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Dar Eckert
Shutters? Are you serious? No. The vertical wood pieces add some character to the house notice how plain the front is without them. try painting them medium gray and the stucco light gray. Another alternative would be to just paint the vertical wood pieces a more bronze color from the stone and leave the stucco as is.

Also replace the stone post with a wood post. It should be a simple square post about the current thickness.
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I like the stone, I think what is dating you is the trim and or accent color of the trim, I would start by removing that and giving it an upgraded modern touch by a monochromatic paint color like some suggestions above, keep it light, adding simple foliage/greenery like boxwood hedges would be a nice modern touch. Good Luck!
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Dar Eckert
If you start removing the wood, you'll need to redo the stucco. So if you do that you might as well put on stained wood siding for a very modern look.


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bluenan
Hi Cassie, I see you are now "Custom Art Solutions". You might want to proofread your business description for errors, you know, to make it sound more professional. Just trying to help.
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Dar Eckert
Go for one that has some contrast between the sofa and new coffee table. Your current one is too dark. I would consider fabric since you have so much leather in the room now.
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Dar Eckert
You should try the blue print chair in the corner by the windows. The windows may be the best backdrop for the chair.
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lisabaney
Tress McKinney -- this is great input! I love your ideas! I feel I am limited in carrying some of them out... kicking myself on some of these limitations but, I am keeping an open mind...!

On painting the brick: No go. For my husband, it is pretty much non-negotiable. I convinced him we should by the house (lol), but he really wants that brick, and not painted I might add. I did at least get the mantel (in my effort to break up the brick) and the bluestone surround and hearth-top. cajole even for that... What 'cha gonna do. I think in marriage sometimes its all a compromise, right?

On painting the trim cream, so funny: The window and door trim in the room was all hunter green, cabinetry/shelves in the brick arches were a dark brown stain. (with no lighting in them when we moved in). The adjacent tin kitchen ceiling was a dark copper, beautiful color, but it was all so dark, with the brick, (with outdoor wraparound porches shading things too), also a red tiffany overhead light over the dark concrete counters and dark wood cabinetry, red country overly-ample roman shades covering over most of each window... AND... the trim, columns, etc. were a dark cream. So I said we needed to paint all the trim satin impervo white dove, including in the kitchen, the kitchen ceiling, the columns, the previous hunter green trim in the adjacent family room... got rid of all the dark fixtures and the red window treatments.

Anyway, I suppose cream would have looked nice down in the family room... but now if I change the trim again in the Family Room, this time cream, we'd have to figure out how to transition it back into the kitchen -- the columns that divide the rooms, the painted tops of the half-walls between family room and kitchen, would have to be cream. Hubby would kill me there too, if I started repainting everything. I am an annoying client, huh?

If I move the furniture as you suggest "not" facing the fireplace, that means it won't face the TV, which again, is the key feature (that and the brick) for my husband. He and my son watch sports there constantly, my daughter her discovery channel, etc. My challenge is how to make this beautiful in spite of all that. I am absorbing everything you have suggested, and thinking.... Thanks for all your input. I think this will be a work in progress (isn't that what they say about marriage too -- ah wise words!) I have to really think on all these good thoughts... Thank you so much!
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CDR I have just now twice written a comment to you, and first my Internet connection failed as I hit "submit", and then my iPad went a bit crazy, and I think -- while I got the iPad up and running, i think it is a little late, after midnight, to start again. Suffice it to say, thank you so much for the floor plan -- how awesome is that?! -- and I do have a bit off feedback -- relevant, as well, to what some of the other Houzzers have said. For now, just want to say thanks, and to Grover (with amazing photoshop props!) and Grobby, Tressa and Tres ( your names all seem to be alliterations?) and Dar, Linda, Hanknilza, and I miss Bluenan! I love you guys, hope you sleep like angels!!!)
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Dar Eckert
The length of your existing chandelier seems ok but it should be wider.

