inkwitch


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In the country!, Georgia, United States 
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
Obviously, with all these posts, you've been dithering over this for some time. The photos where the whole doorway including all the trim painted the same color have the most impact, and in contrast to the rest of the trim, give a powerful focus.

Personally, I like the navy, and that shade, and the green tones don't have the same impact. Just paint the whole doorway whatever color you choose, maybe the door a darker (or lighter) color.

Since you haven't really decided on any of the colors presented, maybe you should consider a totally different direction. Up to you.
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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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halfpint2
The current color looks like a royal blue, but navy blue would have been nice! Beautiful home!
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inkwitch
If you want that chaise to stand out, contrasting color is the best option. Definitely try patches of the colors you think you want to use so you can actually see how light affects both of them.

I would suggest going with a gold tone, something with body and depth. Although I prefer Behr paints, look at Glidden's "Tuscan Tan" (not brown/tan at all). Turquoise goes best with certain colors where others might seem to work, but just don't.

Also, you might consider a vanilla color. Against cream/ it pops.

Your best option to help you decide is to search houzz photos for rooms with turquoise furniture and determine which looks you are most drawn to. I thought I wanted to paint my bedroom a gold because I was using dusty aqua for draperies/accents, etc. But on search, I found that the rooms that appealed to me the most were all painted cream! And I'm not a "white" person!
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Strongly suggest you consider the gold for the ceiling. Stunning!

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Could Your Living Room Be Better Without a Sofa?

12 ways to turn couch space into seating that's much more inviting Full Story
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piano , palm tree
April 13, 2014 at 4:50pm     
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inkwitch
marcy96 - LOVE your living room! It is one of the most comfortable, livable one I've seen (actually owned by a real person!) in a while. Lovely, lovely!
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inkwitch
In order for a rug to work, it has to be big enough for the front legs of all your seating to be on the rug. The second photo shows a rug that is too small. Do not care for the rug in the 2nd image, but if you like abstract paintings, this may work for you. I REALLY like the rug on the left, but I have a "geometric soul."

Love the turquoise; my fav color! It mixes well with yellow/gold tones. (Can't seem to get away from that color!)
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tlparks
I really like that gray tone-on-tone animal print rug better than the last one posted. It isn't quite as busy looking. U already have enough movement with color in wallhanging and pillows. I think it will tone down the rug a little more if u plan to have a coffe table in front of sofa.
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Another benefit of the gray rug is that if u ever wanted to change out color scheme in room, all u would have to do is change pillows.
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You Said It: ‘Photovoltawhata?’ and More Houzz Quotables

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
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inkwitch
Very good, charlee! Ain't it the truth!
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Lou, you sound like a sensible, intelligent, energetic, talented, sentimental, caring person, so becoming homeless, sounds more like a choice, but at the same time only temporary as you plan to store some possessions, don't know your story but I wish you health and happiness on your new journey................
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I wish you all the best, Lou.
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inkwitch
You guys are so funny! This looks like the list everyone did for "What do you hate?" All the things I hate about decorating are the same thing I don't want in my house.

But the first thing that came to mind are Venetian blinds, vertical, wood, plastic, skinny or otherwise. Don't understand the fascination with those things. But there's no point in repeating almost everything listed above and making this any longer than it already it.

I still think we should do one for what we DO like. After all these posts, we need some positiveness!
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He ran off with his best friend's girlfriend and they've been living together ever since - going on 20 plus years now. Never got a wedding invite so not sure if they ever tied the knot. If they did she's still using her maiden name on Facebook.
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I wish I could say mice but my house is 230 years old so .. lots of ways for them to enter
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Step Away From the Wallpaper: Why Decorating Risks Are Overrated

Want to find your signature style? Try staying inside your comfort zone Full Story
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inkwitch
This is an incredible article, and I'm so glad you put it together (with tact and encouragement). People who ask for advice need to read this first. Everyone has a sense of what is right for them if they'd just listen to that inner voice, trust their gut, and say "No" when necessary. This includes embracing their secret yearnings for which they may fear criticism.

