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I would suggest you hire a professional.
Yesterday at 10:53am   
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houssaon
I like the color it is now. If you do the new garage door in brown, paint the area above it the same color.

You could go with red and brown, like the attachment. The red is St. George red a BM Williamsburg color and the tan is BM wooded vista. Paint the sections around the windows and the garage door dark brown.
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Have you thought of mirror?

Here are some kitchens with your granite: Maple Kitchen Cabinets | Carlton Door Style | CliqStudios, Arlington, and Cherie & Sonya. Of these I like the creamy subway tiles the best.
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What ever you choose, take samples home and look at it in different lights, daytime, evening etc. Don't rush into it - what you think might look ok in the showroom, doesn't always work. I would do something v simple as your counter is quite busy.
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New paint on the walls would be a low-budget (relatively speaking) update. You could then paint the frame on the mirror a contrasting color.

Or, try swapping out the blinds for a roman shade? Good luck!
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houssaon
A powder room in terracotta would be pretty: Mediterranean Bathroom. Two wall sconces instead of the pendent would provide better light. An electrician could rewire for that. Color on the ceiling will bring the height down.

You can leave the molding as is.

Wall paper the entire room: Madaket Road. Or Paint the lower half: Puritan Avenue.
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houssaon
If this were my front door, I'd paint it and the trim the same color. It should be seen as a unit. B Paton examples prove the point.
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Karen Taelman
The portico is a nice idea that Jen mentioned and which would add a lot of character to the house as well as emphasize the entrance. It may be a future project, but you can't beat boosting curb appeal for adding perceived value to a home.
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jenfog77
I am with you completely on the portico! I did mention it first but it is a project for the future. For now, paint is easiest and cheapest! Indigo batik is one of the blues I photoshopped earlier. And yes, I am a perfectionist. I have obsessed over this since Saturday. We actually paid someone to paint but I will be putting on the next color!
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Here is a situation like yours: Sydney Waterfront. The low grass like plant is Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana.’ Here is another scheme: Edgewater Design LLC. Consider a ground cover like blue rug juniper: Abramson Teiger Lima Residence or boxwood: Wading Pool with Sheer Descent.
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How about a little color. Inpatients are used in California all of the time and flower most of the season. They can be color coordinated.
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I would plant Agave. There are many varieties and colors and all have very geometric architectural shapes that have a modern feel. The best thing about them is they are very low maintenance and extremely drought tolerant.
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I'd like to see an article on lawn-free municipal areas. My town mows the grass within an inch of its life every week and then waters it twice a week. What a waste of water, gas and man-power. I wish I had something to suggest to them.
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Marlena Franklin
All great ideas but #1 and 2 - trees need more than ground water to thrive. They need food. Consider putting a bed around the trees with mulch to feed the ground to feed the trees. Man nor (most) plants live with water alone.
I have planted my entire yard with native plants - edible and non - with a focus on feeding insects and wildlife. In our hot climate have to water the first year to help get established but after that they are on their on. Only lose them if I didn't tend them properly in the beginning. Ground cover is a mix of leaves and pine straw. This I collect from the neighborhood before the city comes around and picks it up. My dogs love it - stay clean and smell good. I've been doing this for several years over all my yard and you can't dig anywhere without coming up with worms! Beautiful soil - healthy happy plants and trees, healthy happy insects. So much more peaceful and fulfilling puttering with the plants, watching all the activity, eating the bounty provided - than pushing the mower, edging the sidewalks, blowing the leaves, listening all the Noise and not the birds. And less actual work over time.
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Kathy Dunn
For my garden above, I did get a basic design from a local landscape architect who met with me and went through my scrapbook of ideas I had collected over the years, then drew me a design. I opted to contract out the removal of the old sod, and the installation of the pathways, as well as the hauling in of the top soil and installation of a pergola (which you can't see in that picture).

I have done all the planting myself, finding plants at Walter Anderson in San Diego, several local succulent specialty nurseries, at Evergreen Nursery, and at the Water Conservation Garden in east San Diego county (which sells plants, has classes, and has a demonstration garden to explore); http://www.thegarden.org/index.html . I have also had good success in purchasing plants on-line at Annie's Annuals in Northern California, as they specialize in native plants as well as water-wise plants from around the worth (perennials as well as annuals).

Our city collects garden waste and composts it at the local dump. Anyone can purchase compost and wood chips there at a very reasonable rate. I have used their wood chips around my raised beds, and also used their compost. I also have the area under my pergola covered with rubber chips (formed to look like wood chips) that are made from old tires. So far I have been very happy with that product and plan to do a few other areas the same way as I further develop my garden.
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I agree the evergreen trees should go. They are top heavy and, in high wind situations, a potential hazard,

Since you are going for a more modern feel, I would remove the shutters. They are not right for the window style, anyway.

Then I'd redo the front porch. It should be a step down from the front door.

Here are some photos for inspiration. I like the horizontal slats: chezerbey exterior.

