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Love the window ledge. I'd put a fabric wrapped piece of padding there in a cool design to give a little pop element to the room. Or, mount some LED lights in the base shining upwards under something you'd display...

If u go with tv opposite of the window, any issue with sunlight/glare? If not, def like that placement!
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First, clear out all the stray "stuff" that doesn't need to be in the room. Can't tell if you have a desk/table or what to the right of the window. Keep it tidy if that's the only place for it.

It's not clear whether you're ready to get new sofa, side chairs or what. Suggestions below are based on the sofa and chairs you already have. If you do get new furniture, get compact, small living room sized furniture. So many people on Houzz have these honking leather couches that swallow a room. You could even get a small three-seater with a chaise on the right for TV watching and one small upholstered side chair in an accent color. But that's a whole other ballgame. When you do get ready to buy a couch, get exact measurements for the room and ask a salesperson or designer to tell you what size and style you should get. In a small room, a sofa and chairs look better if you can see the legs--so much lighter and airier.

--Paint your room a soft cream with white trim.

--Keep sofa right under the ledge with a lamp and one or two interesting objects on it as if the ledge were a sofa table as someone upthread suggested. That looks good.

--Get stackable Lucite tables to use as coffee tables. These are also from Overstock.

--Place one chair under the window and another one on the other end of the coffee table arrangement so that the two chairs face each other.

--Get a great modern print rug--the ones shown have maroon because your couch looks maroon if that's what it is. Overstock sells those shown but you can plug in other colors into their search engine. Make sure the rug is big enough so that the front legs of sofa and chairs rest on the rug.

--Place TV on wall opposite the couch. Get a long, low 12" deep console table or cabinet to put the TV on. Put the fish tank there as well at the far end so that you wind up with light in both corners. Ikea has some very low media cabinets. You can probably find a long, narrow console table at Pier 1 or Target as well.

--Get an arc lamp (Target has them) and position it in the far corner with the light over what will be your stackable clear coffee tables. Or spring for a great,good sized lamp that will fit on the ledge

--Find pillows in colors that coordinate with your new rug, sofa, and chairs.

--Get a roman shade for the small window in a color that coordinates with new rug and pillows.
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Hi---some quick fixes---remove the carpet, it's bad-sorry... Change out the ceiling fixture, paint the mint walls a neutral color and all the trim a nice white. The fireplace could be painted too, if you want to "simplify" the space. Pic for layout/color inspiration. Good Luck!
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You don't need to be tearing down walls with such a large living room--a huge expense. All the same, you may want to use the same color paint in the living room and dining room. Your wall color seems like a good neutral for the living and dining room. But something a little lighter--a cream maybe could brighten things.

Here are some thoughts:

--Move your corner living room cabinet elsewhere. Push the TV all the way to the corner of that wall. It's massive and shouldn't be so visible when you enter the front door.

--Create a conversational grouping in the middle of the room. Float your couch so that it faces the stairs and you can watch the TV from there. (Line up the back of the couch with the dining room wall edge.) Move your easy chair and rocking chair to face the couch so that you have a conversational grouping. Get a fantastic large rug to anchor the space in one of the colors of your couch. If you do this, the couch will somewhat block the sight of the stove, and you won't have to look at it from the couch either.

--Replace your curtains. They're the wrong style for your huge picture window. You can do a double rod with ivory sheers for privacy, and ivory drapes on each side with a stripe in one of the colors of the couch. They should hang about six inches above the window and go all the way to the floor to give your room some height.

--Get an ivory drum shade for your big lamp.

--Paint the kitchen floor the same a lighter color as your other rooms so you don't have that dark/light contrast. Think about replacing the kitchen floor, which seems dreary. Get a new overhead light fixture as well. If you want to display your plate racks, bring them down to where you can see them. They're too high up.
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Here's an Overstock rug that might possibly work:
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An acquaintance recently bought a house in the country not far from the house she sold and just assumed there was internet service. Not!

That just reminded me of "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" where the Cary Grant character discovers that the only train to his job in New York City from his new house leaves at 5:00 in the morning! Check out bus and train schedules, parking availability, and costs at commuter lots.
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I would be wary of a home with new showers. Make sure you check with city hall that they where built with permits.

A client of mine years back had five new showers. FOUR LEAKED
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I regret two things after my home purchase:
Shared driveway and slope backyard.
Forgot, powder room.
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OK, jdubzzz, I've been working on your room. I kept the TV over the fireplace because I moved the sofa to the left. I did lower it a bit after I cleared off your mantel, though. The best height for the TV is eye level, which is why I don't like it over fireplaces. But here, I'm afraid it will be too hard to see from where I've moved the sofa if you put it on the wall.

