JAN MOYER

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ROCHESTER, New York,
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Step Away From the Wallpaper: Why Decorating Risks Are Overrated

Want to find your signature style? Try staying inside your comfort zone Full Story
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A happy camper hubby client said to me just the other day, (after arriving home to a whiz bang transformation in his own home, with the ALMOST finish of a new kitchen) "I'd really like to see your place, you're probably a shopaholic in a constant state of change!" I replied, 'and you'd be dead wrong!!"
I then went on to laughingly explain that I'd spent the afternoon pushing his wife in a major prune. Nothing new was brought in, it was just the clean -up, re-arrange process while kicking the last of the workers out the door and through the garage BYE BYE, and bled over to some adjacent rooms. But. Mrs Clutter bug was rid of some very sickly plants, truly tired and meaningless accessories, a bit of freshening, tidying, and a consolidation of some mish mash decor of all types to more logical places.
All this led to a conversation about less is more; that more meaningless doo dads, and shopping, and more discount store furniture are not the design answers. No matter your style. And that led to a confession that I have owned a lot of the same stuff for years and years and years......and that I get the change urge more than satisfied in other houses, with other people money : ) Which in this case meant his new almost done kitchen still missing grout and switch plates and pendants, which no longer has a powder room right around the corner from the cook top!. And that plant is on its way out too..........
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danimom
LOVE this article...it struck and a cord and was perfect timing as I have two empty rooms I'm finally getting around to furnishing after 3 years in our "new" home. I have been afraid to commit to anything, but I'm going to remember this article as I start make design choices for these rooms. As long as I stay true to what I love, how could I not love the end result?!
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jeanstryker
I do think it's possible for our style DNA to evolve. Or maybe what's happening is that old assumptions or needs peel away to reveal what was always our true style. Like elbit and scarbowcow, my taste has shifted from traditional to contemporary. My assumption had been: solid, well made, of quality material, and with attention to detail vs cheap, boxy, colorless, characterless, and physically uncomfortable. I realized that that was one big, false, assumption. Contemporary does not have to mean any of those things. Mine will be "warm," with quality finishes, nature inspired colors and decor accents, flow, light, and furniture that is way more comfortable than most traditional stuff. I still like some of the detail in older homes, I just don't want it in my new one. I want a peaceful environment, not one with a bunch of curlicues and frou-frou demanding my attention.
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Life Lessons From 10 Years of Living in 84 Square Feet

Dee Williams was looking for a richer life. She found it by moving into a very tiny house Full Story
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Somewhere between a hut with no plumbing, one the size of a small galley kitchen, and a suburban dwelling filled with too many shopping sprees, lies the answer. Perhaps if it were found, we wouldn't need an idea book with instructions on how to clean and organize a bath in SEVEN days.................?
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susanintoronto
Interesting article, but I'm puzzled - she doesn't pay property taxes - is she living on public land? Renting the space from someone?
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Articles like this always make me think about how we live and the pressures placed on us by society, our families and ourselves to have bigger, better and more. We recently paid off our mortgage and my husband's parents immediately commented, "Oh, now you can buy a bigger house with more land." I can't even understand that thinking. We have a 1900 square foot four bedroom house with 3 children - 1 1/2 of whom have moved out. Why on earth would we want a bigger house and more property to maintain? More room for my children and grandchildren (of which I have none yet) to come home to visit and more personal space for hobbies and family gatherings is the response. More efficient use of our current space could certainly provide those same benefits, without the unneeded burden as we grow older of a new mortgage and a bigger house to maintain.
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21 Free Ways to Give Your Home Some Love

Change a room’s look or set a new mood without spending anything but a little time Full Story
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Personal re birth Sunday........4/14 900 square feet

Strip bed to frame, vacuum and rotate mattress, mega vac behind, under, etc
All bedding switched, winter to laundry, washed and dried and stored
closet purged, switched, lawn bag to Salvation army, lawn bag of goodies to sister
walls, doors, woodwork, crown etc washed , all rooms
all windows washed in and out
curtains (unlined sheer) washed, rehung
all vacuumed, moved dusted, silvery things polished, lamps dusted, bulbs dusted, pillows refreshed in the dryer, with dampened scented cloths. All upholstery vacuumed.
vanity purge, linen closet purge, shelves, drawers washed and re-lined ,super scrub/polish bath
Kitchen purge, fridge wash out, pantry sort and wash out. Pull out fridge, range.......under and behind
de grossing.

