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I think I'll take this just as an article about what styles I don't like, without getting too harsh on anybody. This is just personal preference for me; the other way is not wrong, ugly, stupid, low-brow or anything else. Everyone has feelings about certain things (my old stuffed toy leopard that transports me back to my childhood, long gone grandmothers, little sisters and Christmas vacations).

How many kids just starting out get Ikea furniture? It looks like independence to me.

Garage in front of house - I was really glad the home I wanted didn't have one. This old style was brought on to showcase a new fangled toy - the family car. To me, it distracts from style and elegance; it's not relevant now. Wouldn't be a deal breaker but glad didn't have to choose.

Also because front garages CANmake the front of the house look like a FACE and I really really don't like that (personal again). The 2 large windows are the eyes and the rest a mouthm etc - blech... Don't look - you'll never NOT see it after you find one!

Greige - don't like it! Not in my color wheel. Maybe didn't live in a house which would look good with it. But when selling our house, told we should paint our house the color everyone in the Bay Area (CA) wanted - greige. Didn't do it. Soft golden walls worked with already white trim. If buyers wanted to paint it greige, it was their house - then!

Ok, now the fur toilet. When I look at that, all I can think of is my two teenage boys and the ensuing smell...

But who am I to say? Maybe it's owned by a very neat woman who just had a terribly cold bu##!
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John I think there are many people that agree with you but remain silent...:)
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Animal decorations get to me. Especially free-standing ones!
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Wine Storage for the Rest of Us

No room or budget for a wine cellar? Borrow from these simpler decorative storage ideas Full Story
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after replacing the stupid garbage compactor twice, when it broke again (3rd time/9 yrs), we didn't want to put another in. Our area of CA has such great recycling galore (food scraps, plastics, paper, etc), we didn't need it.
A friend said companies make wine fridges to fit in the spot of trash compactors. Unfortunately, only used it for 6 mos before we moved. Luckily our new house already had a large one built in the kitchen
We lived in south France where almost every house had in their basement a cement room for wine storage. They didn't make a big deal of it; something simple for us who drink our wines, rather than store for decades.
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btw, shane inman of '10 wonderful wine storage spaces' has an idea for transforming a closet as a wine room. How clever. Nothing over the top, could probably do relatively inexpensively, have that one awkward closet...
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Poseurs? Really? If we purchase wine because we either enjoy consuming it ourselves, or sharing it with friends, then we need a place to store it. Whether the storage is built in, freestanding, wall hung, or table top, it does a job. And if it looks decorative at the same time then even better! I guess there may be some who use wine bottles simply as decoration with no intent to ever consume it. So perhaps they could be tagged with your label.

As for the box wine, we love us some of that too! We have Saltillo tile floors in our kitchen, utility room and mud room. Our box wine stays at a very cool temp just sitting on the floor in the mud room.
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Yes, indeed for the rest of us who don't have the space (nor the money) to make a real cellar ??? thanks, some great ideas here !
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Set a Gorgeous Seasonal Party Table Outdoors

Entertain guests with your tablescape as much as your party fare, layering summery plants and bright, textural accessories Full Story
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Lived in near Colmiers, FR and happened upon their weekly market. Found a stall that had bought all of the inventory from a textile co that went under and they had loads of incredibly beautiful, oil cloth tablecloths. Since not cheap, only bought 6. But 10 years later, they are still gorgeous - so unusual and very French! Every outside party, we get rave reviews about them
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What a great find! I remember oil cloths from way back when, so much nicer than plastic and very practical. And very French!
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How to Navigate an Extended Guest Stay

Keep sharing living quarters a positive experience by pondering the answers to these questions in advance Full Story
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The docs told us my mom should leave the hospital for hospice as she had less than 4 mos; my sister and I were stunned. Then my husband said as my mom hadn't done well in a nursing home before, she should move in with us.
Had to have my sister and brother on board to help out. She went from being entirely disabled (catheter even) to making her own food.

My boys might have had to be quiet at times, hubby and I were squeezed into the other bedroom, a lot of care - but having her with us was wonderful.
The boys learned to give her insulin shots. I watched Perry Mason with her. My husband had many conversations with her and cut her slice of bread thinner. She danced at my daughter's wedding and watched 2 more grandkids birthed.

Finally, we told her she had to go home after 6 mos (where she lived with my sister)! She lived another year and a half after. I don't think she would have made it 4 mos at a nursing home.
When I get really mad at my husband, I do remember his thoroughly unselfish suggestion none of us thought of.
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I have moved into my mom's house with my husband and daughter twice. The first time was to take a new job back in AZ. The second time while waiting for a house to be built because our then current home sold in 10 days. Both times we stayed for about six months. We cooked and cleaned and took care of the yard and pool. My mom later said that she was worried about the utility bills going up with the three of there but it turned out to be somewhat less. What with us turning off lights, TVs and doing laundry less frequently with full loads.