I have always liked vivid color and unique settings, original art, repurposing found treasures, and creating an ambiance/interiors that sooth my spirit and make me smile just to live in them. I can't remember living in a single domicile with white walls if I had a choice. Or gray (although the exterior of my house is gray). Big sofas (especially sectionals) and entertainment centers give me the willies. They are right for other people. Thank goodness we don't all like the same things!! It's the spice and challenge that makes houzz my favorite website! (And I have an ideabook for every room and outdoor concept! Doesn't everyone?)
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sjmom
Great article. Decorating is really about combining the personality of the space with the individuality of the person. I love neutral backgrounds which I can fill with my color of choice and if I should tire of it, change it.
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Kitmu, I love your kitchen renovation! It is wonderful. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your renovation.
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Make Your Own Barn-Style Door — in Any Size You Need

Low ceilings or odd-size doorways are no problem when you fashion a barn door from exterior siding and a closet track Full Story
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inkwitch
I needed a door for my kitchen, but needed the ventilation of an open doorway. It's location does not allow for a swinging door. Barn door was the answer. The track from HD only cost about $15. I built a framework and used hardware cloth (wire in tiny squares). It's crude, but in the throes of reno and urgent need, it works. A coat of glossy, bright aqua paint helps! Later, it will be used outdoors and I'll replace it with better. Barn doors can be any size and design, and built to fit, which isn't always available in a standard door.
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alitafish
Minwax conditioner does not seal the wood. It evens out the porosity of woods that would normally stain splotchy. You will have to clear coat that or prepare to see an unwashable handprint patina by this time next year. Or even in a couple months with regular use. Also, the water-based Minwax and oil-based gel stains are the types that can have multiple coats applied. The less expensive yellow can oil stain is a stain and sealer in one, so only one coat. Though its sealer is only a sanding sealer so you'll still need the clear coat.
Thanks for telling people to put on multiple coats 'till it looks right. So many people panic that they aren't doing something right without realizing that they just have their own aesthetic to please.
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Barn-style doors can solve lots in interior tight-space and door swing problems, especially when remodeling. In a manner similar to pocket doors they also allow a wider door opening than would be easily available with a side hinged door. Of course, you can't locate much on the wall that the door slides on and acoustic privacy is compromised.
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Going Solar at Home: Solar Panel Basics

Save money on electricity and reduce your carbon footprint by installing photovoltaic panels. This guide will help you get started Full Story
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inkwitch
Definitely investigate the gov't incentives. Example: I had new windows put in my house and was told I could get a tax rebate on them. WRONG! New efficient windows only applied to rental property! What a gyp! I wonder who's lobbyist was behind that!
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There are other, less obvious choices for storing energy ... they are often also less efficient than batteries, but can be cleaner or easier to maintain in some cases, especially for folks who are out in the boonies and off the grid. The need is to change from electrical energy to potential energy of some sort, and there are a lot of different ways to store potential energy.
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Funkylook: As with most technologies, the batteries are the bit that lets them down. I will not be able to generate my total energy supply from the system I am installing, and have no storage. However, with a bit of thought about when I run the dishwasher, washing machine and how I use hot water, I will be paying very little to my power co, and with luck, will sometimes get a little back. (Fingers crossed - we have just had an unprecedented two weeks of cloud and rain here :-( )
For most of us, we are not trying to to off the grid, just lessen our dependence on the grid.
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inkwitch
Each of us is likely guilty of one of these peeves, and this is all meant in the spirit of fun. If you think this is bad, read the one about TP or "seat up or down?" All taken with a grain of salt. We all reach for the ideal (doncha just love those magazine-perfect rooms!), but houses are lived in, by people with personality and idiosyncracies and complicated lives. I agree: a list of what we DO like would be just as fun, only it might be somewhat redundant. Just post a bunch of houzz photos!
April 14, 2014 at 2:36am     
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BLee
Nancy, I see occasional canister sets on my thrift store forays - one recently was swirly blue/green with tiny frogs atop lily pads for handles. Oh how i wanted that set, but it would have completely filled my only counter (24" x 30"). Ribbitt :-(
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Nancy Sloop
BLee, that would have been me in the house before this one: seemingly a good-sized kitchen, but a surprising lack of countertop! The kitchen we installed in the 1982 rancher we bought in 2012 has lots of counter space, and I let my love of canisters take me where it would, lol.
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given that it's a basement room with limited lighting, a lighter material might look better in the long run. Although I like several of the choices, the left most or a pickled white that isn't there. With pickled wood, you can tone it any shade you like, so you could go toward a gold tone to mesh with the carpet --- if you think you'll keep it long enough to justify that decision.
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I like the one all the way on the left the best. It ties the paint and carpet color in with eachother, it looks like it has some color tones of each.
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inkwitch
My biggest clutter problem is my computer room. There isn't enough storage in the WORLD to organize this mess -- so I've just given up. It's papers. How do we accumulate so much of the stuff? Being a writer makes it worse! I envy those photos of neat little desks with just a computer -- NOT happening!
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tantacatho
You send the first 50 years collecting Stuff .....and the rest of your time trying to get rid of it!
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Lisa Rogers
tantacatho…so true! I've just shipped a couple of large boxes of household goods to a niece just starting her adult life…feels good to help her and an extra benefit for closets to lose weight!
April 13, 2014 at 4:14pm     
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inkwitch
A small area can be a blessing, and container gardening relieves you fere from mowing. Artificial turf is so -- well, excuse my bluntness, but it's tacky. And ugly. And if your small dog pees on it, will smell. Assuming you will be walking the dog in the park, but there will be days when you will not want to do that (snow? downpour? cold?).

