Christine


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About me:
Just a girl. Who loves design and color and how things are put together to come together to help folks create their lives. I am a girl that want to live in it all!!! 
My favorite style:
Not sure... I am working that out. But totally feeling Eames, Saarinen, Platner and modern architecture 
My next house project:
Moving... Equal parts scary and thrilling. Think I am going White, Navy, Gray and brown all over the place. 
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Christine
I have one but it sure does not look like any of those seen here or elsewhere. Why? well because I just don't have the time to craft and I am amazed by those crafters who can squeeze in an hour even at 2 in the morning to do something truly productive. Also I had to stop buying supplies because at this rate I have enough craft supplies to stock an entire Scrap Expo. Lastly, I am a sloooow scrapper. I take hours to do one layout and with my OCD en fuego, I can't jump around from project to project. Just can't but I love my room. So does everyone else in my family because they all say it feels great to work there or read there or do homework there, etc.
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Well, hopefully my name won't be attached to this jumbled mess! It's a decidedly far-from organized place but to me it's a little slice of heaven and I usually know right where things are. something is when I need it. I do collage, assembledge and use a lot of found or discarded objects, so it's a work in progress. I actually clean it and organize it totally about every three or four months, but it doesn't last for long.
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I have a studio in the garage and try to repurpose old jars and cans as well as an old refridgerator for storage. I love it when it is organised...really helps the creative juices flow.
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The lattice pattern. Adds interest but is not too diverting.
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lovliny
The wallpaper chosen by the client is not at all limiting to the use of other colors or patterns. It's very subtle and really since it is just one wall can easily be removed in the future. It is not permanent. The room is so well done. Congrats!
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Thank you, Lovliny. We try :)
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I love it. Rich and moody but can also be fun and youthful. I love the pouf and the chair and would certainly use them in my decor...
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Burn that quiz you took. The area carpet is a great starting point for a color and design scheme it needs to be larger though. I like the idea of the poppy orange on the walls and then go a more neutral contemporary on the furnishing. Do you like the way the room feels when you are in it? Or is it too fussy for you? My suggestion is that you start over and eliminate all of the floral and tiny side tables. Is there a view out of the window? If there is then you should maximize it. That chest may be better served in another area of the house and then purchase a long french antique console that is not so delicate and can be used not only as storage but a statement piece.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
If keeping coffee table you have. Please remove the covers. They just date the room. Add items like I suggested above.
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Have you thought of painting? The coral in your picture, but a shade lighter would warm up this room. It's to,blah! Right now.
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Well Greeneyemoon. I hate to do this but I am tooootallly willing to fly out and stay a few months... (ahem weeks)... Ok 2 weeks tops in Hawaii to give you on-site advice... How far did you say you were from the beach? I am not a pro so I am sitting this one out but cannot wait to see what you do with it.
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bsellers1394
Those should be gorgeous once you bring them back to life there. I LOVE your windows, glass, countertops and cabinets. ..saaawwweeet! I do have a bit of concern though that you do not have exhaust for your gas stove? I would be concerned for your safety without exhaust. It would look better if you got a larger stove on your next purchase. Unless it is newly purchased, perhaps you would consider selling and getting larger one for that space. Your kitchen sink is fantastic btw. Is it cast iron? Wow, beautiful drain boards with lots of room and nice lines. How is that sweet, simple slice of heaven anyway?
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bsellers1394
Hey, was that an invitation or just a leading question !?? ; )
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Marie, I think you need to repost your question in a bit more organized way. I don't understand about the accent wall where the island is in a sunset red color? Does that mean you can repaint the island. Is it made of wood? plaster & sheet rock? What type of counter top do you have. As for the overall, do you intend to keep the kitchen backsplash tile? Do you have a budget for this?

I would suggest you write out what is most important to get done. Ex:
Paint paneling,
Replace tile floor
Paint kitchen cabinets
Update lighting
resurface island top, etc.

Once you have that list down then you can tackle your projects in an organized way and you can incorporate a color scheme that would flow throughout both rooms.

