PM   
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River Valley Cabinet Works
Hhmmm....interesting.
last Saturday at 7:47PM   
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janythw
I got rid of my awful large flat "rain" showerheads (why do people want those?) and replaced them with powerful adjustable jets. I have good water pressure, so now I can easily shower in less than 5 minutes and feel really clean.
21 hours ago     
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River Valley Cabinet Works
They're a little freaky. Do you always feel groped when you sit in one? Inquiring minds want to know.
last Friday at 6:51PM     
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grobby
I'll pass. Wonder if they're comfortable?
last Friday at 6:55PM   
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Curt D'Onofrio
Hello, it was like 2 years ago she threw pumpkin seeds here and there. and now we got this plant this year...it surprised us
last Friday at 11:34PM     
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Milan Chic Chandeliers
Hi great! I live in Italy and we do not have 3 days weekend but anyway I am going to renovate a bedroom to add a Mediterranean touch with lilac wall and antique look chandelier
last Saturday at 6:17AM     
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Diane Fairbanks
I started composting last year when I moved to my present home; it has a smallish yard but with all the flower/garden/yard debris from my aggressive yard clean-up after moving in, plus veggie peels, egg shells, etc., I had a big compost pile which I turned over regularly, enough to fill THREE raised beds this spring! I am still composting though I don't have nearly the huge amount of yard debris I had last year! As for the veggie peelings, etc., I keep an old ice cream bucket with plastic lid inside under the kitchen sink, and when I am peeling potatoes, coring apples, or whatever, I put the peelings into the bucket, and empty it outside into the compost pile every day. No smell inside or out, and lots of rich humus to reward me with come every spring! Cheap, too!
7 hours ago   
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karelina
I cheat! I use a biodegradable bag in my compost crock, then take it out when it’s full and bury it. No smell, no filters, easy. Hints to control smell: no meat, no cheese or dairy. As said above, turning the compost regularly is crucial to ensuring no smell, though I just do it once a week when I take out my waste. Besides raked leaves, I add coffee from my neighborhood coffee shop (they all will give you the grounds) and the shredded paper from my home office. I’ve only been here 2 years, but the worms are moving in. Good news!
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River Valley Cabinet Works
@haleydaniels-He sounds like a dude for which that lawn tractor company(Snapper or Toro) made an ad showing the kid dreaming of playing on the diamond and the dad dreaming of mowing the diamond.

Some of the biggies have already been mentioned:
Plunge the toilet(bonus-ability to pull and reset toilet after child flushes plastic donut and it gets caught in the trapway ;-)
Remove tub and sink traps to get the hair rats out
Change a light bulb
Reset a breaker or replace a fuse
Vacuum up water in basement if sump overflows or fails
Light a hot water heater
Shut off power/gas/water
Mow the lawn/weed flower beds
Clean out downspouts
Trim smaller trees
Shovel snow(for those of us who have winter)
last Thursday at 7:28PM     
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alwayslookin
Looking back, I certainly didn't learn how to fix anything from my parents! I married a man who wasn't good at it either. I blame too much HGTV and not enough common sense for any skills I might now possess. I agree every suggestion contributed, however, I could have saved myself even more money, by knowing what NOT to do myself. Never stand on the toilet to kill a spider or change a lightbulb. The GFI's are on a separate breaker, so when you shut off the power to the kitchen lights, they aren't off. Not all GFIs have a reset button. Just because you don't see a reset doesn't mean it isn't a GFI outlet. Know where your whole house plumbing shut off is. Give up one specialty coffee and buy the $7.00 water shut off wrench for the street valve just in case. Don't ever put your face over the hole if you have to use it. Those valves are under a lot of pressure.
last Thursday at 9:29PM     
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Eskandari Stone
I would like to have wooden dining table instead of a stainless steel dining table.
6 hours ago   
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Jared Lewis Construction
I like the look but would prefer a wood top over medal.