Recommend removing the grass in favor of pavers similar to the existing patio, a water feature, and large containers in the upper section. (This also prevents your dog from digging under the fence!) Lower section can definitely be an outdoor entertaining space with a grill, seating, even a loggia if it gets a lot of sun.

Advise searching houzz for ideas and take your time about deciding. This space has a lot of potential. You'll find something you just love.
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April 8, 2014 at 3:49am   
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It will be pretty much what you make of it. With imagination, it could end up being your favorite space! You are fortunate that you don't have to tear down anything!
April 8, 2014 at 3:50am     
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Victoria
Love the idea book. Good find!
April 8, 2014 at 7:47am     
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Jessica
I think a circular area of lawn or turf (your choice) in the front with screening plants or raised beds along the walls. I'd plant a small flowering tree in that back corner to disguise the awkward shape and perhaps some trellises with climbing plants along the fence. Play with the triangular shape and perspective like they did in this garden pictured:
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pluckygirl
A beautiful sunroom with french doors leading in and french doors leading out.
The natural daylight would be amazing and I can already see myself using the room every day. Ahhhh...the dream. :)
April 10, 2014 at 8:30pm   
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I would add on a room that I could rent out to pay the mortgage.
April 11, 2014 at 2:27am   
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What's That Smell? What to Do About Stinky Furniture

Learn how to diagnose and treat pet and other furniture odors — and when to call in a pro Full Story
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AnnMarie Henry
I have a dog, we love her but she knows her boundaries. The only soft surface she is allowed on is her bed. No beds, no couches, no carpets, no rugs. And her bed is washed regularly, hence no smells
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inkwitch
I recently bought an ottoman that had a peculiar odor. It's pale gray ultrasuede so certain cleaning types might show a stain, and I wasn't willing to risk it as the whole thing had to be cleaned. It wasn't dirty at all; just smelled odd. I sprayed it with Febreeze fabric refresher at least twice a day for a week. Odor gone.
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Guest Picks: Pretty Plates for Walls and Tables

Decorate with them or eat off ’em. Plates as gorgeous as these will serve up style no matter how you use them Full Story
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inkwitch
Oh, I'm with jhm7025! So many plates, so few dinner parties! Once I bought some (expensive) black plates -- a classic modern in a semi-matte finish. First time I ate off those plates, I HATED them! So I gave them to my daughter. My fave: Cafeware from Crate & Barrel. Plain, white, timeless.
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kroze
@jhm7025...... those are adorable!
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The plates are up too high to take them down at the moment, but in a ceramic class, I made a salad set, including a large serving bowl, 6 luncheon plates and 6 salad bowls in the cabbage shape in 1978. I still use them often, especially in spring and summer. The soft cabbage green color has coordinated with absolutely every color scheme I have had over the years. They look so great on an Easter table.
April 3, 2014 at 8:39pm     
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Shutters would be a nice addition to the double window on the bump-out, but I don't see them doing anything for the large picture window. And shutters on one would look peculiar. Search houzz for alternative window treatments to see what other solutions are out there.