Add a simple pergola: Portland Mid-Century Modern, Brucewood, Patio Deck-Art Design®, This deck is much higher than yours, but it has a great design: Portola Valley, CA
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changing the trim colour - was contemplating white and the entry (steps/landing) to be Trex decking in dark grey with white posts and black railing
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libradesigneye
A white house is classic, but should have contrasting trim. I pulled a color from nature without any clues about your style inside - now I visualize a very neutral comtemporary space . . black shutters are fine, but you need a pop of color at the front door., Suggest - medium / silver gray trim and a cobalt front door. Test bm cobblestone path - a bit of minerality to it - http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/cobblestonepath great with the gray trex and black shutters. Then, at the front door - bm carribean azure http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/caribbeanazure

Hope you'll consider the stainless cable horizontal rails - you can use wood posts - see also the neat modern detail of horizontal spaced lattice for under the deck - very nicely done.

Those trees aren't going anywhere in BC - they are huorn like - will outlive the house. Embrace them at the deck (and get a dremel saw so you can scribe to them/ adjust the deck opening as needed). May I suggest you rework the house number over the garage - something bigger and a modern font number there would be great - you can get those online in black - 6" high -take down the cottage sign unless it was yours.
I'm not a big fan of the busy look of your existing storm doors but I'm sure the winters require a strong option. Paint the entry storm door the same color as the front door. Paint the secondary storm door and door behind the trim color so it recedes. New larger light fixtures - and for summer, why not string party lights from the trees to the front door - when you redo the deck, get some exterior outlets set on the front facade - you may be able to have a party in the front yard with the right entry deck (or at least a couple of beers with a friend after hunting)

There are some industrial lights popular now that come off the face of the house a bit - black or gray - this is a kind of cottage interpretation that isn't too industrial but adds that sense - http://www.lightingdirect.com/trans-globe-lighting-4775-single-light-down-lighting-outdoor-wall-sconce-from-the-outdoor-collection/p723589
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If you mount the TV on the love seat wall, it would be at a better height than over the fireplace. I would the put a sofa directly across from it in front of the long bank of windows, but about three feet away. Then I would add a love seat that faces the fireplace and a comfortable chair in the corner to the right of the fireplace.
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@tania I really like your idea about sofa and assent wall color. But I am not sure if I can afford to change the carpet floor to hardwood. But I like the picture with the blue carpet
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elham1361
@Isemartha Thanks for your suggestion. I like the custom coastal shutters idea. I will definitely do that.
I like to buy a bigger TV that is why I can't put it above fireplace :(
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If you add bushes around the porch you wouldn't need a railing for the kids. But if you want to add one for peace of mind, I would go with a wrought iron style. White Colonial House, Full House Renovation and Exterior Rear - Craftsman are good styles.
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Denita
Congratulations on your wonderful new home! Exiting times closing and moving into a new place :) There are some great ideas for you up thread - the wrought iron style railing around your porch, and the utility area screening for your garbage cans on the right side of your garage are right on point.

Looking for a front door for you. I see the one you have doesn't really go with the style of your home with (what looks like from my monitor) the diamond type window insert. Is that a diamond insert glass or is it something else? Is the door in good condition or does the entire thing need replacement?

Landscaping will totally enhance your wonderful home :) Consider getting an actual landscape designer to come in and put together a plan for you. It's not as expensive as it sounds. You can put the plan in place over phases as your budget allows. This way you have the entire concept ready to implement.
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Thank you ALL so much for your advice! You are making me think we can actually do it! I love the bushes idea! I honestly would LOVE no rail but its a pretty high drop off the side to the cement driveway and I can't stop thinking about some little trick or treating falling and suing us! Wrought iron is a great idea- I was hoping for something more substantial/impactful, but maybe simple is best in this situation. @Denita this glass on the door is actually rectangle (yay!) and the door is in good condition so it might be usable- what kind of door would you suggest? Also, should we keep it white or go with a different color? I'm not too into colored doors so our options would be dark wood, white or black. Any thoughts on the matter? Also, hiring a landscape designer is brilliant- I hadn't even thought of that actually! Thanks for the tip! @Lisa Vogel Bradford, I don't know much about the soil. We live in Utah which is considered the desert so I am thinking some sort of drought tolerant plants. That's such a good idea to think about what kind of roots they have!
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houssaon
I have a long and narrow driveway like yours that goes to a two car garage in the back, so I understand your situation, but I would not remove or move the garage. The first thing is to learn how to back out without turning around. (The way I do it is to use my left side mirror to make sure I am within ten inches and then I know I am not going to hit the house backing out.) You could draw a chalk line to start.

I would repair the garage and add a second bay in the style sstarr recommended. First of all, garaging a car really keeps it in better shape and looking newer and second, the resale will be lower without one.

