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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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.
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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.
on Monday at 3:12PM     
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carrps
That color is gorgeous. I love the Frances Elkins chairs, too.
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tshome
Beautiful with the exception of the rug covering the prettiest part of the room.
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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.
last Friday at 3:31AM     
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mick50
Or silver with more glitzy fabric.
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kathyjohnstonkathy
I vote for a lighter shade of teal
And definitely solid.
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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.
last Thursday 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.
last Saturday 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...
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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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Michael Davidson
Karen - it's at the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex. You'll see these saddle stones right across the southern counties of England.
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summery
Love Andy Goldsworthy's work - his books are glorious.

Our farm is currently an inukshuk training ground - it's currently being tile-drained, and the farmer got a bit bored, and started creating somewhat haphazard inukshuks all over the place with his excavator - they look awesome, literally, as they're HUGE!

Karen - you didn't include standing stones. You can find them dotted around the countryside all over Scotland, and further afield. Stonehenge is quite a well-known example. They're also called menhirs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menhir
Eclectic Backyard Garden High Plains Desert Garden
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10 Top Plants to Grow Indoors

Brighten a room and clean the air with a houseplant that cascades artfully, stretches toward the ceiling or looks great on a wall Full Story
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inkwitch
This is helpful. I have killed 2 dragon trees by overwatering! Gave up, but maybe I'll give it another shot now that I know its water limitations. I have peace lily which I discovered does not like being moved to a different spot.
August 14, 2014 at 6:09AM     
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Laurie
@ Curt D'Onofrio - Sprinkle Red Pepper in the beds. Use a good amount and they will stay away. You will have to reapply it often so get the restaurant size bottles. It won't hurt the cats or the bushes.
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Laurie
I moved from a house with big windows and lots of light to a 1966 Ranch with small windows and a lot less light (and space) and I have had a hard time with plants ever since. My living room faces west and the windows are shaded by the porch and large trees. I can hardly grow anything, unless I put in the kitchen (east side). I miss my old house (for a lot of reasons!). I have a few of the plants on this list but many won't do well in my dark home.
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madixx
Thank you so much for your comment and your ideas!!! :-)

Actually behind the curtains are the windows. Here i show you the room with the bed and the other overview from the living-room you asked for.
August 8, 2014 at 3:58AM   
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inkwitch
So the little projection with the dresser and the red vase is actually a "bump-out" to the structure? The curtains are actually the end of the room? Yes, I like the room even better since seeing the rest of it. However, a couple of thoughts:

Lower the mirror. It's too high. All art is hung at eye-level, and this usually means the bottom is about 6-12" above the back of the sofa, and for a mirror (is that a mirror?), at eye level when seated at the table. I would move the mirror. It isn't strong enough to carry that wall. Possibly put the tall mirror on that wall so it reflects light from the window -- you'll have to experiment with that.

Unless you have a door to an outside space in that little alcove off the living room, that would be a good place for a cozy reading vignette with a lamp and a compact and comfortable chair. Consider moving the red vase to the end of the TV console. In all, it's looking terrific. Just a few tweaking here and there and you're totally glam!
August 8, 2014 at 4:12PM   
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motownmom
I know I've seen them, but I'm signed up for so many specialty web stores I can't recall which one. Check out www.jossandmain.com, www.onekingslane.com. There are "memberships" but they are free.
March 17, 2014 at 3:23PM     
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inkwitch
Do you want new or vintage? Something antigue-y would be a nice addition. Check out thrift shops.
August 8, 2014 at 3:38AM   
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The Question That Can Make You Love Your Home More

Change your relationship with your house for the better by focusing on the answer to something designers often ask Full Story
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inkwitch
There's not much I can add to these comments! But it is amazing how many people have no idea what I'm talking about when I ask these questions. A lot of people don't live in their homes, they exist in a shelter. I consider it my mission (well, one of many!) to nudge people into realization that the atmosphere of where they live affects everything about their lives. And it doesn't take a lot of money or "stuff."
August 1, 2014 at 3:35AM     
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jen046
Surprising, unique, colorful.
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Lori McGhee
I want my home to be an extension of me, simples as that so colourful, original and comfortable. Am I the only one who doesn't give a fig what visitors think? I am not rude it's just they don't live here and if my décor offends them to the point that they would rather not visit then hip hip hooray because they are not my kind of people!
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9 Reasons to Pick a Patterned Lampshade

Is a solid shade blocking your room’s potential? Consider a light fixture dressed more decoratively Full Story
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inkwitch
I'd like to know where your finding these shades! Where I live, NOBODY has patterned shades worth a durn. I can't even find a decent drum shade in any color! The idea of having one shipped seems like a recipe for crushed results. ENVIOUS!

