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Christiansburg, VA US 
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Sheree Ammirata Schold 
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3160 Eaglebrook Road,
Christiansburg, Virginia,
United States, 24073 
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It is early 1900's, not exactly sure, probably between 1910 and 1920. I had this piece and the others in this dining room appraised for historical value so we would know if we should refinish or not. The answer was NOT. I love the dark patina on the old Mahogany, so no problem.

I have seen similar John D. Raab dining pieces on and off for auction. His chairs are okay, but the buffets and servers and tables seem to have a very nice and unique character.
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Yes. I saw a few of his chairs on line which were alright, but definitely like items like this one better. Cool to have such unique historical pieces to pass on. Thanks for the info. :-)
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Hi. Here is a simple idea that helped a large blank wall in a sloped ceiling bathroom. I added architectural interest by using simple flat molding all the way around the space. I used the same paint color above and below. The molding was at the ceiling on the low wall. In this bathroom I broke the molding line with vertical wall for vanity and plumbing. I used another simple molding to separate the shower from tub. Your space made me think of this project, maybe my project will give you some cost sensitive ideas.
March 30, 2014 at 2:32pm     
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Pacific Coast Drapery Manufacturing
Lots of good ideas. One way to raise. the eye and fill that space is to use a woven or roman shade mounted at least a foot above the slider. Then mount stationary panels on either side of the window. You could use the existing hardware but a larger diameter pole will have more impact.
March 30, 2014 at 3:01pm   
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Year old dilemma, folks.
March 30, 2014 at 3:02pm   
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Yes, I do not know exactly where they found this set but here is a link to Pottery Barn Kids, where they have a large variety of play tables and chairs.
http://www.potterybarnkids.com/shop/kids/furniture/play-table-chairs/?cm_type=lnav
August 15, 2012 at 10:54am   
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Great space!.
March 30, 2014 at 2:08pm   
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Love to see French doors there. If the ugly particle board sliding doors work well, maybe as a quick fix, cover them in wallpaper or fabric in a MCM or an arts and crafts pattern, whichever is closer to your style and taste. There's nothing like closed storage for unsightly but necessary bins and "bits and bobs" maybe just leave one section in the center open with books or a few decorative items, but I like the look of an uninterrupted line of cabinets :)
I agree that the curtains should go if you don't need them for privacy, if you need some light control, some natural fiber shades or blinds would be good, something you can still see through while cutting the glare.
January 28, 2014 at 5:46am      Thanked by Tracy Shields
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Gosh. I love the ceiling beams. They give your space unbelievable architectural interest. The sliding cabinet doors should be easy to change out. You could even use a frosted glass or have a cabinet company make regular simple doors. Your space is a designer's dream. I would love to get my hands on that space!

I wold leave the wood wall above the bathroom, it too is adding to the interest of the space. But I would change out the white heat/air vent to one that blends in with the wood.

Agree with Mforr above on French doors. Match the ceiling beam color. Agree too about the curtains -time to oust those. Add as much natural light as you can and lamps and such. Then, let those floors shine and let that space sing.
March 30, 2014 at 1:54pm        Thanked by Tracy Shields
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Agree with rocketjcat, there are lots of choices for the new vinyl plank flooring. Try other brands. You will need it to work with your counters and other materials in the space besides the cabinets. From your photo I would suggest looking at lighter color choices. The floor you have now is very light. A dark floor will be a major change, could make the space darker feeling. Lots to think about when choosing a floor.
March 30, 2014 at 1:26pm   
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Love striped porcelain tile, Robin. Agree about a contrast between cabinets and floor. This kitchen has a nice contrast.
March 30, 2014 at 1:42pm   
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Thank you for all the comments and suggestions. On balance I am trending towards the dark plank flooring because it is entirely different than what I currently have in the kitchen. The counter tops and back splash are well coordinated with the cabinet color and I want something different on the floor. The kitchen has great light and I'm handy with a broom and mop so cleaning is not a major concern. Sometimes you just have to make a decision and live with it. I think the dark floor will work with the rest of the kitchen which is quite light.
March 30, 2014 at 3:11pm   
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Get a couple of the sample pieces and put it down and walk on it for a week or so. And try to keep it clean. It will be like owning a black stovetop that shows dust 5 minutes after you've wiped it.
March 30, 2014 at 3:26pm   
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How to Design a Kitchen Island