I kept the piano on the same wall, but moved it down, and moved the plant back to live in the space between piano and window. If you do this, it will take care of the decor for that wall. You won't need any more art there.

Now for decor. A bunch of little stuff on the mantel doesn't look like decor; it looks like clutter. Same for the top of the white storage unit. I've taken your favorite baby pictures, blown them up, and printed them on canvas. OK, they're not YOUR baby's pictures, but they're somebody's. You should probably use your own.

If you are going to use family photos as art, then make sure they look like art. They should be special and compelling: the kid's face after the dog steals his ice cream cone, the kid in a funny hat, his first dip in the pool. Great candid shots, and please, no studio portraits.

You can get inexpensive frames at Ikea for your portrait wall, or you can get 11 x 14 or 16 x 20 canvas printed at Walmart for not too much. My personal preference is black and white or sepia.

After I moved your sofa, I got you a Kallax (Ikea's new version of the Expedit) and a few baskets to use as a sofa table because it looks like you desperately need storage.

Oh, I got you a fitted linen slipcover, too.
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It would be great to move the entry way to the middle if that's affordable then plan the landscaping around that. Get a designer for creating a new porch and a landscaping designer for the yard.

If you're not ready to spring for porch expansion/relocation, here are some interim more affordable steps.

--Your house is red brick with some brownish bricks and a gray roof. To tie it altogether, paint all the white trim and foundation in a light brownish gray. (The white has too much contrast with all that brick and foundation.) Add a light brownish gray window box entirely across the lower window. Make sure you have a window treatment there that looks great from the outside. Add a colorful door that blends well with the new trim. A painted pergola in the trim paint below the second-story windows is something that might soften your front. Get some beautiful tall plants to place in your bay window. It's part of the landscaping, too!

--Go to a local garden center that has planning services and have them come up with a design for your front yard. At the very least, ditch the fences, the water feature (what were they thinking?). Some taller, well-spaced shrubs of different types arranged along the current walkway with great plantings in front of the taller shrubs would soften and frame your frontage quite a bit.
August 19, 2014 at 11:00AM   
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pull the rug out a bit so it come to the end of the left sofa leg. i wouldnt have curtains i would do sea grass or wooden blinds. the rug is busy and the couch is too close to the windows for curtains. you should re group the large wire art piece and to sconces to the center of the sofa wall too.once the curtains are gone stack the small frames to the right of the window and the large one to the left. and take out the little pole lamp.
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You could paint the cabinet black, and top it with black granite and a black sink. Then paint the walls with the shimmery gold paint, or do a great wallpaper!
August 17, 2014 at 3:53PM     
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Terracotta rug from Pottery Barn, armchairs and arc lamp from West Elm, kilim pillows from Etsy:
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housegal200
Carolins' teal is perfect! You have a huge lawn in front, and the teal is just bold enough to add a pop yet soft enough for the gray. Now, if it were my house, I'd do the orange just 'cause.
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Got it!
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BUT you found theeee perfect shade to paint. Hope you did not get any on your clothes!
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I was wearing my teal boiler suit when I was painting the door that colour. And my red, orange, yellow... for the other doors. No one will ever know what a sloppy painter I am :-)
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housegal200
Summery describes the problem perfectly. My painters said the color that makes their clients keep running to the paint store during the job is yellow. Believe it. I went SIX shades paler than I started with in a small sunroom. I wound up with Benjamin Moore Lemon Soufflé, which is perfect for the sunroom but would probably be too yellow for anything but a sunroom.

I tested my yellows by getting stacks of posterboard and painting them with various BM yellows at different times of day, different light conditions, different walls, and at night. Seriously, you'll want to do that. I also found that yellows that seemed to have some gray in them made the cut like "Friendly Yellow" in the photo shown upthread. Those on the orangy "sunny" and "sunset" end of yellow were way too yellow. Start very pale.
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Have you seen Benjamin Moore "Greenmount Silk?"
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Don't be intimidated -- just try a few things until you get what you had in mind!
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Great suggestions upthread for your cozy space. Some thoughts:

--Paint the lower kitchen cabinets a dark red, teal, or dark mustard and add rustic open pine shelves on the kitchen walls. Store a set off all-white matching dishes and matching vintage glassware on the shelves along with white mugs. Do a search on Apartment Therapy for "open kitchen shelving."

