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Dar Eckert
The deck and steps would look great in charcoal gray.
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The front of the house is brick and vinyl siding, back is all vinyl. Trim is is brown. The big slider door in front of house is being taken out and replaced with bay window. Right now I would love to know what to do with the faded green sutters and brown trim and the back door not sure what color to paint it. The deck is needing replaced which will be done next year. We had the kitchen to do and several other things inside before we could even start on the outside. Im now ready to get the trim, and door painted, oh and the shutters. Im just at a loss with this green roof. I really dont want to do green shutters, am I bound to it because of siding and brick?
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Dar Eckert
Alex, I guess I agree with you, the current layout pushes all the seating against the walls. The room looks like you could put a sectional L shaped, more centered in the room. Start by finding an appropriately sized rug for the center of the room then pull the furniture except for the TV off the wall to the rug.
July 16, 2014 at 12:59pm      Thanked by Alex Stepien
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Dar Eckert
Alex, the dead space outside of the central gives the room a feeling of spaciousness. The room is smallish as is so the area outside the seating area will be used for circulation.
July 16, 2014 at 3:17pm   
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Alex, Yes I have done designs with the Lutron systems which are a wireless system. Again they are an investment for the space but essential if you want to make that room to double as a media space.
July 16, 2014 at 4:11pm   
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Dar Eckert
Agreed, fresh landscaping and flowers would make a huge change. Maybe you could add a pergola over the walkway and widen the walkway enough to put in chairs, flower pots etc.

July 16, 2014 at 3:11pm   
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libradesigneye
With the house just as it is .. .consider this throwback palette . .

for the stucco, to make it modern, consider this taupe
bm taos taupe http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/taostaupe
and for the front door . . test this red
bm sienna http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/sienna
then you need a creamy white for your trim and window frames/sill to echo the railing - but you should pick out the window sashes in the red . .. i like historic monterey white http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/montereywhite

Use orb spray paint on your existing mailbox and light fixture and brass numbers . . you can even get a 40's font number sign if you want to shift gears there . . .

consider using stainless cable from the HD from rafter to ground to the left of the windows in a big X and start a twining vine up it . . could be a passion flower with red and orange flowers . . .try it under the new railing and carry it along there too

If this is too bold . . paint the front door the sienna tone and the railing the dark white of the house .. step back and enjoy. .

consider bunch grasses in a grid 2 deep all across the front of the current flower bed . . . . take the single track of flowers next to the walk, and plant flowering succulents so the bed is always full and green and sometiimes flowers shoot up

Consider planting larger shrubs all across the front of the lawn in a zig zag pattern so they grow together .. flowering shrubs (red or red orange flowers would be lovely) that won't grow over 30"-4' high . . a massing of odd numbers ... 3 or 5 or 7 the same in the center ... 3 or so on one end. .. create a zone of privacy in your front yard .. . .
July 16, 2014 at 6:01pm   
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libradesigneye
Here's a diner font that looks like the period to me for new house numbers if you are so inclined . . . http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Diner-Skinny inspiration if you go shopping ..
July 16, 2014 at 6:05pm   
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Dar Eckert
Where do you live? Are you asking for plants just for this immediate area or landscaping the entire yard?
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cyntdst
Thanks so much for the ideas! I am in Atlanta area and we are experiencing slight drought. Can't wait to share final product.
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Have you considered adding a small gazebo or pergola to the space?
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Objects of Desire: Dressing Tables Groomed for Style

Have your own vanity fair with a table for doing makeup and hair that fits you perfectly Full Story
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Dar Eckert
What a fun luxury.
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Linda Loiselle
Bathroom vanity
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All women love their Dressing Tables - this mirror has a light all the way around it and the back wall is custom painted Modular Art ~ a cast plaster product. Just Gorgeous!!
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10 Reasons to Love Coral

A little goes a long way with this cheery and unexpected color. See how coral brightens rooms from the nursery to the master suite Full Story
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mariposakim
I had a hundred, now I have a hundred and ten!!
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Cynthia Charleville
My favorite color in the world is any shade of aqua/teal/bluegreen, etc. And coral is such a beautiful compliment to that (even shown in this article). It's just a color combo that puts you in a good mood!! :-)
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20 Ways to Work White Magic in Your Yard

Create enchanting outdoor spots with fresh white fences, florals and furniture Full Story
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Dar Eckert
I forget how wonderful white can be in the garden. Thanks for reminding me.
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san001
sooo nice-♥
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Feeling Knotty? Add a Little Rope to Your Decor