Shower....go out to dinner, pick up huge bundle fresh flowers......COLLAPSE. F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

and done with MEGA re-birth until late October, early November when the insanity will repeat yet again.
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beverlyf
Love this idea book! It,s all about enjoying your life and your home regardless of budget. After a busy week, I love putting on some music, lighting a candle even if it is light out, pouring a glass of wine and cooking. Sometimes for family and friends and sometimes just for me and my husband.
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Shellie Miller Claiborne
I call this Shopping From Home. Everything ends up Murphy Oiled, in a new spot and a feeling of rejuvenation.......all without spending my hard earned cash.
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We had some localized power outages a few years ago. Within four hours it made me crazy!!!!!! enough to call the best/nearest hotel at midnight. "Do you have power and a room?" Yes! Threw myself and the LL Bean tote in the car along with lap top and a few personals, traveling so lightly I am sure they thought I was a lady of the evening. Checked in, checked e-mail, climbed into snowy sheets, clicked the movie on, and promptly fell asleep. Checked out at seven am the following morning with a three hundred dollar tab. This is why.......I do not camp.
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rhodalynn
Impossible for me.
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macgrill
Jan Moyer - I loved your post! You and I think alike. I would have been a terrible pioneer woman.
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To Chop or Not to Chop?

Karate-chopped pillows pop up in design photos all the time — to the delight of some, the dismay of others. Here's why Full Story
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Oh my....... an extra large "cup" of major gratefulness is in order, that our worlds have soooo thankfully met our needs of food, shelter and good health, that we even clicked the discussion. Truly : )
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anne dee
A) "There's nothing to see here"... move along ;-)
B) Much ado about nothing ;-)
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benesse
C) De gustibus non est disputandum.
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Room of the Day: A Cocoon for Late-Night Crashing

Moodily masculine and warmly enveloping, this loft bedroom welcomes the owner after his long hours in the music studio Full Story
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These threads crack me up. The room is for a MAN. One who has nights extending into the very wee hours, and is thus sleeping while you're preparing lunch. He pulls those curtains perhaps, he could care less about light, he's avoiding light! There isn't more shown of the room, because there likely ISN'T more of the room. It's New York city, where a small bedroom is commonplace in the most luxurious of dwellings. The picture above the bed, is an intentional "punctuation mark" hence the size is perfection and he's a man, so I doubt he finds it spooky at night ........and the orchid is probably dead by now, and was placed there for the photo, and now resides in the nearest dump, where it is composting, or has gathered some significant dust ......because it was faux, and he's not much for brushing it off.
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judithesl
I wouldn't choose that photo personally, but "the artwork has personal meaning" for the homeowner. Maybe it reminds him of a great party or was a gift from a dear friend; who knows? What I like about this space is that it is a contrast to much of the other content on Houzz and that it has a personal touch, however strange it might be to some.
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luckypooza
I give this article a C- poor photo coverage. I agree with comment that too much orchid talk obviously means not enough images.
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What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel

