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That's a great idea, Hayley. Thank you so much!
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Thanks. That's good advice, but wow, what a LOT of work -- we have 65 windows!
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its a labor of love or hire someone to doit
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Budget Beach House: A Trailer Gets Ready for Summer Fun

Punchy prints and colors star in a creative approach to Jersey Shore living Full Story
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bonnieinflorida
Love the bright colors, and now I am green with envy. Great job!
on Sunday at 4:42am     
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kjziebell
The porch totally rocks!
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normacindy
Such a warm and cozy space. I love it! Thanks for sharing.......
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Hope Combest
What a wonderful and fun idea!!! Love it!!!
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hmf70
More! More! There should be a Houzz "trailer of the week" feature!
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Knotty and Nice: Highly Textured Wood Has a Modern Revival

Whether it's cedar, fir or pine, if a wood has a knot, it's hot Full Story
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One issue with knotty pine and cedar when used as flooring is their relative softness, but Australian Cypress is good because it is as hard as oak and extremely durable.
December 27, 2013 at 4:07am     
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Not only has high-quality knotty pine never gone out of style, neither has high-quality brass! It was only the cheaper, lower-quality stuff that looked dated and dowdy with the passage of time. Now both knotty pine and brass are really showing up in lots of places again. (They might even work well together: a knotty pine room with brass lighting, for example?)

Thanks for sharing! Beautiful ideabook.
December 27, 2013 at 12:58pm     
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lllsmith
Knotty pine is warm and cozy. We have tons in our Mn vintage cabin and just love it.
December 27, 2013 at 5:03pm     
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frenchdecor
Always loved and valued wood, but when it's too much, it's Too Much.
December 27, 2013 at 7:36pm     
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summilux
While knots may be a way to group these woods together, fir- especially the old growth/salvaged variety has more in common with hardwoods than pine and cedar. It's sufficiently hard to be used as flooring, it's dimensionally stable and takes an oil finish beautifully. Most will find the color of oil finished old fir very appealing- knots and all.
December 28, 2013 at 11:39am     
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Houzz Tour: A Seattle Remodel Channels Palm Springs

Indoor and outdoor living merge atypically in this Pacific Northwest home, thanks to California-style updates Full Story
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Portal Design, this is Fantastic!
Speaking as someone who has spent 20 years strictly on renovations, I consider this a great feat. It takes a tremendous amount of creativity and restraint to design and build a great space given the confines of the existing structure and site. The terraces and the new entry and "bump out" make, what was surely, an over imposing, simplistic barn-like box seem inviting and to scale.
What most people don't understand is that it is much easier and cheaper to bulldoze these broken down old structures than it is to renovate.
Opening up the floor plan and flooding it with natural light make this a home I would be content spending the rest of my days in.
Keep up the good work.
February 20, 2013 at 11:10am     
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Classic Enterprises
I think the house is creative and aesthetically pleasing, however, the thought of having a one car garage on the bottom floor and having to haul everything up 2 flights of stairs to get to the main living area strikes me as something that could get old in a hurry. The wide open floor plan is pretty and lets in a lot of light which is a good thing especially in very gray Seattle, but that expanse is also very difficult and expensive to heat. Does the house feel cold in the almost perpetual Seattle winter? (except for the 2 weeks in Aug. when it may actually get warm). The open plan in combination with what appears to be all hard surfaces also creates a very noisy environment. I bet the TV is heard throughout the house making a conversation in another part of the house a shouting match. A wood step into a tub / shower, although pretty now, would seem to get water damaged in a hurry. Would love to hear a comment on these thoughts from the designer / architect.
February 20, 2013 at 11:52am     
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Although an original Atomic Ranch fan, i don't mind this house. THere are some nice mid century elements and i am very impressed that an original Eileen Gray table was tracked down for it! Love the colours, living area and bathroom and the Shag print in the kitchen. Nice work, Portal Design! :)
February 20, 2013 at 3:28pm     
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rooanddoo
Great, thanks! Awesome color!
February 21, 2013 at 5:04pm     
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sadie88
I do not understand some of the comments that sound as if the writer is enraged! How ridiculous! Put up photos of your own dwelling and let us all see how beautifully you have managed. Everything about this remodel is well thought out and has much beauty - yes, it is individualistic in a beautiful way, but aren't ALL of our homes individualistic?? I see an abundant of light, all of the square footage is extremely livable, the stairs into the home are at an easy pitch to climb, the interior stairs are so functional yet attractive. As for interior noise - show me a home that does not have at least some noise from other spaces in the home (and, I am a 23 yr Realtor, I've been in hundreds of homes). It would be a joy to live in this home. I say; "WELL DONE!!"
April 21, 2013 at 2:49pm     
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Cliffside Homes Encourage Living on the Edge

