How to Use Restaurant Tables and Chairs, the Dining Room Is Not Simple

Living walls are a great big live trend in architecture today on the grounds that, in our traffic-choked concrete cities, we need all the living, breathing greenery we can get. When properly managed, a tall building in particular, can hike up its eco credentials as well as look extra spectacular and less severe with the addition of spills of lush verdant foliage spilling down from above.Living green walls were formally thought up as a deliberate design feature by an Illinois professor of landscaping, Stanley Hart White, in 1938. The globe-trotting trendy French botanist Patrick Blanc is today's most famous vertical gardener thanks to his liaisons with top architects in cities all over the world. Particularly well known are his green walls at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.In reality ordinary people grew plants up the walls of their homes from the beginning of time, either for eating (raspberries come to mind) or for pure decoration, with the help of rambling roses or woodbines.The owners of a severe 1970s-looking home, or one with dull render, know that nothing improves the look of the property more than a coating of nature's green and fluttering insulation.There are all kinds of options.Ivy has the advantage of being evergreen although its prising suckers can damage mortar joins over time. There's jasmine for a fragrant perfume (if you buy the right versions) and clematis is perfect for a seasonal colour explosion, particularly useful around porches.There's the eponymous Wisteria with its extraordinary deep purple hanging lozenges and Russian vine if you want swathes of snowy white blossoms.You can change the colour of your house five times in the year with the wonderful Virginia creeper, a soft bright green coloured leaf which turns red then orange then yellow then brown shrub with spectacular effect every autumn through to winter. Gardeners will also know how utilising the walls of the house can lend great depth of field to a suburban patch by using the walls to provide height.Few homes in Dublin show how effective looking green walls can be than Bremac, a seaside homestead buried in a thoroughly private and leafy site off St George's Avenue in Killiney, Co Dublin. The aerial shot above says it all about the location while the photograph of the front shows why Bremac must be one of Dublin's 'greenest' properties. With most of the house covered on one side, the upright planting includes varieties of flowering Clematis and the queen of all the verticals, the purple Wisteria.The owners are keen on the garden which spans almost an acre and the planting rises in steps from the low-shaped topiary mixed through with looser planting, to the living house walls and ultimately to the mature high trees surrounding the site. The mix of plants, sown mostly by the previous owner provide blooming that is almost year-round. It also helps that the property is laid out in an enwrapping L-shape. Bremac has far more to offer however than just some upstanding green credentials.The house is located on south-facing slopes which run right down the sea at Killiney and if you don't fancy an outdoor dip at the spectacular Hawk Cliff bathing area nearby, you can do it all indoors in heated water in Berac's own indoor pool. This is contained in a pool room with stout timber beaming work that is quite spectacular in its woodcraft.The accommodation is six times the size of an average semi at 6,190 sq ft and includes an entrance hallway with wood panel ceilings and solid oak flooring. There's a living room with an open fireplace and huge windows overlooking said gardens.The dining room has views of the Sugar Loaf mountaiun and the fitted kitchen comes with an Aga (it's green!). There's a family room, a utility room and a home office.The white framed conservatory with matching floor tiles provides more indoor visual vantage points to the garden. The house comes with four bedrooms which are all double in size. There's a family bathroom and two of those bedrooms have their own en-suites with a walk-in wardrobe off the master chamber.Then comes the home's own swimming pool complex. Apart from the aforementioned pool (there are three sets of sliding glass doors to the garden beside it), you have your own sauna room.If the equivalent of six semi-ds aren't enough, planning permission has been obtained in the past to open up the attic for an additional master bedroom suite and two studies.These would have improved views, raised again on a site which is already elevated. The property is entranced off St George's Avenue along a sweeping driveway that arrives at an oyster-coloured gravel apron to its upwardly mobile garden.St George's Ave, Killiney, Co Dublin €2.575mSavills (01) 2885011Indo Property

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Free Furniture If Red Sox Win World Series
Free Furniture If Red Sox Win World Series
A Boston-area retailer offered to refund the price of any mattress, dining room table, sofa or bed bought during an April promotion if the Red Sox were to win the World Series.About 30,000 pieces of furniture were bought during the season-opening deal at Jordan's Furniture. The store took out insurance so it won't lose too big if Boston goes all the way.So with the Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies now facing off in the World Series, some of the couch potatoes watching from home are rooting to win the very couches they're sitting on.Nate McKinnon is one of them. The decor in his bedroom says "Red Sox fan." The furniture says "25-year-old bachelor on a budget." With one exception.After years of sleeping on futons and second-hand beds, McKinnon now owns a quality mattress - with a pillow top."Each of the springs is in its own pocket," McKinnon says. "It makes it supposedly so that you don't disturb your sleep partner. I don't have a sleep partner, but if I did they wouldn't be disturbed." McKinnon paid $508 for the mattress, but if the Red Sox win the fall classic, he'll get the money back. He bought it in April as part of the Jordan's Furniture promotion. On the last possible day, McKinnon bought the mattress. That afternoon, he went to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. That's where buyer's remorse kicked in."I felt like a total chump. I'm sitting there, you know, I'm just like: Did I just get suckered into something? And then they lose, and I'm like: Ugh, oh gosh!" McKinnon says.Now the people who feel like chumps are the ones who did not buy during the promotion.Curt Nickisch reports from member station WBUR
Is There Way to Remove Mod Podge From My Dining Room Table?
Is There Way to Remove Mod Podge From My Dining Room Table?
