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Took me a while to figure out what a 'great room' is. We don't use that term in Australia. Its basically a big lounge room, right? I think we don't use 'restroom' because our toilets are the only thing in the room. Its a seperate room to the bathroom, which has a bath, shower, sink and storage in it. Do American houses have seperate toilets or are they always in the bathroom? BTW slang for toilet is dunny.
April 6, 2014 at 6:03am     
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one of our restrooms is has a separate toilet room….actually, the bath tub and toilet are further inside that general room, with a window, cabinets and a door that can be closed. Sink room is the anteroom . one person can use sink/vanity without disturbing other person on toilet or in tub. works well for us.
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@hevva9 I think you have your Aussies and Kiwis confused!! ;-) Sweet As is as Kiwi as hokey pokey ice cream, Buzz bars and jandals!!!
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Here's How to Steer Clear of 10 Top Design Don'ts

Get interiors that look professionally styled even if you're taking the DIY route, by avoiding these common mistakes Full Story
     Comment   March 28, 2014
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Enough with the karate chop pillows, please. They look totally staged and silly. I am not arguing for dinky pillows, just not a row of chop-chop-chop.
November 11, 2013 at 9:25pm     
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Patricia Carswell
My pillows (or cushions as we call them here 'down-under') have just breathed a sigh of relief ;)
November 11, 2013 at 10:16pm     
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   Comment   March 22, 2014
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I'm sick of antlers and phrases or words on the walls. Things like Love Lives Here, or whatever.
March 19, 2014 at 5:22pm     
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I guess if your on the Montessori Method you could think of words to sum up every room. Like VEG, EAT MORE, ....Ok I have run out of nice words.

I think the trend that bothers me the most is the fact that people feel they are forced into particular design choices.

"If we don't put in granite our resale will go down"

"If we don't use 4 combinations of tile in our 2 x 2 Bathroom on ALL surfaces we have committed a crime against humanity."

"If we don't spend $30K to remodel the bathroom we are cheap."

It would be wonderful if people would develop and enjoy their own wonderful sense of style and say be damned with grey.

The image below is everything I dislike about current design. Why for the love of all things holy do you HAVE to have an island in a 9 x 10 kitchen. Why do cabinet designers place refrigerators so you have to play leap frog over the island? What's with the handles that look like you are about to pull open a garage? What's with the 3 dinky lights that look like upside down dirty glasses or Ice cream cones? How many ceiling spots do you need? Is there a game to that or something if you connect all the dots does it spell EAT? Those teeny tiles look like my wall after I have gotten done with a massive plaster. How thick does the counter need to be? And then the slab facing us...Oh look I used the good stuff? The only thing this kitchen is missing is the obligatory bowl of limes to really make me ill. Just how far did the stager have to go to match the wine to the teapot?

And Margo? I want to have your babies.
March 19, 2014 at 5:59pm     
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1) Excessive pillows on beds. Beds look best when they are made up in the morning! Excessive pillows means too much work to make it up.
2) Decorating around giant TV's. Sorry but I think they are eye sores. Have a dedicated media room and leave it at that.
3) Excess knick knacks
4) Yes... Keep Calm and Carry On ... enough already
5) Rooms that look like they came from that brand name retailer who thinks they are a "Barn"
6) Too many windows without window treatments
7) Overdone window treatments
8) Starburst Mirrors!!
March 20, 2014 at 6:17am     
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Lynne Mysliwiec
OK, am I the only person who sees mustard and ketchup when someone puts a red accent wall in a room with yellow or ochre walls?
March 20, 2014 at 2:17pm     
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I'm loving these comments because I now realize I'm not alone--- I will NEVER have a soaking tub, a farmhouse sink, a hot tub, a vessel sink ---I do have tons of pillows on my bed, however- Can't help it, I love pillows. Too often all of these super trendy things make a kitchen or bath look dated in just a few years. I'm redoing my kitchen and am amazed when I look in magazines…they all look the same!
March 20, 2014 at 3:12pm     
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Mark Bischak, Architect
Lumber, nails, hammer, saw, tape measure, a plan, tree, health insurance, rope, windows, hinges, life insurance, shingles, marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers.
March 21, 2014 at 7:21pm     
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     Comment   March 21, 2014
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Wow! Amazing job. After pic makes the look so much nicer. Well done.
March 21, 2014 at 5:19am     
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Really Nice. How long was construction?
March 21, 2014 at 8:03pm   
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Mark Bischak, Architect
It appears there was an addition and some remodeling done in addition to changing the character of the house. Did it cost that much more than if you hand maintained the existing character?
March 21, 2014 at 8:12pm   
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