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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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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.
July 24, 2014 at 4:02pm     
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Houzz Tour: Meet a Home Made With Minivan Parts

Sawn-off car roofs for the siding, windows popped out of van doors ... this California home is as resourceful as it is beautiful Full Story
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I find articles on smaller, more creative homes infinitely more inspiring and interesting than mansions or even mini-mansions. This place is wonderful.
July 24, 2014 at 3:54pm     
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How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not

Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think Full Story
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For anyone interested there is a great piece of software for mac that I use to catalogue a large proportion of my possessions (my books in particular) but it covers other items too, like electronics or tools. Its called delicious library and the beauty of it is that purchases can be scanned in using both the barcode or manually. The program will also provide a full description such as year of manufacturer, value etc and can be published to the web for online access. Unfortunately it is a mac only program but for those apple users out there I recommend it. It took a while to scan my 1000 or so books in but now its a quick matter to input any new items as I get them. The items are displayed as an image on a visual shelf so that its easy to identify them at a glance.
For those of us who don't always trust the cloud based services the other device I recently purchased is called a "transporter" which is a personalized cloud storage device. You would need 2, one at your house and one somewhere else such as a relatives place. With it you can back up any files straight to the second device and if any catastrophe befalls your property you can instantly access the same files on the second device remotely.
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Jo Richmond
Great article, although I did not have the hassle of settling with the insurance like you did after our house fire, you do bring up some great points. I was very fortunate to have a friend/agent who had been looking out for us for 17 years and he had an adjuster, to what was left of the house, two days after the fire and a check another two days later. My story may be the exception to the rule, but definitely getting the house rebuilt was WAY more difficult than dealing with the insurance company.
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Simple Pleasures: 25 Ways to Make the Most of Your Staycation

Give the daily grind the day off by hiding your work stuff, treating yourself and enjoying the outdoors Full Story
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Lori Hamm-Baker
Are Honey and Chase Ridgebacks? Beautiful dogs!
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Same question here...the larger dog, either Honey or Chase, we adopted a tall handsome boy who closely resembles your lovely dog and we don't know what he is!
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Host a Laid-Back Girls’ Night in Your Own Backyard

Give the high heels a rest with a low-key, intimate gathering under the stars Full Story
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Great ideas! It shows you don't need to spend a lot of money to have fun with friends this summer. The mini wine buckets are so cute!
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