--Get some matching white dining chairs for that nice kitchen table or find chairs in multiple colors to put around the table that coordinate with cabinets and rugs and throws in living room since it's all one room. Do a search on Houzz and Apartment Therapy for "unmatched dining chairs" to see if you like that look. You could start by painting the two chairs you have in bright colors or white that will coordinate with painted cabinets.

--In the living room, a fluffy fake skin rug in white would offset the dark wood walls. Think about building long low bookshelves in the same pine along the wall where you have the TV.

--Get stackable side tables, which you can use as a coffee table when you need one since there's no room for a single table.

--Yes, you can build some storage either open or closed under the stairs up to the wood stove leaving some space between stove and built-ins..

Here's a link to make the most of a tiny bedroom
--http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/small-bedroom-ideas-5-tips-for-tiny-sleep-spaces-113638

The rustic bed overpowers the room. Keep the headboard but lose the footboard. Get a nice long old chest to put at the food of the bed. Get two matching wood vintage cabinets that fit exactly next to each side of the bed. Add two modern tall lamps on each nightstand. Find a great buffalo plaid blanket for the bed over white linens and maybe another fluffy fake skin rug for the foot of the bed.

--A pergola outside along the side of the house would add interest and eventually give you some shade for outdoor seating. Enjoy your new cabin!
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Some bedroom ideas:
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Kitchen ideas--painted cabinets open shelves:
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Yes to the nature theme--1 picture and 2-3 related items. It's too cluttered. The kitchen was much improved when you decluttered the top of the fridge and other spaces. Same goes for the rest of your place. It's a charming house, but we can't really see with all the stuff. I still think moving that cabinet by your front door with a nice bowl on top for keys and a mirror would be functional, simple, and really give you the focal point you've said you want.
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Oh, sorry. I just went through your images again and see that you have the gigantic armoire near the front door and can't move your blue cabinet there.

Every surface is covered with stuff. The key to living in a cottage style home is to have much, much less stuff, not an extra room where you can throw things. It's not a storage problem but a too-much-stuff-for-the-current-house problem or a wrong-house problem. If you want a cleaner, more harmonious cottage look, then read all the articles on downsizing, decluttering, etc. If you're not up for that, just enjoy your stuff in the new setting and don't worry about a focal point. The house is adorable. You said people like coming into your home. That's more important than a focal point.
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@Leona Malone, thanks for the suggestion. I have considered moving the bookcase there; however, the main reason I bought the smaller piece that is near the door is because my husband tends to put all his crap on the table that he needs to take the next day. It really really really bugs me to have stuff on our table while we eat. So, I'm retraining him to put his stuff in that cabinet, and so far it is working pretty well. Even though I could rejigger the taller bookcase to be a drop spot, I think the shorter piece works better for it.

I did move the bookcase away from the fireplace - I'll do it again and take a photo - I didn't think it made that dramatic of a difference. I preferred it with the bookcase there; I think because it does take the focus away from the fireplace and it's just in such an awkward spot that it seems better to not treat it like the focal point.
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Leona Malone
@ChickieD ... you just gave me an idea!
Since I am always looking to re - purpose things that I have....
Since you are in need of a lot more storage space do you have another cabinet about the same shape as hubby's drop of cabinet..... maybe an "old dresser with drawers" & legs tall enough for kitty's pass through....enough to totally cover the firebox & a bit more. This would give more storage while totally hiding the firebox & it could then become the focal point. Think that this would look very nice while being of great service. Set it up like a buffet . This would designate that side of the room as a dining area & make it look larger. Great place for table linens & silverware. Kitty's extra food & accessories could be stored in bottom drawer.
Your taller cabinet could then be used in another room in a more suitable spot.
Just a suggestion.
August 15, 2014 at 10:21AM     
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Claudette Maguire
All of the things you want are less expensive than replacing them. Contractors make more money by buying new (commission) cabinets and installing them. Do what is right for you
August 11, 2014 at 4:20PM     
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I already made a comment here about this, but I just re-read your original post. If you think it "sticks out like a sore thumb" now, in a 13x15 room-- painting it black would transform it into this enormous Darth Vader-like presence in the room. It would seriously be a presence-- and wouldn't disappear. As it is, the lightness of the wood makes its size seem less noticeable. Is there no other place in this restored farmhouse for this piece? It's really lovely; painting it would be a shame. You can paint anything-- but wood like this is not to be found anymore-- well, probably-- but prohibitively expensive. I've lived in old houses that don't have closets, and I still have 2 very old wardrobes-- very nice (unpainted), but neither as beautiful as the one you have here. Again, find another spot for it in the house, and then go out and buy some beat up old wardrobe, and paint that.

