edithsmom


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About me:
Old woman who enjoys hiking, walking beaches with husband (the birder) & dear old Edith, volunteering @our library, & reading The older I get, the more I need color in my life. 
My favorite style:
Coastal/eclectic/colorful with touches of nature. 
My next house project:
No big house project...moved into a newer condo apt. to avoid those. Do want to paint the bedrooms and an old Ethan Allen maple desk that was my husbands as a teen. 
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toatsmcgoats
i had to "like" kranno's comment because who does that? rude but ballsy.
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Lou
Everything is coming together fabulously! I absolutely adore the crazy-patchwork flooring (though I'm sure it's not actually called that in the trade).
As to the silver leaf- I don't think it will be easy to do the fine details. You may want to use some fine silver paint to fill in all the details first and then try silver leafing over the top. Maybe experiment on some scrap carved wood first?
Wouldn't it be great, if instead of having car parking directly in front of the store, you were able to install bike racks for people to park and lock their bicycles?
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dclostboy
Lou, landscaping was completed yesterday and includes a pad for bike rack with an easy path to the restaurant / store.
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mopsmaureen
My current is eclectic leaning towards an antique mixture (WHAT????) That sounds confusing but that's what 30 years of living here has brought to us…a collection of things very important to us. I will say that in spite of this description, we have a lovely home. We are planning on building a smaller place down in an Ecuadorian valley called Cumbaya and it will be modern. I am wondering what to do with the things we have and will probably end up mixing them in some way. I really do like modern with touches of other styles, especially antiques.
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edithsmom
I have always been attracted to the Carmel-by-the-Sea houses designed by Comstock...the interiors are often decorated casually, with comfy sofas, chairs, maple & cherry furniture and nature-inspired art and accessories. Big fantasy. In real life, we are retired on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and live in a 1200 sq.ft. condo one block off a large town's Main St. and two miles from any beach. Except for the building and location, we have the rest...not sure if our decor is English casual, English coastal or ???, but I wouldn't change it, except to buy better quality sofa and chairs.
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abrowder
We probably hung each item at least 10 times, but we are satisfied with the finished wall. This is not a project for the faint of heart! I could use something interesting under the letter B, but other than that I am happy to say 90 percent of the wall gallery is composed of meaningful items collected over the last 30 years of life together. There are two frames with fabric intentionally added to save space for something new that begs to be included.
last Saturday at 3:22pm     
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abbyjean
Great job! Two suggestions......do not have it extend beyond the couch or up too high even though the ceilings are high. The top row will be lost then.
last Saturday at 4:54pm     
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suellenh
Our guest room is set up with comfort in mind, a comfy bed with freshly laundered linens, plenty of pillows, bedside tables with reading lights, a clock, books, permission to sleep late or to go to the beach at dawn, lots of good conversation, as well as a thorough explanation of where items are in the house. I then say if they need something to just search for it and if they still can't find it to ask for help. This keeps them feeling like a family member and puts me in the non stress zone so that I can enjoy their visit. Our lifestyle is very casual.
June 30, 2014 at 4:38pm     
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skylinewater
I have hooks on the back of all my bedroom doors. Guests can keep their towels separate from everyone else that way. I also have an interesting coat rack near my sliding glass door in the den. After a day at the beach or a dip in the pool, guests can hang their towels on the coat rack so they are dry for the next day.
I used to have all beach towels color coordinated to my home's decor because it made the linen closet so pretty. Then I realized that everyone took a new towel daily because they all looked alike. Laundry nightmare! I live in a beach community and don't have my own washer/dryer!!!
I now have different colored beach towels so everyone remembers his own. Some people reading this might think I should offer each guest a fresh beach towel each day......my home is 1200 square feet and I just had 6 adults and 2 children visiting for four days. Who has room for 32 beach towels in addition to regular bath towels?
July 2, 2014 at 4:18am     
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Margo
I always leave a tip jar in the guest bedroom;))
July 2, 2014 at 6:35pm     
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chookchook2
Happy Independence Day Americans: The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of hospitality:-


