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RE: how to design a new home (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: jimandanne_mi on 03.10.2008 at 07:06 pm in Building a Home Forum

A big "second" to "Patterns of Home" mentioned by blindstar. It is a wonderful, most helpful book, and I referred back to it many times while designing our house, as well as Sarah Susanka's very practical "Not So Big Solutions."



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whose kitchen is this?

posted by: thedinos on 03.08.2008 at 11:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saved a picture of this gorgeous kitchen and can't for the life of me remember whose it was.

It doesn't seem to be on the finished kitchens blog yet, or at least not under the obvious categories.

Among other things, I'd love to find out the wall color.

carrara island with black base

sink and stove

soapstone skin


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RE: MY turn to ask for pics-- subway tiles with colored grouts (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: kgwlisa on 03.09.2008 at 04:04 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Are you saying my bathroom tile layout is a shame?

As I said, the house is 120 years old. Many major corrections were made for things being out of square, level and plumb but at certain places it just wasn't possible because wall thicknesses for windows and doors had to be maintained. That wall is the back wall behind the toilet. Here is another shot. Please, tell me how this would drive you nuts, unless you spend a hell of a lot more time bowing before the porcelain god than I do. That's pretty much the worst spot in the entire bathroom. A slightly less bad spot (out of square by a quarter inch across 6'6") will be behind the freestanding tub. Everything else is really remarkably square given the age of the house and what we started with.

Sorry for the slight distortion, it was taken with a wide angle lens.

The three sides that you can actually see without being on your knees with your head in the bowl are perfect. Tile guy has now come back and spent a couple of days meticulously cutting individual tiles to fill in around the edges of the room. I don't have an updated picture as the majority of the floor is under paper and it hasn't been worth it the time to take new pictures.

The first pic posted was taken before grout. I used mapei warm grey on the floor as well - I prefer the more subtle outline of the pattern.

Maybe before you insult someone else's bathroom you should take the time to understand what you're looking at.


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RE: MY turn to ask for pics-- subway tiles with colored grouts (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: jejvtr on 03.09.2008 at 08:49 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Oh, my so glad I checked in here - An opportunity to help Bill V - oh happy day - gee the smidgen I can pay back pales in comparison to all your help but anytime my friend, anytime

Mapei silver


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Finished Kitchen Photos!

posted by: alywa on 03.07.2008 at 04:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

First of all, thank you to all of you who helped answer questions and share ideas along the way. This is a very valuable community, and you all made the process a lot easier.

Rather than post a big section of before / after photos, I'll just post the finished product pics... there was so much demolished / rearranged (walls, stairs, doors, basically everything) that true before / after photos are difficult.

The stats:

6 months from start to finish (Concurrent with an extensive whole-house renovation)

Cost: 15% over budget (has anyone ever made their budget???)

Range: 48" Electrolux Icon
Hood: 48" Best By Broan, In-line blower, baffle filters
Fridge: 36" GE Monogram, Bottom Freezer
Oven Stack: Advantium 240V (Monogram), 30" Monogram WD
DW: Jenn-Air (The only appliance from our old kitchen, had to buy it prior to renovation due to the death of the vintage Hobart DW)

Butler's Pantry:

Existing Frigidaire Top Freezer Fridge
Black GE Dishwasher
Frigidaire Front-Loading Washer / Dryer

Cabinets: Custom, locally made Maple

Countertops: Granite... "Copper Green"

Sinks: Pegasus "Granite" (Made by Blanco for Home Depot)
Insinkerator Evolution x3
Faucets: Delta (various types depending on sink)

Kitchen Overview

Display / China Hutch

Fridge / Range

Electrolux 48

Kitchen Overview

View from Entry #1

View from Entry #2

L-Island / Prep Area

Oven Stack / Computer

Fridge / Walk-in Pantry

Walk-in Pantry

Butler's Pantry

Butler's Pantry / Laundry

Laundry / Folding Table

Butler's Pantry

Built-in Ironing Board

Instahot / Faucet / Purified Water Disp.

Whew... that's a lot of pictures! If anyone has any questions or wants any reviews of the appliances / plumbing let me know!


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Finished (for now) kitchen photos - modern victorian

posted by: mrslimestone on 02.24.2008 at 12:46 am in Kitchens Forum

I posted my soapstone photos a few weeks ago but Im finally getting around to posting finished* photos. (*I'm not truly finished as I still have to get glass shelves made for the upper cabinets, get a window treatment and put in that missing lightbulb but lets call it finished for now)

Finished kitchen
Finished kitchen

Thanks everyone for tremendous resource this board has been! Its so helpful to have a panel of experts there 24/7 at the ready.

