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RE: Anyone else looking for crisp sheets? Part 2 (Follow-Up #67)

posted by: andee on 02.09.2014 at 02:19 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I've finally found what I consider to be crisp sheets and they are relatively inexpensive at BB&B especially with a coupon. They are even touted on the packaging as being crisp: "memorably refreshing, crisp, comfort". Wamsutta "The Perfect Pinpoint", 360 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton.

Yes, Patricia43, I remember those sheets, still have one set (full bed) rarely used, but now much mended. I will not give them up - they are the Holy Grail of crisp sheets. We'll see if the Wamsuttas stay crisp.


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RE: Help Picking out a Shade (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: rtwilliams on 12.23.2013 at 12:54 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I would put 2 inch horizontal blinds and neutral panels in a color similar to your wall color placed high and wide on the window. That will provide privacy and light control and make your window appear larger. Place the curtain rod 10 to 12 inches above the window and 10 to 12 inches to each side.

I love the Ikeas Aina Linen Curtains, they are $49 for a pair and come in natural, grey and bleached white. They are not lined but you can buy a liner for them if you need them to be room darkening.

I would not put sheers or red drapes.

this is a link from the "House tweaking" blog on curtains that should help you with your room.


Soft green and pretty drapes
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Window treatment ideas

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 10.09.2013 at 08:21 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I know there are a bunch who prefer bare windows, and they certainly have their place, but I really like window treatments both for their functionality and the warmth and sound softening they bring to a room.

Thought it might be fun to have a place to collect the good, the bad, and the unusual.

Printed shades

Banded with transparency above to let light in.

Capiz shell

Unusual use of shorty rods

Arched valance mimicking arch topped window.

Obscuring a suboptimal view.


2nd pic ... Semi-sheers over solid
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RE: Bed Sheets (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: k9arlene on 08.19.2009 at 10:44 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

In the August 2009 issue of Real Simple Magazine, they recommended sheet sets:

The winners were: Court of Versailles Palace Collection from Sam's Club; Living Home Luxury from BJ's Club Warehouse; Target Home from Target.

Runners-up were: Canopy Simply Solids from Walmart; Studio Wrinkle-Free Performance from JC Penney; Chris Madden Wrinkle-Free from JC Penny.


Sheets - percale
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RE: The wall behind the sofa-- what is yours? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 08.23.2013 at 02:03 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum


Coffee table like mine!
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And another picture (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 07.08.2013 at 11:13 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

not really sure about the pillows, had those already, I think I'm going to make (ugh, yes I just said that) some pillows for the settee.


Beekeeperswife rug
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RE: Does having a pet mean a smelly home? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: Fluffeebiskits1 on 07.26.2013 at 05:48 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Ditfo what Pricky said. I have a 8-lb maltepoo who never smells doggyy. Even if he plays outside the smell goes away after a few minutes. Granted, he's bathed weekly, eats premium food and biscuits, and has a caddy full of cologne, shampoo, sprays and wipes. Maybe its because poodles have hair and not fur... Dogs with food and skin allergies tend to smell sometimes, and usually need medicated shampoo or a special diet to remedy the smell.

If you are set on adding a dog to the fam, and who could blame you, just purchase a Lampe Berger. The oils smell wonderful and are amazing at totally eliminating pet and food odors. They're addictive though so be prepared.


Lampe Berger
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RE: Curtain rod for new bedroom (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: fripper on 07.17.2013 at 08:44 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Your "faded denim" color sounds pretty. Would you share brand and color?


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RE: Home Office Colors Help (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: tinan on 07.04.2013 at 12:16 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I really don't like Anjou Pear but I am not a yellow-green fan. Have you considered something really different fro the yellow like a blue? If you're tired of yellow why not really go for a change.

Our home office has BM Mexicana, a deep rich red. It's a strong color so we did accent walls with the other 2 walls in mascarpone (warm white). It is my husband's office, I don't work at home - he likes deep reds.