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Maureen
The screen suits your living room's décor, could it work across a corner on the left before you enter sun room? Might also look nice behind couch instead of the mirror? The beige sunroom couches look like they are in good condition, just need to give the room some pops of color. For the money you save on the couches, you could put towards other items. Maybe consider a more solid coffee table. Reupholster the wicker cushions with your blue fabric, add bright teal, green, blue cushions to all the seating and some bamboo roman blinds? The furniture placement seems very tight; would the two seater work along window and place the two wickers on the left with a small table in between and single chair opposite. Or per the set up in 1st picture, adding your single chair facing the couch. You could also paint the walls a soft blue. Living Spaces; Delaware Avenue Residence Sunroom; Porch 6061; c3d design - Portfolio;
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rainymorning
Yes, that white etagere looks out of place in your room as well as that little framed picture that does nothing for the wall. Regarding the windows, vertical blinds should be replaced when you can afford it. I assume you need light control on those windows. Traditional wood venetian blinds would look much better or Roman shades.
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happyleg
Tv is in a good spot. You did fairly well, try the other ideas after the coffee table switch.
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northseeker
I really like this room, particularly the red accent wall with the fireplace. I agree that the furniture suite is too matchy-matchy, and you need either an arrangement of more pictures or a larger picture. I love the cornices. They are rather unique and add character to the room. You are doing a good job. Just tinker with things. A room should evolve.
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groveraxle
Somewhere there is a needy, tableless, lampless person just waiting to snatch yours up on craigslist. A little editing, bigger brighter art in a stretched canvas, a round carved coffee table, roman shades will make this room look great. You're halfway there with the red wall and the great color of your furniture. Take the extra step.
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btrollinger
I love all of the design pros and interested members with an " eye" for design who give wonderful hints and tips to those of us who sometimes struggle to get it just right. We post pictures of our home and let you in our private lives. But I have to take issue with some responses! Most of the comments have been good and instructional. For those who make comments like"get rid of everything." I tell you hold your spiteful tongue! Didn't your mother ever teach you, "if you can't say something nice, say nothing at all." Apparently, if she did, you did not listen!
I think the living room is coming along just fine.
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junipergirl
@snappyvulture, I found a mouse caught up in the agitator of my machine. I could smell something rrrrrrreally awful for days. All my clothes were rewashed 5 times over! Maybe your snake could have eaten my mouse instead? Hee hee
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karenevans2014
Drying my cat when I did not notice he had crawled into the dryer to sleep on warm, half dried towels. Restarted dryer and hurried off to work. The neighbors had to take me to the hospital for a sedative when I realized what I had done. After 25 years the story is still occasionally comes up at family gatherings.
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joathome
Timely subject. Just washed my husbands passport in the machine, he is going to the states in days, I went miles up motorway at great time and cost for a replacement and got a parking ticket because the parking ticket fell off the windscreen (landed butter side down) due to heat….then ran to cashpoint and left the money in it which of course had gone when I ran back..yeah, you could say I got the wash day blues…..
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thedarlingsbecca
Solution - Net Laundry Bags - I use small (three bra) size and large (three sweater) sized bet bags for protecting items that are going in the washer, but not in dryer. They receive less "tumble" and are good for glitter tops, etc. Bras - close hooks so they don't hook on net. Sometimes, I put socks in them and then put whole bag in dryer. Fewer missing socks and don't have to hunt for them when they cone out of dryer. Buy net laundry bags at grocery stores, Wal-Mart, bed and bath stores and Target. Catalogs that might have them are Vermont Country Store or Lillian Vernon.
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clemenza2
Not a disaster, just a bad parenting moment......my son's team basketball jersey went missing......my husband and I ran the very ambitious program at our church, and for our son to be out of uniform was a bit of an embarrassment, as well as a problem to fix, mid-season. For the next several weeks we questioned him about the jersey, and used it as a "teaching" moment......it was not a fun time. We later discovered that the jersey had been caught on a seam in the middle of our laundry chute ( where our son said he deposited the jersey, as usual). I can't remember what jogged it and made it fall into the hamper below, but until it did it was out of sight so naturally we assumed it was lost. Unfortunately this was not my worst parenting moment -- I would have to think long and hard to decide which one that was -- but a memorable one. Also humbling......it's not really a bad thing to apologize to your child once in awhile.
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edithsmom
When our children were young ( 25-40 years ago) we did eat breakfast and dinner together! Dinner was better for conversation as several of us were grumpy in the mornings. Now that we are alone and retired, my husband and I arise at different times so never eat together except at dinner.
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kpappal
My husband is retired and I still work, but we eat every meal together every day! I am happy to say it is a family tradition that we've passed onto our sons.
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cabingirl13
Only on Sunday mornings....too darn busy the rest of the week!
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paulabilderback
Funny you brought it up, because just Saturday I finally painted the dresser - and chose creamy white. I just wanted to keep it versatile enough to put it in another room if necessary. We had a busy spring, so I'm just now getting back to this room. Will post pics when done. Thanks!!
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mrs_m_goldsmith
I've always been affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder, hate the problem, love the acronym ;-). The quality of light seriously affects my mood and sense of wellbeing. Also, I simply cannot sleep when there is any light in the room. Conversely, if there is no light in the room, I might sleep 12-14 hours! So with the SAD and the quality of sleep issue, I was always tired and cranky, definitely not nice to be around a lot of the time.

