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Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen's Guesthouse Brims With Charm

Celebrating nature's beauty, family and the written word, this guesthouse of two actors in Ojai fosters creativity in comfort Full Story
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janny1
Lovely home. Books everywhere. Wonderful
February 28, 2014 at 11:02am     
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Mary Steenburgen's guesthouse
March 22, 2014 at 8:01pm   
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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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danimom
LOVE this article...it struck and a cord and was perfect timing as I have two empty rooms I'm finally getting around to furnishing after 3 years in our "new" home. I have been afraid to commit to anything, but I'm going to remember this article as I start make design choices for these rooms. As long as I stay true to what I love, how could I not love the end result?!
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jeanstryker
I do think it's possible for our style DNA to evolve. Or maybe what's happening is that old assumptions or needs peel away to reveal what was always our true style. Like elbit and scarbowcow, my taste has shifted from traditional to contemporary. My assumption had been: solid, well made, of quality material, and with attention to detail vs cheap, boxy, colorless, characterless, and physically uncomfortable. I realized that that was one big, false, assumption. Contemporary does not have to mean any of those things. Mine will be "warm," with quality finishes, nature inspired colors and decor accents, flow, light, and furniture that is way more comfortable than most traditional stuff. I still like some of the detail in older homes, I just don't want it in my new one. I want a peaceful environment, not one with a bunch of curlicues and frou-frou demanding my attention.
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Great Ways to Dress a Bay Window

If you’re hemming and hawing over curtains and shutters — or nothing at all — these bay window treatment ideas can help Full Story
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Sigrid
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Yes, it helps me see that the unused shutters in my basement are going to stay there. Thank you, I keep thinking that unused shutter + need for window treatment = shutters on windows, but you'd made me see that all it does not.
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What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel

Plan early and be realistic to pull off a home construction project smoothly Full Story
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corinan
Things always cost more than you think. Changing your mind costs.

Agree with the comment re planning ahead for what you cannot afford now. When we built. we thought that we might like a spa pool one day. There was no room in the budget for that but we did pay $90 for an exterior electrical socket so that we can easily go ahead if we are in that position (i.e. paid off the mortgage). Factoring in the cost of interest on top of the purchase price of a spa pool could almost double the price over the long term. Maybe I am stingy.

On the other hand, there are some things that I had to have done at the time of building, like the landscaping, as last time we waited 12 years and 3 days for a proper driveway before the earthquake ruined the land (lateral spreading and liquefaction). Though my husband thought that was a plus as he looked out over our yard as soon as the sun came up!
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Curtain Speech

Learn the basic terms for parts and styles of draperies and curtains to get the look you want Full Story
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Wildflower Designs Unlimited, LLC
I was a window treatment specialist for almost 40 years. Styles come and go, standard fullness changes and local preferences vary dramatically. When I was a young student doing my OJT in a "drapery workroom", the standard for fullness was only double and hems and headings were turned under 1" and then 4". Far less full than todays standard unless you buy your window treatments at K-Mart. But then all things Country came into popularity in this rural area along with gathered cotton curtains up to 5 times fullness and always tied back. Thankfully that style passed.
There was a time when every middle class home hired someone like me to design their window treatments about every 15 years like clockwork. That has all changed with the younger generations as they do the Pottery Barn thing and send their possessions to a landfill every 5 years or so. Notice I refer to the Middle Class. The only Upper Class people in this area, those who still want the luxury of custom window treatments hire designers from more urban areas.
What I am trying to express is that home-owners have the right to decorate their homes as they wish, styles come and go and as a designer, you can only guide your clients in what is appropriate. If they truly want swags or lace or Austrian shades, so be it. But our job is to design them tastefully. I find it truly arrogant when designers feel they must have a "signature" look and refuse to listen to their clients and their real wants or desires. Even Austrian shades or antique satin swags can be designed tastefully..... It's all a matter of skill.
April 6, 2014 at 6:24am     
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Leah McGrew
I only worry about privacy in the front of my house, but I'm not that concerned about looks. The back of my kitchen has no curtains at all, the trees provide the privacy in the summer when most people in the apartments out back might be standing around looking at us. The other reason for curtains in my house is in the bedrooms for light control. Here I have the issues of window air conditioners, and the curtains have to be above them.

I have made most of the curtains in my house, or at least adapted bought curtains. I personally don't care for the "puddling" of drapes, but that's because I have 2 blind roommates and cats who think puddled drapes are good places to sleep (actually attempted to pull down a drape in the living room before I replaced them.) I now have tab top curtains in there with pockets, just because I think they are cute. These are one of two sets I bought and the only one I haven't actually sewed to adapt, instead using cute, cheap, broaches to pin it up over the ac and to keep them closed. I would actually love to make my own out of old jeans and have even smaller pockets but that's a chore for a different time.
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Inside Houzz: The Right Kitchen Counters in Just a Few Clicks

Concrete kitchen countertops eluded this Pennsylvania homeowner until she turned to Houzz Full Story
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Here are two 'different' options for countertops. GlassECO, from Fisher Recycling, is a custom, recycled glass counter top that comes in a wide variety of colors. Below are two countertops, and a detail of one of our favorites, a green glass finish. This is a great option to add an eclectic element to your project, and is also environmentally and budget friendly. Charleston Forge is a more traditional, yet beautifully unique approach, using hammered metal and hand-planed wood to make custom wooden pieces that are truly remarkable and one of a kind. They offer a wide variety of finishes, and also offer quality leathers and glass tops. Below is a tabletop they constructed.
April 8, 2014 at 1:15pm   
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hawkb
That piece of "aluminum" looks like an old razor blade to me. Ick!
April 10, 2014 at 12:34pm   
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Bathroom Workbook: 12 Things to Consider for Your Remodel

Maybe a tub doesn’t float your boat, but having no threshold is a no-brainer. These points to ponder will help you plan Full Story
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royalpayne
Yes, by all means, safety bars. And if not now, at least the blocking for them to be added later. In my 'Your new house' portfolio I plan to pass on, I have visually recorded every improvement we have done. Down to the studs pictures of blocking, electrical runs, plumbing, HVAC ducting, floor joist directions, types of underlayments under the hardwood and tile upgrades, insulation R factors and brands..... In short, every thing I wish had been passed on to me. Oh, and owners manuals of all appliances currently in the house. With their date of purchase and all warranty paperwork.
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love your art!
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