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Looks like the room could benefit from having 2 seating arrangements.
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Dar Eckert
Is this room only a living room? Looks like you could put dining area across from the bathroom or to the right of the door. I really hate the location of the bathroom as the it opens right out in the main living area. Can the door be moved to another location?
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Dar Eckert
Keep the piano, maybe where the table is now. What fun playing piano & tasting wine. You need to show us more of the room to get something that works with your décor. We're all just guessing.
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Susan
I disagree, Diane. I worked with a designer many years ago. She encouraged me to look through magazine and catalogs, and clip photos and articles to create a file of things that I like. That way, it gave her a good idea into my likes and dislikes.

At the time, we didn't have the advantage of the internet to speed up the process. I believe that is the purpose of a site such as houzz.
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Brandi Nash Hicks
Ask for all the advice you feel you need ,that is what we are here for
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feeny
That's a good example, and I would make the upper cabinet angled as well for consistency.
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Dar Eckert
Its a simple fix really. Just angle the cabinet by the door.
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Dar Eckert
We put a skylight in our dark bathroom. Never regret it for a minute.
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We are very lucky and I do have to drag myself away.... Here is said insane window cleaner man on the smaller one and the other one above the fan is double that size. It might give you a better idea of how big they are to see crazy man at work. The double one is probably like the second photo you posted of your morning fun. That size looks good because of the way it lines up with your fireplace and other windows.

As for the naysayers, skylights have come a long way and, as I said, the ones that open on a pivot are more problematic, but even that is just a maintenance issue. We never have to have a light on until the sun sets (I think our electricity company hates us).
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In fact, they do look pretty big. We would get the non-opening kind due to keeping our windows closed due to allergies. My husband also loves your room.
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Dar Eckert
Don't think you could get plants to grow there. They need light.
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studio10001
Your stairlift occupant will spend more time looking at the opp. side wall than others will so, after adding a rail, consider blowing up a favourite photo of theirs, and having it tinted, framed and lit. If the other alcove remains, placing a few handbuilt pieces there would be enough to support the enlargement.
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I agree with the other posters that the deep ledge is rather a waste of space. There are 3 adjacent walls that might have the potential for expanding into it (assuming they are not outside walls) It's a huge dust collector with no way to clean it or anything you put on it. Or could you just open it up into the stairway? I would put a large painting over the narrow ledge, and perhaps change that light fixture for something lower that you can access easier to change the bulbs? Get your wow from the art and the lighting.
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Dar Eckert
Seems like a small retaining wall along both sides of the house would help immensely but they are costly, The retaining wall would be placed on the slope of the hill and serve to direct water away from your house. I get the impression that you are not a gardener so definitely get info from a landscaper about plants that require minimum maintenance/water.
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I agree with taking out the shrubs. Instead install some Hanging Garden Trellises from grownsolutions.com. They can be hung in front of windows for a natural air conditioning, privacy screen effect, or installed over bare walls to create a beautiful non-invasive green wall. Either way they would create a very unique focal point to your front yard. They are also portable so you can re-arrange their placement or move them out of harms way during inclement weather.
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Dar Eckert
Wouldn't recommend painting the foundation black, it draws too much attention to it. The area between sidewalk and foundation is a hard area to landscape due to the alkalinity from the concrete and dryness. Talk to a landscaper about what to use in your area. What area are you in?
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Dar Eckert
Keep in mind water requirements as hydrangeas are perfect but water guzzlers.
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bettesfiddle
It's a beautiful house and I like the shutters and wouldn't take then off.
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You could install some Hanging Garden Trellises from grownsolutions.com. They can be hung in front of windows for a natural air conditioning, privacy screen effect, or installed over bare walls to create a beautiful non-invasive green wall. They are also portable so you can re-arrange their placement or move them out of harms way during inclement weather.
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The Inevitable Future of Drones Around Your Home

As Google joins the push for airborne deliveries, it seems only a matter of time before neighborhoods are buzzing with drones. Is that OK? Full Story
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Dar Eckert
Drones have their place but they should have designated routes. In this area they would make great target practice.
on Sunday at 12:09PM     
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Dar Eckert
Yes, they would be more fuel efficient but too bad about all the truck drivers, they're SOL. This is why we don't have jobs but it's inevitable anyway.
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ddelongc
Nonotechnology is already here and drones the size of insects can already spy on us so delivering packages are the least of our problems.
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Gerald Lorentz
Love the controversy that an excellent article like this one generates. . .

