JAN MOYER

(585) 473-0518

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ROCHESTER, NY US 
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2125 EAST AVE
ROCHESTER, NY 14610 
JAN MOYER commented on an ideabook

Room of the Day: Newlyweds Embrace a Colorful New Look

Bright accessories and rich textures amp up a bland living room in a couple’s first home together Full Story
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JAN MOYER
It looks fun, fresh, and reflects where they are in life. BEGINNING! So many missed another key point in the idea book: "While splurging on the large pieces that will last for many years to come..." Translated......the upholstery is comfortable, good looking, neutral, and the core of the room. As a pro, I can tell you how very often we are forced to cheat the accessory budget, in order to accommodate lasting quality and comfort where it really counts. All decor reflects the life within, and "life" can't really be rushed. But you can curate that which you buy. You can resist the useless junk purchased on vacation, the mugs, the t shirts....and buy just one special thing, or splurge on framing your best photos from the trip, or even just buy one fabulous coffee table book on the location. And just as an interesting, framed ,not very expensive mirror can soothe your eye while you acquire meaningful art.....some coordinating, pleasing bibelots on shelves while waiting for the "fab accumulata" of life....FINE! and dandy.
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kyabear
As a newlywed ( many years ago:) I would have loved to have some one come in and work with us to gve us this room. Never even thought about something like that. Our hodge pod collection of furniture from seperate apartments went into our family room. I purchased huge throw pillows for our living room and we used them on the floor. With a fireplace burning, some wine, some friends, the floor didn't seem like a bad place to be be. Loved it and it worked for us until we could afford additional furniture. Love the look of this room and best of luck to the newlyweds! ( the tv belongs wherever the watches of said tv wants it to be)
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onthecoast1
I *love* what the designer did to that drapery wall with the odd windows way up at the ceiling. I would have put my TV on that wall under the windows, but then the opportunity would have been lost for using the pretty drapery panels. I love how everything is matching and coordinating.......it is beautiful to look at which is the point of decorating.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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They all look fabulous. Take a long hard look at the hardware on your door when you haul out the paint can. Might be time to ditch that cheesy "green and shiny" brass knob and hinges the builder supplied?. Note those above....: )
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Rebecca Giles Byrd
Hi LuckyLucy1984, Because your doors are pretty much blended in with your walls, painting them black will illuminate them. Also your French doors painted black with a paint that has a sheen to it will accentuate your living room.
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Bubba Cantrell
Mirador I love what you had to say and agree accept with the dark colors moving to you. I may be wrong but I have been taught that they cause the object painted to disappear, a wall will look deep. This always seems to be the affect that happens. Perhaps it happens because of what you said, that is how the illusion works. as you say. well back more investigation.
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What Goes With Granite Counters?

Coordinate your kitchen finishes beautifully by choosing colors that complement granite’s natural tones Full Story
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645 meehan
My heart goes out to you, because yes, it's too busy and your eye is telling you the truth. Alas..... they share the same tones, but they are competing with one another. Ladies, it's a lesson. Pick your "star" and pick one. Send something to the chorus, something to the backstage.
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Tara Shewchuk
Nice granite and double ovens with cooktop
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franciscacharles
Like my black with white stripes countertop in kitchen Island
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How to Choose the Right Sofa Cushion

Shopping for a sofa? Here’s what to know about the basic cushion options — and the all-important test you must do for yourself Full Story
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JAN MOYER
The CONTENT of foam matters. As with all things, price is one indicator. There are both high and low qualities of anything, also foam density, and the amount of soy contained within that cushion, will yield different "sits" and different longevity. Highly soy based cushions will soften.....( read break down) more quickly. I have never had to "fluff" spring down cushions following a single sit! Quality spring down cushioning has great memory. In fact, for many manufacturers, spring down is either an upgrade cushion selection, or is standard cushioning on higher ends of the manufacturing spectrum. An all down seat, is best reserved for those more occasional pieces.....or someone from England : ) And truth is, ALL cushioning, no matter your selection, will need to be rotated and turned over to sustain looks, longevity, and comfort......and insure even wear on the covering of the sofa. or chair. Ditto a regular vacuuming of the upholstered piece. Exceptions to turns are leathers, but rotation of cushions wherever possible will extend wear and comfort.
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onthecoast1
I wasn't aware of any of this. Thanks for the information! I'm definitely a fan of the less wrinkled looking furniture, although I'm wanting a reclining sofa next go 'round (planning a major furniture purchase first of next year).
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ceciliepus2
Great article. My mother really liked her Ektorp sofas (3+2) from IKEA. I believe she had them for 15 years. Easy to use, comfy and with several inexpensive, machine washable covers, so always looked fresh. They got a bit sat down, so she gave them away... and purchased two new identical IKEA Ektorp sofas! I have to admit they are quite comfy!
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Kitchen of the Week: Fine-Tuning a Connecticut Farmhouse