Neutral, natural and often unexpected, rope is an all-purpose accent on land or sea Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Lotsa fun stuff for the lake.
July 15, 2014 at 6:35am     
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Angie Wilson
To me, this would get old very quickly - and yes, to me it cheapens it, but I don't want to hurt the owner's feelings - to each her own! It seems like an ok idea for the beach or lake. I'm not really into "themes" such as nautical, etc. - I think they get tiring...but lots of people like this type of thing. I also absolutely hate (sorry everyone) all these signs people now put up in there houses - things like "Simple" or "Fresh" in the kitchen or "Keep Calm and Carry On" in the family room....I really hope this trend passes by fast. I remember when I first saw it a few years ago and thought, "this will go away fast" - and it hasn't yet. I always feel like "use ropes" or "use buttons" or all these signs are all about someone who wants us to buy all this stuff...get tired of it...and then buy something else in 5 years. Maybe that shows my age!:)
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Susan McFarlane
Angie, I agree. I think some of these rope elements might look really nice in a beach home with a nautical theme. But if the owner is happy with their room, that's all that matters.

I didn't want to hurt anyone's feeling either, which is why I didn't say which photos I didn't like. I actually found some of these interesting.

I see signs at spas and such, and I don't mind that. I don't understand people painting words on their walls, or hanging signs. I don't know anyone that does this, but I have seen them in magazines, HGTV, and online.

I still really love looking at other peoples' decorating style. I'm sure to a lot of people, my home would be quite boring.
July 15, 2014 at 7:25pm     
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Houzz Tour: Subtle Cape Cod Style in Los Angeles

Forget geography. It’s attitude — and an unerring eye for detail — that gives this California lair an Atlantic ambience Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Love it, love it, love it!
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knoxranch
Love it!
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yandawara
Subtle??
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lindadbartlett
Impressive. You've captured the look and style we were thinking of. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I'm appreciative. The room we're "bumping out" is half laundry/mud room and half office. There is a side entry to the mud room around the corner from the three high windows.
July 14, 2014 at 8:50pm   
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Dar Eckert
Nice ppf.
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go big and round, by all means! I agree with the metal and walnut combination on the mirror frame, or all metal for your Mediterranean feel. Combo of burnished nickel and darker metal would also work. Uttermost has awesome mirrors...
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Dar Eckert
I think a large armoire for a closet on the wall near the window. Then instead of a U-shaped sofa I would put a bench on the door side of the sofa. That way the bench could be used to remove shoes or as extra seating for entertaining. Add a 8'X10' rug in that area and art on the wall.


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Dar Eckert
What part of the country do you live in? Is there grass around three sides of the pool? Do you like to care for plants? What style is your house? We need a little more info.
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Melissa Riegler
I think that olive trees add a nice touch to a back yard. I have a tree in my own backyard and my dogs (thankfully) do not mess with it. I think flack is a nice touch as well as is low maintenance.
July 14, 2014 at 1:51pm     
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You definitely need some vertical interest, such as some narrow evergreens (arborvitaes, junipers, cypresses) or a couple of interesting ornamental trees (crape myrtles, hornbeams, pear trees) contrasted with some low, lush plantings like grasses, flowering shrubs (Knockout roses, weigela, spiraea, hydrangeas) and flowering perennials (purple coneflower, Montauk daisies, threadleaf coreopsis.)
July 14, 2014 at 2:00pm     
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Dar Eckert
Your home looks like southern style. I'd take it all the way with white railings & posts.

July 14, 2014 at 1:38pm     
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lefty47
HI -- I like that idea too !
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Try some custom concrete curbing to make your landscape really pop!
July 15, 2014 at 1:17pm   
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Dar Eckert
I don't understand why it was made so small. You have plenty of room but I guess that's water under the bridge. So the problem is that you are mixing styles of trims that just don't seem to go together. The screen door is Victorian, the shutters colonial style, railing modern. The railing has got to go it doesn't match anything else. I've posted two to consider. Can you extend the deck another 5 or so feet to the right? Then replace the siding under the deck with siding similar to what is on the house? Maybe adding some stone or brick might help. At least paint the wood the same color as the rest of the house. Consider removing the shutters on the downstairs window. I have attached a photo of a traditional style door that would better match the shutters. Lastly, where is the sidewalk? Run a sidewalk the same width as the steps to the street.