Is there way to remove Mod Podge from my dining room table?Um, try goo gone. If it removes gum, it should work on mod podge. and in the future, get a plastic mat or invest in a craft table for twenty five bucks at walmart that you do not mind getting messy if you do craft projects— — — — — —Do you have an office or a cubicle?I am a salesman I work on the road, when at home I work on the dining room table. In my car I work on the cellphone— — — — — —30 Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas (A Guide To Decorate Dining Table)The dining room table has a library atmosphere in a room of wall with a bookshelf concept. Although there is no table mat or napkin, vases and vessels give a nuance of antics feelings in the middle of the dining table. A light green of see-through pottery is striking when it arranged above a dark table.— — — — — —How can I gain weight?Sit at the computer longer and then move to the TV and then to the dining room table and do not do much more than that. For awhile— — — — — —I sat a hot pot on a towel on my wood finished dining room table that has left a white spot. Any help?You might have scorched the finish. Try mineral oil an fine steel wool. really really fine fine— — — — — —Choose Quality Dining Chairs for Your HomeMany of us concerned about purchasing a lavishing dining table for a dining room. But along with the dining table, perfect dining chairs are also equally important to choose for buying. It should be ensured that the dining chairs should match to style of the dining room table as well as other decorations that are in the room. When you are ready to buy dining chairs then follow the following tips for getting better buying experience. The first and the foremost point should be finalized that how many chairs you need to purchase.The exact number you should purchase will depend upon a number of factors like how many people will likely to be dining at the table and the size of your dining room and the other furniture that is currently in place. The most important point is to have adequate space for all of the dining chairs that you purchase to fit around your table.Secondly size of the chair also takes a very significant role. It is important that the chairs are not so wide that there is no space in between them to move comfortably. The dining chairs should also be of adequate height to use with your table. There should be enough space between the table and the seat for you to have enough space for your legs. You also have to ensure adequate space between the rear of the chair and any additional furniture or walls that are behind it. The third most important point is to choose the right style of the dining chair. Apart from this you have to consider who will use the chair. This is a very crucial question because if children will use then it should be stain free. When choosing your dining chairs you should ensure that it will meet your needs as you will likely have it for a long time.Another most vital point is that when you are purchasing dining chairs online then it should be from a branded company like Domini Design Furniture. It ensures quality at its optimum— — — — — —I have a very nice solid wood dining room table(oak i think), with veneer top. Can I stain without sanding ?Most likely there is a coat of lacquer, varnish or polyurethane on top of it,. If this is the case you will have to atleast sand if not strip the finish off prior to re-staining it. Do not use mineral spirits at all! If you are going to sand it, use 180-220 grit sandpaper. 100 grit will ruin the table top! If you chose to strip it brush the stripper on let it sit for awhile then take a scrapper and carefully scrape off the majority of the stripper and the finish. Mix 1/2 lacquer thinner and 1/2 denatured alcohol together soak 000 steel wool in it and scrub it really good. Let it dry thoroughly sand lightly and it will be ready to stain. Be careful not to over sand, you can burn through the veneer easily. If stripping always wear gloves and a mask and only use in a well ventilated area
How to Set Up a Dining Room with Metal Blinds
How to Set Up a Dining Room with Metal Blinds
One of the most unique homes in Britain is up for sale as a 720-year-old converted court house is put on the market for £525,000.It's not often that you can watch family arguments unfold from your very own raised gallery or usher off noisy house-guests to your own cell block, but aGrade I listed eight-bedroom home in Caernarfon, Wales, is offering just that.Once a magistrates' court and town hall, the incredible property comes complete with many of its original features and is a stone's throw fromCaernarfon Castle.Residents are greeted with imposing stone pillars as they walk up their front steps before striding into a lounge area that is so huge it dwarfs its furniture.The lounge, once the courtroom, still retains the grandiose and drama of its former life of law and order, with its public gallery, decked with rows of chairs and decorated with a gold handrail, looming ominously over-head.While the room could leave homeowners with criminally expensive heating bills during winter, the space's ornately decorated domed ceilings and deep bay windows are characteristics that few properties across the country can boast.The room even has the court's wood paneled screen where the guilty would be hauled off to the cells or a prison van.Other reminders of the building's former life include three cells, an interview room and a prison guard's office.The courthouse also comes with a a patio style garden, kitchen, dining room, a bunker, two bathroom, six toilets and two of the bedrooms come with en-suites.According to the website British Listed Building, the former court became a listed building in 1953 because it is 'an exceptional work of C19 civic architecture, forming the principal component of a group of public buildings including the police station and former jail, and for its contribution to the setting of Caernarfon Castle.'
Is There a Way to Remove Permanent Marker From a Dining Room Table?
Is There a Way to Remove Permanent Marker From a Dining Room Table?
