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RE: My latest project... Daybed???s (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jamies on 01.13.2011 at 04:00 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Love your wallpaper.
I don't know what it would be like to sleep in and remake a daybed every day, but the PB one looks very pretty.

Finding bedding is a bear -- the advantage of the pottery barn one is that you just slip on a PB mattress cover and it looks tidy and finished. The ready made things you throw over look bad to me, especially at the corners. And those bedskirts are usually not to my taste either.
The fitted caps look better, but they are difficult to find, and then what do you do for a bedskirt?

I opted for Le Jardin from Elliott's designs. The head and foot are the same height. You can put it against a wall to make it more daybed like, but have it out in the middle of a room, too, if I ever want to move it to a larger room. Mine has a sort of silvery finish.

I really, really like this bed, but I have never dressed it nicely. Good pillows, but the rest does not do the bed justice.

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Finally, my Master Bedroom UPDATE !!!

posted by: newhomebuilder on 06.13.2010 at 04:55 pm in Home Decorating Forum

BEWARE: Long thread with multiple photos. Overload! lol

Some of you have been helping me along during the last couple of months with updating my Master bedroom, which all started because I wanted curtains to soften the wood blinds. :) I eventually decided to work on the entrance hallway, along with the Master bath. You gave links to web addresses, made suggestions and helped make decisions on curtains, rods, curtain rings, pillows, mirror hanging, etc. Thank you, thank you!

After many weeks, I am finally ready to unveil my work. I made all changes with a budget in mind. I am pleased to say that my Master "Suite" make-over totaled well under $500. That even includes the comforter set that I bought about a year ago! I will not list all pricing, but will list where or how I acquired all the new decorating items for my rooms.

Lets start with the entrance hallway, then the bath and finally ...the bedroom. :-)

Entrance Hallway Before:
Contemporary, original signed artwork that was inherited from brother-in-law. My DH insisted that it be showcased in a prominent place. Although we both loved the artwork, I always felt it did not fit with my bedroom. It has been relocated to the breakfast room and looks fabulous with my red! This artwork hung over a "white elephant" of an air return. We tried to hide this eye-sore with many different options and none seem to work.
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Entrance Hallway During:
After spying the mirror hanging in an antique store, and noticing a fantastic price, my children surprised me with the mirror for Mother's Day. :) The painted screen (by a great aunt) looked unbalanced under the mirror, and too skinny to completely cover the return.
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Entrance Hallway After:
I painted the air return to match our walls and ordered the iron screen from Overstock. Unfortunately, it arrived damaged, and after a week, another arrived yesterday, and in great shape! Overstock was wonderful, and told me to keep the damaged item. I am giving to my daughter for an outdoor room. I plan to paint the center medallion gold and add detail to the leaves, to "marry" the screen with the mirror. A table would better balance the space, but there is not enough door clearance for one, nor could I find a narrow table within my budget.
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I love the way the mirror looks when you are walking towards it from the back hallway. Plus, it doesn't fight with the artwork from the dining room and living room.
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Mirror - FREE ~ Paint - FREE ~ Screen - 2 for one price ($61) - One FREE for my daughter. :)

Now for the bathroom.

Bath Before:
Naked walls, and a couple of plants on the tub deck, was all we had on the window wall. I painted the mat and relocated the lily water color (painted by my late MIL) to the study.
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Bath After:
I found the perfect curtain panels at BBB, in the reduced bin! The green stripe mirrors my new comforter, the gold stripe matches the BM Decatur Buff paint in my bedroom and the cream stripe matches the BM Putnam Ivory of the bath. I had planned to use the same curtains that I put in the bedroom, but these are more water friendly and add a little zing to the bathroom walls. The paintings on the side walls (also by my MIL) were relocated from the bedroom. The antique corner shelving unit (from great aunt) was brought down from the bonus room. I purchased inexpensive white cotton towels, and hand towels from Wal*Mart to fill the spaces, added a glass globe full of hotel soaps and sponges, and topped it all with a room atomizer for a soothing spa look. Storage books from Hobby Lobby were added near my vanity. Sorry the photos are blurry. :(
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Curtains - $19.99 a panel ~ Rod - $39 ~ Paintings - FREE ~ Corner Shelf - FREE ~ Towels - around $20 ~ Books - $15 ~ Glass Globe and Soaps - FREE


The Master Bedroom (The gold hues in this room photograph horribly! Looks much better in person.)