Plan early and be realistic to pull off a home construction project smoothly Full Story
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I am still curious as to appiritini. " A minor ten square foot addition" Was that coming from outside your house or within? In other words, were you bumping an exterior wall, or stealing adjacent room space ? Second, "just" new cabinets, new counters, and new pot lights, sink, and maybe a new floor. I've no clue the size of your kitchen with or without those ten square feet. What type of cabinetry, what type of counters etc? What seems like "just" to a client, can entail a lot of actual work. Surfaces matter, selections matter. All, including the part of the country you live in, matters.
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Last year: A visit to a new client regarding a very large, 22 yr dated, cheaply appointed, ( carpeted) poorly laid out and inefficient master bath, replete with lots and lots of mold. Plopping myself on the edge of the cluttered tub deck, I asked "so, what were you thinking of throwing at this ?" Hubby gazed skyward, and said "I'm thinking like 15k. " I responded with "Reality check! triple that!!, and that's with non luxury selections and appointments, because your bath is total gut job. Nothing is right sized or in a convenient or even attractive location. It would be a horrendous value for you, to endure disruption, the cost of labor, and not get a simultaneous improvement, and most particularly a shower a bit larger than an old telephone booth! "Thus we began a process that was nothing short of painful. Why? That number I tossed out, which resulted in six more months of "what if we did" and more than several various layouts, much hand wringing though any of them were gigantic improvements, through an arduous tile selection process that took so long it almost resulted in the client not getting tile and finally delayed the project three months.........almost a full year later they are enjoying a very lovely new bath. One that came in just slightly higher than that number I threw out the first day! Sometimes, there is what you want to spend, and what you very realistically need to spend, and what you "can" spend........and the "marrying" of those numbers can be a torturous thing: ) INDEED!
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corinan
Things always cost more than you think. Changing your mind costs.

Agree with the comment re planning ahead for what you cannot afford now. When we built. we thought that we might like a spa pool one day. There was no room in the budget for that but we did pay $90 for an exterior electrical socket so that we can easily go ahead if we are in that position (i.e. paid off the mortgage). Factoring in the cost of interest on top of the purchase price of a spa pool could almost double the price over the long term. Maybe I am stingy.

On the other hand, there are some things that I had to have done at the time of building, like the landscaping, as last time we waited 12 years and 3 days for a proper driveway before the earthquake ruined the land (lateral spreading and liquefaction). Though my husband thought that was a plus as he looked out over our yard as soon as the sun came up!
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As one who has turned " clients dead rooms" into other purpose rooms, be that generous dining room, small music/ piano room, library/ study, you name it..... there's a reason the living room died. Actually several reasons. First, forty years ago, the "old" small kitchen opened narrowly to a rec room or "slobosis" room. Then, someone figured out the kitchen could be lovely and have enough room for more than the person making the food, and that the hideous faux paneled room with the shag carpet and mess of living, could be lovely too and the walls came a tumblin' down.. Now add to that the fact, that we tend to want to be fully IN a home. We gravitate to the rear and garden, away from the street, which is also where the kitchen is generally located. Builders, all through the sixties, seventies and eighties began to shorten the entry distance/hallway in homes, putting the "real" space at the rear, and you'd often find that living room literally on top of the front door, and the dining room across from it. Thru the early nineties, the ceilings soared, and both of those rooms got tinier and tinier rendering them the "I couldn't make up my mind" rooms.....often defined only by some hideous faux columns of grandeur, defining ridiculously small spaces. Thus the decades of transition led from living rooms either too large and often less than cozy......to too small and too public to be useful or family friendly. And none were likely nearest the kitchen, which became the hub, and remains the hub at the back....and that was the death knell for formal living rooms for most. There are exceptions, and they can be absolutely lovely and useful, particularly when given an additional enjoyable function. A beautiful desk, a wonderful hearth, a reading chair of superior comfort, whatever......all best when there is some sense of closure from the front door.
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Raquel Dillett
Love the art Jen!!!
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vjs12
I love my formal living room and use it daily to read and enjoy a cup of tea. It is a relaxing room filled with items I cherish.
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Entry Hall

