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carolarrowsmith
Well, I'm kind of bummed that now that we're planning to build a vacation home in Florida, we might butt up against a southern "norm" of in-home shoe-wearing. I do suspect it's more of a personal choice and not so much a regional custom here in the U.S. In our (northeast) home, we quickly and naturally adopted a mostly shoe-free policy when we did a major remodel of our home that included a long longed-for mudroom addition. What a difference that mudroom has made! While no one will ever accuse me of being a clean-freak, the mudroom and our mostly shoe-free policy have made it so much easier to keep the rest of the house presentable. Previously, our back door opened directly into a little-used but nicely appointed space known to this day as "Mommy's good room." Coats, wet mittens, boots, snow pants, and all accompanying outdoor detritus would be shed and tossed willy nilly. Clean-up was never-ending. There seemed to be no point to taking your shoes off, because you - and the dirt you brought in - were already IN the house. Our mudroom is one of the best things that has ever happened to our house, as it offers a buffer zone between the outdoors and indoor living spaces. It's the perfect spot for shedding outerwear, wiping muddy puppy paws, and organizing and storing outdoor clothing, games, and sports gear. I was actually amazed at how quickly everyone in our family changed their old shoe-wearing ways. (It helps to limit shoelaces as much as possible and opt for slip-on styles instead when shoe shopping.) Upon entering our home through the mudroom, visitors can't help noticing the vast shoe collection that resides there, making it obvious to most people that there is a custom in our house that involves shoe-shedding upon entering. Some folks get the hint, some don't. We do not generally ask guests to remove their shoes unless they (the shoes
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pdjh
And no, my dog does not sleep on my bed. She is not allowed upstairs at all. She has a perfectly comfy doggy bed in our mud room.
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kem60
Nothing in Dallas. What a shock. Not. It's a wasteland for good taste and architecture.
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houseofmarshall
Bon Ton Residence - Traditional. Keep going back to this one...
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Robin LaMonte/Rooms Revamped
I love my modern kitchen that opens to our family room. The layout is perfect to entertain a large crowd without being crowded. I love to cook and bake so I wanted all professional grade appliances. If I wasn't an interior designer I would have opened a dessert shop .
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nef123
Maude321, love your kitchen! I also love white kitchens but have seen a few that have wear-and-tear issues after only a few years. We're in the middle of a build right now and we were torn regarding choosing between stain and painted finishes. I am a very avid cooker---something is always going on in the kitchen, be it soup, sauce, or deep frying on the stove and/or serial baking, LOL. I don't want to tippy-toe around a painted finish that I'd be crying over if it got scratched or stained.
I find stained finishes so much easier to touch up and I've touched up many an "oops" on stained finishes. Amidst kids and dogs and cats and cauldrons of boiling red sauce, we made the decision to go with a beautiful medium golden brown stained cabinet. Yes, it comes with a touch-up pen!
We're also going with a six-burner Capital range with a vent hood that could suck up a small child.
Can't wait!
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nancieb
so lovely and a perfect beach home :) love the use of blue and "clean" lines. That kitchen would have gotten me as well !
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33chicks
perfect house.
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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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beth2em
My "window wall" is all sliding doors that I need to have access to. How do I furnish around this in a rectangular room (12' x 19') with a fireplace at one end and a tall blank wall on the other? Opposite the long wall of doors, It is an open floor plan to dining room. I need to accommodate a TV too which cannot go over fireplace.
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