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My Houzz: Goodwill and Good Taste in a Grand Colonial

Welcoming the community for charity fundraisers and more, this Massachusetts home radiates graciousness Full Story
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mschil9
Love was in this house and still is! I love your home and to all of you who had negative comments, your Momma brought you up better than that!
April 10, 2014 at 4:28pm     
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phyllis32720
What a wonderful home. These kind and generous folks took an old, worn out house and did a remarkable job of turning it into a gorgeous home. I couldn't believe all the negative remarks I read. Could there be a bit of jealousy and envy in some of those comments? I believe it was Thumper who told Bambi "if you can't say nuthin nice, don't say nuthin at all." Good rule to live by... :-) I'd give my eye teeth to just walk through this home - and afterward - shake the owner's hand for such a lovely and well done job.
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20 of the Coziest Home Offices on Houzz

See if these work for you: home offices that are far from austere and close to constructive Full Story
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Christine
Life in a modern world is sooo beautiful. So many different ways to change our perspective and our views in to our own lives. My wish is that everyone gets an opportunity to come home to "something". Be it a home office, a cozy reading nook, a new sofa that you can stretch out on, a fabu kitchen, a lovely colorful backyard, even a small apartment that is tricked out nicely. Bon chance to you all here on Houzz.
February 8, 2013 at 9:38am     
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To Chop or Not to Chop?

Karate-chopped pillows pop up in design photos all the time — to the delight of some, the dismay of others. Here's why Full Story
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tanyaky
My pillows :))Defiantly not perfect but cozy!
last Sunday at 6:24am     
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threepets37
Have to admit, I thought this was a late April Fool's joke when I started reading, but it did explain why I've been seeing these ridiculously styled pillows in Etsy shops, on decor sites, etc. While I'm interested in home decor, I don't necessarily keep up with the "trends" and what people are calling them like "pillow-chopping." Chopped pillows look ridiculous and messy, like someone just got up from the couch and forgot to fluff them. Designers can go on and on about how "refined" they look and how they showcase the fabric, luxury, etc. I'm calling BS. It's just a way to do something different than the way it was being done before and then trying to justify it as some amazing design element. Home design is a lot like fashion, the trends come and go and the cycle repeats. Some good things come out of each cycle and some things are just fads that everyone pretends look good until they've been around long enough for everyone to admit they were always ridiculous.
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My Houzz: Ease and Coziness in Rural Australia

Nothing is ‘too fancy or perfect’ in this 150-year-old bluestone farmhouse, but everything sure is warm and inviting Full Story
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phyllis32720
Love the big wooden china hutch with the dog sleeping under it. The handmade twig pendant light, the front verandah, the greenhouse are all simply fantastic. The word that comes to mind for this home is 'organic'. So healthy and down to Earth. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Jeni Lee
Hi @scarbowcow. The painting you mention is by a South Australian Artist, Richard Baxter.
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marmarmish
This is just the lifestyle I dream about. Your home is beautiful!
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8 Wonderfully Creative Window Treatments

