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bungalowmo
eugeniestreet....would you consider painting both doors??
September 10, 2014 at 10:08AM     
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decoenthusiaste
I'm liking the idea of this darker blue on both doors.
September 10, 2014 at 12:25PM     
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Color Zen
Oh thought it was the front door though- are you sure you don't want to paint the front door? It would look great :)
September 11, 2014 at 8:45AM     
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Maria Jorge
I admit my pink was overboard. Then suddenly I remembered that the 17th and 18th century houses in Portugal, my country have similar colours to yours - they are white, with grey stone around the windows and the shutters are dark red/brown, so I tried incorporating that to your house, on both doors. Didn't quite get the colour right but should you like it I can get you the right pantone colour.
September 11, 2014 at 3:01PM     
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Maria Jorge
This is the colour I mean
September 11, 2014 at 3:06PM     
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weatherwife
Here are some examples of foyer tables. If your foyer is large enough, I think this would be a great option.
August 15, 2014 at 5:03AM     
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groveraxle
Remove the wreaths. Let the beautiful trees show through.
August 15, 2014 at 7:04AM     
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westcastmama
I love all of these! Yeah. Keep them coming. I am running around with a three year old and 7 month old today but when i get home I am going to play in this space! Thank you so much.
I love the mirrored furniture idea but I already have this piece in the living room and don't want to take away from it.
August 15, 2014 at 8:12AM     
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adivra
Remove the wreaths, they're blocking light and creating clutter.
August 16, 2014 at 10:23AM     
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Cancork Floor Inc.
Rug is too small...lovely...but too small. A larger oval version would be great...or semi-circle would be even better. This area can handle a "statement" rug but this size/colour scheme isn't doing it for me, but it is lovely.
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Bridget
What matters, above all else, is that you love the color! Agree with bungalow and LB Interiors, so tired of people saying "go with a good neutral color, white, tan or grey." I am from the school -Go with what you like! You have to see it every day.
You are braver than me, love the color blue. I went with a lighter blue. The blue you picked is great, you can do a lot with it, go many directions. Can't wait to see the room with the carpet installed.
August 25, 2014 at 5:20PM     
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Meghan
And here is a better picture :) don't worry, the trim matches after I put the Amber sealer on it :)
on Tuesday at 6:02PM     
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baretta11
The correct dimensions for steps if I'm not wrong, as we're currently building is, maximim riser being 190mm and minimum tread is 240mm.
The riser cannot be different meaning that you can decide on any hight but not exceed 190mm and however many steps you decide on, all risers must be the same, whether they are the maximum height or slightly less.
Your steps are definitely illegal and quite unsafe as you say and should never have been made this way.
I wouldn't raise the first step to the timber riser because if you get rain, it could flow over the step and into your home.
The small step if extended right to the front of what is your second step would be the easiest and correct fix, if the height doesn't exceed 190mm from the bottom of the first step once you take up the height which looks to be only about 50mm at best plus whatever the height is of the first step which does look to be less than 190mm, perhaps 150mm but I'm guessing??
Could be that you should only have had one step ever!!.....hopefully the height from the ground up to the timber riser isn't more than 190mm and your laughing!!
The riser height is a tried and tested height for a person to lift their foot from one step to the next.
If you are not selling for some time or ever, then it's not about being legal but being safe and if your measurement ends up being say 210mm for example, that would still be better that 50mm and 150mm or whatever the height actually is currently.

