Diane G.


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Tap Into Stud Space for More Wall Storage

It’s recess time. Look to hidden wall space to build a nook that’s both practical and appealing to the eye Full Story
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Diane G.
Our '70's townhome has 'hidden' space galore! As recently as yesterday, I mentioned opening an area between studs in my too-small kitchen, to use as a desperately needed niche/catch-all.
His standard answer is," it will cost $10,000."...what a buzzkill. And he can actually DO this stuff.
Left alone, I'd have useful nooks and crannies everywhere!!!
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Rosemary Warland
Diane, I agree with Joni ! It's not called DIY for nothing :-) And it might actually happen !
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Mary West
Did this several years ago.
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annafrazer
Paint the ceiling white first., then put a mantelpiece above the fireplace and a huge mirror over it to reflect all the light around the room then think about colour .
July 1, 2014 at 1:50pm        Thanked by hornsbyc
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A Surefire Way to Prevent Sun Damage Indoors

Why let light ruin your furniture, floors and artwork, when the solution could be as simple as applying high-quality window film? Full Story
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Diane G.
After finally noticing that everything near my 6 large, southern- exposure windows had faded, we finally added and/or replaced solar film. Bucking the gray trend, I chose amber film. Now, 'As the sun sinks slowly in the west,,,' the windows of our house are flaming pink.
My neighbors have gotten a good laugh. It's a pretty glow from the inside, though.
(And..Helps with our Texas heat and AC Bill)
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annechase
I agree that glass with sun protection built in is the best long term solution. But if you already have windows which do not need to be replaced, the easier & cheaper solution is tinted film.
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alisoncartwright
Fading is, to some extent, part of the patina acquired over time. Who wants to love in a home that looks like a magazine spread all the time. On the other hand, I have installed windows that have a UV blocker.
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Dare to Go Gray in the Garden

Use neutral gray as a soother, a buffer and a framework for plants in many colors Full Story
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Diane G.
So..Gray is the new...everything..interior, exterior, garden...hair, sky, mood.
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GARDENS are anything BUT lifeless during the winter in non tropical climates. The beautiful red of our climbing hydrangea, the incredible silhouettes of the leafless trees against the crisp winter skies. Look around and we hope you change your outlook.
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Some beach greys as they began to rebuild our beach Fall 2013. So much grey around here but the blue sky and water compliment it so well.
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Houzz Tour: A Georgia Foreclosure Gets a Major Overhaul

Gutting and redesigning turn a mishmash 1925 home into a unified haven with better flow Full Story
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Diane G.
That before kitchen was...kind of hilarious! Layering the area rug over sisal...clever! That big sink for their little boy...great idea and so handy. This is stylish, serene, youthful, yet, timeless! Black room is a show stopper!
June 29, 2014 at 8:59am     
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snug1gles
Does anyone know what they paid and what the cost of the reno was?
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smtadra
Beautiful home! Love every room! Coloring, layout, finishes all perfect! Light fixture in office is gorgeous, source?
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8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff

Consider the small stuff — like switch plates and throw pillows — to give your home a touch of class Full Story
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Diane G.
Details, yes! I have a 'thing' about switch plate covers. They should simply disappear.
Years ago, a designer suggested buying wooden ones to paint/wallpaper 'out.'...
(..or mirrored/stainless where appropriate...and WHY do SO many kitchens have them lined up around the middle of the kitchen backsplash? Turn them sideways and mount them near the counter!)


(AC closet, thermostat and alarm pads next to the front door, ruin my entry...can't be hidden or moved. I've just learned to ignore them.)
June 20, 2014 at 6:51am     
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cindinfocus
When I remodeled to sell our 100+ year old home, I had to do something to the 70's remodeled brass switch plates and doorknobs that had tarnished badly. Since our budget was strained with the recarpeting, new HVAC system, repainting, I had to look for an affordable alternative. It took a few coats of antique bronze finish spray paint, topped with a few coats of satin finish Lacquer left over from my photography career, and every doorknob, strike plate, floor register and switch plate had a fabulous period style look to it. It took several weeks to do, but it made the house!
June 22, 2014 at 7:17am     
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Love, love, love the switch plates!
June 25, 2014 at 2:27pm     
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Houzz Tour: Opening Up a Midcentury Schreiber Home in Phoenix

With fewer walls and a respectful addition, this Arizona feels less boxed in Full Story
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Diane G.
Lucky kids. A great starter home that manages to integrate the different decades effectively. The gravel is both appropriate for Arizona, and very 'Jetson's.'
June 20, 2014 at 6:31am     
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skingftl
Is this actually in Phoenix or is it in Scottsdale? I was raised in the Coronado district of Scottsdale and we had many Schreiber Homes mixed in with the red brick ranch track homes.
June 29, 2014 at 8:28am   
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Lovely remodel.
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Room of the Day: Fun in a Jiffy for a Downtown Dallas Living Room

Who needs nightclubs with an urban space this entertaining? And the designer pulled the entire loft together in just 3 weeks Full Story
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@Charlene

I seriously doubt he's hosting any dinner parties. Perhaps drinks before the club or late night pizza. A pool table will do fine for both.

