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Decorating 101: How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes Full Story
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Katy Jordan
I always walk in any store and tell anyone who asks that I'm just looking - from clothes to furniture to cars. I do a lot of research before setting out and usually have a pretty solid idea of what I'm looking for. If I do need help or decide to buy, I will find the person who first approached me so that if it's a commission situation they get the credit. I don't really like shopping (except at home-improvement and book stores), so I don't want someone bothering me while I'm focused on my mission! If it's furniture, well... That's a big expense for me; I hit several stores before I buy so that I can test-drive a lot in store. If I buy a sofa, I'll have it for 10 years at least, so it needs to be The. Right. One. I've always bought in-store as well, except for items I've stumbled upon on Craigslist or our local yardsale website. Those are usually pieces I have in my head that I'd like to have but haven't actually shopped for - like the makeup vanity I just bought for $75. This thing is a gorgeous beast; solid wood with beautiful, feminine legs (much nicer than my own), with a fold-down mirror. It's exactly what I was looking for, right down to the fact that it needs to be stripped and repainted, which I am actually looking forward to doing. I've also gotten a glider with ottoman for our library and two end units to flank our fireplace for free. Again, all pieces I had a vague idea about wanting but had not shopped for, but when they show up on the free area of the web (and the end units are Ethan Allen), it's simple math.
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carrps
Well, I avoid crumbling antiques! The only ones I'll buy have to be solid and require little serious work. I'm not that handy, nor do I have extra money to pay craftspeople an arm and a leg for major restoration.

I only buy IKEA for a trendy little accent piece or things you just can't beat them on for the price -- like glassware, wooden hangers, that kind of thing.
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Your Guide to 15 Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials

Get details and costs on top counter materials to help you narrow down the choices for your kitchen Full Story
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windingcreek_creations
We had a laminate slate counter in our last kitchen and I loved it with white painted cabinets, black granite sink and copper accents. Laminate will always be my counter top because the choices are endless and they are surprisingly durable. Who chops without a cutting board? And how hard is it to lay a hot pad, hot plate or cutting board down for scorching hot pots and pans? Saying all of that, we looked at a home for sale and the owners laid large, marble tile on their counters, with a very narrow grout lines. It was beautiful, DIY installed, and tons cheaper. I filed that one away for future use.
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Whenever I see any kind of tile on counter tops, I cringe. I am a microbiologist and the grout lines on tile are quite possibly full of more bacteria than you would find in a bathroom toilet. Unless you take a toothbrush and scrub out the grout lines with bleach daily it's filthy. It seems to be very popular but I don't think people are aware of just how dirty it is. Laminate is my choice mostly because it's cheap, it's beautiful (now a days) and easily replaceable if you decide you want something different. It's also one of the most forgiving and durable materials ever. I live in a home that is 30 years old and this year we will be putting in new laminate counters.... this is the first time they've been replaced.
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7 Low-Maintenance Countertops for Your Dream Kitchen

Fingerprints, stains, resealing requirements ... who needs ’em? These countertop materials look great with little effort Full Story
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Eskandari Stone
Recycled glass looks amazing. I would like to install this as my kitchen countertops which needs low maintenance. This is one of those idea books that one needs to bookmark. Thank you for writing it.
July 22, 2014 at 11:30pm     
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glenmorepark
I have had a black granite bench for 16 years,it still looks like new but I've hated it ever since! It's lovely when polished but a nightmare to keep streak and finger print free,can a pro tell me if I can get someone in to redo the top so it's more honed and matte looking?Nicole
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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink

Learn about basin configurations, sink shape, materials and even accessories and speciality sinks Full Story
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cpa54016
Am having an Elkay ss undermount 60/40 two bowl aqua low divide installed with Cambria countertops next week. Contrary to some suggestions, am having the smaller bowl to my right with the disposal which will be next to the dishwasher due to personal work habit preferences. Thanks for the valuable input from this thread. It really helped me with my decision.
July 11, 2014 at 9:29pm   
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Christina Espinosa
Wcummings- have you tried googling almond built in refrigerator? I think the color is pretty close to bisque. Also, maybe consider a fridge that will accept panels that look like your cabinets....
We had a black cast iron sink in our house for 8 yrs. I HATED it! It always looked dirty. We're renting a house right now ( until our forever home is built :) and it has a white cast iron sink. Pretty beat up. But I bleach it for an hour every couple of weeks and all the stains are gone.
July 17, 2014 at 5:32pm   
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7 Steps to Pantry Perfection

