Mary Pat Holtschlag


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10 Ways to Open a Kitchen to the Outdoors

Have your cooking and your nice weather too, with a kitchen setup that embraces indoor-outdoor flow Full Story
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motownmom
LOL madcityjean, I was thinking the same thing!

I'm amazed when I go visit my cousins in Orange County California..........they have a kitchen door they leave open to the outdoors. No squirrels, no mosquitoes, the only thing I see in their garden are hummingbirds. When they visited us in Michigan this year, they were amazed by all the different colored squirrels we have, black, brown & grey. Plus all the lovely robins, cardinals and blue jays.

Those types of open doors or windows only work in areas where there are no bugs or animals. No standing water from rain where mosquitoes can breed.

But they are pretty if you can have them.
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madcityjean
I get it motown...I live in Wisconsin.
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Houzz Tour: A Toronto Home Comes Back From the Brink

Not even squatters deterred an interior designer from turning an abandoned 4-bedroom into a chic, unique home Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
I love the crazy bookcase and everything else in this home. The couch is very cool and begs to be lounged in. Thanks for sharing!
last Thursday at 9:42pm     
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nancyjackelen
What did you use for dining room table base since you menu one the table was your creation ?
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What a lovely home!
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Life Lessons From 10 Years of Living in 84 Square Feet

Dee Williams was looking for a richer life. She found it by moving into a very tiny house Full Story
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bearsie
I've never seen as article on Houzz before that made me think as much as this one. It's really profound
April 17, 2014 at 1:39pm     
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10 Ways to Fight Pollen at Home

Keep sneezing and stuffiness to a minimum by making your house as pollen free as possible Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
Love the "Silkwood" reference, but that's exactly how I felt after spending just a few days in the pollen haze that is Georgia. My car became a pollen laden northbound missile! Great tips for sure.
April 14, 2014 at 5:13pm     
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Jennifer Matherne
Love my new (56v battery powered) leaf blower which I find essential for keeping the pollen off the porch, the grass off the pool deck, and the zombie mutant June bugs away from the garage. I don't have any neighbors to bother though....
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Robin
I just realized how pollen-centric I am. My habits have become so second nature I hadn't noticed. I hosed down my hairy, dirty dogs yesterday. They hated it, then the loved it, then I loved it.
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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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yukispon
Beautifully put together. It feels so feminine and relaxing; I can just feel the beachy breeze in my hair. Great reno and fabulous arrangements. Kuddos!
April 13, 2014 at 9:57am     
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rbrad
I love the authenticity of this home because it reflects a collection of items that the owner loves. Not your typical show house that lacks soul or spirit.
April 13, 2014 at 11:27am     
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mnhollaway08
I love your home...it's very inviting!!!
April 13, 2014 at 3:17pm     
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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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Karen Pittenger
Yay! I am excited about this new series, thanks so much!
April 13, 2014 at 12:28pm     
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rroven
Awesome idea book! My husband and I live off the grid in Northwestern Ontario. We use wind and solar power with gas generation for backup. We are striving to drop the gas generation soon in order to further reduce our carbon footprint. Our winter heat and source of cooking is from a energy efficient wood cook stove (best meals and baking ever, bar none). Our hot water is heated through a heat coil in the same stove and provides us with hot water for showers and dishes etc. Our water is a rain catchment system from our sheet metal roof. Filtered gray water is used to water our gardens using a drip irrigation system.
Is it a difficult life? I'm almost 60 now and I really have to say that no, it's not. Once everything is in place and you learn what your limitations are for electrical and water use is then everything works pretty smoothly. Even better is the fact that there is never a big utility bill of any kind in our mailbox and I like that a lot!
April 13, 2014 at 5:27pm     
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6 Spot-on Places to Use Penny Tiles

You’ll flip for these coin-shaped wall and floor tiles in bright colors, subtle neutrals and even clear glass Full Story
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wuff
Houzz makes so many things seem super cool and this is one of them
April 14, 2014 at 4:28am     
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makaloco
Very informative and timely, as I'm considering penny rounds for the backsplash in my current kitchen remodel. Thank you!
April 14, 2014 at 8:40am     
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donna rayburn
I used cobalt penny rounds in my kitchen & love them!
April 14, 2014 at 11:21am     
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Houzz Tour: Farmhouse Meets Victorian in Los Angeles

Fanciful scrolls and sweet botanical prints join playful vintage touches for a home that’s altogether charming Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
A great day for Ideabooks for sure! What a fabulous home. So much character. The beds in front of the windows look great and the daughters room is incredibly creative. Not one bit of "shy" in this home! Personality abounds. Very cool.
April 14, 2014 at 4:34pm     
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rouxb
Hopefully not in an earthquake zone. I have a friend who was badly cut during the Northridge (CA) earthquake by glass from a window above his bed. Also, because it was dark, trying to get to a light switch with glass everywhere cut his feet quite badly. I made my brother put plexi over the window above the crib when they brought their first baby home.
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Lovely! I do the same.
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My Houzz: Family Efforts Pay Off for a 1915 Home