I personally love blue-grays and blues the best, I can see a nice blue or blue gray looking great in your office! We used BM Wedgewood gray in our bedroom which has east facing windows, and I adore it. It's so soothing and spa-like, not sure if that's what you want for an office but perhaps a more energetic version of blue or blue gray.

This is shortly after we moved in - with nothing on the walls yet, but it shows the color well. We have Ikea natural linen curtains which glow nicely and diffuse the light.


Nice red
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RE: What about your outlet covers? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lizzie_nh on 07.02.2013 at 10:59 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Boy I wish we could edit our posts.

In the event that you paint plastic covers, this is what I would do. I feel like I have painted every possible surface under the sun:

1.) Clean them well and let them dry.

2.) Using a small high density foam roller, prime with Glidden Gripper, which is AMAZING and will make paint stick to just about anything. It's possible you'll find the roller sliding around because it has nothing to grab onto, so you may end up using a foam brush for the priming step, but in the end the high density foam roller is key to a perfectly smooth finish.

3.) Paint one or two coats of finish color using high density foam roller.


Glidden Gripper primer for plastic surfaces - think bathroom mirror.
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RE: Antique/vintage chair folks - Is ithis a 'mongrel'? (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: my3dogs on 06.21.2013 at 07:10 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Hi, arapaho, and thank-you!

I use either Formby's Furniture Refinisher or Minwax Antique Furniture Refinisher, with 0000 steel wool. They are very similar products to me, which melt the old finish off. I don't sand after, so the patina of age (I think) is still there.

Both are messy, and this is NOT my favorite part of the project, but I will say when that first bit of gunky, usually very dark finish comes off and reveals the wood - now THAT is fun. Wear heavy gloves as the disposable ones quickly tear.

I see that neither product has outstanding reviews on Amazon, but if used correctly, they do the job, although it does require elbow grease. I have some old enamel ware plates, and I pour the product into one, and dip the steel wool in that. Then I scrub the piece, and the steel wool gets gunky from the old finish.

DON'T try to save money on steel wool or the refinisher by continuing to use the old dirty steel wool. Get a new piece of steel wool and some pour some clean refinisher and keep going. I use the other plate to put the used steel wool in.

A small piece like that bench used up half of my quart can, but what you see above doesn't even have any tung oil finish on it, which is what I use on these old things I re-do. You see that the scratched areas on the horizontal top band just get blended in, and almost disappear.

Chibimimi, thanks! I do love that fabric with the wood, but consulted my buddy in Chicago, Chijim, who posts here at times and showed him several other others, and asked his opinion. This was one of 6 fabrics that I laid over the top, and Jim was struck as I was by how it really looks great with the wood. It'll wear better than the silk, also. Not everyone's taste, but fun! And MUCH better than the 4 layers of fabric that I found under the faux leather top, shown below this pic.
The 2 oldest are tapestry types on the right, followed by 2 layers of very thin cotton, topped by the faux leather. It was like peeling an onion and each layer had slightly different nails holding it in place!

 photo CLbenchpotentialfabric061713_zps008dc583.jpg

 photo CLbench-5layersoffabric061613_zps86365c43.jpg

Here is a link that might be useful: Minwax 67300 Antique Furniture Refinisher, 1 Quart


Furniture restorer and tung oil
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RE: Making your home look sexy (without being obvious) (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: walnutcreek on 05.16.2013 at 03:16 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Judith, I loved the "bar" you created so much, that I used it as the inspiration to create one of my own.

 photo Acornerresize3_zps22f42d47.jpg


Neat bar
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RE: Need a paint color picked by Thursday (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mom2girls_2008 on 03.26.2013 at 12:23 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have BM Barley in my entry hall and BM Sherwood Green in my kitchen. I've been happy with it. This is the best picture I can find that has both colors showing. Hope this helps.
hallway photo 100_1685.jpg


BM Barley
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RE: (still) Working on that Darn Foyer! (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: grlwprls on 03.26.2013 at 05:54 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

It's Sherwin Williams 6620 "Rejuvenate" in Emerald - matte, flat (whatever they call it).

