inkwitch


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In the country!, GA  
About me:
Bought my first house - at 66! All the women in my family are decorators, through 3 generations. This has been my passion, hobby and compelling fascination. 
My favorite style:
Wabe Sabe, modern, comfortable, neutrals mixed with hot colors, minimalist with opulence. 
My next house project:
Hire an electrician! Refinish the living room floor. Paint the foyer floor -- paint the foyer! 
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inkwitch
Feeling welcome.
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MrsSpooky Brown
My smile. I brush for the occasion. Other than that, the decorations I put up. I've picked up crafting ideas that I hope will impress.
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Darzy
If the guests are overnight, I love it when they say the bed is THE most comfortable bed ever. It's the luxurious thread count sheets, goose down mattress topper and comforter. Linen spray of eucalyptus and a serene color scheme. They don't know why it's comfy..it just is. Guests often say our guest room is "romantic". But, it's just cozy. :)
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inkwitch
Love the light fixtures which would look much more coherent without all the tall candles. Suggest moving them to another location.

Definitely art. Some great suggestions above. However. . . .
7 hours ago   
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inkwitch
How about something more dramatic, a statement piece.

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inkwitch
Definitely center the sofa on the wall even if you have to sacrifice one end table (don't do matching lamps - mismatched have much more character).

If you've got a 2-story wall, you can do pretty much anything you want to. Long "banners" in any pattern, a series of pictures, one big painting -- what do you like? This could take months to locate the perfect piece(s).
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bgfuqua
center on the sofa.
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inkwitch commented on an ideabook

Mysticism and Meaning Meet in an Ohio Artist’s Gardens

Step into landscape scenes rife with symbolism, inspired by math, philosophy and the stars Full Story
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inkwitch
Places like this are magical! Next lifetime . . . .
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booksareus
Truly remarkable -- actually, so fabulous and mystical it just takes my breath away! Thank you for sharing.
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Sigrid
The garden is lovely, as is the house, but given that just about every number seems to have significance, I suspect they could have built whatever and found the numbers to fit all those superstitions.
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Houzz Tour: Simplicity a Virtue in an English Country Cottage

Muted colors and a mix of old and new transform a 19th-century cottage into a clean and cozy family abode Full Story
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Tehniat Haider
Charm personified. The love is showing in every little detail.
last Saturday at 7:38AM     
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wyndyacre
Gorgeous in it's simplicity and elegant finishes! Who says English cottage style has to be fussy and cluttered? This is perfect...comfortable and serene. I too would love to see the exterior and garden of the cottage!
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inkwitch
Play around with some colors - yellow, orange, icy green (not too yellow), even a hot pink/raspberry. Some pillows on the sofa, some art on the walls. It won't take much, and with some colors, less is more!
last Thursday at 4:05PM   
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asquithoatley
Wow disapprove is a strong word lol! but I don't agree with the solid rug idea- I like your rug, as stated many times by others you just need a little more tweaking with some contrasting pillows and an artwork. Its a nice space and with just a few additions it will be amazing.
last Saturday at 3:15AM     
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rocketjcat
You're getting lots of advice here to move the sectional, so I think you should try again. I would pull your it away from the wall and rotate it so the longer back section is parallel to the fireplace and lines up with the pattern on the rug. It's too squished into the corner now and does not look good extending out farther than the wall. Also I would pull your rug out away from the fireplace tile as far as possible so they're not touching. It needs a separation there to disconnect the 2 elements..
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ísARK Studio
I sort of imagine two tall floor to ceiling panels swept and tied on each side of the room. It would be a playful spin on a theater. You could go sheer if you wanted to maintain the light or if you went opaque and had it tied it would likely only cover a portion if you cinched it high enough up.
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Cooking With Character: 13 Personality-Packed Kitchens

Not a fan of sleek, modern kitchens? Then try these eclectic cooking spaces on for size Full Story
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inkwitch
LOVE the Fifties revival with a little less clutter, and the vintage stove -- where to set a hot pot in most kitchens?!!! -- and you will notice, white dominates. You just can't go wrong with a white kitchen (sorry about the alliteration!)
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stevedenver
I love clowns!
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Katy Jordan
Love love love the yellow cabinets with the soapstone sink. Any info on what color/manufacturer that yellow paint is?
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How to Make Your House Feel at Home Where It Is

Take cues from nature for placement, materials, shapes and patterns, for a house that sits well in its surroundings Full Story
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inkwitch
Thank you, comfy by design. Apt statement. Many of these are wonderful juxtaposition between land and structure. I particularly like the first one. It really nestles in that location.
last Tuesday at 6:05PM     
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goodewyfe
Despite how modern it is, the first house seems to have sprung up in that spot, so natural does it seem in situ. I also like the way the Missouri home appears to have almost "rolled" into place (photo 5), The view from the Melbourne house is breathtaking (photo 8). Finally, the house in the wooded area in Sydney (photo 9) seems both modern and traditional, probably due to the way it fits so well into its surroundings. I am not a modernist, but I clearly found a lot to like here.
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Sherry Bohn
natural materials, I am a firm believer in using materials that will age gracefully. that is often the point in Modern architecture .

