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! 
inkwitch commented on an ideabook

Eye-Catching Centerpieces Beyond Flowers and Fruit

Use your imagination to create a tableau that reflects your surroundings, creates dramatic tension or elicits surprise Full Story
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inkwitch
Stunning ideas! I am inspired to be more adventurous. Although I change the centerpiece (and other stuff) all the time. I move the wall art around, too, although a few pieces have a permanent home as they were chosen for that specific location.
last Friday at 4:58pm   
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Jennifer Clark
@ gkcarr: I had a cat who ate a cactus garden on my table. And I never found a single spine on his mouth or in his paws. Crazy.... @ detailaddict: I just found a couple of inexpensive apothecary jars to put all our beach rocks and shells in. I have them on the mantle, but that for the idea of using them on the table!
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Stevie
The log just cracked me up.....
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8 Beautiful Ideas for Floating Shelves

Get clean-lined storage and display on walls, over windows and in nooks using versatile floating shelving Full Story
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inkwitch
I wanted a floating shelf to span the back of my dining room. Everyone was skeptical -- not only how a 2x10 was mounted, but how it would look, but it is agreed that it "made" that room -- besides the color! I change what's on it with the season and any whim.
July 20, 2014 at 4:01am     
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silcaemat
Got mines from an old house, it doesnt exist any more, but it still remains at my room.
last Wednesday at 4:48am     
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deleen2014
Floating shelves are so convenient, modern. i need help. we're painting our lounge and i am thinking of also painting the skirtings black. walls will be a beautiful soft sandy colour, fireplace and floating shelves darkest varnish possible. will that work?
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How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room

15 tips to arrange a compact living room for the comfort, seating options and style you crave Full Story
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inkwitch
I'm wondering, as I read about your house, whether switching the living room and loft bedroom is an option. At least until you can afford the changes you want. (I've been renovating a house for 4 years, so I totally understand!) That living room (What I can see of it) is indeed awkward. Sort of depends on whether you entertain a lot while there, or live alone.
July 20, 2014 at 3:37am     
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inkwitch
I love articles about how to decorate small rooms. The first one is gorgeous and inviting. Some have too much furniture or too large furniture for the space. I noticed that only 2 rooms had draperies. I'm one of those people who's living room is for entertaining friends and to give them a room w/out dogs and dog hair (I rescue and foster).
July 20, 2014 at 3:53am     
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Joani Stewart-Georgi - Montana Ave. Interiors
You can find coffee tables that have a hydronic lift to raise it to be a dining table. Very cool. Also an area rug defines a space, large or small. Use screens to hide heaters or AC or as a room divider.
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Addition Building & Design, Inc.
Great tips! Thank you for sharing.
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My Houzz: Bright Island Style for a Florida Vacation Home

Hand-me-downs and new pieces mix happily in a midcentury home on a sunny South Florida island Full Story
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inkwitch
Love it! Fresh, bright, colorful and uncluttered. I'd love to see comparative floor plans to see how they re-assigned room functions. what a fun place to live!
July 20, 2014 at 3:29am     
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luvwhidbeyisland
A beautiful remodel. How sad too think many saw this lovely home as a tear down. And the left behind furniture did indeed have some treasures!!! I am sure it is wonderful vacation getaway.
last Thursday at 4:50pm   
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Stages Premier Realtors of Cobb LLC
This is beautiful! I love the mid century modern style and the ceilings. Great shade of white. Such fun!
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My Houzz: Light and Serenity Fill an 1890 Home

Remodeling enhances a Jerusalem home’s architecture while bringing in more sunlight and a peaceful vibe Full Story
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inkwitch
Exquisite! Glamorous and elegant.
July 17, 2014 at 3:32am     
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jillybeansisme
Lowering the windows so that the basement guest bedroom & bathroom get natural light is pure genius. I also love the cherry tree coming up through the middle of the courtyard. Then there's the reading nook -- absolutely love them! Enjoy your new home.
last Saturday at 4:45am   
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Georgia
Gorgeous. Go-ho-ho-horgeous!!!

Also maybe echoey? If it were me I'd add some rugs (OK there's one in the family room) or curtains to absorb the sound bouncing off all those hard surfaces. Beautiful, classy, modern-yet-antiquey style ones of course.
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How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right

Learn basic layout rules to get a polished, pulled-together look in any room Full Story
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inkwitch
Wow! You guys really like this article -- and it is important although after arranging furniture in enough rooms, it gets to be second nature. I can walk into any room and place the furniture blindfolded. (Usually, there's only a few ways it really works, no matter the room. You just "know." Unfortunately, I also mentally arrange other people's rooms, which gives me a certain frustration because they'll never appreciate the suggestions. I once suggested a woman not shove her furniture against the walls (a pet peeve of mine), and she looked at me as if that made no sense. To the design-challenged, I suppose it does.