The other issue Curt D'Onofrio raised about zoning is valid. In my town, you have to have a garage and there are set-back requirements. The current garage might not meet those, but since it is existing it is covered. A new one won't.
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Another far reaching idea- there appears to be open space to the right of the adjacent red house. Any chance of purchase or easement?
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Lou Paris
Well I have ever slight more property on that side than the other (as noted above) but very very very slim chance of easement and unless some cosmic circumstances changes no real chance of purchase.

If I won the lottery, and we kept this place, I would buy that property, raze it, and attach a garage off of that side. :)
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houssaon
Look at browns for the siding, like SW "hot cocco" , "red barn" for the door, and a deep chocolate for the shutters. A less bright more taupe for the trim.
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Thank you all I think I found the gray color that I was looking for. You can describe all you want and you can not get the image you have in mind in a chip lol. However I think I found it by accident in trying other colors and then looking over to the left on a paint deck lol. I am going to go purchase it and try it. I LOVE the shutters that you presented Timberlane!!
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Thanks Sandra! Feel free to request a free catalog from our website and take a peek around http://www.timberlane.com
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i would get a larger painting or print and hang it lower close to the mantle: 2013 Luxury Home-Inver Grove Heights. Add an asymmetric group of objects on the mantle: Deveron Home-site 207.
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houssaon
I like the shelving next to the windows:
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Yes, lightly sand brass and spray with heat resistant paint, unless brass is your thing.
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I would try ornamental grasses that can withstand the cold (like Lori B) am in Switzerland and mexican feather grass, various miscanthus and carex as well as fescue grasses work beautifully in the summer and the winter (they go a beautiful golden colour) plus they sway in the wind. These are low maintenance, require minimal watering and are pretty hardy in their own right.

I would plant spring bulbs between them for the spring and in the summer you can add lots of lovely colour in between

Here is guide article http://www.dianeseeds.com/companion-plants/ornamental-grasses.html
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ASVInteriors, you just described my plans for part of our landscape. Just this week, I planted several ornamental grasses with other flowers and bulbs in between in the planters on my house.
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houssaon
I think vessel sinks are so trendy and under-mount is a safer option, They appeal to a wider group. I think a house staged with furniture is much better than an empty one. An empty one looks smaller. It also looks like the seller is more desperate. I suggested green for the bath because of the window treatments, but gray would also be nice. Traditional Master Bath, Jones Design Build (BM - feather gray), New York Area Interior (BM - pikes peak gray). A gray with a green undertone would also work, like BM - horizon gray: Columbine.
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The kitchen with the black rose wallpaper! Now I remember. The choices you have already made are superb.

If you must add the granite, try the same kind as in the kitchen with the same beige paint. Or for such a small piece for a two-sink vanity, I'd consider a plain quartz instead.

Putting an expensive frameless shower door on a molded fiberglass shower doesn't seem to make a lot of economic sense. In my area, replacing shower with new shower pan and all new midrange tile runs about $5K plus shower door and new plumbing. Add $2K for new vanity top with new sinks and new faucets. Your area prices will vary, of course.

People don't want a half-renovated master bathroom, they want everything to look the same age, preferably newer than new. Your decision.
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The only thing I would do is paint the pink bathroom. Pick a neutral color that works with your valences and buy one set of new plush towels used only for display.
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Love this house and paint colors included
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houssaon
Good suggestions from Lampert Dias Architects, Inc. as well as some others. It wouldn't take much to add trim and new style windows to make it look like a craftsman. I like the earthy colors suggested. Here are some other options: Shaughnessy Traditional and Custom Mountain Craftsman 1. I like the simple windows with dark brown sashes on this house: Custom Mountain Craftsman 2.

Concerning the landscaping, you have some nice plants now, but they could benefit from being relocated - especially the reddish small tree or bush by the door.
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houssaon
You could put two comfortable chairs a table and lamp in front of the French doors, the ones with brown curtains. The sofa could stay where it is or move to that area opposite the chairs.

Another layout would be to put a sofa on the wall that has the TV now and put the TV on the opposite wall. I think the space will feel larger with this arrangement.

If you paint the French doors black, paint the door black, too. Maybe even the trim. Hang the drapes at the level of the door top. The existing rod is too long.
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I love the Highland Lake House Kitchen
, can anyone please tell me if the walls are in a light wash or it's the colour of the wood? This Lake House is so pretty it might persuade me to keep the pine panelling...

On the other hand, Benjamin Moore white dove is a beautiful colour too. Should I paint the cabinets the same colour as the kitchen walls or should I paint it a few shades darker/brighter? Also do the kitchen wall paint and cabinet paint have to be in gloss finish? or semi gloss? or it can be matte?

your help is very much appreciated.
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libradesigneye
Black and white will fight with the pine paneling. You need a bit of the warm undertone in the colors you select or some color to play off - thus the blue-green undertone in the contrast that was a little more funky. Your resene half rice cake has a bit of yellow in it as it is described . .
Charcoal to look at -
That is brand new white pine sealed without a yellowing agent against a grassy green. I know the tv can't be centered near the flu / but wondered about shifting it as close to doorway as possible hung on the wall mid-height. (above the box just) Across above entry table might be best - then you can put a chair by the fire that can also watch tv . Irritating during games when people are coming and going, but it is a small space and not a lot of people.