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carolins, you absolutely could rewire a light fixture...once I told you how. (Like colors together, bare wire to ground; that's the little green screw.) And oleigh, I assume you will be having an electrician hang your lights anyway. It's a snap to change out the conductor for a longer one, so you absolutely should not let the length stop you from getting whatever light you want.
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flair lighting
when you need more than 8-9 feet of cable...you take it to a lamp shop..or buy it there and have them rewire it with any amount of cord you need.rewiring yourself from the cluster it is not that hard. but having someone who knows how can be useful. also being sure to get the right gauge of wire....and with a ceiling that tall i would want an electrician with a tall ladder and insurance.
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Dar Eckert
I have used Minwax gelcoat over old stain and it worked well. Not sure if it will work over paint. You may have to strip most of the paint off and then apply the gel coat.
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Sound Painting Solutions
I would either look at DIY Faux videos like blue recommended, or some sort of glaze. Good luck:)
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Belle Chaise
I like the color as is. :)
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Dar Eckert
Beef up the columns and beams as in the gray photo. The dark and light gray exterior photo is one of my favorite combinations with red brick.

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radiosity
I would stay single color for both (perhaps Monterrey Taupe, Heathered Moss or Boothbay Blue?) - anything more would tend to look busy and stand out in a not so good way in this neighborhood. Which shutters are too small? I saw an earlier post saying that as well but they all seem to be near half the size of the window.
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Denita
Here is a short but excellent article on proper shutters with photos. Take a minute to read it and you will never look at shutters the same way :) http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/residential-architecture-101-shutters/

Any of those colors you like would work. I lean toward Monterrey Taupe or Heathered Moss but it is your home :)
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libradesigneye
You have a classic cape - please don't ruin it by picking and choosing from a smorgasboard of entries - add some solartubes to the upper floor on the non south / non west side of the ridgeline. Skylights on the back would be great. Shingle siding, good colors, spend your money on a landscape architect . . someone who consults with residential architects / maybe has some experience with historic structures who can get you a one hour consultation on the curb appeal / lighting issues, but focus your efforts on the site. If you go to shingles, you can even let the wood grain come thru with a translucent stain .. .
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sstarr
Here is a straight cape style for your house:
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HI -- I can't stand the hand scraped style wood floors that are being done now --- I think it's just a passing trend . It just looks so phony. It will be recognized as the thing from the early 2000 .
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Dar Eckert
How about three or five tall pots with plants on that side of the garage?

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Do you have an example of how this would look? I am a visual person. Thanks!
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Well, as a custom object, I can't find a photo example, sorry. But there are many variations on a trellis theme that would work.
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Dar Eckert
I agree with Denita, the siding needs to be a darker color like the taupe color of the shutters. It would also look nice in a mid gray. I think I would remove the shutters.
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dlstalnaker
Great suggestions! If we went ahead and painted the brick and left the white vinyl, what color would you paint the brick?
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I say do not paint the brick or the vinyl. A good scrub with a gentle power wash (no more than 1000 PSI at least a foot away) and repainting the shutters, a canopy over the door, and screening the trash cans/air conditioner and landscaping upgrades (more variety and color and softness) is a better investment. A nice ornamental tree in the front and some ground cover to break up all that grass wouldn't hurt either.

I'm not too crazy about the garage door and parking area door colors. I think charcoal or black or a darker putty tone to match the repainted shutters would be better. Maybe keep the brighter orange red door, or perhaps try something different, like a nice French Blue.

If the siding wasn't vinyl, I would suggest taking off the shutters, especially in the recessed front entry. This would give it a cleaner look. It already has a bit of a Prairie feel to it. Dark window mullions/muntins could really bring out the windows, if they are wood. Basic window maintenance with reglazing with window putty (not DAPI and caulking and scraping and priming and painting of the ground floor frames could help, since they look original and sort of faded.