New custom cabinets and other makeover moves take an already functional kitchen to the next level Full Story
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JAN MOYER
Beautiful kitchen! Now, perhaps they'll tweak the breakfast bay? I'd love to see some simple woven wood shades and good bye to blinds and valances......and perhaps even a cooler paint tone!. I confess I'd have probably squared off (larger) the breakfast nook and changed the windows so I could see more outdoors......aaaaahhhh one thing always leads to another lol.
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jenbenwaz
Wish those old kitchen cabinets would end up in MY new "old" home!! Renovating a 100+ year old farmhouse and I'd LOVE to repurpose those cabinets...exactly what I keep looking for on Craigslist!!
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Harrington Kitchens
This kitchen is perfectly designed. From the shallow inner draw for pot lids, to the wine rack in the island. It seems like a very well planned kitchen, we have done some kitchens with a similar style.
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Make a Fun Robot Plant Holder for Kids

Introduce your children to the wonders of gardening by appealing to their love of robots Full Story
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JAN MOYER
okay..............mommy just handed us a big old spoon, and we got to dig in the dirt alongside her. I suppose that wasn't very creative in her case. But it sure worked for US!
July 16, 2014 at 3:37am     
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Linus Reimann-Kaißer
We put some old 5l-jugs at the fence, too. But my idea, prevent the snails eating my oregano, failed.
July 16, 2014 at 4:54am   
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Shower Curtain HQ
very fun!
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JAN MOYER
I would say if there is ANOTHER route to the tub......get ride of it! Drywall, some insulation, and an exterior fix to the siding or whatever is generally not that expensive. In the meantime... paint all as the wall color, surrounding trim included and don't stare at it
July 13, 2014 at 5:24am     
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Fidel Perez
You could put a tall mirror to cover the door...
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Angela Loker
Clad the whole wall with reclaimed wood as well as the door make it invisible. You could put a light wash on the wood to keep the feeling light and bright . If you do it right it will still look modern. Put a pendent light in the corner that is modern and textural, But I like the hanging plant thing in the corner just freshen it up . If you use the door for the hot tub you could even put some modern hooks next to the door for robe or towels. I look for free wood on line all the time. It's amazing what people get rid of on craigslist.
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10 Reasons to Love Coral

A little goes a long way with this cheery and unexpected color. See how coral brightens rooms from the nursery to the master suite Full Story
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jireber
Take the coral tone "down" a bit..... to almost a brick shade. Not quite as "cheery summertime fresh". The reason? You have the earthy mood already set with the mossy toned sofa, beige walls, and your new chairs : )
July 12, 2014 at 4:47am     
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evakrone
Love the pictures
last Friday at 12:42pm     
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mariposakim
I had a hundred, now I have a hundred and ten!!
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9 Exit Strategies for Your Clutter