When I was in college the photo-drone would have been a great device as the women's dorms were not integrated and standing on the shoulders of a frat bother was pure grief!

[ Get a grip Cohort - My sister who followed me (same college) said something along the same line about how they would "accidently" leave their sorority room drapes open for the frat brothers to suffer.]

Now I wish I had one for photographing the property. My sister remarked to me once that drones would be great to take "dramatic weather" aerial shots along the seacoasts. . . funny how priorities change with age.
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Decorative Philosophy
PS. Line your walkway with your boxwoods or ilex (hard to see what they are) so you have a continuous hedge in a few years.
Put tall evergreens ( spring for something at least 8', don't wait for this) on either side of the door, planted right in the ground.
K & J
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Dar Eckert
What color do you like? Here's a thought for you, look at the covered walkway on this house. Something like that would look good on yours too!

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Dar Eckert
Loose the hedges and paint the fence and window cover pale blue. Get rid of the shutters!
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Angel18432
Actually the fence might be nice if we could see it. Also, get rid of the little shutters each side of window.
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I would take out the shrubs and the fence behind it to open up the courtyard area. Then for the bare walls I would install some hanging garden trellises from grownsolutions.com
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K Kun
Thanks I was thinking of putting a narrow tree on each side of the stairs at the back near the house. What would you suggest? Something 5 to 7 ft tall I was thinking
on Sunday at 10:43AM   
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Dar Eckert
Replace your railings with white wood to match the trim on the awning above your door.

Take out your existing sidewalk in front of your house and make it wider and similar to the sidewalk on the side of your home. Make a wide curve in the sidewalk from the side walk on the right side of your yard to connect with the front walk.

Then plant the area from the white fence to your new sidewalk with flowering shrubs and perennial flowers. Fill the entire area to the street. There will be a large area between your new curved sidewalk and the house. Fill that area with a mix of shrubbery and flowers, unfortunately, you'll need to redo the bed on the right side of the house. You could really use some taller plants in there anyway. Then clear the bed on the left side of the house where you have the barrel planter and put a small tree in there like a ornamental crab or something similar in height.
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Dar Eckert
Does the house have a second floor to utilize dormers? As far as the front yard, yes remove those overgrown shrubs & get rid of that white rock. I kind of like the brick along the driveway but I would add more. Add a 1/4 circle of brick that covers the area from the driveway to the edge of the raised step. I have attached an example although many look better than this one. You can order them to fit. We did that in the same area of the driveway and it's great to keep snowfree so can walk from the driveway to house wide and inviting. Then landscape. You will probably want to add a tree in your yard. It blocks the tall roof which is inevitable on a cape cod house. When I get home I will take a photo.

