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Color Guide: How to Use Navy Blue

Solid, steadfast navy blue can ground a room, but it still knows how to have a good time Full Story
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Sorella Luna
We chose Navy (Laura Ashley) and Swoosh (Lowes) for our sons room. Since the room was small, we used the Navy on one wall. The drapes, brushed nickel curtain rod and blinds were all purchased at Lowes. The room was trimmed out in a semi-gloss white. I wasn't sure the Navy would work. I'm glad I tried it. My son liked it as well.
September 16, 2012 at 6:52am     
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Great ideas, I really like the dining room with the chair rail and the navy below the rail. I have quite a few of these pix in my ideabook (Kerrie Kelly fan) because I would love to try painting my office navy. But I worry about blue in east facing room; I have heard blue should be in south or west facing rooms. Opinions?

p.s. Sorella Luna, I think your son's room looks great and would go for it painting the other walls!
September 16, 2012 at 7:27am     
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@Laurel_Ennis: I agree that the teal+navy pic in this Ideabook is not a particularly good choice, but I disagree with your overall rejection of the pairing. I'm on my mobile presently, but I'll post some pictures soon (from my home computer). It really can be a very sleek, fresh and modern combination; in fact, my firm's logo is navy and teal. The problem with the photo in this ideabook is that the teal is too dark. Actually, I may just create an ideabook on how to pair these two shades of blue! I hope you'll give me the chance to change your mind...
September 16, 2012 at 10:55am     
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Ceiling Black

Mask flaws, trick the eye, create drama ... a black ceiling solves a host of design dilemmas while looking smashing Full Story
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Diane G.
It's only paint. I let my son paint his room black when he was a rebellious teen...it was the best-looking room in the house. (It was actually a RL color, maybe Jungle Green, but pretty darn black!) I've seen powder rooms painted all black, including the ceiling and they looked dramatic and great...mirrors help. Ceiling treatments add pizzazz and flair...unless you happen to be married to my husband, who thinks all ceilings should be 'ceiling white' (and all woodwork and cabinets, too.) The Stones had it right...Paint It Black!
December 15, 2013 at 10:30am     
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Here is some pictures of our basement ceiling with the black tiles. They look like wood, but are made from a thin plastic. Very light and easy to install.
December 15, 2013 at 11:19am     
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Fresh Eyes For Your Home
I've done chocolate brown ceilings with a pistachio green wall and the effect is stunning, particularly with the right lighting.
December 16, 2013 at 3:48pm     
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Jean Worthy
My small loft space has black ceiling. It makes the duct work and pipes disappear. I love my ceiling. I go into other lofts in the building and I immediately notice how ugly the ceilings are (it's hard to keep white ceilings with duct work clean).
January 27, 2014 at 1:37pm     
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Houzz Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne

Dedication and a keen eye turn a neglected eyesore into the jewel of its Atlanta neighborhood Full Story
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Comforts of Home
One of the best before and after's on houzz. Keep integrity of the house and the neighborhood, but made this home beautiful and inviting:)
April 7, 2014 at 11:13am     
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My Houzz: Super Efficiency and Serenity Near the Florida Surf