How to efficiently — and regularly — rid your home of the things you don’t want Full Story
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JAN MOYER
Please don't beat me for sounding harsh, but it seems there is always time to bring the stuff in, right? We have time for the grocery which generates the returnable cans and bottles, time for the computer, or the store to bring the clothes in, which are either undesirable "for whatever reason" or outdated, or outgrown. There is time for the book store, or the Amazon click, or the library to get the books. To get it all in, required some effort, yes? This type of clutter didn't all COME with the house purchase, unless you toted it in when you moved..
So perhaps you make a deal with yourself. No cans or bottles come in, unless you toted back the empties for return, no clothes (NONE) come in, unless you dropped that contractor bag at Goodwill, or consignment, no books until the other discards get where they are supposed to go.No decorative doo dads until you deal with those piled in the basement. Put the offenders in the car the second they are boxed or bagged..............my bet is you'll find time to make the stops to rid yourself of these offenders. : Crime, "punishment", and REWARD only when task. is completed : ) ?
July 9, 2014 at 3:21am     
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anaaichinger
Years ago, I had clients like you. They had both grown up in considerable poverty, but were doing very well years later. One day, we were in their basement, looking for a place to put some items during a remodel. I was STUNNED. You could not see from one end to the other. It was literally a SEA of boxes. I asked what they were, and was told they were mostly empty, and were for boxing Christmas presents to mail to the kids. I said."Walmart!!! doesn't have this many boxes!!!" During their absence in the remodel, I realized they had a mortal fear of that previous "wanting". Ninety bottles of shampoo, sixty bottles of creme rinse.... dozens of shaving cream, hundreds of rolls of paper towels. Not to mention, every tiny bottle, comb, wafer of soap, or toothpaste, from every hotel ever visited, along with every shower cap......those filled two huge contractor bags.
The fear of course, is that of not having that which you need...... but. Maybe have a little talk with yourself and try to put that fear in perspective, or even hoard something else, like money: ) The money will be there if you need something, I truly doubt we'll be a planet with no stuff to buy. And the money takes up less space, especially if it's in the bank, huh? Good luck to you!
July 9, 2014 at 3:44am     
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flgrandma
I noticed that we mostly concentrated on clothing and various household items, but in this 'paperless" time my focus is ridding myself of paper. Some tips that have worked for me. 1. My first stop after the mailbox is the recycling bins. Most mail doesn't even make it into the house. 2. Join https://www.catalogchoice.org and use it. It's amazing how much junk mail you can stop. Referring back to number 1. If it's a catalog that you don't want then send that information to Catalog Choice and then recycle. 3. Have your files set up to accept those items that you want or need to keep. 4. I have six bins of various colors (you may need more or less) where I keep paper items that I use often. Of course each bin is a different catagory. It works great. You're even allowed "need to file" and "need to finish' bins. 5. All newspapers and magazines have a time limit and are either recycled or passed on by that date. If you want to keep articles, you don't need the whole publication, just cut out your article and place it in the correct bin or file. This system has really helped me.
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Lisa Rogers
flgrandma, I totally agree. Most people don't realize how much space paper takes up in the house. Over the last 4 years, I have been purging the paper collected from a 25+ year small business, which led to the purging of personal paperwork as well. Moving from one state to another really brought it home, as moving companies charge by weight.

I was introduced to recycling in CA in the early 80's, and brought it back home with me. Newspapers go quickly. I send all magazines with my husband to his workplace so others can enjoy. Catalogues go into recycling same day.

I've set up folders on my computer to store digital files of bank and credit card statements, as well as any other tax related or important information. Whenever I have a an hour or so during the day, I'll open a drawer and purge. It's amazing how much is unneeded.
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Design Practice: Start-up Costs for Architects and Designers

How much cash does it take to open a design company? When you use free tools and services, it’s less than you might think Full Story
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JAN MOYER
I really like that "lover" analogy from dreamdoctor! Just as the "hard to get" girl or guy is always the one most sought after .....value your skill and your time, and do not be afraid to be just a little bit hard to get. Yes, you need the work and yes of course, you need the referrals! But be careful while wearing your SHRINK hat. That's the hat we all wear at least some of the time. Knowing when to don it, and when to leave it at the door , comes with lots and lots of practice. : ) Nobody, and no client, will place any value on a thing that comes cheaply.....especially your time and energy and talent.
July 2, 2014 at 3:17pm     
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Bianca Balog-Dutton
Thank you for the article and everyone's advice, I am an accountant looking to change careers in Oct and go out on my own as a designer after study and although I'm in Oz, great things to think about as I have always seen too many red lights with doing this :) very encouraging
July 2, 2014 at 10:39pm     
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Jan, much of life is analogous. Thank you for the compliment. We have to wear our "shrink hat" for ourselves all the time to make sure we are not in a 'head game" and projecting our weakness and shortcomings onto our clients. During the dating period we are on our best behavior - once the knot is tied the gloves come off for some. You really get to know people once the emotions start flying in the for-real project. The shrink needs to stay calm and cool and a bit aloof to provide the needed service. Don't say (or write) anything you will regret later - I think of everything as evidence - it puts things perspective - how would this look if presented in court or related to someone else? Clients often do all my work for me in this respect because they are experienced. Some of the things they send me are not well thought out. The lessons are often brutal and unforgiving; hopefully you only need to learn them once and are open to growing and learning in any type relationship. Part of being a professional and providing a service is to be bigger than the client - if they act like a three year old you need to be the grown up. Many times you have to just let it slide by if the relationship is going to work - the best rebuttal for an (pointless) argument is often silence or switching to another, more productive topic. Everyone has bad days and makes poor decisions; don't try to put the fire out with gasoline - use a little water or just let it die out on its own. If there is scab let it heal for goodness sake.

