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   Comment   April 10, 2014
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Got a Disastrously Messy Area? Try Triage

Get your priorities straight when it comes to housekeeping by applying an emergency response system Full Story
     Comment   April 7, 2014
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risris
"If my desk met this desk at a party and tried to strike up a conversation based on commonalities, “I too am a wooden and horizontal surface” is pretty much all it would have to say."

Oh my gosh I'm dyyyinng. You are cracking me up over here :)
March 3, 2014 at 12:49pm     
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leecy
My house is a mess, it's a big improvement in what it has been though, we recently did some renovations & before we started we had a study, it had been a nursery for about 3 years and not long a study before we renovated, we have a desk in there, somewhere, but you wouldn't know. It's gotten to the stage where you open the door & throw stuff in, hoping you don't have to retrieve it anytime soon.
My kitchen is always my first priority when it comes to clean, because that's where food is prepared, we always have clean washing in baskets, which I tell myself is far better then piles of dirty washing. I attempt to straighten my bed every morning & vacuum the house very other day, with a toddler & preschooler & two big hairy dogs in the house my work is never done!
My house will never be "clean" & clutter free but it this stage it's ok, most of my friends are OCD when it comes to having clean houses yet they all say they love my house. Maybe because it has a relaxed, lived in feel to it!? ;-)
March 4, 2014 at 1:54am     
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artouzel
Hire a bookkeeper and let someone else do the taxes and they store the 7 years worth of receipts for the IRS. Don't buy anything for a year that isn't necessary (savings will allow for the above services) Don't cook. Get rid of pets. Don't add extra curricular activities. Never eat in the car or go to the beach. Get rid of hubby and kids or separate house in half with door between. Don't give them money or buy them clothes. Say no no no. Nagging is futile as based on wishful prompts or emoting as reaction versus being proud of your clean traits and assertions with consequence. I disagree, slobs are never worth it. If they know you want it clean, they know you will do it. Get premarital counseling that identifies the derelict. Oh if life was that simple.
March 19, 2014 at 12:28am     
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Room of the Day: A Maine Guest Cottage Steeped in Charm

Once offering eggs for sale, this little guesthouse now offers a serene experience in a refined rustic setting Full Story
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bubblyjock
I'm guessing this is one Ideabook where I'm very grateful there are no "before" shots of the interior, as those might just be tooo off-putting, walls coated in bat poo, and no doubt worse...

What a delightful wee space it is now, though, and I particularly like the new balanced windows along the front.
February 12, 2014 at 7:17am     
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alwaystipa
The décor is very pretty and well decorated. However, the thing that keeps standing out to me is that there is zero insulation or vapor barrier from the elements. So this cute little cottage would be freezing cold and extremely drafty in the winter since there is nothing to block air leakage, and incredibly hot in the summer.
February 12, 2014 at 9:02am     
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How to Get the Closet of Your Dreams

Do you cringe every time you open your closet door? It may be time for a makeover Full Story
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FMSProjects, Inc.
Professional help is encouraged. I have many clients (as a remodeler) who ask / assume that I can build their closets (we can); but what they really need is a specific closet designer to help with their 'stuff' as a first step.
March 5, 2014 at 5:28am     
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What Really Makes Us Happy at Home? Find Out From a New Houzz Survey

Great design has a powerful impact on our happiness in our homes. So do good cooking smells, family conversations and, yes, big-screen TVs Full Story
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2213 Inc.
A bright light filled, uncluttered space, well designed, beautiful furniture, no distractions, clean lines, peace.

The smell of a good cup of coffee in the morning while looking out of the Windows and watching Sunbeams breaking through the leaves of the mature trees on your yard. Books of your favourite artists neatly stacked on the coffee table. Coming home to the laugh of your family... Having a glass of pinot grigio while sitting on the patio that is placed in-between sprouting and blooming plants while watching the sun set. A hot chocolate on the sofa in front of a fireplace while listening to the stories of your family!