Personally I liked the idea of the white paneling on the lower wall and then I would put in a ledge around the room and above it is where you can put a pop of color or some exciting wall paper. By the looks of it you have a fluorescent fixture in the kitchen that gives off that dull gray light so you may want to consider upgrading the lighting in the kitchen to give off a more attractive glow as well as add task light and a pendant over the island, etc. The the double level island needs to be addressed because it is a bit outdated so if the base is made of wood you can raise the entire height of it for food prep and bar seating (on one side) and then replace what ever your current counter top is with something much brighter and more durable.

It seems you already have a sizeable dining table so I would work to improve the look of that with attractive chairs, etc.

Your kitchen tiles may not be able to be changed out with something more up to date but you can invest in some inexpensive runners to add color and pattern to the floor and to hide the tile.

Post more photos from other angles and I am sure other Houzzers would get a better picture of what you hope to accomplish.
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No Beige... Please. and be reeeeel careful with Black and white. It takes a deft hand to pull it off on a large scale and it can become dated fast. Plus staining the cabs and then adding black granite with just suck the light right out of that room. Keep the kitch cabs white and add a black granite with the stainless and you are good. You can add other accents to bring in color.
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Marie, I think the island may be fine. It just needs to two levels removed (makes it look dated) and then you can put in a black granite counter top one level. Does the island have storage? Or do you just want it for prep space and as an eat in counter? You can save tons of money by working with what you have. As for the overall plan put your doucats in to the big things you know you or your significant other cannot do. Then just slowly do those things you can. the picture I have attached of the red kitchen is what you can do if you want to paint just the island a lacquer red (which takes layers and layers of paint and urethane but is stunning) with maybe a white marble on the island and then black granite on the countertops around the kitchen. This way you have a visual focal point. Then take the dining room way down (gulp) to beige or a cool gray or you can really jazz it up with a navy and white scheme so you have all primary colors going on. But then you have to do the rest of house (what fun)...
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Thank you! That's great to know I am kinda in the areas of color you like... Please let us know what you decide to tackle first. There is tons of help here and a million cost conscious ways to get there. Have fun.
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Hi Nancy, thank you.. you have given me some great ideas. I will revamp the chairs :) is BM dove gray the one you are talking about?

Thank you Myexecutive ranch. You answered my questions regarding paint sheen and have given me a lot to think about and work on. You are so helpful all of you. I may just have a professional do the painting so that it's done right.
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Would the BM Cloud White be a good white to do the cabinets and the trim?
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Christine
It would be more efficient and less expensive to properly repair the hole and repaint the area. Hire a professional and if you have cans of the old paint lying around then you can just do a touch up. The trick will be to sand it down properly and uniformly with and mild grit sanding block. But a good pro can get it don by just building the space up with compound and plaster and then repaint. NO TILES... Good luck.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
The patching job is awful. Sorry to yr hubby. But you need to get someone in to fix right. Then ceiling has to be retextured. You could use a new light also. Maybe can find a drum style ceiling light big enough to hide the problem. Check on line.
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You have to paint the whole ceiling. Not just where it's patched.
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Step Away From the Wallpaper: Why Decorating Risks Are Overrated

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Truer words have never been written. The first two paragraphs are so on point it is re-dick. Sometimes as much as I LOOOOOOOVVVVVE mid century modern and would cough up an ovary to live in a true MCM house and furnish fully with MCM pieces, the truth is I am 6'1 and having to feel like I am always climbing up out of its low style is so not worth the hassle. I also hate when a trend that is truly lovely gets stoned to death because every design mag, blogger, decorator thinks it's the "thing" to be done. I do know that I am going to try a Scandi-white stained floor as seen on Remodelista and I would love an Eames Lounger and I like vibrant colors mixed with more soothing tones and I think it's time for me to prop myself up against an ornate padded headboard. But as for the rest I try hard to dig deep in to my design DNA and stick with what moves me and what works for my family. Great perspective Laura
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Good article...that is why I asked a list of precise questions to new customers before I begin working on the project...it is their home, not mine and when I am done, I want them to feel comfortable in their new space.
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My daughter decorates with a lot of white. I do not know how she does it. It is not in my DNA. It is lovely what she does in her home. I have a completely different look and one she grew up with. Interesting.
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I like what you have so far. It just needs to be za-za'd up a bit. Think about a killer light fixture to replace the ceiling fan. Something modern with clean lines. Then you should look to accessorize with more lamps in interesting shapes and texture or shimmer. Then try adding small pops of color through your pillows and artwork. As for the coffee table I would suggest something round to break up all the straight lines..
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connie00
unfortunately due to our HOA rules changing the floor is not an option :(.. any suggestions for coffee tables/console tables? would you go glass or something else?
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As you said you were going for minimalist, I would go for the glass transparent table and the. Add some glass glass elements. Playing with shine and gloss as a texture
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Thanks Vision.

