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Elgin, IL US 
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Linda Hawkins 
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Elgin, IL 60123 
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bungalowmo
You need to close drapes on opposite wall. Glare from sunlight can only be rectified by moving the tv or closing the curtains.

Of course, you could always get a non reflective screened tv.

Sunlight is never a friend of video. Reminds me of a scenerio I had at work. My company decided to make an atrium into a conference room. I told them fine, as long as they're not needing video. Sure enough...they brought in a table top projector. They called me because it was hard to see. I came to the room & they asked if I could make the projector "brighter".

My reply...."Not brighter than the SUN"!!
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bungalowmo
If it's your home, I suppose you can do whatever you want....
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Kitchen of the Week: Broken China Makes a Splash in This Kitchen

When life handed this homeowner a smashed plate, her designer delivered a one-of-a-kind wall covering to fit the cheerful new room Full Story
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
I find the look unrestful for some reason. It's too busy.
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tw123456
Ok Emily, one junk drawer is an easy yes!, but, how about a junk closet, pantry, coat closet, basement,.......
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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
yes I do have one junk drawer
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Linda
Thanks for the project update. The new setup looks much more sensible and I definitely prefer the style as well. It is so nice to hear that a project went well and you were able to accomplish quite a large change in the look and feel of the space for a very reasonable amount of money. Kudos to you for having the courage to take on the project and also to your contractor for a great result.
September 8, 2014 at 10:03AM      Thanked by monicadurant
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Nancy Walton
Oh Monica, that is just so much more impressive than the straight-on stairs. And what a beautiful newel post! Looks so much more substantial.
September 8, 2014 at 4:53PM      Thanked by monicadurant
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catieb
Great work. Thanks for sharing your success, you've created a much more pleasing solution.
September 8, 2014 at 6:24PM   
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alvin81
Backyard... grow organic veggies.
last Friday at 7:49PM   
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rouxb
Santa Barbara CA-backyard of course.
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Linda
The two-part waterbase finishes won't yellow nearly as much as an oil base product. Here's what Basic Coatings, manufacturer of StreetShoe finish, has to say:

All finishes will yellow or amber. Water based finishes tend to yellow or amber less than oil modified urethane coatings. StreetShoe has a UV coating which inhibits yellowing.

Bona's Traffic is another two-part waterborne coating which the manufacturers says is non yellowing. i have not used Traffic, but have used Streetshoe on a few different houses and haven't noticed any yellowing of the finish, but it has only been a couple years since the maple flooring was finished. The finish is expensive, but quite durable and the contractor will be able to apply all three finish coats in a single day, getting you back into the space more quickly.

Maple is a dense wood and does not take stain well
September 4, 2014 at 10:58AM   
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summery
I second what Cancork says - maple flooring is a miserable pig when it comes to accepting a stain evenly! It tends to go blotchy REALLY easily.

Did you think about bleaching it after you've removed the finish and before you refinish it? Or giving it a white or grey "rinse" which will lighten it and get rid of that pesky yellow?
September 4, 2014 at 11:10AM   
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summery
You could use Rubio Monocoat to refinish it once you've stripped it; it shouldn't turn it yellow like urethane-based finishes tend to.
September 4, 2014 at 11:12AM   
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bungalowmo
I LOVE the combination of a slatted blind & a curtain!
Hard to get a good shot, but this is my kitchen door. The curtains are lace with little bumble bees on them!

Seriously....this site is a PITA for photos. SMALL kb size....still posts them sideways. A PREVIEW function would be so nice!
August 31, 2014 at 10:03AM   
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I vote for no curtain. I have a very simple cloth valance in my breakfast room; adds a bit of interest. I used some upholstery fabric from my stash, then stapled it onto a wood board. I put three nails in the top of the trim with corresponding holes in the valance board...installs and removes in 30 seconds...toughest part is pulling the chair over so I can reach it.

When I do this again, I will put the holes in the trim and put the pegs in the valance to make it even easier. When I started the project, I didn't know if I would like the look of a valance so wanted to install it in such a way that I could remove it without having any holes to fill.
August 31, 2014 at 10:15AM     
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Linda
I would open up the courtyard by getting rid of the fence and shrubs, unless you need to use the courtyard for containing a dog.