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Yep. As I said above, the shrubs will definitely be going. They would have to in order to add a front porch.
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jhayesmlumber
Remove the overgrown shrub in front of the window and the tree in front of the door. When replanting foundation shrubs, always make sure to choose plants that will not block your door or window at their mature height. I like the brick along the driveway. You can increase the interest of the driveway and porch by having a concrete pro come out to do stamped concrete designs. Ombre colors can be added too.
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Dar Eckert
Well, go with a blue roof. Then trim around windows purple charcoal sash.
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Despite suggestions to paint the vinyl, I can't help but feel this would be a HUGE mistake, as vinyl is flexible and paint can easily chip off. What a mess. Since you are stuck with white vinyl for now, then you have to work with that. Since you are replacing the roofing, this is a great opportunity to bring in a bold color and I would recommend green shingles. Paint the trim a darker shade of green. Keep the columns white. That door looks colonial and should be replaced with a craftsman style of door. Get a fiberglass door in a Mahogany color. Down the road, when you can afford it, replace the vinyl siding with cement board siding (James Hardie brand) in a cedar shake style, then you can paint it a traditional Craftsman color. Sherwin Williams has some great color combos to look at in their store or on their website.
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Thanks. We have decided not to paint the vinyl and the photo is a bit dated---door was replaced with craftsman door and hanging plants long gone. We plan to keep the roof in a dark gray to give us more options to change paint color in the future because as soon as that vinyl wears out we are getting some color!! :)
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Dar Eckert
Looks like Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style, Judy G. Nice!
on Sunday at 12:04PM     
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wyolinda
That's very pretty, MarleneM. I'm thinking irregular rock-look brick, or actual stone shapes. Your photo definitely looks like a house in place.
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MarleneM
Thanks, this look would suit the prairies. I would also recommend cladding the chimney in stone.
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Dar Eckert
Grown Solutions, find another venue to advertise. We're sick of seeing this solution for every situation.
on Sunday at 6:55AM     
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Dar Eckert
Sorry grown solutions, I like the views and they seem to block them. Prefer landscaping
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Old post.
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No worries Dar, there's just so many applications for them, it wouldn't do them justice to just limit their use to providing shade and privacy in front of windows. Anyway, to each their own.
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Marlo
Love your selections! The house will be reborn and look lighter, brighter, and cleaner. You will not tire of those colors. Add a punch of color with potted flowers. Go with it!
on Sunday at 8:32AM   
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Great house with lots of detail. What color is the roof?
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Dar Eckert
Home Grown Solutions find another venue to advertise. Sick of seeing this for every post.
on Sunday at 6:56AM     
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Dar Eckert
I remember my parents modern house from the early 50's it had salmon trim and was brick similar to yours. For a really fun alternative color consider salmon trim to the fascia with charcoal or cream body.
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To find your climate zone and the appropriate plants, type your zip code into this page: http://www.garden.org/zipzone/ . For example, Zone 9B is southern California coastal and inland valleys.

Big trees are stressed by lack of water due to the drought. Hang on for a few months to see if they sprout when rain comes.
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I will do that . I sure hope they do because I was one of the things I loved was the large old trees. I have several in the backyard that seem to be doing alright so far. I'm assuming that they didn't get watered for many years and I'm surprised they are still alive.
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Decorative Philosophy
1. Watch before you paint, hire a pro to do it as Margaret mentioned, disaster can easily occur.
2. Ditch the stove and find one that you really like such as Patricia mentioned.
3. Now you can do whatever you like with the colors. Choose your favorites,
paint at least 3 different color ways on cardboard that is at least 2' x 2', preferably larger and live with these samples during the day as the light changes in different parts of the room.
4. Then choose your color and have a pro do the painting!
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Dar Eckert
As Pat Colwell suggested, I would remove the paneling and brick. Here are a couple of more modern looks with tile. Looks like you'll have to deal with the railings on the stairs, new door and light oak trim. It will be fun to upgrade your space.

Houseboat -- a Seattle Floating Home Renovation
A Ranch Re-dressing Hanover NH
Euclid Residence
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Dar Eckert
The area above the cupboards will be impossible to remove without also removing the cabinets. Its a big project.
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cgreenhere
definitely not ready for a whole kitchen make over yet- but I can do the Rustoleum and new counter-top. Love the fun art idea.
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Lynne Mysliwiec
Are the cabinets laminate or painted wood? If you are going to paint them you need to get the right kind of paint so that it adheres to the substrate. Pick the wrong paint and it will peel off in sheets and waste all the hard work.
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Dar Eckert
Oh come on, you mean your builder can't figure out how to do it? It really needs crown molding in that area. Follow the wall into the recessed area. It will look great, really.
last Saturday at 5:12PM     
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grobby
Get a good trim carpenter to finish this area. They will know exactly what to do and save you a lot of time and worry.
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leelee i am actually talking about the bare area above the front door, the area you are referring to is actually our loft, we just haven't installed the banisters yet. Thanks
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Maureen
Everything works - wall color, tile, cabinets and counter. You could add a mat to break up the space and colors.
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Denita
Also agree with ppf and alwayslooking: replace the landscaping. Make an entrance with a wide walkway and colorful front door. Open up the front like one of these inspiration pics below:
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Dar Eckert
How much space do you have beyond the patio? It looks like you could use more patio space for your dining area as well as covered space for kids to play. What part of the country are you in? Planting a tree will also help to get shade in the future so do that now.
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Kelly D
We painted the patio in a dark brown and yes, that is an outdoor carpet. The sunsail keeps the rain out (except for really heavy rain that blows in from the side). Our sail is from Frontgate but after we bought ours I found them on overstock for much less! If you google sunsail you'll see other pics - much better than the ones I posted.
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http://www.houzz.com/sun-sail this link should take you to other pics of sunsails on Houzz
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Dar Eckert
The wall between the entry and living room should be removed. Even you have to leave a column, the room will look larger. Get a front door with lites in it to introduce more light in that area.
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Dar Eckert
One more thought. I think removing the cabinets from the wall would also help. They seem out of place near the fireplace but can't see how they look from the room behind the fireplace.

