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Know Your Sofa Options: Arms, Cushions, Backs and Bases

Get your sock arm straight from your track arm — along with everything else — to choose the sofa that’s right for you Full Story
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What beautiful living spaces! We loved this post so thank you for sharing!

And what living room is complete without a lovely throw? We think ours suit the style of these rooms
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Thank you for share, Mike. They are beautiful. Love the living room with a dog best. so lovely, so warm,so cute
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Finding the Perfect Home for a New House

Sun, soil, water, topography and more offer important cues to siting your house on the land Full Story
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A Little Story about building a house in my area:

A few years ago a foreign building company built a single family house.
This company didn't researched about the terms to build in our area.

The house was built, the family moved in and after only two years the family needed to move out. A big cleft let the house drift to the right and left side. So, the house broke apart.

The company didn't knew that the subsoil needed a pilefoundation.

The family is now without a house but with the dept for it. The company bankrupt before the house broke apart. A little sad story.
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What a great post! Thank you for sharing. The details really make a difference, in home sites as well as in life.
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Smart Shopper: How to Buy a Mattress

Confusing options, hair-raising prices, haggling ... Our guide can keep you from losing sleep over mattress shopping Full Story
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Just bought a beautyrest recharge, and really like it so far. The only thing is when you use the cover that makes it hold its 25 year warranty, the cooling air system does not work so well.
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Houzz Tour: A London Book Tower House Worth a Browse

To fit their mountain of books, these owners went big on scale with a double-height bookcase by the stairs Full Story
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Brilliant! I love it when people are passionate about books - a number of my favorite homes featured on Houzz were designed around books - this one is now on my list.
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oh this is smokin' hot loving all the book shelves cool house
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How to Design a Garden That Lasts

Climates are changing. Wildlife is evolving. Can your garden keep up? Full Story
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Thanks, again, Benjamin. I'm near the coast in MA and I use a drip hose that runs around the base of the plants...is there a general guideline for how long to leave it on and with what frequency to ensure the deep roots you mentioned?
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As always, your articles of this nature speak volumes. Gardening with thoughtfulness is a challenge - it's so easy to be seduced by plants and pretty pictures. Where we become better gardeners is when we think through our plants, location, and environmental impact. Thank you.
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Old Furniture: Clean, Reupholster or Replace It?

A veteran upholstery cleaner weighs in on the options for found, inherited and thrift store furniture Full Story
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As an interior designer, I have usually found value in helping a client reupholster a piece of furniture if the piece was sturdy and was comfortable. For most designers, it is easy to find a piece of fabric that will fill the bill, but it is always more interesting to find perhaps a limited combination of fabrics to use on a piece.
When attempting to do this, I have not found it attractive to use an entirely different piece of fabric for the cushions. It appears that the decision was made on how badly the seat cushions were damaged over the years, and that was the part to reupholster. In other words, it does not tie the piece together no matter how hard you work at it, or how much money you spend on the job. It is far better to consider doing, say, the outside back of a chair in a different fabric than the inside. Welting can also be used to tie the piece together visually, or perhaps by using a trim on the skirt or the skirt itself in a different fabric will help the piece to appear united for a reason, rather than as happenstance or necessity. I love the use of fabrics as much as anyone, but the important thing is to make sure they look purposeful in their combination on any one piece.
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I wish I had read this article before getting some custom sofas at an estate sale. They were very comfy and fit perfectly in our bay windows, but needed reupholstery. Like you said, it cost the same as buying new, and they were uncomfortable after 7 years. Still, we did rescue them from going in the landfill.
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How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not

Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think Full Story
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Great advice
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A somewhat different thought from another fire victim: when you purchase that new home, be sure you have pictures of every single room and special feature in it when you close. At worst, you have plenty for an album. Almost two years ago, we purchased an historic house after a lengthy short sale process. Days after closing, it was struck by lightning and burned. (We had not moved in, so in addition to having no one hurt, we lost no personal possessions.)

Fortunately, I am a shutterbug. The pictures I had taken on the FOUR occasions I had set foot inside the house made thousands of dollars' worth of difference in our insurance settlement - a process which continues to this day. Our very good insurance company wanted to depreciate the plaster walls 50%. We were able to show their actual condition was far better - and so on. Though we had full replacement coverage, the millwork and other details in a century-old house don't come off the rack from a hardware store. In reality, our insurer probably underinsured us - they had not actually seen the property when they wrote the policy for us to close.