If you're going to paint one door, you'll have to paint both. Otherwise, it's going to look unbalanced. Given your climate, red springs to mind, but bright yellow, deep orange -- any warm color -- would work. (The house is gray, right?)

I'd also trim down the shrubbery between the large window and the right-hand door so it doesn't hide,
April 1, 2014 at 3:27am   
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Add a porch,replace the door,the windows,paint the roof black with blue.
April 1, 2014 at 3:36am     
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I love the idea of the front porch! That looks great!

As far as the shutters, you don't think it would look odd only adding them to one window?
April 1, 2014 at 5:13am   
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The 10 Hottest Color Trends for Spring

Fasten your seat belts: This year's selections are going to rock your world Full Story
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inkwitch
"Coal" and "Slag" look too similar. I'd have to throw in some Pitch for contrast -- and avoid matches!
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A week later I'm still laughing about "members meet in private behind a Norman, Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby to compare notes and advocate for their selections". :)
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As a member of the breakaway conservative liberal chapter of that Lobby, I assure you it is no laughing matter.
April 8, 2014 at 1:16am     
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Why It's OK to Hate Your New Custom Sofa

It takes time to get used to bold new furniture, but dry your tears — the shock can be good for you. Here's what to expect Full Story
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inkwitch
As a person who has never (and likely never will) purchased a piece of furniture for full retail price, and always buys/acquires what I find in odd places (Goodwill, yard sales, thrift shops -- with a healthy dose of "No, not THAT!" in my vocabulary), I rarely have attitude problems with my furniture! Or from it! The story about the red leather sofa was priceless -- I can just picture that little dickens, feeling like a red-headed orphan child until she learned to love it. However, this is a brilliant article that addresses the doubts people have about their choices when they buy large ticket items and start second-guessing themselves. Our dreams are always so much more perfect than the reality!
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kroze
Suzanne,....... sounds like you are having a great time with the search process, and you have some nice pieces. Fortunate for you that your husband is so good at making things work! Happy shopping! : )
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Suzanne Melton
Thank you, kroze. We picked up the mirror this morning...it weight over twenty pounds!

P.S. We aren't married. Dave and I were high school sweethearts (1963-64) who reconnected four years ago after 45 years apart.
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Simple Pleasures: Put Pen to Paper

Note writing a lost art? Not when you have a pretty selection of papers, a dedicated spot and the right frame of mind Full Story
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Yes, I've had a pen pal & yes I do enjoy sending written letters.
However I don't like receiving birthday cards or thank you cards.
It creates paper clutter, it's so hard to keep up with scattered papers & junk mail.
I feel guilty about throwing a birthday, Easter Orr Christmas card away.
I suppose I for letters & against cards. I'm also a friend of the trees so I don't like to send anyone cards for any occasion.
I don't have anyone to write to at the moment.