*Sorry-- I just now posted this and only just now saw Aja's comment above. I completely agree.
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I would not paint this piece. It is beautiful and appears to be in great condition. The oak that is not in style right now is not this type of oak. The boogey man oak is the golden oak from the 90's. You have gorgeous oak flooring and window trim as well. The wardrobe blends very nicely with these. As a couple of people have already said, please sell this antique, rather than ruining it with paint. You could make some good coin by selling it, if that's what you decide to do.
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housegal200
Is there enough depth inside the window and door frames to install blackout cellular shades that you can push up entirely during the day? They come in white, black, and other colors. You can mount a roman shade outside the window frame for color and visual interest or just a tailored pelmet or valence so the window isn't too stark. JC Penney online is the go-to bargain source for shades and window treatments of all types.
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Thank you so much Housegal200 for this very creative solution. I will explore this idea. Many thanks
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I say "let things go." If you don't need it, you don't need it. Most of these things that are valuable to us aren't worth much these days in the antiques market or the yard sale. Our memories are often worth more than the piece. The idea of getting rich off our old furniture/ordinary stuff is over. Looking at this case furniture piece, I don't ink it has any special value. The world is now buying modern furniture. I had a beautiful similar piece of case furniture. There was no market for it in the northeast.

Take china collections. Much of it is not even dishwasher safe. Really? You want to pay real estate on that? Nobody really wants it, anymore. The best thing my grandmother could have left me was her mandoline, which she finally let me use when I was about 13. It has great meaning to me because it's very personal. And, it only requires a little bit of space. And her manicure set. I love having them.

I now give everything away. Between craigslist (free stuff), freecycle, Salvation Army, and the like - there is a smaller and smaller market for what we think is valuable.
August 11, 2014 at 6:53PM     
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Been there, done that. Downsizing was incredibly liberating, though we went from a small house--1200 sq. ft. to a small condo, also 1200, but with a lot less stuff. We got rid of at least half of our possessions and never looked back. As I said in my comments in a Houzz staging article, after we staged our house (on our own) it looked amazing--not sterile or anonymous the way many people think of staging, but warm and inviting. Our house sold the day it was offered. For our next space, I was determined showcase our art and some interesting pieces of furniture that looked crowded before. We did not try to recreate our old house in any way. It's reconfigured, cleaner, and a really joyous free space! We have memories of many events in our house; we don't need most of the possessions themselves.
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A compact modern condo with amenities in a great location does appeal to me. But, newer developments are too far from my work and friends. And I have a dog that likes the fenced yard.
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Lol...my husband and I have recently moved to the country (foot of the Blue Ridge Mtns of VA); he retired 2 years ago, I'm following suit this December. We moved from 2200 sf to 4000+. We designed it so we are primarily on the ground floor, reserving the upstairs for all the friends we hope will come visit us!! Go figure... We did downsize in terms of accumulated stuff, though!
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An extended top for a table/bar would be so much more inviting than a second sink. Friends can sit down and chat while you're cooking. You can grab a seat to go through the mail when you get home. Keep a big bowl of fruit or a tall vase of flowers on it at all times. Add a gorgeous light overhead.
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Regarding the sink, f it's just the two of you and you don't think you'll need it, then don't add it. I have never had a client who had regretted installing one, they have always regretted not installing it.
As far as extending the island, I highly suggest it. As housegal200 said, they kitchen is a public space and you want your guests to sit down and talk with you as you cook. My neighbors have an extended island with stools and white cabinetry and there are no marks on the doors so don't worry about scratches or scuff marks!
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Thank you all for your suggestions and comments. I've never built a home before and there are so many details to consider. Hearing your comments and really thinking about how I will use this space I've decided to keep the prep sink in the island and I will extend the island out just 10" for the bar stool area. We are putting a thick piece of granite on it with chiseled edge and will look awesome. It's a craftsman/lodge style of home. Can't wait to get the granite and tile in. I will post photos.
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Indoor/outdoor rugs from Ballard and Overstock with a bit of color you can pick up elsewhere:
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Missed the photos in my latest post... here they are.
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One more... also, This is not our table... ours is is dark iron with glass top and taupe seats/dark iron. I do love the shine in the last group of shots, just wonder if it works in my kitchen as opposed to the beautiful designer's shot! :)
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What Goes With Wood Cabinets?