Yes my husband would agree with you and put art or pictures in that niche. Would you think it works in photo 4 or should I move the wider black one in the corner where the brown one is and move brown to the left wall where the black one is? Or would it not make a difference?
April 15, 2014 at 7:51am   
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Christine
This is a great room with plenty of space. I don't get the "keyboard" thing. Is this the only room it can go in? Unless you are a music producer, then I think you might want to find another place for the keyboard. In fact if your entire family is musically inclined this might be a good time to set up a music room elsewhere in the house. As for the niche. I would either wall paper just the niche area or pick up on any detail moulding in other areas of the house and frame some moulding on the wall and then put a low long credenza or console table at the base and the desk in front of it. You can also paint the niche a very vibrant color and then use Ikeas bookcases (like Lack system) to make the most of the area. It is considered good Feng Shui to face the entrance to your rooms depending on which area of the house the room sits. If this is your money center then you want to always see what is coming at you. Then I would invest in either one large wall unit or 2 that are exact and put them on the other wall (where the keyboard was). You also obviously need a larger desk and if you go with the idea of a credenza, buy one that has suitable file space to declutter your desk top as well as serve as a landing station for the fax. Then add a rug and some art work and task lighting and things will look very different. Good Luck
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The Zelkovas are spaced 23.5" apart (on center).
They are regularly pruned to maintain their shape and size. Good Luck!
February 20, 2013 at 9:21am     
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Christine
It depends on the type of hydrangea bush and how they will be cared for as well as the existing space between the trees you now have. You have to account for how big the trees will get as well as how big you want the bushes to go. If you have a service that will keep them groomed then they can control that a bit. However if you are going to let them rage out then they can get pretty big. This is obviously a manicured yard so the homeowner probably keeps them in check.
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Christine
You can try to fool the eye maybe hanging a dramatic drapery panel that you can swag back so it looks lik the side light continues. Or put a change order in and let them center it. or install a bigger door that is evenly balanced where you would only have to reframe the small wall part to get the large double door in.
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You need to keep it simple. Your floors are gorgeous but I would get another rug. Something with a more vibrant pattern and a bright pop of color since most of what you have in the attached room leans toward the darker side. Then I would probably try out a thin long profile console table. Nothing too bulky and then use the surface of it to go up. Tall lamps with some bulk to it and then lean a large painting against the wall and then put a few poufs underneath to spice it up. You can consider color blocking on those two walls going up the stairs. Maybe doing a toasted almond and then another color on the middle wall. Something deeper to pick up the color in the new rug. Then eliminate that drawer thing by the door and then use the wall space on the left as you enter as a place to hang a grouping of art. Sometimes we forget to use all the space available to us. Good luck.
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dominiquericard
I'm thinking this kind of table in white or grey
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Very nice!
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Christine
Don't become so fixated on the table having to be black because if you paint and don't like it then it will be hell to change it out. Try to focus on the semi-fixed elements in the room. Try a black and white rug maybe. Or go for black and white curtains. You have some fairly traditional elements in the room with the hutch and chandelier so to plunk a "modernist" table in the middle of it will be off-putting. So my vote is DO NOT PAINT. work with other elements to bring the room a bit more of a modern feel. Rethink the hutch and chandelier and if nothing clicks then consider painting. Good luck.
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I'm all for painting it all black, your situation (floor plan) is a bit different from your idea photo which is quite nice but not really accesoried. Black will make more of a statement and ground the dining room, since you have a combined space. I sprayed my new kitchen cabinets with Kelley Moore Dura Poxy enamel, I think you would find that a durable paint choice for your table which is a high wear item. So I vote Sand it down and go to town!
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I would suggest an inexpensive indoor/outdoor rug that is modern with a bit of color. Perhaps a stripe running the right direction would actually make the space feel larger. Next, I would add some silver metal chairs. They are usually less expensive if you find them in the outdoor section. These items will be easy to maintain with kids and won't break the bank. Finally, Find a simple but fabulous chandelier and the space will feel modern for you, traditional for your husband and practical for the kids. Have fun!
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Christine
I would go to a salvage yard and look for two intricately inlaid teak panels and lay them across one on top of the other or you can find old tin ceiling tiles in different designs and hang them (warts and all) or you can patina them in various shades of verdigris. if you are keeping that hutch there along with the stained glass panels then don't stray too far from their design feel. I also think you could use a much bulker chandelier. Also find and frame old cloth and hang it above that closet door. Good luck
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Patricia Colwell
There is nothing wrong with some empty space.
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michele1975
Your door, windows, light and furniture are beautiful. Don't clutter the scene with something on top of the closets. Please.
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@ASVInteriors. Thank you for the kinds words. Funny you mention printing this thread! I was going to print the thread for hubby's bathroom reading enjoyment. :) Then, leave empty comment boxes for guest comments. I've just printed all 39 pages for posterity.