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I would recommend staining the deck a rich mahogany or chestnut color to really bring out the beauty of the wood. The landscaping to the right of the deck needs a bit of filling out. Try a tall, narrow evergreen to right of deck like an arborvitae or a juniper. The plantings in front of the windows should be lower to not obstruct the light -- try creeping junipers, thyme, phlox, or similar low groundcovers.
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Dar Eckert
A large chandelier over the coffee table would be lovely. It would make the most of the beautiful high ceilings.
July 13, 2014 at 12:43pm        Thanked by Eva Dai
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With those tall walls, a water wall would look amazing. Wall fountains are great natural humidifiers and will prevent your hardwood floors from drying out. http://www.luxewaterwalls.com/
July 14, 2014 at 6:31am   
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You and your stuff live below the door and window frames, so that's where you decorate. Use the 5-5-75 rule to help with placement of art and wall decor. Center point of a piece hanging alone should be 5' above the floor, bottom of art frames at 5" above a piece of furniture they hang above, and keep pieces within 75% of the furniture's width that they hang above. You can make an exception for a large piece, like if you had a 5'x8' tapestry or picture to hang, but otherwise you'll be safe and happier with these measurements. This chart will help you add some lamps.
July 14, 2014 at 9:12am     
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My Houzz: Boho Flair for a 1920s California Tudor

Frumpy furniture gets the boot in favor of eclectic pieces that appeal to the travel-loving homeowner Full Story
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Dar Eckert
I love this home! The living room is just what I would like for my home, which also has dark wood trim. The purple accents are wonderful.
July 13, 2014 at 9:41am   
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jlwms123
Confession time... when I first read the title I was afraid I would find a massacred tudor with painted woodwork and Moroccan poofs everywhere. Not only was I surprised, I was stunned by the brilliant marriage of styles that flow effortlessly through this home, one of my all time favorites. It's classy but not stuffy, current but not overly trendy, and warm without being too dark. Gorgeous!
July 22, 2014 at 9:32am   
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Absolutely love the seating area and curtains.
July 23, 2014 at 3:55pm   
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Houzz Tour: Elbow Grease and Steel Create a Modern Texas Farmhouse

Talk about DIY. This couple acted as architect, interior designer and general contractor to build a one-of-a-kind home on a budget Full Story
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Dar Eckert
I love the vertical cedar siding. Will it stay the color it is now or darken? What kind of finish did you use?
July 13, 2014 at 6:43am     
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Elena Golubyatnikova
I like this house very much!
July 20, 2014 at 12:00pm     
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maisir
Fabulous!
July 23, 2014 at 1:34am     
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Dar Eckert
How about a photo that includes the house? The landscaping needs to coordinate with the house so more info is better than none.
July 13, 2014 at 6:30am   
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It would be more of a project, but adding addition soil and building out a curved rock wall would be a fantastic look
July 15, 2014 at 1:29pm   
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sondramartina
I told my husband about the outlet , he will do it once he finds the time, hopefully soon . :)
Now back to the art.
Large red or black poster? Its almost the same size as the cat.
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July 11, 2014 at 7:33pm     
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Dar Eckert
Take the closet out entirely and put a large armoire in there. Hang a lovely artwork or series of 3 above. Add a chandelier.
July 13, 2014 at 6:14am   
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Dar Eckert
At least paint the trim on the top the same color as the rest of the trim.
July 13, 2014 at 6:15am     
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Patty Porch Hooper
It's not a closet beneath that ledge; it's a half bathroom, which we definitely want to keep as it is the only bathroom on that level. I love the idea of a chandelier though!
July 13, 2014 at 10:27am   
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A water wall would look amazing on that wall/ledge. Great way to greet you and guests when entering. Water walls are not only pleasing to the eye but they also help clean the air by attracting dust particles. http://www.luxewaterwalls.com/
July 14, 2014 at 6:40am   
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Jonah Mitchell
Why is it bad to paint stone?
July 10, 2014 at 3:29pm   
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Dar Eckert
Good morning! Well, stone is a durable low maintenance material. By painting it you up the maintenance substantially. Stone is also considered a luxury material as it brings additional value and character to a home. Unless it is in bad condition. By painting it you take away the uniqueness of your home so it looks like every other home on the block.
July 11, 2014 at 5:39am   
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Dar Eckert
Use an equally bold rug, pillows & accessories. Your bookshelf is a little to delicate for the sofas. Something with more of a presence like a black credenza might help.