It's one down from Sockeye so maybe the folks at SW see it more in the salmon family than the coral family.


Lovely soft coral color
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RE: Need to figure things out ASAP! :) (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: anele on 03.19.2013 at 12:36 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Funky, you are such a sweetie. Your posts always cheer me up!

Well, I ran out to Home Depot. BM will be a pain to get to, even tomorrow, and tomorrow is my last day. Lowes is pretty far.

I picked three samples. Warm Terracotta, Cardamom, and some white that I can't even remember the name of.

Painted (poorly) some samples, right on the wall. DH does not like them. Says the WT (for the DR) is too red. Cardamom (for the LR) is too dark. I don't like the Whatever White. It is just boring.

I think I am going to stick with what I've picked because, honestly, I am about out of time and starting to feel like I do not care.

The Cardamom "goes" with the brick in the LR and is not such a contrast with the trim/bookcases, which is a good thing. The WT is lively and a little crazy, but hey, it's always like a party at my house. And, I would like some of my kids to eat more, so maybe it will inspire them to chow down seeing it in the DR.

Best of all, I want to be DONE.

Can only find a pic of WT online . . .courtesy of a GW, and I really like it.

Here is a Cardamom sample:

I don't love it, but hopefully with the right accents, it will be OK. It will be better than what's there now, anyway.


Behr Warm Terra Cotta
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RE: Canopy or no canopy? (Follow-Up #107)

posted by: KevinMP on 12.15.2012 at 05:36 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I'm finally just about finished. I just have to paint a piece of moulding to cap off the plaster/wood area from removing the loft bump out and pick up my tartan wool afghan from my parents' house over Christmas for the foot of the bed.

In my opinion (which is the only one that counts), it turned out better than I had expected. There's still the issue of what to do with the loft. That'll be the subject of another thread for another day. Enjoy, and thank you for all of your encouragement. (You'll see that I painted the ceiling off white (MAB Luxe Low Lustre custom matched), the trim a high gloss off white to match the rest of the trim from my first floor (a BM custom match in the Alkyd variety), and the walls red (Pratt & Lambert China Closet Red in Velvet finish (historic Williamsburg color. I also changed the bed orientation, changed the bed linens, removed the extra slats from the blinds, removed the bump out from the loft area (PITA), added a Library wall sconce from the Restoration Hardware outlet here in vintage brass, and changed shades to get matching ones from Restoration Hardware outlet (European Drum Shades in Goldenrod).)










I'll take some photos in the daylight. The day escaped me. I was working on the damn thing from 9:15 until 4:30.

This post was edited by KevinMP on Sat, Dec 15, 12 at 17:37


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RE: Canopy or no canopy? (Follow-Up #66)

posted by: KevinMP on 12.03.2012 at 08:16 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Someone asked for my dining room wall color. It's Pratt and Lambert Accolade Velvet Finish in Wythe House Gray (really a steel blue in person)--an historic Williamsburg color. The ceiling is inexpensive ceiling pant from Lowes that I had tinted light blue. The trim is an antique white I had color matched to existing trim by Benjamin Moore (it's BM Advance Alkyd, which creates a high, almost oil-based sheen but with latex).

Here's a better picture of the living room colors:




And the kitchen:







If you were wondering, the living room is Benjamin Moore Aura Matte in Phillipsburg Blue, the upstairs bedrooms and landing are Pratt & Lambert Accolade Velvet Finish in Weatherburn Tavern Bisque--another historic Williamsburg color. The bathroom and kitchen are both Benjamin Moore Aura Bath/Spa (a mildew resistant paint) in Matte finish in Mt. Saint Anne. The bathroom trim is Benjamin Moore Aura Bath/Spa in Matte finish in Dove White/White Dove (whatever it is). The kitchen trim was color matched by Sherwin Williams to the cabinet color, but it's MAB Luxe Low Lustre, which is the perfect sheen to match the cabinets and took forever to find.