As for tread, again, once you choose a measurement at or over 240mm, every tread must also be the same.
If it's wider than 240mm, it allows for a person to place their foot squarely without stubbing their toes on the riser or feeling like their heel is hanging off the step.
We have gone for quite large treads on our entry steps being about 500mm wide and it also looks nice if the tread is wide on a large or wide entry like ours being a few metres wide as we have double front doors at our entry once the home is finished.
I've included a close up of the steps as well as a full shot of the home with the frame already up if the photo's have uploaded properly.
Your steps need to be removed and lengthened to the correct dimensions but a qualified builder is probable the way to go, as any builder can tile or reccomend a tiler once the steps are fixed.
Good luck
on Sunday at 12:02AM     
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fimamala
Add a rug and more art work behind the couch
September 10, 2014 at 3:13AM     
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fimamala
also some patterned/coloured cushions
September 10, 2014 at 3:15AM     
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mldesign0401
What's missing is softness!
Until you address that everything you add will make it feel worse. Hard lined furniture, glossy surfaces, and dark cold tones and colours.
address eye level, as it feels heavy in comparison with everything down low being dark.
The white furniture is too bold without including similar elements elsewhere. You could paint horizontal bands around the room, or back wall only in a navy and white, with a tin black strip edging the navy to tie in. An area rug that is abstract or free form, same as cushions like ink splatters or watercolors so it breaks up the straitness and harshness of those sharp elements. And if you can afford to, the wall with three prints, take them down and mirror this wall entirely!
September 10, 2014 at 8:58PM     
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jetty1963
I think there are too many square shapes dominating the room. Add a little roundness by way of circular cushions or a large circle vase or planter.
last Saturday at 5:17PM     
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linnnnie
I like the fourth pillow myself. Have you decided on a complimentary color for throw, etc?
on Monday at 8:08PM     
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Some possibilities that are not too pricey is to choose a brighter wall color. Another option is to change the backsplash and or paint the cabinets.

You would be surprised on how much that can change the look and feel of the space.

Good Luck!

Home Design Consulting
September 8, 2014 at 11:28AM     
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ksimsii
We painted the area below the chair rail bright white and yellow above. The table in the picture is walnut.

Try a jazzy table cloth. If your children are beyond the pull the cloth off the table phase but still a bit messy, try a cheerful "oil" cloth that can be purchased from JoAnn fabric. It will add color and it is easy to wipe clean. I like the idea of adding a large picture - one that brings a smile to your face in the morning.

Take the revamp in stages.

Best wishes.
last Thursday at 7:23PM     
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lepstein
IMHO, painting the cabinets white would create an imbalance of white and wood that would not highlight anything, unless you painted the walls and/or something else.

I would get rid of most or all of the current white as it does nothing for those beautiful logs on the ceiling. Best would be green or blue with an undertone of grey (have the paint shop add some "smooches" of black if you can't find the exact colour). Do this on all the cabs, the island and the centre piece (although the lowers could go darker or a contrasting colour - even red - if you are brave - it would up the "wow" quotient). Once you have done these things, eyeball the walls to see if they need colour. I don't mind the counters, but if you decide to change them, I would go dark, but in a colour that echoes the tone in the ceiling.

BTW, I also liked the very rustic pic that someone posted earlier, but you have to like this style and have it fit the rest of your home to go for it.

Good luck!
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North Shore Cabinetry
The countertops were soapstone
on Monday at 7:06AM   
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barbarajean5
You wrote: " I would stain the island cabinets a dark espresso". Can you recommend a stain that is "espresso"? I am looking for exactly that to stain a new fireplace mantel that is made out of maple. Thank you!
on Monday at 12:05PM   
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refurbish
It's ok to mix eras, too. It can be eclectic. Especially with vintage or retro style. Unless you're trying for an accurate reproduction of a certain era. Back in the day, most people had furniture and fixtures handed down from a range of eras, with a few new items here and there. Not so much like a snapshot in time. I think any of those dressers would work in your bathroom, as long as it is painted tastefully to blend in.

I agree with the rest of the class, we need some more pics! I'm captivated by this bathroom. That curved tub is beautiful, and does give a sort of 1920s - 1930s feel, so you COULD play off that with a little Art Deco if you wanted. Worth a lot of $$$ at the architectural salvage yard. Keep us posted on which ways you are leaning...thanks!!!
September 11, 2014 at 12:47PM     
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Anna David
Exterior shots
September 11, 2014 at 1:56PM     
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Anna David
Look at those beams, most of the house is just a skeleton. Believe me I can see the Grand Lady of what see was and see what see can be again
September 11, 2014 at 2:01PM     
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Anna David
The pic with the tall windows there is plumbing in there so that would be a bathroom and I can picture a claw foot tub in front of those. Round wall staircase is the same room with those windows. Found that old cast iron stove hidden in a corner under a stack of wood
September 11, 2014 at 2:23PM     
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Anna David
Yes she is a massive beauty! That is the underbelly of winding staircase and those windows are 12ft high
September 11, 2014 at 5:06PM     
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katelyn1953
In one apartment I lived in, I filled the living room window with plants (on the window sill and hanging from a rod). I could still close the curtains for total privacy at night, but during the day, the plants obscured enough of the view from the public walkway to allow me to keep the curtains open.
May 6, 2014 at 5:27AM     
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kbonifas
Like the awning
August 21, 2014 at 11:41AM   
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Phil Hall
We did our Kitchen freshen-up ourselves, and as our house has particle-board flooring sheets we were paranoid about water leaks affecting the flooring. Thus, when old cupboards came out we put vinyl flooring tiles in the areas underneath the cupboards to better repel spills or dishwasher leaks.