It can withstand a hurricane and earned LEED Platinum certification, but this island home knows how to chill too Full Story
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jantotman
Excellent points eclecticedwardian. I love the beach too but live on a higher plane,away from flooding and where there is no chance of a mudslide, peace of mind but beautiful view. It would scare me to live in that house. I have a healthy respect for the sea and Mother Nature!
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eclecticedwardian
@Dar Eckert-- it is not a barrier "reef" but a barrier island and the answer is absolutely not. Beachapedia is one source of information. http://www.beachapedia.org/Main_Page
There are so many issues here, not only is it environmentally unsound and irresponsible, the State of Florida actually subsidizes high risk building, so if these houses are destroyed (and hurricanes are a question of "when", not "if") every resident in FL will pay for that subsidy. FEMA has actually been part of the problem here by supporting sand "nourishment" of beaches at a huge expense, a practice that is not sustainable and not an actual solution. This has had the effect of encouraging more development. As I said FL is probably the worse managed coastal area, of course because of tourism and development money.
This article is helpful in explaining the relationship between beaches and structures: http://www.beachapedia.org/Shoreline_Structures
All of this goes "double" when it is not just a coastal beach, but a barrier island, which are more like ever- moving sand bars.
When disaster does strike, as with Sandy, we should use that as an opportunity to help people relocate. http://www.beachapedia.org/Managed_Retreat
April 10, 2014 at 8:29am     
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sartarehare
Wow, I really loved this until I read the above post.
I think it's crazy that anyone would choose to build in a risky environment. I certainly don't want my tax dollars subsidizing someone else's problem. There was a recent landslide in a county north of mine. Killed 50 people, took out family homes and looks logging related. While I feel for them, I often wonder why you wouldn't have the risks assessed before purchase or building. Um....it's called a geotechnical engineer. We consulted one before purchasing our property near a ravine. A little money now can save you a whole lot of headache later.
My father (CA mountains) is always commenting about how natural disasters come and wipe out homes but folks build right back over the land and wait for the next disaster and then want a handout afterwards. There's a whole lotta land out there that isn't in a flood plain, on a fault line, etc.
I'm always reminded of a line from East of Eden: “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”
April 10, 2014 at 10:11am     
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eclecticedwardian
@sartarehare Precisely, and the media doesn't help when they go yakking on about how "brave" people are, going to rebuild after Sandy or Katrina in the exact same spot, instead of educating the public about the actual environmental and economic realities. There has been some pretty good support for Managed Retreat after Sandy, and helping people relocate. I do feel for blue-collar folks in small frame houses that are 50 years old--there is a lot of that, and those folks deserve support to relocate. But I think this is a good quote from Beachapedia: "Shoreline construction means that taxpayers pay the bills when the ocean behaves as expected. Whether it is fire department rescues, the Public Works Department placing sand bags, the police guarding vacant buildings from looters or the Army Corps of Engineers spending millions to "correct the problem," taxpayers are the ones who pay. Shoreline protection is, often, "welfare for the rich." This doesn't even touch on the environmental impact of sewage and fresh water systems, and on wildlife. For something to make you shake your head, "The Florida Legislature has approved a bill to require that buyers of coastal property be given "meaningful disclosure" about the dangers of living in the potential path of killer hurricanes." Ya think?
April 10, 2014 at 10:45am     
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sartarehare
I think I would also agree with you to some extent @Traction but I also think it's silly to think the natural disaster will ever consider the fact that your home was "built responsibly." I think the previous poster and some like myself don't want this subsidized or want to pick up the FEMA tab after a natural disaster. So it should be an "at your own risk" issue. Private insurance may or may not cover some of the damages. I know that is very difficult (cost prohibitive) to insure homes built on flood plain, earthquake fault lines, etc, but if the homeowner knows what they're getting into, they should expect to save an emergency fund. If not, I'm not sure I should be expected to help them any more than they would help me if I leave my doors unlocked and my belongings are stolen.
April 10, 2014 at 3:28pm     
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Simple Pleasures: Cultivate Everyday Joie de Vivre

You can’t be on holiday all the time, of course, but you can enjoy that same carefree feeling right at home, right now Full Story
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Pamela Bateman Garden Design
Favorite Simple Pleasure: A vase of homegrown fragrant flowers next to the bed at night. I just picked this bouquet of lilacs and Philadelphus. Some other favorites are white ginger, gardenias, daphne, violets and pink jasmine. Flowers make my life sweet!
April 10, 2014 at 6:44pm     
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kathleen MK
I agree with Pamela I love fresh flowers from my yard because they smell better than florist flowers.
April 10, 2014 at 8:49pm     
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titiac
I get up an hour earlier than my husband - to spend quality time with my 'boy' Lucca, a 52 kg boerboel x boxer. We share the first of the three steps going down from the veranda to the garden, while I sip on my coffee. He takes up most of the space and often with the 'bum' on step one and the long front legs on step three - gorgeous! We 'talk' about the day ahead and discuss all the 'projects' he will be taking on in the garden with the two little ones ( still sleeping in the room with Dad) assisting him. Penny ( Yorkie x Schnauzer ) will be cheer-leader from the porch ( she feels safe there ) and true to her nature, Bébé ( Jack Russell ) will nip Lucca form behind if the progress in digging yet another hole is not to her satisfaction. Sounds silly, but that is our special time, before I leave for work - just me and my 'boy'. I also feed the garden birds first thing in the morning, when I go outside, so that I can appreciate them whilst having my coffee. If time allows it, I will water my herb garden and the wonderful smells filling the air, give me a real boost! There is no better way to start the day!
April 11, 2014 at 6:09am     
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Living Room