Light gray would be a good color for the walls. A rug that is angled the same as the fireplace would be a good place to start in the living room. Then put your furniture in the same angle as the rug. It will leave a few interesting corners and open space for fun stuff like large plant, sculptural light or nothing at all.
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Vivi, when you click in the comment field, there's a button below that says "Attach images." You can attach up to four.
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Rina
Amanda, how about standing way back, then, to take a picture and say "this is the view we want to improve"? The pics above were a bit hard to deal with as far as roof line is concerned (not that I'd necessarily be the best person to talk about that, but there are others that could).

I'm thinking specifically terracotta, or perhaps a stone tile ... something that's not too super-duper modern, with a sense of the past. There is a lovely old-family feeling to that porch that I think should be retained.
last Saturday at 10:10AM   
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Dar Eckert
The flat roof is a good choice for that corner. However, I would replace the post and railing. First, tear out the planter and remove that big bush next to the sidewalk and remove the sidewalk too. Now the idea is to make the entrance highly visible. I would put a beam or wide fascia around the edge of the roof and square posts one where the planter was but against the wall. (this will hide any damage to the stone from removing the planter) The posts should be the same thickness as the fascia board. Look at the photo below and see how the wide fascia frames the roof and is the same width as the column. I don't think a railing is helpful as you want to feel like you are in the garden and you have a lovely garden next to the patio. Now imagine how the columns and fascia will frame the patio and bench. So welcoming.

Build a wide walkway from the front of the house, It could be as wide as the patio or you could make it a little narrower but not much, and make it a little curved.

Stone is quite popular so I wouldn't change it. It really is a selling feature of the house.

Take the bench and paint it a bright color, yellow, orange, turquoise. Add pots of flowers.


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Dar Eckert
No need for additional window trim, it looks great now. The patio and walkway are just great. Now you just need to do landscaping. Your shrubs are really boring as are the flower beds. Get thee to a landscaper! Add some interest on your patio with a bright orange Adirondack chair and pots of flowers.
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Thank you again, lefty47. Our neighbor up the street has drought tolerant plantings and we just heard a friend talking about Eco Grass. I need to check all of it out (especially if this drought continues).

It's funny, planmaam. My husband and I were just wondering last week if we should paint the brick. We just painted the house (Sherwin Williams Dovetail is the color you see in the picture). Instead of trying to match the brick (which was there when we moved in), I tried to match the flagstone (which was something we added). The brick stands out (in a bad way) esp. because the plants in front aren't mature enough to cover it. Inside, on a relative's advice, we did exactly what you suggested: the brick fireplace is a darker shade of the walls. If we take the plunge and paint the brick, we'll make sure it's a darker shade than Dovetail. That's a really great tip to anyone who has brick work they plan to paint.

