Manon Floreat


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Home owner 
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Seattle, Washington, United States 
About me:
I'm a design dilettante, admittedly, but I have great taste (champagne's my favorite)! I am a professional belly dancer, Kung Fu apprentice and financial accountant. I think Houzz is great! 
My favorite style:
Neat and friendly with a dash of Dazzle 
My next house project:
Landscaping the backyard on a budget. 
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Manon Floreat
It's hard for me not to take a double take when I see a damask. Whether it be in a modern, traditional or bohemian setting, it always seems so self-satisfied.


April 13, 2014 at 8:24pm     
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bsellers1394
Google would answer the question but sharing the question is half the fun. It's what little bit of kid left inside. Wonder what is the history of the Paisley?

@Jeannie, do you mean to include quilting and tiling patterns also?
April 14, 2014 at 1:47am   
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wildwyo
Paisley. And most definitely COLOR!!! Why live in a boring monotone, whether it's beige, tan, white, black and grey. Live a little! Splash some color!
April 14, 2014 at 11:55am   
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slooper2
Thanks! The heater is a PTAC (heater and air conditioner, like the ones usually found in hotels under windows).
April 13, 2014 at 7:15pm   
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Manon Floreat
A full will comfortably take her into her teens. I'd also place the headboard on the north wall.

If she'll have sleep overs, a trundle or two twins could be a nice option. I had a trundle when I was a kid and loved it for sleep overs. It served me well through high school.

Cape Cod Style in Dana Point, California

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April 13, 2014 at 7:37pm     
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roncatron
Maron, thank you for your help. I love your idea book. Please keep me in mind for any additional help ideas you run across. I am working on my back yard soon also.
May 7, 2012 at 4:02am   
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April 6, 2014 at 2:22am     
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chemayne
I thought I'd share with you 2 of my favourite gray dining room designs for inspiration. What do you think of the lighting used?
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April 6, 2014 at 4:45am   
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As usual Manon was spot on, with the table being a rectangle as well it seems the room is also that shape, I would either use a chandelier that mimics the lines or use two pendants. As far as painting a grey, there is a lot of grey in the wood, I'd choose a grey with some blue to give the room added depth, and work with your blue rug if your keeping it. This is HC-170 by Benjamin Moore.
April 6, 2014 at 1:31pm     
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Manon Floreat
Thanks, Mable Design. The only problem with this ideabook is that I'll need about 11 houses to hold it all1, lol!
March 25, 2013 at 10:13am     
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Marble Design
loool yea thats true , hope u get ur 11 houses soon :D
March 26, 2013 at 2:01am     
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Manon Floreat
Because of the brass hardware on the console, I'd think about some warmer tones to compliment it. Rather than the planter, consider an interesting occasional chair in the corner. Maybe in red to compliment your painting.




For greenery, look into table top terrariums.
March 29, 2014 at 2:08pm      Thanked by Heidi Butterfield
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Thanks soooo much everyone! This is exactly the advice I was looking for! I would really like to keep some sort of greenery inside so I was thinking a happy plant. Would this work in lieu of a palm? And if so, any suggestions on the pot?

I like the occasional chair but I don't think it would work with the rest of the room layout.

I'm going to start shopping around for a lamp and then post the updated concept here :) Thanks again!!
March 31, 2014 at 6:30pm     
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libradesigneye
When you do a gallery wall, you might try this for another room. Take the photos you are using now and discard all the posed shots. Crop the others in a unique way and print them all in black and white. Mat 1/2 of them - mostly black and white. take 3 of them and blow them up to the largest scale before they get too grainy so you have 3 elements that are scaled bigger than the others. Add some black and white graphic line art - picasso has some, or look at a graphic you love and print it b/w. Take your favorite and put an oversized mat on it. The main issue is that you need more variety in scale and more unity in image to use it as a focal wall. For a mixed up gallery, check out younghouselove.com and their last hallway gallery . .
March 31, 2014 at 9:14pm   
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Manon Floreat
I'd address about 2/3 of your wall or about 14'. The Coppenhagen console and bookcase from Room and Board have a total width of about 9'. The addition of a floating shelf spaced appropriately will make up for the rest and give you some options for art display. Below is a sketch of the concept. Maybe it will give you some ideas!
March 29, 2014 at 12:48pm        Thanked by jamesdk8
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Cool I like the shelf plus the painting idea.
March 29, 2014 at 5:58pm   
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Manon Floreat
Something like the below might be a consideration for you. It features a mock roman valance over cellular shades. If you wanted texture you could swap out the cellulars for wovens.

