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Afraid to ask...What should I do with my dining room?

posted by: gobruno on 11.04.2010 at 02:49 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Ok, I'm kind of afraid to ask this question bc of the amount of "work" it might cause me in my dining room, but I'm going to do it! We just moved into our new construction home in May. I painted all the rooms before moving in, and for the most part have been really happy with my paint colors, except for in my dining room. It just doesn't seem quite right. I also made the curtains for much of the house, including these, and so I'm wondering, is it the curtains that I don't like or the paint color or both? I'm mostly a red/yellow warm colors kind of person. I tried to do something different and go with a teal (which I thought would be a warm blue, if that makes sense). I have found that I actually like some tones of teal (like in the niche I posted a couple of weeks ago), and I'm wondering if I just didn't go with a saturated enough teal. So, I'm wondering if I should repaint a darker more saturated teal (like in my niche), or if I should go with a completely different color, like a golden brown. I thought I'd start with the paint color and see if I then like my curtains better. People who have seen the room have reassured me that it looks good, but you know how friends are... What do you all honestly think? How can I make it better? This is a room we eat in every day.

Here's the dining room (sorry about the poor quality photos):

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and here is the niche (see background color):

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Thanks!

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RE: Please put a name to this style (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: prairiedawnpam on 09.25.2010 at 10:29 pm in Home Decorating Forum

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This is an old photo of our living room, but it shows the shape of the windows. The sofa set is gone. It lost in the battle of his vs. hers furniture when we blended families.

The cotton muslin curtains that came with the house are yellowing and rotting in the west sun, so they must be replaced. We still have the black iron table set and the stained glass lamps. At the bottom, right-hand corner of the image you see that the love seat is sticking out past a short wall; its really only long enough for a chair, but its directly across from the tv and the fireplace is right next to the tv so that's a favourite sitting/laying spot. Behind the love seat is the front foyer.

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This shows you the set we are using now. I'm not stuck on keeping it.

Hubby has just jammed a small, ugly shelf next to the fireplace to hold DVDs. We need a small but attractive way to store them. The pics can be moved.
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The blue plaid Ethan Allan chair and foot stool are new finds and intended for my reading nook upstairs... unless I can make use of them in the living room.

I've done up the mantel but I have other objects that could go there once I've got the living room style together.

Next to the chair is a long wall that has no furniture against it now. We had an old sofa there once but its gone, too.
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Stuff we have:
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Slag glass hanging lamp... that I'm not sure where to put.

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Fairy statues and sconces are separate

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I could move these pictures to our bedroom; I know they don't really go with the black and white wedding photo above our fireplace... and I don't really have another spot for that wedding pic.

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Porch stuff we own
This iron mirror could go next to the fireplace. What do you think? I've had it on the porch in the past, but it will crack when it hits -30.

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Maybe this mirror would be better?

Thanks in advance for your ideas. I really can't put things together in my head without a picture or someone else's direction.

...Pam


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RE: What Have You Hung On The Walls In Your Kitchen? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: teppy on 01.20.2010 at 07:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

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Powder room paint color help puhleeeze

posted by: begoniagirl on 12.22.2009 at 06:40 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Am I nutty for wanting to paint this 5' x 6' powder room in a dark green like Farrow and Ball 'studio green' or 'green smoke'? Our adjoining foyer is Decatur Buff thanks to all of your suggestions. The ceiling of the powder room is Wilmington Tan because we had it on hand and the preexisting floor marble is cream. Or we could use another dark color, or wallpaper, or....?
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RE: 2009 Christmas Tree Pictures..everyone chip in! (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: lesmis on 12.18.2009 at 08:49 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Everyones pics are so wonderful, especially since it's snowing to beat the band and we are expecting 75 people at our house on Sunday...*sigh* I guess you can't fight Mother Nature!

Thanks Cattknap, I've been drooling over your transferware!