If you replace the walkway, I would consider a staggered geometric design and split the courtyard unevenly. Depending on your neighborhood and how your backyard is set up, I would want a seating area of some sort in the front. You could do a narrow trellis at one edge of the courtyard and tuck a bench or chair behind it for shade/privacy or have an open area with chairs or cafe table for chats with the neighbors. Use some interesting angles to play up the modern look
August 31, 2014 at 10:07AM   
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Angel18432
Actually the fence might be nice if we could see it. Also, get rid of the little shutters each side of window.
August 31, 2014 at 1:31PM   
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I would take out the shrubs and the fence behind it to open up the courtyard area. Then for the bare walls I would install some hanging garden trellises from grownsolutions.com
September 1, 2014 at 11:51AM   
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Linda
How about the 2 inch wood blinds with the synthetic finish that attracts dust like crazy...takes quite a while to wipe them down and by the next day, you can already see dust on them. Every other surface can be spotless (happens occasionally in this house!) and they will look dusty.
August 31, 2014 at 9:56AM     
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Joanna Perkins
Yes, I inherited a "spa bath" with jets too… same issue, of course.
September 10, 2014 at 12:25PM     
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northgreenliving
We have limestone floor tiles throughout the main floor. Any suggestions on the best cleaner for them? Would love a no-rinse solution.
last Saturday at 9:33AM   
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aquadrmr
We've composted for years. We don't get a lot if compost because we're not religious about turning & watering it. But it doesn't go into the landfill& we do get some compost.
September 5, 2014 at 9:52PM     
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czutavern
We got a dark colored covered plastic storage bin, drilled drainage holes, and stir as needed. About a $5.00 investment. Hosehold waste is stored in a cofee can in the frig intil it fills, then taken to the compost bin.
We are in north east Ohio and compost all year long.
We placed it behind a garage and have had no problems with the night creatures or any odors.
September 6, 2014 at 5:01AM     
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7 Tile Tips for Baths on a Budget

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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
You can use Child Labour for steps like drywall. This little girl worked all day for the promise of a piece of cake!
August 29, 2014 at 6:23AM     
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Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts

Help your home renovation go smoothly and stay on budget with this wise advice from a pro Full Story
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Jennifer Slusher
Regarding #6 and #7, I try to be the mind that a business relationship is like a 'real' relationship - it's a two way street. Just as we (the consumer) expect perfect customer service, to be treated like we're your only customer, that my $100 job is just as important as that guy's $100000 job, etc., I think the consumer needs to treat the business person with the same respect. We're all people, regardless of our title or position in the relationship.

While we want the contractors to consider our house and our family, we should respect them by treating them like people. Years ago, I worked for a woman and her husband who hired a contractor to do work on their gorgeous 1850's era home. The couple had big $$$ and were spending a chunk of change on the renovation. The contractor ended up cancelling the contract one month in because no less than four guys walked off the job for the nasty way the woman was treating the workers (trust me, her own employees weren't safe either). Yes, it's your money and you definitely shouldn't accept what you don't want or be overcharged... but there's a way to be firm, get the point across that you're not a pushover AND still be nice and considerate.

Pets and children should never be in a construction work site. It's not an issue of this being your home or their workspace, it's a safety thing for both parties. Contractors don't want your child or pet being injured on the site any less then you don't.
August 29, 2014 at 10:44AM     
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Insignia Kitchen and Bath Design Studio
Thank you Jennifer Slusher for these comments - they are spot on!
August 29, 2014 at 10:57AM     
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polarity
I was going down the list thinking "I'm not feeling any of these... wait. That chandelier! Shut up and take my money. :)"
August 24, 2014 at 1:28AM   
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erinlecompte
They're all gorgeous!
August 24, 2014 at 4:47AM   
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leelee
Here's a word we don't get to use often--ostentatious.
August 23, 2014 at 6:28PM        Thanked by Fratantoni Lifestyles
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bungalowmo
Love the wood floor....hate the tile floor
Those 2 fake columns are funky.

