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RE: kitchen style with black appliances (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: daisychain01 on 02.04.2012 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have black lowers and cream uppers. It keeps the kitchen light and bright but the black helps to ground it. This is the only pic I have of the appliances. it is from after a dinner party so not that great a pic. But gives you an idea.
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Vintage Bathroom - finished pictures

posted by: budge1 on 10.18.2007 at 07:13 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I've waited so long to post these (waiting on fixtures, prints, etc) that I've forgotten most of the details but here is what I remember:

Tile - field tile Daltile 101, trim tile-Banan Appeal, floor tile - 2"hex from Olympia tile

Sink - American Standard Ovalyn (the medium size)

Tub - Toto 1525

Toilet - toto (sorry can't remember which one Dalton or Carrolton?)

Prints - ebay

Cabinets custom made by Sylvain Marin of Marin Construction

Chrome fixtures - Chatham from RH

Knobs and hinges - Lee Valley

Still looking for the perfect towel hooks for back of door (want the Chatham ones from RH but with shipping would come to almost $160 for 4!) If anyone sees them on sale, pleeeeeeease email me.

Couldn't have done it without the help of everyone here. And that is not just a platitude. I had a plan for what would have been a cream and white mess with waaaaaay toooo much stuff going on. The people here and the decor. forum helped me turn that into something that makes me smile everytime I enter. Not to mention the ENORMOUS help on the practical side from the tile and building experts.
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RE: Major toilet problem-- help finding a Toto that fits (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: budge1 on 10.20.2008 at 07:45 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We have the dartmouth in our period bathroom and I'm pretty sure it can be used with a 10" rough in. It looks similar to the carollton but without that modern base. Not sure about the width, but as you can see we were also tight on space.


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hiding the TV

posted by: carsonheim on 01.23.2015 at 12:10 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I posted something in the "how's your build going" thread, but thought it might be of interest here too.

I love the convenience of a TV over the fireplace, but dislike the look. Here's what I had my trim carpenter do:

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RE: "Serene" bedrooms--yawn (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: Violet.West on 01.21.2015 at 05:38 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Lynne, I think your bedroom is lovely. It reflects the character of the home, has architectural details, and personalized decor. So that's not really what I am talking about.

I mean something like this. Might as well be in a hotel.


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RE: Can This Island Be Saved? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: budge1 on 03.13.2009 at 09:36 am in Kitchens Forum

I like it, but as others have said, I think it might end up being more trouble and expense for something that is not your ideal.

My dream island is sort of industrial/unfitted. Here is a pic.


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RE: Nervous about curtains! (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: aklvdb on 08.26.2014 at 06:38 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

daisychain01- wanted to update on my purchase! Ordering from Tonic Living went smoothly. I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again (and think I will for a roman blind thing for my kitchen perhaps).

Updated pic!
I also posted this as a separate thread, then remembered that I had to update about the company!


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RE: Kitchen aid mixer . . . where 'ya gonna live? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: surya55 on 01.03.2015 at 09:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Look at the Home Shopping Network for sturdy carts.

Here is a link that might be useful: origami-folding-kitchen cart


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RE: Curb appeal, change style from desert to country (Follow-Up #114)

posted by: bird_lover66 on 09.29.2014 at 09:34 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I think this color scheme would look great on your house, and work well with the elements you already have, such as the stone walkway and the desert environment. Once the drought is over, it would look equally good with a lushly planted garden. And you can add some rustic "country" elements inside, too.

Good luck.

This post was edited by bird_lover66 on Mon, Sep 29, 14 at 9:53


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scrappy25 renovation Part 4, final reveal, white inset/soapstone

posted by: scrappy25 on 12.12.2014 at 09:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally got some "completed" pictures, please ignore the small green notes to the contractor for the very small punch list yet to be done.

It has been quite a journey! I have included many details in previous posts so won't go into them again. This is truly a gardenweb kitchen, a collective effort. THANK YOU!