Select the drapery after you get a color scheme - a charcoal like this blast gray from resene http://www.resene.co.nz/swatches/preview.php?chart=Resene%20Metallics%20and%20special%20effects%20range%20%282010%29&brand=Resene&name=Blast%20Grey%203
will play off darkest knot elements better with a little warmth but be black enough for fella

i looked at their color chart - spanish white is your best white - double haystack for cabinets - it will need to be a warm tone to work against the pine unless you want to go gray for cabinets too - could be wonderful but will require additional undercounter puck lighting and won't work w/ counters till you change . . could head green - double hillary for cabinets with the pine . . stark white and black makes pine even more orange - but the spanish white would look white on walls / warm and let charcoal and wood give you the mod pop you want - could do spanish white cabinets . . can't go deeper in spanish without a clash w/ wood must go more gold which is how i found double haystack ..

i vote for cabinets deeper - got the best neutral i could find at your paint tone . you can have them add the tint for spanish to the rice cake and it will work and they won't charge you much if any
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Either black or the trim color for the shutters. For another option, how about a light gray?

Unless your front door is wood stained, I would paint it the same color as the side-lights. With the window in it, there is not much of a wood surface, so all one color for door and side-lights has more of an impact.
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I wouldn't go with cream just because when I see white or cream shutters, they always liik dirty.
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sprucenj
I just love this site...thanks all for your input, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
Same roof, just different light.
Door is currently red but being replaced with a very colonial French door in a dark stain soon.
We're also adding river rock to all of the exposed cement on the base. I hadn't bought of cream being dirty looking...good point!
The house is still underway so it's hard to see the trim bc it hasn't been painted yet but it's all cream. The first pic I posted shows the trim pretty well.
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houssaon
I think it looks good as is. Even the wall color is nice. I would try to keep the counter tops clear. You could add two colorful runners.
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Try my knobs.com. Just refreshed my kitchen which needed over 100!!! Knobs. Who knew? Had a great selection, well priced and name brands. They also had a nice selection of appliance hardware, which the big box stores did not have. I agree with the comment on the lights. New ones would really update things.
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What type of pendent do you think would look good? (: my style is really modern / transitional. Do you think pendants in that style would look good, like the ones I attached below? (:
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houssaon
It is hard to tell what is what in your photos. I'm assuming the large green gray sample is the cabinet finish. Since it has such strong lines in it I would not go with either the small square pattern or the random tile. I would use larger rectangles or a subway tile.

Here are cabinets that have a similar finish: Black Residence. These white-washed cabinets have a simple back splash: Darien Beach House
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Actually, the grey is the floor sample. But thank you :)
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I've seen parquet flooring in a dark stain that looked very nice. Maybe replacing the floor is one expense you can avoid. living room. A white or light gray stain would look good, too. Modular Sofa 01421
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Wow Xulon (Chris)... thanks for the upgraded rating... I'm not worthy! haha
As long as you're pitching for a trip to the big city, we could produce the floor in a custom PREFINISHED format and save vpbarreras $$$ on some of those tools you've got her buying... lol
I'll even go with you to act as guide, having worked there.
There are definitely some "nuances" to working in & around the Apple.
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Thank you, gentlemen, for the offers! Once I have the quote for flooring, I'll reach out to you and let's see if the above ideas make sense. It would make a great story!
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houssaon
You could also use perennial plants that die back in the fall to cover the foundation. If you put stone on the side go up at least as high as the top of the windows. I would also add some stone as a landing in the asphalt to announce the entry more.
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houssaon
Another option would be to go up below the bottom of the upper windows and replace the clapboards with board and batten siding.
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kristinst
What a great idea. thank you!
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houssaon
You don't have to put anything up in that space. Hester. Or you could put fake plants in really attractive containers: Model Home - The Wyndermere 1, Model Home - The Wyndermere 2.
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jn3344
This comes up periodically in design dilemmas.

The consensus generally is to pretend the shelf is not there. That is, no fake plants, no plaster Venus statues, etc. A properly sized painting or other flat art piece can be hung on the wall above the platform.

Good luck!
April 9, 2014 at 7:33am     
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houssaon
I noticed the door to the dining room right away and wondered why. Then a noticed the second full bath, which is great for a couple who need to get ready for work at the same time. But I also thought that the dining room could serve a dual purpose as a guest room if you added a movable divider between it and the living room. Then a dining table could go next to the kitchen.

I would not get a bed with a foot-board. It takes up precious space. You could just have a frame and no head-board. That is the way I have my bed and I hang a quilt on the wall. Wall paper would look good on that wall as well: Todd Davis Architecture and Bedroom.

I like the dark color of this wall which has a TV mounted on it: San Francisco Urban Studio.

