Jacqueline Pestano


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11 Design Solutions for Sloping Backyards

Hit the garden slopes running with these bright ideas for terraces, zones, paths and more Full Story
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pantsmansoy
If you have small children, please resist the urge to level the ground out in steps for a couple years until they are grown. :) the hill in our backyard was a natural playground for riding wagons down, sledding, rolling, creating an extra long slip 'n slide using garbage bags.... The formal landscaping can wait awhile.
August 12, 2014 at 5:19PM     
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Pamela Bateman Garden Design
In dry climates such as California is it is important to incorporate swales on sloped land to collect water. Please see the attached video for an introduction to swales and research Permaculture if you are interested. There are many more videos on YouTube

August 13, 2014 at 7:40AM     
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Nani Sa
lovely & usefull
August 13, 2014 at 8:02AM     
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How to Add a Pullout Spice Rack

Keep spices neat and free of kitchen grime by giving them a well-organized home in your cabinets Full Story
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sbrayr
Very proud of my spice cabinet, saved and relocated within my kitchen during an addition project. If you have the wall space, give thought to a recessed cabinet like this one.
August 13, 2014 at 3:36AM     
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craki
This is a great idea!
August 13, 2014 at 3:47AM     
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Nancy Sloop
My pull-out spice storage is right beside my slide-in stove, and the contractor put some firewall-type of insulation on the stove side. I've not noticed any deterioration of spice taste since we moved into our house in mid-2013, and I'm always checking, lol.
August 13, 2014 at 4:18AM     
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Dovetail Group LLC
The pullout racks and cabinets you show are OK but as soon as you have more than one spice jar behind another then you will need to move things around to find what you are looking for. I perfer to design and build my clients a single level spice drawer because
1. It pulls out and you look down into the drawer....easy to see everything laid out before you.....you down have to look up into a cabinet or bend down on your knees
2. If the drawer is only 3" deep, the spice drawers can be laid side by side, label up and in alphabetical order if you are so inclined....so that making selections is a breeze and returning them to the same spot is also a breeze.
3. If you have an existing drawer which is a typical 4" or 5" deep, I build a sloped insert for the jars to rest on which angles the labels towards you and gives a little bit more room to pack in an extra row of spaices at the back.....so long as they are full extension drawers everything is easy to access.
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Dan Kitchens Australia
I agree with Dovetail Group LLC, if you have the space, a drawer is easier to work with than a pullout.
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Sarah Greenman
The chairs are from Design Within Reach. Thanks for your question!
September 27, 2012 at 10:41AM     
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COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio
Thank you for your interest in our project. The finishes were selected by the interior designer RLH Studio, located in Minneapolis.
October 19, 2012 at 6:32AM     
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Drama’s Afoot With Striking Black Floors

Be bold. Be brave. Drench your floors in black for a memorable interior scene Full Story
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Tanya Hajduk
I love my coffee-bean-colored hardwood. It is very restful to my eye. We finished it matt, so footprints don't show, but it is more work than other floors, but without pets or kids, it is not a big deal at all. My biggest complaint is it doesn't show bugs sneaking past me :-)
August 10, 2014 at 12:36AM     
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clonrf
I have black marble tiles in our bathroom. The effort to get them clean and shining is a work out in itself. Black banisters and spindles on stairs shows every bit of dust. A black and white rug in TV room has to be vacuumed every day because of dogs hairs. Having said all that, I do love them.
August 10, 2014 at 1:03AM     
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sabina11
I have black carpets in lounge and bedrooms. They show no more dirt than kighter floors. Easy fix for me was a robovac. It oicks up most stuff, although I still vacuum once a week.
August 10, 2014 at 1:48AM     
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ddelora
My grandfather built his home in 1947. He laid black & white checkerboard linoleum in the kitchen. When my grandmother sold the home in the 1990's, the floor still looked great! Of course, products were made to last back then. I always loved her kitchen floor and would replicate it a heartbeat, except in another material, if this were my "forever" home. We have white ceramic tile, with a bit of light gray marbling, thru 1/2 our home. It has a gloss to it and can go a long time between cleaning and still look somewhat "clean". Though I love this 15 year old flooring, I don't love the grout. I would like to replace the entire home flooring with wood-look tile flooring that has almost no grout lines. Estimate? About $9,300.00. Too much for me, so I'll wait it out until we retire in 3 years and let the new owners make their own flooring decision.
August 10, 2014 at 7:11AM     
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Diane G.
All floors, no matter the color, get dirty and require upkeep. If you like a bit of elegance and/or drama, black floors will get you there. My neighbor painted his parquet floors black, years ago, and they are still fabulous. Yes, he cleans them each week...but shouldn't we all?
August 10, 2014 at 7:23AM     
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Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC
The chartreuse flower looks like Lady's Mantel (Alchemilla mollis). It works in partial sun/shade and sunny sites but the leaves can burn around the edges if it is especially hot sunny spot. The foliage has tiny hairs on it that captures the dew in the morning for a wonderful effect. Its colors work well with the blue salvia in the photo.
March 26, 2014 at 8:18PM     
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Choosing Hues: Roll With the Color Wheel