Location: North Baltimore, Maryland
Contractor: R Solomon (coordinated demo, subfloor, electrical/plumbing, floor installation. drywall, hood/appliance installation, painting.
Flooring; Marrazzi Gunstock Oak porcelain tile, Home Depot
Cabinetry and installation- Inset style with Shaker door, White Dove color, Dutchwood Custom Cabinetry, Myerstown, Pa.
Backsplash: Saltillo Sunflower Ming Green, small size. Bright white grout. Special thanks to mpagmom and justmakeit for their inspiration and esp. to mpagmom for answering all my questions.
Pulls: Belwith Studio Pulls from Amerock. On the drawers I have the P3012-SN (satin nickel, 6 inches long).
Paint: Walls: Wickham Grey, Benjamin Moore. Trim: White Dove, Benjamin Moore.
Countertops: Julia Soapstone, Stonemasters, Kennett Square, PA. Roundover edge profile.
Stainless countertop in toaster nook provided by Dutchwood with the cabinets.
Sink: Kohler Stages 45, Home Depot (tipout tray hinges installed but tray is still not installed).
Faucets: Hansgrohe 06128000 Swing C (bought from ebay to match my existing faucet since it is discontinued).
Under cabinet LED lights:, Premium Modular lights with diffusers and transformer, soft white.
Can lights: CREE soft white LED inserts from Home Depot.

Appliances (all craigslist or ebay display or new units unless otherwise stated. Most of them were purchased as part of an aborted kitchen expansion during the recession and have been in storage for 5 years. I am relieved that they all work well. Amazingly the Subzero/Wolf warranties start on installation and I was even able to get an extra year by using their "official" installers.
Subzero 642 large fridge (panelled), still needs panelled toekick
Subzero 700BR undercounter refrigerator drawers (panelled)
Wolf L Series SO30 Convection oven (panelled)
Gaggenau induction cooktop, C491-610
Bosch 800 dishwasher (gently used), still needs panelled toekick
Miele DG4080 steam oven (gently used)
Thermador PHH36DS Hood
Panasonic Inverter microwave (existing)

For more information, please also see my other posts
Part 1: Layout evolution and cabinet installation
Part 2: Julia soapstone installed
Part 3: The kitchen cockpit (Kohler Stages 45 sink)
I have linked to Part 1 below which will have links to the other posts.

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Before and after
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Layout of new kitchen
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Storage pictures
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Some additional details:

My "Trader Joes" loading shelf (for loading lunches into bags or unloading groceries)
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Baking and flat pan storage using Ikea variera pot lid organizer.
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Pullout shelf which has been useful for refrigerator/microwave/toaster loading and unloading.
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Cuisinart pullout shelf- the cuisinart is plugged in and I use it right on the pullout shelf. Accessories are stored behind it on the same shelf.
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Handy magnetic hidden knife storage for my most used knives (there are more but they were used today, the other less used ones are in a drawer). In this picture you can also see the USB ports on the charging outlet above the shelf. You also get a look at the undercounter LED lights from The lights are a perfect soft white and dim beautifully, I just wish they had white wires instead of black.
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And lastly, replaced the kitchen window because it was such a bear to open. This ones ends lower, close to the counter, and I had my contractor extend the windowsill to 5 inches depth for my overwintering herbs. They are not so pretty but I am happy to have a friendly place for them.
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Here is a link that might be useful: scrappy25 renovation Part 1: layout evolution and cabinet installation

This post was edited by scrappy25 on Fri, Dec 12, 14 at 22:17


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RE: A "NON-basket" basket for throw blankets (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: bbstx on 12.02.2014 at 10:37 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

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All 3 for $72.

I know nothing about this site, but I had it pinned because of the variety of baskets they offer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Basket Website


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Low, mid, high price point: Modern chandeliers

posted by: nosoccermom on 09.16.2014 at 12:33 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Posted from ApartmentTherapy, link below.

I personally am itching to make one of the DIY Lindsey Adelman ones.

Here is a link that might be useful: modern chandeliers for every budget


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re:i finally have progress--cabinets! UPDATE: marble counte (Follow-Up #47)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 03.31.2014 at 11:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Marble island counter was installed today! They installed fairly late in the day but I had to run back and see the finished product after the installers left. I seriously LOVE marble. I don't care if it etches and if it stains, but I think I am never going back to another counter material. They haven't cleaned it up yet and the corner are still taped for protection, but it is a lovely piece of stone.
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From slabs to actually installed, I really love marble:

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Mock up of the marble hood:
My contractor did a working mock up of the marble hood. The plywood is where the marble will be once it is finished. There's a steel cage supporting it underneath and various engineering supports through the ceiling and in the wall.
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Here's the slab for the face of it:
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Arabesque tile in laundry room with Carerra:
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Completely giddy to see it all finally coming together....this will have to carry me through the next 90 days because I still need motivation to do two moves: one to my mom's until house done (our rental is getting torn down), and then into the house at the end of June. We'll be living out of suitcases for 60 days. I know you all have lived through "stuff" with your remodels, so you can feel my pain.