6 hours ago   
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jokei1
Hi from the south west coast of Victoria. In Australia, we all end up with yh ed same stuff due to such a limited array of shops. I'm determined to fill my new house with more uncommon items from overseas. I've recently purchased a quilt or 'duvet' on an american ebay site, so now I can buy US duvet covers and they fit. It's awesome the range of bedding.
last Wednesday at 6:28AM     
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Sigrid
Windows high up. I have 11 foot ceilings and in some areas, a double height atrium. How do I clean them? I don't. The white sheer curtain now is tea-colored. I'm not a fan of high ceilings and it's a rental, so I'm waiting until I move.
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@Bungalow
Vinegar and baking soda neutralize each other. When combined, they produce water, carbon dioxide (the bubbles, a gas) and sodium acetate, which is not known as a useful cleaner. Both vinegar and baking soda aren't bad at cleaning, so if you combine the two and get an effective cleaner, it's because you had some of one of them left over. Ie, you either had vinegar diluted with water and sodium acetate or baking soda dissolved in water and sodium acetate. Sodium acetate can be abrasive, but so are table salt and baking soda.
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Ya Su
Looks gorgeous but I doubt it's healthy to sit for a long time in front of it.
14 hours ago   
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Diane Fairbanks
I am lucky enough to have an antique secretary which has the glassed curio cabinets on BOTH sides of the secretary section; it is beautiful and functional, and much harder to find than those secretaries with only one cabinet section. The secretary holds a lot of paperwork, receipts, etc., and the shelves hold some of my favorite knick knacks safely behind glass. Mine is also oak, which many of the older ones here in the Midwest are made of. Like many pieces of furniture 100 years old, it has a few dings here and there, but is remarkably sturdy for its age!
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Mark Bischak, Architect
I have a pair of craftsman style cube chairs that I estimate to be made in 1908, give or take eight years.
last Tuesday at 3:28PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Jared Lewis Construction
Truly love the idea and am strongly considering building one for my neighborhood but am concerned about the books / house becoming mildewy during the winter months. Does anyone that has one of these know if it's an issue
last Wednesday at 11:31PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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midmodfan
Being an avid reader, I had accumulated thousands of books over four decades. Then, in Spring 2012, we moved and downsized and I just didn't want to go on like this. So I kept all my architecture, garden and design books, of course, but gave 99% of the paperbacks away. Now I have a Kindle, and although I still love the tactile sensation and the smell of books, I feel relieved because in hindsight my books had become a burden.
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lcscali
I ran out of room to keep all of the books I have been collecting over the past 50 years (acquiring a husband does that), so after the first hard culling I got involved with the Little Free Library group. It has been amazing to me to see what books go out and never make a return, what gets traded frequently, and what other people in the neighborhood read.
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Luke
Your propensity to kill plants leaves you with a few good choices when it comes to greenery. Rosemary is a tough perennial with several benefits:

1. You never have to replant it
2. It adds flavour to red meat and potato dishes
3. It's not thirsty and very hard to kill
4. It smells great and looks pretty good as well

Other good options are succulents, which require even less watering. But you won't be adding them to your lamb roast or potato bake any time soon.
August 19, 2014 at 12:22AM        Thanked by Lainie
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loubelou
Pothos plants are easy.
last Monday at 9:17AM     
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Bwabbit Price
Basil is a good beginner houseplant as it will visibly wilt when it really needs water then perk back up good as new.
last Tuesday at 10:07AM     
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kathleen MK
It is just wrong to start school before Labor Day in 102 weather. And I have done it most of my career. Never enough summer for projects and fun. Still get a thrill from new school supplies though especially the smell of crayolas.
last Tuesday at 3:48PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Ola Otto
haven't finished our "summer bucket list" yet!!
last Tuesday at 4:28PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Sigrid
This dashing fellow is slated to be featured in my parlor. It was taken about 1882, his name is Homer Michener, but I always heard stories about "Grandpa Doc," with white hair. He's my great grandfather.