The solution was a combination of a blackout shade (the type that has suction cups on and sticks to the window, as we are tenants) and a Lumie bodyclock. The blackout shade allows me to block out all the light in the bedroom and the bodyclock has a daylight-coloured lamp that gradually comes on in the morning, waking me naturally, and gradually going off at night, lulling me to sleep -- all at the times I set, rather than seasonal dawn/dusk. (Look for sunrise/sunset feature, but be sure it's a daylight lamp.)

With this in place, I get a regular 8 1/2 hours sleep every night and my mood has improved considerably! (And my better half agrees! ;-) So, if you have problems sleeping, you might want to try the combination of blackout shade and bodyclock.
20 hours ago     
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livingonlobsterlake
Try sleeping in Alaska in the summer, when the sun sets at midnight and rises at 4 a.m. -- in between it's still light enough to read a newspaper outside! Blackout shades or lined curtains are a must. Some desperate folks line their bedroom windows with aluminum foil for the summer -- not a great design statement but it allows for a good night's sleep! I love light waking me up in the morning, but only when it's time to get up anyhow -- about October before that will happen.
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Margo
I would put some woven shades in the windows on each side of the fireplace. I would add a warm colored textured throw on the sofa. I would add a floor arc lamp next to the recliner. Adding a round coffee table would take the edge of the room;)
last Thursday at 6:23am     
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leelee
A large painting or two with some color would brighten up your room. A vertical picture near the brown chair and a horizontal for over the fireplace.

These are from etsy.com
last Thursday at 7:07am     
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flannelflower
I would go for a timber coffee table to draw some attention away from fire and toward the seating area. Then add some colour in cushions and some books or candles on coffee table. Black metal table seems Spanish and at odds with rest of room.
last Friday at 1:57am     
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Carol Singletary
I love the room now! What a transformation. I agree with the people who have said all you really need is some lovely artwork. You have done a truly amazing job re-visioning this room. Well done.
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Room still looks really off as far as furniture arrangement. But what matters is that Ann likes it.