The front door is Pratt & Lambert Accolade High Gloss in Velvet Red (believe it or not, I went though several reds and hated them all until this one, especially the Benjamin Moore ones). The exterior trim/shutters/windows are all Benjamin Moore Aura Semigloss in Jet Black. You already have pictures of those colors.


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RE: Reupholstering? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jamies on 03.02.2013 at 01:47 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

By "is it worth it?" do you mean "does one get a better outcome for less money"? I've found that you have to look at four things: labor, fabric, style/structure, and transporation, on a case-by-case basis.

For example, you could probably find new chairs similar to the ones you have sourced. But if you are going to use a very nice fabric, and you have access to reasonable labor, you'll do much better to shop for your fabric at discount and have it put on the craigslist chairs. With new chairs, unless you go full-out custom, your fabric choices will be limited. And maybe that's ok with you. If so, then I'd just buy new chairs.

To get labor cost, call an upholsterer. To get fabric cost, you have to do the legwork. Full price upholstery fabric can go from $25/yard to the sky's the limit.

There's some gorgeous Kravat mohair on ebay right now for $30/yd. That's 1/10 what you'd pay at the upholstery shop or to have it put on new custom chairs. Sometimes an upholsterer will charge more if you don't buy the fabric through him.

Here's an example of a yardage chart.


Yardge chart
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RE: Best place to shop for blinds? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: karezz on 11.12.2009 at 06:35 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Someone here on the board recommended

I saved $150 more than JCPenney's sale price on Levolor woven wood blinds. I wouldn't go anywhere else for blinds now.


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RE: WWYD with this bed? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: nosoccermom on 11.12.2012 at 11:03 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Keep it and paint it black; maybe even brass:


Here is a link that might be useful: bedrooms with antique metal beds


Love the look
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RE: Recommend your kitchen paint color (with pics!) (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: trailrunner on 08.19.2011 at 08:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have white cabs, a custom color made to match Blue Bell Old Fashioned Vanilla Icecream, soapstone counters and heart pine floors. I used an Olympic color, Thyme, and had it made up in BM Matte. I love the rich green and after 6 yrs am still very happy with it.

Baking area w/ 30&quot; deep soapstone countertop


Olympic "Thyme" walls
Cabinets special mix to match Blue Bell Old Fashioned Vanilla ice cream
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RE: Saybrook Sage in bath? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 10.04.2012 at 08:17 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

You can go really soft and light in an interior bathroom, even picking up on some yellow undertones to make it feel sunny. Our guest bath is an interior space so I painted the walls BM Hazelnut Creme. The colors for the bath came out of a watercolor of Lake Louise.

Upcoming project is to frame the mirror.

But that's most likely too close to the color you already have. You can go with the soft blues or greens, but what I really like for small interior baths is to go wild as I did in our powder room. I call it my wild a** bath. People either love it or hate it. It was inspired by Hunt's Lady of Shallot. All the colors were drawn from there. The walls are BM Adobe Orange, the ceiling is BM Soft Fern. The floor is an Italian porcelain tile done in a carpet pattern similar in color to the guest towel. Note that the mirror is hung from a wire attached below the mid point so it reflects the room, not the ceiling.


The walls are BM Adobe Orange, the ceiling is BM Soft Fern. It was inspired by Hunt's Lady of Shallot.
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Does anyone have black background drapes? Pics please!

posted by: fripper on 09.06.2012 at 12:08 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I've been looking for months for the right drapes or drapery fabric for my DR. Finally enlisted help from a decorator friend who suggested something with a black background - maybe like the one shown in attached photo. These would be side panels only. Would love to see pics if anyone has black or very dark background drapes with a pattern of some kind. Thanks a bunch.


Post about black background draperies.
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RE: Help! kitchen paint colors with oak cabinets (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: camarodreamer67 on 09.27.2010 at 09:34 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Current Kitchen

This is my old kitchen in my former home. I absolutely loved SW Copper Mountain with my oak cabinets and plan to do my current kitchen the same. My sister chose it and then when I moved, I wanted something different. I have always regretted it.