Is there a way to remove permanent marker from a dining room table?To remove a permanent marker stain from wood furniture, there are a few options available. You could try WD-40, non-gel toothpaste, or possibly baby wipes. Also, I´d suggest a bit of alcohol on a white cloth or paper towel, or visiting an office supply store to get a commercial felt pen ink remover. I would also recommend trying the method you choose on an inconspicuous area of the wood first to ensure that it doesn´t damage the finish— — — — — —my new dining room table color does not match. It is oak and glossy finish do I have to sand it before I paint?Yes you need to varnish it. There are matte finishes available. Remove the wax, sand any stains and put at least 3 coat of finish on the table. Table cloths are the best especially with children— — — — — —How many chairs at the dining room table do you have?6 and a baby high chair— — — — — —Making house family hotel for thanksgiving tips?Make sure you have plenty of fluffy fresh towels. Have nice pillows for everyone, not just couch pillows or old cast-offs. Have some extra toothbrushes on hand in case anyone forgets their own brush. If everyone does remember theirs, you can keep them for when you need to replace your current brush, and if anyone forgets, they will really appreciate having one there. Set up an afternoon appetizer and drink buffet, so that people can sit and relax and chat. This does not have to be time-consuming, you can buy pre-made appetizers and buy a large bottle of wine, plus some sodas and juices, and set them out on a buffet or the dining room table, or a card table in the living room. Have some battery-operated alarm clocks so that guests can set their own wake-up time. Set out bowls and spoons, boxes of cereal, fruits, bread by the toaster, etc. the night before, so that early risers can feed themselves breakfast. You can set up the coffee pot as well so that the first person up can just flip it on when they go into the kitchen. Have fun! Try to get everything set up before the guests arrive so that you can enjoy everyone's company, rather than running around the whole time. Plan a menu, go to the grocery store, do all your laundry before they come. Then you can sit and relax with your guests and enjoy the nice atmosphere as well.— — — — — —Tips for redoing a room?Neat idea for a room, it sounds pretty good already. For the walls, get some tropical or floral pictures or make your own wall art. Maybe paint some tress or clouds on the walls. For the floor, get a medium sized blue rug that looks like a pool of water floating in the middle of sand (with the tan carpet). You can also find some fake trees at Wal-Mart or big lots for about $15. One in the corner would be neat. As for the entertainment center and drawers, do not paint them a color, but leave them wood to go with the theme. You can get a wood stainer though to fix the one drawer that is scratched. Or go pick out a new piece of fabric to throw over it. Depending on the size, have you thought about buying a place mat (like a cloth one that usually is on the dining room table to set plates on), I've done it a few times on small surfaces and it looks really good. A couple of lawn chairs, or those round chairs would be a nice touch, and add some more furniture. Get a little table, too. It does not have to be high-end, just find some plastic ones, or some wood ones on sale. Do not know how big your room is though, you might want to get just one so the room does not look cramped. Also, check out a lot of thrift stores and flea markets. You can usually find some neat stuff piled in with the junk, or at least get some ideas. Its the best place to find little what-nots or other decorative pieces.
A Design That Shines
A Design That Shines
If there's one thing a Montreal duplex lacks it's light, especially on the main floor, and the building on de la Mentana St. was no exception. "It was typical - very dark, with a long corridor and rooms on both sides, windows only at the front and back," said Yannick Laurin, one of the trio at La SHED Architecture asked by the homeowner to convert the space into a single-family house.They delivered a light-filled, uncluttered two-storey home, contemporary in design yet warmed by the use of classic materials - wood, brick and tile - with a splash of colour to add a joyous note and a long skylight to welcome the sunshine. Last December, they accepted a coveted Grands prix du design award for the residence.Bringing light to the interior space was the priority, so the middle part of the house is an open space right up to the ceiling where a three-by-thirteen-foot skylight brings in natural light. "It gives brightness all day," Laurin said.They organized the space with sliding doors, keeping the mitoyen walls that create the existing structural axis. "We wanted to make the link between the two floors, so we aligned all the walls and the openings," he said. "You see the continuity of the openings and the walls, upstairs and down, to give a better relation between the floors."[nggallery id=So while the dining area is separated from the living room by sliding doors, a similar door closes off an interior glass wall in the bedroom and also closes the bedroom door. "Panels move to reconfigure the space and to give levels of privacy," he said.To brighten the picture, an apple green wall integrates the dining room and the stairs, which are tucked behind it. "It gives a frontier between the public floor and the more private floor," Laurin said, "so when you pass this threshold you get into the more private space."While the main floor is completely open, on the second level the homeowner is able to slide grey walls shut for privacy, while the oversize windows and skylight bring in the light. Some of this filters into the windowless bathroom, a clever configuration of grey glass mosaic against white painted brick walls, its height aligned with the base of the long, narrow interior window.Set against pure white fixtures, the grey mosaics line walls and floor. Here, there is no threshold into the shower, with its central drain, only a mosaic-tiled divider to separate it from the bathtub.In keeping with their use of what they describe as "true" materials, the architects have used varnished natural maple floors throughout - long, narrow boards installed in a lengthwise direction. Most rooms are painted white, with dark grey walls used as elements of separation.Because they wanted to make the most of natural light, Laurin and his partners installed a floor-to-ceiling window at the back of the house, framed in black, and kept the ceilings high, at 91⁄2 feet. Light is the element that connects this room to the dining area, where the 19-foot ceiling is crossed by the long, narrow skylight, the same width as the bathroom doorway below and the kitchen doorway below that. "This house, like most of our projects, is all about alignment," Laurin said. "It makes space calm; there's no confusion about anything."Interior furnishings are a combination of 1950s and other textured pieces. The heavy wood table in the dining room is surrounded by Charles Eames chairs from Herman Miller overhung with a huge textured painting in shades of white. In the living room, where the garden's greenery spills into the room, the homeowners have placed a signature Charles Eames chair, this one in moulded plywood.The architects' use of natural materials for a cool, minimalist effect is most evident in the light-filled kitchen. "It's simple and not too busy with textures and colours," Laurin said. Here, a central island, cupboards and cabinets are all made of the same natural maple used on the floor, while the uncovered brick wall is neutralized with a white paint finish so "it still has the texture and light without too much of a country look.In order to show off the brick wall and to keep that light feeling, they designed horizontal cabinetry that integrates the hood over the flush-mounted cooktop. All countertops are made of Corian, the medium of choice because it's white and easy to maintain, but mostly because it's just 1⁄2-inch thick, and gave them that thin, light effect they wanted for the room. Plus, they were able to glue the joints so that they couldn't be seen."This is different from quartz and stone where you always have joints," he said. "And there are no drawer handles; we cut out an opening that is integrated into the shape of the drawers."Massive amounts of storage space for pantry and cooking implements are made available with a side wall of white lacquered cupboards, alongside appliances that form an area of stainless steel. "We wanted to integrate the appliances," Laurin said, "so we built panels of stainless steel drawers that create one block with the appliances."The thin-cut maple island and Corian countertop, with room for modern bar stools below, faces into the dining area - but not entirely. "Part of the island is separated by the grey wall, so it allows you to leave things on the island without it being seen in the dining room," Laurin said. "It makes it an open kitchen but more separate and private."From the kitchen, a doorway leads to the courtyard deck, designed to remove the limits between interior and exterior. Planks on the wooden deck in the courtyard are laid in the same direction as the flooring in the house and at the same height. "You're at the same level so you don't have to step up or down; you make a really good connection," he said.[nggallery id=The old brick on the exterior needed a lot of patching, so to avoid redoing the brick they painted it white, giving it a neutrality that hides those imperfections. Outside, they linked all the openings with black painted cedar planks like a kind of exterior panelling, so it feels like the house is open to the terrace, Laurin said. "We worked with alignment so the width of the upstairs window is aligned with the width of one side of the kitchen door, so the kitchen doors are not symmetrical. Making them un- symmetrical cuts the references, makes it more interesting," he said.Beyond the wood patio, square cut stones have been laid in the grass and the small green space already has several trees and will soon be full of soft, natural plantings.This spring, Laurin said, "with the big window in the living room, we will fill the back with green that you will see as soon as you enter the place."