Oakleyok, love your wreath and here are the close-up pics of the mason jars. The second pic has the lights on our maple tree out back shining through the window. We put a ton of lights outside this year because of the party, my neighbor called tonight to say it looked like a winter fairyland! Since my husband nearly froze putting stuff out he was happy to hear that!

These jars were really easy, but I would recommend using LEDs if you decide to try it, or put less regular lights in them. The one on the far right has a tendency to go off and on as it heats up, but only the bottom inch or so of lights. We like to say that it's my dear departed Mother saying hello by making the lights blink since they are the only ones that do it, and my sister swears that her window candles go off and on whenever she enters a room and only started doing it after my Mother passed away 5 years ago!

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Kat :)

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I would like to assoc. you with your home soooo

posted by: pat_tea on 11.08.2009 at 08:23 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Would everyone post one picture of the room you spend most of your time in. I'll start. It is my kitchen because every other room is still under construction. I have a TV, commputer, love to cook. Just no bed or bath in it. LOL

almost finished kitchen

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hmmm (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: mllinden on 06.20.2009 at 07:52 pm in Home Decorating Forum

So you guys like the black? Would you keep the black and do the door red? WHAT does anyone think of doing the sidelights white and door red?

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RE: Hanging Plants : What the heck are coco liners for? :) (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: trailrunner on 05.08.2009 at 01:45 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I learned an important lesson on the liners and using them w/ baskets and planters. I will share it with you ! Take heavy plastic bags..I save all of my potting soil and mulch bags. Cut the bag and line the cocoa liner with the plastic. There is no need to poke any holes in the bag either. Evaporation takes care of the moisture loss. You will only have to water your new baskets and window boxes about one time a week rather than daily. Also the added benefits are....moisture stays in, soil stays in and most important the fertizer you put in does not leach out at such a high rate so the plants stay really healthy and you save money. So there you go. It has saved me a bundle in time and money since I started doing this. c

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RE: Best TopLoader - no agitator (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mara_2008 on 08.14.2008 at 01:44 am in Laundry Room Forum

The Maytag Bravos is rated #1 at Consumer Reports. Partly because of that, and partly because I heard so many good things about it both IRL and online, I purchased a Bravos set in May. (My dryer was on its last legs, too.) I ended up getting the 6700 washer and the 6400 dryer, as I didn't think I needed the steam feature on the dryer.

I *love* them both! They are far superior to anything I've had before (GE and Kenmore). The washer capacity is HUGE; at the time I bought mine, no frontloader was as big. Yet it uses less than half the water and energy my old traditional washer used. It cleans very well and I like the different cycles which enable me to wash everything from hand washables to king-size comforters; I also appreciate the soak cycle. The washer is ultra-quiet; I can barely hear it running, if at all. The laundry does not come out tangled, even sheets. Thus far, I've seen nothing but pro's, no con's. HTH

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RE: Need help to buy new large capacity TL agitator type for DW (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: washer_man on 01.03.2009 at 11:45 am in Laundry Room Forum

I should have thought of it before. The WTW6200VW Whirlpool Cabrio is probably the best fit for you by far. This is because it's exactly the same as the Whirlpool Cabrio Impeller washer, except that it has an agitator instead of an impeller, and it's a deep filling machine instead of an HE low water machine.

This means that it has all of the advantages of the high end Cabrio, and in addition, has the deep filling capability that you want.

Also, one other thing to mention is that you may notice that the Cabrio HE washer is rated at 4.5 cubic feet, while the Cabrio agititor washer is only rated at 3.8 cubic feet. This is actually quite misleading because the only difference between the two washers is the agitator and the impeller. They are actually about the same capacity, it's just that the Cabrio HE is rated with IEC capacity, and the Cabrio agitator is rated with DOE capacity. IEC capacity is the standard that's used to rate front loaders, and it inflates that real capacity to try and compensate for the fact that you can stuff more clothes into a front loader than you can with a top loading agitator washer. The problem with this is that there's lot of opportunity for confusion, and I'm betting that the 4.1 cubic feet GE washers you mentioned are actually rated with IEC capacity, which would mean that the Cabrio Agitator washer has quite a bit more capacity than the GE, if you measure actual wash drum volume, because 4.1 cubic feet IEC converts to about 3.6 cubic feet DOE.