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Agree with Macklin D&D that the most impotant ingredient in use of wood cabinetry is lots of natural light. It allows for the darker woods, especially cherry, to give off a glow instead of contributing a room feeling small and dark. I used a simple inset frame shaker style for our kitchen as that is what I could build and also to offset the variety of colors of the stock (matching can be difficult and expensive for small scale/hobbyists). I also like to use a variety of woods; chalk it up to builder preference, We loved the texture of honed marble (also a material that comes alive with natural light) and used black granite to counteract the veining of the marble and the lack of uniformity of the woods used. Gray and black natural materials go really well with wood. DW initially used off white venetian plaster for the walls and found it too stark a contrast; using a creamier color works better for both of us. We left the ceiing off white. Still have to refinish floors; will likely use Rubio natural as it seems to keep red oak from acquiring a yellow hue.
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My first thought is to turn the sectional around 180 deg so that the back of it helps to form a little passage from the front door -- and I'd probably put a runner in that space to reinforce the idea. To me, "cosy" usually means -- to some degree -- "enclosed". Not as in walls all around or claustrophobic, but as in a defined space. Turning the sectional would do that for your sitting area. The shorter section should have its back to the dining area to provide a convenient walkway between the two and into the passage on the right. Another possibiity is to keep the armchairs and use them and the little storage cabinet, just as they are now, to form the line of the passage in a less defined way. They would then face the sectional. Depends on what the back of the cabinet looks like, of course, whether that could work. Then I'd put a lot of container greenery along the windows, perhaps on a low table, to help link the outside with the inside. But it would be good to see a picture of that hidden area to the right, as well as the wall to the left. It looks like a really beautiful room; there's so much to like about it already.
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Your cabinets and floors are so harmonious and look to be in beautiful shape. The "dead" vibe you're getting is from the countertops and lack of backsplash. Consider getting a really dramatic light fixture for over the island. I would paint the china cabinet before the cabinets in some incredible color (if it doesn't belong to the previous owner). Reupolster the dining chairs in something cutting edge that coordinates with whatever accent colors you add. You have a beautiful space so you might want to live with it for a bit to see what inspiration comes to you.
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Diane Smith
Have you considered changing two main doors to a frosted glass look introduce lighting in the frosted cabinet by using led flextape lighting to the cabinets as well as undercounter and overcounter.

Add a narrow valence painted either dark brown or black to give it punch.

Change the window treatment by adding hanging stained glass art, like lovebirds on a branch.

Your space is amazing. Pull a colour from your chair cushions and paint your walls accordingly.

Keep the hanging pendant over the island.

I would add another set of pendants over the dining table or a narrow pendant with black banding around rectangular light fixture.

Handles on the cupboards are expensive and worth keeping. I just added this style to a few of my kitchen cupboards, especially under the sink doors, they function beautifully.
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Love the cabinets and floors...their in great shape. I vote for backsplash, counters and lighting....they will make a huge difference. Specifically the lighting.

If the wall opposite the cabinets had the same style... floor to ceiling cabinets for added storage that would have been awesome.
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Here's a Houzz link to paint colors compatible with wood, not cabinets, per se, but wood trim, built-ins, furniture, etc. Note one of the whites is "Mayonnaise" a lovely Benjamin Moore white that someone in the Comments recommends.

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I, too, have a house done in oak cabinetry and trim. I used to think yellows or creams were my only options to match the warmth of the wood tone. Until I tried a wonderful gray/green color! The wood is warm...and outdoorsy...and natural looking. What goes better with that than a soft green that is outdoorsy as well?! The color I have now is from Lowe's.. Valspar Cherokee Tan, one of their heritage colors. I have people ask me all the time what it is. My mom swears it is gray, others say green. It changes, depending on the lighting and time of day. It is so restful. And calms down the orange-ness of the oak.
My daughter did a similar tone in her house..same color trim. It looks amazing. Her house has lots of floor to ceiling windows...7 in the great room...and it is a great color that doesn't compete with the view outdoors.
Just another idea...
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If you painted the walls a lighter color it will open the space up a bit more and really help the overall look of the kitchen. A backsplash would look wonderful in your kitchen. Our Aspect 3''x6'' glass tile would look great!
August 7, 2014 at 8:03AM      Thanked by whatsoldisnew
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housegal200
--Stuff for the sake of stuff blocking sightlines and passages to main rooms.