What Are the Deminsions of an Average Formal Dining Room?
What Are the Deminsions of an Average Formal Dining Room?
as a contractor in new construction homes the minimum size of a formal dining room is 12x161. What would you change about your house layout if you could design it yourself?The dining room is too far from the kitchen. The living room and dining room are in the front of the house. Behind them is the nook, the kitchen and the family room. You have to schlep everything from the kitchen through the family room around a corner into the dining room. There is a little pantry in the hall between the family room and dining room which would be perfect to convert into a butler. Then I could have a warming drawer, dishwasher drawer, extra counter space and a mini-fridge and not have to do so much schleping. Also, I would have installed double entry doors. Our steps from upstairs end in the foyer by the front door. We have had difficulty getting very large pieces of furniture through the front door and a double door would make that process much easier. Finally, I would add warmers under the tile in the bathroom that were hard wired and on a timer. That way when you get out of the shower or bath, the tile is warm on your feet. (Our next home improvement project). Oh yeah, I would use frameless glass for the shower enclosure.2. I have a black, gray, and glass themed living/dining room, but would like some color. Any suggestions?I think that reds and burgundys go nicely with the cooler colors of black and chrome3. Uhm, why are you swinging from my dining room chandelier?You know, Sue, I am not exactly sure. All I can say is it made perfect sense to me just a minute ago.......4. How can I fix dents in my hardwood floors caused by the ball coasters on my dining room chairs.?Coasters and wood floors are not met for each other AT ALL> sry Wood is really a soft surface over all. Replacing coasters is one option if poss and felt pads or some protection is needed.. Short napped area rug ?? Along w/ the proper anti slip "pad" is required to let the wood breath and not scratch the wood from the rug backing GL.5. how could i start my scrapbook of my 2 children 7,8 and myself MOM?Oh my most favorite thing! I have got a whole chest full of scraping supplies. But I do this as cheaply as possible. I get plastic coverings for the pages from dollar stores as well as any kind of paper will do. If you do not have a glue gun then glue will work. I use photos, but I also use stickers, I use small zip lock bags for hair cuts and pit a piece of hair clipping, magazine pictures that describe the favorite things of the child at that age. Like a McDonald's picture of fries or something like that. You can create a fabulous scrap book cheaply and when they get older it would make a wonderful gift. Report cards, special occasions you can draw or pit candles from their cake. I find that I end up doing several pages at one time. Cause one page you may want to be about one occasion or pages of just that one occasion. The dollar store has binder you can purchase for a dollar and you do not need the fancy book, just a binder is fine. I even have dried flowers that my son had given me, like a rode that he gave me years ago. A Mothers Day card he gave me at a certain age with photos of that age. When you get the different scissors for cutting photos and rubber stamps as well, you will add to your collection as you go along with this hobby. It's a happy thing to do, gets a mess at times so confine it to your desk or dining room table so you do not end up w/ stuff on the floor like I've done scrapping on the floor. Little pieces of paper that you may want to throw away like a napkin that never got used w/ the name of a restraunt you all went to, save that and add that to the scrap book. I even even scrap books for my dogs. When a piece of clothing is tattered and ready to be used as a rag, vut a piece of the cloth so she will always remeber her favorite dress. It's a great hobby that can be done cheaply. Dollar store is a great place as well as a craft store bargain bin. I've gotten rubber stamps for 1.00. You would also be surprised at what you can find at thrift stores like savers and garage sales. I got a whole bag of rubber stamps for 1.50, full of rubber stamps. I also make cards so I use them for those as well. I can go on and on about all of this. I love scrapping and crafting. Have fun and trust me with this hobby you will never be bored. I have a box full of stuff I need to scrap and put together in a binder, every trup, I save coasters for scrap books, boarding passes, napkins, as well as photo's At first I threw everything together but as I started saving things for the scrap books I would make them in incriments of half a year or for a particular trip, that's why I use binders cause they fill up and I can start a new book, instead of one huge one. I get stationary from dollar store for scrap paper w/ designs on them and also use construction paper. I am economical cause you will be adding to your collection the more you do this. Have fun! Bless your heart it's a great wonderful thing to do and it will be the best gift to give your children when they are older.