I would also avoid sectionals. They are not flexible enough. A small sofa and two comfortable chairs would be the best option. An ottoman could replace a coffee table and give you room to put your feet up.
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lrhicks
Think small scale for furniture - a love seat instead of a sofa and a couple of comfy chairs with clean lines. End tables and even wall mounted lamps can give you the feel of more floor space. Multi-function pieces are good - an armoire than can double as an entertainment unit, extra storage, etc.
I would place the sofa on the longest wall of the living room and put two chairs in, facing each other on either side of the sofa. Keep to solid colors for the furnishings and add pattern with pillows and artwork. Mirrors are good for bouncing light and giving the feeling of more space.
Don't be afraid to shop yard sales and second hand stores. You can often find better quality pieces that just need some time and attention to make them shine!
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paskal29
Thanks everyone for your replies. Would anyone be willing to sketch out a layout and post it here? I have a clean modern/organic style. The apartment has light bamboo floors and I like natural colors - blue/green ocean, sand, and wood colors. I also like accents of turquoise and deep purple. Thanks!
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houssaon
I would paint the walls gray. Amherst Gray HC-167 by Benjamin Moore, Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray AC-27, and Benjamin Moore Gray Owl 2137-60 are good contenders.

I painted my dining room Benjamin Moore Storm and love it!

The furniture seems to be too wide apart. Could you move the TV to the area next to the fireplace? Then you could arrange your furniture something like this: EGR Classic. Bring the sofas closer together and have the two chairs on the same side.
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Once the tan goes on the walls, the striking blue of the carpet will be proportionate to the blue furniture.

The suggestion to move the sofas to face each other is very good. Can the tv go into the corner where the wingback currently is? If this is possible, group the furniture around the FP. The chairs can sit at the far end of the sofas angled inwards.

Some coffee tables ideas to match the FP surround
Olivia Cocktail Table
Louisa Coffee Table
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Painting it the same color as the wall and adding a console table as OMNIA Group Architects and other suggested will do the trick. Also, a runner on the stairs, artwork on the wall opposite the front door and a rug on the floor in the entry will tie the space together.
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Also, sometimes they air returns get a bit grungy. Try cleaning it and if it is dented or banged up it is easy and inexpensive to replace just measure it up and head to Home Depot. It might not look great, but it would look better if it's in good condition.
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It looks like it might be upside-down too. If you can see through it from standing in front of it, it is upside down. It can definitely get something in front of it, just leave 4-5 inches of space for air to flow around it. You might notice you have to dust that area more often as that is drawing air from the room into it, so be careful to put something in front that is easy to clean.
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Starting with the main area with the kitchen. I would do a sand color in a matte finish on the walls and a white on the ceiling. I recommend matte since it is washable, doesn't reflect light or show imperfections. Use flat on the ceiling since it is cheaper than matte. Looks like a finish with a sheen was used on the ceiling and you can see the lines.

Here are some possibilities: Benjamin Moore- Sherwood Tan, Mesa Verde Tan ac-33 Benjamin Moore or Shaker Beige HC-45 by Benjamin Moore.

The room with red walls might look good in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC 172 or a darker shade, Chelsea Gray (HC 168) Benjamin Moore. For the craft rood, white might be the best. The go to white on Houzz is White Dove OC-17 by Benjamin Moore.

The rooms that have no windows can be made happier with large colorful framed posters on the walls. Good luck!
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Yellow. It works in an area with less natural light. Makes it cheerful and makes you happy to use the space.

Happy Decorating!
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Can you get tube lights all the way in the basement? Would be nice, but I don't think it's where the money is going to go in the house. I have years of other areas to fix up first (hello, kitchen!) but paint is something that can get done right away.
April 10, 2014 at 6:05am   
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houssaon
I hate paper, too. So much so, I feel like a paper hoarder, I can't seem to let go of it.
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Well, if you looked at my filing system, you'd realize I don't have the answer. But I do have a suggestion. I have controlled the inflow of paper by aggressively removing our household from mailing lists. I call, email, write to every organization I can. It takes time but has definitely produced results. Some days I get only one first class letter. However, I'm still challenged by organizing the things that do come in. Sometimes time is my friend. If it hangs around long enough, it outdates and becomes easy to throw away.
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Maybe someone has already suggested this, how about getting a scanner to scan to papers that you need to keep, either keep record of them in the scanner, or on a disk, then write what is on the disk on the disk its self. Go through old receipts, and throw them out. There is no time nor need for all the free papers and magazines we get, since we have the internet to find whatever we want. I look at them briefly, and a couple of days or so later I throw them out, if I had no interest or time to look at them up again. You can also scan childrens' art and keep it on a disk and refer to it anytime you want, (ooops ;0(!, which reminds me, I think I need to get the little scanner out, because I have some scanning of the little ones to do.)
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I think your curtains are hung too low. Try moving them up as high as you can so that the hem just about touches the carpeting. (You still might need to hem them.) You can add curtain weights to make them hang straighter. While I think the curtains in this link are a bit short, you can see the difference using weights makes: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kyb3jtwqSB8/Udb-SLadwhI/AAAAAAAAF_U/4SxAfJdEwdE/s1600/Curtain+Weights.jpg. Take a look.