SW Copper Mountain
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RE: Improving color flow between rooms (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: cloudy_christine on 08.19.2012 at 12:35 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

See how your eye is led from the blue kitchen wall to the blue in the painting on the stairs in the yellow room? You're already making the links. (For me, a cooler blue on the kitchen walls would connect better, or a warmer blue in the painting; but with all our different cameras and monitors, we're always dealing with uncertain colors...)

I often realize that I've done this without consciously planning it. I sit in my rocking chair and have tea every afternoon. From the warm white and colonial blue dining room, I can see into my kitchen (yellow and natural cherry) and into my living room (pale melon walls, bits of dark greens, dark reds, medium tans). What's on the wall between those openings? Childe Hassam's "Boston Common at Twilight." It's just there because I like it and it fits there, but it works beautifully to link all three rooms.

So, I'd say, go with what you are drawn to, what you love, and notice ways to forge connections.


Nice color combination. Requested pics.
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RE: Improving color flow between rooms (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: trailrunner on 08.19.2012 at 11:42 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Several of the above descriptions are precisely what I did. I used the art and my Oriental rugs as the starting point. My wood work and trims are the same color in the whole downstairs. I consider the trim and doorways to be picture frames for the rooms. I also have an old home...1890. The doorways are large and you can stand in one area and see into the next rooms. I have 12 ft ceilings which also allows for more vibrant use of color and wide trims. All flows and all contents of the rooms can be moved/swapped into an adjacent room with no break in the color/design concept that I originally initiated 10 yrs ago. I have swapped the DR and morning room and it works very well due to the cohesive color scheme.

My walls were painted 10 yrs ago and 6 yrs ago ( different rooms) I have never tired of the rich, chocolate,thyme green, terra--cotta in multiple tones and a 3 tone yellow for the entry way and music room. Everything is tied together with the art work and rugs and the wood floors.

I will link to my album and you can view the areas if you wish. Great thread. c

Here is a link that might be useful: photobucket album , house pics


trailrunner's colors
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RE: Show me your decorative toss pillows - LR (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: cliff_and_joann on 08.17.2012 at 10:37 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I love, love, love, pillows....
I make most of mine...tapestries and needlepoint.
I have pillows on all my chairs, even my dining room chairs...

Here's just a few from the LR sofa and chairs.


Like the chairs
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Today's Scores & SW Sale in PA

posted by: TheFoxesPad on 08.13.2012 at 06:02 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Second time trying to post this.

2 things in this post:

1: If you are w/in driving distance to the Blue Bell, PA Sherwin Williams store - they are having a 40% of fsale this weekend in celebration of that stores 50th anniversary. It is that store only!

2. I stopped at a local thrift store today (okay - junk hole) to get a cheap to me wooden chair to paint for DS's room so that he can play w/ his guinea pig. I found a nice comb back style chair in their $1 chair pile outside. It needs reglued but that's what we do so it's no big issue. I wonder if he will paint it gold LOL!

When I looked up into their window I saw what appeared to be a large jute rug so I went in. It was a 7'x9' jute rug for $35! W/ my 25% off coupon I got the lot for $28 and some change!

When I was parking at home I spied some used palettes across the street. The really nice man helped me carry 2 over to my house to do this project in our shed:


Great idea for pallets!
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RE: Rug too big?? (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 08.11.2012 at 09:57 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

tx2nc I love your blue walls! The rug is gorgeous but I agree w/ the others- too small.

cottonpenny the two most recent ones were dcrugs and greatfallsdecoratorc but there are actually others I like better that I got rugs from last year- I will have to go back to my old records and find them. If you look at DCrugs, don't be put off by the prices. The most recent one, I put in an OBO for 1/2 of what it was listed for and they accepted. Every oriental in my house came from eBay.

