Laurel Ennis


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British Columbia
Canada 
About me:
Love houses and design. I play with drawing blueprints for a hobby. I love making up houses. Houzz dazzles me. I love beauty. 
My favorite style:
Beautiful 
My next house project:
Win the lottery. 
Laurel Ennis commented on an ideabook

My Houzz: Creative Flair Brightens a San Francisco Apartment

Furniture hacks and a cheery color palette personalize a couple’s apartment in a converted Victorian Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
The artwork in the living and dining rooms is too high.
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WorkSpaces Inc.
Very light and bright, although, uh...window behind desk in office might be a bit bright for computer work. Cute, tho.
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marytea
What a happy, colourful, homey, comfy place to call home, and.........wait.......holy cow.......a TV.......at eye level and sitting on a table, in a corner of the room, not hidden away , or suspended high up, one inch from the ceiling......THUD!!!!!
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Houzz Tour: Wild Ideas in the Windy City

When bold art meets great architecture and interior design, something wonderful happens Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
I like this project so much! I like Big Blue and although Big Mama's eyeball boob is disconcerting, I like her too. The sign near her is wonderful. The colours, the details, the shapes, there is so much to look at and admire. I join my barbaric yawp with the owner's in praise of this unique and lovely space.
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Poppy Potts
The design of this house has it all, the decorations are more than I would want but this is certainly a great city house with all the right things for surviving in a war zone like Chicago
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agiesbrecht
Love all the beautiful details, and that the house clearly suits the client.

I'm not so sure about the open-work stairs being over the kitchen. That seems like dirt from people's shoes might get through and end up on your kitchen counters. Sure, the treads are solid, but stuff could get kicked through, you know?
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brendaspaeth
Open whenever possible. No too much in the winter when it's -20!:)
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Bernadette Amerasinghe
closed. Dogs go nuts if the windows are open. They hear too much.
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Dawson & Clinton
We have done a few murphy beds for our clients in San Francisco as a part of home remodels, and so far everyone's satisfied. This is one of my favorite designs that we've installed.


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brendaspaeth
I love everything about them but the price.
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Dawson & Clinton
Generally 2 or 3. No reason to over do it.
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hair2660
Perfectly said!!! Everybody is different in every way! Whatever! .)
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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
If your house was designed with the laundry in the basement (by some man who never did laundry, no doubt) in addition to a laundry shoot, a dumb waiter would be a very cool addition if you could swing it. Shoot the dirty laundry down and have the clean clothes take the elevator up.
July 23, 2014 at 10:36am     
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pursekeys
Thanks to John Whipple for some important comments. We live in a contemporary 1974 house, and although its overall design is still very much in today's style of living, we discovered that the 1974 plumbing is not big enough to handle a direct connection to the washing machine and would be very expensive and disruptive to replace. As a result, we can't eliminate the large laundry tub that handles the water discharge and are currently looking for something in stainless steel that is easier to clean than the existing acrylic (?) model. If you live in a pre 80's house, make sure your plumbing can handle a direct water discharge while planning your remodel. Also, we discovered that our existing laundry chute is considered a fire hazard and we boarded it up; I'm surprised that they are still being made. I still use my top loading washer; it runs perfectly after 13 years, so my initial interest in moving to a more "fashionable" front load look in the laundry room has waned considerably. Do your technical homework before remodeling a wet area that requires certain safety standards in plumbing, electrical, and floor surfaces.
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dawnstrazzeri
My stove is more of a fire hazard than my laundry chute. People can go overboard worrying about every safety hazard in life.
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You Said It: ‘They Looked at Me Like I Had 10 Heads’

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
I'll never understand the appeal of a washer and dryer in the kitchen. I don't want people's dirty clothes in my kitchen and I don't want my clean clothes exposed to cooking smells.
July 22, 2014 at 11:06am     
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tw123456
They look out of place, and are just a fad, unless you live in a barn.
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MJ Designs
I happen to really like barn doors. I designed this sliding door for a more contemporary condo where we didn't have the room for full swing doors. The client loved it!
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The Lowdown on Bed Skirts

Sure, they hide the dust bunnies. But when you know all the options, bed skirts can rack up major style points too Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
I find that they just get shifted around when you make the bed and tuck in the sheets. Mine look lopsided all the time. Plus we have memory foam mattresses which are very heavy. To put them on you have to take off the mattress and lay down the fabric with the bed skirt attached then somehow levitate the mattress back onto the bed without messing with the bed skirt. It's just more trouble than it's worth!
July 15, 2014 at 5:08pm   
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Nyasha Goredema
I love this article..it has given me so many ideas..I particularly love the idea of a matching headboard and bed skirt...and the pleat ones are lovely too..
July 16, 2014 at 2:35pm     
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Bed skirt
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You Said It: ‘I Actually Prefer Small Houses’ and Other Quotables

