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Wake Up Your Woodwork With Black

Strike a dramatic note with black window frames, shelves, stairs and more, making features stand out or blend in Full Story
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Cory
Has anyone else noticed the iPhone-themed office has a PC? HAHAHAHAHA!!
last Saturday at 8:32pm     
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Decorating 101: How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes Full Story
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the_misfit
Some of this advice is good (measurements are always good!), but some of it seems to be professional designer advice slightly watered down to homeowner strength. That's not really how it works, in my experience. Homeowners don't buy like designers but less so; they operate fundamentally differently. For example, "don’t purchase anything until you have the entire room worked out " and "don’t fret too much about whether furnishings will go together" are diametrically opposed ideas - and they are, regrettably, quoted from the same source.

Most designers would find it comparatively easily to conceptualize an entire space in the abstract - they can think of 100 or 1000 different options for curtains, rugs, sofas, side tables, wall treatments, art, and accent pieces, and know roughly how these mix and match. Most homeowners could not do that - but it doesn't mean they need to hire a decorator (unless they want to), it means they need to approach the project in a manner suited to their situation. I believe the best advice is to do exactly what this article says not to do: namely, buy at least one anchor piece and then design around it. The important part is to KNOW that you're likely forcing yourself to design around something, and make sure you give that role to a piece you truly love. After that, you have to get the things you've bought next to each other and study them carefully before you buy the next thing, to avoid either buying too many disparate elements with big personality and making your space schizophrenic, or buying too many neutral items (in order to avoid the first problem) and running out of items to buy before you've bought enough things with personality. And of course a room with too many disparate things can sometimes be unified by that last thing that makes the rest of them work, so it's not an exact science.

I also think that the "go to a to-the-trade showroom" (like the advice to plan the whole room before buying anything) is intended (perhaps unconsciously) to drive the reader to conclude professional assistance is necessary when it really isn't. In my humble opinion, one should go to educate one's tastes to the place from which one is likely to buy. For me, that means, if I'm going to need a dresser and haven't got a goal item in mind yet, I head to craigslist and see what sorts of things my money could buy. Or it could be Ikea if that suits your budget and taste better. The internet is probably the best way to do the first round (get an idea of everything out there without getting in the car). I honestly don't think a to-the-trade showroom is ever going to be the place any homeowner should go to get ideas unless he's working with a designer - and then, of course, he doesn't need to go to the showroom. It's a good place for the designer to go to get ideas for a client (who can afford a designer and to-the-trade items), but that doesn't mean it's a good place for a homeowner without a designer to go.

Finally - jimmyjamjar obviously owns a brick-and-mortar store, and to you, sir, my advice is - if you dislike people "test-driving" things in your showroom and then buying them online, you need to be able to compete meaningfully with the online folks' pricing and selection. If they undercut you because they don't pay for a showroom, talk to the manufacturer about getting better wholesale pricing than the online guy because you're essential to everyone's sales. This is your problem, not the buyer's.
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15 Creative Backsplashes Full of Character

You’ll find personality aplenty in these distinctive backsplashes — and lots of inspiration too Full Story
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makaloco
So refreshing to see some kitchens with color!
July 14, 2014 at 1:34pm     
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5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard

Don’t sweat that boxy A/C unit. Here’s how to put it out of sight and out of mind Full Story
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wyndyacre
Some of the structures and fences in the photos look pretty close and immovable. Please remember that someone, someday is going to have to work on that air conditioner! They are going to need room for their toolbox, room for their bodies, room to remove A/C covers without having to contort their bodies into unsafe, pretzel shaped and injury inducing postions and room to swing their elbows with an 14-18" handled tool in thier hands!
Don't plant bushes, vines and perennials or install fences too closely!

This goes for gas meters as well...says the woman who changes gas meters for a living. ;-)
July 14, 2014 at 7:01pm     
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roku
Paint it same as wall
March 10, 2013 at 8:48am     
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bfoxen
Is the Hot Tub area that bad? Can you embrace it with French Doors? It will open up the room and bring in more light.
July 13, 2014 at 5:40am     
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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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Veronica
Must have toilet as a separate room. My husband uses this as his morning library reading time and if it weren't for the fact it was it's own room, I would never be able to get shower, change and ready for work if I had to wait on him to finish his reading every day. My new house has it all as one big room, so I am already figuring out how to build walls around the toilet to enclose him in. In the meantime, I am going to have to wake up an hour earlier.
March 23, 2014 at 6:11am     
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Review for New Leaf Interiors:

We have used Karen many times over the years. Recently we remodeled our master bedroom and bath. What I especially like is that Karen really listens, so that yo...
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