Regarding the chandelier dimensions- I don't know. I am away for the weekend but when I return tomorrow, I will get you the dimensions and details :)

stinky-gardener, I am not a designer or architect. I am a writer and work in search engine optimization. I just really love decorating and design stuff!

The house is new (well, we closed in April '12). There are pics of the rest of it here ( if anyone is interested and hasn't seen them :)

We started w/ a basic floor plan from the builder and I added the conservatory, dog room and sun room, moved a bunch of other rooms around, took out an inside study and completely changed the structure of the kitchen. I designed all the cabinets and picked all the finishes, etc. (I actually made Photoshop mock-ups of the kitchen and all bathrooms and we worked from there and had some truly amazing people that were able to do exactly what I asked! The kitchen especially I think turned out JUST like the photoshop:



rug sellers on ebay
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RE: Color Help! What color is this???? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: my3dogs on 07.10.2012 at 07:06 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

tinan's comment about the Ryegrass looking gray brings up how important it is to look at a color in different lighting conditions. It actually has no gray tones IRL, but look at the last pic below taken at night, which would make one think that it does.







M3D Ryegrass half bath
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RE: my3dogs question (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: my3dogs on 06.09.2012 at 10:22 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

fripper, yes, it is vinyl and I got it at Home Depot. I LOVE it. I painted it my trim color, as it comes in pure white. My sister installed wooden beadboard and she likes mine much better.


vinyl beadboard - paint Behr Ryegrass
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RE: Color Question (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: bronwynsmom on 05.30.2012 at 09:28 am in Home Decorating Forum

I am a big advocate of subtle color in ceilings, and in your climate, with your creamy walls, I would consider a whisper of peachy color in the ceilings, particularly if your trim is bright white.

It's amazing how much warmth that subtle pinkness above you can bring into a scheme, even when it isn't noticeable as a color. Red and yellow are the parts of the spectrum that are missing in the cool wet light of the Pacific northwest, and so adding those tints back in can balance your scheme.

Two very pale, hardly noticeable peach tones are Donald Kaufman's #70, and Martin Senour's "First Bloom" MSW-27. For a little more noticeable peachyness, Duron/Sherwin Wms. "Polish Pink SW-7114 or "Pinkish" SW-7112 are worth considering.


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RE: Revere Pewter walls....what color ceiling (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bronwynsmom on 05.20.2012 at 01:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum

With gray, I have often used the palest possible hint of peachy pink on the ceilings. It warms the space up wonderfully, and picks up the rosiness in your pretty cheeks! I tried it to draw up the pink in the portrait, and it worked so well that I've used it in other projects since.

Here's an example from our old library (sorry I keep recycling the same old photos, but it's what I have to illustrate this one...). You can barely see the pink, but it's there! In the second photo, it looks much stronger than it looked in real life.
This color is called Peach Tulle, and I think it was Martin Senour. A similar one is SW 7117 Melon Tint.

Library fireplace

Library to front hall


gorgeous peach & gray combination
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RE: Paint color advice for two new bathrooms (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: caminnc on 05.17.2012 at 07:19 am in Home Decorating Forum

Went to parade of homes a couple of weeks ago and saw a drop dead gorgeous blue in a bathroom. EVERYONE was asking what color it was. The realtor looked it up and it's called Steel City #506-4 by Porter Paints. It's a beautiful blue-gray. Give it a try, I think it would look wonderful with the marbles.


Blue gray from Porter
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Keep at top - How to post pictures here!

posted by: nanny2a on 03.06.2012 at 05:23 pm in Home Decorating Forum

This thread will describe how to post pictures from a photohosting site, from a PDF file, or from some other location on the web.
First, though, where are your pictures? If they are on your computer only, you will need to upload them to somewhere on the web for the rest of us to see them. I upload pictures to PhotoBucket, but there are other photo-hosting sites available. For example: Picasa, Filckr, Webshots, Snapfish.

Open an account w/PhotoBucket or other photo hosting site.