How Can I Paint My Dining Room Table? the Base Is Wood but the Top Is Manufactured Material...?
How Can I Paint My Dining Room Table? the Base Is Wood but the Top Is Manufactured Material...?
How can I paint my dining room table? The base is wood but the top is manufactured material...?You can paint the veneer like anything else. Lightly sand first, prime, then paint. The paint comes in three choices: flat (not recommended for a table it will scuff), semi-gloss/satin (good choice with little shine) and gloss (would not recommend it might be too shiny). I would definitely get a clear sealer (check with a paint store) to protect the top or get a piece of glass to protect the top.— — — — — —Any one know the frequently posted bulltin on myspace about mothers? Starts off.. "When you were 7"?Is this it? Motherhood Stories: THE MOTHER 01. When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you. You thanked her by crying all the night. 02. When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk. You thanked her by running away when she called. 03. When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love. You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor. 04. When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons. You thanked her by coloring the dinning room table. 05. When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays. You thanked her by looping into the nearest pile of mud. 06. When you were 6 years old, she walked you into school. You thanked her by screaming, "I'M NOT GOING". 07. When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball. You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbor window. 08. When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream. You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap. 09. When you were 9 years old, she paid for Arabic lessons. You thanked her by never even bothering to practice it. 10. When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from soccer to gymnastic to one birthday party after another. You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back. 11. When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies. You thanked her by asking to sit in the different row. 12. When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows. You thanked her by waiting until she left the house. 13. When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was becoming. You thanked her by telling her she had no taste. 14. When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp. You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter. 15. When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug. You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked. 16. When you were 16, she taught you how to drive her car. You thanked her by taking it every chance you could. 17. When you were 17, she was expecting an important call. You thanked her by being on the phone all night. 18. When you were 18, she cried at your school graduation. You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn. 19. When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition, drove you to campus, carried your bags. You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you would not be embarrassed in front of you friends. 20. When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone. You thanked her by saying "It's none of you business". 21. When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future. You thanked her by saying "I do not want to be like you". 22. When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation. You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe. 23. When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment. You thanked her by telling your friend it was ugly. 24. When you were 24, she met your fiancé and asked about your plans for the future. You thanked her by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther, please!" 25. When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told how deeply she loved you. You thanked her by moving halfway across the country. 26. When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby. You thanked by telling her, "Things are different now." 27. When you were 40, she called to remind you of a relative's birthday. You thanked her by saying you were "really busy right now." 28. When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her. You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children. 29. And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did, came crashing down like thunder on your heart. IF SHE' S STILL AROUND, NEVER FORGET TO LOVE HER MORE THAN EVER. AND IF SHE' S NOT, REMEMBER HER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. or Those Childhood Days When you came into the world, she held you in her arms. You thanked her by wailing like a banshee. When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you. You thanked her by crying all night long. When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk. You thanked her by running away when she called. When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love. You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor. When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons You thanked her by coloring the dining room table. When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays. You thanked her by plopping into the nearest pile of mud When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school. You thanked her by screaming, "I'M NOT GOING!" When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball. You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbor's window. When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream. You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap. When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons. You thanked her by never even bothering to practice. When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from soccer to gymnastics to one birthday party after another. You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back. When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies. You thanked her by asking to sit in a different row. When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows. You thanked her by waiting until she left the house. Those Teenage Years When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was becoming. You thanked her by telling her she had no taste. When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp. You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter. When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug. You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked. When you were 16, she taught you how to drive her car. You thanked her by taking it every chance you could. When you were 17, she was expecting an important call. You thanked her by being on the phone all night. When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation. You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn. Growing Old and Gray When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition, drove you to campus, carried your bags. You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you would not be embarrassed in front of your friends. When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone. You thanked her by saying, "It's none of your business." When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future. You thanked her by saying, "I do not want to be like you." When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation. You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe. When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment. You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly. When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked about your plans for the future. You thanked her by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther, please!" When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told you how deeply she loved you. You thanked her by moving halfway across the country. When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby. You thanked her by telling her, "Things are different now." When you were 40, she called to remind you of a relative's birthday. You thanked her by saying you were "really busy right now." When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her. You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children. And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did came crashing down like thunder.