Later I got to repay mom's kindnesses to us when she needed recuperation time after two different cancer surgeries. I look back fondly at those times, she got to share in our daughter's toddler years in a more intimate way and still have a close relationship.
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The summer after college I decided to stay in town. Rent was cheap and menial jobs were easy to find as school was out, and I didn't have anywhere else to be. I was renting a 4-bedroom apartment for something like $250/month, and I only lived on the first floor. When a girlfriend had a falling out with her mother that summer, I had no problem giving her the second floor. As I'd only be living there for the summer, the timeframe was already set. She would cook and clean for me; my meals were always ready when I came home, and the apartment was always spotless. We still joke about the summer she was my "housewife." It was great having her company that summer.
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10 Great Outdoor Chill Zones

Whether you have a huge poolside deck or a sliver of a patio, these ideas will kick stress to the curb all summer long Full Story
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pkeltner - please tell me where you got your vinyl pergola kit!!! My husband (great scientist, not so great handyman) could definitely put one of those together. I want one on our dock that I can cover with the clear plastic panels so I can sit there during summer storms.
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My cushions are sunbrella but my small decorative pillows are bold prints sprayed with Thompson Waterseal (fabric seal) going onto the third summer they stay dry, and keep vivid colours in the West Coast BC rain, humidity , hot sunny. Good fabric and outdoor foam is worth every penny for durability.
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Definitely LOVED the nap-worthy porch. I can just visualize sitting there early in the morning with a cup of coffee, watching the sun rise. My cozy spot in my home is the sunroom.
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Our chill zone is our partially covered patio. Right now it is still winter in Ohio so pics won't do it justice!
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8 Backyard Ideas to Delight Your Dog

Cue the joyous soundtrack. These pet-friendly landscape and garden ideas will keep your pooch safe, happy and well exercised outdoors Full Story
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boy, a year since the first post has seen a lot of changes. Glad I reread the article - love it!

Found great product at Lowe's - wrought iron fence called No Dig Metal Fence. It doesn't require foundation posts (hence it's classification as a 'decorative' one), either 28 or 40 inch height. Great as it can be either temporary/moved later (good for renters) or it can be reinforced by cementing in the anchors.
It certainly is tough enough for our golden pup to be behind when we are home (more observation needed before we leave her there when we're gone).

Very simple to put in (an hour to put in 5 panels, included clearing brush) and prettier than the chicken wire fences.
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With warmer weather and sunny days here, it's good to remember that the water in any hose that's been in the sun for a while can be scalding hot. Running water through the hose until all of the hot water has been dispersed is important to keep from burning any child or pet that happens to run through the hose water.
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Dog friendly yard translates to kid-friendly, too!
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How to Help Your Dog Be a Good Neighbor

Good fences certainly help, but be sure to introduce your pup to the neighbors and check in from time to time Full Story
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We deal with ongoing idiot neighbor issues. This year's flavor is letting their new rather aggressive large breed dog attack the privacy fence. This sets our dogs into hunting mode. They don't bark but they both want to get through that fence as bad as the other dog does. This is NOT a good situation. If your dog is barking and attacking your fence stop it now before it becomes a bigger problem. The same dog is allowed to run loose among the front lawns. After repeated asking and escalating warnings we finally had to call the police. They got the animal control people involved. The animal control people did spend a bunch of time talking to the idiot neighbor to get it through their heads what is and isn't ok. Some of it unbelievably dumb things like it isn't ok to let your 3 year old answer the front door and it is your responsibility if the big aggressive dog runs out the door when the 3 year old answers it. You don't want to be the one getting a visit from the authorities and it really stinks to be the one having to make the call.
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freyafoust - we had a neighbor with a choc lab who used to run loose. I had to swerve to miss it one day and pretended to ask the owner if it was okay, as I just barely missed hitting it (the point being the darn thing shouldn't be in the road). She said very off handedly, 'oh, he does this all the time, he's pretty fast and just gets out when we come home' After hearing about other issues with the same dog, I put an unsigned letter in her mailbox that said I would testify in anyone's behalf if they got into an accident because of the dog. This then becomes a liability that many insurance companies won't cover.
Dog is rarely out anymore.