Take a picture using a digital camera (or film camera, but get your pictures on a disk when they're developed & download them to your computer)

Resize your pictures so they're not too big, generally no more than 400x300 (or 300x400)
Resize keeping the same proportions so they don't get distorted...i.e., don't specify a specific size, use %-ages or similar

[You can also often resize pictures at your photohosting site, but it's faster to do it on your computer]

Upload your pictures to your photo account

Find the label that contains the HTML Code link to the picture and copy it

Paste it into the thread's "Message" box (< Ctrl >< V>)

Click the "Preview" button.

You will now see the picture.


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RE: Before and afters of my Magnaverde painted wing chairs. (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: dlm2000 on 04.21.2012 at 09:45 am in Home Decorating Forum

Looks great, Becky - love the nail head trim that MR suggested

Here are the instructions from Magnaverde followed by a picture of his sofa:

"Forget all that nonsense about teensy bottles of expensive paint medium from the crafts store. You don't need anything more than regular latex semi-gloss paint--and a lot of guts. I found a beautiful Baker Chippendale camelback sofa, with cool curved arms and a fat down cushion, but it was covereed in a hideous glazed chintz in the ugliest colors I ever saw. I found some great yellow wool damask to reupholster with, but it would have cost me $3OOO for the job, so I painted my sofa instead.
Everyone freaked out when I told then the plan, but it worked. I was planning on painting my room dark green, so I decided to go with the red leather look. First, I painted the whole thing with bubblegum pink semigloss latex paint, using the widest foam brush I could find, and brushing it on in long strokes front-to-back and up + down. Think of that as the primer coat. I let it dry 2 days, and sanded it super lightly with fine-grade sandpaper to get rid of the burrs--there were a lot. When I couldn't feel any more sharp things, another coat of paint, spread thin. Dried and sanded again. Then spread--with my hands--a thin coat of raspberry red semi-gloss paint I had deadened a little with brown to make it a little less vivid. Because it was a deep color, there wasn't much white filler in the paint, and it was almost like a glaze or stain, instead of paint, which is just what I wanted anyway. I just smoothed it on, like suntan oil, and worked it into the pink paint. I let it build a little thicker at the back, on the inside of the arms and at the back edge of the loose cushion, so that the paler, thinner red took on an air of wear at the high points. I let it dry 2 days, then CAREFULLY sanded the few new sharp things, and touched up those spots with my fingers. I let it dry 2 days, then waxed the whole thing with regular paste wax. After it was dry, I polished with a soft cloth, then dusted with talcum, and vacuumed it all off. It was a little stiff the first few days, but now it not only looks like red leather, it feels like it.
This worked great on glazed chintz, and probably would work on any smooth fabric, except that some may have more burrs and therefore require more sanding, but I wouldn't try it on anything with a heavy texture. And no, the paint doesn't come off. And it's not stiff, either. Think about it--it's latex paint, and essentially, that's what's in those little bottles of fabric medium."



Magnaverde's instructions to paint fabric furniture.
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RE: BM Palladian Blue? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: CCinTX on 01.15.2012 at 02:08 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I know it's not a Benjamin Moore color, but have you seen Behr Silver Sage? It borders on a soft, blue-green gray. Your could have it mixed in BM. Home Depot has huge samples of it. Also, I've seen Sherwin Williams Rainwashed in a bathroom paired with a Relaxed Khaki ceiling, and a soft white crown molding and trim that was absolutely gorgeous. They had a limestone colored countertop. It was very pretty.


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RE: BM Palladian Blue? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: sueb20 on 01.14.2012 at 08:53 pm in Home Decorating Forum

All are nice blues, but if you want "subtle" I recommend Quiet Moments or its next-door neighbor, Healing Aloe. In my beach cottage I have Quiet Moments in the den/TV room and Healing Aloe in a bathroom, master bedroom ceiling, and closet. At home, I have Quiet Moments in my DS' room. I love Quiet Moments, but in my master bath I LOOOVE the subtlety of the Healing Aloe.