Bedroom Before:
Lacked any style, softness, or elegance. Lamps were too small and the artwork didn't really match. Accessories were lacking. The previous comforter and bed skirt were made by me, dated, and way too heavy for sleeping. No matching shams. Before the rugs were added (pre-makeover) the room was cold and stark.
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Bedroom After:
I found a great deal on Faux Silk curtain panels at JC Penny with sales, additional store discounts and a tax free incentive. Then I found the rods and rings at Tuesday Morning. I found taller lamps at Hancock Fabric, and new gold shades at Ross. I did not like the wooden ball finials that came with the lamps, so I found some on eBay at a steal! The bedside table on DH's side has an added oil painting that I previously had in the bathroom. My side has a new plant. I bought a very cute hunting dog lamp for DH's chest of drawers, and Faux leather books to set it on. For my chest of drawers, I borrowed a painted piece from the living room, and used a napkin holder to dress up our sound machine.

My biggest bargain was finding three ornate frames, a beveled mirror and a Framed Tuscany poster (using it on porch) on Craigslist. The frames came with calendar prints that were not to my liking, so I came up with an idea. I wanted everything in the room to go with the Lowcountry theme of the Charleston, SC print we have hanging over the bed. I took photographs that I liked, and used my photo art program to transform them into a "painting" look. Then, I sent them off to Shutterfly and had them printed in 8 x10's. They look wonderful on either side of the bed, and over our chest of drawers, but I may buy some new non-glare glass for them.

Next, I used existing pillows, but added two more gold tone to the group. I used my old comforter at the bottom of the bed, and draped a gold table runner(matched the curtains exactly) over the bedding. The basket in the corner holds my pillows when I am too lazy to put them on the bed. The yellow, green and gold chair had to stay, but it blends well and has a matching pillow on the bed.

Lastly, the painted fireplace screen was brought in for the French doors. And, that's about it! Thanks for looking.

WELCOME
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Chris Madden Faux Silk Panels - $26 each ~ Rods - $29 each for short/$39 each for long ~ Bedside TableLamps - Don't remember ~ Lamp Shades - $4.99 each ~ Finials' - 2 for $4 ~ Hunting Dog Lamp - $17 ~ Storage Books - Various prices from Hobby Lobby/Ross ~ Frames, Poster and Mirror - $50 ~ Photo Art Prints - 3 for $10 ~ All the rest - FREE

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How to take two dollar store garlands and ....

posted by: zipdee on 12.09.2009 at 07:23 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Turn them into something. ;)

I'm sure a lot of you already know how to do this. You take two different kinds cheapy dollar store garlands, put them together and fluff. This is your base.

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Now .. take a stroll outside and see what type of evergreens you can get your hands on. Two different kinds is good, three or more are great. Clip a good bunch of each and haul back inside. Now clip them down to manageable size and start poking and weaving the clipping through your base garland.

Here I used white pine, two kind of boxwood and camilla which is all growing in my yard .. any greens will work though. You can see Santa's helper in the back ground clipping as I'm stuffing. Excuse the mess .. work in progress here.

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Now add what ever your fancy to perk up your garland, sky is the limits. I kept in the color scheme I'm using this year and fairly simple and used white, red and lime green berry picks from Dollar tree and some more Cardinals.

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And finished garland. $4 worth of base garland, $6 worth of picks and $6 worth of Cardinals which I'll have for next year.

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RE: disk crash (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: judithva on 12.18.2006 at 02:24 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Patricia43, well, not really a great "road map/reciepe" but like I said all the basics are there for anyone to copy, you just have to add your "personality". LOL

here's another earlier pic I had saved to my Photobucket, my newer ones are on a crashed disk. I already erased the new photos off my camera, and I removed this look off my table to do another look, Grrrrr, I don't know if I have the patience to bring it back out and set up since I'm trying to do my pink tree too.