A task a day sends messes totally away. All you need is a week to get your living room in tip-top shape Full Story
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Hi Bonnie, Penny ( Yorkie x Schnauzer) and Bébé ( Jack Russell ) gets bathed every Saturday morning and big brother Lucca ( Boerboel x Boxer ) every two weeks. They spend their whole day outdoors, so it really is necessary for me to bathe them regularly. Strangely enough, Lucca never smells, although he spends 90% of the time outdoors! Maybe I exaggerated as I just pick up odours very quickly. I suppose any dog must have a bit of a 'doggy smell' ( haha ). It is just in the mornings that I get that smell when they jump on my bed and their bodies are still warm from cuddling in their cozy dog beds. And of course when they sneak into the living room still damp from bathing. Penny's biggest issue is keeping clean her moustache - and I realised that most of the time, the smells hide in there!! She hates it when I try to clean it! I would love to use nice smelling shampoo on her, put because of her allergies, I have to use an odourless hypo-allergenic shampoo. Penny's favourite pass time is to wipe her moustache against the seems of my couch - therefore all the throws!!
April 8, 2014 at 12:57am     
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Guest Picks: Have a Shiny, Happy Spring With Green and Gold

Get a glimmer in your eye as the season turns, thanks to accessories and furnishings in mint to emerald with a dash of gold Full Story
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kathleen MK
I would not be too worried about lead in those tea cups. Lead is more common in earthen ware glazes especially bright yellows and red (like Mexican and Italian tiles) than high fired porcelains. The gold on the cups and the plate as well as those glass pieces is 24 karat gold fired over the glaze. It is easily worn away by dish washing detergents so hand wash gently. Stick out your pinkie and sip all the tea you want.
April 6, 2014 at 1:22pm     
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Tried for years to have children, expensive medical bills, no responses from adoption agencies. Bought a very attractive white sofa. That did the trick -- two little boys in less than one year.
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Garden Inspiration From a Visionary Victorian

Great ideas transcend time. Glean gardening insight from master 19th-century designer and craftsman William Morris Full Story
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I love the vernacular focus of the Arts & Crafts movement. My favourite garden designers from that time were Gertrude Jeckyl, and Edwin Lutyens, (contemporaries of Morris). Together they created some amazing gardens including Jeckyl's own Munstead Wood. Here are my take on Arts & Crafts principles.
March 16, 2014 at 12:53pm     
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Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Lavender From the Great Outdoors

Pluck some lavender hues for the home and watch tranquility — and maybe even a little magic — take hold Full Story
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Colorful paintings of Nosybirds by Jos Brölmann
I think, one of my colorful paintings, "TURNING LINES OF LAVENDER" belongs here...
March 18, 2014 at 4:33am     
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How Your Landscaping Can Keep Burglars Away

Prevent home break-ins with strategic landscaping and good practices instead of menacing — and maybe less effective — measures Full Story
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mikki1960
I have a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd and (here's a surprise) no one enters my yard or house unless I want them to do so.
March 19, 2014 at 4:04am     
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jonathan3
We have small dogs that do not have a chance to "make friends" with potential thieves. They are great lap dogs and they love everybody, in fact, they "announce" all visitors. Don't brag about all of your electronics to the wrong people--don't advertise. Keep the doors and windows secure and landscaping low with lights. Having said all that, if thieves want in, they will find a way. We also believe in praying for a blessing of safety over our home which probably accounts for the fact that it has never happened.
March 20, 2014 at 4:33pm     
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12 Gorgeous Black and White Bathrooms