July 10, 2014 at 3:35pm   
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@sondramatina: I have that Ikea Rug! Ha. They have an "off set" black white stripe that would do very well in this room. The blue/green of the border on the rug you show would do well with the pillows chosen...but the border is quite strong and would have to be acceptable to the owner.
July 10, 2014 at 4:57pm   
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sondramartina
I have that rug too and it is in the room with red sofa :)
July 10, 2014 at 5:13pm   
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Patricia Colwell
These things should have been decided before renos, I would do something like this and have it made to match cabinets maybe shallower and a bit narrower, you will besurprised how much stuff can go it that space maybe the electrical can be done even now without too much problemm and for sure before the backsplash.
July 10, 2014 at 8:33am     
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Well it's not like you can't pull the vanity out 6" and create the recess for the medicine cabinets that way. Just saying as a professional ;)
July 10, 2014 at 9:25am     
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What do you use it for? It looks like it was intended for a dining area.
July 10, 2014 at 3:11pm   
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abbyjean
Is there room for the buffet to move to the dining room wall......the wall with the doorway? Then a small settee could fit on that wall for more seating. Find one with a pattern in it to give the room the color it needs and take an accent color from that pattern.
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If you plan to convert this into a dining room, get a long rectangular table and the two chairs can be placed at the head, remove the chest and round table, put some additional chairs.
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1 or 3
July 10, 2014 at 3:06pm     
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Option 1.
July 12, 2014 at 6:44am   
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1 or 3, echoing pretty much everyone here.
July 12, 2014 at 6:46am   
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Angel18432
Just my two cents. I would make the first step out of the front door level with the landing, not one step down. Then steps down to the lawn. Also make the landing much larger.
July 10, 2014 at 2:06pm   
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Dar Eckert
Is it the tree that is preventing you from extending the entrance? That tree looks kind of like an accident waiting to happen. Consider removing the tree or at least the portion leaning over the house.. Then make the decision about how to expand the front entry.
July 10, 2014 at 3:01pm   
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Dar Eckert
Painting the siding medium gray to charcoal will definitely update the look of your home. As discussed above also add some red painted chairs to patio or paint the front door red to draw your eyes away from the brick. Landscape! Your home is really lovely and the stone is a nice accent.
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Dar Eckert
Stone and cedar shakes are a great combination. Here's one example.
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For what it is worth, I really like the photo Kevin posted above with the lighter gray. Picking up the gray tones in the rock will make a nice change. But I, personally, would not go too dark as you have a very dark roof. Let us know what you decide to do!
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I meant not doing part cedar while keeping some of the existing siding. Maybe I misunderstood. I LOVE cedar shakes and stone. I wish I could afford to do that on my house right now. I love the gray.
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How would you feel about either a steel blue or a rusty red? The blue would be a direct contrast to both the grass and the brick facades in the background, which would offer strong visual excitement, and the red would complement the brick facades directly behind the garage which would in effect highlight the green expanse of the lawn keeping it homogenous and a focal point.....

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July 10, 2014 at 8:04am   
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Dar Eckert
How about painting the fence charcoal color and the garage blue?
July 10, 2014 at 8:27am     
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Dar Eckert
I have a two level kitchen peninsula. The reason I put it in is because the back of the peninsula is in the dining area and after preparation of Christmas dinner the kitchen is not the best view. The downside is when we are eating at the counter there is limited space for extra condiments, serving bowls etc. The counter is just the right height so I can stand and use the laptop instead of sitting. I really like the dual height.
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kiwigem
Thank you everyone! Perhaps I will compromise and go with a snack bar that is only a couple of inches higher than the main level like this one: [houzz=
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The height difference should be negligible from a stool height perspective (we have adjustable stools, so two more turns and the height is right). Safety wise, I don't imagine an extra three inches will make a fall any worse for little ones. And I think it would still work well as a buffet. My GC is nudging me toward a one level, and he may get his way yet. I suppose I could always do a one level and add a "bridge" like the first photo if we decide we need it.
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Rhonda Bovine
I have a 2 level island with 3 angled sides on it and I love it. Definitely creates more space, and some division from eating/prepping and is great for entertaining and serving. I don't love the snack bar idea above though. It looks like it was an afterthought.
July 10, 2014 at 9:01am     
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Dar Eckert
A medium gray would look nice with the brickwork.
July 10, 2014 at 7:07am   
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Kevin Strader
Looks like there is some brick on the front. Pick a gray/tan, similar to the mortar and paint it that color. But hey, look at it this way. Right now your Mom & Dad won't have any trouble finding your house. :)
July 10, 2014 at 7:14am   
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Nancy
Let them see the house while it is still turquoise, and then again once you've redone the exterior colour. You'll then be able to show off your work to them.
July 10, 2014 at 7:30am   
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There are a few things to make it look a little more updated. One being change the paint color. That would help make the pink.. not so pink! The pictures are hard to tell what the other colors in the bathroom are. If they are a little more tan/beige in color ( that's what it looks like) I would try a paint color like Sherwin Williams #SW7713 Tawny Tan or SW0056 Classic Sand. Browns and Grays are great ways to help to neutralize the pink color. I had the same situation in my current home. Before I was able to remodel I changed as many fixtures as I could. That way I could reuse them when I did remodel. I also went for more of a taupe color because I knew the bathroom was very warm now but I wanted it to be cooler when I remodeled. I went for SW 6071 Popular Gray with an accent wall of SW 6074 Spalding Gray. It actually didn't look bad for the year it was like that before I remodeled!