This is also where our public adjuster was critically important. Just because the insurance co. assigned a certain depreciated value to something didn't mean that we had to accept that - and we had an experienced advocate who knew how to bring them around. Two years later, we are finished with neither the insurance process nor the rebuilding. The professionals who have made the most difference during this whole ordeal: our public adjuster and my project manager. I can almost see daylight.
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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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Yum yum yum, all look fab. only thing I'd say is be warned, we have dark grey interior doors in our home and if you get out of bed (for whatever reason) in the middle of the night....watch your nose - you can't tell when the door is shut! Ouch!
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@Cassie Newton . Yes do it for sure.
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Great Design Plant: Try California Wild Grape for Interest All Year

Sure, it’s stunning in fall. But the spring buds, summer grapes and gnarled winter vines are gorgeous too Full Story
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Kathleen Marineau
We covered 40' of cheap wire fence at our place in the foothills, about an hour out of Yosemite, with one plant. It was the same species as found in The Grapevine area of Kern County, a stretch of old 99 hwy which is now I-5. The pea sized grapes held on the vine until October allowing me to extend my canning season. They make wonderful jelly.
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Miss my dad's grapes and the challenge to keep the squirrels and birds from eating them before they were ripe. EVen putting bags around each bunch of grapes didn't help a lot. This article brings back happy memories,
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10 Tips for a More Peaceful Home

Turn your everyday living space into a serene retreat by clearing visual distractions, softening your lighting and more Full Story
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I think acoustics play an extremely important (and underrated) role - as much as I admire those sleek, modern homes with lots of smooth surfaces (wood, glas, steel, concrete), I can't imagine living in a place like that with my three kids. Acoustics is also an aspect one can't put into a nice picture, one has to actually stand in the place with other (sometimes unwanted) sound sources.
Our quartz carpet floors combine the acoustics of a carpet floor while being tough as nails, we're very happy with that. I'm also looking into Helmholtz-resonators installed unobtrusively.
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alabamagal…I would like to echo Jean Stryker’s comment that nobody is forcing ideas on you, but merely offering helpful tips for those of us who find a tidy environment soothing but don’t know how to achieve it. Neither is anyone demeaning your individuality. You are certainly free to find self-expression or even art in “messiness” as I might think of it; but I do find puzzling your association of tidiness with uncreativity and an empty mind (or is my puzzlement just my empty mind expressing itself? :)).

As for dust and clutter revealing my “true” self, I suppose this is true to the extent that they expose either my laziness or over-busyness; but otherwise these simply express the universe’s entropy (i.e., dust happens). As to whether I fear this expression of myself, also true in the sense that there are aspects of myself I do not wish to advertise, any more than I would wish to go out in public naked.

As for self-expression, I see tidiness as an opportunity to clear away what ARE distractions from those activities which I find most fulfilling and productive so that I can focus on the latter, rather than being trapped in the constant cycle of peripherals. And as for a clean room being “dull and boring”, for me rather this allows the items that do express what I love to take center stage (ironically, even the dog/cat which contributes to the mess), rather than being lost in a sea of the mundane. My ventures into art have mostly been in photography, and from what I understand the artist/photographer must choose a subject and make it obvious in order to convey the intended message; otherwise the viewer’s eye chooses something else entirely or nothing at all.

Finally, as for the need to focus on one task at a time, I suppose this stems from an appreciation for simplicity, both in the goal and in the approach. You evidently approach the world with a fishing net rather than a rod and reel; po-tay-to, po-tah-to…But while a more systematic approach is simpler it is not simplistic, as any mathematician would attest. Speaking for myself and perhaps the other neat-freaks here, simplicity is where we find beauty – and isn’t the creation of beauty what self-expression is all about?
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Guest Picks: Reclaimed Wood Pieces Full of Character

Bring a sense of history and depth to your rooms with furniture, lighting and art made from upcycled wood Full Story
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Not only would you wear the hair rollers to the store, you had to sleep on those rollers every night. Those rollers were large and made of hard plastic. In order to get the most lift to your hair you would use rinsed out frozen orange juice cans instead of store bought rollers. In the morning you would back-comb the devil out of your hair, comb the top layer smooth then use tons of AquaNet on it. It is "Saturday Night Live" worthy now but was "deadly" serious back in the sixties.
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Over priced and over done. Wall art is ridiculously over priced. Who ever would pay the amount asked for those pieces has more dollars than sense.
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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
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beesknees, we've never had any standing water in our washers. that can't be normal? we have kenmore that are at least 10 years old and they spin quite dry.
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I bought a hanging clothes rack from a retail store that was going out of business. It's on wheels, powder coated, and the arms and height are adjustable. It sits in the corner of my laundry room and I store empty plastic hangers on one side and hang damp clothes on on said hangers to air dry on the other arm.
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Bedroom Window Treatments to Block the Light