You may not like the design element, but raw materials, wood, metal and concrete can be forever products.

I will leave to explanation of wood options that can age in the environment to another longer article, but this is not your old soft wood building materials from years gone by.

Also the patina on metal is surface, and is not the same as what you experience with an old rust bucket. longer conversation needed on the science side.

You may not like it personally, but modern architecture is more about sustainability and often cost efficiency, tolerance to nature's wrath, and much much more.
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Kitchen of the Week: Brick, Wood and Clean White Lines

A family kitchen retains its original brick but adds an eat-in area and bright new cabinets Full Story
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inkwitch
It helps that a lot of money was poured into this kitchen. Don't kid yourself: that stove, farmhouse sink, miles of countertop were not cheap! All those Shaker-style cabinets. It takes $$ to pull this off. It helps that it has a zillion windows wrapping around that corner, too! I guess this is my dream kitchen, but mine is about 1/3 -- well, 1/4th -- the size. Sigh. Oh, well. Next lifetime.
last Tuesday at 3:05PM     
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danalynny
Great kitchen! Iam considering something similar to my galley kitchen. I have a couple of questions, do you find this width adequate for traffic flow and how hard is it to keep the brick clean and dust free? I love cooking in a galley kitchen but do have a lot of traffic going through it. Debating whether to change into a L layout or just widening the aisle.
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Elisabeth McGrail
Love it!
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inkwitch
Consider putting a shower head in the middle of the ceiling instead of the opposite wall. Ideally, you need to tear the whole thing out and put in a walk-in shower with all the appropriate bells and whistles, so this would be a make-do solution.

For the vanity, unless you're prepared to put in at least one more sink, you have to make do with the one. A shelf that spans the entire vanity as well as a mirror to fit the wall -- or two mirrors that replace the one -- will help minimize a lot of clutter and fussing. I don't care for the lights. If they can be replaced, I would suggest doing that. You haven't said anything about a budget.
September 7, 2014 at 11:06AM   
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kyle4433
thanks, everyone for your input! Budget is fairly low, was hoping to find a solution for under $1000.00. I absolutely love the suggestion about extending the roof out there and or possibly including a sky light, unfortunately those options are far too expensive for us right now.
September 7, 2014 at 4:57PM   
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A hand shower is a cheap fix. You don't even have to change the plumbing if you get one that mounts on the tub spout. Here's some from Delta but your faucet mfg. may also have this option-http://www.deltafaucet.com/bath/showering-components/filter-results.html?type=type-showercomp-tubspouts&function=bath-showering-components&sort=pricehighlow&count=60
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Ready to Try Something New? Houzz Guides to Color for Your Kitchen

If only mixing up a kitchen color palette were as easy as mixing batter. Here’s help for choosing wall, cabinet, island and backsplash hues Full Story
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inkwitch
September 7, 2014 at 4:36AM   
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The combination of white and aqua looks crisp and clean.
September 7, 2014 at 4:42AM   
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fringedweller
I love this.
September 7, 2014 at 10:22PM   
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5 Questions to Ask Before Installing a Barn Door

Find out whether that barn door you love is the right solution for your space Full Story
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inkwitch
Since I rescue dogs, I wanted the block the kitchen from animals but maintain visibility and air flow, so I built a barn door inset with 1/2" hardware cloth (screen would not last 30 minutes!) which I brushed with white paint. There is no swing room for a hinged door. Sometimes necessity requires specific solutions.
September 6, 2014 at 4:04AM     
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nljordan
Neat idea for sliding doors
on Sunday at 4:10PM   
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Katy Jordan
Because we have a tiny master bath and claustrophic walk-in (barely big enough for hubbie's clothes!), we've decided to get rid of our 30" sink and put a linen closet in its place, then tear down the wall into the closet and put a double sink there. To deal with the lack of closet that would created, we decided we didn't need all the space we had in our bedroom, so we're framing in two reach-in closets where we now have a blank wall (just need to move my dresser). I will SO be putting barn doors on the closets!!! We'll build the openings to a regular size so that if someone wants to put up standard doors later they'll be able to without too much trouble, but the barn door just calls to me. Now to figure out the style to use! I like the idea of the mirrors to bounce some light around (and provide some perspective when getting dressed!) and I really liked the example above, with the separate mirrors put together - much better than the usual mirrored closet doors - which always look very '80s apartment' to me.
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More Top Paint Picks for 2014: New Greens, Blues and Neutrals