If regular curtains and rods feel too off the rack, look to these imaginative alternatives for one-of-a-kind windows Full Story
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Love the vintage handkerchiefs. Great idea! Here's a unique one I did using window screen. Privacy wasn't an issue, but used over the 2" blinds you always have an option to close them.
October 3, 2012 at 7:11am     
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frenchdecor
Like jungle (grass) valance, never occurred to me. My grand daughters once a month or so come for sleepover so we do theme nights (decor, food, games and theme movie/cartoon): princess, girls', craft nights. Then we go for cave man night (our favorite, cooking outdoors on real fire and sleeping in on the floor on sheep skins using animal print pillows and blankets), pirate ship, jungle and dog nights (favorite of our dog's night, he is sleeping with us). Kids choise theme with my hint. It's so much fun for wholle family. We decorate room accordingly including different window treatments hanging over existing sheers or completely replacing them. Would not use any of those ideas for everyday though.
October 3, 2012 at 12:28pm     
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ploefff
If you live on the ground floor keeping out curious eyes helps you keep your sanity. I like the idea of the frosted vinyl but it's not a solution for me because I can't live somewhere I can't look out the windows but I saw a really cool solution in a store window (1st picture) The drawing on the window occupies the eyes of bypassers because it tricks their eyes to focus on the drawing instead of the room behind it. Of course it won't stop peeping Toms but little will. If you you're not an illustrator at heart you can cut out shapes from a plastic bag and stick them on your windows with a damp cloth. I made me some butterflies for a tutorial for my blog. You can see the whole thing here: http://ploefff.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/gratis-sticker/
I try and make the pictures self explanatory so you can enjoy hem even if you don't read danish otherwise Google translate is your friend :)
October 19, 2012 at 12:45pm     
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Marcia
To cover a 12-foot-wide expanse of casement windows, I used carved Indian folding screens. The legs were cut off, hinges were removed, and they slide on tracks. These windows face west and get strong afternoon sun; but even though they have the open carving, they provide much-needed shade when closed. During the earlier part of the day, they stack back on the wall, so the whole 12 feet can be open.
March 26, 2014 at 3:12pm     
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Marcia
Thank you so much! I'm a semi-retired designer, but I'm the "client" I have the most fun with even though I've worked with some wonderful people. For one thing, I never give myself a deadline. I'm sure you understand the freedom that bestows! I love treasure hunting, and too often that treasure isn't found overnight. The mirror and carved screens were the only things purchased new. My husband found the Indian brass teapot at a roadside stand and knew I'd like it, which I did. I saw it and knew it had to be a lamp. The smaller teapots came from yard sales; the silk embroidered Indian table scarf is from a thrift shop. I could probably count the number of new things in my home on one hand. I've had a ball designing this house. Good fabrics are the only things I don't look for bargains on. Of course, I do get them wholesale. ;) However, I did have kitchen curtains made from a pre-1947 block printed cotton tablecloth from India. I fell in love with it; had no use for it at the time; but when I remodeled the kitchen, I remembered the tablecloth and knew it would be perfect. My home is exotically eclectic with things from Morocco, Thailand, Mexico, China, Yugoslavia, Iran, Spain, Italy, (possibly) Afghanistan, Japan...and probably somewhere I'm forgetting. Somehow, everything works together harmoniously. My home is a happy refuge that welcomes me every time I walk in the door.
March 26, 2014 at 4:22pm     
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Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty Warmth

Minnesota winters are no match for this heated potting room, mudroom and changing room, which even has a dog shower Full Story
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I can't tell you how green with envy I am over this lovely, useful room! Love the dark woodwork, all the windows, the growing shelf, and those slatted drawers! Give me a nice comfy chair and a cup of hot coffee and that's where I'd be first thing in the morning...communing with my plants. :-)
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lessismoore
So beautiful. Would love to see the rest of this home. Hoping?
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chrissanders050
I need that spherical light fixture.
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My Houzz: Relaxed, Classic and Collected in New Jersey

Artfully displayed collections speak to thoughtfulness and creativity in a jewelry maker’s home Full Story
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phyllis32720
Absolutely amazing house, collections and talent displayed throughout this home. One would never, ever be bored during a visit here with so much to look at and admire. I particularly loved all the vintage mirrors and how they were displayed. And I find myself drooling over the black rattan... and the sunroom. Love your home!
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barb123123
I'm another "collector", so appreciate the care with which each item is displayed. Because I have less space, I alternate displays, which requires cleaning items before I put them away. I change out collections for the four seasons. Storage is an issue in a small house. I like the vintage suitcases, not only for their looks, but for their potential for storage in plain sight. Question. Are they empty? Liked this article as it provoked several ideas that I will implement. Thanks for sharing.
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Carpet World
What color is the paint on your walls?
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Karen Robinson
I wince in sympathy for the fig tree story. I killed two fig trees, a couple dozen African violets, uncounted ferns and cacti, and a devil's ivy before I finally accepted that I cannot be trusted with living plant. If the state of NC (where I live) would put me in charge of keeping all the kudzu alive, the entire state would be kudzu-free within the year.
April 5, 2014 at 3:11pm     
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whiskeys_girl
Whenever I place an indoor plant in my shopping cart, I try to resist the urge to yell "dead plant rolling here!" on my way to the checkout counter. The only ones that survive in my house are silk.
April 6, 2014 at 12:33am     
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poitevin
Years ago i bought bad.......king size......hoped to finaly rest like never before.
But....it was with legs....yap already first night bad start to shake on every small move i made. Then start to produce crackling noise......finaly after one month, dark circles under my eyes tired of fight with his royal highness KING size bad, i decided to ignore it i jump on it like kid on pancakes and.......bad made strange sound never heared before in next moment it sqiled under 47kg of women on it, legs braked bad finish on the floor side fell off. (i paid for that bad a lot from well publiced producer...) well now i prefer Asian style...or better said Japaneese....i sleep on matrace(king size) on the floor... So if you think that i will find funny your shoping mistakes, oh no. I weaping on my own....still
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Becky Shankle
LOL @ this whole article & all the comments! I've have made puh-lenty of mistakes!