See how an age-old tool can help you find the right paint Full Story
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Maddy Warner
check this out Chandra:
January 29, 2014 at 12:49PM     
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Chandra Parker
Nice! those floors are exactly the colour the cabinets will be. so my question is should we get a contrasting floor colour, and which stain colors are considered opposite a grey with extreamly slight green tint…
January 29, 2014 at 3:10PM   
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A Cultivated Art Inc.
The purple flowers are Blue Clips Bellflower (Campanula carpatica 'Blue Clips')
September 20, 2012 at 10:09PM     
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A Cultivated Art Inc.
Variegated Japanese Silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'
May 11, 2014 at 11:51AM     
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NatureWorks Landscape Services, Inc.
This planting bed is composed of a mixture of perennial and annual flowers. The tall white, and light pink, flowers located at the rear and middle of the bed are Cleome (annual commonly known as Spider Flower). The darker pink/red flowers at the middle depth are Echinecea (perennial Purple Cone Flower). the wellow along the front are the perennial Coreopsis. Some of the other plants include Salvia, Veronica, & Impatiens.
February 27, 2013 at 5:15AM     
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Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie

Vivacious orange flowers for you, nectar for the butterflies and bees. Asclepias tuberosa is worth planting for more reasons than one Full Story
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kendrakj
Love butterfly weed.
Blooming in the Blue Ridge Mtns at 4000 ft. in July.
Planted with geranium "Roxana" and Lady's Mantle.
Great flowering perennial.
August 5, 2014 at 3:42PM     
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dreamdoctor
My fav butterfly milkweed is the "swamp" variety (doesn't need a swamp or even really moist ground). It is lavender and has an incredible scent like baby powder mixed with nose tickle. Smells like a high end perfume on a beautiful woman.
August 6, 2014 at 7:26AM     
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dreamdoctor
andreaintexas - send me an address to mc@architecturebysynthesis.com and I'll send you some seeds if you'd like this fall.
August 6, 2014 at 10:11AM     
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Rethinking the Master Bedroom

Bigger isn’t always better. Use these ideas to discover what you really want and need from your bedroom Full Story
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dejongdreamhouse
When we built our home three years ago, one thing we quickly agreed on is that the master suites in most plans we saw were much too large for us. We are a small family (one child) and we cringed at the idea of a big bedroom to retreat from our son. Our home is spacious, so there are plenty of places one could go to be alone. For us, our bedrooms are primarily for sleeping. Even our son's room is primarily for sleeping. He has no toys in his room, only books--including a really cool book nook. It's just right for us. You can see more of our bedroom here: http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2013/04/master-bedroom-reveal.html
August 5, 2014 at 9:08AM     
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carlyfp
"Big" and "small" are such relative terms. Some of the rooms here that are considered smaller I would call spacious, but I live in a city and apartment dwelling means that my biggest concern is usually whether or not my mattress will even fit up the stairs. In the condo I just bought but haven't moved into, the master bedroom is large enough for my king sized bed and a couple of other pieces of furniture, but I would trade a lot of bedroom square footage (my sitting area, desk space in my master is pretty but not functional at all) to have one of those amazingly spacious and luxurious closets with built-in storage. I think I would spend half my day in there just admiring how organized everything would be. If you can't tell, I'm a little bit of a neat freak at home! I'm the person who color coded the clothes in my closet and think it's glorious!
August 5, 2014 at 12:01PM     
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tyshaa65
We live in the UK and our home is a terraced property which is basically one of a series of conjoined houses on the same block. We recently renovated our home adding a small extension to create an open plan sitting large kitchen. We also had a box room beside the master which we smashed through creating a larger bedroom. We have three children all under the age of 8 so space is a must and with our gloomy rainy weather we live indoors, so I have to say SPACE is a luxury and something that we all envy.
August 5, 2014 at 7:12PM     
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C Horowitz
I have these containers from the container store
June 16, 2014 at 6:29PM     
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kimchiang
I purchased these containers at Costco last Christmas
July 23, 2014 at 6:14PM     
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Young Remodeling
The large pull-out units are supplied by Plato Cabinetry. The organization pieces are inclusive from the company.
July 16, 2014 at 8:13AM     
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Bulletproof Decorating: How to Pick the Right Kind of Paint