Everyone from the kids to the grandparents helped renovate this Montreal house — and the results show how much they care Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
What a great house and wonderful job updating this old girl. Love the light fixtures and the attic still has an "attic" feel, while adding lots of usable space. As a kids, we used to roller skate in a friends attic--complete with a wurlitzer juke box! I wish you many happy memories in your beautiful home.
April 14, 2014 at 4:18pm     
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kszabo
For zweiback. Thanks. Not sure which mouldings you are referring to but I will try to clear up any confusion. On the main floor the trim mouldings are mahogany while the ceiling mouldings are plaster. When the house was built a century ago this was the type of treatment they were designed to receive - plaster gets painted and fine hard woods get stained. They are not the same materials and therefore were not meant for the same treatment. I know that there are many who paint hard woods to achieve uniformity and brightness and it looks good too but is a personal preference and philiosophy. We tried to achieve more unity by matching the floor color to the existing moulding colors to get the visual harmony you mention be cause there was no way that I was going topaint out my mahogany! I had no trouble painting all trim on 2nd floor white as that trim was in the same ptofiles as those on the lower floor but was a paint grade soft wood. To each his own.
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Kathy - I was mainly addressing the moulding/trim around doors - not the ceiling mouldings, which it's understood would not be treated with anything but paint. I specifically made mention of photos 10 & 11 because of the warm feeling the wood stairs, window moulding, bookshelf unit and floors evoke, side-by-side with the photo of the bathroom, which is quite stark in contrast. (I'm very happy to see the mahogany in its unpainted, stained glory, as will many readers of this piece.) I'm wondering if you had considered color on the walls in both the bath and the kitchen as a way to unify. The mahogany warms things up downstairs, and you can see from your daughter's bedroom what color does to modify the white trim… But as you say - to each his (or her) own, and I still stand in awe of the work you've done here! (BTW, I think its helpful to hear what goes through DIYers' minds on a project, and really appreciate your commenting.)
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Houzz Products: A Den for Daenerys

Conquer an ordinary room with furnishings and decor fit for the queen of House Targaryen Full Story
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wuff
Some really nice pieces here, a bit of fun as well. 'Always wear your invisible crown' - love it
April 10, 2014 at 5:07pm     
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cldavislaw
I'm rooting for the dragons.
April 10, 2014 at 5:08pm     
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9 Imaginative Ideas for Industrial Rebar in the Garden

Inexpensive and unexpected, steel bar from any big-box hardware store can give your landscape an edgier look Full Story
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wyndyacre
There are some fantastic, creative ideas here! I especially love the gate, the bottle installation and the planter pedestal.
April 7, 2014 at 3:50pm     
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This is one of the best ideabooks ever!
April 7, 2014 at 7:52pm     
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Houzz Tour: A LEED Platinum Home With Farmhouse Style

Equally charming and efficient, this pad in upstate New York houses a dance studio, a music room and plenty of warm, inviting living space Full Story
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BluePrince Architectural
I really like masonry heaters; it's neat to see one featured-
April 6, 2014 at 11:16am     
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From Canning Porch to Beautiful Vintage Bath in Oregon

Thrifty finds and DIY labor transform a cramped space into a serene hotel-style bath on a budget Full Story
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krissyb92603
Love the renovation, but the last picture is the best and sums up everything good about grandparents! :)
April 6, 2014 at 8:39am     
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mildagsim
How fortunate to find the perfect abandoned sink! Although I am impressed with entire execution and beautiful results, the shower is my favorite!
April 6, 2014 at 11:37am     
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Houzz Tour: Collected Comfort in an ’80s California Ranch

Relaxed elegance comes courtesy of a soft palette, meaningful treasures and plenty of room for puzzles Full Story
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grobby
Love this home. Very warm and personal with beautiful colors. Sounds like owners know how to relax and enjoy their home. I'm sure there's a fun story behind the model VW bus on the mantel.
April 5, 2014 at 4:41pm     
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scarbowcow
Not to worry, midmodfan. The cats have their own PRIVATE jungle gym and wouldn't let the photographers in. I read it on the cats' blog. They prefer to tell the story their OWN way, and have some strong opinions about how pleasant it is for THEM when thirty PEOPLE - some of them tail-pulling age - come over for dinners.
April 6, 2014 at 5:21am     
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A. W.
What caught my eye - I'm loving the height of the curtain rods!
April 6, 2014 at 9:16am     
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risris
"This house is all about family comfort and home" - what a lovely purpose statement. And it looks to me like they've achieved their goal. This house is not the most trendy or styled, but it's one of my favorites on Houzz so far.
April 6, 2014 at 3:04pm     
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ranwalk01
Thanks for the lead, Shannon. I wish I could visit in person, but I bet they can help me online. I'll be sure to mention your name when I speak with them. Linoleum seems to be coming into vogue again.
April 6, 2014 at 4:00pm     
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What to Know Before Buying Bar Stools