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March 29, 2014 at 10:35am      Thanked by jake64dog
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Custom Decors by Angela
The first thing I notice here is that the top of the windows is at a different height than the sliding doors. If possible I would camouflage this with a bay window valance that was mounted slightly higher than the windows. For privacy, you could have draperies panels. Since there is so little wall space between the windows, I suggest something with tight stack back...such as ripplefold draperies. I can't find a photo of exactly what I have in mind, but here's a photo of a bay window valance that I made. These aren't ripplefold draperies, but it should give you a rough idea of what I mean. (Also, just ignore the roman shades...that wouldn't work well for a sliding glass door.)
http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL1161/6073748/12385330/382447704.jpg

Here's a good image of ripplefold draperies. It gives you a good idea of what they look like open or closed:
http://charlieshomedecor.com/images/ripple1.jpg
March 29, 2014 at 10:52am      Thanked by jake64dog
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Cancork Floor Inc.
The best thing to do is get a bigger TV stand that - one that is another foot taller than this one. The TV is too big for the stand. This is one reason why it doesn't feel right. If you raise the TV and get a stand that is same size or slightly larger you will find the proportions get better. Once the TV is raied up, now you can start to plan the upper level of your wall. Until then, you will try to fix everthing BUT the problem = TV+stand are too low.
March 28, 2014 at 5:08pm     
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Manon Floreat
Nothing like a Friday night in the Houzz! Okay, I've got it. Must haves:

1) The zepplelin blimp from the Golden Compass
2) Tree house with aerial access only
3) Full body armor and
4) An enlightened state of consciousness to negate the necessity for food and water.

How's that? Oh! All all welcome for a spin in the zeppelin - priority seating for houzzers.
March 28, 2014 at 9:41pm     
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Eliza Jane Darling
Are the zombies trying to get in, or get out? Either way I'd recommend copious quantities of gin, cigarettes and cat food.
April 1, 2014 at 5:31pm     
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hanna1984
LOL, chook!!
April 1, 2014 at 5:34pm     
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Manon Floreat
Not the exact same set-up as your hall, but pretty close. The runner is a nice addition




With regards to the console, the attached my be a useful guide for you in terms of positioning a lamp in relation to the mirror.
March 28, 2014 at 8:14pm     
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americandreamdyn
For the style of your house look for art at Antique shops.
Thats extremely important. Your home has a simple elegance & a bit of sturdy heft to it.
You Don't want to use cheap swap meet looking art.
Antique stores are very affordable & flexible with their prices.
March 28, 2014 at 9:38pm   
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americandreamdyn
Here's an arrangement example. I laid out some art & a mirror on my floor.
Their are lots of ways to set up groupings, but it doesn't have to be formal.
The frames don't have to match & the art doesn't have to share the same theme.
However when being laid back on some details be pulled together on others.
Such as having a repetition of colors.
March 28, 2014 at 10:02pm   
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Manon Floreat
In the upper right hand corner of this page, click on "Your Houzz". Then click on the box titled "Edit Profile" - it's right under your name. Scroll down a bit under the Profile Information section and you'll see an button titled "Browse" right next to "Upload Profile Photo". Click on that button and select your picture. I think it has to be a JPEG. This works with a PC. It may differ if you're using a Mac or a tablet.
March 28, 2014 at 7:19pm   
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Manon Floreat
That's a great couch! Luck for you. Maybe this photo will give you some ideas. The contemporary paint color combined with the vintage chartreuse and raspberry is pretty decadent.

Striped Accents

The color is toned down with lots of white in this photo.