Big Fish in a Big Pond
Big Fish in a Big Pond
By FRANK BRUNIMARCH 22, 2006AT the sushi bar, not far from our table, a handsome man takes a seat beside two attractive women, who expertly pivot in his direction, as if practiced at this kind of maneuver. He talks a lot. They laugh a lot. As the night moves along, both women hand him their cards. Their friendship had better be strong. It may soon face an awkward test.One of the cast members of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" arrives, a pretty and chattering posse around him, and claims a prime piece of real estate in the main dining room. The designer David Rockwell passes the group as he leaves. He didn't contrive the cool, clean, white-on-white look of Morimoto (an architect named Tadao Ando did), but he probably feels compelled to check it out.It's a stunning piece of work: a sparkly wonderland for glittery people, who always get the word and always hop onboard. They drink their bright cocktails, fiddle with their chopsticks, survey their compatriots and tap-tap into their cellphones and other devices, presumably checking on the whereabouts of less fortunate friends, perhaps informing them that the place to be is right here, right now. It's Morimoto's moment.Stephen Starr's, too. He's a Philadelphia restaurateur in the midst of an ambitious Manhattan transfer. In late January he opened this 12,000-square-foot restaurant, which is named for, and modeled after, a sibling in the City of Brotherly Love. It was followed this month by Buddakan, another Philadelphia import, another visually bedazzling behemoth, just a few hundred feet away.AdvertisementBoth restaurants bet on a proven formula of Asian-inflected food, thoroughly tricked-out digs, theatrical presentations and pure buzz, although Morimoto has an additional ace up its sleeve. Masaharu Morimoto, a Nobu alumnus familiar to viewers of "Iron Chef," put together the menu, supervises the cooking and, at least for now, can be seen caroming around the open kitchen and into the dining rooms to greet guests.AdvertisementHe never stands still, and neither does his menu, which zooms across national and continental borders. It presents the culinary equivalent of a round-the-world ticket. It also sets up the possibility of gastronomic jet lag.A vast selection of very fine sushi and sashimi roots the restaurant in Japan, which also asserts itself in preparations of Kobe-style beef, in tofu and noodle dishes, and in the recurrence of shiso, miso, wasabi and sudachi.But other dishes and ingredients branch out to other parts of Asia, and even to Europe and Latin America. Among the best appetizers I tried was a "tuna pizza" with raw bluefin tuna, jalapeño, red onion, olives and an anchovy aioli atop a crisp, thin tortilla. I also liked silky slices of "lamb carpaccio," dressed with Japanese green onions, grated ginger and garlic oil. But I was confounded by a vegetable tempura that was clobbered by a Gorgonzola dip.From Italy it was off to China and France, mingled in an entree called "duck, duck, duck." Why, why, why? Because it was a multifaceted fowl, roasted Peking style. The crisp-skinned, moist leg was served whole, while carved breast meat went into an unpleasantly soggy sandwich made with slices of cucumber and a foie gras-infused croissant. A gooey duck egg, placed between a patch of red miso sauce and a pool of port wine-flavored duck jus, completed the excessively busy composition.The appeal of the dishes at Morimoto, like their ethnic associations, was all over the place, due in part to their frantic nature and in part to the kitchen's uneven performance.Rock shrimp tempura, half of the shrimp bathed in a wasabi aioli, half in a Korean red pepper sauce, were light and sweet. Black cod with a ginger and soy reduction and a spicy half chicken with roasted red and green finger peppers had tender flesh, and a delicate touch had been applied to the poached lobster in a wonderful salad with yellow beets, cauliflower and a soy beurre blanc.But a roasted lobster was overcooked, as was just about all of the shellfish, including shrimp and crab, in a Japanese bouillabaisse with a red miso broth that turned out, by default, to be the highlight of the dish. And limp ribbons of beef in a soy and mirin broth tasted as if they had been adrift in hot water three times longer than they should have been.AdvertisementEven more troubling than the unevenness was the way high concept repeatedly supplanted sound judgment, resulting in dishes more amusing to behold than to ingest. The utensils provided for appetizers of toro and hamachi tartare were wood sticks not unlike tongue depressors in their feel and lingering taste. The tartare was accompanied by a beautiful but exasperating spectrum of colorful condiments and herbs (an avocado purée, crème fraîche, micro radish sprouts, wasabi and so on) arranged in contiguous bands so slender that it was nearly impossible to isolate any one from another.The "Morimoto sashimi," terrine-like cubes made from layers of hamachi, smoked salmon, barbecued eel and seared toro, was luscious and hugely flavorful, but which of five colorful liquids in five gimmicky pipettes should be used to anoint it? There wasn't enough fish to make it possible to try all of the sauces and then circle back to a favorite one.Although plenty expensive, Morimoto is an often undisciplined restaurant, prone to silliness and crammed with servers whose extraordinary friendliness didn't mask their mistakes.Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box.Invalid email address. Please re-enter.You must select a newsletter to subscribe to.View all New York Times newsletters.One night I arrived just a few minutes after three companions. When I checked in with the host station, I wasn't told they had been seated, and I went to wait in the spare, sleek lounge downstairs. I kept asking servers if they had arrived, and my companions kept asking about me. For 35 minutes Morimoto never managed to connect us.But it has its luxe pleasures, including a serious array of not only sake but also shochu. It has its courtesies, like tables with ample space between them and a noise level kept somewhat in check by translucent partitions and by wavy white sheets of canvas and fiberglass on the ceiling and along the walls.And it has its amusements, some of them related to the paces apparently required of large-scale Japanese restaurants making a run at a fickle downtown crowd.There must be a signature design element. Morimoto's is a two-story internal wall, which is made from water bottles and resembles a gargantuan sheet of illuminated Bubble Wrap. There should be arresting restrooms, and Morimoto's take automation beyond the function of mere flushing. Step into a stall and the lid on the toilet rises to greet you.A sense of humor, a sense of style and definite sex appeal: Morimoto has all of these, along with the crowd they bring. If only more of the food lived up to the frisson.Morimoto * [Rating: One Star] 88 10th Avenue (15th Street), Chelsea; (212) 989-8883.ATMOSPHERE -- A sparkly white wonderland of eye-catching flourishes spread over two levels, which are connected by a staircase beside what looks like a gargantuan sheet of illuminated Bubble Wrap.AdvertisementSOUND LEVEL -- More energetic hum than overwhelming din.RECOMMENDED DISHES -- Sushi; sashimi; tuna pizza; lamb carpaccio; rock shrimp tempura; spicy king crab; lobster salad; chicken with finger peppers; black cod; Kobe-style steaks; chocolate pecan brownie.WINE LIST -- International and longer than at many Japanese restaurants; supplemented by aged sake selections and an array of shochu.PRICE RANGE -- Appetizers, salads and soup and noodle dishes, $9 to $28; entrees, $23 to $98; chef's omakase menu, $120; desserts, $9 to $12.HOURS -- From 5:30 to midnight seven days a week. Omakase availableuntil 11 p.m.; limited lounge menu until 1 a.m.RESERVATIONS -- For prime dinner times, call at least four weeks in advance.CREDIT CARDS -- All major cards.WHEELCHAIR ACCESS -- Entrance, main dining room and accessible restrooms on one level.WHAT THE STARS MEAN:(None) Poor to satisfactory * Good ** Very good *** Excellent **** ExtraordinaryRatings reflect the reviewer's reaction to food, ambience and service, with price taken into consideration. Menu listings and prices are subject to change.PAST REVIEWS from The Times, with additional capsule reviews by Times critics:nytimes.com/diningWe are continually improving the quality of our text archives. Please send feedback, error reports, and suggestions to .A version of this review appears in print on March 22, 2006, on Page F00009 of the National edition with the headline: RESTAURANTS; . Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe
How Can I Paint My Dining Room Table? the Base Is Wood but the Top Is Manufactured Material...?