Size, seating height, all those appliance and storage options ... here's how to clear up the kitchen island confusion Full Story
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Custom Furniture pieces were used for the island end and the back of the counter of this kitchen. They face the family area and connect the two spaces.
March 30, 2014 at 9:13am   
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This island was built with function in mind. The busy area of the kitchen is on this side of the Island, except for the oven stack and warming drawer. Drawers and a cabinet door offer closed storage while open shelves offer various uses. The open shelves are regularly used like this, but are cleared come party time for holding whatever you are going to need, all neat and out of site from the main traffic flow of the kitchen. The built-in appliance you see next to the cook top is a stand alone freezer, the fridge is on the other end of the L-shaped work space. This island is 10' long with hard wearing kitchen functional walnut butcher block top.
March 30, 2014 at 12:53pm   
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The full island of the above kitchen. Four counter stools provide extra seating away from the busy working area of the space.
March 30, 2014 at 1:13pm   
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Let me see if that helps. There is a door to the backyard and a large (103") window on the right side wall, see if you can see them on the drawing. We don't want to change their location. Then there is an opening to the dining room on the upper wall and to the family room on the bottom wall. We can do what we want with these openings, enlarge, move location, etc. I do want to open the kitchen to the family room, not sure about how much opening to the dining room, as it is already opened to the living room (see pics). The kitchen is behind that green wall.
April 8, 2014 at 1:28pm   
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Elements of Modernist Landscapes, Classic and New

Can a garden be modernist without the lawn and glass-walled views from indoors? See which midcentury principles still work for today Full Story
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Nice article. I used modern garden design elements when updating a one story Florida home. Simplicity worked best with the exterior lines and low roof slope. Privacy around the pool existed with a stuccoed block fence and over grown shrubs. Pruning the skimpy low branches of the large shrubs allowed their trunks to become textural organic art. Landscaping lighting showed them off at night. A few chaise lounges with a sling fabric that allow the torrential Florida summer rains to drain right through and dry fast make it always inviting. I love the peacefulness of this space and the connection to the interior spaces via a covered porch and large glass doors. The landscaping around the pool truly give the pool area a sense of connected living space.
March 30, 2014 at 10:43am     
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@bigredkate I live in coastal Alabama and our kids play in direct sun all the time. When my 3 kids were small, they would tan beautifully without sunscreen, but they were in and out of the sun all day, so not getting too much sun at any given time. When we went to the beach though, where the rays reflect off the sand, they would burn in 20 minutes without sunscreen. I used a waterproof SPF 50, but it still has to be reapplied every 2-3 hours if there is no shade at all. Those of us with kids generally leave a sunscreen for faces in our automobiles, just in case. Most of our local parks have unshaded play areas. The sun is not the devil -- we need it in moderation for vitamin D and energy.
April 1, 2014 at 12:19pm   
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The sun is not the devil, but even if you tan without burning you are doing damage. I spent my childhood in the sun and didn't know what sunburn was. Nevertheless I am now a patchwork quilt after regular surgeries to remove skin cancers. It takes years for the damage to become apparent. I know my dermatologist and my plastic surgeon much better than I would prefer.