Sleep tight with curtains, shades and more designed to keep out bright rays while letting stylishness in Full Story
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LOL!!!
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Blackout shade behind draperies
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Top 10 Solutions for Architectural Peeves

Cavelike hallways, immovable shutters, poorly proportioned doors ... avoid these and other common gaffes with these renovation solutions Full Story
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My peeve is the hardwood main floor and then beige carpet up the stairs. I even see it in higher end homes with beautiful banisters! It reminds me of those carpeted walls and furniture at roller skating rinks!
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Bud, thank you for your insight. Sonja, if you are seeking an affordable exterior wood shutter, take a look at http://www.shutterland.net.
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Are Plantation Shutters the Right Choice for Your Windows?

One of my favorite choices for window treatments is the plantation shutter. They are versatile, less expensive than custom draperies, and can... Full Story
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We live in Colorado and it is semi-arid. Will real wood plantation shutters warp because of how dry it is here? Our Hunter Douglas real wood blinds warped because of the dryness. Thank you.
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Hello Ivory chopsticks, wood is not the issue, The issue is Chinese made and processed wood. anything that is not processed correctly will fail. if you bake a cake 30 minutes when the recipe calls for an hour your cake will be a failure. Wood is good, is your Dining room table warping? your doors? No, of course not but your blinds were we processed in China with poor lumber and no properly dried. When I start seeing plastic in antique stores I will start to consider plastic for our shutters.
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Fit for a King (or Queen): French Beds

Add a stylish, royal touch to your bedroom with one of these elegant places to rest your head Full Story
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What is the significance of so many twin beds? Are fewer people sleeping together? Just kidding. These are lovely. I especially love the rooms that have antiqued walls .
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Nice, all bedrooms are very soothing.
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Color Guide: How to Work With Beige

If you yawn and dismiss it, you're missing out on beige's infinite subtleties and the possibilities it brings to room designs Full Story
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I Love SW Beach House
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True red looks vivid and elegant next to darker warm beiges.

You mean like this?
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Guest Picks: Loving Linen All Over the Home

Charmingly rumpled or ironed smooth, these linen finds from napkins to curtains bring casual elegance to rooms Full Story
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Merna Hellevang
My sheets from Restoration Hardware are a linen/cotton blend. How would they differ from pure linen?
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Pure linen is from the flax plant. Cotton is from the cotton plant. Go to Roughlinen.com, there is a video that tells you all about linen. I buy a lot of items from Rough Linen, it's the best out there.
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How to Work With an Upholsterer

Swapping out faded fabrics is just part of an upholsterer's job. A magic touch with furniture details is on the table too Full Story
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madaboutdesign0924, you could never have found such a beautiful and comfortable combination in any store, much less for what I imagine was a total of less than $1400. The colors wouldn't fit with my décor but I love that fabric! What is it (material, not necessarily the specific pattern name)? I have a couple of old but well-made chairs with matching ottomans (and they look almost exactly like your pieces). All four pieces are solid, but need new upholstery. Thanks for the idea. $1000 per "set" is what I would expect to pay in a furniture store, and the underlying construction of the "new stuff" would probably be dead before I will.
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jadedk...just happened to see your very old question. So sorry I am just answering after so long! I no longer am notified by Houzz when someone responds to me, and I don't recall changing my preferences. The fabric was what I would call brocade or jacquard. Definitely upholstery fabric, fairly substantial in weight. It has held up beautifully, and I moved the pieces to my new house and at least so far, I still have the same fabric, as I do really like it. Thanks for your nice comments!
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A Bergère Chair for Every Space

Give your home a touch of 17th century French elegance with the classic bergère chair Full Story
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Ah the bergere.............we love them too! We have one for sale on our website.
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My bergere chair is one of my favorite pieces in the house!
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Trends: Inspired by Burlap

The first time I saw the coffee sack-upholstered ottoman below, a light bulb went off. While I'd seen the bags repurposed in clever ways as grocery... Full Story
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I am really fascinated with the using of burlap.. the texture has changed dramatically since the rough knotty feel and look. As a Artist I find this understated material usage so varied ..I can use it comfortably in my studio with paints not worrying about stains and in the dinning room paired up with silver and crystal. So similar to linen it can be used snuggled up to one another. The graphic pillows with Paris on them are great and I have been collecting those for a while.. of course now that it has become more popular the price like everything else once spotlighted is has now grown, but if you keep a look out bargains are found. Right now I am trying to find a fabric house that carries the soft side of burlap to cover my couch.. so if anyone can help out on this I would love it !!
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the white suitcases as the end table is very attractive and functional , and can also be used as storage.
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