Overall...not feeling the love here.

haha....leelee....just used that in another foyer comment!
August 27, 2014 at 5:57PM   
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bungalowmo
charlee....celery...robin...I'm with ya!!

Things were going pretty good...then this Summer, my sweet little 5yo weeping willow died from a fungus. Now my back yard is going to be even barer!

1st pic is when she was newly planted.
2nd is when she was 2 or so years old
3rd is my "lovely" patio!

So since I have to have my willow ripped out....backyard is back to dull!
August 27, 2014 at 5:07PM   
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Linda
My backyard is more like a park...like the ones in cities where the budget cuts have nearly stopped any work other than occasional mowing. It's been several years since we had any trees trimmed and my back yard is completely shaded by the absolutely monstrous sycamore tree and the locust tree which is almost as big. Even my hostas are wondering where the sun went!
August 27, 2014 at 6:06PM   
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Imondi Interiors
Actually, I was working at the clients house installing some Plaster, and the handyman painted the red shiny doors per request of the homeowner. After a writer from Houzz posted an article on the beauty of black doors, I thought what a perfect color for the doors over the red. The red was almost an eyesore to me. (Thats just my thought). Everyone loved the Black over the red. Much softer!! Their son is off at college, so he hasn't even seen it. Im sure he will like it.
August 24, 2014 at 12:02PM     
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LB Interiors
Much nicer!
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Cleveland Designs
Do Not play around with any idea other than calling in the professional's and having it removed, check for other places in your home that might have it. I know it is expensive, but so is Cancer, not worth your life or that of your loved ones. ..........Your renovation can wait, and when you do it, you won't have to worry about asbestos. If you watch HGTV, they deal with it ASAP always.........
August 29, 2014 at 7:30AM   
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luckylyn5
We don't know for sure if we have asbestos (or lead paint) in our house (built in 1949), but when we remodeled our kitchen and master bath last year (which included wall removal), we hired a general contractor who was also asbestos and lead paint certified.

He treated the demo work under the assumption that there WAS asbestos and/or lead paint, and therefore took the necessary precautions when removing walls, etc. This was included in his bid in the "demo" section.

Most homes "of a certain age" have asbestos. Even if you don't know for sure you have asbestos, it's better to be safe than sorry and assume the worst at the beginning (rather than find yourself with a big $ addition to budget once demo starts if asbestos is found once demo begins).
August 30, 2014 at 8:00AM   
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Autumn Joy: How to Get 3 Months of Fall Flowers

Enjoy blooms from September to November by mixing 6 asters native to different areas of the U.S. Full Story
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I love the blooms but I get so tired of pulling up the little seedlings. My garden is to the point that gardening now seems to be more about yanking seedlings than planting anything new.

These photos were taken last fall...not quite that far along yet this year
August 26, 2014 at 10:18PM     
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Want more aster options? For those who asked, I've written another piece featuring even more native asters for all kinds of conditions.
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The Lazy Gardener
Great article Benjamin, thanks. You gave some names to some wild ones I had popping up uninvited!
September 5, 2014 at 10:05AM   
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granny4five
My porcelain tile floor that looks like wood, barely any grout. Porcelain doesn't chip.
September 2, 2014 at 10:11AM     
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Shauna
I would never tell anyone that wanted wood in the kitchen not to do it -- I've had both stone and wood in my kitchens, and they both have pros and cons, but I do love the look of real wood. We had our hickory floor quarter sawn, so it has built-in character: I never have to worry about who's going to put the first big ding in the floor. Life's too short to be anxious about what I walk on!
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Linda
Trim down the bushes or replace if necessary so you can see the entire windows in the front of your house.

I agree with the suggestion for aubergine, although my first idea would have been a bit towards reds, perhaps a dark cranberry color.

Using a color visualizer program is a great suggestion and certainly the easiest "paint" you will ever apply. Most of the paint companies have a program on their web site and it's an excellent way to experiment with colors.
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yankeenh
To me, it's the shade of orange that may be the issue--from a distance it looks very similar to some shades of natural wood, but without the richness and depth wood has.