And, thank you, Dar: Adirondack chairs are in the works! (Hopefully by next year.) That's a great suggestion to add pots/planters too. I'm going to start researching colors for those now. I wish I could have taken the pictures of our house in the fall. That's when the candytuft border we have in the landscaping blooms. It's really magnificent then. :)

Thank you all for the great suggestions! Really appreciate them! Our last place had zero curb appeal so I really want this place to. :)
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Here's some planter ideas...Hanging Garden Trellises from grownsolutions.com can be hung in front of windows, for a natural air conditioning privacy screen effect, or in front of bare walls as a lovely focal point for otherwise difficult areas. They are also portable so you can move them out of harms way during inclement weather.
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Dar Eckert
The color of the tile is lovely. You really need some small fixes as mentioned above. New pewter, chrome or nickel hardware. New window treatments, I would go with a roman shade in blue and white print or all white shade. Remove the large mirror and get two smaller framed mirrors. An all white bath with that blue would look nice. Add some darker sea blue and yellow touches like rugs and accessories.

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Wow, that's a real jolt of color overload. I love the comments you received and think the lighting suggestion by Dar is perfect for that room. The current shades look overly heavy and might be replaced with light curtains or sheer white or beige shades.
last Saturday at 11:38AM      Thanked by Kenny Chow
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Denise Marchand
You sure got a double whammy with the bathrooms! Please don't tell me you have another one - in pink!

This blue one is simple. Crisp white always looks good with blue. But, I would paint the vanity a slate blue and the walls a grayish-greenish like the pic. Use black accents and paint a black glossy trim on the edge of the blue tile. Red and coral accents for art would be cool. The mirrors (2) should have a black frame and add light sconces.
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You need a complete landscape design plan. Many quality nurserys have landscape designers on staff--try to finda local nursery who can provide these services.
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Dar Eckert
What area of the country are you in? I do agree that you should talk to a landscaper. Its not so much that you need more plants but more variety in height, color, texture etc. so a garden design by a professional will really help.
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Dar Eckert
Soft yellow/orange would be a good color to neutralize the blue. So I was thinking to paint the upper wall a light gray color. Then add a shower curtain with some orange in it. Like the print curtain example. Then add orange mat and towels.


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Dar Eckert
JudyG we're on the same page again!
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Dar Eckert
Here's one more shower curtain option.


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Thank you JudyG Designs for explanation of paint
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catlady999
As I mentioned, there are light fixtures specifically designed for wet areas. You'll need an electrician to make sure the proper wiring gets done. How much trouble this might be to do depends on the accessibility to the ceiling above the shower. But you won't believe the difference having one makes. Truly like night and day.
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leelee
Agree with Natalie, paint, paint and paint. Do cabinets and walls as Natalie suggests in the Scarp Ridge Lodge and paint the floor ocean blue with pale aqua blue ceiling. White or linen slipcovered furniture.
last Friday at 12:39PM     
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Dar Eckert
Consider stained concrete for the floor. Not sure of the cost and whether it is a do it yourself project or not. I also like LeeLee's idea of the painted flooring in blue. I'm not usually one for ripping out storage but those cabinets look like wasted space unless you use the room for crafts or projects. Tearing them out may create a lot of work to fill holes & drywall if there is no paneling behind them. So, I would paint them and the walls white. Not sure what is on the top of the cabinets but I read in a houzz article that painting the surface with chalkboard paint gives the illusion of soapstone. That would look nice with the white cabinets.