Painted a bathroom what I thought would be a nice soothing pale green & it looked like a chalkboard. When I got tired of that, I decided I wanted a nice lavender. First one I painted was blue, so I had to go get a more purple-ish color. Took me forever to paint that damn bathroom: there was more trim & cutting in than rolling. It took me just as long to paint that 5'x7' bathroom as it did to paint the 11'x14' bedroom.

When I was a kid (junior high ish) I decided I wanted to refinish my chest of drawers. I took a drill with a round sander attachment, had very little patience, and gouged a million semi circles all over that chest. When I was done it looked like a brown fish.

Lastly, and also as a kid, my folks let my sister & I pick our own wallpaper for our bedrooms. I picked a puke yellow/brown plaid. Fortunately it was only one wall, but hideous none the less. I guess it complimented the fish dresser.
April 6, 2014 at 4:46pm     
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Houzz Quiz: What’s Your Decorating Style?

Answer these 9 questions to find out what decorating style suits you best Full Story
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eis1
For the ideal pet... How about none of the above?
April 4, 2014 at 4:32pm     
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Budget Decorator: 8 Ways to Make Old Furniture Look Brand New

Learn stripping, staining, painting and reupholstering basics to make bargain-basement furniture worthy of center stage at home Full Story
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evkarem
I used spray paint and decoupaged tea-stained sheet music to refinish this old dresser.
July 3, 2013 at 10:14am     
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Joanne Heidkamp
@village people - picture of the bathroom sink vanity I made from old table. I finished it with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin - many many woodworkers swear by this product . I still have to cut the drawer to fit around the plumbing before I can put it back in the piece.
July 7, 2013 at 6:25am     
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sooshigirl1
What a great article! I am all for recycling, re-purposing, refinishing, repainting and reupholstering old furniture to keep it from the landfill. Here's my latest recycling and re-purposing project - an English-style Kitchen Dresser for the cottage. I did the whole thing for $3.50 [the cost of the second hand hutch which was on sale for half price :-)]. The table I already had languishing in the basement (I knew it would come in handy someday!) and the plate rails were made from left over quarter round. Most of the dishes displayed were bought second hand as well. It was the fastest, certainly the least expensive and the most satisfying project I've done in a long time!!
July 7, 2013 at 2:19pm     
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Jacque Berg
My re-purposed TV armoire...... I love these projects!
July 8, 2013 at 11:05am     
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lucidos
Some wonderful person turned me on to these tiles which ...in London Grey..will be going in my kitchen. http://www.walkerzanger.com/collections/products.php?view=mat&mat=Studio+Moderne&coll=Studio+Moderne
March 20, 2014 at 9:26pm     
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lucidos
Ohhh.... what about. It was named after me it has to be perfect :P

Vetromarmi, Valencia Lucido
March 20, 2014 at 10:20pm     
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dozbilly
I think you have to decide if you want your beautiful cabinetry to be the main focus, or your splash back. I assume your bench top has a marble like pattern through it. If so, & you want to continue the marble look, I would use the exact same bench top material up the wall, as a splash back (otherwise you are trying to match up two things which are very different - even though I love some of the above tile examples).
For something really different, have you thought about a decorative silver pressed metal finish (or for a bit more subdued look, it comes in a stamped subway tile pattern), a mirrored splash back, or maybe the painted glass splash back (as already suggested) in a real stainless steel colour. Just some different ideas.....I look forward to seeing what you choose in the finished photo, as I love your cabinetry.
March 22, 2014 at 10:49pm     
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ljbd
I used ceiling tile pattern paintable wallpaper, painted dark brown, then lightly painted over with Rust-Oleum Metallic Accent paint (champagne color), then clear Rust-Oleum clear Top Coat. Countertop paint is Gianni. Low cost and easy to change later.
March 24, 2014 at 10:51am     
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Beautiful new hand poured 2"x12" glass tiles is available at ErthCOVERINGS that would be perfect for your project! Check out the available Swirl Series glass colours at www.erthcoverings.com
March 24, 2014 at 1:07pm     
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