I love patterned shades - they do add pizzaz to a room. The pattern doesn't have to slap you in the face. Subtle is good.
July 31, 2014 at 4:19PM     
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Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25
Catherine, Thank you so much for including Studio Ten 25's work!!! Here are a few more detailed shots of that fabulous lampshade taken by Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25! XOXO Abbe
August 13, 2014 at 10:56AM     
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Catherine Funkhouser
Abbe, thanks for sharing the close-up. The detail is amazing!
August 13, 2014 at 7:09PM   
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beachlily



Here's the slate!
July 30, 2014 at 11:51AM     
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inkwitch
gorgeous! Lucky find -- and great GM!
July 30, 2014 at 5:12PM   
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inkwitch
Having wood floors and a big rug isn't "covering it up." Just because you have it, you don't have to show it. it's about layers. Texture and contrast. Seating groupings and area definition. Trust me, you'll know the wood floor is there, like a frame around a painting.
July 29, 2014 at 6:11PM   
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M J HAMPTON DESIGN
I have visited job sites and saw where something could be improved on the original design, and told the contractor to stop. It happens. Design isn't science. It's ok to change your mind and want something to be better. You have the luxury of being able to change it. Hardwood and an area rug are the way to go...a carpet will be sea of just one color, but with a rug you can really bring in color and pattern. Its a far more timeless design choice. Trust your instincts on this one.
July 29, 2014 at 6:20PM   
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I would order more wood and have them do it now before the carpet goes in. You can get area rugs later for the family and dining areas.
July 30, 2014 at 7:10AM   
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inkwitch
A floor lamp behind the chair closest to the FP.
A small table beside the other chair. No lamp necessary there. Matching floor lamps would be too much.
A different table at the nearer end of the sofa with a table lamp. Something elegant and simple.
Mostly it lacks color. I'm all for a neutral color scheme but some pops of color is required to warm it up. A throw over one chair (previous suggestion on target) and a softer pattern for pillow in the chair -- watercolor floral print, maybe?

It's a beautiful room and well laid out for the space. A room like this is always a challenge. Reminds me of a very correct PTA lady with a no-nonsense attitude and a lacquered hairstyle. It just needs softening, a lived-in look. A little mussing up.
July 29, 2014 at 6:07PM     
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lefty47
HI -- I think the pillows that are on the sofa should go on the chairs and the cushion on the chair would be better on the sofa . Look at the accent tables at Restoration Hardware
July 30, 2014 at 9:26PM     
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mrsreedo
@lefty47- that was my original intent, but the lumbar pillows on the couch are too long for the chairs:(. I love them so decided to stick them on the sofa. Restoration hardware is def on my list to check out, thx!
July 30, 2014 at 9:33PM     
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Guest Picks: Gilding the Lighting

Get your subtle-shine fix with pendants, sconces and floor lamps in antiqued brass or other warm metals Full Story
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inkwitch
Ceiling fixtures have become an art form! I love that copper onion pendant -- in fact, Moroccan flavor just resonates with me! The concentric circles are classy; I saw that one in a decorating magazine recently. So many lights and so few rooms!
July 29, 2014 at 5:27PM   
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Bearcubus
What about inkwitch--Where did you get the Moroccan kitchen light fixtures?
August 8, 2014 at 1:13PM   
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missym49
Thank you so much for this article. I just ordered one of the jelly jar outdoor lights. We had chosen these for our deck and one was broken. Now I can replace it and not have to change the others. Couldn't find it anywhere in the antique brass until today.
August 9, 2014 at 2:04PM   
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The Case for In-Between Colors

These mutable hues defy easy description, but their appeal all around the home isn't hard to get Full Story
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bubblyjock
Two that I find consistentlly pleasing are Farrow & Ball Green Blue:
Living room
And Farrow & Ball Ball Green:
Nice moldings accentuate interior
August 27, 2013 at 11:21AM     
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