A few other "quick fixes" would be change out hardware on the cabinets, take off the mirror before painting, and change out the light fixtures. Both are things you could then reuse when you are ready to remodel! Lastly, change all your towels to go with the paint color. Does not have to be an exact match but definitely something that coordinates. Your bathroom is a decent size with tons of possibilities when it comes to remodeling!
July 10, 2014 at 6:41am     
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Dar Eckert
Here's an example of a good color combination to play down the salmon colored fixtures. Go for a medium gray on the walls. You have white trim so continue that and paint the vanity white. Now add in green as in the photo or a bright blue in rugs towels etc. Because you now have so much pastel color the bold salmon color is emphasized so put a bolder color on the wall to counteract it.

July 10, 2014 at 6:52am     
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Dar Eckert
Looks like people get confused about which door they should go to. When you have guests which door should they enter?
July 7, 2014 at 2:27pm   
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jandries52
This is the.back of the home. I appreciate all of your comments.
July 8, 2014 at 3:50pm   
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Gina
Paint the front door a different color to attract guest toward the right entrance. Being that your home is neutral you can go with most any color. burgundy or black are my suggestions. Add more landscaping on the other side of the walkway this will draw the eye to your house from the street and be more welcoming.
July 8, 2014 at 4:22pm   
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Dar Eckert
This is how to start.
1. Make a drawing of your back yard to scale.
2. Have someone stand in front of your fence as you stand on your deck or the main area where your activity is. Now and mark the locations with a stake when the person in front of the fence is directly in front of the home(s). Also estimate by the height of the person at the fence how tall the barrier has to be. For example if he is 6 feet tall and needs to be twice as tall to act as a visual barrier.
3. Now you can measure and put the locations where you think tall trees would be most helpful.

Take this info to the local landscape company. They can recommend some trees for you. Keep in mind that a shorter barrier can be used if the tree is closer to your house. Instead of putting a row of trees along the fence, strategically place trees, some at the back border some in other areas to get the privacy you want. Maybe just some short ones are needed near your patio/deck/play area.