Luxurious materials, vintage touches and thoughtful color splashes make these chic spaces worth borrowing ideas from Full Story
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Last year I worked for a customer who was doing her whole house in black, grey and white. Her powder room was long and narrow with Carrara marble on the floor and art deco fixtures.
As I was making a bunch of wall treatment samples for her and was looking on the internet for inspiration I found a Rembrandt print I loved, called "three trees". I made my own interpretation of it and included it in my samples. After looking through all the samples she found she really loved that little painting, so we decided to make it into a mural. It wasn't what we had envisioned initially but it was much more interesting and although it was a challenge to fit it into the space, in the end the cloudy landscape worked well to soften the angles of the room.
March 23, 2014 at 8:02am     
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zyvi
My husband and I have just about completed our new black and white bathroom.
March 23, 2014 at 2:17pm     
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titiac
When we bought our 1110 year old Victorian house last year, we had to do a complete remodelling of the 70's style bathroom and the kitchen. This was my opportunity to do a black and white bathroom - something I always wanted. I tried to keep it clean and crisp - yet romantic - and I was quite pleased with the outcome. Still need to add a few decorative items, but for now, I am happy!
March 23, 2014 at 11:51pm     
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finafine
This is my before and after reno of a powder room into master bath in beach house. I love subway tile with darker grout. It is the LBD of interior design, timeless and classic.
March 24, 2014 at 2:38pm     
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What Really Makes Us Happy at Home? Find Out From a New Houzz Survey

Great design has a powerful impact on our happiness in our homes. So do good cooking smells, family conversations and, yes, big-screen TVs Full Story
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Tricia Newman
We have recently purchased our dream lot overlooking Okanagan Lake. We have spent 4 days clearing/burning piled slash from beetle killed pine trees. Hard work for a 65/71 year old couple but we love every moment we are there. Red tailed hawks are overhead every day, song sparrows are all around us, even the occasional deer. It is so quiet there, I can hear my ears ringing and the view is to die for. Talk about happiness......... this is it. At the end of each day, we hate to leave. We hope to break ground soon for our house.......... then we will see REAL happiness!! Our dream home full of the smell of Chocolate Banana Muffins where we can entertain friends and enjoy our kids and grandkids.
March 19, 2014 at 2:50pm     
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Pamela Bateman Garden Design
What makes me happiest at home? Living in the country with my husband and our dog makes me very happy. The views of the surrounding farmland and open space and roses peeking in every window. The quiet life of a small town. Chickens. All these things make me happy and make me feel lucky every day.
March 19, 2014 at 3:22pm     
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Robin
Going to bed after a productive day between fresh smelling, crisp, clean, high thread count sheets.
March 19, 2014 at 5:00pm     
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jimmyjamjar
Right now RAIN and lots of it. Here in Queensland we are desparate for a very big down pour. There is something about the sound of rain on a tin roof.
March 20, 2014 at 3:34pm     
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12 Deadly Decorating Sins

Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways Full Story
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Susan
I know a lot of people like it, but I'd like to see a moratorium on white rooms. White (or so-close-to-white-you-can't-tell-there's-a-hint-of-color) walls with white woodwork and white or nearly white furniture with a single blue or green throw pillow... So sterile. Let's see some natural wood tones, rich colors and cozy furniture. No offense meant to people who like the white look, but really, there's a lot of that on this site.
March 29, 2014 at 12:59pm     
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ruffslitch
The free-standing 'fridge absolution works for me since I cannot afford fancy-schmancy disguised appliances. Nor can I afford granite countertops. My poor self is feeling rather vindicated by this article! It makes me feel as if good taste is not simply a matter of how much money one spends. Thank you, Kurt!
March 29, 2014 at 10:34pm     
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Jillmc
My husband and I are the only 2 people on the planet who hate stainless steel appliances! Thank goodness we agree on that!
March 30, 2014 at 6:33am     
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wildchildwandering
In regards to not putting everything against the wall, that's where all my electrical outlets are. I don't want to be tripping over extended cords and don't really like the idea of outlets in the floor. In the photo above, I don't ever see any cords coming off any of the lamps!!!! How is this done?
March 30, 2014 at 6:49am     
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jeanstryker
Towels never dry well on hooks. Too many draped folds. They need to be spread out.
March 30, 2014 at 1:26pm     
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