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RE: my 'vintage + cottage' blinds are up! (pictures) (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: tinker_2006 on 03.11.2012 at 08:56 am in Home Decorating Forum

thanks everyone again, yes work in progress, the countertops are soapstone!

Marita, the color is actually a Valspar color (paint is SW) and it is called Mellow Sage.

I purchased the Blinds from There were a few good companies on the internet, but this company had a color that matched my trim the best, and in their own brand, so I saved from buying a name brand.

So.... maybe I don't need a valance? I'll live with just the blinds for now!


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Where do you keep all your 'stuff'?

posted by: baileyandbella on 08.24.2011 at 11:44 am in Home Decorating Forum

Stuff like...mail, receipts, stuff, stuff and more stuff....LOL

I try and try to keep this area organized but it still just gets messy. It's always been on our kitchen counter, which I hate, but not sure where else to put it, we have a rather small home.

Where and how do you organize all your stuff?



Organization ideas
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Yikes! How I solved my Ceiling Color

posted by: leahcate on 04.25.2011 at 11:37 am in Home Decorating Forum

I re-titled this and re-posting since original title was confusing. Hoping my experience will help others:

Because of help I received, I wanted to tell you the results of my ceiling color dilemma. As funcolors and others had told me, taking paint "down" does not necessarily result in the same 'shade but lighter'. It did work this way in the downstairs. All were painted in the same pastel shade as the walls, and the effect there is LIGHTER ceilings. However, on my MBR tray ceiling, this was not the case. The ceilings appeared a shade or two DARKER.
Soooo, I screwed up my confidence and courage, spent time studying the fan deck and chose ceiling colors for all the ceilings(4 bedrooms and bathroom) Oh, except for the bm Pallidan Blue room which has it on ceiling and walls...lots of white wainscot makes it work especially well there. My fav is the apricot wall with a pale similar on ceiling...yummy.
I apologize for not having pics. Keep saying one day I will get on board with that! :>/ Just wanted to say thanks again to FC and all who chimed in on this! I feel much braver now re. choosing colors. Having a fan deck is key. After choosing a couple, I even stopped testing samples on wall!
Hope the telling of my experience helps others with this dilemma.
For fripper: the apricot color is Fresh Apricot with Candle Glow on ceiling, by Dunn Edwards ( primarily a Ca. company, I think) The apricot looks a bit like slighter paler melted orange sherbet.


APRICOT PAINT COLOR - Dunn Edwards "Fresh Apricot" with "Candle Glow" ceilings
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Restoration Hdwr Butter - Perfect Soft Yellow!

posted by: fripper on 04.23.2011 at 09:05 pm in Home Decorating Forum

A few days ago I found this color in a pic that was linked through one of your posts. Bit the bullet today and had Sherwin Williams mix it up for me, as had the other poster. I will have to say it's a lovely soft & subtle shade of yellow - no green undertones at all. Also, love the nice large sizes of tester paint SW mixes up. Anyone looking for a nice soft yellow really should consider this one.


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RE: Slipcovers - Advice needed - White or Natural? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: suero on 03.20.2011 at 11:34 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Step 1:

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This copies the HTML code into your clipboard

Step 2:

Paste (Ctrl-V) the code into the message box.

Step 3:

Press the Preview Message button. You should see your picture.

Step 4:

If everything looks good, press the Submit Message button to post your message. Otherwise, edit the contents of the message box until your message is to your liking, preview and submit.


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Hard time keeping Stainless steel Appliances clean?

posted by: PJalst on 12.13.2004 at 07:45 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

I after trying to clean my stainless Steel refrigerator with numerous cleaning products, I think I've finally found a winner. A product call "Zep" foaming citrus cleaner & degreaser works the best. After using other products, I found that they still left visable fingerprint smugges and streaks. Zep even cleaned better than a product that was specifically marketed as a stainless steel cleaner. I don't know where they sell it, my wife picked up a can in our neighborhood dollar store. They don't usually carry it.


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