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
I added window boxes and shutters. It's charming now. I'm also adding a white picket fence. It's a seaside cottage-apalooza.
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mcloran
I overfilled my window boxes with colorful annuals. This is a vignette by the garage door.
July 20, 2014 at 9:45am     
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Debbi Vanderhoff
I love the coffee table, great job on that room!
July 21, 2014 at 3:06pm   
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xtremeangel1703
i filter tap water!
July 18, 2014 at 8:42am   
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makaloco
Filtered tap water at home, bottles when out (but I save and reuse them). Like Bungalowmo, I freeze water in summer. Bottles of frozen water are great for beach or pool.
July 18, 2014 at 9:01am   
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Laurel Ennis commented on an ideabook

Casual Coastal Style Done 6 Ways

Give your beachy style a British accent, a Southern twang or a crisp New England tone — whatever coastal style speaks to you, this can help Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
Why would anyone want an oversized painting of a battle at sea hanging in your dining room? Maybe they have a volatile dysfunctional family and it suits their family gatherings?
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alibonelli
This inland, New York girl is New England prep done sparingly. Except for one HUGE painting of my beloved outer banks.
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josh wynne construction
Thanks for sharing! Those are some really fun projects. I have done a few varieties of Coastal myself. It is fun to see how different client expectations can be when the words Casual Coastal are tossed around....
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Light Your Patio, Extend Your Evening

Cast a magical spell on a summer night with decorative outdoor lighting as sleek or as rustic as you please Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
I envy you people to the south who can do this sort of thing. Where I live, it doesn't get dark until 10:30ish. Kids are in bed. Company has gone home. Hell, we're in bed by sunset! No evening parties outside here.
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gusmom61
good point chookchook2 and a good reason to always use a GFCI on the plug or power strip you use! Don't "bundle" the cords or have them knotted up, just loosely push as much of the string as needed into the globe without overcrowding. It really doesn't take much to achieve the soft glow you are looking for.
July 16, 2014 at 7:14am     
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Lanterns are a beautiful way to light your outdoor living areas or entrance ways. These Terraflame Georgian Collection Lanterns are elegant and easy to use because they use environmentally friendly sunjel fuel. Check them out at http://www.allbackyardfun.com/terraflame-georgian-lanterns/.
July 17, 2014 at 10:32am     
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The Best of My Houzz: 20 Entryways That Draw You In

Offering a tantalizing taste of what’s to come, these entryways make a strong first impression Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
Meh. All of them. Meh.
July 9, 2014 at 9:14am     
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calkelley
Shakuff, the light fixture does draw the eye upward.
We have a fancy chandelier in our entry that I liked, but it certainly doesn't do the same. Our beautiful high ceilings could do with some highlighting.

Our entry is not finished. On one side is our early 19th century trimeau (mirror surrounded/topped by a painting) and the other is a low bench with great frame and zebra fabric. But it doesn't have enough presence yet.
Would love to add that pond in front. Sigh...
July 17, 2014 at 5:36pm     
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Houzz Tour: Thrifty TLC Transforms a Beach Bungalow

A California architect finds ‘the perfect mix of potential and a dump,’ and gets right to work Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
Gorgeous! From the funky purple exterior to the interior lightness, it's a marvelous place. I liked her sailing map of B.C. which is where I live now. I love maps in decor!
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A. S. K.
Really great remodel... Love how the space spills outside. We have dreams of a similar remodel for our small California ranch. Thanks for sharing.
July 19, 2014 at 11:23am   
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Carlita B • Christian
I love this! Makes want to move to California...
July 21, 2014 at 6:47am   
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Room of the Day: From Dark Basement to Bright Master Suite

Turning an unsightly retaining wall into an asset, these San Francisco homeowners now have a bedroom that feels like a getaway Full Story
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Laurel Ennis
I really like this project. Keeping the stone wall a concrete colour to tie it back to what was there while looking so amazingly different will remind the homeowners of the architect's brilliance every time they look at it. In terms of decor though, I find a bed without bedside tables hard to imagine. Where do you put your book, glasses, glass of water? Above you in the niches? To be knocked over and spill all over the bed? I guess they don't have cats to knock things over like we do.
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jburgess28
This is a gooood idea!
July 13, 2014 at 9:06am     
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roxieks
wow, I love this, ok now I have posted you to my favorites.
July 13, 2014 at 11:30am     
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Houzz Tour: A Modern Take on a Montana Log House

