Dear Astrid, I live with a roommate, and overall we get along great, but a big issue has come up. We’ve divided up the utilities between us and she covers the heating costs for the apartment. The problem is that to keep the cost of the bill down she keeps the heat down really low. … Read More Ask Astrid – Help! I’m Stuck in a Thermostat Battle
Dear Astrid, Some of my friends are having a potluck holiday party in a couple of weeks and everyone is supposed to bring a dish. The problem is that I’m a terrible cook! Since I don’t want to subject my friends to awful food, is it okay to just bring drinks? I don’t want there… Read More Ask Astrid: Do I Have to Make Food for a Potluck?
Dear Astrid, I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time at my house this year. I’m really excited about it, but I’m also nervous. The main thing stressing me out is that I’m vegetarian and I plan on serving a vegetarian dinner. I realize a lot of people will be looking forward to a big turkey… Read More Ask Astrid: Can I Have A Thanksgiving Dinner Without Turkey?
Dear Astrid, I recently purchased two Catherine three-drawer side tables for my home and I love them! But I want to make sure they stay clean. What’s the best way to keep them shiny and sparkly? Signed, Curious Cleaner Dear Curious, Great question! Nothing’s worse than ruining a piece of furniture you love by cleaning it the… Read More Ask Astrid: I Need Cleaning Advice
Dear Astrid, My friend from high school is going to be in town for Thanksgiving with her new boyfriend. Ordinarily she’d stay with her parents, but because of their traditional values they won’t let her and her boyfriend sleep in the same bedroom, so she wants to stay elsewhere this year. She asked if they… Read More Ask Astrid: My Friend Asked to Stay with Me – How Do I Tell Her No?
Dear Astrid, My boyfriend and I are moving into an apartment together for the first time next month. We’re super excited, but also nervous about bringing two homes’ worth of belongings into one space. How do we pare down our stuff and how do we make the space reflect both of our styles? Signed, Happy… Read More Ask Astrid: I Need Advice About Moving in with My Boyfriend
Hey everyone, it’s me, Astrid! You probably recognize me from the lower right corner of the screen. You’ve probably assumed I’m just customer service, but really I have so much more to offer. That’s why they’ve decided to give me my own advice column! While my area of expertise is furniture and design, I want… Read More Ask Astrid – An Introduction