Feb 26th 2009 11:45AM I can't image leaving expensive jewelry in plain view in an unoccupied house. Clearly, this family has more money than they know what to do with.
Feb 21st 2009 5:22PM First, I have to say that C.S. makes several correct and entertaining observations. The house is a complete monstrosity that will be difficult to sell given the current economic climate. I doubt that there is an equally vulgar potential buyer in Des Moines who has somehow held onto his cash, eager to take over this ostentatious heap. People of this ilk tend to be up one moment and down another. I suggest that it be donated to the city and turned into a community center, which would be a nice addition to the neighboring school.
Jan 24th 2009 10:57PM Don't these people get tired of living in other people's houses? I can't imagine it, especially with kids. Very disfunctional.
Jan 24th 2009 10:54PM Hardly a hotel. I would be very curious to know exactly which hotel the posters above refer to, because I've been everywhere and I don't see it. This home is elegant and with a unique and beautiful color scheme. I can't find much wrong with it - the exterior balustrades are unnecessary and make me wonder, but otherwise a great job. Very restrained.
Jan 24th 2009 10:46PM This article should have also mentioned that the Obama's will spend the $100K alloted for all new presidents - nothing near Thain's budget and most of the furnishings will come from Pottery Barn and other mid-range retailers.
Jan 10th 2009 8:17PM It's not a white house, it's a white elephant. I'm dizzy!
Jan 8th 2009 9:00AM I use cloth napkins frequently - almost only white, cream or ecru. I only buy fine quality Italian and French linen or damask. To remove stains: spot treat the napkins soon after use and wash in cold water first, then if the stain is still visible, spot treat again and wash in progressively hotter water. This is necessary because hot water will actually set some food stains. Scrutinize the stain carefully, because even a tiny stain will become dark as the napkin sits in the drawer! I always re-block the wet napkins after removal from the washer and dry them flat. Later, I steam iron and fold them. I send out my tablecloths for cleaning and pressing (although I pretreat the stains first), but I wash the napkins at home because I have found that most cleaners leave faint stains and creases around the edges, and most of the time they are misshapen and the corners will not meet up when the napkin is folded. I know this is picky, but if you want a perfect table, a necessity!
Dec 3rd 2008 7:58PM I use almonds, various seeds and dried blueberries in my granola, which I sweeten with maple syrup for a healthy snack or breakfast.
Dec 3rd 2008 3:48PM Thanks alexanbd, for giving us a civics lesson and clarifying that Obama isn't "officially" the president-elect until mid-December. Perhaps you should get the word out to the entire news media, because they have no idea. Now I'll give you a grammar lesson: the word president is only capitalized when it is followed by the person's name.
Now, back to why I enjoy this site. It's a forum for people who LIKE expensive, luxurious items. Please take your various political comments somewhere else.
I don't care for the ring Michelle Obama may have chosen and I would guess that it may retail for less than $30,000 - all those tiny diamonds can't amount to much carat weight.
Nov 21st 2008 5:22PM I would choose a starter of bresciola and arugula dressed with lemon and olive oil, then a plate of fresh tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce, next, a perfectly grilled slice of beef tenderloin (medium-rare) and finally, a nice dish of creme brulee all washed down with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, but I guess they don't allow alcohol in prison.