Family Living Areas

Both work well. But maybe one is more appealing than the other to you?
March 27, 2014 at 11:43pm     
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Optometry posters are big, not that I follow trends, but if you have any graphic design skills you can create your own poster, with your own message encrypted -- but no for over the couch, since you need something horizontal there. https://www.etsy.com/search?q=optometry&order=most_relevant&ship_to=US
March 28, 2014 at 9:43pm     
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roosterdavis
Hang on to that couch. When you can afford it, reupholster it and in that process, loose some of the button imprints. I think you'll find yourself with a couch you really dig. I couldn't pull it off in my place, but I really like the color of the sofa. From the very limited pictures, it appears to be well made, thus my advice about hanging on to it.
March 28, 2014 at 11:59pm   
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Ian Joseph
Manon,

We prefer the transitional style. As for colors, we don't like pastels, but we're pretty open to most colors. No purple. No pink. We like reds, blues, navy, orange, green. Not so crazy about yellow.

Ian
March 27, 2014 at 4:37pm   
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Manon Floreat
Hi, Ian. I put together a collage that might give you some ideas with the blues and greens you like. I included a console with a couple of ottomans beneath it. They may come in handy for casual seating if you entertain a large group. They could also go before the fireplace. Your room looks rather large, so you can probably fit an occasional chair in there somewhere, also.

I think the furnishing styles are a good balance between traditional and contemporary and should stand the test of time. The sofa is by Henredon and the chairs are by Ethan Allen. Ethan Allen has a good reputation, but I'm not sure how much of that has to do with branding or construction. Maybe a bit of both. Both companies have fabric options as will all quality furniture manufactures. So, if the upholstery colors in the collage don't work for you, you'll have options. The higher end furnishing stores usually have very knowledgeable designers on staff that can assist you in your selections.

As you're looking for seating, be sure to ask about construction. The better made the piece is the longer it will last and the more comfortable it will be. Best wishes to you as you settle into your new home.
March 27, 2014 at 10:41pm     
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jeboho
Thank you so much, Manon Florit and pcmom1! I'm going to print all your advise and make some changes. Yes I would like to change the windows treatment but I have been delaying it
March 26, 2014 at 5:46am     
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Manon Floreat
Glad we could help, jeboho. Keep us updated with your changes if you can. Best wishes to you!
March 26, 2014 at 10:41pm   
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Manon Floreat
Happynons, thanks for the updated photos. I think the art placement will make a big difference.

With regards to lamp height, I think you can go shorter than what you currently have. I wouldn't be too concerned with concealing a bit of the art with the lamps. Notice in the below photos how the art is somewhat concealed? It makes for an overall composition that includes table top, lamp and art - to nice effect.

Delightful Bedroom Suite

Eclectic Bedroom I think the gourd shapes you selected are a nice fit.

Residential

I really like the curvy shapes you've selected and others have suggested. I think they're a good fit for your room. Keep us posted of your updates. We all love to see rooms unfold into their best!
March 26, 2014 at 9:25pm      Thanked by happynons
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Lamps are in. Love the cream one but seems too high. Like the others but not love. I'm going to another store hopefully today to see if anything appeals to me more. Both of these lamps are 3 way up to 150w which is good. I did love the cream one for my livingroom. Will hang pics once I figure out what lamps so I can determine right height.
April 2, 2014 at 9:54am   
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happynons
Should I try for even a shorter lamp? (Two two bedside cabinets are approx. the same height but not the same width.) I also took out the floral w/vase and put up something else. Better?
April 2, 2014 at 9:57am   
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Manon Floreat
Hi, Penny. I think you're referring to this one by Ashley Goforth Design. I didn't find it on Houzz, but on her website via Decorpad.
http://www.ashleygoforthdesign.com/portfolio.html
December 20, 2012 at 5:20pm   
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Manon Floreat
Hi, Penny. I think you're referring to this one by Ashley Goforth Design. I didn't find it on Houzz, but on her website via Decorpad.
http://www.ashleygoforthdesign.com/portfolio.html
December 20, 2012 at 5:20pm   
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March 25, 2014 at 9:24pm   
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PirateFoxy
@Patricia Colwell - I think it depends a lot on the available space. I know someone who has a loveseat (although it is a relatively generous one in terms of seating space) and it works much better in the room than a sofa did, and when you sit on it with another adult you don't feel squished together at all.