last Thursday at 11:20AM     
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thomaskohler
Hi. I have a picture of my Great-Great Grandparents Johann and Johanna ( funny coincidence) Kohler. I have no idea when it was taken but as they were born in 1823 and 1825 I guess it could be quite old. They lived in Silesia, a part of Prussia. Today, it is part of Poland. It is very valuable to me as everything else was destroyed in WW2. The only other foto is of my dad around 1939. Typical scene of a weekly bath day on the farm... Obviously indoor plumbing was still to be installed? Thomas Kohler, Grotto Bay, South Africa
last Saturday at 11:36PM     
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Kathy Peltzer
I just joined the group so please tell me that there that there is a clutter challenge every month. I am sooooo pumped up after this one!
August 22, 2014 at 8:43AM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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beverlynn
FINALLY!!!!! After a solid week (after work, Saturday, and today after work), a plastic bin (now in closet) two kitchen sized trash bags, and filling up the shredder twice, the loft is DONE!!! The desk on the right is empty and ready to be picked up for donation so that the daybed can go in its spot on Saturday. One pic shows what I came home to today (which looks good compared to when I first started emptying drawers), and the other is the finished product!! All I can say is never again...
last Monday at 4:56PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Jenny Drew
I'm just as inspired by it as I am frightened.
August 13, 2014 at 12:40AM     
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Shania Diamond
I love this octopus chandelier but I would spray paint it pink. Just so much more FAB
last Wednesday at 6:40PM      Thanked by Tony Been
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Apartment 46 for the Home
Click "edit" in the top left corner of your ideabook, it will change the look of the page and then you can drag and drop photos into the order you want. Hit "Done" or "Save" when you are finished moving them.
August 21, 2014 at 5:08PM     
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idnanafig
currently, the right side - however, I'm flexible. Whichever is closer to the bathroom.
last Saturday at 9:51AM   
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hayleydaniels
RVCW, no he's pretty good about that, but he does snore like a freight train so I get up and sleep on the couch when that happens.
last Saturday at 10:07AM     
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Lankford Associates Landscape Architects
We use drones to photograph our gardens and would like to be able to post the images on Houzz. Not sure how to do this yet. We find a lot of paranoia around drone use. We fly only 10 to 20 feet from ground and only on private property where we are invited. We are exceptionally mindful of peoples perception of drones attached to military action. That said, our clients are eager to have us photograph their gardens and home from this unique perspective. It is a great tool that I expect to be more mainstream in the future.
last Monday at 2:17PM     
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sharongrondin
pickyvicky Yes, but they do not have cameras attached to the delivery drones
last Monday at 4:50PM   
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Jamieson
Lovin' the first aid kit, might need that at my cabin! Thanks for being my first follower...I guess I've finally been defollowed! LOL! Hope this came across as more funny, rather than creepy! Cheers!
April 17, 2012 at 1:34PM     
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halleycomet
Go to either the TINY HOUSE web site or TINY HOUSE DROOL---not connected as far as I can tell---but both have tons of different structures from re-purposed buildings; barns; sheds etc to custom built tiny houses on wheels--or not! Tiny House Drool has a better layout for looking over more places at one time and then you click thru--Both have a lot of links to people who have built their own or have been living in one for awhile who share likes and dislikes.

Aside from the people on those sites who share how they built theirs INSTRUCTABLES has a number of builders who have done step-by-step guides to these and other space saving projects--and don't forget PINTEREST! RV sites and searches also can give you lots of hints and tips and plans on how to store what in very restricted space or how to cope with things like cooking in enclosed areas.
last Monday at 9:05PM   
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Cory
We don't live in a micro unit... Yet! I have designed a 400 square foot house on wheels that we would like to build in a year or two. Anybody know where we could park it in Dallas??
last Tuesday at 8:34PM   
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Margo
Cha cha Chia ....
August 17, 2014 at 1:03PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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River Valley Cabinet Works
Upper cabinets over a peninsula might be.