Learn about bar stool types, heights and the one key feature that will make your life a whole lot easier Full Story
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Luke Buckle
TRUE >> "the joy of swiveling back and forth can not be overcome."
April 6, 2014 at 4:57pm     
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Guest Picks: 20 Gorgeous Green Fabrics for Spring

Revive a room’s look with the freshest color around, on fabrics in styles from traditional to alternative animal print Full Story
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This is our absolute, hands-down favorite image of "spring green" - lovely green pinstripe fabric (echoing the lush green foliage in the background) - courtesy of Andrew Maier Interiors in Locust Valley, NY.
http://www.lalunecollection.com/rustic-furniture/tables/octagonal-table-3102-3112/ http://lalunefurniture.com/rustic-furniture/seating/stool-1142-1146/
March 29, 2014 at 9:31am     
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Houzz Tour: A Contemporary Home on a Working Farm

Rural Wisconsin provides the bucolic setting for a barn-inspired home that fosters comfort and connections Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
This is a beautiful home. Love the combination of new and old. The pool is amazing, and the reuse of the stone from the original barn foundation fits perfectly with the country side. Not one thing I would change. Fantastic job, thanks for sharing with us!
March 29, 2014 at 1:11pm     
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halbanes
cordybrown and others who want to buy a barn: if you are a do-it-yourself kind of family and cultivate contacts in the country, you can find yourself a barn for a thousand dollars cash and you will have all the beautiful virgin lumber you need. Craig's List and Ebay are some places to start. It's where I did my research, before I decided to sell.

It's a lot of work to take down a barn and you may want to have someone on your team who is familiar with construction processes. You'll need a lot of muscle and brawn to handle big pieces that weigh hundreds of pounds, a cherry picker to remove the roof and get to the rafters, a lot of nails to be removed on site before the wood is loaded for hauling, a big rig to haul the lumber, a place to store the lumber out of the weather until you need it, some sort of numbering system to know what sizes and kinds of lumber you have and exactly where it is in the stored stacks. Require a tetanus shot for everyone working on the project. Take the barn down in the winter. And watch out for snakes and other resident wildlife. And be sure there is a road to haul out your treasures from the deconstruction site. And of course, lots of photos of the wood and pieces you especially like and ways to keep track of where they are stored.

I am quite serious - this is what the buyer of my barn did - and that's just skimming the surface. But my point is this: it can be done and you can have your dream home with the lumber you salvage. Sweat equity.
April 6, 2014 at 5:41pm   
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Southwest Greens of Virginia
Absolutely stunning!!
April 8, 2014 at 2:31pm   
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The Funniest Bathrooms on Houzz

Check out these creative loos for a chuckle, then share your own fun bathroom designs Full Story
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John
We used to hang our diplomas (high school, college, piano certificates, what have you) in the outhouse at our lake cabin.
March 28, 2014 at 12:44pm     
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Kitchen of the Week: Pushing Boundaries in a San Francisco Victorian

If the roll-up garage door doesn’t clue you in, the blue cabinets and oversize molding will: This kitchen is no ordinary Victorian galley Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
Adore the stove. The lights are perfect and the garage door opening up the room is very cool. If the owners are like my family, everyone eventually ends up in the kitchen! I forsee many wonderful family gatherings. Have fun!
March 28, 2014 at 5:08pm     
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cherylahjones8
Very nice. The colors are wonderful!
April 14, 2014 at 4:48pm   
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mahreeuh
I dig it!
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Houzz Tour: Heavy Metal Rocks a Modern Missouri Home

Steel shows up all over this single-level family home, but wood and other textures warm the look Full Story
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Mary Pat Holtschlag
This may be wierd, but I want to feel this house. Just run my fingers over the walls, the rock, and the counters. A delight for the senses, love it!
March 25, 2014 at 6:19am     
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criscarey
Gallery link with feel of a stream
March 30, 2014 at 1:19am   
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hawkb
Nice home in our Show Me state!
April 2, 2014 at 9:28am   
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How to Design a Storybook Cottage

A client’s request: “Build me a house where Disney meets Tudor.” The architect explores the details that make the style Full Story
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BLee
Just realized I am living a fairy tale of a very different character. Momentarily, I hungered for a perfect, sweet cottage, feeling dissatisfied with my beloved city apartment … but then I remembered the pretty park nearby - and within a few blocks, symphony hall, the art museum, historical society, 2 small theaters in a performing arts center, a nearby 19th century defrocked church with free noontime concerts, and central downtown with its shops and great restaurants.
March 24, 2014 at 4:12pm     
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Scarlet Zhu
I love this topic and enjoy reading the article and all the wonderful comments;)
March 24, 2014 at 5:07pm     
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frenchdecor
Wishing-well
March 24, 2014 at 8:42pm     
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