Here are all the specs
Cabinets: Plain & Fancy, Kent Door, Buttercream Color
Appliances: GE Cafe Microwave, Range & Dishwasher, GE Profile French Door Fridge
Countertop: Black Venata Soapstone from MTex
Backsplash: Vintage Subway tiles from repurposed from original bath elsewhere in my house
Pendant Lights: Hinkley Knickerbocker
Undercabinet/In Cabinet Lights: LED ewCove 12 in strips
Sink: Shaw Fireclay
Faucet: Rohl Country Bridge in Polished Nicel
Paint on wall: Woodland Snow by Benjamin Moore (flat)
Paint on trim: Bone White by Benjamin Moore (Semi)
Paint on Ceiling: China White (flat)


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Finished Marble Parlor Bathroom

posted by: mrslimestone on 03.02.2008 at 07:44 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Im back to share another finished room. Hard to believe Im close to being done with my reno.

Anyway - here it is. The photos are a bit off (not sure what Im doing wrong when taking them) but the photos make the room look much darker and greener than it really is. In person, its a lot more serene of a scheme.

It has three bulbs (two at the mirror and one on the ceiling) and its really bright. The carrera marble is a blueish grey and the wall is a greenish grey.


Specs for those interested
-Carrera hex, subway tile, victorian rail and base
-Kohler Memoirs Toilet
-Porcher Pedestal sink & faucet
-Pottery Barn Mirror, Sconces, Shelf, TP holder, towel bar
-Colors : BM Gray Owl on wall, polished nickel finish on fixtures
-Clawfoot tub is original from my house (resprayed interior, painted with aluminum paint on exterior)

Thanks again for all the help and inspriration the regulars on this board have provided. This site was such a helpful resource throughout my reno, I really don't know how anyone renovates WITHOUT it.

PS: Yes I know the door swings the wrong way. Big oversight on my part but oh well.


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RE: Pictures of my almost finished off white kitchen - 2 question (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: catsam on 03.01.2008 at 08:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello Everyone: I took a snapshot to highlight my concerns as I don't think I was clear enough in my initial post.

Here's a close up of the valance (in the specs it should have been flush with the doors to give it a framed look):


End of Cabinet Run: the toe kick is recessed and I wanted them to finish it off:

To answer some other question:

- Kitchen Cabinet/Wall colour - Benajamin Moore - White Down (CC-50)
- Island is a stained maple (colour: Brown Mahogany)
- Floor is red oak, 4 inches wide (stain name is Antique Brown from Dura Seal)
- Countertops: we chose Calcatta Marble for the perimeter and Antique Nordic Black for the island - it looks honed (see picture below)


- All that's left to do is pick the knobs (I want to go with glass knobs for the uppers) and satin nickel handles for the drawers) Any thoughts/suggestions? I love looking at knobs/handles -- is that weird?


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RE: My staircase runner was installed this afternoon!! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: kitchenkelly on 02.28.2008 at 11:12 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Deb, I am so glad you saw the pic. I attached a site where I have more pics. (I don't want to post pics here because I think people are sick of them. I am very needy I think.) I don't think the installer thought I was weird that I had a pic. I did my research! Thanks again!

Hi squirrelheaven, Mine is a wool loop pile? (I just googled it.) I wanted something that would be very durable and a low pile because of the hounds. My dog Buddy is so relieved that I got carpet on there. He fell a few times and was nervous each time he came down the stairs. We did a few victory laps tonight.

prairiegirlz, turquoise? I think we will need some pics, please. It is called california roll (vs waterfall.) I don't think I went bold. It is pretty close to the stair stain. lol.

As far as the cost, I don't mind. The serging of the sides was $125 and the installation was $165. I can't remember the cost of the carpet but it wasn't inexpensive. I needed a 12 by 6 piece. I want to say $600? Anyway, I tried to find a remnant but didn't have any luck. Which is good because I really like what I picked out.

Thank you!

Here is a link that might be useful: FR


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My staircase runner was installed this afternoon!!

posted by: kitchenkelly on 02.28.2008 at 06:52 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I really like it. BIG, HUGE thanks to Deb (aka dlm2000.)