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RE: Need help to buy new large capacity TL agitator type for DW (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: lulundave on 01.06.2009 at 02:32 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I have had the Cabrio 6200 agi for 20 months now and I am completely satisfied. You can set your own water level or let the auto feature sense it and do it for you. It holds a very large load and cleans very nicely.

I did start out with the Cabrio HE. I had it for 6 months. I personally was not pleased with cleaning performance and other features. I did trade it in for the Cabrio 6200 and have been very pleased for nearly 2 years now.

Hope this helps some.

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RE: Choosing a washer is harder than choosing a new car! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: cynic on 01.04.2009 at 09:24 pm in Laundry Room Forum

Although the Speed Queen is a great machine and well worth your consideration, I have a few suggestions for you to consider:

-Fisher & Paykal agitator versions, and actually, even the impeller versions. Very popular machines.

-Any of the Whirlpool basic machines are great value machines. These use multiple names (Maytag, Whirlpool, Roper, Estate, Inglis and probably more) and are all the same basic unit. Let's face it, for a couple hundred dollars and up, the investment isn't something to be scared of.

-Whirlpool Cabrio agitator version. Has some HE features but you can set water levels too.

-GE Harmony is made by LG and a very popular, large, HE machine. Expensive, but a reliable unit.

Difficult decision to make, I know. Glad I don't have to make the decision yet!

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RE: Large Family (7) Needs Advice on Getting Durable, Reliable Wa (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mara_2008 on 01.12.2009 at 09:40 am in Laundry Room Forum

I have a large family (6 people here). I bought a Maytag Bravos w/d set last year (washer is the 6700 model; dryer is 6400 model) and couldn't be happier. I haven't had any problems at all.

It has a HUGE capacity - 4.6 cu ft - which means I can wash at least twice as much in one load - sometimes 3x as much. I love it that I can wash so many sheets at once - and that I can wash queen- and king-size blankets, comforters, even sleeping bags!

All our clothes come out very clean, and the dryer does a great job of drying them.

The cycle times don't seem long to me - usually less than an hour to wash, and less than an hour to dry.

Because I can wash so much more laundry at once, I don't have to wash nearly as many loads per week as I used to in my conventional washer (and it was the largest on the market).

HTH!

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RE: Large Family (7) Needs Advice on Getting Durable, Reliable Wa (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: ebear1271 on 01.12.2009 at 09:00 am in Laundry Room Forum

We are a family of 6. When I got my GE Harmony we had 2 teenagers and 2 younger ones. The capacity is great and I've never had any complaints about how it washes. I don't care for FL's so the Harmony was a great compromise. It's an HE TL so it saves on water but it doesn't have a traditional agitator so it has lots of room in it.

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RE: we need a great top load washing machine and great electric d (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: appliance_researcher on 01.10.2009 at 02:11 pm in Laundry Room Forum

HI jmkelly! :o)

In my opinion, you're best bet is to get the Bravos MVWB800VQ model because that model has the built-in heater. I had a machine with a built-in heater (Danby) and another one without (Maytag compact FL) and I feel that the favor definitely goes to the one with the heater in terms of cleaning performance! I had old stains that I though would never come out on some clothes and they did when I washed them in my Danby when I would crank up the heater in it, sometimes without any pre-treatment! I ALWAYS have to pretreat any stain when washing in my Maytag 2400 FL and sometimes the stain STILL does not come out.

As for the lids on both models, I don't think that should be an issue you need to worry about for either machine, at least in my experience.

And based on what you are describing of your family, in terms of capacity the Bravos will very much suit your needs as it is the largest capacity washer on the market as of today. My grandmother has the older Bravos 6600 model and even that holds a TON of clothes!