However, in my own house, I live alone so I don't have to cater to anyone else. My living room is for guests (I foster dogs so there has to be a dog-free zone.) with no TV. The TV is in my computer room. (I also don't own a single recliner. No envy, please.)
July 15, 2014 at 6:48pm     
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suenamianne
Brilliant. Some of this I learned through 40 years of corrected mistakes. The rest I'll accept without question because the part I've learned coincides with the absolute truth catalogued here. These guidelines will shave off another 20 years of trial and error. What a find, this is a treasure trove for design.
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djplatcow
I just tried to download the Jordan's free room planner - it won't let me unless I enter a credit card.
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Design Workshop: 9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors

Explore some of the best ideas in indoor-outdoor living — and how to make the transitions work for both home and landscape Full Story
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inkwitch
Love all of these! What inspiration! However, in the deep South, bugs are a constant (what was Noah thinking?!) so outdoor areas are only usable for 2-3 months a year. Some plants help (mosquito plants in abundance) but other bugs ignore them (you would not believe the horse flies!). I have heard mosquitos won't fly above a certain height, so high-rises and perhaps mountainous areas don't have that problem.
July 15, 2014 at 3:22am     
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dreamdoctor
Or even encouraged.
July 20, 2014 at 2:08pm     
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Shanghai Green Antiques
The sunset photo is taken from under the pergola or veranda (not sure what to call it, but it is attached on one side to the house!) at our White Surf home in Vero Beach Florida. The next photo is taken from the enterainment area on the ground floor - looking out at the resort pool. Final is the ideabook link which contains more pictures of this house, just in case anyone is interested in looking at our design equivalent of baby photos.

Vero Beach Florida - White Surf Oceanfront Home

Vero Beach Florida - White Surf Beachside Home

Ideabook: White Surf - Designing the Ultimate East Meets West Beach House
July 22, 2014 at 12:14am     
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   Comment   July 14, 2014
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inkwitch
If you're sticking with the "tan" for all the other walls, a blue-gray will not flow, especially seeing the FP stone. You may like gray and really want to use it somewhere, but a less blue-gray tone will work better.
July 13, 2014 at 5:58am      Thanked by mick50
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mick50
Thanks for everyone's help. I really appreciate it.
July 13, 2014 at 9:08am   
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mick50
Samsamyd -- I really like your Whale Gray with the color of your wood dining set and floors, which is similar to the stone on my fireplace. Absolutely beautiful. I'll pick up a sample.
July 13, 2014 at 9:14am   
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inkwitch
You know, initially it looks dark, but a closer look made me think peaceful, restful, relaxed, wabi-sabi. I agree, I'd go slow, live with it a while. You have a lot of windows and it does look to be high quality paneling.

However, having said that, I would paint the fireplace (red brick is just ugly). Although I do find the horizontal boards visually interesting, there's a limit to what you can put on them, so I suggest removing them. A large sculpture would look good. (Everybody does paintings and mirrors.)

Can't tell what finish is on the wood. If the owner/builder poly'd it, you're sort of stuck. Impossible to remove. Painting it would be nigh impossible, too. (Not that you will.) But wood does take care. I used tung oil on my wood floors instead of poly-ing them. I have to oil the floor once a year, but it's patina is appealing. Tung oil does darken the wood. Do the research. compare.

If you want lighter walls in some locations, consider pickling. You wet the wood, wipe on watered-down white paint (although you can use any color), wipe it off after a specified length of time, and voila, you have lighter walls that are still wood. Definitely do your research and I'd suggest consulting an expert if you plan to do it yourself. (This may be one of those things you hire a professional to do.)

You're bought a beautiful house with a lot of character. I predict you're going to love it!
July 13, 2014 at 5:23am     
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groveraxle
I think this room will turn out to be versatile. Here are a few different looks for you:
July 13, 2014 at 8:06am     
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Kaaren Baumgartner
I add mantles here...added a simple birdseye maple to my stone fireplace in dining room. I decorate mantles w/ seasons and holidays, put up cards for b'days, anniversaries, retirement, and the like. Have an antique chocolate set on one that is prettier seen than in a cabinet, etc. I'd keep the mantle and paint the fireplace. I'm outta here....had my say. It's all your choice. One thing about the paneling, you wipe it down once a year, and it's good forever...maybe move in first and then think it over or tackle one room atta time...go slowly. Enough.
July 13, 2014 at 2:23pm   
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inkwitch
Definitely use colored frames if it works with the décor. I prefer to limit it to one color for unification.
July 13, 2014 at 4:53am   
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sandkshouse
Totally personal preference. My preference is towards black frames. Colored frames draw your eye away from the art or photo.
July 17, 2014 at 6:23am   
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ericafunnn
Depends
July 17, 2014 at 6:31am   
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Take a Summer Vacation in the Backyard