Choose a paint with some heft and a little sheen for walls and ceilings with long-lasting good looks. Here are some getting-started tips Full Story
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Ann
Just had my house painted two weeks ago and asked the painter and Sherwin Williams if there was a paint that was a bit washable but with little sheen. I previously had flat paint and had liked the look but wanted to be able to wipe a smudge off. I ended up with promar 200 low sheen and am very happy with the look. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn it is zero VOC.
July 29, 2014 at 2:37PM     
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nkeunen
@hayleydaniels - Just wait for a good sale. For example, you can get really great Sherwin Williams paint 35% or 40% off several times a year. That will get you close to the $30 mark for high quality paint. Or you could still go with their lower end paint and save a bunch of money :)
July 29, 2014 at 3:06PM     
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svetlana7485
Hayley, for an untrained eye, any paint might be good enough paint, just as any cut can seem acceptable, however, it can make all the difference in the world if you decide to sell your house and the buyers understand quality paint and what it looks like. The difference between, say, Behr, and BM is similar to laminate countertop versus marble or granite, you may not be able to tell the difference, but a professional definitely will. Besides, why compromise on the one most focal aspect of every room and it's wow factor for $50? I'm sure all the painters and designers on this site would agree.. The difference is staggering.
July 29, 2014 at 4:40PM     
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Emily Frazier
I bought a house a year ago. Cheap paint did not dissuade me in the slightest.
July 29, 2014 at 7:38PM     
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frenchdecor
@hayley @Emily I am giving you third angle. My house is 1000sq f +basement in Toronto is over 500k and this little monster (mortgage) is swallowing huge chunk of our budget and all I can afford is $30 per gallon and paint it myself.
July 29, 2014 at 7:54PM     
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geenance
yes, we would repaint the white parts. Should we do the newel post dark as well, or leave it white?
March 3, 2013 at 12:05PM     
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Ironwood Builders
Sorry if this is a repeat of earlier posts, but...Stain doesn't go on flooring over finish. Stair treads are sanded by the hardwood flooring finisher with and edger, a random orbit sander and very sharp scraper for the detail work. So if you want the treads all the same color and no runner...or if you want the treads to match the floor, sand it all down to raw wood and stain it the color you want, then apply the finish coats, depending on which finishing system you are using.

Paint chemistry is changing rapidly as the EPA phases in restrictions from the Bush Sr. Clean Air Act. No lead since 1977, no VOC's since 2007. Prep and priming are key to a good paint job. Scuff sand and make sure all dust, dirt and oils are cleaned off the surface. Prime with a good acrylic enamel undercoater. Acrylics take longer to cure than you'd think, sometimes up to a couple of days (drying agents are now illegal). Re-coat with an acrylic enamel. Paint prep is elbow grease work...don't stint on it.
March 3, 2013 at 5:51PM     
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April 10, 2014 at 12:58PM     
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tonya
Love the pantry. I am not too fond of covering refrigerators in the kitchen. It gives the appearance of too much cabinetry. The refrigerator does belong there. It shouldn't need to be covered, to blend in.
April 24, 2014 at 5:10PM     
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