Learn from one homeowner’s plan to reorganize her pantry for real life Full Story
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jennicew
Many years ago someone (cannot remember who) told me to use the little ant bait pod/traps that say "safe to be stored near food" to prevent those dreaded weevils in flour, meal, etc. I have used them for all these years and they seem to work well for preventing the pests. I store my flours, meals, sugars, grits,rice and cooking oil that are opened in plastic canisters on the corner lazysusan in my base cabinets. Just put a trap on each shelf and one on floor of cabinet under the bottom tier. Does anyone else do this? I have enjoyed this thread.
July 6, 2014 at 2:57pm   
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h2bernache
Tablettes et paniers
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A Cook’s 6 Tips for Buying Kitchen Appliances

An avid home chef answers tricky questions about choosing the right oven, stovetop, vent hood and more Full Story
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maryan01
Thank you GK&B and benkea. Will keep looking. Keep enjoying
July 16, 2014 at 4:37am     
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dela115
Any advice on over the range microwaveand gas oven? I do not have any room in kitchen so need to purchase 30 in gas oven with a microwave with venting. Really wated a commercial type oven but reading many article it says i must have a above oven fan. Any suggestion wil be greatly appreciated...
July 16, 2014 at 8:40am   
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8 Kitchen Design Tips for Foodies

If you own at least one pricey knife and have a slew of kitchen tools, you’ll want to read this Full Story
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CHICAGO MOSAICS
Nice mosaic behind the stove in the 3rd photo. We didn't do it but Chicago Mosaics could do something similar....and what an inspired choice instead of subway tile.
June 16, 2014 at 9:34am     
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Dura Supreme Cabinetry
Here's a cabinet storage solutions video with tones of ideas to think about...
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Design Basics to Help You Think Through a New Master Bath

These standard dimensions and layout tips can help you plan the deluxe bathroom of your dreams Full Story
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Steven Corley Randel, Architect
In case you missed it, here is the article on smaller baths:

July 23, 2014 at 12:46pm     
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judymchartrand
These were gorgeous baths, but I always wonder, as are a couple of these, why would any one spend this amount of money on a beautiful bath, and leave the toilet open? I have gotten so use to water closets, that I cringe when I see a toilet in the corner of the bathroom. Unfortunately, my present house, does not have a water closet either, so I "cringe" each time I use it.
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Get the ideal kitchen setup by understanding spatial relationships, building dimensions and work zones Full Story
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HomeArena
Good work, tnx for inserting
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July 22, 2014 at 3:46am     
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Lowe's - Moreno Valley, Ca
Nice write-up, I pushed this out to some of my customers. Very informative kee up the good work.
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Key Measurements to Make the Most of Your Bathroom

Fit everything comfortably in a small or medium-size bath by knowing standard dimensions for fixtures and clearances Full Story
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Katherine Floritto
This is definitely the best piece I've read on understanding how a bathroom 'works' in relationship to the plumbing and measurements. Thanks for writing it! We have a very strange (to me) ensuite. Toilet and sink on one wall, shower opposite..so far, so good. But..the Shower doesn't take up the whole wall, so there is a space, as deep as the shower and as tall as the room, about 12" across that does absolutely nothing. Would you recommend installing shelving in it or extending the shower? I think, if we extended the shower, we could put in a tub (I'd like that!). Door is a slider, so no opening/closure to add into the measurements and, on the wall outside the ensuite are 2 7'long closets on either side of the passageway to the bedroom...so I suppose the Bathroom could be extended, if called for... ?? Thanks again
July 20, 2014 at 10:33pm     
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Penny
Just bought my retirement home and am planning on gutting and redoing the only bathroom in the house. As this is the home I plan to age in and I haven't sat down in a tub for at least 10 years, I'm planning on replacing the tub with a shower. This article has a lot of good info for standard dimensions, and I'm looking forward to incorporating some of the design tips the author discusses.
As far as designing with resale in mind, I couldn't care less. I'm going to enjoy my house with features that please me - period. Thanks for the informative article.
July 25, 2014 at 2:56am     
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Dream Bedroom

Learn the dimensions that will help your bed and more fit neatly and comfortably, so you can get a good night’s sleep Full Story
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alives
We live in an older home without A/C, so we leave our windows open at night to cool off. Since our bedroom has five! doors, furniture tends to be under the double hung windows, making them difficult to access to open and close. The room with the bed in the middle of the windows made me think of that.
July 17, 2014 at 11:21am     
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annfarr
I solved the small-bedroom problem in my 100-year-plus central-stair colonial by hunting down an antique 3/4 spool bed. Love it!
July 20, 2014 at 8:56pm     
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