My pen pal's name was Pearlene. In 8th grade my class had Pen Pals from a local retirement community called the Windham in Fresno, Ca. We had a monthly field trip to the retirement community to visit our pen pals. After 8th grade ended I kept in contact with her & continued my visits. Pearlene was so nice & I loved to hear her stories from another era.
She was like a grandma. She had a dog years ago in the past that could actually climb trees! He would hug the tree & Scoot his way up. When she was a child even though cars existed, her family would ride in a wagon to town. They were farmers of chickens, Zacky farms.
She told me many times of how the city took property from them in eminent domain for a waste treatment facility. She also had rotten twin grad sons that were supposed to visit on Sundays & never did. I never met any of her family, as they never showed up to visit her when they said they would. Eventually she said "their not going to come, they never do!"
Although the retirement community was really nice, little apartments, church room, beauty salon games, restaurant, etc I saw a lot of seniors waiting around the front entrance eager for a visitor. :(
She remembered my birthday & gave me a card with $5 & homemade cookies.
One day when I went to visit her I didn't see her at the front entrance & the front desk lady told me she had passed away. :( Even though she had a pacemaker, she seemed well & I had thought & wanted her to live lots of years longer.
Pearlene was my 1st & only official pen pal & what started with a class project resulted in a friend I never forgot. :)
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I'm an old lady, and I LOVE email, and all paperless writing. I read on a kindle, write on a computer, and I hate it when people send me handwritten letters. Can't read 'em, don't want to try.
March 30, 2014 at 1:41am     
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More views of the side and proximity to street would help. Also location of rear door to comment on parking space.
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Paint the siding the same tone as the brick so the white windows and frames pop out, and paint the front door a beautiful sunny yellow - like bm bees wax. Congrats on your new place.

For a parking spot - use edger and decomposed granite - nice enough for a patio party but great for the car - 4" of dg over 3" of gravel.
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The Funniest Bathrooms on Houzz

Check out these creative loos for a chuckle, then share your own fun bathroom designs Full Story
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inkwitch
Whoever knew bathrooms got so much attention? Brilliant ideas and too too funny! Must admit the subway is my fav. (David's nose? Undertwater?) These are all pure genius! Can't wait for more comments!
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Chris Pyle
Amyberenson it is funny how things can grow on you.
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pat13605
I've been trying to decide how to decorate our guest bathroom for some time. Thanks for the creative ideas! I now know that using a lighthearted, comical approach is the way I want to go.
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Budget Decorator: Let’s Go Thrifting

Dip into the treasure trove of secondhand pieces for decor that shows your resourcefulness as much as your personality Full Story
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inkwitch
Due to a tight budget to begin with and then because I kept finding the neatest stuff, I have a hard time buying retail any more! I've mentioned my loveseat ($45) and the unique fabric ($6), so it was worth the $300 to put the two together. My whole house is a testament to repurposing and flea market finds: 6 matching faux silk drapery panels ($30), vintage oak buffet ($50 & $24 ), oak pedestal dining table ($40 and elbow grease to refinish the top). I did buy 4 new taupe Parsons chairs for the dining table. By being picky and willing to say "no, not that," it comes together with a style that may be unexpected but unique. My latest find is a rodiron table to go beside the sofa which I'm going to paint a glossy silvery aqua.
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So fun to see our repurposed door on this ideabook!
April 16, 2014 at 1:16pm   
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I love old wood furniture & old tools I can hang on my wall. That's about where I draw the line. The thought of a used couch that who knows what happened on it just creeps me out & I agree about possible infestations too. If I knew the original owner I wouldn't care, but not when its a mystery! I feel the same about clothes. And a used pillow? Not on your life! I don't want my face where someone else's face or worse was! I guess I just have issues with things that have fabric on them. Example: I have a living room chair in my house that was the perfect place to change my kids diapers when they were little. I did cover it before, but I know it has a little pee soaked into it (yes I cleaned it whenever that would happen & it has never stunk). I'm not going to give that to someone else, but a lot of people would & not think anything of it.
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Give Your Garden an Industrial Edge

Create intriguing contrast by borrowing from the factory to dress up your organic setting Full Story
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inkwitch
Love found objects! The trick is to know what is junk and what works. Thanks for the ideas!
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VI sheds that gd ykuuhmyynsgtf
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katym168
I have used concrete reinforcing steel mesh in two gardens. I have used it as a dog fence around my veggies and also built a jasmine arch from the mesh with some star pickets. Very easy and effective - instant new look which climbing plants love:)
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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inkwitch
Thanks, Mariana, for clearing up the questions on that topic.
March 25, 2014 at 3:03am     
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chookchook2
Yes, Bermuda people don't trust the water from their dams because of all the planes disappeared in there.
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Chocolizard empty the olives out first next time.
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