From Airstreams to tepees, backyard camping provides all the comforts of home with a touch of rustic Full Story
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inkwitch
Thanks, martinmettelmark. You made my day! Love these hideaways, but the treehouse is my fav.
July 13, 2014 at 4:41am     
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trm14yo2013
I believe if you make the backyard fun enough it might be able to substitute a vacation
July 18, 2014 at 10:50am   
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When I constructed the Tiki Bed, we only had one bedroom, and so when guests came we slept in it. We also chose to sleep there often, watching the fog roll up and down the mountainsides was so cool.
July 19, 2014 at 12:05pm   
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Roots of Style: American Farmhouses Pay Tribute to Regional Traditions

With simple forms and details that honor their locales, farmhouse architecture transcends time Full Story
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inkwitch
Many of these styles remind me of derelict farmhouses I photograph in S. GA. I remember one in the middle of a cotton field that was overrun with wisteria, but the distinctive thing about it was sidelights flanking a front door -- so you know this was a well-to-do farmer although the house was probably no more than 600 sf.
July 13, 2014 at 4:32am     
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Karl Weatherley
I'm chasing more info on the gable atop hip roof house. Can anyone help?
July 20, 2014 at 2:42am   
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zweiback
A tasty sampling of farmhouse-style fare - thanks for this treat!
July 20, 2014 at 6:21am     
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Paint Your Bed for a Colorful Night’s Sleep

Take your bedroom somewhere over the rainbow with a bed done up in a shade beyond the pale Full Story
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inkwitch
Love the colors! I'm always amazed (and frustrated) by people who refuse to "mess up" (what is incredibly ugly or ordinary) furniture by painting it. I painted my steel bedstead a cream but only because it works with my color scheme. I would not hesitate to paint one of these -- turquoise, lime, orange! Terrific!
July 7, 2014 at 3:23am     
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Susan McFarlane
I apologize that I missed the point of the article. I love the idea of painting bedroom furniture. In fact, seeing this inspires me to maybe look at a different color for my guest bedroom furniture.
July 13, 2014 at 11:12am     
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Although black is a common color for beds, when one would expect to see red and they see black instead, the designers goal of creating visually unexpected and therefore interesting artistic settings may be achieved. Such was the case when we painted a red Qing Dynasty canopy bed black so that we could use it in a child's bedroom. The children love the bed and the room, and the parents love showing their friends. I appreciate that some readers will think that we are crazy for painting antiques - but to us the joy we get from actually using the bed far outweighs any lost value which may occur because we changed the original color of the piece. We simply appreciate the piece that much more!


Design Project - Mountain Forest River Bend - Shanghai China - Green Antiques

Ideabook: Mountain Forest Riverbend - Tommy Bahama Goes to Shanghai China
July 21, 2014 at 10:43pm   
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apple87
I really love the idea of using dark gray! As you can see in the 4th picture above (and some new ones I will post below), the kitchen shares a wall with the dining room, which is adjacent to the living room. It is an open concept space with a vaulted ceiling. Would you extend the kitchen paint color to the rest of the open space?

Thanks for the great ideas. Maybe I need to change the title to include the rest of this space. Just FYI: the mess, the furniture, etc are not mine!
June 30, 2014 at 6:43pm   
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inkwitch
Thank goodness that kitchen is a reflection of the previous owner! What a mess!

OK. Shaker cabinets are not hard to achieve if you want them. If you don't want to buy new doors (the only part of "Shaker" that defines the style), you can achieve the same result with the application of trim. It doesn't have to be heavy or thick. Strip the current finish and glue the trim to the doors. Plan on replacing ALL the hardware. It wouldn't hurt to make a couple of cabinet doors into glass fronts.

Painting the upper cabinets white (or cream) will lighten the whole atmosphere (as well as a new decent light!). You could paint the lower cabinets a color -- any color you like, actually -- since it really won't be seen much and is hidden by the arm that juts out.

Doors in a contasting color from the cabinets really don't work. The most contrast you can do is different colors between top and base cabinets.
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inkwitch



I knew I remembered a narrow niche for spices and condiments. Have something built that fits in that space -- just big enough for spices and condiments.
June 30, 2014 at 7:15pm     
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rainymorning
@Sharon Murphy: good for you! I'm glad it can be reconfigured and now you'll have a place to store sheet pans, cutting boards, etc.
July 4, 2014 at 4:59am     
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chloebud
Good plan, Sharon!
July 4, 2014 at 11:37am     
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Get Your Rustic On for Log Cabin Day!

Celebrate rugged good looks and simpler times with a gallery of 10 gorgeous log cabins across the U.S. Full Story
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inkwitch
My best friend had a dream of living in a log cabin. I kept telling her about the one down the road, but she didn't find it until she married in her mid-50s. It was poorly built - you could see through the walls! The kitchen was a disaster! But it was on 10 acres and had potential -- and it was the dream come true. They married on the front porch 3 mos into the reno.
June 30, 2014 at 3:05am     
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July 6, 2014 at 6:03pm   
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Becky Harris
michmc, I have to say, it is a pretty awesome name for a town! I did the same things with Laura Ingalls Wilder books - absolutely devoured them (except Farmer Boy- I could never make it through Farmer Boy). Becky
July 7, 2014 at 5:37am   
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