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RE: Update - GR - TV Dilemna - PICS (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: teeda_2006 on 12.31.2007 at 01:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Oh yes, I really do love that black finish! Everytime I see a picture of a piece with the black/stained/gold finish I have such an urge to paint mine. Here's a photo--I posted a while ago for some painting advice and it was suggested that I leave it alone and live with it a while. I recently purchased the mirror (Tuesday Morning) and have tried different accessories, but I still think it needs paint. This was a Craig's List find, and it's really heavy and well made, but it's got that old 70's/early 80's finish which is heavy and too glossy for my taste. The top is especially in need of something--it's scratched and has some dings. Les has suggested a marble top (thanks, Les!)--now I'm revisiting that thought--maybe granite. I don't know. But yours I love!
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RE: Antique Dealers in Columbus, Oh Area ?? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: poshspace on 11.04.2007 at 06:24 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I live in Columbus--have been here approx. year and a half--my take on the antiques....
Westerville--very country
Delaware--a great mix
Springfield-lots of malls
DT Columbus--Grandview Merchantile in my mind is the best shop in the area--I hit it once a week--their consignment shop is called Renew
Grandview--several consignment shops off of 5th Ave--very hit and miss but would ck it out.
Powell--hit and miss (I actually have a little spot in an antique mall (Liberty Antique Mall).
Good luck..have fun.
Susan

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RE: Antique Dealers in Columbus, Oh Area ?? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: moonshadow on 11.04.2007 at 04:14 pm in Home Decorating Forum

If you like live auctions, see link below to Auction Zip, a good resource for auctions. You can check your area by distance from your zip code for upcoming auctions. Some of the best deals I've gotten on antiques are from auctions/estate sales, selling for a fraction of what they would at an antique store.

Just go to link below, put in your zip, set the distance in miles to search, and you'll get the auction lists. Then click on the auctions for photos (most auctioneers in my area put up photos the week or so before the auction). If it's furniture you're looking for, they usually highlight the good stuff and will have photos. Good way to get a bargain and spend a weekend afternoon ;)

Oh, almost forgot, there's a huge antique mall in Springfield, Heart of Ohio Antiques. '650 dealers from 20 states'. Have not been there but every time I'm going back home to OH I've wanted to stop (just too tired from being on the road all day). It's only about a 40 minute drive from Columbus.

Here is a link that might be useful: Auction Zip

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RE: Antique Dealers in Columbus, Oh Area ?? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: upa_lazy_river on 11.04.2007 at 03:33 pm in Home Decorating Forum

When I'm back home in Southern Ohio, Waynesville is the place to find lots of nice antiques. Also, Lebanon, if you are inclined to drive down there. We always fly into Columbus and Waynesville and other points south aren't that far, maybe 70 miles from the Columbus airport?

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RE: Antique Dealers in Columbus, Oh Area ?? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: xantippe on 11.04.2007 at 03:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Westerville has a couple of cute malls that I like to visit when I come "home" for Christmas. Delaware (just to the north up 71) used to have a very reasonable antique mall and may still, but I haven't been there in quite a while, so I am not sure.

Waynesville has many, many dealers, with some very high class antiques. It's about halfway to Cincinnati. I've posted a link below.

There are also bunches of malls heading towards Indiana on 70, but they're WAAAAY out.

Here is a link that might be useful: Waynesville

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RE: Antique Dealers in Columbus, Oh Area ?? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: seagrass on 11.04.2007 at 10:56 am in Home Decorating Forum

There are some nice shops in the Short North - one I like to visit when I'm back "home" in Columbus is on the west side of High Street, going towards OSU from the North Market (sorry I can't be anymore specific). It's fairly large. Part of it is an antique shop, part is a consignment store (I think). Anyway - stuff turns over pretty fast and I always see things I like.

Someday, just start at the downtown end of Short North and go all the way to the other (almost to 5th Ave.) You'll find some nice places - keep checking back with them.

seagrass

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RE: Framing around bath mirror (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: georgiagal on 06.28.2007 at 12:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I also did this several years ago at my old house in GA. I used the corner blocks & straight pieces of molding & no mitering..it was a piece of cake. Didn't have the plastic clips to deal with, since it was glued to the wall, but I just glued on the lightweight (not wood) molding to the frame with Liquid Nails (tape in place with painters tape to hold until dry). Worked like a charm. I did a crackle finish on mine, but you could do anything you want. I don't think they carry these corner pieces at Lowes anymore, but there are others to choose from. I'm planning to do 2 more of my mirrors here in something similar, maybe even aged black. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

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RE: Can we all get instructions for how to PHOTOSHOP??? Sqrlheav (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: moonshadow on 02.04.2007 at 08:28 pm in Home Decorating Forum

If you just want to "paint", I use both Ben Moore's CD and Lowe's (I just replaced prior version I had with newer one with the Seaside Retreat colors, software has more options now too.) Those don't require the user to be super PC savvy. Lowe's runs about $5, Ben Moore as high as $15 (ridiculous) but I've seen coupons for it free in decorating magazines around holidays (any holiday, not just Christmas).