We need sunlight, but prior to 10am, and after 3pm. Australian schools have a strict 'no hat, no play' rule as our outdoor lifestyle and generally Anglo Celtic heritage is literally a lethal combination.
April 2, 2014 at 12:11am     
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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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White paint on original cabinets along with simple white tile backsplash and original black granite counters helped keep costs low and allowed for new high end appliances. The kitchen now sports Thermador induction cooktop and stacked micro/convection/radiant ovens with warming drawer, new Nutone/Broan stainless hood, Thermador dishwasher and built-in Bosch Fridge with bottom pull out freezer. Attention to layout, door swings, and proper spacing for reaching, bending as well as room for two or more to work in the space helped make this a great functioning white kitchen.
March 30, 2014 at 10:20am     
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Stunning!
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A few lessons learned from having our all-white kitchen in a NYC pre-war apartment: One, it is true that carrera marble is impacted by use and it gets marked up. But to me this is its beauty. Our counters and backsplash are honed carrera and I love it all. I cook every day and knew that the marble surfaces would develop a patina. It's what I love about it, but anyone who wants a countertop or backsplash to stay pristine should not choose honed marble. It will make you crazy.

Two, while polishing stone can protect against marks or stains, the polishing also produces a high glare if your kitchen gets lots of light and you'll need dark glasses to cook. Plus in any high use area, a polished surface will gradually show wear and the counters will look mis-matched. Besides loving the look of honed marble, these are the reasons we avoided a polished surface.

Three, never put marble, honed or polished, behind a stove as a backsplash. It will quickly stain and look like a dog's breakfast in no time. While we used honed carrera slabs as our backsplash in most of our kitchen, behind our 30" stove we instead use a stove-to-ceiling stack of 30" x 12" Porcelanosa polished ceramic tiles -- white tiles with a tiny grey pinstripe that perfectly goes-with but doesn't matchy-matchy the carrera backsplash. These tiles, which stack from stovetop to ceiling behind the range hood, have a tiny bevel and thus no grout, adding to their low maintenance. We love the look and the easy-to-clean convenience.

Four, in a lesson learned from a very experienced interior decorator -- if your kitchen gets lots of direct sunlight, don't paint your cabinets bright pure white. Instead choose a slightly gray-white color to counter the inevitable glare. It doesn't have to be a perfect gray match to the carrera; even a slightly mushroom white will be lovely with the gray and white carrera, which seems to go with everything. We also chose stainless appliances (Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator) which adds more gray to the mix in a good way. By the way, I use a spray foam 3M stainless cleaner which is brilliant and the best product I've ever used on stainless.

Five, a white painted kitchen is the perfect partner with wood floors. The combo makes the cabinets more beautiful and also showcases the floor. Our kitchen floors are oak; they're new but we chose flooring that matches the 100-year-old oak herringbone floors in the rest of our apartment. We've found that our wood floors wear as well as any stone or tile floor we've had in the past.

To finish our kitchen we chose painted knobs to keep the white-on-white quiet (we didn't want the interruption of metal, regardless of the finish, scattered all over our cabinets and drawers). I found a small, used, non-precious Oriental rug to use as a mat in front of the stainless sink, and had room to include a white, round Saarinen pedestal table and two Series 7 Arne Jacobsen white ash chairs to create the mix of classic cabinetry with modern furnishings. To the point of maintenance, I find it's far easier to keep an all-white kitchen clean (I can see the dirt!) than I did when our cabinets were dark wood and the floors were stone. I'd never go back.

A final practical point: as much as some of us might like a totally sleek look with a continuous slab backsplash, honed marble behind a stove is a nightmare to keep and will discolor in a heartbeat. Just as we used polished ceramic tile, you could also do back-painted glass or a sheet of stainless and keep the sleek appearance while ensuring you'll be able to keep the area clean.
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This house has an inter courtyard and even though very private from the street, it has lots of natural light in the interior spaces.
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Hi. The exterior paint was color matched to a Glidden Paint color called Silver Lace Vine. It is a nice soft silver green. The soffits and columns were color matched to a Restoration Hardware color called The Right White. The roof is a GAF dimensional shingle, Storm Cloud color. The iron gates to the courtyard are painted a satin blue-black, Glidden Mary Janes.
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Hi. These are antique chairs from the early 1900's.
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