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Valley Design Center
I think it goes beautifully with the wood. Love the overall feel
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thatnameistaken
The geometric wall paper is beautiful! Love the light and shadow effect. What a great way to add architectural detail without carpentry. I'm imagining all the different tonal color combinations possible...
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tomikm
Marsala is NOT burgundy. It has much more brown in it. If your burgundy wine looks like marsala, you best toss it.
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sonny62
Oh, be still my beating heart. A conifer for partial shade. My new garden bed design has just found itself a bush that will be added into the mix. Perfect size, too. Now I just have to figure out how to make it work with your other suggestion of a Canadian Hemlock. This is just too exciting.
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Jay Sifford Garden Design
Hi sonny. Glad I could make your day..... You'll enjoy Curly Tops a lot. In our neck of the woods, I'd recommend morning sun and afternoon shade if possible. Good luck!
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sandfordqueen
Hi Kiwileash77 - this is interesting indeed! I've lived in the Waikato and now live in Whangarei but base my assumptions on friends and family scattered throughout the North Island having the same opinion. Some of my friends and family are primary, intermediate and day care teachers whose schools employ this policy - in part to protect those "delightful" commercial quality carpets you mention :) but also in part to recognise Marae protocol (my children attended a private Catholic primary school and this rule was employed there too). I must ask my sister living in Auckland dweller what she does, as she was raised to remove her shoes inside.

I must say, never ask visitors to remove their shoes, they just do it out of habit and it's something that Northland parents teach their children to do (all the parents I know anyway). And if my visiting nieces and nephews or the dog drags in some grass clippings or dirt from the garden, it is not the end of the world. I'm too busy sharing that bottle of wine you mentioned with my sister-in-law :)

Though this is my way of living, I am definitely not suggesting that anyone else is dirty for doing otherwise. I think, after reading how fired up this story has got everyone, we should keep things in perspective and celebrate our differences. In light of the Auschwitz anniversary story I watched on the 6 o'clock news last night, and with Roman Kent's words still ringing in my ears, I think we should be grateful that we have the freedom to live our lives with the traditions and customs we choose and have the freedom to share those values (in a considerate manner) here with each other.

Right, I'm off to work now as a nurse to worry about some real germs!
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Josianne Olcer
fabulouslife says:

"Absolutely love the article! "No shoes " should be the norm in every home otherwise your house is just not clean. Start early in life and teach your little ones to leave the shoes outside of living/ breathing areas. Once they are used to it they'll follow the rule for the rest of their lives. Just can't wrap my mind around the idea that people wear or drag their shoes inside their living rooms, kitchens, with some of them taking the shoes off right at the foot of their beds for that matter. Can't immagiine sitting in my couch watching tv, wearing the same shoes that I had all day on while walking the filthy sidewalks, down on the subway, inside a shoping mall, steeping in some dog crap, and sealing it with someone's else's spit. Sorry for the graphics but it is what it is!!"

Exactly! I find it disgusting! If you don't want to take your shoes off, don't come in my house! I am the one doing the cleaning!
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etflydenfar
small homes with storage ideas are the best. economy is struggling and downsizing with the most minimal cost of heating and utility costs is the concern of most no longer is" keeping up with the Jones`s" necessary keeping your family fed and warm is key. big is out/ functional small homes with great ideas on organization and using every square inch for a purpose is a challenge I'm obsessed with coming up with ideas your website is great love the small homes
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Daryl Toby - AguaFina Gardens International
Some fantastic designs! Interesting to see that some of the most popular homes are also some of the smaller ones. It will be interesting to see that trend continue to grow and develop.
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