I like the loft except for the decal. I'm from Dallas and I know what type of woman will be attracted to that. Fake chest, fake tan and fake hair color.
June 16, 2014 at 8:58pm     
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kathleen MK
I guess he wants to stay a bachelor with that stripper pole wall art. That would a big turn off for most women.
June 16, 2014 at 10:53pm     
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Decorating 101: How to Choose Your Colors

Learn where to look for palette inspiration — and one commonly advised place maybe you shouldn’t Full Story
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redpoint
First: I certainly understand the idea that it's best to chose wall color last, but hate the tyranny that it is presented as a rule. When one is moving in to a house, it's beyond convenient to paint and do the walls first, rather than live in chaos for months, especially if you have life circumstances such as kids settling in to a new place and new schools, etc.
Second: If you don't have much furniture, and you are an average person, not someone who can hire a decorator, etc., choosing a color based on the light in the rooms, the mood, and personal preferences, is actually a good place to start. If you have to buy furniture etc. you can almost always buy it in fairly neutral colors, gray, cream, black, brown, etc to fit the color scheme. Isn't it easier, in fact, to have something such as a pre-existing color you already like, to base one's decisions on?
June 14, 2014 at 7:47am     
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wuff
I remain living in my unpainted home as I am too worried I will make yet another decorating mistake :(
June 14, 2014 at 4:09pm     
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Diane G.
My son is young, soon to be married...if she says yes!....and furnishing his first home.
He just built this table for the breakfast area..(sort of steam punk,I think.)
Both my son are doing their first homes and the sources available today are amazing! Good luck!
June 15, 2014 at 8:03am     
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copy11
You are a young couple and your space should give you the young feeling. Paint brown cabinets with white fresh colour . I think you need to edit the room. Make it simple and less stuff in the room.
June 19, 2014 at 7:14pm     
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dkvhaus
Simple, Inexpensive & Effective...

Slip -cover the black ottoman in a patterned fabric. Look for a patterned fabric. Drape. Tuck. Stitch/ (hot glue seams)Voila!
July 1, 2014 at 8:49pm   
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11 Creative and Thrifty Ideas for Bedside Tables

Show your resourcefulness and get a one-of-a-kind nightstand by taking the repurposed route Full Story
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Diane G.
I have used smallish inexpensive baker's racks, an old opened secretary, a large-ish spray painted, round, particle board base(undraped) with a piece of glass on top. Although I prefer a drawer, I never seem to have one.
I need my clock, glass of water, book, kindle, iPad, and hand lotion beside my bed. Not styled and not pretty. Oh well.
June 11, 2014 at 8:40am     
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Wow, some great ideas here !
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love these ideas! thanks for the inspiration
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11 Japanese Maples for Breathtaking Color and Form

With such a wide range to choose from, there’s a beautiful Japanese maple to suit almost any setting Full Story
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Lanie Brown, REALTOR®, Martha Turner Sotheby's
Hubby admires the Japanese maples in his Dad's garden in Dallas, so I clicked on "find your zone" to check this out. Dallas (zone 8) makes the trees happy, but we live in Houston (zone 9A) which is probably too dang hot for them.
June 8, 2014 at 6:41am     
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susanrav4
My husband and I love japanese maples ...78 different varieties , medium and smaller sizes. They are breathtaking spring summer and fall... And in the winter beni kawa and coral bark stand out with their red barks! I can't pick a favorite... I have most the variety you mentioned like Hana Matoi and butterfly to name a few. I love maiku jaku or dancing peacock, orange dream, Osakazuki .. Here's a section of my garden in early spring.. theres orange dream, mikawa yatsubusa, koto no Ito, yezo nishiki, fire glow etc. In the fall the maiku jaku is a kaleidoscope of colors.. the pic doesn't do justice at all. I know my garden needs a professional touch to make it come together.. But oh well, I just plant and garden the best I can.
June 8, 2014 at 8:07am     
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amidprivilege, pruning japanese maples is much more involved than I could put into words here. I've heard that in Japan, a student can major in Japanese maple pruning. Here would be some highlights, though: prune late fall through mid winter... don't prune in spring as the sap is moving and you can possibly injure your trees; prune out branches that cross through the tree and/or rub/touch each other; prune just above a bud terminal; don't prune back more than 1/3 of the tree. Other than that, let your artistic sensibilities guide you. I prune best with a pair of good pruners and a glass of wine, but that's just me. It's better to go slowly and take off a bit too little than overdo it.
June 8, 2014 at 8:46am     
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susanrav4
I just took this picture of my crimson queen in my front flower bed...shin deshojo and itaya japanese maple happily growing and fighting for their space in the garden.
June 8, 2014 at 9:02am     
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Follow One Man’s Midcentury-Mailbox Dream

An ill-fitting mailbox leads a determined dad on a quest — and possibly to a new business Full Story
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lynn
As a child of the 50s, there are a lot of things about that era in design and furnishings that don't bring back warm fuzzy feelings and I don't always 'get' the obsession. However, I'm impressed that someone would go to such lengths to get it just right and take the mailbox design from sketch to production.

BTW, your car doesn't work with the renovation either. Now what?
June 10, 2014 at 5:54am     
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