For general paint/cut/paste there's always the free Microsoft Paint or Photo Editor that comes bundled with Windows platforms. Mac users, don't know what they get ;) A couple popular freebie photo edit programs (for cropping/cutting/pasting) are Gimp and Irfanview . I use Paint Shop Pro for doing cut and paste and some paint. Sometimes Adobe Photoshop Elements (the much less expensive version than regular Photoshop, 'elements' can be picked up at Sam's for about $80, compared to $800+ for the Photoshop full/pro software suite.) For exterior siding/windows/landscaping I use a freebie I got from a GC I do a lot of business with. It's from Certainteed. They stopped offering that software to the public free a couple years ago, but last fall I saw where they repackaged it and made it for sale to the public. I gave the link to someone here, don't have it now, but if you're interested, I could hunt for it again ;)

As far as getting instructions on how to use a particular program, best way is play around with and google for tutorials for whatever software you use. There are some great (free) tutorials out there. Other than that, it takes practice and trial & error ;)

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RE: pictures of green foyers (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: janet_ny2nc on 01.09.2007 at 04:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum

kabergs,

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What color would you paint this trey ceiling?

posted by: kygirl99 on 12.29.2006 at 01:48 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We have a trey ceiling in our master bedroom. We're painting the master bedroom Driftwood Beige, as noted on the below photo. The hallway leading to the master bedroom will be Beige Teflin, as noted on the photo.

What color should we paint the trey ceiling? It will have crown molding and rope lighting inside the molding. And should the non-trey part of the ceiling around the outside of the trey be a basic cream ceiling color, or the same color as the trey? Most of the side of the trey will be covered by the crown molding so I think one color will be fine for the entire trey.

Here is a photo showing all of the paint colors that I've picked for our house:

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Thanks!

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RE: What color would you paint this trey ceiling? (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: hollygolightly on 01.09.2007 at 10:19 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thank yall!
NewHomeBuilder, DH selected that chandelier for the foyer. But it was way too small--and not returnable--so it ended up in the MBR. :-)

Perky, the furniture is Clayton Marcus.

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RE: What color would you paint this trey ceiling? (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: hollygolightly on 01.09.2007 at 09:06 pm in Home Decorating Forum

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We've only been in the house 6 months, and this is as far as I've gotten. I'm thinking draperies might pull it together--or maybe just accessories and art.

I want to pull aqua and persimmon from the dearly loved painting (my two boys--not really, but it looked just like them). The painting might eventually move to a bigger wall, but I'm fond of seeing it first thing every morning.

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RE: What color would you paint this trey ceiling? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: newhomebuilder on 12.30.2006 at 10:05 am in Home Decorating Forum

So, with my bedroom ceilings, I have trey(triple) trays! LOL

Here is a photo of our foyer and dining room painted with the same wall color.
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In another house, we painted our daughters large bedroom, a light blue like the sky. Her walls were yellow. It looked great! My sister-in-law has painted her kitchen and family room ceilings a light blue with her khaki walls.

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RE: Please help with wall color---Please (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: newhomebuilder on 01.02.2007 at 10:33 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We have taupe chairs and went with darker blue/green walls.
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RE: Moving Tips (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: bowisc on 12.27.2006 at 12:01 am in Building a Home Forum

thanks for the congrats, totallyblessed.

Another tip is this:

If you're like me, and are a bit compulsive about a new home... line the wall to your staircase with heavy brown packing paper (use blue painter's tape), and also desgnate an area in each room where you want the movers to pile the boxes. Put down paper in this area as well, so you minimize dirt, scratches and scuffs from boxes, and dings from moving furniture. Your movers will probably bump your walls a little especially going up stairs, so keep the surfaces covered.

I plan on recruiting 2-3 friends for my move:
One will be checking off my list as boxes and furniture come off (boxes are numbered, and furniture has letters assigned to them).
One more person will be downstairs and another upstairs to direct the movers and look out for any damage to walls. As long as your help is discreet and doesn't get in the way of your movers, everything should be fine.

Keep a digital camera handy in case something comes off the truck damaged or gets damaged in the home.

Have cold drinks ready for your movers... make them feel appreciated and they'll go the extra mile to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible.