Sclay - keep trying in a loving manner. My youngest was 6 mos old when we got our golden and they grew up together. Sometimes it was like watching commercials - those idealistic moments of kids happily playing with their dog...
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How to Farm Your Parking Strip

Get an up-close look at a thriving street-side edible garden, one of many sprouting up in Seattle Full Story
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I live in a condo, and we had a section beside the building that had trouble growing a decent lawn and just wasn't used for anything. So we created a community garden there with 5 raised beds. It became community building beyond the folks participating as others in the building would stop by to watch the the gardens grow. Chairs started showing up there, and one little old lady would sit there each day. I liked that it became something for everyone, not just the gardeners... I like that these garden strips are something to be enjoyed by all.
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The 10 Hottest Color Trends for Spring

Fasten your seat belts: This year's selections are going to rock your world Full Story
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So what you're saying, Fred, is 'black is the new black?'
Well, trends do cycle around.
You understand this ideabook, as jokey as it is, will forever be on the 'More in Color' link... We are all going to get a bunch of 'what is wrong with my computer' comments 6 mos down the road.
My favorite was the compilation pic of all the colors used in one room, with a cautionary remark from a designer that it would be too bold in a real situation. Very funny/clever.
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A week later I'm still laughing about "members meet in private behind a Norman, Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby to compare notes and advocate for their selections". :)
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As a member of the breakaway conservative liberal chapter of that Lobby, I assure you it is no laughing matter.
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Houzz Announces 3-D Furniture Printing

This amazing new technology promises to revolutionize the home furnishings industry. Here's how it works Full Story
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ok, as today is not April first and I just read it, didn't catch on. Was having a ton of questions - how can it print the underlying materials, how can it measure softness, etc.

And my hubby just sent me an article (NY Times - At the Printer, Living Tissue) which is about how 3 D printing is the perfect medium to create living tissue. No April Fool's joke there...
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I suppose I deserved it. Because I set powdered donuts (rolled in baking soda), next to the coke bottle (filled with sprite and soy sauce), and oreo cookies (toothpaste inside) on the counter - just waiting for teenage boys to walk past after school.

btw, what the heck happened to the April Fool's Joke ideabook? It was entirely waylaid by a few people as a bizarre back and forth forum, spiraling into ever increasing nonsense
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My school has a 3D printer
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Mine had chalkboards.
And chalk.
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5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Cocktail Party

Be the host with the most successful soiree by keeping these key points in mind Full Story
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Pink - love it! And have an old stand just waiting.
Our neighbors are all on the water (and therefore boat people) so we have been on a few 'booze cruises!' Of course, we're not talking about getting smashed - but some drinks, great sunsets, bird/animal watching and good friends. I just have to set up a whole boat set for drinks and snacks. I'm thinking some trays...
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What a treat to be featured in such a great Ideabook! Thank you, Ms. Tusher for the mention. It seems we are relatively close to each other as well (I am from Marin and now live in San Carlos). Let me know if you are ever down on the Peninsula, I would love to buy you a cup of coffee (or wine)!
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6 Ways to Deal With a Bad View Out the Window

You can come out from behind the closed curtains now. These strategies let in the light while blocking the ugly Full Story
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Been there/ had that. Which made our present place so tempting as the properties are big and jungly, it's hard to see the neighbors across the street.
Julie, you have some issues which can affect your solution. Good - doesn't have to be much as the view is limited (unless there's other windows), lighting isn't restricted except by window size, you seem handy. Bad - not much room between driveway and fence, probably can't build taller fence, 2 stories can see inside.

But some possible ideas...
You could build some narrow plant benches (lol), place against the fence (perhaps attached) and add long planters containing something tall and wispy like bamboo. It raises them so you have instant height and coverage, lets lots of light in but not peeking eyes, green year round there, structure of plant provides a lot of interest, don't need a ton of expensive plants. Could add a light weight focal point (gazing ball, light string for night, etc). Might be so nice you would be tempted to continue it all the way down the driveway!

Alternatively, find/make a trellis to attach to the fence. Could even use a piece from a scrapped pergola or a light weight metal fencing piece (Home Depot, etc might have a bent one for cheap or craigslist). You could then hang a series of planters to it and fill in the layers that way. You could have different colors, add some flowers seasonally, different textures,
Please post on this your solution in 6 mos. Good luck
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Thanks Sandy! Where is the factory?
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It's at 600 Arlington Street, Reading, PA. Enjoy! Let me know how you like it, if you go that route.
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Lik e it better without curtains.
I agree with what someone said about going dramatic. The room is built for it.
In fact, mine is fairly similar. High ceilings, gorgeous view, nice furniture but painted the same as the rest. Not dull but not great. Thanks!
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you can upgrade your dining room with granite countertops as they give elegant and stylish looks.You can visit http://www.eskandaristone.com/granite-slabs/
to find granites that are imported from around the world
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It is Brazilian Hardwood, sealed with a clear sealer.
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Then the next question being: how to achieve a similar color on a regular redwood deck, please...
The color I started with is a little too red. I love this color!
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Guest Picks: More Ideas for Artful Terrariums

