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Lawn Gives Way to a More Natural Lakeside Garden

Meadow grasses, beach pebbles and driftwood replace turfgrass in a nature-friendly landscape on Lake Washington’s shore Full Story
     Comment   July 20, 2014
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calkelley
Hey, thanks for the great ideas!
We have a huge dock that the teenagers use for Fri and Sat night get togethers but on the other side of the stairs is an area that is almost never used. We drag the kayaks up, there are my 4 banana trees but that's it. The rest of the property is designed with great function and looks and this piece just gets ignored. Also I've worried that the shoreline is eroding.

And now I have the answer.
I will need to add somewhere to sit but maybe a swinging bench in the mango tree. Or maybe I can finally get my swinging daybed! I like the pebbles. Better than the gooey mud there now.
July 20, 2014 at 6:55am     
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calkelley
Btw, the infinity edge pool ending in a kid's wading area? Brilliant!
July 20, 2014 at 6:57am     
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Lina Sassine
Wow beautiful
last Friday at 11:51pm   
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Trilliums Landscaping & Horticulture
Really thoughtful project, sometimes I wish the "must have lawn" people would understand what the cost of turf really is -not just to the pocket book but to the environment as well.
Are there sources of bluestone in the western states? This is the 8th or 9th project I've seen this year where designers in California or Washington have shipped in Pennsylvania bluestone for clients, shipping prices must be horrendous, and its not really very "green". I'd love to see more projects where all of the stone was locally sourced -my apology for being so nit picky on a beautiful project !
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My Houzz: Bright Island Style for a Florida Vacation Home

Hand-me-downs and new pieces mix happily in a midcentury home on a sunny South Florida island Full Story
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calkelley
Wow, why would the previous owners have been married to those dark ceilings? Low and in a small house - I felt it looked oppressive, static.
Great color, great rezoning areas, Great table in living room best seen in pic 5.
GREAT wallpaper of the island, what a sleek but grand statement. Where can you get this done?
I agree with a previous post. When you love it even tho it's 180 degrees from your style, it has to be quite something.
July 20, 2014 at 6:21am     
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luvwhidbeyisland
A beautiful remodel. How sad too think many saw this lovely home as a tear down. And the left behind furniture did indeed have some treasures!!! I am sure it is wonderful vacation getaway.
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Stages Premier Realtors of Cobb LLC
This is beautiful! I love the mid century modern style and the ceilings. Great shade of white. Such fun!
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calkelley commented on an ideabook

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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calkelley
We used to have a smallish living room, but I still put in the tv (mounted on a swinging arm on the wall). With the best furniture, no one went in the room often until I did.
I feel several ideas here could have helped make it cosier.

My wonderful ex neighbor had a smallish family room open to view where they added a built-in for the tv and other devices, and then put in a sectional with a large fabric ottoman - the pieces filled almost all of the floor space, going further than your 'go big' point. But it was cosy and comfortable and great for a get together with friends for Downton Abbey' season premier. But they had lots of other areas for non-tv functions. I loved that room.

I've been wanting to finish the kids entertainment room. I think that idea will work!
July 20, 2014 at 6:05am     
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Joani Stewart-Georgi - Montana Ave. Interiors
You can find coffee tables that have a hydronic lift to raise it to be a dining table. Very cool. Also an area rug defines a space, large or small. Use screens to hide heaters or AC or as a room divider.
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Addition Building & Design, Inc.
Great tips! Thank you for sharing.
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calkelley commented on an ideabook

8 Beautiful Ideas for Floating Shelves

Get clean-lined storage and display on walls, over windows and in nooks using versatile floating shelving Full Story
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calkelley
Smith and Clark, you did an around a corner shelving, but an inside corner. I like it.

I love the look of floating shelves. Don't have any yet but I'm not done.
I also really must get one of these floating "book" shelves. I saw a pic of a stack of books that continued right off the desk - imagine it was done with a couple of these. And another where there was one book with a small object d'art on top. Lots of fun getting the right pieces together. Do you go for symbolism, irony, shock? Hmmm...
July 20, 2014 at 5:32am     
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calkelley
Inside
July 20, 2014 at 5:36am     
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silcaemat
Got mines from an old house, it doesnt exist any more, but it still remains at my room.
last Wednesday at 4:48am     
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deleen2014
Floating shelves are so convenient, modern. i need help. we're painting our lounge and i am thinking of also painting the skirtings black. walls will be a beautiful soft sandy colour, fireplace and floating shelves darkest varnish possible. will that work?
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Hiring a Home Inspector? Ask These 10 Questions