Take your entry from scuffed up to spiffed up, restoring total cleanliness and order in just a week Full Story
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The key to a nice entry, front or back, is to remember it isn't a walk in closet or an office. Oh, It may have cubbies, it may have a closet, even a desk or table. It may have a place for shoes and boots and flip flops and sneakers! But it can not house all the shoes, all the paper, all the coats, or all of anything in most homes. Meaning it must be pruned in concert with the seasons, and tidied at least weekly if not daily. I would say if it will take one a week ??! to muck it out, I'd not be entering there. I will just come in via a window as it probably would be safer....
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gracey999
I always have too many pairs of shoes/boots/sneakers in the hallway. I have no place else to put them. Everyone just takes them off and leaves them where they land.... so messy. There is only a very narrow hallway (about 3 feet maybe) so there isn't room for a storage unit and the front closet is packed with winter coats and tool stuff at the bottom and top of the it. I have no answers for decluttering except to have my basement and attic refinished. But these are very nice pics and ideas for others. :)
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We love the wall color. What color is it?
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quisum
That is jaw dropping!! and congrats on the "treatment"! I hope there are no HOUZZ junkies in the fertility/in vitro community.....: )
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raquelaclark
I suck at curtains. For years I lived with this pointry triangle valance on a patio window in my living room. They were expensive so I forced myself to live with them. I even built and painted a large wood cornice thing once. Complete nightmare. I have literally purchased and gave away dozens of sets of curtains and drapes over the course of 3 homes. Now, I currently live in a beach house facing the water with nothing but blinds in the necessary places. Not a single strip of fabric hung from a rod anywhere and I am free!
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skylark364
I have always thought trying paint colours out in a room before you buy was crazy until our last house. We decided to repaint our family room which was surrounded by windows (my most loved room as the views were wonderful). I chose the paint colour by, as usual, paint chip cards. When we got the 3 gallons home and started to paint (it was a mellow green), it looked more like vomit on the walls. We submitted and went out and purchased, with paint chips again, a colour of "paprika". Another bad choice when it hit the walls. Because the room had so many windows and the lighting was more natural, the colours were nowhere near the paint chip. However I now had 4 gallons of paint. My hubby and I then threw caution to the wind and decided what about combining the paint colours-- what harm eh? We then painted samples of the first choice, second choice and combined choice ( turned out with surprise to be a wonderful yellow colour) and invited family and friends for comment. All chose the combined colour. I can only say God probably felt sorry for us and we totally lucked out. But valuable lesson, sample on the wall first before buying gallons, especially in rooms with lots of natural lighting.
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Do It for the Kids! A Few Routines Help a Home Run More Smoothly

Not a Naturally Organized person? These tips can help you tackle the onslaught of papers, meals, laundry — and even help you find your keys Full Story
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Carlyfp
L.M.A.O................thank you.
April 2, 2014 at 3:01am     
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gfoorman
We are considering boarding school. We are beyond hopeless.
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These cleaning solutions are safer for kids, pets, and the environment, and they'll leave your home sparkling and beautiful. http://gettinspirations.blogspot.com/2014/04/spring-natural-cleaning.html
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The Perks and Perils of Reupholstering Old Furniture

Secondhand upholstered pieces can add character to a room, but beware of bugs, snakes and hidden costs Full Story
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As with all things, it depends. Your favorite comfy chair, from your own bug free home may be WELL worth a re-do. Tight back chairs, ala good wing chairs, yes, as they tend to require less fabric, skip the huge repeats to save money. Sofas are more expense, especially loose seat/loose cushioned back. But. A high quality new sofa is also expensive. So..it depends fabric, how much frame change if any, and the average labor costs within your city.
Also, can we please skip the blatant, shameless advertising having nothing at all to do with the thread? I don't think we were talking about paintings of chairs.........were we?
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Suzanne Melton
Thanks for the "encouragement" chook!
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chookchook2
The shops here are starting to stock the "new" greyed down pastels. Last night I was too tired to turn over an episode of " Lost in Space" . The uniforms of the Robinson family were all colours coming into fashion now.
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Why It's OK to Hate Your New Custom Sofa