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Dar Eckert
Consider putting a sliding door up there. Then you could use the space for infrequently used items like luggage, sleeping bags, etc.
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holly1979
The room is 12x16. It's going to be my twelve yr old daughter's room. I was thinking about putting a mural up there, or a loft. I'm just not sure if it's wide enough for a loft.
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Rachel Bangel
Bookshelves!!!! Put up a railing and sliding ladder so you can easily get into the closet. Some big fluffy beanbags and a lamp!
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Have you considered a shelving unit with a Perforated Metal screen? It could be a way to bridge the space without the need to match the existing cabinets exactly. Our website www.mcnichols.com has many different options for Perforated Metal.
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Dar Eckert
It all comes down to the fact that the existing cabinet is not conducive to adding another cabinet on the bare wall. You either have to replace the existing cabinet or live with the blank wall. How about adding a cork board, peg board, chalk board etc in that spot. If you had a peg board or something similar, you could hand items from it like pans, potholders etc.
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Dar Eckert
The photo of the sectional with the pillows looks very monochromatic which is a nice safe look. The sofa looks much lighter in color than the original photo, which I like. You've got a good start to add character to the room by the other items in your room. Now add a plant to the room by the windows, get some art for the wall & move the TV.
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Your walls need some art to bring the eye up and take attention away from the tv. I would recommend collecting a few pieces of original art that you love that can hang together in clusters.
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Dar Eckert
Now that you have determined the direction that you want to go, I think I would check with a contractor to getting the front redone. Reface the brick with stone and replace the door surround (and door? can't see it) at the same time. You will also need to deal with the steps as they are brick faced too. Is there diagonal siding on the side and back of your home too? Perhaps you can just do the front if the diagonal is only on the front.
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Do NOT add shutters!!! Shutters would just be wrong on this house. Beef up the the trim around the windows, because it looks non-existent. Change the colonial trim around the door for something less traditional. You've mentioned adding stone several times, so it seems that's something you want to do. I think a stone veneer over the brick and on the lower half of the house would look good. I'd like to see a large long piece of trim at the bottom of the diagonal siding, it just doesn't look finished to me. I also like the suggestion someone made of extending your steps; their picture fit with your contemporary preference.

Everyone always suggests green to go with yellow houses. Green is again a very traditional look, and you want contemporary. I think a dark gray would look wonderful on your house for the trim and then go with natural wood doors to keep it from feeling cold.

That's it for the hardscapes... Now for the softscapes. You took out some shrubs, but you still need plants around your house to give it curb appeal. Bring in some color with your plants I don't know how much you like to work in the garden, but depending on how much work you want to do, go with some great perennials and some leafy bushes.
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This is a contemporary house but has several traditional elements that need replacing...namely the round columns, the trim around the door, and the brick. Could you paint the brick to lesson it's presence ? Can you visually bring down the height of that overhang by installing some arched supports over square columns ? This will give it a meatier look.
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Grown Solutions
These Hanging Garden Trellises can be hung from ceiling rafters in front of bare walls or windows -for a natural air conditioner effect.
last Wednesday at 2:43PM   
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Dar Eckert
Can you remove the small patch of grass and fill it with more stone? If not remove it and fill it with rock. Then remove the shrubs under the roofline. Fill the garden bed with flowers. It probably is dry there run some drip irrigation there to supply the garden bed. Maybe add a small bench in front of the brick wall with another pot or two of flowers.
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Hooks and Lattice
Since the garage is the most visible from the street, make it shine! Adding garage door hardware and door surrounds would make it pop. This article explains how to choose garage door hardware: http://blog.hooksandlattice.com/2013/08/06/choosing-installing-decorative-garage-door-hardware/
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Dar Eckert
Tear out the shrubs and make a patio and wide walkway. Notice the two last photos that have a wide sidewalk to the door. So inviting. Now here is a thought. In the first photo a covered pergola delineates the walkway to the house. How about building one or a pergola straight out from the front door. Place it past the garage doors. So that it is the first thing you notice instead of the garage doors. Once you go into the pergola, the front door is framed and a wide walkway leads to it.

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last Wednesday at 3:23PM   
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I like your hanging plants on the pergola. Why not something like that for the bare wall up front? One of these would work beautifully.
last Wednesday at 2:30PM   
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Dar Eckert
I am assuming that the door with the awning over it is the main door. How about extending the roof out about six to eight feet over the sidewalk. Build a little deck or patio under the extended roof. Of course remove that little awning over the door that is really a big part of the problem. Depending upon your budget, you could make the entry spectacular. I have attached a photo of a house that you should check out. Imagine the solid wall placed to the right of your door and a sloped roof matching the slope of your roof. You will also need to add posts on the left for support.

really, check with local builder to see what is possible.

The other side of your house is really lovely



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Dar Eckert
Matching the color of the cabinets makes sense. I would replace the valance with a blind. The wood blinds below have some of the dark brown so would be one choice. Lower the print or replace it with a larger one. Here's an example of poster art but many to choose from or go to ETSY and look for something made by an artist.

Bamboo Roll Up Blinds - (48 in. x 72 in.)