I'm looking for a nice comfortable chair and a half myself for my small sitting area off my bedroom - there's no way anything larger would fit, and I want the little bit of extra room compared to a regular armchair.
March 26, 2014 at 8:33am   
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March 26, 2014 at 8:53am     
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Manon Floreat
I think a sofa and arm chair will work for certain. There may be room for another chair. A useful thing to do is take painter's tape and map out furnishings on the floor. It'll help guide you with sizing. An area rug, will help define the seating area and also mitigate the length of the room a bit.

Below is an option for you if you'd consider the TV opposite the fireplace. Because you room is narrow and your fireplace is on the high side, you might find TV viewing uncomfortable after a while if the TV is mounted above it.
March 25, 2014 at 7:13pm   
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artginger
Baylor, I hope you don't mind my interjection. I am Havertys associate and I would love to help you with your furniture purchase, also have a Free in home design consultant, free of charge to all customers. My name is Anita Whetstone. Your room is beautiful.
April 1, 2014 at 12:33pm   
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baylor30
Thank you everyone for your feedback. Appreciated.

Hi Deco - just an update that I worked on the fabrics and placed the sample order. I also visited a local fabric house this past weekend and spent over an hour pulling sample fabrics .....who knew color selection this complicated. Anyway, I hope to begin the sofa search and will keep you posted once the samples arrives....plenty of guidance surely to be needed.

Thanks so much again for getting me this far.
April 8, 2014 at 9:46pm   
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Manon Floreat
I'd start with a TV console. IKEA has some affordable options. Then you can use your coffee table for its intended purpose. I'd then follow with an arm chair for in front of the windows. You might consider chamois colored curtain panels for warmth. An accent chair can be added later. And keep your eyes open for some art that appeals to you. Art is integral to making a space individually yours. Below is a sketch that may give you some ideas.

ps - I think the large print pillows you have are keepers!
March 24, 2014 at 11:10pm     
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groveraxle
You could use a real media stand. This one is from Target and also comes in blue (and several other colors), though I like the yellow with your new yellow chairs.
March 24, 2014 at 11:24pm     
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White farm style sink. It would be a nice contrast and tie together the stainless steel appliances and the cabinets.
March 24, 2014 at 3:52pm     
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armygirl1987
I would put pebbles in between and here is what I did with mine.
March 24, 2014 at 5:17pm     
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belletriste
Yes, all the neutrals work together in a room just as they can work together in an outfit. I like the Zen look of your room. With regard to windows, white blinds with white sheers makes for a dreamy yet elegant look. The light produced is wonderful by day and the combination offers privacy at night. The lamp looks good; color in the lamp on top of that console with the television nearby would be too busy. However, something is needed for this room that may be a little bland unless you consider one of the following: (1) perhaps a little more pattern? (2) color, or pops of color in the rug, pillows, flowers, accessories... ? (3) You mentioned changing the paint color. Have you considered a nice gray? One of my favorites is Sherwin-Williams' "Amazing Gray" and all the colors in that family. Another option is a gray blue, which would act like a neutral. I've done a game room that looks very similar to yours, all dark browns, black, grays, etc. and we did the walls in a beautiful blue-gray. It is still one of my favorite rooms, Good luck! You obviously have great taste and you'll find just the right combination. I would leave the couches their current colors, btw. But that's me.
March 24, 2014 at 7:39pm        Thanked by briannalorenz
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Manon Floreat
I think your chosen color palette will work very well together. You can use pattern and texture in lieu of color for interest. With that said, maybe you could consider some subtle patterning or texture for your window treatments. Perhaps linen panels over the roller shades rather than sheers?

Here are a couple of rooms with similar palettes to yours. Both have a nice blend of textures and patterns instead of strong shots of color - and both are quite nice.

Contemporary Living Room

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Would you be interested in layering your cowhide over another material, such as in this photo? It may make the cowhide more visible. As it is, it sort of blends into the floor.

UP05
March 24, 2014 at 7:45pm      Thanked by briannalorenz
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