How Can I Paint My Dining Room Table? the Base Is Wood but the Top Is Manufactured Material...?
How can I paint my dining room table? The base is wood but the top is manufactured material...?I would probably leave the top alone and paint the base. A painted table top does not usually hold up well - too much scraping and silverware, etc to scratch the surface. Paint the base black - or chocolate brown. You could coordinate your chairs by doing the same thing - leave the seat wood tone, and paint the back, legs and arms. Use an oil-based paint and do not put a sealer on it - especially an oil-based poly! These tend to yellow and will change your paint color slightly over time— — — — — —I want to paint my dining room table, what do I need to do?buy paint and paint it????— — — — — —How to Use Folding Tops to Make a Larger Dining Room TableTransform almost any table -- round, square or rectangular -- into a table big enough to handle almost any feast, craft or game. Folding tops are the answer. They tuck away in your closet, open up and cover the top of almost any table with durable, sturdy panels that expand around the perimeter to offer you more room for eating or recreation. Typical folding tops add about 12 inches in width and about 18 inches in length to a table without external support. They usually come in two parts for strength, ranging from about 5/8-to-13/16-inches for each doubled-up section that totals just less than 1 inch in thickness. The sections are typically made from high-density particleboard, which is extremely flat, and it's heavy enough to offer ballast, keeping the top where it belongs. Most are covered in vinyl to protect the existing tabletop, and to provide a slick, clean surface for dining, crafts or games. Folding sections fit together to cover the top of an average table, with larger folding table tops having four or more sections. When purchasing a folding table top, consider the size and shape of your existing table and purchase a folding top according to your needs. Other considerations are style and color to match existing aesthetics. Retrieve the folding sections from the closet, or remove them from the packaging. Unfold them one at a time on top of the table. The sections are hinged together with fabric or vinyl. Seams always face up, with the hinged side on the bottom. There may also be small rubbery pads on the bottom. The sides that join have either a hook and loop fastener, or a metal channel that faces up. Fit the two channels together, or place one hook and loop on top of the other and press them together with your hands to bond the two pieces together. Another type employs a tongue-and-groove. Push the two together to bond them. If the top has no rubbery pads on the bottom, no metal channel or tongue and groove, the two pieces join together via fabric strips. Place three of them at regular intervals on the existing table, perpendicular to the seam and unfold the sections on top of the strips to bond the folding sections together. Smaller tables may use magnetic locks for economy. Once the folding top is locked together, square it to the table. Use a tape measure for best results, measuring the length of the overhang on each side and at the ends. Some types of folding tops have removable legs that screw on and off. This allows them to expand existing tables even more. Set up the folding or interlocking sections and add the legs as needed at one or both ends. This type of leg typically has levelers on the bottom to raise and lower the tablet top as needed by screwing it in or out -- up or down -- to level the top. Unscrew and remove the legs to store the folding tabletop. Do not be restricted to a single shape when purchasing a folding table top. Change oval or odd-shaped tables into rectangles with the addition of a bigger table top. Change rectangular tables into ovals with the addition of legs if needed.— — — — — —Just Cut The Body UpI sat at the dining room table attempting to decipher the pattern in the shells and rocks and trinkets that lay beneath the hollow, clear center of its surface. The table was had dark wood legs and deep blue tiles. I wondered where it came from, and how if fit up the cramped winding stairs, through the narrow door frame and then around the two tight and precarious turns from the entryway to the living and dining area. There was a depression in the center of the table with a glass cover. The depression was made of the same dark wood as the legs, and was filled with small pieces of sea glass, shells, stones, and random objects. Someone had thought about the shadow of every object, how the colors stood out against one another, and where their points and curves fit into each other. I imagined Alexander bending over the table for a whole day, or maybe three days. He would have forgotten to sleep until four in the morning and would have eaten four pot de cremes for dinner, standing with the fridge open and opening them one after another. At least one empty plastic container would have been left on the counter, and a mouse would have gotten into it, leaving small droppings as a reminder to close all containers and dispose of all waste. Edward, coming home at six in the morning after working the night shift, would have found the container and reprimanded his father at an inopportune time the next day, disregarding the fact that he never once did the dishes.Alexander walked into the kitchen and opened the refrigerator, removing a triangular plastic container of hard comte cheese. He removed the cheese from the container and stood on the edge of the small step that differentiated the tiny kitchen from the even tinier dining area. Taking an absurdly large mouthful of the cheese, he addressed me."So I am thinking we could go to the Loire valley next week. I looked at tickets and they seem manageable. I have a friend down there who we can stay with, his family is a little eccentric but I think it will be fun."Elizabeth, who was sitting at the head of the table staring at her computer looked up. "Will it be like that time you went to the chateau full of obese people?"Alexander took another bit of cheese and chortled. "It was not a chateau. They