Thank you all for your comments, suggestions and voting. It really helped my case. I'll let you know any progress.

@Deborah. I told my husband a Houzz Buddy golf offer came along but I told you how terrible we are at golf. He said, "Hey - I'm getting better at golf. I can almost hit the ball as far as I can throw the clubs". (Joking of course)
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Sounds like Ben has a great sense of humor. Comes in handy when your "rustic, piece of art" fireplace is being attacked from all sides!
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Christine
First off let's start again. "Wonderful old home with plenty of potential awaits someone who will love her like she deserves..." She is wonderful and you have a Port Cochere. I would invest in painting her a lovely color. Maybe a warm gold with Dark Green Shutters (not those shutters though). Then a bluestone driveway or get some bodacious wrought iron lights to hang and then landscape the front for starters. Sarah Richardson did a house on one of her shows a while back that had a sort of similar build and to date it is one of my favorites. here are the b4 and afters of the exteriors on that house she did on Season 2.
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Thanks so much for all the ideas. I took the husband back to view the house, and it looks like the façade might be the least of our worries. Built in 1914 and renovated countless times, it still has the original windows, and I failed to see that most were broken. The HVAC needs replacement and reworking as there is only one vent in the basement and no cold air return at all. There was a strange issues with the sump pump, and the windows in the basement had water damage. All fixable issues, but not something we wanted to take on. It's too bad because it was a fabulous lot, location, and the backyard had a beautiful peach tree. The hunt for our perfect match continues!
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victorianbungalowranch
Too bad. Real wood windows aren't necessarily a bad thing, and may be easier to fix than you think. Share this thread with the listing agent and good luck with your search.
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Christine
I would get rid of it. It appears to be in poor shape and may not be worth the $$ to fix it up. Plus have a realtor friend assess if it adds anything to the value of the home. If not then demo it or fill it in.
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This seems to be quite small, and not much of a feature - but if I could I'd blow out all the walls and make it a true feature with hanging fireplace in the middle - groovy baby!
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I am not sure but I think you would need to put an irridescent additive to your paint to achieve that effect. Try looking into websites that sell the bags. They may be mostly used for detailing cars but I don't think the leap would be too much if the application is for walls. Some craft stores may sell irridescence by the bag and you just add it to your paint.
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nemprop
Thanks for the suggestions. Sorry, I should have attached a photo.... This is what I have in mind, and I'm OK if some wall imperfections show through. Will the Proceed product get me anywhere near this?
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Try Frontgate. They do a variation of these types of barstools. I have never seen them in this color but you could make the investment and they tweak it the way you want it. Good luck.
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Patricia Colwell
My guess is that it is discontinued. I am not finding it on their website. I find Ikea website very easy to navigate.
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Christine
Try ebay. Also many of Ikea's items are based on decor they just put their own spin on so keep looking and mayhaps you will find something close to it.
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Ah, yellow, blue and green. My favorite combination!
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Christine
More photos would help but the floor is gorgeous. Depending on if you can get an industrial strength floor scrubber from a local Home D type store then I would invest in cleaning the tiles. Then go bright white on the wall color and ceiling and then infuse additional color through artwork pottery, furniture and carpeting. More photos would be helpful.
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We can't enclose it because of the return air vent. (It was hidden behind the cabinet.) I'll have to take another photo tomorrow when the lighting is better to show it without the cabinet. They are that lovely picked oak that was so popular in the 90's!
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Christine
A pantry with pull out shelves to use as a garage for things like your mixer, panini, Quisinart, etc. The part with the return just needs a vented false front (lattice maybe or do a radiator screen insert). Or if you are big coffee drinkers you can do an espresso machine with additonal storage above and below. Or a prep sink.
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Enjoy your outdoor space as much as you can during the warm months. Place a simple solid wood table with chairs for a French countryside inspired look and dine Alfresco...
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Chris, not quite sure what you would like help on. Can you repost your question with more details?
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You should use plants there and the best colour of stones will be brown or grey because these colours will look similar to your exterior part of house, So according to me just not only the stone work is needed you should use some curtains and some plants over there
March 31, 2014 at 3:47pm   
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Christine
It has beautiful lines. I would suggest you find a funky wood vener and apply it to some wood panel doors and then resand the entire item and restain a lighter color. Keep it as authentic as possible since it leans a little mid-century in it's look. But definitely get rid of the doors.
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Here are some examples...
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I would like to tell you guys that this piece is not teak. I would never paint teak. This wood is not valuable.
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We'll I'm not sure now. I don't think it is teak.
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Thank you so much. The cabinets are a gray glaze with just a small hint of silver shimmer.
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Christine
Kim. Your response had me in stitches because I immediately said "that is code for I'll never do that myself". She is a puuuurty room and I love the wall paper and acrylic knobs. You have the touch.
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SW stores in my community are total pains in the rear. Plus they frown on giving you the exact mix so that you can color match with another brand. Sherwin Williams is a very durable paint but I am of the opinion that many retailers are catching up to them in that area. If you like the SW durability then bring in your BM color mix and see if SW will match it. If not then go with BM. I have found their stores to be a lot more customer friendly and they will help with suggestion on how to cover the paint in a durable poly to help with wear and tear (depending on if they are upper or lower cabs. As for not matching in a few years, SW just told me that a paint I purchased from them 10 years ago is not available and is now "reformulated" (whatever that means). Be sure when they are putting those little stickers on your can you get a couple extra for your house book. I have one that contains all the color tags for every room I have ever painted along with a dab of the dried color on the page. SW will NEVER give you the mix for some bizare reason but try anyway. Good luck.