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RE: Kabergs, Come and see!! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kmcg85 on 12.20.2006 at 05:27 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thankyou. I really do like it and am very happy. No, I don't feel like I am in a submarine, lol! My DH would shoot me. He spent 11 years in the Navy in the submarine force! That would be torture for him, lol!
Actually, it feels cozy. But, I don't seem to notice it as much as you are imagining. I know it's painted, but it's not the first thing you notice. Hard to explain. I really think you (and more importantly your DH) will be pleasantly surprised. You already have you DR ceiling painted, so much of what I said you'll understand. I guess you are more worried about the green being dark or making the room feel dark? It doesn't. REALLY. It just feels comfortable. Your wood cabinets will look BEAUTIFUL! That's what I notice the most. EK was right, (once again) about the EG going so well with the wood. It really warms up the room. Sooo, I jumped in and I'm waiting for you! You will love it! :-)
Kyshine3, thankyou. The color is EK Edgewood Green.

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Kabergs, Come and see!!

posted by: kmcg85 on 12.20.2006 at 02:45 pm in Home Decorating Forum

The painter isn't finished yet, but I took pictures of what he did so far. Excuse the mess, I piled everything on the island. Also, the blue painters tape is still up. I LOVE IT!!!
How are things going with you?
Some pics are with flash, some are without.


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RE: what paint color is in your dining room? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: georgiagal on 12.12.2006 at 03:09 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Another Vesuvian Garnet (Kilz)...I keep forgetting we have the same red in our DR's, Reno Fan! It is a great color...I stole it from RedBazel.

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RE: what paint color is in your dining room? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: newhomebuilder on 12.12.2006 at 12:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

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It adjoins my foyer, living room and kitchen family, all of which have BM Decatur Buff. Here's a photo of the foyer and living room beyond.

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RE: Columbus folks-opinions needed (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: CoolGardener on 09.26.2005 at 10:20 am in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

I live at Highland Lakes!! (Actually, I'm moving there in December.) We lived there six years ago and liked it so much that we're moving back. I would pick Highland Lakes over Harrison Pond, hands down. Highland Lakes is easily accessible to Polaris Fashion Mall, not too far from Easton, and close to downtown Westerville, Worthington, and Powell which are all very good areas for restaurants, shopping, etc.

So, I noticed in another thread you bought a house. Just curious, which neighborhood did you choose?

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RE: Columbus folks-opinions needed (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: IWannaSell on 09.24.2005 at 11:14 pm in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

Highland Lakes is highly desirable. I have friends that live on both sides and they love it there.

I don't know anything about Harrison Pond except where it is, but it seems nice when I drive by, and since it's on the edge of New Albany it's in a pretty hot area.

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RE: help - relocating to columbus/new albany, oh (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Pashan on 12.04.2005 at 01:11 pm in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

Older homes, without any DOUBT WHATSOEVER! There is WAY TOO MUCH new construction to compete with in the Central Ohio area. It's hard to sell a home that's just 5 years old, because the buyers can just build a new one for the same price and pick the stuff they want.

Specifically:

Grandview is top dollar, but homes sell rather quickly. Good school, small-ish type tight-knit community.

Clintonville is nice, but Columbus schools (most of the "nicer" homes have children at private schools). Homes sell for top dollar and usually pretty quickly.

Gahanna & Westerville are both nice suburb communities with good school systems and close to New Albany. Plethera of new neighborhoods to choose from, as well as older communities. Gahanna is growing rapidly and becoming quite popular.

You need to talk with Erin (here on the board), she too just relocated to the area to work in New Albany...

Since resale is important to you, ask your Realtor to show you home sales statistics in all four of the areas you are looking into. Past trends are the best predictor of future events!

Good Luck!
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RE: Would you rather live in Columbus, OH or KC? (Follow-Up #49)

posted by: erinb007 on 09.09.2005 at 06:59 pm in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

Gloria, thanks for asking. I am fortunate in that I had a ton of interest in my FSBO and then found out I was getting a full relo package offering a 7% realtor benefit, so I have stopped letting people through, and have told them to wait until it goes up next week. With a relo company involved, it makes much more sense to use a realtor. It was a fun experience though!

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RE: Would you rather live in Columbus, OH or KC? (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: Pashan on 09.06.2005 at 07:15 pm in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

Andy, there are many safe areas closer to downtown than the burbs... Grandview/West campus is fine (think Victorian Village area). While pricier there is also German Village. Olde Town East is up an coming as well. Consider too the Westgate area (rumored to be the next Clintonville). Houses there are selling for list price in just days (list price is anywhere from 89-140k). Older homes, yards, parks, ect. St. Mary's area on the westside is also nice, safe, great yards, and affordable. You just have to open your mind a bit and consider all of the options. I could show you alot of places I'll bet you didn't even know exsisted!