Here are 2 possible arrangements, before you start buying things.
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chookchook2
I like the lamp for that room.
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Ann
Hi everyone! Remember all those months ago when I bought the RH coffee table and we discussed something like a soapstone box to put on the coffee table with the TV remotes in it. Well, I never found that box but I went to the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival yesterday and found this heavy pottery bowl and bought it for that purpose. It cost way more than I should have spent, but I really liked it. Also, those that followed/helped me with this room, the interior painting is scheduled to be done in the next two weeks. I'm looking forward to that. In the meantime, I got a new concrete paver patio just last week. So, changes are happening, slowly but surely.
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wickedwhite
I found another place that does framing and more options. So for the new art I am having it framed in a champagne floating frame. It's narrow, but quite deep -- about 2.5". And yes CDR.. It is being wrapped for a floating frame. Should take about two weeks!

As for the bird art, the champagne frame I posted above is about 2" wide. Do people prefer a more narrow frame?
on Monday at 4:51am     
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wickedwhite
How do people feel about a picture ledge above the TV? I found this walnut one at Room and Board. It's just a couple of inches longer than the tv console.. It's an alternative to hanging pictures above the tv.. And the walnut ties in with the floors..
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Ann
WW, I imagine I'm a whole generation (or more) older than you so my dilemmas have been about bringing my home more up to date, but also about removing an awful lot of "stuff" since like most my age, I've accumulated so much. CDR and others have really convinced me to REMOVE stuff. I've been very careful to add very few things back after removing a bunch and, often times, I'm growing to love the way a space or wall looks empty (you know, the whole give the eye a place to rest concept). I love the way your home is so uncluttered, so I'd only add things very slowly, if at all.
on Monday at 9:30am     
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Ann
Oh and LB has really helped me remove stuff too. The two of them kind of worked as a team convincing me to clear off a ledge of "country antiques". Whenever I'd resist the advice of one of them, the other would step in to support their advice, until I finally caved and took all that junk down - lol! They (and many others) worked hard on that dilemma!!!!! I was a bit resistant and a challenging but they hung in there with me. Boy, my house is looking better now!!!
on Monday at 3:51pm     
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lessismoore
I liked the branch in a floor vase, something tall enough to just arch a bit over the tv, but I think you'd be better off not to have a full ledge over it (the tv) or a branch over it. Maybe, just add the bird art near the window for now and see how it feels?
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Katie Miodonski
OMG! It's just a room to relax in! And knock it off with 2 matching chairs balanced by 2 matching lamps, etc. Buy things you LOVE, in colors you LOVE but just one, NOT 2!
on Monday at 4:21pm     
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tracyfields
lol....@katie can you repeat that post I PERSONALLY like things duplicated! Why have only one fabulous thing when you can have two! Thanks for comment!
on Monday at 7:22pm     
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chromatic
Tracy....you are not alone. My eye loves symmetry too. I am trying really hard not to do it right now. I've been tweaking my living room and I have two of every pillow in there. You could have drawn a line right down the middle and had mirror images of the room. I have learned here that it's more interesting to the eye to have things off balance. We now have tons of "decorative" bed pillows because I didn't know what else to do with them.....lol
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Beth De Sio
I'll do that.
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sunnie2day
When I married my DH (at aged 52 and 53) he'd been a lifelong bachelor - lol, the entire house was his 'man-cave' and rather short on real furniture. It was almost immediately apparent he needed a place to call his own so we hit all the charity shops in our market town and within three hours and for under £200 we completely furnished his study!