I had a GW fun day last week: Gigi came to visit me and see the house in person. It was so fun to meet up with a fellow GWer!!! It's like meeting your soul sister when you meet another TKO person :)


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RE: OMG, I Finally have progress--cabinets! (Follow-Up #63)

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 04.22.2014 at 01:47 am in Kitchens Forum

They pulled down the mockup and the steel cage was finished yesterday. I saw it on the driveway today and am anxious to see the rest of it it up. We ended up doing the wood flooring and have delayed everything around that. A few bathroom progress pics but not much else. Wish I had more to report!

I do have this little nugget...this slab of Zebrino Marble:
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Got turned into this powder room vanity which will have a vessel sink, wall mounted faucet and mirror behind the spout/handle:
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The swatch is one of the colors I had originally looked at but I have since decided against--too strong of a color. I don't want to take away from the aggressive counter design.

Library uppers:
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A few more counters in:
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OMG, I Finally have progress--cabinets!

posted by: firsthouse_mp on 03.06.2014 at 09:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

After watching everyone's progress and waiting and waiting for something to show...I finally have my cabinets in.

Island (Imagine my marble hood on that back wall!!):
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Pantry in that doorway:
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That hopefully will look like this soon:
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They need to paint those dividers in the pantry white...don't like the wood color. There are a few imperfections, but they will fix all that. Our cabinet company, Precision Cabinets, is really good about making everything perfect. Woo hoo!!

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RE: Steampunk Kitchen? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: elizpiz on 07.12.2010 at 06:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Don't know if this fits the bill, but I love this kitchen from my inspiration pix, which is described as vintage industrial:

...except there's NO WAY you're keeping anybody out of that kitchen!



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RE: Down Comforter (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: judithva on 10.30.2013 at 12:54 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I love my down comforter. I fell in love with down when I lived in Germany 30 some odd years ago.
I inherited a tiny bit of money from my grandfather, and purchased my over-sized King comforter from Cuddledown (see link below). It was quite a bit over 10 years ago that I purchased it and it still in fantastic shape (I don't overly baby it either). I purchased it in its highest fill power with the baffle style, I wanted super "poof". The quality of the down is excellent, it is not heavy feeling at all on my body when sleep. Its hard to explain, but I am kept warm, but not overly, I think the down allows my body to still breathe. When I get a bit of a hot flash (yes, I'm o.l.d.e.r. ) LOL, I just kick it off, then right back on me when I've cooled off. I also keep a light sateen cover on it in order to not weigh down the down. It does not ever shift in the cover either.
I even have it on the bed in the summer (I do sleep in a very AC room though by choice, and in the winter I have the theromstat down to 67-68 degrees-love a cool room).
One time I did not have the cover on it and my poor Yorkie barffed on it, but the material that encases the down allowed it to wipe up really well without seeping in.
With all this said, I did spend alot on it, but I see it as an investment, if you get a quality down comforter it will most likely be able to be passed down to your children (that's what my German friends told me anyway. And from the looks of mine it will go that way too)

Sorry for writing a book here, I hope it helps in your decision.

Here is a link that might be useful: Down Comforter


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RE: Kinda luvin' my wood counter tonite (and btw thanks GardenWeb (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: dawn_t on 02.09.2014 at 01:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks mudhouse!

Daisychain, I tried to source it locally, but no luck. Was really hoping there was a retailer in Winnipeg, as it's only 2 hrs away. I ended up mail ordering from a company in Ontario.
No longer have the receipt, but I'm pretty sure it was this company. Service was great. (I see they're also now listed as a Cdn retailer on the Waterlox website):

Exotic Woods
5229 Harvester Road
Burlington ON, L7L 5L4
(905) 335-8066

It's classified as a hazardous material, so shipping was high (around $50 - 6yrs ago). I bought the gallon size thinking I'd need it to do 5 coats on all sides of a 8ft x 2ft counter as well as the peninsula (39" x 70").I only used about 1/3 of the tin, so maybe I didn't apply it thick enough? I do recommend 6+ coats tho'
And a respirator!!!