With our toe-kick drawers we installed the drawer runners etc, then we have fixed a piece of extruded alloy onto the flooring vinyl which sits under the drawer box and behind the drawer-front panel. This makes a "lip" so water spills will only just make it under the edge of our drawer panels. (A downside is that a leak under the cabinet itself would be "dammed" by this strip and possibly delay us noticing the leak).

Our kitchen is from IKEA and we used their hardware for toe-kick drawers too - this means the front panels of the drawers clip on and off easily, and THAT helped with placing the alloy strip behind the drawer front panels as well.
last Thursday at 8:34PM   
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Christopher Bowen
What a brilliant way to use a space not normally thought.
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Fashion Bird Interiors
I agree about leaving wood mostly intact.

That being said, by all means lighten the floor stain if you wish.
Ultimately, its your home. Do what will make you happy.
Please keep re-sale and Historical preservation in-tact, if you do not plan on staying in the home for a significant amount of time. The home will most likely be there long after you have moved on. There should still be options for lightening floors without changing historical significance.

Personally, I love the mix of light and dark. Light and Shadows. Victorian homes are about craftsmanship and uniqueness of hidden gems. It's such a pleasure to walk around in a Victorian home and see all the beautiful little details.
It was the birth of the American Middle class during the Industrial revolution. It is an idea that still is important today.
February 21, 2014 at 9:51AM        Thanked by jloleary
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weatherwife
Your foyer is just beautiful!
August 21, 2014 at 1:30PM        Thanked by jloleary
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FauxWoodBeams
I agree 100% to leave the wood as is -- it's gorgeous.

A mirror would help multiply the existing light in the foyer.

More lighting would help, too. That lovely chandelier is on the equally great high ceiling -- but that keeps much of the light out of the way, too. The side lamps are cute but probably don't provide much light either. Different lamps whose light would be either more widespread of amplified by a mirror would make a difference.
August 21, 2014 at 1:49PM        Thanked by jloleary
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kathrynecheng
I know this post dates back a bit, but wanted to add that I grew up in a similar-style Victorian-era house, with lots of very dark wood, but it never seemed dark, I realize. I remember that my family added tons of recessed lighting, which was dimmable. Nowadays I'm sure it would even be programmable for different "moods"! They used a beautiful silk Persian rug with a cream background in the foyer, so that added a light touch. The stucco or plaster walls were white. There were also wall sconces going up the entire stairway, I recall, more light. I also like a previous commenter's suggestion to install a skylight at the top of the stairs if feasible. Thank you for your qustion--it prompted me to take a trip down memory lane to revisit the lighting!
September 11, 2014 at 11:31AM     
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lepstein
Surprised at how much I like the Contemporary Bedroom as I usually go for more Traditional. Good luck with it. It looks like a beautiful room even as is.
September 11, 2014 at 5:17PM      Thanked by tammysmum
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Hi , I think if you use a wall colour like half strength hog bristle, or similar tones. it works well with the timber floors. then you can ad other colours like black, electric blue, red, into the furniture around the bed and onto the bed.
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paulknight55
I agree with hogs bristle, we have that
With our timber floors, it's neutral
Then stronger colours if you likefor furniture etc
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leelee
I like a queen for your room. There's no personal physical reason to go with a king and your room isn't huge so in order to keep the bed in proportion to the room...go queen. You may be able to squeeze everything in with a king but it will look tight. Why limit your options?
May 2, 2013 at 5:37AM     
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