Lots of good suggestions--I particularly like the aubergine color idea and black window trim in place of dark green.
August 31, 2014 at 8:55AM      Thanked by sebastianthecat
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lilyanddaisy
Agree with those who say it's the landscaping that needs to be changed not the front door! The shrubs are way oversized and blocking the entire lower floor. Like others said, take some time to see what other are doing with their shrubs to see what's needed with yours.

I had no shrubs and my house looked strangely ungrounded. Sadly I went wrong the first time but from looking at other professionally planted yards I learned that the shrubs should help ground the house. The height depends on the size and style of the house. And the location of the shrubs and trees etc.

the height and (sorry to say) scraggliness of your shrubs are marring your lovely home not enhancing it. I think some type of shrub is essential for grounding the house so don't take them all out--just start by trimming way down and maybe a rolling height--higher at ends and by the door? Again look to other similar houses with great shrubs and you'll know what to do!
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sstarr
I vote for one large bathroom with enclosed, possibly entirely separate, toilet area. Most of the time, the guests won't be there.
August 24, 2014 at 10:59AM     
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bungalowmo
1 large nice bath.
August 27, 2014 at 5:39PM   
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makaloco
I had a system installed after someone tried to break in one day when I was out. My dog was a puppy at the time. Now that he's big, he sets off false alarms with the "petproof" motion sensors so I had to have them disabled. But the doors are still wired, and I have the all-important sign!
August 27, 2014 at 6:16PM   
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Margo
Leaving the leg lamp on display seems to be quite an effective deterent;)

August 27, 2014 at 6:28PM     
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bungalowmo
Thanks! She has a friend on my mantle...
The one above is called "woman's head" and below "Testa Di Giovinetta".

Took almost 7 years off & on, looking for just the right pieces for my living room.
August 24, 2014 at 5:33PM     
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vp82254
Yuck!
August 24, 2014 at 5:33PM   
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Cathy Henderson
I always sleep on the side close to the window, like air.
September 1, 2014 at 8:47AM     
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mary1028
Left. Always. My husband passed 14 years ago, and I still don't use the whole bed. Weird. 'Course now, the cats occupy a lot of mattress real estate :)
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what should you know? The # of times you refer to yourself as an idiot for buying this dump is inversely proportional to the amount of money you have to do anything about it.
August 23, 2014 at 8:36AM     
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Ironwood Builders
One thing I learned going my own industrial style office is that most of the pieces available are at least somewhat custom. Factories didn't have vanities or even bath cabinetry. They have and had big utilitarian porcelain on cast iron sinks and rough cast chrome plated faucets. If those don't work...and a vanity definitely won't in a commercial setting because of the ADA compliance required...look at Etsy maybe? The industrial style is hard to get right. Plenty of "industrial" stuff available just looks new to me. I get it that you are tired and need this to be done and over....I took the bathroom in my place (unfinished after a year) rustic with large format slate tile walls, ground concrete floors, an old metal medical cabinet to store cleaning supplies and back stock of paper goods...and readily available ADA compliant plumbing fixtures. I did do some cool Crouse and Hinds explosion proof light fixtures...rewired them for LED bulbs myself.
August 19, 2014 at 9:46PM     
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quercus2
None of the above. I vote for covered cans that slide into a cabinet. This gives the hidden look of tucked-away cans and the cleanliness of cans with covers. You won't have to constantly clean all sides of the inside cabinet if a little care is taken not to splatter all over the place when putting trash in the cans.
August 15, 2014 at 12:20PM     
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I actually use a better system than that showed on these photos with lids and cover when closed...
August 15, 2014 at 12:34PM     
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31 True Tales of Remodeling Gone Wild

Drugs, sex, excess — the home design industry is rife with stories that will blow your mind, or at least leave you scratching your head Full Story
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marvinone
I feel so wonderfully normal now! Thanks for this fun article.
August 18, 2014 at 12:19PM     
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