You didn't tell us what area of the country you live or the zone so hard to recommend any specific plants.
July 7, 2014 at 2:24pm     
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jnorton18
I know little about trees and landscaping...but we did live in Charlotte for a while and planted some Leland Cyprus trees (privacy)and Crepe Myrtles (color)as soon as we moved in and they grew like crazy! We loved it-they were relatively inexpensive and took off fast. Everywhere we have lived since then, we have wished we could plant those again! Good luck!
July 7, 2014 at 3:42pm     
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antonia_e
jnorton18- I just LOVE Crepe Myrtles! They are everywhere here and pretty reasonably priced. I have never had one of my own.... How is the maintenance on them? Do the blooms become messy in the yard? Thank you!
July 7, 2014 at 4:05pm   
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Dar Eckert
Not sure of your budget but extending the deck to the front door and adding a pergola over the new deck would be lovely. I don't think painting plastic siding is recommended but maybe someone else knows. You could face the stone on the retaining wall with new stone.
July 7, 2014 at 12:39pm   
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sstarr
In order of priority, I would;
1. remove awnings
2. Trim out a more defined entrance. Consider a mini-portico. Yours doesn't look like a primary front door at this point.
3. Reface concrete faux stone, or paint it
4. Change the black metal railing to wood (check Houzz for railing styles), also add a similar handrail on the lower set of stairs to the driveway. Replace the older wooden deck railing with matching-style railing.
July 7, 2014 at 12:40pm   
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patriciarhall
From the photo it looks like removing the awnings and painting the exterior would freshen the look. It is recommended that you not paint the vinyl a darker color, but paint it close to the original color. Here's a diy video on painting vinyl siding: http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/painting-vinyl-siding-video/38653.html
July 7, 2014 at 12:43pm   
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Dar Eckert
soffit same as trim color. What color will the garage door be?
July 7, 2014 at 9:58am      Thanked by zoe74
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Dar Eckert
Ask the professional.
July 7, 2014 at 12:32pm     
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sstarr
I like the light grey/dark grey with yellow door idea. Stays with the slightly retro modern feel of the house.
July 7, 2014 at 1:00pm   
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Dar Eckert
That is a little small for the space but cute. Here's a thought although I would prefer it one color.
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July 7, 2014 at 9:52am        Thanked by patsy111253
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July 7, 2014 at 9:53am     
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Dar Eckert
Yes, edit the stuff on top of the shelf. A couple large pots at most. The things you have there are too small and oddly arranged.
July 7, 2014 at 12:30pm     
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patsy111253
@Maureen I do like that rustic shelf but afraid it would be too cramped with the table there. At this point I may take it down and put a picture up! lol
July 7, 2014 at 12:45pm     
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Maureen
Try lowering it first perhaps, as you'll run into the same problem if the picture is too small. Maybe that will do the trick. Good luck.
July 7, 2014 at 1:54pm   
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Kevin Strader
Some have suggested an olive color but a brown would work too. I would paint the eaves a darker brown. Goes with the concrete better and you don't have to paint the concrete which could create a long term maintenance situation.
June 10, 2014 at 8:32am     
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Dar Eckert
I like the green with the cement color. The downspouts are a bit of an eyesore but could be improved by painting them cement color. Now get some large flower pots to off-set all the concrete.
Frederic Francis
Contemporary 019
July 7, 2014 at 12:27pm     
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Dar Eckert
Yes, but then I am a sculptor.
July 7, 2014 at 9:33am     
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Dar Eckert
Try an architect so you don't end up with some awkward addition.
July 7, 2014 at 9:10am     
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Bill Yockey
I like the concept of the existing porch, maybe you could start the stairs facing the street, than do a landing and then up to the porch. The stairs would need to be wide to fit the the house. Also, have you thought about doing a pergola style roofing over the porch?
July 7, 2014 at 9:24am   
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sstarr
Yes, this is a good time to consult either an architect or a good design-build.
IMO, the second-floor entry is a liability, and the entire staircase/interior/deck concept needs to be approached differently.
July 7, 2014 at 9:45am   
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Dar Eckert
I love baby blue with purple and a smattering of red.
July 7, 2014 at 8:59am   
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hayleydaniels
I like purple, but my husband doesn't as it's his sister's favorite color--sibling rivalry I assume. I would rather have my oranges and greens in my house so I guess it's good I can live without it.
July 7, 2014 at 7:22pm   
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ThePurple Store
We're in Seattle, but we ship all over the world!

How 'bout this one?
July 24, 2014 at 11:06am     
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Nancy Van Natta Associates
The shutters should always be sized so that they could cover the window if closed. Yours will never do that because of the double window on the left. If you have budget to make the shutters wider I would do so, knowing they will still not be properly sized. Wider shutters would just be more prominent and the house needs them for interest. I would paint them a classic glossy dark green/black. I might paint the garage the same and I would use a much stronger red on the front door. These colors would play up the classic appearance of the house. For further curb appeal I might add a classic column to replace the post under the portico by the front door. Then I'd start the landscaping!
July 7, 2014 at 8:19am     
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Dar Eckert
I really think for the most part the sizing of shutters is a personal preference. They are used decoratively now so they can vary in size. For your windows I wouldn't really bother to change them.
July 7, 2014 at 8:52am   
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Dar Eckert
Did you paint the cabinets or replace them?
July 7, 2014 at 5:42am   
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maryjoroes
We replaced the fronts then had them painted
July 8, 2014 at 10:29pm   
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carolins
I kept the lamps in my mock-up, but in real life I would remove them or at least put them on the ground.
July 7, 2014 at 1:29am   
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Dar Eckert
I agree that the lamps don't add anything to the look of the wall but think the photo collage doesn't seen modern at all. The shelves work as a decorative element on their own.
Forgot to add that the small items on the shelves should be eliminated as groveraxel suggested.
July 7, 2014 at 5:33am   
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