PS I am not trying to turn you or anyone else away from SW just stating my opinion based on my poor experience with their brand. If you are a SW fan then... Do you.
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laurakdesigns
Who does the builder work for -- you or SW? Get what you want- BM is classic and you're right to be concerned about matching at SW
March 31, 2014 at 3:37pm     
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Christine
I must say that if you let ME AND MINE MOVE IN, I would paint it in exchange for a summer stay. She is a grand old beauty. I would put in a fantastic pop of color like a light blue or aqua or this new color this year by pantone (which I actually like) is this orchid color. You could paint each section 2 shades off of the section before and then tie the whole place in by having one color for all your window trim. Then I think if you can find a rescreener in town and you have your measurements it may be cheaper to have someone do it at their shop and then you tackle the install yourself or they sell these screen systems that work like accordian panels and you can open them up and close them as needed. I used a company a while back and while I don't remember the name you can just google "retractable screens" to come up with a few companies that would do it. Power wash the roof shingles and put out some big hanging plant baskets with trailing plants and plenty of color to accentuate the house. Then paint all the railings on the (stairs?) a bright white. Good luck
March 31, 2014 at 3:18pm   
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Kim Walton
I love the aqua suggestions but I think you're right about using a more natural color. Try SW Dorian Gray for the body of house Use SW Dovetail for the gables and lattice (try square lattice or horizontal strips rather than diagonal lattice if possible. White for the trim. Beautiful setting!
April 5, 2014 at 6:56pm   
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Christine
I love gray but would caution you against its use until you do some simple reducing and eliminating first. Nuke those bushes and trim back that (wisteria?) bush (one with the orange blooms on it) Hit Home D, buy a colored taupe or gray low vinyl fence or shoot for the moon and invest in wood to hide those lovely city issues garbage containers and then find a way to break up all that green grass. Once you have editied out the obvious and might I say easy stuff then tackle house colors. A mid-tone silvery grey would look nice with the black metal trim on the existing windows (which you don't have to change unless they are not energy efficient or if they leak) and then invest in a more modern door and outside lighting to move the house in a more contemporary direction. Good luck.
March 31, 2014 at 3:05pm   
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vp82254
Why get rid of the bushes? I'm sure they serve a valuable purpose for the birds for protection and nesting purposes. It sickens me how off hand some people are..."just get rid of the bushes." How wasteful and ignorant.
April 6, 2014 at 3:10pm   
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lovebugsmom
I think a rich taupe, cream and black shutters. Maybe a brick planter box lining the front. Dark red front door. Trim bushes for now, trust me that's a bigger job than it looks! We have pulled out lots of bushes with our truck.
April 6, 2014 at 3:37pm   
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Christine
I like Denita's suggestion of a lively green on the trim. something that speaks to the nature that surrounds your home. As for the brick. NO WAY should you paint it because it appears as if the builders took some time to lay out a pretty unusual design so that it did not look like common stacked brick in a running bond pattern. I think you might be best served by getting your back in to in and thinning out the hedges. Then maybe invest in some newer windows with more uniformity and not such a 70's look to the mutins. Then maybe some shutters in the same shade as the trim or in another contrasting shade. Invest in things to make your front door pop and powerwash that walkway. Do those "weekend" type projects first to uplift what you have and if you are still feeling adventurous then you can consider other options. Lovely home. Best of luck with her.