Painting vinyl is a last resort and will only last a few years. There are special paints for it, but they are quite expensive. Vinyl has a large expansion and contraction ratio and areas exposed to the sun tend to fade and warp, and painting a darker color would just accent that, and would likely peel and chip with time.

People paint brick all the time and at least your home is probably old enough where the brick wouldn't be that damaged by coating it with a layer of plastic (which is what modern paints are) that doesn't breathe. Paint can cause problems later on, with bubbling, cracking and peeling and even trapped moisture and spralling, and then it is a mess. Carefully sponging on a masonry dye (I would do mortar joints too) could dull it down and make it more consistent, but that is a fussy job, and I would test first--maybe behind the air conditioner. I think whitewashing wouldn't suit this house at all and just make it look 80s, not the mid-century gem it is.

Personally, I think what it really needs is new wide cedar lap siding beveled at the corners and no shutters and dark window frames and fascia, like it original probably had.

If you do go with a pergola or a canopy over the doorway, keep it simple. Pergolas can be pricier than you would think. A simple modern type one suspended by cables or chains might be an option.
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Dar Eckert
My neighbor has that stacked stone and painted their house a muted green which looks so good. The warm yellow that you have is nice with the roof and brick but to jazz it up a little I'd consider charcoal trim color.
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I think you need to pick a color that is already in your stone, it will look well thought out and complete. Hold up a exterior paint chart to your stone and see what color works best.
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there's a greyish/taupe color that might really update it a lot. Maybe a dark grey front door?
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There are many options for changing the look of your house.

I would replace the windows with larger windows.

You can put in tall windows and keep the same width. This doesn't require any structural changes.

If you widen the windows you will need a structual analysis.

However, if you want to really change the look, you could widen the openings and put in french doors on each side with a new balcony for each, or a balcony across the front.

The balcony can be very shallow 6" or deep enough for a chair. It can be cantelevered.

I would go for a contemporary look.

I found some images to share for inspiration.

If you decide to make the changes, I suggest that you hire a local Architect to help you acheive something really nice..........Your house has a lot of potential.
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How to Choose the Right Solar Lights

Learn about different types of outdoor solar lights, where to use them and why you might want to avoid the bargain bin Full Story
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Dar Eckert
I have used them in several situations and found them great especially in areas where I don't want to go to the expense of wiring lights.
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engineerdude
Good point! Our first set of solar yard lights purchased about 8 years ago used CdS (photo) cells. The first thing to go bad was the thin coating applied over the solar cell and CdS cell. The CdS cell then corroded. I replaced these cells, installed new solar cells, and replaced the batteries (2 AA NiCads) to keep them going to this day. They have stainless steel housings and glass reflectors, but the rest is/was junk. The newer ones out today are so much better.
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@szrick, thanks a lot for your comments. It's great knowing the background of why my new solar lamps from the same company no longer have the little photocells on top. I appreciate you opening up a little mystery. I love the way technology is always evolving the things we use every day.
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Karen Gottlieb
Move the shutters to the lower windows to lighten up the brick area. Paint the siding a lighter tan color and add more landscaping with color like this:
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Dar Eckert
Can you post a few more photos? Hard to see the entire front.
April 15, 2014 at 12:29pm     
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West light can do bad things to good colors.

Take a look at BM valley forge tan, ac-35.
April 15, 2014 at 12:42pm   
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libradesigneye
Cesar, you could do a terrific modern thing where you did the sides of the columns in a deep earthy bright like the noted mexican architect Ricardo Legoretto- see the image where inside the square is blue . . . this is from architectural digest. You could do that just on one side of the brick columns (facing away where people approach the house? with an earth amethyst tone and then a deeper earth tone on the other side and the face and back matching the house) I don't know how contemporary you are willing to be . . .but you can decide how far to take this. Even just having a better base color will do a lot for you.