About the door. It appears to not have a frame around it or the frame has been painted the wall color. That makes it look a bit strange, so even if you paint the door, I think it will not look right. Try painting the trim white first.
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hello again, I am thinking painting the inside of the door white along with the walls, not a hospital white, you might want to if you have a swatch of the rug to the paint store to see what looks good, and put the swatches of paint in the wall to see how they look in the dark and in the light, then on the door there are decorative inserts, maybe paint a inside trim. I am not sure how the insert is designed, nothing overbearing , just a narrow line, you can tape the wood to keep it straight. just a suggestion
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Thanks so much for your comments and ideas, everyone! You have given me some things to think about. The windows definitely need something on them to help with keeping the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter as our house is from the 1950's (and the sunroom was an addition...I'm not sure from which decade.) The windows are horizontal slats that fold in/out with a crank handle...not beautiful double pane glass windows unfortunately. I do agree about hemming the bottom of the curtains and using the weights so they are more neat and airy--unfortunately they can't be hung any higher because the ceiling is angled, so the ones in the low corner are as high as they can go. Regarding colors, my goal was not to make this look like a typical sun room with spring colors and rattan furniture, rather a warm, calming space that just happened to have a lot of light and a lovely view of our backyard. I do agree that I need to create some definition and find ways to incorporate other colors to break up the shades of tan. Keep the ideas coming. :)
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All of the great examples that rinqreation initially used had edging, although one not all around. I think it makes sense to have edging, either black or white. This might also help with the installation, since the positioning of the pattern can bee better controlled with more or less edging. One other thing to consider. Use black grout with black edging and white grout with white so that the edging looks like a solid piece. Compare "Clarkson Valley Residence" to "Tuxedo Road" to see the difference.
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Sorry, I said "white" thinking "light colored"…. Of course, trim and baseboards should be the same color and cream will be lovely. Sorry to not be more exact...
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Great house and remarkable transformation. Love the colors of the exterior as well as the gray on gray of the kitchen.
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fabulous job. LOVE IT! we own a queen anne in texas! thanks for renovating this beauty :)
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What a beautiful renovation, inside and out.
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I like the tan color that Margo recommended. You can get something similar in the brand paint available to you. A very light and soft buttery yellow would look good with your funiture: Chatfield Design. How about these sandy shades: Residential or Island Residence
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the other thing that matters when applying paint is texture, i.e. whether you go with latex, semi gloss, gloss.....the same colour will look different depending on which you use.
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Love that color. Here are some shades from Benjamin Moore. Consider a matte finish on the walls the color will be truer and it is washable. I like mermaid green. (How could you not with a name like that?)
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You need to go MUCH LIGHTER!!! There is a chic mint green that is trendy right now, and that isn't it....I would look at, http://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6743-mint-condition/

Sherwin Williams SW 6743 Mint Condition, and then pop it with darker and fun accessories. If you go too dark on the walls, she will tire of it quicker, she can pair this lighter mint with many different color combos, orange, gray, yellow, navy, peach creams etc...Good Luck!
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Here is an image for SW 6743 Mint Condition :)
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Both the red and white doors look attractive. The red catches your eye.

This looks so good! I would paint the frame around the door window red, too.
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Wow! You did a great job finishing this new home! It most definitely is warm and welcoming :)
April 11, 2014 at 5:48am     
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Ouch. Remembering now, never got a mailbox up there. (The mailbox in photo. Graphically inserted ) where to order an affordable nice one to match the door hardware/light fix? Also, where to the numbers 619 go? On the mailbox or elsewhere? Stick on numbers or what?
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houssaon
I would do a warm gray on all of the trim and around the windows and do an earth red on the front door, like
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I would frame out the round post to make it a square column, paint it a light gray.
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houssaon
By the way the landscaping is very nice, just need some selective pruning.
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houssaon
Here is another option for front door and trim color:


If you do consider painting the brick, you could try painting the window frames and trim first. Personally that would be the choice I'd make. Attached is a mock of the colors I suggested earlier.
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Those are my choices as well, however as good as the second from the bottom looks, it may be a bit light en masse. Got to run!
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I think it is going to be easier for you to paint on pieces of drywall. You can move the pieces around.......for example, to the back of the house/place against the porch area/by a window.