Bianca - don't be in a huge hurry to completely dump the accounting gig - valuable asset and very often a part of what makes a project work (juggling numbers, funding sources, project delivery etc) . Nice to have a second revenue source for back up and a good lead in to projects. "I'm in Oz"? What does that mean? I grew up in Kansas and went to K-State and it doesn't click.
July 8, 2014 at 8:38am   
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My Houzz: A Dallas Family Home Freshens Up

With its newly open interior and thoughtfully collected art, this home bridges contemporary and eclectic with flair Full Story
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karavosk
Love the exterior of this home, fabulous backyard! The interior is not my taste, not that it matters- to each his own, but the difference between the interior and exterior seems disjointed.
July 1, 2014 at 12:04pm     
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The Unexpected Color That Goes With Everything

Move over, beige. Green is staking its claim as the freshest neutral around Full Story
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JAN MOYER
Virtually any color when used plentifully and with enough variation in hues, can become "neutral". Even red. ( Diana Vreeland knew that!) Yes, blue as well, ditto yellow, .... and on it goes.
July 2, 2014 at 3:50am     
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everdebz
geejay, If you're craving brighter than 'all the green' I wonder still about bringing a slightly brighter, more striking, version of your colors, but in an area rug, sort of like this [cause there's only pattern at the windows? or maybe a bright bed pillow? ] :
July 12, 2014 at 10:47pm   
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LIFESTYLE DESIGN
Thank you for this article. Green has been my neutral for years. Imagine living in Rainy Seattle, WA and painting a room beige or, heaven strike me, grey. Perhaps in another region where the sun is intense. Green is the color of balance and nature. It helps us concentrate and even helps us heal. Long live green. Let's all take a lesson from nature and use more green. The world would be a happier place
July 15, 2014 at 10:13am     
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Contractor Fees, Demystified

Learn what a contractor’s markups cover — and why they’re worth it Full Story
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I love Builderfish's comment for the simple truth within. Contractor, designer, decorator, or candlestick maker : ) .......the effort ( most often unseen, or even anticipated by a client ) is astounding. More often is the scenario of a pretty talented "contractor" or designer who initially is priced far below many others and suddenly vaporizes into thin air. Not from a shoddy job, simply from a lack of funds to adequately maintain his/her own business and manage effectively, the projects taken on. I often think of the number of human hands and brains that have "touched" even a single one of my own projects.......and it is so mind boggling, I have ceased to even attempt a number, let alone count up the hours of effort. Your OWN DIY project or even one with non custom materials, generally means you account for your own effort/ time far differently; rather like your own screaming child, is not nearly as annoying as another "yikes, who IS that brat?!" child may be.: ) As a dear friend always says: Price, quality , delivery......pick two.
June 26, 2014 at 6:04am     
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Michelle Portesi
@mylilremodelproject - That is a GORGEOUS staircase. And it's one I wouldn't have attempted to design construction wise myself. That's why God created architects! Or even better, the craftsmen who specialize in building staircases. Having truly knowledgeable and skilled tradesmen are invaluable to construction companies, designers and homeowners alike. I have certainly relied on a master staircase builder on a few projects.
July 8, 2014 at 9:32am     
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Michelle Portesi Thanks for the input. I am very aware of what products cost and am great at choosing just the right thing to buy that is the best value (for me at least what that means is it looks good and is good quality, but I'm not paying extra for bells and whistles or for status.) And you are right that when you're talking about a high end house, nobody can get it through their heads that I don't want a $5000 commercial stove plus $5000 double wall ovens when I've used 2 ovens at once only a handful of times in my life.

One reason I would go with a higher end contractor is to get high quality work. Do lower end contractors have as good of subs? Or do the better subs work on the more expensive projects? I suspect the latter, and I do like attention to detail as we're talking about a $2m home. But also, there are numerous large picture windows that need to be replaced, large beams which are needed to make longer spans, etc. Seems like the higher end guys probably have more experience with that type of thing. But maybe you're onto something, and I should look for at least a mid-range contractor rather than a high end contractor. Maybe cost-wise I don't want someone who also works on $5M homes.

But I'm surprised to hear you say labor is cheap, because what I learned in my bathroom remodel is the opposite. What I came away with is to spend any amount of money you can on materials to make the job easier for the contractors, because at $55 an hour (or whatever your labor cost is), it adds up quickly. For example, solid surface shower wall panels seem expensive, but they are so quick to put up compared with tiling, it ends up way cheaper than tile. And spending more on rectified tiles (which are perfectly flat) is worth it compared to cheaper ones which are not perfectly flat. You quickly make up for the extra cost with less labor.

Lastly, the 10% figure is interesting but leaves a lot to be desired. In some areas $2m is considered a lower end home, for example when it's in a desirable location and the land itself might be $1m or more. That would imply an average $200,000 kitchen; I don't think so. 10% of construction costs would be more realistic for an average. Maybe that's what you meant?
July 13, 2014 at 6:43pm   
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