How to make sure the pro who performs your home inspection is properly qualified and insured, so you can protect your big investment Full Story
     Comment   July 20, 2014
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calkelley
Turn lights on when you walk in and have your inspector check the wall panel after 20-30 min. Are they unreasonably hot? Could be a dangerous wiring issue you usually don't find for awhile after you move in.
Funny story. When our inspector (who tested the light switches and hot water) came off the roof, we (having heard there was a slight leak) asked how the chimney looked. He actually blanched, and said how could he have missed inspecting the chimney. When he came down a 2nd time, he said there was no chimney. The homeowner had taken off the outside part of the chimney (which was pictured in the brochure - they said it didn't count as they had taken it off the market for2 weeks when we made our offer) and just stopped the flue before the inside ceiling! So if a fire had been lit in the fireplace, it would have gone into the attic. That got us a nice discount!
July 20, 2014 at 5:12am     
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onthecoast1
ChickieD, you can place a bid with the contingency that your bid only stands if the home passes inspection; that way, your bid is no longer binding if something is wrong that the seller is not willing to negotiate on. It's nuts to pay for an inspection on every home you're considering bidding on.
last Wednesday at 11:34am     
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dreamdoctor
I am one of those people that find too many things wrong (the realtors cringe when they see me coming) - the clients get "buy it " fever and stop taking you along. Then they call you up to tell them what is wrong so you can fix it after they buy it. Doing things right is not easy or fast. Try to not buy a pre-owned home less then ten years old - that is when the real troubles begin to be come "obvious".
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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
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calkelley
if it wasn't for 2 months after we bought our house that I found out I had a recessed drawer ironing board. Love it!
I also like the cabinets under the washer/dryer but probably not happening now. And since almost all my clothes are delicates, I throw them over towel bars, shower doors, on bathroom counters. With the ladder idea, I can unhook one side to lie against the wall when not in use.

Now the biggie! Front load washers stink, literally! Quickly getting a musty oder that follows your clothes if you're lucky, a horrible one if you're not. I have tried many things. Can't leave it open - we walk past too often. But I'm really sensitive to smells and I almost got rid of the washer.
So how to get rid of this stink? Once a week (during the towel wash), grab something not too dirty and clean out the wet and sometimes slime inside the rim. Lots accumulates in the rubber seal (less if you do it this often). Then grab your favorite fabreeze and give it a couple sprays inside where you just cleaned. I generally don't like artificial scents but it's better than the musty smell! Experiment to see how much is needed. Some of the cans also have disinfectant if it accumulates a lot but if I do this once a week with my family of 4, it works fantastic!
Thanks. Love the article. It is the room I need to do next. Now I just have to find the Scotty dog wallpaper I saw in a laundry room on Houzz...
July 20, 2014 at 4:49am     
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psgiard
Laundry room
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jefflwise
Faucet and sink !
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tw123456
Six which include two that say "less is not more", the second one says, "less is really less".
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tw123456
Nan, no problem about being long winded.
We are all different in most everything, and that includes our taste in decorating. People should be able to decorate their homes the way they want, and those who enter their homes, should not worry about how the host has the home decorated, after all, it is not the home we are friends with, but the person in the home.
As far as Coco was concerned, she should have omitted some practices in her life, which would have done her much good.
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How to Tear Down That Concrete Patio

Clear the path for plantings or a more modern patio design by demolishing all or part of the concrete in your yard Full Story
     Comment   July 17, 2014
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calkelley
Help! I am hoping someone has the right info for me.
Moved into a beautiful, elegant home, well done with marble floors, fine materials.
Except for the back screened-in patio which is huge. Made of thin 'bricks' they painted them with concrete stain, which started to peel soon. A year after we bought the house, we power washed as much of the peeling stain (it's more paint than actual penetrating stain) as possible, then restained it. Less than a year later, it's peeling again.

We'd like something timeless and elegant. I would have loved staining a beautiful'rug' area next to the pool, while staining the rest with a cream base and gold/copper flecks. But I can't redo this every year. And have it peel within months.
Cannot spend a huge amount, best if done diy - I'm good for getting dirty and doing it a little at a time, if need be.
Some company a year ago had a product that was like an epoxy or some sort of coating but the guy who was supposed to come never showed up and I can't remember his info.
Any ideas?
July 17, 2014 at 7:18pm   
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calkelley
This doesn't quite show the size of the whole area, but most of it. Its missing the large rectangular area from where it's shot and where I'd like to make into a separate 'rug' design or just a contrasting spot.
The lines on the patio and pool are shadows from the overhead screen supports.
July 17, 2014 at 7:37pm     
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Patty
Gvfarm I have the exact same problem. I have a great concrete guy coming over tomorrow to look at it. I used him for my addition foundation and footings for my addition I just did, He is excellent.
Plus I have a similar problem as calkelly above... But it's cool deck that is peeling. Stay tuned and I will tell you what he says. I think the concrete can be ground Down in areas. But so far my tile and paver guys say, in order to fix it, it has to be more level. Re poured possibly. But I am NOT removing all of it. That is for sure.
Calkelly, have you thought about removing all that paint and stain? The brick may look fabulous! Great houndstooth pattern you have. Are you in California? Or Florida with that enclosed pool area?
last Tuesday at 9:46am     
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paddlerchick
GVfarm--have the patio slab jacked/mud jacked. We moved into a house with a 12'X44' patio along the back of the house. It sloped 9" towards the house due to incomplete compacting of the dirt around the house when it was built. We had the same problem where the driveway met the garage floor and parts of the sidewalk. We had it all slab jacked last year and it is great. It was 1/5th the price of replacing it. Next on the list is some sort of finish on top but for now it looks and functions great.
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The Best of My Houzz: 20 Entryways That Draw You In

Offering a tantalizing taste of what’s to come, these entryways make a strong first impression Full Story
     Comment   July 17, 2014
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calkelley
Shakuff, the light fixture does draw the eye upward.
We have a fancy chandelier in our entry that I liked, but it certainly doesn't do the same. Our beautiful high ceilings could do with some highlighting.

Our entry is not finished. On one side is our early 19th century trimeau (mirror surrounded/topped by a painting) and the other is a low bench with great frame and zebra fabric. But it doesn't have enough presence yet.
Would love to add that pond in front. Sigh...
July 17, 2014 at 5:36pm     
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