HTH :)


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RE: Sea Grass Rug design (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: ashef on 02.01.2014 at 05:07 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

A very good source for reasonably priced rugs -- including seagrass -- is Natural Area Rugs, Why don't you contact them with your question and picture and see what they say the rug you saw is?

Joni Webb of the wonderful blog Cote de Texas loves seagrass rugs and talks about them often in her blog. Here's a piece she wrote about them & why she loves them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cote de Texas on seagrass rugs


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The Most Half-a$$ed Reveal Ever

posted by: danielleg on 01.08.2014 at 01:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Am I gonna get banned for that title? I hope not.

Hello everyone. I'm strictly a lurker around these parts...more active in the Home D�cor forum (if you can call what I do over there "active"). I had big plans for this reveal. Big plans. I was gonna go buy flowers...and go down to the little butcher shoppe that sells organic milk in those cute little glass bottles...and put cookies under my cake dome...and generally stage this place to within an inch of its life. But, then I didn't.

I am in a major rut. Is it possible to have a midlife crisis at 34? I just don't have any energy right now. I'm just outside of Boston, so seasonal depression may very well be a factor in this. Regardless, I did want to document my finished kitchen somehow, for the sake of posterity. So, here is the one picture I have of it so far (which is really just a cell phone pic I sent to my mother). Sorry for being such a wet rag. I need some encouragement to finish this job.

If anyone would like info on any of the details, just ask. This was what I would call a high/low reno. The cabinets, countertops and stools are all from Ikea. Most of the appliances are Jenn Air, except for the range, which is the 48" Wolf DF. I really am gonna try to get some more pics. I was pleasantly surprised by our hardware (Amerock), so at the very least I'll try to get a close up of them. Thanks for "listening" to me vent like a crazy woman.

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RE: The Most Half-a$$ed Reveal Ever (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: danielleg on 01.09.2014 at 04:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you all for the kind words. I was thinking, before I fell asleep last night, and I hope my post didn't come off as snooty or ungrateful. I just meant that I'm in a kichen-UNrelated rut lately. And that I just didn't have it in me to put together a beautiful reveal with lots of pictures and details like so many of the great people here do. And thanks, pirate girl, for your concern and suggestions.

I had the day off today, so I did take a few more pics. My husband is a firefighter who moonlights as a house flipper, so we were already very familiar with Ikea kitchens (which was why we used them - we love them!). I think this is the fifth or sixth Ikea kitchen we've done.

I'll try to answer all the questions I see...

The chandelier was from Pottery Barn, but was on clearance when we bought it back in the summer, so I'm not sure it's being carried anymore.

We do have one dishwasher, a Jenn Air, to the left of the main sink.

The fridge is also a Jenn Air and is magnetic.

We ARE still in the process of installing hardware!

I don't have the whole-room dimensions, but the island is roughly 8' by 4'.

Here are the additional pics...

This is the opposite corner of the room:
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This is a close-up of the different hardware we used. The bin pulls on either side of the range are for our recycling pull-outs (we have to separate paper and plastic):
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Another (missing) hardware close-up of the island:
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One more view:
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And a close-up of the ceiling, because my husband worked SO hard on it!:
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RE: White on white design (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: shanghaimom on 12.04.2013 at 12:11 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I like layering creams and whites, especially with the warmth of wood floors and wood furniture. I have several cream-on-cream rooms, but no white furniture. For us, it just doesn't work with all of the eating, drinking, teens and dogs. Removing and washing slipcovers is doable, but still a tedious exercise. I also like to have a neutral backdrop for art.

Here's a favorite room I had saved to illustrate--makes me go aaaahhhhhh. It just wouldn't have the same feel with colored walls.
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Shiplap pics - for Zeitgast

posted by: danielleg on 07.10.2013 at 02:22 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Here are some pics of our vertical and horizontal shiplap in our "in progress" renovation. The horizontal shiplap is in our kitchen and the vertical in our little sitting room directly off the kitchen. I don't have a specific reason as to why we decided to go with the two different directions, but I am glad we did and so far I really like both.

