Mom is a genius at setting the table, even though most of her recipes involve the microwave. That's why I was surprised to find, after living on my own for a few years, that I could cook. Growing up, there are a lot of skills we learn from our parents and maybe even more we pick up in other places.
Apartment Therapy believes that home skills aren't genetic, but can always be learned. We also believe that our parents, mentors, friends and family all influence how we live at home.
Here are a few things I've learned and where I learned them:
• How to hunt for bargains: Mom is the master.
• How to choose colors: Art school.
• How to rescue old furniture: Mom knew how to repaint and restore.
• How to sew: Girl Scouts.
• How to make compromises in decorating: My husband.
• How to love modernism: My architect friend, Chris.
• How to like doing the dishes: My husband.
• How to cook: Martha Stewart and my mother-in-law.
(Except for eggs, which Dad taught me how to scramble.)
Where did you learn your Home-Ec skills?
Image: Kitchen Utensil Fabric from Repro Depot, $15.95.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 08.15.2007)