August 20, 2014 at 5:24AM   
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boons13
River valley, does your answer mean, it is still being used? My other dilemma is the width of the peninsula. Can it have an overhang to accommodate a stool? Thanks
August 20, 2014 at 5:49AM   
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Di Thompson
Just wanted to say that the newsletters are great again! Thx... love reading through them.
August 19, 2014 at 3:13AM     
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jhayesmlumber
LOL...Emily where do you come up with some of these polls ? Have you been to the Poconos lately ?
August 19, 2014 at 12:25PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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bschr
What's wrong with leaving the wall empty? Then there would be space for another chair at the counter. Or are you looking for additional storage.
August 19, 2014 at 10:49AM        Thanked by lizo
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midmodfan
We lost our beloved cat four months ago and buried him between two tall bamboos, one of his favorite spots. We added a slice of a heart-shaped tree trunk and a faded soapstone cat that already held vigil at his predecessor's grave. Since I took the photo, we've planted some ferns.
last Thursday at 8:29AM     
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gduplessis
I'm sorry for your loss. We lost our amazing cat of seventeen years a while back. Since she hated going to the vet, we had our vet come out to our house for our final good bye. My husband stood strong and placed her under the ground of her favorite hanging spot. Three children and two parents got a stone and a Sharpie, wrote her a note and placed it above her resting spot. I still miss her like crazy.
last Thursday at 9:01AM   
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nansdrew
Our dining room says we like craftsman details and sharing meals (more seats). We also use our dining table everyday for dinner (and breakfast and lunch on weekends), so there're usually food and fixings on it.
August 21, 2014 at 11:24AM   
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risris
Looking at our dining room you can tell we're young and just starting out - an old-fashioned inherited dining set with slightly drooping leaves, a dining nook so tight you can't get out if all four chairs are occupied, a bookshelf that holds overflow kitchen appliances (microwave, toaster oven, crockpot, mixing bowls, etc.), one watercolor scotch-taped (yes, taped) to the wall for decor, and a succulent and an orchid balanced carefully on the windowsill. And yet we regularly have five to eight other folks over for meals - we just all mingle between the dining table and the living room couch :)
August 21, 2014 at 11:41AM   
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risris
Mine says that we like traditional decor (leather couch with brass studs, glass-topped caned side table), but that furnishings are not a financial priority (couch from craigslist; side table from the side of the road). It also says that I'm a musician - with a cello in one corner and a guitar in another (the piano is kept in the second bedroom).
August 21, 2014 at 12:54PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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sondramartina
Our entry says :They just got a puppy :)
2 pee pads and scattered shoes
last Thursday at 8:51AM   
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gduplessis
It says I have two shedding dogs, three boys, neighborhood friends and no mud room.
last Thursday at 9:09AM   
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makaloco
My bedroom says that I do nothing in it but sleep, get dressed, and make the bed.
August 21, 2014 at 11:55AM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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After I redecorated several years ago, I had the impression it belongs to someone much taller and blonder than I am. I like it well enough, but I'm not really sure it's me. Next time, less Ikea.
August 21, 2014 at 12:03PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Maureen
Oftentimes, we have to make due when home was purchased, but if possible there are small ways to reflect ourselves. Our kitchen had a hot green wall, large art in bright colors, a glass table that wasn't practical and black accents. We have an african basket on the wall, wicker and clay bowls, aborignal art, hemp rug and beige walls, and seegrass chairs, so I guess our kitchen no longer has a young vibrancy, but a natural, earthy feel, so yes; I guess decor can say alot about a person.
August 19, 2014 at 1:54PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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kpappal
I am blessed to have been able to choose everything in the kitchen of our new house. But the decor is what makes it uniquely mine: a piece of Fiesta ware that reminds me of my gramma's kitchen, an antique coffee grinder, a small collection of cookbooks - some are gifts from loved ones. I think some of the loveliest kitchens are those that are not new, but those that reflect the personality of their owners.
August 19, 2014 at 5:26PM     
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