Also, when you look at the piece of drywall painted, you can look at it independently of the other paints.
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I like the wider tile.
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Love what you have picked. Great choices.
April 6, 2014 at 8:21am     
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Great picks! I love the floor tile and the accent tile!
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But the house itself looks charming--
if you could get more cobbles might think bout doing that on the chimney--
would make an Irish cottage type effect...if you would like that...
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Thanks for the thoughts. I'd like to stick to an Arts and Crafts era color, and so was trending toward those historic colors; what would make me happy would be some muted yellow but I don't think that will look good. Something that pulls in the stone color from the field stones, so trending grey or reddish would work best. The interior is fully restored and much is original including all original unpainted woodwork, and the interior paint colors are golds, muted pumpkins, and pale earth colors.
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I would go with supper dark gray for the walls. If this is in the entry, it must be a very interesting home. I love it!
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I would cover 80% of it with a solid rug. Get a great light fixture.
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Am I seeing stairs on the left side of your picture? If so I think you need to consider how close the rug can be to the riser. You don't want anyone tripping on the edge of the rug. Also you don't want it curling up if everyone catches the edge as they step off of the tread onto the floor, and you have the floor vent to consider too. I LOVE Barnhart's mock-up of the calming solids. Use a "greige" wall color, the darker warm beige rug and lighter warm beige paint for the door. Pull the colors from the tile. It will look wonderful. Do Not Paint Or Tear Out That Tile! If you want to change out the ceiling light, keep it simple. A flush or semi-flush drum shade. Get some newspaper and make a template or use a sheet and fold it until the size looks balanced for the rug. It's going to look great! :)
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houssaon
A warm yellow on the walls: Overall. Chrome handles. This fern green would work: Lake Country Builders
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stainless steel and use the shades for a pop of color. You choose the color to accent the new paints.
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I want to help you I too am wanting a new house or one to renovate.
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Duplicate post!
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apr2013
Sorry, it is not by intention. For my first post, none has responded. Hence I posted second one. @ TanCalgal, window frames made by rosewood - pure yellowish in colour. Hence I will not paint it. What is the need - while the nature has provided me that colour.
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When the posts and wood trim at ground level are painted, the stone will look better. But condomary is right, somewhere there is a specification about the stone. It is way too different and your choice is better.
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Looks like wrong color and style; however I like it, but you have to be satisfied. Speak with the builder and have the rep. make a visit and bring samples of the stone you chose. Good luck.
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Don't tell me he used... "leftovers"... from another job
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houssaon
If you keep the red roof, a creamy yellow base would look good: Garage and Entry ro a tan: Lineberry Architectural Group.

You could co in the other direction with a olive brown: Caswell County Retreat. Or a dark gray like this brick home: The home of Wendy.

What are the colors of nearby homes?
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@TanCalGal, yes roof is red tile.
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I'd choose an off white + beautiful front door in the rosewood + brown lanterns + urns on each side of the front door. Spanish Colonial 1

This style door would be attractive, too Spanish Colonial 2
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Do you want to do the house in the same color?

Summer Harvest 206 Paint is part of the Designer Classics Collection.

Here it is with White Dove OC-17 by Benjamin Moore: From Kids to Quiet 1 and in a butler's pantry: From Kids to Quiet 2.
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The light seems to get lost with the light buttery wall color. Can you go darker?

It is hard to hang artwork since the walls are curve. In this space they hung small prints: Circular staircase. Here is one with mirrors: Country Home - 07. A tapestry would work: Frisco Residence.

You could put something at the top of that stairs. Have you thought of wall paper?

A colorful runner would add a lot of interest: Living Rooms.
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owFotografik, I love your artworks in your page. Just the kind that I was looking for.
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Love love love the Music in my Soul
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I would do a runner. You might find a stripe or pattern that coordinates with the upper stairs. But the best look is to do the runner all the wall up both flights of stairs. If you decide to remove the carpet and go with a runner, you might find that there is no hardwood on the treads, So you might want to factor in that cost.
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How about a sisal or a sisal looking runner? If not can you find a matching runner to the one you have now? If not I'd just find two new runners to use.
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You could make a huge opening and keep part of the wall. However, you will lose the cabinet space.
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houssaon
Has this house been opened up already? Rather strange to have a load bearing post in the middle of the floor, so I think that it has already been worked on. What is directly aboce the wall you want to take out?

I would rather keep it closed off as long as there is a place to eat adjacent to the kitchen on a daily basis. Not the dining room.
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I would paint the clapboards white. Remove the brick edging. Add foundation plantings and plants at the front of the walkway.. Look here and other websites for plant material suggestion.

Fairway Overlook 1 and Fairway Overlook 2.
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This sort of looks like it could be a mini-Prairie style house. If you could do a stone veneer on each side of the garage, maybe at the entry as budget allows and incorporate a rustic stone edging in some rather flowing front beds, paint the recessed garage the brick color, and do maybe a light mossy green at the entry door (or surround, if veneer is not possible), it might work. Since you like to do your own harvesting, and have a tree in the front yard...could that done as be an apple tree rather than an ornamental? In new front beds, which you could curve incorporating the curve of the walkway, I'd do some low bright evergreens as a foundation base, weave in some low growing ornamental grasses, and in the summer do border edging in things like lettuce, kale and with annuals like marigolds (kind of hides your harvesting). Best of all worlds. Maybe you'll start a front garden trend like that here in tree-hugging Oregon. We have neighbors that do corn in the front in summer. :)
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If you want your house to look larger & more attractive, paint the garage door & surround the same colour as body of the house. Then it won't stand out & take away from your charming house.