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Name for this table style/height used in a living room?

posted by: mellyc123 on 08.23.2012 at 10:54 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

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Refering to the high table, possibly small dining table used in the center.

Is there a name for this style table in a living area. I really like this layout and the height of the table and would like to find similar pics.

btw, Thanks saypoint for posting the pics on dream room topic. I really like this and the other one you posted.


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Raspberry Bureau painted (pic)

posted by: ttodd on 03.09.2010 at 01:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Update on progress of Big Girls room.

Walls are painted and done.

I just finished painting DD's bureau a raspberry color. It's called Berry Bush by SW. After I started painting I wasn't sure that I'd choosen the right shade of berry - it was coming across very 1980's mauve but I kept w/ it. As a whole the color looks much better but still wasn't quite what I'd envisioned - something more clear colored - not dusty. I wanted it to look like a modern take on an old piece of furniture. I stood back for awhile and thought then called DH at work and spoke to his boss about what to do.

We decided that the finish was too flat and that it needed to have a very shiny finish to give that updated look. The infamous George also said that w/ a shiny finish the color will come across less dusty so they will eventually spray a wet look lacquer finish on it for me.

So here's my almost finished product sans shiny finish:


I see a great ornate white mirror above it sort of Sleeping Beaty like so I'm off to troll around Craigs List.

Thanks for looking!

Oh and I decided to try my hand at origami birds for the birdcage I'm going to fish out of the basement and put in her room. I'll do them in a range of pinks some patterend and some not.

I'm going to move the glass chandelier from our bedroom into hers.


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Finally tried to make some slipcovers....

posted by: bestyears on 07.25.2010 at 11:39 am in Home Decorating Forum

Thought I'd start with dining room chairs, since they just seemed inherently easier. I have sewn for years and years. But for some reason I've always been so intimidated by slipcovers. Finally after spending time on blogs where the gutsier women just dove in and tried it, I thought, "You know what, just do it...!" Now on to the couch!



see instruction in another saved clippings
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RE: Finally tried to make some slipcovers.... (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: bestyears on 07.25.2010 at 05:32 pm in Home Decorating Forum

The chairs underneath are just a simple dark wood, with two vertical pieces running up the back, extending from the seat up to the top of the chair back. I used a wonderful fabric, from a home dec store, which was called, 'canvas' on the tag. It is softer than I think of canvas, but nevertheless, that's what they called it. Best of all it was on sale for $5.99/yard (took about a yard and a quarter per chair). It was just a dream to work with, and I loved the feel of running my hand over it.

I didn't use a pattern, I just measured well, and wrote everything down. Also, I prewashed the fabric so I could really make it the right size. Essentially, one long piece of fabric extends from the front of the chair, across the chair seat to the back, up the inside of the back, and down the outside of the back. I then joined a 4" apron to it, just easing around the corners. My chair seats are trapezoid. I found it very easy to just use a pencil to rub the border around three edges of the seat, and that was my stitching line. Then I took another four inch wide strip, hemmed it, and then pressed in the pleats. I stitched the pleats in place before I joined it to the apron. The pleated strip sewed easily onto the apron, and voila, I was done! Easier than I thought it would be...


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New Word: 'Gravender', Need help with paint colors:gray&lavender

posted by: beekeeperswife on 07.16.2010 at 09:16 am in Home Decorating Forum

I am getting ready to re-paint the kitchen/family room. Yes, the paint is barely dry, but the green hue that it gives off in the family room area is just plucking on my last nerve. (and the green chair isn't causing it, you can see it in the green hue in the kitchen but the wall space is smaller so it's not as ircking) So, this is going to give me an opportunity, but of course I have a problem--I am also having the living room which is open to the family room end also painted and the 2 story foyer too.

Here's the issue: I have always loved gray colors with that hint of lavender. (Because blue & purple hydrangeas look stunning in this space). But, I don't want the kitchen & family room to give the impression of teenager, but rather that Hollywood gray-lavender, maybe "gravender" I should call it. If I find the right shade, I don't know what to do with the other two areas, I don't want an entire gravender first floor, with the exception of the dining room which is chocolate and cream.

