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The Key to Designer-Look Window Treatments

Learn the one thing that will make your curtains suffer if you get it wrong — and how to get it right Full Story
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Sharon Whiteman
I think Becky sums it up when she says "Keep adjusting its length... until the proportion is pleasing to you."
July 16, 2014 at 3:53pm     
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Nicely written article. As a professional window treatment installer, I was originally skeptical of the quality of the content when I first saw the title. Good job though.
July 17, 2014 at 8:50pm     
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Decorating 101: How to Start a Decorating Project

Before you grab that first paint chip, figure out your needs, your decorating style and what to get rid of Full Story
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Bill Yockey
I think there is a struggle between how we think our homes should look and how we live in our homes. What I have learn, is that when you really love an item, it will work. I sort of adopted the attitude of leave the item in the room for a week and it will feel at home, regardless of color, style, or age. It works. There is just too much emphasis on everything has to go together or be cohesive; but it doesn't have to. Rooms have much more character when they reflect their owners.
July 7, 2014 at 11:52am     
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I always make sure whatever I include in our home, we will be able to use. Basically even if that no-back couch is fitting to the feel of our living room, that doesn't mean I'll let my partner snag it up, or let myself purchase it. I want the furniture in the home to be comfortable and fitting for the space. Which sometimes is hard for me to figure out; but I'm learning!
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July 22, 2014 at 11:08am     
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12 Questions Your Interior Designer Should Ask You

The best decorators aren’t dictators — and they’re not mind readers either. To understand your tastes, they need this essential info Full Story
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Dannielle Albrecht Designs
Great advice!
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Interior Designer ;-)
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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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The crotchety comments here are generally so negative as to be useless. The positive, educationally-directed ones (e.g. Veal Design's) are much more helpful. Education is free and allows those on a tighter budget to still obtain superb results.

When renovating our house recently we were told there is a saying you can have any two of the following three: quality, economy, or speed. We opted for quality and economy and the price we paid was many waits while subcontractors did work in between other jobs etc. but at a better price reflecting our flexibility. We are very happy, both with the quality and the cost.

The same is true with interior design I believe. You can have a top professional decorator do everything (or nearly so) and you will quickly have a beautiful but expensive room that you will love (assuming he or she listens to your desires). Or, you can educate yourself and have a beautiful, high quality, but much more economical room that takes longer to do if you are searching estate sales, online bargains, etc. Or, you can make a mistake and go quick and cheap, neither educating yourself on what you really want and need nor getting lasting quality.

One other, unrelated, point: think twice before fantasizing that many of your selections, especially expensive ones, will be heirlooms desired by your children or grandchildren. They almost all want Ikea etc. at the beginning and by the time they learn good design you may have already downsized. Plus your things may not quite fit in their homes. Buy for your own enjoyment and don't worry about what happens afterwards.
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I educate myself as much as possible but still find it more economical to use an interior designer.
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7 Tips for Designing Your Bedroom

How to think about light, layout, circulation and more for the bedroom of your dreams Full Story
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La Lune Collection
Thank you, Lynne - reading your kind comment is a wonderful way to start a rainy Thursday morning! And yes, we agree with you about Design Associates.
May 15, 2014 at 3:58am   
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Natural room...like the floors
June 11, 2014 at 5:26pm   
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7 Ways to Make Your Home Office Work Better for You

Have more energy, be more productive and feel better while working at home with these ideas based on science Full Story
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rfuni
I love these spaces! What I don't see are all the papers that go with working! My desk looks like a bomb went off despite my efforts to organize! Although beautiful, how functional are they?
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I started my first company in a home office in my studio apartment over 30 years ago. My square butcher block dining table and Breuer chairs were the 'desks' for two typewriters used by my Assistant and Product Development Manager. I worked from the sofa and coffee table which had the telephone nearby. The saving grace was six very large closets of which two were used to hide filing cabinets and office supplies. The copy machine - a small OKI workhorse - was covered with a table cloth and candle after hours. This arrangement worked well for four years until I bought a house and used the two upstairs bedrooms, bathroom, three closets and part of the walk-in attic for the office for 23 years. By then, my office staff had grown to six desks used by seven employees and me. More recently, I moved to a house that had been designed by a CPA and has an office wing: a separate staff office with great windows, accommodating four desks, shelves and filing cabinets ... plus I have my own spacious office with a fireplace and windows on two sides that overlook my bird feeding station and gardens. It doesn't get much better than this!
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How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right