And I've seen some reviews of the newer version of the Bravos with the built-in heater and so far they are glowing!!

Another machine to consider is the GE Harmony, which is also an HE TL, has a built-in heater and also holds an ENORMOUS amount of clothes. We use the Harmony in the classroom I work in and it is wonderful!

And as far as extended service plans, Home Depot offers a 4 year plan that covers everything as far as I know. I bought one along with the Amana refrigerator that I got for my grandmother for Christmas. Honestly, I did not research it as much as I should have but I knew I wanted to get an extended service plan for ANY appliance that I was to purchase nowadays.

But if I were shopping for a washer today, I would want to buy at Lowe's because I have heard mostly positive experiences from shoppers from Lowe's and I myself had a bad experience with Home Depot in the past but had no choice to shop at HD this time because they were the only ones who had this fridge (of course I found out later I could have the same fridge in Whirlpool format at Lowe's.......oh well!)

Anyhoo, I do hope this info helps! Let us know what you decide to purchase! :o)

Here is a link that might be useful: Maytag Bravos MVWB800VQ at Lowe's

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RE: we need a great top load washing machine and great electric d (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: mara_2008 on 08.26.2008 at 10:10 am in Laundry Room Forum

linkay42, does HD mean Home Depot? I bought my Maytag Bravos set at Home Depot and have had no problem with it at all. I read that the MTW6600 washer has a tendency to tangle laundry (although it seems a guy named Kevin posted here, saying his grandmother loves hers), which is why I bought the MTW6700 washer and recommend it. I've had no problems at all with mine.

I also wonder if installers are not installing them correctly, ir people are not reading the booklets thoroughly, or what. I would like to know what the returnees are saying about them. The reviews online and the ones I've heard IRL are overwhelmingly positive.

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RE: we need a great top load washing machine and great electric d (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: mara_2008 on 08.25.2008 at 03:29 am in Laundry Room Forum

From all I've read - and I did lots of research, both IRL and online before we bought our Maytag Bravos set - the Maytag Bravos MTW6700 washer is better than the Whirlpool Cabrio and Kenmore Oasis (yes, I know they're all made by Whirlpool) simply by virtue of being the most recent machine; therefore, the bugs have been worked out. Several guys who are supposed to know, including repairmen, have told me this. Just thought I should throw this info out there for people who are shopping, as I was back in the spring.

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RE: we need a great top load washing machine and great electric d (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mara_2008 on 08.19.2008 at 05:41 am in Laundry Room Forum

BRAND: Maytag Bravos (I got the washer/dryer set)
MODEL: Washer - MTW6700 Dryer - MTW6400
PRICE:

Got them on sale - about $1600 for the pair BEFORE rebates b/c they were on sale (Maytag offers ongoing rebates, so we also got a 2-year supply of Tide HE detergent and $100 back, PLUS Home Depot rebates - got delivery charge back and got a $225 gift card)
WHERE PURCHASED: Home Depot

WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM:

Washer: Everything! You mentioned washing for a large family; I do too. The washer capacity is 4.6 cu ft (largest on the market); it has no agitator which means I can wash king-size comforters, sleeping bags, etc; the settings are extremely easy to use; I like having many cycles, including Soak, Hand Wash, Bulky, Whites, Jeans/Colors, plus others; it uses far less water and energy than my old traditional toploading washers; and it spins laundry so well, it's not nearly as wet as it used to be when I put it into the dryer - unless I use the slow spin, as I do for delicates.

Dryer: Big capacity! 7 cu ft. Settings are very easy to use, and I like being able to use Wrinkle Guard on any cycle. Laundry dries in MUCH less time; the dryer usually finishes BEFORE the washer, so I can unload the dryer and then put more laundry into the dryer.

Hope this helps.

We have seen a big drop in our electric bill since we got these appliances in May. I highly recomend them.

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