Karen Egly-Thompson

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Houzz contributor. I am an interior design writer living in the United Arab Emirates and mid-coast Maine. Visit me on my blog http://designsalad.info/ where I write about traditional design in a contemporary context.

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Karen Egly-Thompson 

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If you have the budget and your tv isn't huge, fill in the niche above the fireplace and wall-mount your tv above the fireplace. You could then center your furniture at the fireplace/tv area (either L-shaped or facing each other). The inset where the tv currently is looks like it may be deep enough to accommodate a desk or could make a great entertainment/bar area. Good luck!
last Thursday at 9:47AM     
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Patricia Laursen
Need a broader picture of the room. What is on the left side? You need not center the room, but the weighted look of your furnishings. The room must be balanced by look, not stuff. Darks recede, lights come forward. It's all about weight. You need not leave the TV where it is. If the room allows, maybe 3 spaces. A reading area, a TV watching area and a visiting area. Also bring some weight up higher, not so low. Drapes from the ceiling line. Lift the eye.
last Friday at 3:12AM   
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Sounds to me like you have the same problem moving from one house where your furniture fit.....to another where it will not fit. This room is very pretty and there is always an attractive way to place furniture that will look nice. You may not be able too use all of the pieces you have used. I say build in that alcove.
last Friday at 7:21AM   
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Karen Egly-Thompson likes 2 comments on an ideabook

Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More

Free up countertop space and keep often-used items handy by making your backsplash more resourceful Full Story
     Comment   August 20, 2014
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Don't forget the system sold by Lee Valley. Here is a photo of the Lee Valley rail in my kitchen. Lee Valley also has a number of attachments that hang on the rail.
August 19, 2014 at 7:05AM     
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I'd be in heaven if I had 10 ft of counter space. With a verry handy husband pots are on rack knives on a magnent bar some of my dishes ( I have a lot) are in wall racks he even for xmas one year found some beatiful hangers for part of my nordic ware collection ( well used nordic ware). He even opens doors AND the toilet seat is always down.
August 19, 2014 at 8:54PM     
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How to Add a Pullout Spice Rack

Keep spices neat and free of kitchen grime by giving them a well-organized home in your cabinets Full Story
     Comment   August 10, 2014
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We incorporated a 7 1/2' double slide out spice rack when we renovated. My cabinet maker did a wonderful job incorporating a spice rack my father made for me years ago (the front pull out). I love it.
on Sunday at 8:18PM   
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Linda Bobolia
My two cents: I have two pull-out spice racks and a pull-out cabinet. The pull out spice racks would be way more functional if spices were displayed at an angle. I did not do this and I regret it. The pull-out cabinet is nothing special. I would rather have left it as a standard cabinet door.
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