So, done with daydreaming. Back to work!
March 19, 2014 at 4:25pm     
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     Comment   April 5, 2014
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pamc321
My biggest decorating mistake... LISTENING... yes, listening to others When What I Know is WHAT I KNOW! 1. I wanted clad wood windows once... I was told 'no these triple track aluminum windows are just as good'. Hah listened to that guy... 18 mos later they were gone....2... told I would just love top down bottom up shades.. Hah not... without window grilles or a laser level, THEY WERE AND ARE NEVER EVEN! I CAN'T STAND UNEVEN CROOKED BLINDS, OR SHADES IN THE MIDDLE OF A CASEMENT WINDOW WITHOUT A GRILLE! .... I hate being right all the time... but if something is not level or vertical, or horizontal, or perpendicular... don't tell me I'm being picky... I can see the 'offness'... so, no, not one, picture frame gallery wall for me... I can't stand crooked!
April 5, 2014 at 4:04pm     
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Frederic
We have very tall vaulted ceilings and I think the tv looks fine above the fire place.
April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm     
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LB Interiors
Wherever the best viewing is without neck strain.
April 10, 2014 at 7:35pm   
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Kitchen Backsplashes That Work

Tile backsplashes can make or break a kitchen space. Is this why the thought of creating one is stressful to many homeowners? It does not have... Full Story
     Comment   March 24, 2014
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Susan Jay Design
instead of glass tile, how about just a big piece of glass?
October 27, 2010 at 10:25am     
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   Comment   March 21, 2014
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njane54
As a consumer, I have to agree that Houzz is a forum for Q & A. I am often curious about one particular item in a photo which I could incorporate into my home and would like to know the source. I would suggest that 'Pinterest' would be a better application for those designers who are unwilling to share their information.
As a potential client, I look on Houzz for ideas and also the style of the design team who submitted the photos for future reference. And I have to agree that if a designer is unwilling to answer a few source questions regarding their photos, why bother posting at all. Because I too, would feel the negativity and unwillingness to share information and merge ideas on designs for future projects.
March 3, 2014 at 11:23am     
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Aaron Loregnard
Sherwin Williams is really high quality and vast range of colors.
March 14, 2014 at 5:33pm     
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cookingistherapy
Fine Paints of Europe is $125/gallon at my local BM paint store ( A bit pricey considering I always use at least 2 gallons even on the smallest rooms) and the BM store will not match it. Not sure why not. Did not care for the BM Aura line. I prefer SW.
March 14, 2014 at 8:34pm     
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ralepine
Sherwin Williams. Paint quality is good. They have frequent sales. Customer service is good.
March 14, 2014 at 8:37pm     
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ralepine
We have used Valspar without success on the interior. We tried Behr until we were blue in the face. We are very frugile, but after 10 years of painting decided that Sherwin Williams is our favorite. A little goes a very long way. Also, there is no smell.
March 16, 2014 at 7:07pm     
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marlso
If it were my house I would paint the siding either a medium slate gray--or a pale putty gray like the suggestion above from Smith and Clarke to tone down the overall contrast with the orange and take it all back. The cool green and warm orange isn't helping either which is why a gray will take the edge off and add sophistication. I would build a long chunky wooden arbor over the entire length of the garage door and trail a vine to break up all the cold lines. Also, I would continue the arbor idea with hefty looking handsome verticle trellis on either side of garage door with planters. That would be an inexpensive element that would really break up the lines and also soften the feeling. Then I would redo the steps in more of a neutral slate gray..and same with the driveway as well. Trim or mullions for the divided lights in windows I would change from the green --maybe crisp white or the same gray. Save shutters for last once you see how it all looks. Once you add large shrubs on the right side in below the windows--you will see less orange too. It would be nice to extend the front step area to the right and make that area larger - like a small porch with 2 square dark gray wooden planters. Add a larger more substantial pilar or a low wooden rail and take away the metal rail and thin pilar. Change the door too.
March 19, 2014 at 3:42pm     
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How Your Landscaping Can Keep Burglars Away

Prevent home break-ins with strategic landscaping and good practices instead of menacing — and maybe less effective — measures Full Story
     Comment   March 19, 2014
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hestiavermont
These are all great suggestions, as were the suggestions about having a dog. But what I really love is our video cameras. We have one on our driveway and one in the house, both of which my husband can watch on his computer from work (or anywhere else). It is really useful as he can see when we have had a package delivered etc. They are not too expensive and completely worth it.
March 19, 2014 at 4:32am     
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jht1240
Both down. Rats can swim and come through the toilet. Gross!
March 19, 2014 at 6:37pm   
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schmooopie
GREAT nick alwzrt!!! Took me all day but I finally figured it out... you must know my mother...
March 30, 2014 at 4:36pm   
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schmooopie
AND my daughter!
March 30, 2014 at 4:37pm   
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