Maxwell Dickson "Rainy Nights" Times Square New York Canvas Print Artwork
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im liking the whole idea of the two tone color on the walls.
last Thursday at 10:59AM   
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carolins
I used a combination of the Sherwin-Williams color visualizer and photoshop. The colour on the back wall is Jalapeno and I think the other one is Blonde. Be warned, they may still look different in real life. Always test a colour out.
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ritasj
#railing design ,by the way, is exquisite
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Dar Eckert
Paint the deck railings and lattice a charcoal color. Pick a green color that coordinates with the brick on the chimney. (I really like the stone on the chimney)
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You could ass a grasscloth wallpaper and paint the cabinets a bright white and update metal finishes to polished chrome
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Dar Eckert
Go with blinds that cover the glass block, something light that allows light in would be perfect. I specifically like the second example.

Get some boxes, baskets or similar to store your on counter bath products. They look better corralled in a bin of some kind.

Look for new knobs for the vanity or try spray painting the ones you have.

Not sure of the color of the tile but if it is white, paint the entire room white. If not go with blue-green as suggested above.

New towels & rugs!

Paint mirror frame silver or white.

Good luck!

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Dar Eckert
Painting the front door a lighter color like white or a complementing color like orange would certainly help. Some pots of flowers on the porch and entrance would also jazz it up a little. Landscaping would also be another excellent choice. Another idea is to upgrade the sidewalk, how about extending it to the street and using paving stones.

Nice house!

Reproduction Peoria, IL. Saltbox House
Peter Wodarz, Milileu Design
last Wednesday at 12:04PM   
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chuppi
stone pathway bordered with plants would add to the charm I guess :)
last Wednesday at 1:33PM   
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Hooks and Lattice
Beautiful home! Easy curb appeal additions: Window Boxes, Planters and Exterior Shutters on the lower level would look fab!
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I prefer the second photo, the one with three lights in the door, maybe because I like that door better and the fact that it is centered. However, the door with the transom is also ok. One thing to consider about an 8' door is how it will look on the inside with more traditional door heights near proximity.
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Ritasj, LOVE the gray slate idea and stone column, thank you!
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Grown Solutions
Hang one of these from the white post to the brick.
last Saturday at 12:47AM   
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Dar Eckert
Here's another thought, some tone on tone wallpaper would add some sophistication to the room.

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August 26, 2014 at 7:52AM   
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Dar Eckert
I'd probably do the entire room but maybe some of the designers will weigh in on this.
August 26, 2014 at 8:02AM     
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Dar Eckert
I have recently seen articles about stenciling similar looks to the wallpaper, are you interested in a project?
August 26, 2014 at 8:04AM   
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Ann
7'9" would be a bit small. You need to add 4' to the diameter of the table (which gives you the needed 2' for every chair to pull out). So, that comes to 8'6" (or bigger) for a rug size.
August 26, 2014 at 10:09AM   
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Lynda
Thanks Ann. I wasn't sure of the guidelines. That is helpful.
August 26, 2014 at 11:17AM     
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Dar Eckert
I think I would do the rest of the painting and furnishing before whitewashing the stone. It is a fairly light color already so whitewashing might not have a big effect. If you don't like it you can always whitewash it later.
August 26, 2014 at 7:41AM     
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Dar Eckert
Ha, you kind of missed the point of this website!
August 26, 2014 at 7:56AM     
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leelee
Beautiful view. Be careful when decorating since there are lots of panes, angles, spindles, etc. going on. The previous owner's furniture is very busy and is distracting.

Keep your furniture sleek and simple and avoid lots of little "stuff". Go for larger art and a rug with not much pattern.

Are you going to paint the trim around windows and doors?
August 26, 2014 at 3:42PM   
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tessaweinrath
I have definitely considered painting the trim white. There is a lot going on, with different wood on the ceiling, beams, trim, railings, and even french doors in the dining room….it is very busy! I want to retain the interesting angles and lovely structure, but not have too many things going on. I am not 100% sure if its a good idea to add white trim into the mix? will it just be another addition, or will it blend into the wall and disappear. …...Yes, the furnishings will be very simple and clean lines.
August 26, 2014 at 4:20PM   
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