My couch is an ivory leather, the floors are dark cork, the area rug is an ivory, the curtains are a pewter/silvery shiny material, and the bamboo roman shades are dark chocolate brown, like some cabinets in the kitchen.

Last night I tested out a couple of colors on poster board, the BM 2116-60, Touch of Gray was too light, and too pink. The 2118-50, Excalibur Gray, is nice, purple undertones, certainly not the Hollywood "Gravender" look, but it certainly looks more "modern" and current. I also liked Sweatshirt Gray (2126-40), this one doesn't give me the gravender look but it does look nice and warm.

And oh yeah, one more issue, the wall behind the fireplace is painted darker, the same color as the wall behind the range hood. The range hood is stainless and the color is needed to be rich back there to make it pop, or else the hood is lost.

So if you have any ideas, or photos of the adult looking "gravender" I'm after I would appreciate it.

Here are some pics of the kitchen/family room. I don't have any of the foyer or living room.



My dining room (which isn't being painted but I wanted you to see the color, and you can barely see a glimpse of the foyer)





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RE: Post a picture of your favorite Light Fixture (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: juddgirl2 on 07.17.2010 at 11:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Pretty light fixtures! Mrsmarv - I love your lamp and can see why you'd wait a year for it.

Mitch - that's your kitchen?! I'd never want to leave :-)

This is my favorite fixture. The pictures is from the website but I have it in my dining room. It's a Hubbardton Forge oval chandelier.

hb chandelier


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Thank you for my kitchen! (Long, lots of pics)

posted by: jsweenc on 07.05.2010 at 02:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

Start: Jan. 19, 2010
Finish: July 5, 2010

It is not an exaggeration to say that this kitchen is a result of GWs collective wisdom. I did not ask that many questions but I gleaned untold amounts of information from searches and reading and participating in others threads and revisiting the FKB every time I had a new detail to conquer.

There are so many of you who have a good eye for the big picture as well as details when looking at layouts; and even more impressive and appreciated is that you take the time to walk each person through with honest, detailed feedback and encouragement. Thank you for looking so consistently at all the posts requesting help. rhome and buehl come to mind immediately -- I know there are others who do that as well and I am sorry for not remembering everyone to acknowledge.

Many others have kitchens posted to the FKB that gave me great inspiration, answers to questions and solutions to problems. You were a huge help and didn't know it, and I wish I could list every single one of you! (Many of these were not white shaker inset kitchens.)

Special thanks to jrueter for counter help and encouragement, among other things -- aside from the layout itself, that was one of my biggest challenges.

It feels good to be finished, and now I hope I can start to give back a fraction of what I received. Thank you to everyone!

DW - Bosch
Like - Gets dishes clean
Dont like - Plastics are wet in am unless I leave the door ajar; door catch is already broken, door won't stay halfway open (should be covered under warranty)
Hood - VAH PRH18, 36", 350 cfm (wish I had gotten more, salesman talked us out of it)
Fridge - Whirlpool Gold french door
Range - Electrolux Induction slide-in; still learning it but love it so far
MW - Sharp

Tar River Custom Cabinets, Creedmoor, NC, white inset with Blum glides
Like - Looks, the 30" and 36" drawer bases
Dont like - Not as much useable space with inset; drawer glides dont all work smoothly

Counters -
Leathered Impala Black, 3 cm, 3" radius corners, 1" radius corners, no radius
Love - Easy to keep clean, dont show fingerprints, just the color I was looking for in a matte finish (didnt want shiny)
Dont like - sink reveal is not uniform, slightly negative in most places (I asked for flush, was told that slope of sink prevented exact flush but in one area its actually positive, one its flush, so sink is not set in perfectly; not being picky and preferring to have it finished, I am leaving it alone)
Supplier - Daltile
Fabricator - The Countertop Factory, Raleigh NC

Wood counter - Walnut edge grain, classical edge minus one bead from; finished for non-food use

Sinks - Blanco Silgranit in Anthracite ordered from
Clean up - BlancoDiamond Super Single (drop in) 33"
Prep - BlancoPrecis Large (undermount) 24"
Like - Looks, size, location, maintenance
Faucets - Delta Leland 978 (Main) 9978 (Prep) (ordered from
Like - Looks, function, ease of use