Thrills are everyday affairs even in structurally sound homes on slopes and cliffs, thanks to jaw-dropping views and unique configurations Full Story
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riconsd
Although spectacular views are the pay off one thing to think of is that these house are nearly indefensible in a wild fire. I other works don't keep the good stuff in them.
January 2, 2013 at 8:14am     
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thickskin
we have watched as the ocean wash away huge chunks of the coastline on stormy days and nights. I am very comfortable on the north side of the street thank you.
January 2, 2013 at 10:04am     
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patscats2
Oh He!! no. I'm so terrified of heights I can't imagine having to live on the edge of a cliff. That last photo makes me weak just looking at it. LOL
January 2, 2013 at 10:50am     
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bellsflat
Cliffs are evidence of the instability of our planet - check out the photos of the cliff hangers in Christchurch New Zealand after the earthquakes - gorgeous architectural and engineering feats now gangling in the middle of nowhere and their owners now living elsewhere !
January 2, 2013 at 8:37pm     
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linbar
What's so appealing? Having an unobstructed view that won't be messed with. I lived in a great house in Laguna Niguel, CA with a beautiful view of a sloping canyon that began just across my fence line. Unobstructed to say the least. Developers came in a few years later, filled in the canyon, and built box houses two stories tall just over my fence line. Now they had the view, right into my kitchen, family room and back bedroom. We had to replace and adjust the lot and the house for cracks to make up for the giant heavy equipment that ran back and forth next to our property for almost a year.

Buliding or buying a house on the edge has it's advantages.
January 6, 2013 at 9:45am     
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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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I love this article! Such great info! My sister and her hubby just bought their first place and were asking me about arrangement. I will have to forward this to them. Love, love, love the space planner link too. Thanks!
October 1, 2013 at 5:20pm     
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Brenda
How about putting the tv above the fireplace with a piece of framed art in front of it that either swings or slides out of the way? hides the tv but is there for game days or family movie night? I think there was an idea book that discussed this about a month ago.
October 1, 2013 at 6:17pm     
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frenchdecor
Like the idea of contrast and variety (scale). Few days ago my guys bought 3D TV 55" and all furniture in the living room 12'x20' was disarranged before I came home. Seams impossible to find focal point with fireplace, TV, main entrance directly to the living room, 6' wide opening to dining room and 9' window and satisfy big dog, teen eating in front of TV, my husband who wants foot stool and for my exercise ball, mat, as I have no other time for exercise than do it watching TV. Somehow furniture not along the wall is obstacle for everybody in my family.
October 1, 2013 at 6:51pm     
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speckhen
My key question for a room is always "Could we read in there?" My two kids and partner and I need space to read together - good lighting, comfy seats with good foot support (I have lymphedema), and space for tea/cocoa/water. If the arrangement doesn't work for how we actually live, it doesn't make sense. We don't have a TV - computer or tablets works for us. It means a lot of the rooms pictured here - while lovely!!! - for us would be wasted space. I'm fascinated that so many of us Houzzers do like these rooms - I just wonder what you do in them all day! :)
October 1, 2013 at 7:03pm     
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bsiegelallison
As always, a terrific article with key points to refer to in just about any room. I wish I could pull furniture away from the walls of my livingroom or family room but "cosy" dimensions mean I'm up against the wall...literally!
October 1, 2013 at 9:01pm     
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Impress Your Guests: 8 Tips for Gracious Guest Rooms

Offer concierge-style luxury on a bellhop's budget with these ideas to turn a spare bedroom into a first-class, guest-ready retreat Full Story
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lizellen
Bed Bath & Beyond sell luggage racks.
March 9, 2014 at 9:02pm   
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booksareus
Or you can go to amazon.com for luggage racks. Great article and comments!
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