said it would be like a chateau and it was just a regular suburban house."I choked on the large gulp of tea I had just taken. "What? Full of obese people? What are you talking about?" I did not speak up right then, another topic would come up and I would lose any hope of insight. Alexander took another bite of cheese. I've never understand how he could put so much cheese in his mouth at one time; it seems like it would become horribly stuck in every bit of his gums and the flavor would overpower his mouth for much longer than one wishes to have the taste of cheese linger on his tongue. He chewed for a moment, smacking his lips and began,"This collector friend of mine lived in this house in southern France and I went to visit him one time. He said it was a chateau but it was not a chateau and it was full of things and one of the obese people died and they had to take the roof off the house to get her body out because she could not fit through the house. "I stared at him. "What?""His family was obese. He lived with his wife and two daughters and the daughters were at least 900 pounds and 500 pounds respectively. The house, though, was so full of stuff that the corridors and rooms had these tiny passageways that only one relatively small person could fit through. But it was not like our house, which has a lot of stuff; the corridors were these winding holes with no straight lines. Every once in a while he would leave his obese family and go live with pygmies in New Guinea. One day the 900 pound daughter just died and they could not get her out so they had to get a helicopter and lift the roof off and lift her body out."Edward had wandered into the kitchen and now stood next to Alexander eating out of a plastic container of pickled squid that he had just taken from the refrigerator. He took his fork out of his mouth and looked at me."They should have just chopped the body up."Elizabeth abruptly put down the spoonful of fish stew that she had been slowly eating for the past half hour. "Edward! You can not do that. "He took another bite of squid, and smirked."The Zoroastrians are fine with with. My friend was telling me he went to a funeral of theirs and they cut up the body and then to make the woman's head decompose faster her son smashed it with a baseball bat."Elizabeth, shocked, sharply admonished, "Edward!"Alexander, unphased, continued gleefully as if his description had gone uninterrupted. "That's not even the best part! They also had this abnormally long dog that would get stuck in the winding passages between all the stuff. It was amazing how the dog dealt with the situation — it had figured out how to walk backwards and do this strange wiggle to escape. It was incredible."Elizabeth was shaking her head at the end of the table. "I cant eat my fish anymore. The image of them dissecting the obese woman's body and then carrying the pieces through these tiny spaces is so horrible."
What They Got: Houses
What They Got: Houses
Liberty Village Location:50 Western Battery Rd., Ste. 924, Strachan Ave. and East Liberty St.Asking price:$519,000 Selling price : $515,000 Previous purchase price:$430,000 (2011) Size:over 1,000 sq. ft.Lot:N/A, one owned underground parking space, one owned locker Maintenance fees:$434.13 per month Taxes:$2,838 (2012) Bedrooms:Bathrooms:Days on the market:12 In the heart of Liberty Village, this multi-level condominium townhouse sold for just under the asking price in less than two weeks."This is a highly-sought after urban neighbourhood. The complex is walking distance to a 24-hour Metro, bars, restaurants, a LCBO, a Starbucks, gyms and public transit. The suite itself features beautiful cherry-wood cabinets and laminate flooring," says listing agent Ian Leggett.Main floor has: living room with west view; dining room with laminate floor and west view; kitchen with laminate floor and stainless steel appliances; three-piece bathroom.On the second floor are: master bedroom with double closet, west view and four-piece ensuite; second bedroom with double closet and broadloom floor.On the third level is the laundry room with a walkout to a patio.There is a rooftop terrace with a gas line for a barbecue, and the building has visitor parking.Listing agent: Ian Leggett, Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc., Brokerage; ianleggett.ca.Rouge Location:68 Baronial Ct.north of Lawrence Ave., east of East Ave.Asking price:$638,800 Selling price:$618,000 Previous purchase price:$138,000 (1984) Size:about 2,164 sq. ft., plus 1,108-sq. ft. finished basement Lot:50 by 110- ft., two-car attached garage, private drive Taxes:$3,281 (2013) Bedrooms:Bathrooms:Days on the market:13 Built 1984, this four-bedroom two-storey detached abode sold in 13 days for 97 per cent of the listing price."This home has great curb appeal. It is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in a prime west Rouge waterfront community on a safe court, a short walk to excellent schools. It boasts a popular floor plan with the kitchen and the family room overlooking backyard. There is a walk-out from the family room to private deck and gardens," says listing agent Jill Fewster-Yan.The home is walking distance to a GO station and shops. Hwy. 401 also is close by.Main floor has: living room with bay window, broadloom floor and crown moulding; dining room with bay window and crown moulding; eat-in kitchen; family room with hardwood floor, gas fireplace, walkout and crown moulding; powder room.On the second floor are: master bedroom with double entry door; walk-in closet, and four-piece ensuite; second bedroom with broadloom floor and closet; third bedroom with closet and broadloom floor; fourth bedroom with broadloom floor and closet; five-piece bathroom.The basement is finished with: recreation room with broadloom floor and bay window; exercise room with broadloom floor and walkout to the garage; kitchen; three-piece bathroom.Listing agent: Jill Fewster-Yan, Jill's Team, Royal LePage Signature Realty, Brokerage.Compiled by Allison Harness from information that is publicly available. Send recent homes sales to . Not all submissions can be used.
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