With the earth tones on your windows and entry door, the main body and brick wants to be a camoflauge tone like bm coastal path http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/coastalpath
If you just want to highlight one side of the brick fins (don't paint the outside/side of the house fins different - just the inside of the outer two columns and both sides of the inner columns. On the side of the house you see when most people drive up to it - use this deeper olive undertone tan on the sides of the brick columns (not the back that faces forward or the end that faces forward - only the side plane) http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/woodstocktan
then, on the side that you see when you walk up the other way - do the fins in this amazing sunset amethyst that is muted out http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/tempest
April 15, 2014 at 12:19pm   
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Dar Eckert
Horizontal wood siding in the recessed areas above the windows. I also think something with texture like the upper part of the gray house would look nice in that area between the upper and lower windows.


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April 15, 2014 at 12:28pm   
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Dar Eckert
You may want to consider storing the drapes and purchasing some inexpensive drapes like the light colored ones in these photos.
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You gave dimensions of 13 x 15, I assumed the 13 was the length along the dining room wall and the 15 was the length of the long wall with the window on the left.

If that is the case, here is what you need to figure, using option 2. You have 13 feet. On each side of the couch, you need 3, preferably 4 feet. x 2 is 8 feet. 13 feet minus 8 feet leaves you with 5 feet (60 inches) for the couch. That puts you in the apartment sofa/love seat realm.

You really have no room for tables on either side of the couch. A very slimline sofa table is a possibility, since the dining room is so open. You could add lamps if there are outlets in the center of the room.

Please move furniture, using dining room chairs in place of sofa. Take photos and we will help you tweak. That is your recipe for the best success. This is a challenging space and you do not want to buy the wrong size couch.

I cannot make a couch recommendation for sure until this is done and I know you are comfortable with the layout.

Ottoman or coffe table: coffee table best, since there is no room for side tables by couch.

Thanks!!
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myhansons
I love this site! Thanks so much! I will arrange furniture and send pics and soon as I get home. :)
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apple_pie_order
Try the Sherwin Williams paint visualizer, too. I would paint the lattice board under the porch floor level dark brown, not off white.
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Dar Eckert
Definitely go lighter on the trim. A light blue or green would be nice. Right now the only thing that stands out is the railing and wood under the porch which are not the best features of your home. You may want to paint the ceiling in the porch area light blue, which is traditional in some areas. It will also bring lightness into the porch area.
April 14, 2014 at 6:20am   
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Dar Eckert
I'm thinking that you should stick with a light color for trim & windows otherwise all the detail will disappear. Light gray would be nice with a thin charcoal color trim around each window.
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Very, very nice, the russet looks great
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grobby
Looks good!
April 14, 2014 at 5:52pm   
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Design Workshop: The Art of Joining Materials

Watch for carefully crafted meeting points in a home's building materials — they're among the hallmarks of great architecture Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Nice examples. I love them both.
April 13, 2014 at 10:38am     
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amellee
Beautiful clean lines. Saying that, interiors are overwhelming by all this wood. It's too much for me. However beautiful it is, it's definetly not for me indors. Too much of wood, too much of this colour which in smaller doses I like a lot.
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#1: this is what a great architect can do for you ! Amazing !
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Houzz Tour: A Cubist Confection Oriented Toward Nature

Dramatic yet understated, a West Vancouver house defers to its woodland and ocean setting Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Wow!
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mcmqueen
A marriage of art and engineering. Truly a spectacular house in an amazing setting. Bravo to the architect!
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shubham3040
Simplicity is the ultimate example of Sofistication ! And this is the ultimate example for the proverb !
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Great Garden Combo: Rose + Clematis for Small-Space Impact

We all need somebody to lean on. And when a rose supports a climbing vine, the results can totally transform a small garden Full Story
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I read this suggestion years ago and tried it. The roses overwhelmed the clematis and has every year since. I'm amazed there's any clematis plant left. Just pruned the roses back a LOT and will once again try to encourage the clematis.
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Capeanner it may just be that you inadvertently selected a combination which wasn't a good match. I think you'd find the book I recommended very helpful and you should be able to find it in your library
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Evoke Mystery and History With Moss in the Garden