It takes time to get used to bold new furniture, but dry your tears — the shock can be good for you. Here's what to expect Full Story
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Stevedenver is right. The sad truth in the USA, is the real cost of our lust for change ( throwing away), the cost of labor, (not just what the laborer is paid) , regulations, environmental changes ( your cushions may contain a ton of soy ) have resulted in some less than wonderful upholstery. A sofa made twenty or thirty or forty years ago, will have a frame far superior to anything you can buy today, with the possible exception of Baker/Kohler who still represents major quality. Add to that, the disappearing furniture store whose large foot print and minimal numbers of foot traffic interested in paying the price for real quality .......and there ya go. Several thousand dollars goes virtually nowhere when you lust for a quality sofa. And to me, quality implies comfort AND looks. Your R.H. or Pottery Barn sofa may start out just fine and look great. But in a few short years....not so much. Long term, what makes a sofa look great is less about color and more about the things you can't see at a glance. Hardwood, doweled, screwed and glued frames. Eight way hand tied springs, high quality spring and down cushioning. The very same things that will lead to years and years of comfort, no matter the covering or how it is styled. There are still quality manufacturers, with design your own programs, good underpinnings and frames etc. But that sofa price will reflect all those things.
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kroze
Suzanne,....... sounds like you are having a great time with the search process, and you have some nice pieces. Fortunate for you that your husband is so good at making things work! Happy shopping! : )
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Suzanne Melton
Thank you, kroze. We picked up the mirror this morning...it weight over twenty pounds!

P.S. We aren't married. Dave and I were high school sweethearts (1963-64) who reconnected four years ago after 45 years apart.
April 10, 2014 at 3:14pm   
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Your April Checklist for a Smooth-Running Home

Shake off the winter blues and spring into action to get your home in the spirit of the new season Full Story
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Noreasters, this is your month! You've been living like a monk behind closed windows, it is dusty and stale in there. I am for the deeeeeeeep clean, erase the hideous winter!!.
Prune the closet and begin the swap to lighter clothes. Empty it, wipe it out, vacuum, and head to the dry cleaner with the super woolies. Leave a couple for that disappointing April day.
Tear the bedrooms to the walls, flip mattresses, get the junk out from under the bed, wash bedding, and swap if you do that. Leave no stone unturned. Empty the undie drawer, put back only that which is in great shape. Toss the "onsie" socks, or use them for dust rags
Tear the kitchen apart. Do the pantry shelves, the cupboards inside and out, wipe down spice jars, toss stale half eaten snacks. Fridge, same thing. Hopefully you'll swap ovens for grills, give it the once over major too. Polish and seal counters.
Clean rugs and carpets, at least the traffic areas. Yes!!! to windows too.
You get the idea. Just like spring brings the urge for some new clothes, it makes you want to freshen decor as well. You never put the new clothes on a grungy body.... it's the same with your house!!
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Pat Waldo
PS. I forgot to mention that the dirt on my cushions comes mostly from doggie bliss...
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Leslie Boulton
Mine too!
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The 10 Hottest Color Trends for Spring

Fasten your seat belts: This year's selections are going to rock your world Full Story
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SICK : )
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Karen Egly-Thompson
A week later I'm still laughing about "members meet in private behind a Norman, Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby to compare notes and advocate for their selections". :)
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chookchook2
As a member of the breakaway conservative liberal chapter of that Lobby, I assure you it is no laughing matter.
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10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts

Have a meeting a week before hammers and shovels fly to make sure everyone’s on the same page Full Story
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bgheppner
Oh fun! The height of the boom too! Wellllllll as a former boss once said to me a million years ago: "Remember: Peacock one day, feather duster the next!" Nothing, even very good times, lasts forever. One more reason to leave quality results, and happy clients in your wake, even if they must be dragged kicking and screaming to the result they didn't know they wanted : ) !!:
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Im glad the article helped.
April 7, 2014 at 8:49pm   
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Good ideas
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Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens

Snowy cabinets and walls speak to a certain elegance, while marble counters whisper of luxury Full Story
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Not everyone loves a white kitchen. But they go back a hundred years and they never seem to date, unless gooey and cheaply done, or very over done. So.........whatever your preference have at it. The crisp, the pure light, the sparkle of gleaming hardware, the way floors, especially hardwoods, are enhanced can thrill. More than any other "color"......white can look beautiful no matter a traditional, or sleekly modern bent, as evidenced above, and by posted photos in the comments. One person's "hospital" is another's light filled sanctuary, as one person's cherry stained Tuscan flavor kitchen, sets off a claustrophobic panic. To each.... their personal pleasure! As to cleaning up the spaghetti sauce... ala a poster above, ...what? you wouldn't clean it from cherry, or maple, or oak, or , or? :) !! To someone above, that was a pot filler behind the stove, the paper towel "thingy" is left of the sink and just below the sink, rather like an old fashioned porcelain tp holder in a sixties bath!
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Wendolyn
You'd be fine with just a stainless sleeve over that hood : ) You truly would. Super kitch!!!
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May I say a word about.....grime? It is indiscriminate. It goes on oak, on granite, on laminate on white and on black. On pine, on cherry, and on maple. It does not care what you just wiped up twenty minutes ago be it an errant splash of sauce, or your four year olds sticky jammy fingers. If you are waiting until goo goes in your cracks and crevices, you may notice it less on some surface colors or materials. Doesn't mean it isn't THERE. ladies. Makes me worry......where have I eaten lately....?
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marquest
I love them all. I have remodeled 3 homes in my lifetime and the first thing I do with the kitchens is make them all white. Nothing says clean to me like a white kitchen. I am a clean person so keeping a white kitchen clean is easy. Dark kitchen especially around my food does not remind me of clean food. Where you prepare your food should be clean and clinical.
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Beware the vacation inspiration! I used to vacation with two girlfriends in Nantucket every summer. Once there, we'd get swept away with whale themed sweaters, bags, belts, and lightship baskets and and. Finally we agreed: " No WHALE _ _ _ _! " Once home, this stuff can seem nothing short of what- was- I- thinking"?! Same holds true for Mediterranean colors in places like London which lack the brilliant seaside light, or Tuscan color and artifact in your Florida condo, or a tiki bar in your living room in Minneapolis. Breathe. Let that air go right to your brain and common sense, and ignore the call of the Pina Colada, and the whales too.
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Marie Obrien
I remodeled a livingroom/diningroom (700 sq ft.) I saw a wood-look vinyl flloor in a decorator showroom. It was being installed in the showroom and they generously gave me a sample. I came home, bought it, had it installed and hate it. It has not one saving grace, It looks dusty, it creaks, it looks cheap. The flooring itself was not expensive ($1500), however, prep, matching the steps (stained) and installation probably came to over $5000. My husband wanted carpeting, I like the look of hardwood, I wish I could think of some story (for hubby) to replace this with a hardwood or laminate. Does vinyl cause cancer? lol
March 30, 2014 at 4:44pm     
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sartarehare
Omg, I feel so awful after reading some of these stories! Mine was much easier. I fell in love with a Milo Boughman rosewood and steel table BEFORE the house closed. Since I didn't want to make a huge mistake (and drop a ton of cash), I let it go..... Sadly, when I moved into the space, I just couldn't get over the table so started thinking about ways I could have that streamlined/vintage look with a modern table since good vintage is difficult to find. Bought one at Crate and Barrel that I thought looked pretty versatile. As soon as it arrived, I knew it was wrong, called to have it returned. I lost all of $200 on shipping. Found a vintage teak table of the absolute perfect size/proportion within a couple of months for a mere $600 on CL. A steal! And it looked great instantly. Do I still wish I had that Milo Boughman......? Yeah. But I'm happy. I spent the money on chairs instead. And honestly, I decorate far too slowly and use far too many "props" before purchasing to make many mistakes. In fact, I'm one year into the house (and several rooms down) and that table was my first and only mistake besides my son's shag rug (you can't clean them easily). And that will be replaced very soon.
March 30, 2014 at 8:17pm   
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Design Practice: How to Start Your Architecture Business