I live in a 34 year old home on the West side and when I tell people where I live they say almost 100% of the time, "I didn't even know that neighborhood was there!" These are folks who grew up in this area and lived here all of their lives! Lots of great places to find, if you know where (or with who) to look.

There has been a huge construction boom, Erin and I have talked about that before. Like any other urban area, we are expanding outward. There are still fields, you just to go further to find them. And who said their aren't fields and cows in town...? You haven't driven down Sawmill between 161 and Bethel lately have you?!?! Cows and a field flanked by a subdivision to the south and a Home Depot to the north.

I think Columbus has since embraced it's "CowTown" image to market itself as a town or city with everything to offer. From professional sports, top notch collegiate athletics and education, rural living just minutes from urban high rises.

I came to Columbus 12 years ago with my parents who grew up in a VERY small NW Ohio village. My mother cried ALL THE WAY HERE because she said she didn't want to move to the city where everyone was unfriendly and cold. Sheesh - she couldn't have been more wrong (and she's the first to admit it). This town truly has a small town atmosphere and lifestyle if that is what you are looking for. That's why I love the oft-misunderstood "westside". Just a small community stuck in the city!

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RE: Desperately Seeking Help with Home Office! (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: georgiagal on 08.29.2006 at 07:33 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Deborah, when you mentioned a tight budget, I thought I'd show you what I came up with for my little home office. My space is in a "nook" off my laundryroom and is 6x9' total. I already had some black shelves that I bought from Ballard's outlet & then found other pieces that would work with them & fit my space. Got the black trestle desk at Target for around $199 and the bookcase from World Market for just under $200, so I have a great little workspace for not a lot of money. I don't know if you can gain any inspiration from my pics, but just wanted to show you what you can do for not a lot of $$. I bought baskets for the cubbies under the desk and I use them for storing printer paper, catalogs, etc. My printer/scanner sits on my desktop as well as the keyboard & monitor. This desk really has a pretty large work surface and could be used for spreading out papers too. The bookcase is great for holding other storage pieces too. My space is small & I know you're doing a whole room, but just thought you might like to see this too...just for some additional ideas! Here's a couple of pics:

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RE: Desperately Seeking Help with Home Office! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: deborahnj on 08.26.2006 at 08:28 am in Home Decorating Forum

Linley, I took a look at the site you recommended and there are several photos that caught my eye in terms of placement of furniture. I think I like these setups but again, just have no idea on actual furniture placement.

Also to give you a little bit more information. On the short wall by the door is the cable tv outlet. I would like to have a stand for the tv. On the solid long wall directly facing the opening is the telephone outlet which also would include the DSL connection for the computer so in terms of placement, I need to take this into consideration.

I should say that I am totally clueless when it comes to this stuff!! Again, I hope I have given enough information. I wish I knew how to use photoshop or another type program so that I could place items in the space and "visually" see what I need to do. I am totally visual and so struggle when I can't "see" anything.
This picture here most closely resembles the actual layout of the office in terms of window/wall placement and I also like this setup very much:
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So, here are additional samples that I liked that I could use for inspiration:

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Deborah

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RE: Desperately Seeking Help with Home Office! (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: linley1 on 08.28.2006 at 05:36 pm in Home Decorating Forum

As far as furniture arrangement, I'd say your best bet is to buy two tall bookcases (24"-36" wide) and then put a table,file cabinet, or credenza between them along the long end wall of your office. I would place your printer and desktop pc on the furniture piece between the bookcases. If you have a tower pc, you would need to get something that has sufficient space underneath to accommodate it. You could then get a large work table/desk which sits in front of the back wall as shown in the pictures you posted above.

It's going to be tough to furnish your office for $500. Craigslist is a great resource to pursue. Some other inexpensive alternatives which would stay close to your budget but a little over are:

This set from Home Decorators Collection called Oxford Home Office.It comes in several different finishes and has lots of coordinating items.

Ikea has a good selection of office furnishings especially if you like a more contemporary style.

Lowes has an inexpensive laminate closet line called Closetmaid Completions. Although designed for a closet, it can be configured for a home office by creatively using the components. I've seen this used on Clean House a few times and it was a nice clean look and comes in cherry, maple or white finishes.


closetmaid completions line at Lowes.

You could also check out Target and Office Depot or Staples.

Here is a link that might be useful: Closetmaid completions

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