Go ahead, lie about age. Moss on garden statues, planters and pavers creates the beautifully deceptive look of time’s passing Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Heard about this years ago but never tried it. Thanks for reminding me.
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Before you mix up your buttermilk, check out this site. This guy knows his stuff. http://www.mossandstonegardens.com/blog/how-to-grow-moss/
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Thanks gwluthy what a wonderful site. Love it!
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Dar Eckert
I forgot to mention to be sure to get under cabinet lighting. I have a north facing kitchen and not much light in winter and those under cabinet lights are wonderful to add warmth on those dreary days. I use it more than the overhead lights.
April 11, 2014 at 8:43am     
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You will need more than one center light. The school house lights are great because they are simple in appearance and disperse light in all directions. Some are rated up to 150 watts which you can try out. 100 watts of incandescent bulb is not going yield enough light. Task lighting under the cabinets might work.

I suggest re-evaluating your wiring plan for overhead lights. Adding one more over a breakfast area will probably be a good option. If you have to swag one over temporarily, there are lots of light fixtures that can be used that way. Try lightingdirect.com to see what is out there.
April 12, 2014 at 1:18pm   
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get something with at least three bulbs. flush mount...simple and ample lighting is the way to go here. low ceilings dont call for much more then that. the directional will be ok but im not a fan when the ceilings are low. if this is the main light source for the room, do not do exposed bulbs, or clear glass, by the time you get the brightness you need the glare from the bulbs will kill you... go for halogen, or regular based sockets. halogen is great light, or regular sockets so you can mess around with different bulb options.
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Dar Eckert
Here's a nice example of concrete block wall. This one appears painted or stained.

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Beautiful dark gray paint
April 11, 2014 at 8:40am   
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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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Dar Eckert
Another thought is that with each construction, Mother Nature's stabilizers (vegetation) is removed and will the neighbors build to this standard? Seems like there is a reason that no one has built here before.
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sartarehare
Showcase Gardens, while nothing is 100% sure, there are certainly places that are FAR more likely to experience natural disaster than others based on major yearly weather patterns or historical data. The rest of us would fall prey to something out the ordinary if one were to occur and this makes us usually pretty insurable as well. In my area, flooding is an issue (Seattle rain) but it is very unlikely that I will lose any more than sub-level flooring or something stored on the floor of my garage. Overall low risk.
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jltmb
This is a beautiful house; it looks practical, comfortable, thoughtfully designed inside and out, and very attuned to its setting. Discussions of natural disasters the world around aren't relevant here.
April 12, 2014 at 5:57am     
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Dar Eckert
Sorry, I can't be more specific. Hopefully, one of the professionals can make a recommendation.
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Dar Eckert
Thanks & good luck on your project
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Cedar shakes were my first choice, not an affordable choice unfortunately. I took 5 months to choose this "New Designer" color. What was I thinking? I am going to try a sample of edgecomb gray and pale yellow. BM Marina Gray is on the list too. I have tried white, it is very crisp, and clean. Seems a little mundane. Should I match the shutters to the roof color?
Thank you all for your recommendations!
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I would bring the brownish burgundy down onto the garage door and front door and a soft gray for the trim, or maybe even a redder burgundy for the trim.
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Great Ways to Dress a Bay Window

If you’re hemming and hawing over curtains and shutters — or nothing at all — these bay window treatment ideas can help Full Story
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Yes, it helps me see that the unused shutters in my basement are going to stay there. Thank you, I keep thinking that unused shutter + need for window treatment = shutters on windows, but you'd made me see that all it does not.
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How to Help Your Town’s Beneficial Birds and Bugs

Make a habitat using local materials to provide a home to the creatures that help our gardens Full Story
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GRRRR!!!! A major part of the problem is the "must not leave a single fallen leaf" HOA or city beauty codes that ensure a barren landscape.