Valspar’s new colors aim to lift spirits and express creativity. Here’s how to use 9 of them in lively ways Full Story
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maryannie1120
We are building a rental house and builder is ready for interior color . We do NOT want to go white this time, but on other hand want a neutral color, and one we can do touch up with down the road. Any suggestions. Trim will be white through out house . Any suggestions. I agree to love on from Beiges and grays. But feel a rental house we are not going to paint each room a different color.
Thanks for all your help. We do have Good natural light coming in from all areas.
July 9, 2014 at 10:30AM   
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inkwitch
Annette Parente - It's "Intense Teal" by Behr. I always use Behr even if the color is someone else's.
August 27, 2014 at 2:37AM   
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Room of the Day: A Dining Room Makes a Dramatic Entrance

A bold color palette and sophisticated decor set the tone for visitors to a Baltimore waterfront home Full Story
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inkwitch
Gorgeous and unique! And I don't even like blue.
August 25, 2014 at 3:12PM     
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manzaldit
Love that fabric! Any more information on it so that I can find? So many to search through in Vervain...
August 31, 2014 at 4:07AM     
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Love the drama of these visually compelling chairs paired with the saturated wall color and choice of window treatment fabric.
September 3, 2014 at 9:16AM   
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inkwitch
Relevant comments above - decorate for yourself. You're unhappy with it because it looks like a showroom set, not a lived-in home. That calls for imperfections. Hard to comment when all I see is the sofa. What does the rest of the room look like? However:
1. Mirror too small for sq footage of wall. Need something with more impact. The mirror will go better on a smaller wall.
2. Curtains okay, although something with a pattern might be more appealing. All solid colors lacks interest. Don't care for the fuzzy pillows. The ones behind are more appealing. Put one in the chair and perhaps a throw over one hand of the sofa, something in a color.
3. Need a coffee table. Perhaps an upholstered round (already have plenty of square stuff) footstool type with short lets, with a tray on top. Go w/a pattern and something lighter. Pick another color for accent.
4. Lamps? And end table? Can't tell since the photos turned out dark. Perhaps a night shot with the lamps on? Avoid matching tables, lamps.
You have a good sense of color and proportion. Good basics. Now accessorize.
August 22, 2014 at 3:31AM     
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linnnnie
I like the fourth pillow myself. Have you decided on a complimentary color for throw, etc?
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kathyjohnstonkathy
I am not able to visualize those pillows on the couch but they are cute pillows.

Were you thinking all of them or just throwing one into the mix?
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10 Top Plants Native to the Desert Southwest

Get a thriving garden despite unforgiving conditions with these tough, unthirsty, sun-loving beauties Full Story
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inkwitch
Muhly grass grows wild in S GA so here, it's considered a weed! Love the stuff! Finding it is another matter. I want some in my yard. It comes in different colors, not just pink.
August 21, 2014 at 2:59AM     
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lkmcgregor
I live in the Arizona desert, and I've never heard of Pink Muhly... interesting. Texas Sage is very popular here.
August 23, 2014 at 11:51PM     
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QUERCUS
I'm rolling at the poetic answer at the top!

Me, no poems, But yours' are great choices, and all but a few I had, though each one thrives here in El Paso! I think the landscape in the SW without some cacti is rather power-less.

Someday, I hope pinkish SW native, Muhlenbergia porteri, gets popular. Mtn States grew some, but no one specified it even where it once grew wild, prior to development. Just like a couple native oaks from the same large development...
August 25, 2014 at 3:14PM   
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Follow Nature’s Lead for Artful Stacked Stones

Surprise and delight in the landscape with rock formations resembling wildland hoodoos and cairns Full Story
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inkwitch
What imagination! What mystery! All interesting, but those balancing rocks- magic! I am inspired!
August 19, 2014 at 7:16PM     
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wendytomczak
Someone took a lot of time to build this cairn formation on Mackinac Island in Michigan.
September 2, 2014 at 10:16AM     
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Conrad Shades
Wonderful working with natural materials!
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