Multiple buildings form a vacation compound that's more like environmental art than architecture Full Story
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Lee Brown
very appealing aesthetically :-) however, for we who are mere mortals without lots of play money, might I suggest this is one of those cutting edge designs not too wise to recreate without some effort put into the details..... having some experience living/maintaining a cordwood home, it requires lots of maintenance. exposed ends will check as they age, especially the softwoods. this requires lots of caulking or staining or filling, depending on your design/theory on preserving the wood. it's unfortunate that the design has what looks like many linear feet of exterior cordwood with absolutely no roof overhang, so the snow & ice will build up on every horizontal projection of the logs. also- not seeing any sort of mortar or chinking in the cordwood stack- so either it's extremely recessed, (again inviting stuff to sit on the wood,) or non-existant, and thus no insulative value. the article mentions a double wall, with a moisture barrier, which could be fantastic, or dreadful, depending on the execution. cordwood needs to breathe on both side to dissipate the moisture than works its way through the wood along the grain. if it can't dry out at both ends, it can rot on the hidden side for a long time unseen.
also- as pointed out above- people who have lived with wood burning appliances are usually pretty aware that firewood inside your home can pose a hazard to you & your home- it can introduce wood-infesting bugs like carpenter ants etc, as well as molds, spiders etc. and make cozy nooks for rodents etc.

this kind of cutting edge stuff is vital to build smarter and more efficient in the future, but it's not without challenges.... (btw- cordwood wall itself isn't cutting edge- been around awhile...)
July 8, 2014 at 5:12am     
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The Virginia Gail Collection
The water on a lake is so peaceful. Of course a pool would still be a nice amenity.
July 4, 2014 at 9:08am   
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FatCat
The sound, sight and smell of the ocean is very relaxing.
July 5, 2014 at 6:51am   
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Laurel Ennis
Well done! I love the bright primary colours, the art and especially the cool red sofa. Very modern update. What colour is the yellow?
July 1, 2014 at 9:29pm      Thanked by DC Interiors & Renovations
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Thank you everybody for your comments and feedback. The homeowners are a retired couple that wanted to reuse as much of the their furniture as possible (dining room furniture is theirs). They like bright colors and they picked out the fabric for the living room chairs (which they love by the way). Also they decided not to have the TV in the living room because they do not watch it (they have one in the family room downstairs for the guests) . They were very happy with the final result, and that's all that matters :)
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Cast Glass Images Inc.
Your updates to the room definitely bring the brightness and adds color. Great job!
July 3, 2014 at 2:13pm      Thanked by DC Interiors & Renovations
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Laurel Ennis
I can't comment on the paint colours because I don't know anything about the room, style, fabrics, art etc. But one thing you might consider is paint those ugly bricks a glossy white. BM's Cloud White is very easy to live with as it is slightly yellow so not so jarring. It's a decorator's favourite white. Use that on trim, bricks and ceiling then turn to your other furnishings then paint the walls in something from your décor. Another way to lighten a room is to add glossy white wainscoting on the lower 1/3 of the walls.
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hornsbyc
The room is on the east side of the house. We really don't use the room very much at all....I would say it has more of a formal mood. I have some antique tables, formal dining room table in the opposite nook, and a china cabinet. The room is small, so I don't want to go too large with a big sofa....maybe a love seat? I have a nice burgundy wing back chair for the room as well.
July 7, 2014 at 11:10am     
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rhodalynn
I love it the way it is. it just needs furnishings and accessories. I think it's impossible to
judge the color of walls when there is nothing else in the room
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Reviews by Laurel Ennis (5)

Review for The Chair Maker:

Tim Clement is an artist. We hired him to build us a dining table and chairs for our new home. We chose one of his original designs for the chairs, the Tree Cha...
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Review for Paul's Chimney:

Paul is the go-to guy in our area for wood stove and fireplace and insert chimney installation, maintenance and cleaning. He goes above and beyond what we asked...
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Review for Denis Turrenne Concrete:

We live in a steeply sloped seaside community where runoff and slope stability is key. That's why he was trusted to pour our driveway. We had him pour our basem...
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Review for Wheeler Electric:

Jim Wheeler is a wonderful man to work with. He and his crew are respectful, punctual, friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. He doesn't come cheap (few contra...
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Review for Peace Arch Electric:

This is the only electrician I would let do my electrical work. Cesar Osores is a great guy,. He's from Peru which is interesting. He is always quick to come wh...
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