Pro to pro: Get your architecture or design practice out of your daydreams and into reality with these initial moves Full Story
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Yeah so true!! Hard to say with total certainty, whether the frogs will become princes and princesses......or those we assume to be royalty, will morph into frogs or worse. I have had both scenarios! Oh for a genie, a bottle, and a crystal ball.......: )
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I had a Church Friend take advantage of our services one time...I'm about done doing anything with people I go to church with. I had a Christian School tell me when I finished all their work that they had "dissolved" their corporation and couldn't pay me for my work.
March 29, 2014 at 12:38pm   
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Seed Studio Landscape Architects
Terrific article Eric. Look forward to the next instalment!
March 30, 2014 at 4:37pm     
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12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines Full Story
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JAN MOYER
All decorative surfaces; wood, stone, tile, paint colors and tones of all those, fabrics,....all have a "feel". They suggest a flavor. Warm, cool, rustic, not, formal, casual, in between. When you are building, there is a process of considering the total end result, of harmonizing and contrasting, but making sense of all the virtually unlimited choices within any of these categories, right down to fixtures and hardware. If your favorite place on earth Is Nantucket summer cheer, perhaps you'd rather not pile in three miles of granite swirl ala busy berry cherry yogurt, knowing that your favorite summery floral cushioned rattan chairs will sit nearby. Perhaps a white kitchen better suits your cottage like dream haven versus the dark cherry your hubby covets. One decision can seem a single choice among many choices, but it can't be an isolated decision from others in the whole. Nothing lives in isolation. What's your desired "feel"? If the "destination" is indeed Nantucket, don't wind up in Tuscany or Tijuana by pure accident.
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Bowden Carroll Design
Amen to # 5. Who wants to live in a theme park?
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12 Deadly Decorating Sins

Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways Full Story
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JAN MOYER
Excuuuuuuuuuse me, but too small an area rug drives me totally insane. As in the sixth picture. Sorry. My eye is trying to "grow" that rug by a few feet in two directions. We know the floor is wood.......yes we do. You're not "hiding" the wood!!, you are enhancing the proportions of a space. And free standing fridges went out of style for a reason. They are hideous, unless your look is 1940 kitsch and the fridge is turquoise, and your dishtowels wear little cherries.....: )
March 28, 2014 at 5:24am     
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kroze
IMO, rules are for those who lack confidence in their own judgement and tastes. Rules are their training wheels. : )
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Lynne Mysliwiec
I dunno, folks...there ARE sins...this was the "before" in my dining room.. The designer of that light fixture ALONE should go to design h$ll for his sins...
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The Case for Stationary Draperies

Curtains that open and close are great in some situations, but stationary draperies can give you a better view (and save money too) Full Story
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Jaime Shomperien
Aside from NOT doing the sill length curtains the previous homeowners employed!? : ) Window treatments, including privacy, should share a "feeling, " a commonality, with your decorating flavor. Without knowing those elements, it would be ill advised, to advise you. Are you modern , traditional, bohemian, country, ...etc. Some window treatments suggest one, others yet another, and some cross boundaries very well, with simple adjustments to texture or curtain header, or rod, or ring.....? So more info is needed to offer up decent advice.
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Jamie,
The windows swing IN for ventilation? I see no hardware......! You know, it may be worth looking into a conversion of the heat system. ...... and getting some AC at the same time. I also think you need some local design help/ consultation after you get settled and some furniture placed. Nobody can truly help, without more info, and an on site consult may help you quite a bit!
March 26, 2014 at 7:27am     
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YogaJulie
Lucky you, Sauve!
April 6, 2014 at 7:05pm     
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Sauve
Thanks YogaJulie. We are most fortunate to have what we do while we are here.
April 7, 2014 at 1:43am     
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Curtain Speech