Learn basic layout rules to get a polished, pulled-together look in any room Full Story
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djplatcow
I just tried to download the Jordan's free room planner - it won't let me unless I enter a credit card.
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Grace Reed
Fred, your articles are just amazing! Nice to know I'm on the right track. I don't watch much TV and because I hated my big, old TV and the stand, I got rid of them. I've found that my LR, and small 1st floor are more restful, not to mention, much more attractive. But, I wish I had hung on to them! I realized a small unused bedroom will make a great TV room.
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How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room

15 tips to arrange a compact living room for the comfort, seating options and style you crave Full Story
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Addition Building & Design, Inc.
Great tips! Thank you for sharing.
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danicatindig
Thank you so much Joani Stewart-Georgi!
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Room of the Day: Playing Up Color in a California Lounge

Candy-licious stripes and splashes of other lively hues show that this hangout for teens and their parents is ready for fun Full Story
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Robert Branson
I like the overall look of the room. The colors are delightful. I think the sofa looks dingy next to them. The color should have been crisper.
July 22, 2014 at 9:04am   
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marytonyhome
Absolutely beutiful .
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How to Light Your Bathroom Right

Get ready for your close-up in a bath that's a sanctuary with task, accent, decorative and ambient lighting Full Story
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kdimran
Toilet and shower together,it's 48 inchx100 inch area with pony wall and glass on top of it.
July 19, 2014 at 8:54am   
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Rhonda Mims-Brown
Excellent article - no wonder I look 10 years older and my eyes sag!
July 21, 2014 at 6:48am   
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The Classic Slipper Chair: A Handy Accent for Any Room

14 great ideas for using this superbly versatile armless chair around the house Full Story
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Vicki Jackson
Yes the slipper chair is so versitle. They can be that pop of color in the room or in softer shades they can just fill in when extra seating is needed.. sadly most are not very comfortable --but they do the trick for providing a spot to converse at a party.
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allisonderderian
Will a slipper chair fit at a dining table? I would like to order 4 online to go around my round kitchen table for a comfy style, but do not know if they will fit.
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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
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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...
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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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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.
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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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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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Tablettes et paniers
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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:

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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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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.
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Key Measurements for a Dream Laundry Room

Get the layout dimensions that will help you wash and fold — and maybe do much more — comfortably and efficiently Full Story
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Pat Keaton
I'm building a home. The laundry room has a built in sink/bathing area for my fur babies. A built in ironing board. A broom/storage closet. A closet for clothes to dry & that need pressing & the steamer. I do not like front loading W/D. Mine are top. The front loading makes clothes stink if you don't take the time to clean & dry it really good. I have counter tops to fold clothing. My laundry room will be very nice &user friendly. I like the way it is & for anyone to say why spend the money on that. I say why not? It's my money and we worked very hard for it. My husband DID build his business. So anyone that wants to do it their way and can do it. Go right ahead.
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When we renovated our house 15 years ago the laundry was the least important room. We installed 2nd hand cupboards and sink because we ran out of money. I’ve been thinking about fixing it up for years, and now have the money, time and inspiration, so this feature and everyone’s ideas are very timely.
My laundry is spacious, it just needs more functional design and to be made into a pleasant room to work. It’s long and narrow with the top loader (love it), drier and cupboards along one wall and space for the ironing board to remain up on the opposite wall. There’s a back door to the garden and outside clothesline. Living in Sydney, Australia I use the outside line all the time, but I also have the dryer if needed. I plan to put it above the washing machine and get a big new sink. I use it for hand washing, soaking, emptying buckets, washing the big roasting pans, brushes and shoes. I will incorporate more useful cupboards and shelves, from all the ideas here. Thank you for including measurements in metric in your article.
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Kitchen of the Week: Orange Splashes Add Personality in Kansas

Bursts of color and a better layout make cookie baking and everything else more fun for a Midwestern family Full Story
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chenbuck the color of the range is called Traffic Orange and it is one of Blue Stars many color choices. Thank you for your question!
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halper
Very unique and cool! Not the colour combination I'd use in my own kitchen, but I like that it looks white at first glance but has a little twist. I love things that make you look twice! And not that it matters, I guess, but I'm not surprised that saying the TV was 60" was a mistake. If you look proportionately at it, those are probably 36" uppers (not including the moulding) and the TV is about as wide as those cabinets are tall. I'd guess that it's more like 40" or so.
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