Hardware - Amerock
Like - Looks, feel
Dont like - One set of cup pulls, on my one deep drawer, were not placed well but it was too late by the time I saw it

Pendants - Edison by Hudson Valley, with glass # D12 (~$600 total for 3 pendants)
Like - Looks, adjustable length
Tracks - WAC

Paint - Timberlake Painting, Mickey Smith
Kitchen walls - BM Quiet Moments (LR walls @ 50% formula of QM)
Laundry walls - Valspar Safari Beige
Garage hall walls - Valspar Oatbran (on same strip as Safari Beige)
Trim, ceiling, etc - White gloss (dont know color, just agreed with painter to do white)

Floors - red oak, refinished with oil-based poly satin finish

Windows - Monarch double casement

Backsplash - Adex Neri White 3x6 beveled subway tiles, 1/2 round liners

Trash pullout, tall pan divider

Sweeby Test
warm or cool, tranquil and soothing or energetic and vibrant? calm, happy, dramatic?
Cool, tranquil, soothing, calm

cozy or spacious? light and bright or dark and rich?
Open, spacious, light, bright

subtle tone-on-tone, boldly colorful, textured?, woody or painted?
Simple, unobtrusive, painted (maybe not exactly subtle but not bold, overstated colors)

modern, traditional, vintage, rustic, artsy, retro, Old World, Arts & Crafts, Tuscan?
Backdrop rather than focal point, no particular theme, time period or style to stand out (vintage would be closest but not overtly so)

elegant, casual? sleekly simple, elaborately detailed, or somewhere in between?
Casual, simple (not sleek), understated touches of elegance, but not be intimidating

pristine or weathered, professional or homey?
Simple, summer cottage; Clean (pristine?), homey

whimsical, sophisticated, accessible, romantic? masculine or feminine?
Accessible, maybe a touch of whimsy and zing (in decorative elements); Neither overly masculine nor feminine (functional, clean straight lines for ease of construction, with a few rounded edges to soften)

How much zing? and where?
Quiet, unobtrusive but a breath of fresh air so when people walk in, invites but does not distract from fellowship

I've been saying "I really like my kitchen". DH was surprised that I wasn't saying "I love my kitchen". That's because it wasn't truly finished and clean until today when we got everything hung and most everything put away (still a few very minor things to do). So as of today, I can say "I LOVE my kitchen". I also LOVE my utility room just as much!

We are not completely finished with the house; we plan to add to the front to expand the LR and add a MBR. With the kitchen construction, we were all crammed into a small room together during the day, but with the addition, we have a refuge with our new kitchen.

View 1
Photobucket Photobucket
Still need a piece of molding on either end to cover up the holes made to install Plugmold, which I couldn't stand and had replaced with Sillites

View 2

View 3

View 4


Mudroom Photobucket

Baskets - World Market
Bag - Belvah, custom embroidered by
Shelf - salvaged from 200 yo house DH bought for office
Hooks - Pier 1 Imports

Pantry Photobucket
Countertop and pullout shelves recycled from previous kitchen
Upper shelves built by carpenter

Laundry from kitchen


Laundry toward kitchen


Communication center and laundry shelving
4" shelves built by carpenter
Upper box shelves - Pottery Barn Outlet
Calendars, etc -
Fabric boxes - World Market, Target

Here is a link that might be useful: Photobucket link


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RE: I'm loving these colors! Can I see your 'gray' living rooms? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: danielleg on 07.08.2010 at 11:15 am in Home Decorating Forum

This is a Glidden color called "Scroll Beige" in my living room. It doesn't have the greenish undertones of some of the other popular greys, but I love it nonetheless...



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RE: So stumped on what colors to paint my house! would love help (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: gamecock43 on 06.22.2010 at 11:54 pm in Home Decorating Forum

My house looks kind of like yours. I love my green color with a hint of grey in it:



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have you guys seen these pendants?

posted by: kateskouros on 04.15.2010 at 08:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

i frequently scan the wisteria website and while these are not new, i can't believe it took me so long to notice them. they'd look great in a kitchen. i just bought two for my laundry room and can't wait to see them IRL. at $149 they're not a bad deal but i also found a (working!) coupon code online good for 20% off: EBMSM05. pretty good for such a great looking pendant! enjoy...


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