Stunning vessels, sea glass, sparkly sand ... find everything you need to show off your mini plants right here Full Story
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calkelley
um, Linus - very, very cool.
Love the shells we have around here to add to the terrariums.
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woolfe12
some very good and easy ideas
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Lie this idea
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A Quick-Start Guide to Bird-Watching for Fun and Learning

Set out some seed and grab your field guide. Bird-watching is an easy, entertaining and educational activity for the whole family Full Story
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Moved to FL part time 2 yrs ago and I love it! Green and wild and jungly.
We have a great blue heron that lives in the bush near our dock. At least once a week, I have to hose down a couple great white messes on the attached deck. But I always say - I have a great blue heron living next to the dock! It's so cool.
The ospreys in our neighborhood start hunting calls around 3 pm. The flock of Ibis prowl the lawns in the am. And with our bedroom door wide open (caged patio), every morning I wake up to an incredible chorus - tho sometimes it's so loud, I mumble to my husband to go turn down nature :-p
Not to mention the manatee and baby that swim by.
Put up a few bird feeders a month ago. My husband suggested a spot and he was right! We can see the activity across the dining room from our kitchen. Love the cardinals (don't have 'em in CA) - they are so pretty with their dark eye band when they lay their crest back so it gives their round head a little tail. Woodpeckers, blue jays, lots of others.
Now I have platforms, tubes, cages and socks. Luckily the well fed cat keeps the grounds free of mice. She doesn't even look at the birds.
Love it, love it, love it.
I like the idea of the window mounted ones as it would keep our huge amount of summer rain off them (under the eaves) plus the squirrels couldn't get them.
But are they a problem for encouraging birds to crash into windows tho?
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Sadily, Golden Gate Park in SF has almost no song birds anymore due to the problem of feral cats and a local group who lobbies against any action to limit or control them...
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My mother used to have an old metal trash can lid that she filled with birdseed each morning and put on the ground of her patio. She'd sit on her lounge chair next to it with her dog and enjoy the birds feeding. The dog just slept through all the activity. The seed was usually pretty much gone by noon.
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Is It Time for a Sundial in Your Garden?

Welcome spring and add intrigue to your landscape with a sundial as functional art or fanciful decoration Full Story
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when living in France for a year, shipped our minivan there and back full of things. Just before we left, I bought an old stone (very heavy!) sundial inscribed 1749. Love it. Just haven't found that right spot to showcase it yet...
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If you want an accurate sundial, you'll need to get one with a gnomon who's angle corresponds with your latitude, and the gnomon needs to point to true North (not magnetic north).
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I envy these gardens. Beautiful.
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Bathroom Workbook: 12 Things to Consider for Your Remodel

Maybe a tub doesn’t float your boat, but having no threshold is a no-brainer. These points to ponder will help you plan Full Story
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btw, just got out of my large wonderful jacuzzi tub where my hubby and I watched the old Thin Man movie. Love it!

great article, Bud. Don't forget to add: please take advice from your builder! After all, they've been doing this a long time, know the tricks/needs, and have long term knowledge of issues you would never think of!
The owners of our new home spent 6 figures redoing the master and guest baths. Chandeliers, tons of shower heads of all kinds, marble to the ceiling. They're downright gorgeous.
And so impractical in aggravating ways.
She wouldn't listen to the builder to start the curve of the bath 'after' the back of the shower glass (so make the glass a half wall at the edge of the tile behind the tub). Result: there are 2 gaps behind the tub that take tremendous effort (and limberness) to clean.
Bldr suggest put the shower door in a different spot. Nope - wanted it there. Result: with all the shower heads on, the shower leaks like a sieve and you come out to a flood.
Have at least one regular vanity. Nope, had to have furniture vanities with glass bowls that light up. Result: impractical storage; light can only be turned on from way underneath.
Don't need a bidet but they had to have one. Result: the separate room for the toilet in the bathroom is so crowded, you can't shut the door if you're sitting down - you have to come inside and angle around and close the door and then sit. Luckily, there's a toilet that is also a bidet which is better than a separate bowl anyway. That has to change!
Still - it's incredible. Love the rain shower head and the tub with the 2 huge windows that overlook the jungle lot next door. And the chandelier is kinda cool to turn dim at night.
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Yes, by all means, safety bars. And if not now, at least the blocking for them to be added later. In my 'Your new house' portfolio I plan to pass on, I have visually recorded every improvement we have done. Down to the studs pictures of blocking, electrical runs, plumbing, HVAC ducting, floor joist directions, types of underlayments under the hardwood and tile upgrades, insulation R factors and brands..... In short, every thing I wish had been passed on to me. Oh, and owners manuals of all appliances currently in the house. With their date of purchase and all warranty paperwork.
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