--Living room furniture placed too far apart for easy conversation or reaching for a book, magazine, or drink while seated. Here's an article on ideal spacing of furniture. It's not always possible, but it's helpful if you have space. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dimensions-to-follow-proper-furniture-spacing-basics-149156

--Honking TV as the first thing you see when you stand at the entryway to a living room.

--Corner fireplace because it's hard to achieve harmonious furniture placement if used as a focal point.

--Furniture placed on the diagonal in a corner unless absolutely necessary because the piece is shaped that way or it's the only workable space for a TV.

--Layouts of photos and art hung on a wall too high. Article about proper heights for hanging artwork: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-hang-you-6174

--Builders and designers who make it hard for people to arrange their furniture harmoniously, e.g. aforementioned corner fireplace, long open rooms, bad window and door placement, etc.
August 3, 2014 at 8:58AM     
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hayleydaniels
linda907, great points!
August 14, 2014 at 11:12AM     
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Jean Stryker
Garages are only as ugly as the doors on them. They can be as pretty as the rest of the house.
August 14, 2014 at 6:46PM     
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housegal200
I start all the rooms in my house with paintings, but maybe you can end your room with one over the bed. These popped up on Google images when I typed in "dusk blue tan landscape abstract painting." These all come from different Etsy painters. You should look or commission a horizontal painting if you go this route.
August 3, 2014 at 6:44AM      Thanked by Polymnia Sideri
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housegal200
Couple more:
August 3, 2014 at 6:46AM      Thanked by Polymnia Sideri
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tabelle70
If you hung the mirrors about 4" higher you would be able to see them better. I also would ad another set of pillows in off-white shams behind the blue ones and against the headboard to soften it a little more. You did a good job otherwise. It looks pretty.
August 5, 2014 at 7:08AM        Thanked by Polymnia Sideri
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mcyr
You need something taller...raise the mirrors or a painting over the bed... Everything exists below 4 ft... It is making the room look squished and you need to the draw the eye upwards somehow. Otherwise very pretty.
August 5, 2014 at 1:39PM        Thanked by Polymnia Sideri
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
The Crape Myrtle looks lonely by itself so I would curve a bed around to incorporate it into a design such as the one I've doodled. I think a small patio joined up with the sidewalk and 2 large containers for seasonal color would enhance your entrance. Just a suggestion but I think a different color than white on your trim and columns would improve the architecture of your house, perhaps a blue-gray, charcoal or dark green.
March 3, 2013 at 10:14PM     
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housegal200
Rina's got it. If you can't do the pergola or path right away, try just her landscaping suggestions, which will grow in. Get the roof and house powerwashed. Paint the garage and window trim--no shutters, those windows are great and in character as is--in "greige" that you pick up from the stone work. Paint the front door in a bright color--turquoise, electric blue, lime green, red, etc. Patricia Colwell's front door color upthread looks great.
Indoors, get a couple very tall tree-like plants in dramatic shapes to put in the window instead of curtains. When the budget allows, create a stone path that matches the tan/gray stone and the stone chimney.

I'm currently vactioning in a place where some hideous million dollar condos are being built and they're slapping on "stonework" that is just thin stuff. Here you probably have the real thing. That chimney must have a great fireplace on the other side. What year was your house built? Research houses from that period and see what people are doing with them now. Embrace the linear style instead of fighting it. No, it's not a cute cape cod or colonial and shouldn't be turned into those. It has its own cool style that a lot of people liked enough to bid on.
August 1, 2014 at 11:45AM        Thanked by Alicia Williams
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Joanne Maurer
What a great house. Is it Mid century? It's classic ...it looks like a famous architect's work
August 6, 2014 at 7:01PM     
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weatherwife
Alicia Williams, I was wondering if you had made any changes to your home. Please would you share it with us and post pictures and updates? I am sure it's going to be amazing! Good luck and enjoy the process.
August 11, 2014 at 11:49AM   
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Jessica
Clean the concrete on the driveway, that's an easy fix.

Not sure if it would be possible to move the location the wires are attached to the house, at least in this photo they look ugly because they are so prominant going diagonally across the front of the house.

Get some cool and clearly visible house numbers in a style you like. I only see the number on the concrete by the driveway. In an emergency the fire dept., ambulance or police can respond quicker if they can find the house number easily. Plus it makes it easier for your friends to find your place the first time!

Xeriscape that area that is just gravel right now and get a cool mailbox...

Perhaps stucco the concrete block to the left of the driveway to match the house?
July 31, 2014 at 11:09AM        Thanked by The Shenbaum Group, Inc.
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