Every thing in the room except the electronics came from the charity shops and are vintage - except the Edwardian sideboard you can partially see in the far right, it's now a certified antique at over 100 years old. It was also the most expensive piece at a whopping £45:)
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Wilma Van beek
A Tapiovaara rocking chair for € 17,50. Somebody has made a mess of it painting it but I don't care. I entered the shop at the moment it was brought in, held my breath trying to hide my excitement and in the end the chair left the shop one minute after its entrance!
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edithsmom
Christine, "elegant coastal" may not be a decorating term, but you have it in your lovely, well decorated home. As you can tell from most of the comments, most of us like what you've done and are just tweaking the accessories.
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Christine Gerlander
I just got these lamps what do you think? There are 2.
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Christine Gerlander
I think I am done other than drapes, what do you think? I really like it! Do I still need black lamp shades? These are really pretty.
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rnonthego
I have a few also. When we travel we collect unique cloth market bags I roll up my throw and stuff into bag when not being used and also makes a pillow or back rest when in bag. Looks like "couch art" and always a good conversation piece
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edithsmom
In reading the answers to the many questions asked by HOUZZ admin., I always realize how alike we Houzzers are...we are nesters here, making our homes as comfortable and pleasing to our eyes as we can. Love seeing the pics of others' blankets/throws/quilts...I always have a throw for both the sofa and the comfy reading chair. In the fall/winter, I have a creamy white faux fur on the sofa and a wool blanket on the chair and for spring/summer, change them out for lighter weight cotton throws.
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msliu7911
What if you move the desk/chair/tv to the spot that the mirror and cd cabinet is?

Then, place the rocking chair in that corner with the cd case on one side of the window, the mirror leaving up against the wall in the other side? Leaving the lamp in the corner of the room (pretty much where it is). Feels like that will open it up a bit without leaving that one wall looking too bare.

LOVE the color scheme by the way. :)
on Sunday at 9:13pm        Thanked by Ellen
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msliu7911
Another member mentioned painting the cabinet white and moving it in. I agree the white will look great, however adding another piece of somewhat bulky furniture might make the room feel cramped.
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cctuttle
Love the hot pink / green color scheme. Definitely think the solid yellow pillow looks out of place there by itself and agree with adding more printed pillows that accentuate the hot pink and green. Does the cabinet have shelves behind those doors? if so take the doors off and use it as a shelf. Leave it natural wood as a nice contrast to the white in the room and a compliment to the rocker. One problem I see in the décor is too many 'little' items - ladder back chair, smallish artwork, small mirror, thin floor lamp... The little desk looks too crowded in its current location. Remove the desk and ladder back chair all together. Place a side table by the rocker and replace the floor lamp with a chunky table lamp with drum shade. With the addition of the cabinet shelving and a side table for the bed that is enough furniture in the room! Let the daybed be the focal point. The artwork you have over the bed is the right idea but it needs to be bigger and bolder. There are ways to cover radiators with what ends up being a bench held up by slatted wood work below to let the heat escape.
on Sunday at 9:36pm        Thanked by Ellen
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Ellen
scuttle- not really trying to modernize the room necessarily, just make it look a bit more finished. I like the almost-cottagey vibe I have now, but I want to get it right. I have a house built in 1929, and a lot of antiques from Victorian to country. I also have some more modern pieces, though definitely not modern. Thank you for your help!
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cctuttle
You mentioned being afraid of adding more colors.. The reason so many of us are having a problem with the yellow shams is because they are a big splash of color picking up a very minor color in the print of the duvet (also why the blue ladder back chair doesn't fit as well). Hot pink works because it is a big component of the duvet. The green in the walls works for the same reason. It may seem that plaid would not work for your room... hard to tell when you are not there in person but notice how well the plaid of the rocker works - it is a shade of pink - the color you are already accentuating. it becomes garish when you try to bring out all of the colors in the duvet in a strong way.
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Lori
Don't get me started on the amount of brown in the room:) Looking back I sort of wish I would've went with the blue grasscloth wall paper but I was trying to keep it a neutral back drop in case I ever got sick of blues/greens (they are all over my house:) I'm thrilled with the way it's turned out so far...just need to get more color in there!!
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Lori
Thank you Carol! I do love my room as well, and agree that it is stunning! I only had it done over in the last year...the previous owners wallpaper was quite something. The coastal colors are the rest of my home's palette which makes sense as I live in coastal New England:) However I do incorporate some rust and yellow in many of the rooms. I plan to use my buffet for serving, but it's probably large enough to accommodate the lamps as long as they weren't huge in diameter at the base. The rug will be an oushak style with muted tones...perhaps something like this.
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