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getgrowing
I live in Western Canada, Alberta. It is the norm to remove shoes, all year round. Often guests bring their own slippers or stay in their stockings or socks. However, I find it difficult during the summer when many are barefoot in their outdoor sandals... Barefoot is awkward..their feet are sweaty and dirty from being outside?
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jpp221
To all those lamenting the toxic outdoor pollution that will (eek!) infiltrate the home, (a) do you never go outside (b) if you do do you ever sit on the grass? (C) as I kid, did you never climb trees? Did you survive that toxic moment? (d) what do you do about the dog? Does he wear shoes outside? Do you shave him hairless upon reentry into the home?

I think germophobia has gone awry here.
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rachieleigh
Aprilbug4, we are of the same design-heart. I picked the EXACT same ones as you from this list. It is so hard to choose a personal favorite, but a couple I have bookmarked and often return to are the tropical chalet on Maui and the colorful and architectural gem in Ojai. 13 and 15 are bookmarked for me as well. Thanks houzz! The stories and tours inspire me every day.
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lcdsmith
Looks good in the pic but the cabinet doors need a refresh.
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mhuycke
We're delighted with our wide open kitchen -- made for cooking and visiting with family and friends
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Becky Harris
@MommyD, it's funny, you are not alone in that opinion. Barbara told me that the driftwood chandelier is the most polarizing thing in the house - a real "love it or hate it" moment, which we agree is usually the sign of a strong design move. She said some of her clients look through her portfolio and say they love absolutely everything about the house except the chandy, which of course helps give her direction for their projects and anticipate their preferences. She loves it as a focal point and I do too, but it's definitely a love it or hate it - not many other opinions in between!
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JTBaldwin
Chandy: love it!
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TAG
In my old NYC apartment I had full wall dressers in the bedroom and storage/ shelves in the living room -- under all the windows ... I loved having storage and the large counter. In the room is wide enough it does not change the typical layout
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JTBaldwin
Such a good idea to utilize the space below windows. Built-in storage like bookcases would be my preference because of the flexibility. They could be used for books, collectibles, baskets, canvas storage boxes, etc. and could be changed out with ease. Enjoyed the article and the examples!
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