The porch area is dark right now & not adding any curb appeal. I see this painted a brighter colour which complements the brick, which will draw attention to your front entry.

The colour I envision is BM Rusty Nail.

The more vibrant front entry will be enhanced by evergreen plantings along front of house. Keep it simple. Boxwood is a good bet for your area, inexpensive & low maintenance.
April 5, 2014 at 7:08am     
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houssaon
I say porcelain. But I also like wood or linoleum in the kitchen.
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I cannot agree more. Porcelain it is! Travertine is pretty but high maintenance, Especially in high traffic areas such as the kitchen. I say this with my personal experience. My husband fell in love with Travertine and had it installed throughout the first level of our home. It had been a true pain to maintain it!. I would go with porcelain any day!!!
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You are likely strapped for cash now, but I think you should get a new front door when you have the funds. In the mean time paint it black. The current door looks like someone filled in the center of the original door with a piece of door from the 60s.

The white vinyl windows look OK. I would paint the rest of the trim a gray. Here is another house:
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The door is pretty obviously an add from...the 1960s, maybe? An inexpensive switch would be something like: http://www.lowes.com/pd_508474-42736-LOWOLJW182400065_4294858086__?productId=50014950&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar|1%26page%3D2&facetInfo= And then paint it. You could also paint the sidelights, and maybe do a period appropriate stencil in the dark gray in the middle of the panel.

It doesn't seem like shutters would be right at all. A colored door, a lively porch (floor paint and porch ceiling paint), with landscaping that has variegated leaves would work. Many plants have leaves in green with white, green with red/brick colors, green with gold colors. It might be a great addition to work a plan like a white/light ceiling on the porch, an artistic paint job on the porch floor (think, painted rug), a colored porch swing with pillows, some colored pots and great light fixtures. If you look at the Arts and Crafts movement colors for golds, blues, greens I think you will find a scheme that goes with your outstanding house!
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Thank you all for your time and advice. I had not even considered that the door might be from the 60s. Makes me feel better about painting it, somehow. :) will do a bright color, porch & ceiling paint. Also like the plant suggestions! Thanks much!!
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I think anyone of the colors you are considering will look good on the base of the house and the garage doors.

I would paint the window trim, gutters and leaders dark brown. But another option is a creamy trim color like this home: Home exteriors. Here is one with white: Len'as Cottage. Or the trim could be the same color as the base: Exterior.

I think the tile pavers on the front landing should coordinate with the brick flower planters. Also, some of your bushes need a good pruning, which you might want to do before you paint.
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Thank you. Re the plants, we are going to do new landscaping, but were advised to paint first. Hope we got the order right.
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houssaon
Is the front door the door to the porch?

This is pretty and would work with the clay:
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There was no information, but Blue Spa 2052-40 Paint by Benjamin Moore is close and was used on these doors: Carcary Residence and Gerardi Home. It is a happy color, to be sure.
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Blue spa would look great. Love the color:)
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Can't wait to try it, thank you both!!!
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With this tall ceiling you can do color on it. What are your favorite colors?
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thankyou housson! yes im thinking of a medium brown (see piks) but not sure if its going to make the room look smaller or just be nice and cosy like im visualizing? yes i was thinking about doing the white boarding on the ceiling (think this is what you mean by clapboards?) will just make it even more 'country' tell me which of the piks you like.... P.S. my fiance is not too sure about the blue roof in the first one haha
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I like the lightness of the last one, looks greenish..
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If you have a library, check out the "Not So Big House" for great space ideas. See http://www.notsobighouse.com/ Well worth the cost to buy some of her books, if you can't get them at the libray.
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A great way to open up your house to the outdoors and to that beautiful view is to use a folding glass wall system to create an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Take a look at our Houzz profile and our website http://www.nanawall.com/ for examples of how you can achieve this. I've attached a couple pictures below that I hope will help spark some ideas.

Additionally, here's the story of an architect who literally converted the homeowners barn into a entertainment/party barn. http://www.nanawall.com/blog/2013/12/modern-barn/. Visit our blog posts to see neat stories of how individuals have used our product to transform their lifestyles.
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Evie
Thankyou NanaWall & Garden Design Online, such great ideas... !
April 4, 2014 at 5:46pm     
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lesymarie
In my family room I have a set of brown sofas and a love seat, I would like to have an idea for wall colors and decoration colors that can match with the them.
May 29, 2012 at 12:31pm   
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houssaon
FYI:


I'm not sure what you are asking. Glaze for what?
April 4, 2014 at 3:25pm   
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meridith1
Glaze for cabinets. Thx.
April 4, 2014 at 3:28pm   
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njschaefer78
Or, BM Palladian Blue, very similar to Copen Blue.
April 4, 2014 at 3:11pm        Thanked by nykola1977
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