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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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molv704
Fred I think the medium brown trim could work with a black door depending on the decor. It sounds like that combo could be an equestrian feel and regal. I love black and brown together, my favorite truck was black and dark tan interior. Maybe do a google imagine search on that color combination to actually see how they can work together.
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Andrea Ventling
I love black doors. We have just painted some doors in black, grey and gold and others in black, grey and silver. Actually the silver and gold is gilded. They look very elegant now.
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mollymilktruck
Our first taste of black door love was 15 years ago when we painted the front door of our 100 year old 3 story Victorian with leaded glass windows and doors. If you'd have said black interior doors with white trim would look good I would've though they'd look as good as black panty hose with white shoes.....but when we built a new home 5 years ago our builder showed us his happy accident in another new construction he'd done. He tried staining the doors and it didn't turn out so he painted them black to hide the mess up. They were gorgeous. We chose to do all of our interior doors black and went with as many French doors as we could. Everyone who sees them comments on and loves them. Our style is casual and kind of cottagey but the doors add a perfect dose of classy to the volume of white and light tones. We are building again now and that was one of the first features to go on the 'must-have' list! :)
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Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Hang a vintage sign here and some inexpensive curtains there, for a patio or deck that looks polished and pulled together Full Story
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grandmariver
I thought, how original-pallets as a chair (!) and showed my husband. His comment-"Good place for snakes to hide". Yikes! But, I have seen pallets also set up as planters (enclose the backs). I think it's all actually good reuse of materials.
July 16, 2014 at 3:11am     
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Houzz Tour: Reading Shapes a Seattle Home

Written words drive the design of a house for aging in place, from a plethora of bookshelves to a personal word wall Full Story
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krissyb92603
I have seen this home featured in several design magazines and every time I see it, I love it more. Stunning how the traditional Tudor was married to the new, more modern elements and, yet, it still feels harmonious. It takes true design talent to do that! :) Wonderful views of Lake Washington, too!
July 14, 2014 at 3:14pm     
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JudyG Designs
I like your hall a lot.

I suggest you remove everything that is there now, and find one long, narrow, fabulous bench to run along that stair wall. And leave it at that. You will have four gorgeous things in the hall...the railing, the door, the floors and the bench. Perfect!


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pbboud
Our stainless farmhouse sink has 2 negatives. 1st, water does not drain well and 2nd anyone wearing a belt or metal pants' button runs risk of scratching front apron panel of the sink. I doubt I'd do it again.
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kellyslobodian
Another aspect of this is today,with trends in popular decorating one person sees and loves farmhouse sinks andby the time Lowes,Depot,Ikea.Wayfair Joss and Main all start to sell trends e xplode.....like ready made granite Forbathrooms.Real granite but overused,I think it is like baby names getabookof top ten mostpopular and choose not to nameyourchild any of them.Great names true but hard ink garden tobe one of five.....
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How to Recycle Your Kitchen

Instead of adding to the junk pile — and paying landfill fees — get rid of old appliances, cabinets and countertops the ecofriendly way Full Story
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midmodfan
After 15 years of use, we disassembled our IKEA kitchen (bad quality? nope) and sold it on ebay for 1,500 Euros, sans appliances. It found a happy new home.
July 6, 2014 at 6:40am     
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mitzypoo22
Interesting article, so glad to see you mention Habitat. Other than items they can use in the homes they build, they often have a "ReStore" that will take all sorts of items (I think just about anything but clothes). We're remodeling a 75 year old Bungalow, so they are invaluable for matching old trim, doors, random hardware, etc. All sorts of building supplies that are still quite usable, that are probably the product of a remodeling job in the area. And, it's way closer to our house than the "home improvement" store in our town, so there's the gas and time savings too!

That has to be my one biggest complaint about all of these remodeling/crashing/design shows that are all on right now, they never talk about the option of recycling...none of them, that I have ever seen...even the ones talking about "green remodeling"! I just don't get it, perhaps the starry eyed home owner with a sledge hammer in their hand makes for "better TV", but its such a shame and a lost opportunity to do some educating.

So, thank you for the great idea book...it's as if you were in my living room yesterday and heard me yelling at the TV. :-)
July 6, 2014 at 6:47am     
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cricktmaster
Mitzypoo22, I agree about the "design" shows. They bust up everything, inside and out, instead of being responsible and charitable. I see no point in pitching a perfectly good toilet and sink out the second story window into a dumpster below "just for show". I would like to see HGTV/DIY create a show where the demolition crew recycles their cabinets, appliances etc Nicole Curtis is the only one who comes close. We are in the process of a kitchen remodel. My appliances are going to a friend's mother who is refurbishing a rental house. The appliances still have a lot of life left in them.
July 6, 2014 at 8:10am     
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