March 31, 2014 at 2:59pm     
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laurakdesigns
Darker color from the roof....
March 31, 2014 at 3:29pm     
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millsy84
Thanks for the inspiring ideas, everyone!
April 1, 2014 at 5:03am   
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lucidos
A traditional 4 panel with the side windows would go with either style.
March 28, 2014 at 12:26pm   
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Christine
I am not sure if I would add a "craftman" door to what is obviously a colonial UNLESS you are upgrading the whole curb appeal to reflect your craftsman sensibilities. However if you are just going for it with the craftsman door, I would opt for sticking to wood and look to add a really beautiful stained glass insert in the craftsman style. The shutters can then follow on the colors in the stained glass or go with some traditional craftsman styled paint colors. You can also upgrade the color or change the garage doors completely to up the craftsman factor and then do the lighting.
March 28, 2014 at 12:38pm   
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Susan McFarlane
Amy Torres, it's your home. If you want an accent wall, go for it. Good interior designers work with what the client wants, not what they think the client should want.
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kaytekix
Two of my living room walls are painted toasted cranberry and two are painted yellow. I had at least six sample colors on the wall and couldn't decide. I think my husband got exasperated and just narrowed it down to two colors! For the most part I like it. Sometimes, though, it feels like we are in a McDonalds.
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Not sure how the space is organized based on the 2 photos, can you sketch out a quick floor plan so it's easier to visualize?
July 24, 2013 at 9:31am   
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Christine
Not sure what you mean by expanding the closet in to the room. What is this room used for. If it is a catch-all for the house and is too small to be a truly awesome bedroom or office why not convert the whole thing in to a closet with great natural light? As Dytecture suggested, a quick sketch out may yield better suggestions.
March 27, 2014 at 11:58am   
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Laurel Ennis
I'd have mirrored doors. If I wanted my bedroom to feel like the swim suit change room. All you'd need is the terrible florescent lights to bring it all back. Oh, the horror!
last Thursday at 10:22pm   
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elbit
If closet doors span a wall, I want them to "work" the room. So, I either would invest in fabulous custom doors like those from Raumplus or mirrors which always add some ZIP. C'mon. I'm advocating some self-love here. And if you absolutely loath your body, exercise more and go on a fresh juice diet. If the room is messy, clean it up. Just read here on Houzz about setting a timer for quick cleans of a few minutes at a shot (but reset if you're on a roll!). A shame to waste the good part of one fourth of a room on mediocrity whatever you choose.
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Christine
I don't agree with number 4. I grew up with the stand alone fridge and always hated it. At times when my folks would upgrade to a bigger frostless design it would sit out like a big old box. I loved that when I finally started buying my own homes I could afford to incorporate the fridge in to the look. The new trend to have the stand alone look cute cuddled up next to a roling work cart or sink just smacks of "there will be clutter". So Kudos for the rest of the list but a streamlined built in look works for me.
March 27, 2014 at 11:56am     
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chrisinky
Everyone has their own style & things they love so no one should decorate only on resale value unless that is something they plan to do in the near future.

