Update to Cranky-pants 1/20/12 Pinterest Post

June 20, 2012

I totally take back my snarkiness in my earlier post – Pinterest is the greatest thing ever. Since I’m constantly collecting ideas about how to do things better, differently, more – I’ve found that I can categorize all those ideas in an organized way into specific boards. A few I’ve started with include:

  • Cleaning Tips
  • Small Item Organizing
  • Clever Tricks for the Home
  • Organized Furniture and Home Design
  • Laundry and Mudroom Organizing

I also LOVE the new secret board capabilities. I can set up boards of draft ideas that aren’t fully flushed out yet and keep them on the down-low (my personal dream home design ideas, for instance, or a board for a very specific project or client).

I’m following a few other pinners and boards and am enjoying receiving email updates with recommendations for others I might like to follow, or pins I might like.

Goodbye giant 3-ring binder full of torn magazine pages and web print-outs. Hello new digital idea book!

Pinterest, will you forgive me? I think we can be bestest friends.



Stop the junk mail insanity!

February 21, 2012

Keeping up with that growing pile of mail and paperwork would be so much easier if you didn’t get so much CRAP sent to you all the time, right?

If you find that it takes you twice as long to sort through all of the junk as it does to actually open the important pieces of mail, consider unsubscibing. There are a growing number of ways you can ward off tree-killing snail-mail spammers:

  1. PaperKarma for iphone, Android and Windows phones is a new, totally FREE new app that lets you snap a photo of credit card offers, catalogues, coupons and anything else you no longer wish to receive.  Submit your address and the PaperKarma peeps will contact the offending company to get you off the mailing list and send you a message when you’ve been successfully removed. www.paperkarma.com
  2. Register with the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). It won’t guarantee you a life free of junk mail, but it can help. DMA will list you in its database in the “Do Not Mail” category. The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA’s Mail Preference Service. To register with DMA’s Mail Preference Service, go to www.dmachoice.org
  3. You can also go to www.OptOutPreScreen.com, which can enable you to remove your name from lists that mortgage, credit card and insurance companies use to mail you offers and solicitations. It’s a centralized website run by the four major credit bureaus in the United States: Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion. You can opt out of receiving unsolicited mail for five years or opt out of receiving it permanently.

With fewer pieces of mail cluttering up your entry-way, have an easier time staying on top of your paperwork. Open mail right when you receive it. Keep a recycle bin or shredder within reach to immediately get rid of non-essentials.  Put all of your “action” items, like bills that need paying, in one place (with your checkbook, for instance, or near your laptop).

What’s the big deal with Pinterest?

January 20, 2012

Seriously. Why is EVERYBODY talking about Pinterest like it’s the greatest thing ever? The thought of sticking all kinds of random things onto a virtual bulletin board did not sound very organized to me when I first heard about this new internet phenomenom – I’ll be honest. So I had to check it out…

I requested an invite at approximately 8:30 a.m. CST on Wednesday, January 18th. I got an email reply thanking me for “joining the Pinterest waiting list,” and that “we’ll be sure to send you an invite soon.”

Um, ok. How soon? Is it just me, or does that sound like a blow-off?

Since I couldn’t create an account and start playing right away, I visited the site to see if I could learn more about how this thing is supposed to work. Apparently the concept revolves around using “boards” (think of a bulletin board or drawing board) to add collections of pinned items in an open forum with the goal of connecting “everyone in the world through the things they find interesting.” Pinning through a “Pin It” button that you add to your browser adds content with links to the original source – allowing for ethical content sharing no matter who pins or re-pins the content. People can set up multiple boards for varying interest areas, such as recipes, parenting tips, art projects and inspiration, wedding planning, and more.

The more I read about Pinterest on its website and in independent user reviews, the more I start to think that this could be a useful tool for Place for Everything to keep track of organizing, cleaning and home design projects, tips and ideas. And there’s an iphone app – so it seems like I could access my pins or search other people’s boards of stuff anytime I want…

So when do I get my access login?!? Why the delay?

Anybody else running into this virtual login-block? Leave a comment about your own experience with Pinterest…

Huff Posted

March 4, 2011

I never would have known we made the front page of the Huff Post Chicago if my colleague Lesley hadn’t told me! (She’s also a blogger – check out her foodie goodness at http://lesley-cooks.blogspot.com

Click the “READ WHOLE POST” button below to see our Huff Post mention.


House tour in Time Out Chicago: Home Design

March 2, 2011

Check out the famous Dot, posing for Time Out Chicago!

Published in Time Out Chicago on February 25, 2011
House tour: Lincoln Square two-story home
AJ Hassan and Jessica Berger found a Lincoln Square fixer-upper and turned it into a warm, modern home. By Kevin Aeh. Photos by Erica Gannett …Read full article.


Time Out!

February 27, 2011

Erica shooting the kitchen

A friend of ours recently referred us and our house to Time Out Chicago to fill an open slot for a home feature.

We sent over a link to this blog and a handpicked selection of photos that we’ve taken most recently so the editors could take a look and see if our style fit with their vision. And they picked us!

So, last Saturday we met Time Out Chicago’s Kevin Aeh, who interviewed us about our design and style, and Erica Gannett, who photographed the house. It was a blast! We had a great time visiting, laughing, and telling our stories. Even Dottie enjoyed herself – posing for more than one glamour shot.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day with clear skies and wonderful light.  Erica gave us a sneak peek at some of the shots she took, and they looked fantastic. I can’t wait to see which ones make it into the magazine!

Look for us in the March 3rd edition of Time Out Chicago.


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