I had several encounters with the city beauty police about leaving the duff under my mesquites, and one of my neighbors now HATES my "messy" and "trash-filled" yard because it's not 1/2 acre of swept gravel.

On the other hand, I've had red-tail hawks land and take branches away to their nests.
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April 7, 2014 at 8:42pm     
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Dar Eckert added 1 photo to ideabook: family room
   Comment   April 10, 2014
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Dar Eckert
Here's a couple of ideas

1. stucco the front and add decorative tiles.
2. add some awnings over the door and dormer windows
3. Plant a tree on the right side of the house to conceal the way the house juts out on that end.



Homer Clifton Oatman, AIA
Private Residence II
April 8, 2014 at 6:36am      Thanked by emma713
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Dar Eckert
To make the door appear more balanced in the gable, put the house numbers large and vertical next to the door on the right.

Another balancing idea is to build a small deck at the top of the stairs that is as wide as the gable. Then put some pots of flowers on the area to the right of the door or perhaps a small bench there. One of the photos shows a raised platform with a pot of plants on top. That could work for you here too.

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Once Upon a Front Porch
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April 9, 2014 at 8:48am      Thanked by emma713
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Dar Eckert
It would look nice to have a bench or chair to the right of the door to remove shoes. The a runner rug could extend from the door in front of the bench. Here's a couple of examples.

Jennifer and Chris
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April 8, 2014 at 8:27am   
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jrwagner_author
If you consider removing the tile and replacing it with matching hardwood, the only way to truly match would be to install the same size and species of hardwood (unfinished), sand the existing finish from the surrounding areas then stain everything the same color. I would recommend using a pro to handle a project like that.
Good luck!
April 8, 2014 at 11:30am   
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Dar Eckert
How about a photo of your actual dining set?
April 8, 2014 at 6:11am      Thanked by sonyaoc
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April 11, 2014 at 7:30am        Thanked by sonyaoc
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sonyaoc
The pic is of the MODEL. These are not my furnishing.
April 11, 2014 at 8:11am   
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olau
I wanted to show progress on my cabinets! It's going slowly..especially with this cold weather..have to wait till spring to take whatever I can outside and wide open all windows..
December 4, 2013 at 2:29pm     
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Dar Eckert
What does the rest of the house look like? You will probably have to have similar detail elsewhere on your home to make it look like it's just not an afterthought.
April 7, 2014 at 2:38pm   
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Dar Eckert
If this were my home I would get rid of the chair rail and wall papers first and paint the walls. It looks like you have some blue in the carpet so I would start with that. Reupholster the chair seats in a crisp white. Curtains navy blue.

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April 7, 2014 at 2:27pm     
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njmomma
or these
April 9, 2014 at 11:35am   
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njmomma
Find blue curtains that you love first, then get paint to match.
April 9, 2014 at 11:36am   
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Jill Wolff Interior Design
that sounds very practical....I like a distressed "bomber jacket" kind of leather.
March 3, 2014 at 7:13am     
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Dar Eckert
Camel color may work but you'll need a new rug something with navy in it. Camel and navy blue is a classic combo.
April 7, 2014 at 1:58pm   
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hayleydaniels
If you don't want to go with leather, go with a nice upholstery fabric rather than vinyl.
April 3, 2014 at 4:32pm     
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Patricia Colwell
Since you are using these in a monochromatic space I would go for something with a wow factor, but if the choice is leather or vinyl , leather it is.
April 6, 2014 at 6:56am     
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Sigrid
Vinyl often looks cheap, but it has nothing to do with color. If your room is beige, beige vinyl won't make the room less monochromatic. Pink suede would be as colorful as the same shade of pink vinyl, more comfortable and more elegant.
April 6, 2014 at 8:56am     
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