Having said that, we bought a house last year that had been foreclosed on & got a good deal. The people had tried to sell it but had no luck & I think a lot of it had to do with paint colors. My husband called it the ketchup & mustard house because the living room, kitchen, hall & foyer were painted 2 colors-ketchup red & mustard yellow. There were several colors of yellow. (I can't live with yellow in my house but small amounts are nice in someone else's house.) There's 3 bedrooms. One was a light green which wasn't bad, one was an awful mustardy green & the last was Barney the dinosaur purple with bright red trim. They had also painted the bedroom doors & sliding closet doors to match. There were two rooms in the basement that were rust & baby blue (also with matching doors). There was nasty beige carpet everywhere. Ripping that out was the first thing we did. We painted everything. All trim & doors are white & really makes our wall colors pop. The main living areas are a medium taupe but I accent with red & blue & have dark furniture. The master bedroom is a very light taupe, but there's a lot of red and olive green decor in there & olive green walls in bathroom. Kids rooms are pale pink with bright colored decor & stormy gray with royal blue decor. I would rather have my main colors in the decor & my walls be more neutral, but not boring white.

I have seen beautiful rooms with white walls or with bright colors like apple green, burnt orange, turquoise, etc. I think its all in how you put the puzzle together.

We would love to sell in a few years & build, but we decorated to make us happy. Who knows, this could be the place we grow old in & we want to love it for as long as we are here.
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Blue Ocean Studio
Always decorate to make yourself happy. Always buy what you love. Never pass up something you find yourself obsessing about as soon as you leave the store - go back and get it! When decorating a new house it's a good idea to make a list of what you need and want. Start with the big things first. in each space, Include color hues, like "green velvet or linen couch" and "grassy rug or shag rug, neutrals." In 5 years you'll be thrilled you bought those 3 unique heirloom pieces which are the real "wow" in the room. Kind of like a grocery list, a decor list keeps you in the "buy this, not that" zone when you're out looking. Don't make the mistake of buying little inexpensive curiosities.........when you don't have the bookshelves built yet ! Every time you pass up a curiosity....(skull head bookends).......take what they cost and put it in a piggy bank instead. If every time you write yourself a check for what you resisted spending............by the end of the season you'll be surprised at how much money you will have. If you have a problem with over-buying, or over-spending.....start buying decor magazines and cut out pages of rooms you like. Use them for inspiration, finding things one at a time that are in the "inspiration space" Don't buy anything else. Don't make the same mistake we make with clothes sometimes. I have a friend who says she buys "clothes for her closet"...............So Every year she gives away things with tags hanging on them. Add that up, and it's a new lamp. Home Decor is way too expensive to make that mistake. And one good tip about white: Really look at the rooms you admire which are all white. Look at the details in the room. I'm sure there are many. Either carved, stacked, textured, and milled. If you just bought a house with standard moldings, baseboards which are small, and tons of sheet rock.up to those high ceilings - well, you may be really dissapointed if you paint out everything white. You don't want to feel like you live in a Sheet Rock Cathedral.
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