Learn the basic terms for parts and styles of draperies and curtains to get the look you want Full Story
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JAN MOYER
Pricing varies greatly by locale, ( Cloth interiors above) whether an independent contractor, or a full blown multi- person work room, major metropolis, or mid sized city. Details matter, whether both lined and interlined, or unlined, trimmed or not and we could go on. Probably a difficult topic to cover on Houzz, as the possibilities are virtually endless. The best over all value is very well constructed simple lined/interlined full length panels. A change of heart up the road, can often mean a re-use in another room, or a different home. The fussier/more constructed your treatment...the more "window specific" it will be. Fabric is a factor too of course, but even simple cottons can look lush and luxuriously expensive when you use enough fabric, and line and interline with great construction. As with all things, expect to pay for quality. Seventy nine dollar window treatments are at Target And Bed Bath and Beyond, and they won't look custom, but there are all things at all price points. And 200.00?..........nope. You won't find much of that either.
March 23, 2014 at 12:31pm     
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I was a window treatment specialist for almost 40 years. Styles come and go, standard fullness changes and local preferences vary dramatically. When I was a young student doing my OJT in a "drapery workroom", the standard for fullness was only double and hems and headings were turned under 1" and then 4". Far less full than todays standard unless you buy your window treatments at K-Mart. But then all things Country came into popularity in this rural area along with gathered cotton curtains up to 5 times fullness and always tied back. Thankfully that style passed.
There was a time when every middle class home hired someone like me to design their window treatments about every 15 years like clockwork. That has all changed with the younger generations as they do the Pottery Barn thing and send their possessions to a landfill every 5 years or so. Notice I refer to the Middle Class. The only Upper Class people in this area, those who still want the luxury of custom window treatments hire designers from more urban areas.
What I am trying to express is that home-owners have the right to decorate their homes as they wish, styles come and go and as a designer, you can only guide your clients in what is appropriate. If they truly want swags or lace or Austrian shades, so be it. But our job is to design them tastefully. I find it truly arrogant when designers feel they must have a "signature" look and refuse to listen to their clients and their real wants or desires. Even Austrian shades or antique satin swags can be designed tastefully..... It's all a matter of skill.
April 6, 2014 at 6:24am     
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Leah McGrew
I only worry about privacy in the front of my house, but I'm not that concerned about looks. The back of my kitchen has no curtains at all, the trees provide the privacy in the summer when most people in the apartments out back might be standing around looking at us. The other reason for curtains in my house is in the bedrooms for light control. Here I have the issues of window air conditioners, and the curtains have to be above them.

I have made most of the curtains in my house, or at least adapted bought curtains. I personally don't care for the "puddling" of drapes, but that's because I have 2 blind roommates and cats who think puddled drapes are good places to sleep (actually attempted to pull down a drape in the living room before I replaced them.) I now have tab top curtains in there with pockets, just because I think they are cute. These are one of two sets I bought and the only one I haven't actually sewed to adapt, instead using cute, cheap, broaches to pin it up over the ac and to keep them closed. I would actually love to make my own out of old jeans and have even smaller pockets but that's a chore for a different time.
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10 Ways to Boost Creativity by Doing Less

You heard right. Sometimes the best way to refill your creative well is by taking a step back Full Story
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Do the most dreaded task of the day first. Do I do this? Sometime yes, sometimes ..uuuhhhhh no. But on the days I do, I am a much happier camper. Instant accomplishment and off my plate. So whether it's a much dreaded e-mail, a phone call, the half finished bill paying, or making your bed, get it over with and the rest of the day will feel like a down hill bike ride. Lord, I wish I could take my own advice every day............: )
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KEE Design Studio
I loved reading your "less" list.....I do try to do these things and I do think they are my key to sanity sometimes when life/work is busy....thanks for summing it all up....less is definitely more!
April 8, 2014 at 2:16pm   
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penneelane
Amazing. I'm so down and out right now and a lot of it has to do with the overwhelming amount of stuff going on in my brain that is a cause and/or result of researching, analyzing, attempting to perfect, keeping in touch with everyone, second-guessing a wall color, etc. I am going to print this out, highlight each tip, and stick it to my mirror and back of my front door. Thanks again !!
April 9, 2014 at 3:24am     
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What to Know Before You Buy a Sectional

Learn about sizes, arm setups, seat types and more to get the right sectional for your space Full Story
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JAN MOYER
I am anti sectional for the most part. A sofa and comfy chairs offers far more flexibility especially for unknown future rooms. Having said that, if you are staying in your home, and also realize that this will very often be the ROOM within a room, fine. Measure five!! times, order once. And I disagree on the corner. It is often the most USED part of the sectional. A little nest for one, in the "room", within the room. The overall size of the seating group, will drastically affect your choice of coffee tables as well. Measure, plan it out, measure and plan again!!.
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Studio NOO Design
Measurements are the key
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Studio NOO Design
Huge can be fun too !
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