Deb, you were so helpful in all of this. You have no idea how much I appreciated it. I actually printed out your staircase and gave it to the installer and said, "It needs to look like this."

Sorry for the bad pics, the staircase is right in front of the entry door. (My grand foyer is 3 feet by 6 feet.) The only way to get a better pic is to stand outside and it is snowing like a dickens.)




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RE: dlm2000....Can you tell me about your staircase runner? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dlm2000 on 10.28.2007 at 10:03 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hi there kk! That's very sweet of you, and sure you can have my runner.......let's make a deal ;-)

Seriously, I looked through my house receipts and can find all kinds of things but nothing on that runner. I can easily call the store I bought it from tomorrow and chances are good they'll have a record since it's a small local carpet place.

What I can tell you is that it's carpet I had cut and bound, not a premade runner. I wanted something that would be easy care - no vacuum or foot marks allowed in my life! It's been down 3 maybe 4 years now and it's perfect. I went with a place I'd done business with for a long time because if it had been bound or layed incorrectly it would have looked horrid. The carpet has a strong linear aspect and the binding HAD to follow exactly or it would look crooked going up the stairs.

There is a rectangle of padding on each tread but none on the risers or stair lip. There are 2 methods of installing runners - waterfall and this one, which I can't remember the name of, of course, but will ask. Waterfall runs over the stair lip and goes down on an angle to the point where the lower tread and riser meet then is stapled there, goes across the next tread and repeated. That method seemed an invitation for dust and dog hair to collect in the open angle of space between the carpet and the riser. The method I chose runs across the tread and over the lip then is stapled tightly under the lip, goes straight down the riser and is stapled at the tread/riser junction. Does that make sense? I can get a close picture of mine if you need it. It's more labor to do it this way but I think it's a cleaner, more tailored look.

The runner was made in 3 sections, if I remember right. That's what worked well with the carpet width and the runner width I decided on. I also had a piece bound for my entry.

Carpet going over stairs, and especially with this install method, has to be good quality and a tight construction or it will "smile" as it goes over the edge of each stair and you'll see the binding - not a good look!

If there's anything else I can find out for you let me know. I'll try and call tomorrow and get the specs but I also have to do a real estate tax appeal so it's possible I may not get to it till Tues.



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RE: dlm2000....Can you tell me about your staircase runner? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: kitchenkelly on 10.28.2007 at 07:18 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thanks for responding Deb. You are so nice for looking into your receipts for me and giving me so much info. You don't need to contact your carpet place because I think I have enough to go on.

I figured it wasn't a pre-made runner but couldn't tell for sure. The idea of having rectangular pads on the treads makes so much sense. I think that really gives it that tailored look. No waterfall for me, either.

I think my next step is to ask around to find a really good local carpet place (seems like the installer is the key) I may go with a solid but I LOVE your linear look. And the color.

Thank you so much for your help. Do not worry about getting me more info. You have been a great help and inspiration.

For anyone who is wondering what I am talking about, here is a pic of Deb's (dlm200's) runner. Isn't is classy? (Hope it was OK to post your pic, Deb.)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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Try_Hard's granite layout experience (lots of PICS)

posted by: try_hard on 02.27.2008 at 01:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

GW Kitchen Forum - I am almost 5 weeks away from closing on my new construction house. Here is a description of my granite layout experience, which occurred last Friday. This is actually copied over from my personal blog and written with the assumption that my friends and family are reading it, therefore, I speak with a familiar tone and as if my audience is uninformed about granite. You will also recognize that I used a picture of Theresab1's island granite to explain why people attend their layout session. I hope that's okay - if not, somebody speak up and I'll delete the picture.

My granite yard calls my granite "Golden Mountain" but if you google that nothing comes back, so maybe that's just their own name for it. It's 3cm.

Perhaps this post will help those of you with upcoming layout appointments feel better prepared or know what to expect.


Last week the granite people went to the job site and took all the countertop measurements and made wooden templates for the granite and quartz countertops. Today, they brought our granite slabs into the fabrication shop and marked them (according to the templates and measurements) for cutting. They call this part "the layout".

I learned on the GardenWeb Kitchens Forum that it's quite common for people to attend the layout session to work with the granite fabricator to decide the layout. This seems to be particularly popular with people who buy granite that has highly varied patterns and colors and lots of movement. And that certainly describes our granite! I asked Granite-Saleswoman-Donna if I could attend the layout and have a say-so in the plans and she said I could. So this morning I went to the granite shop and worked with Granite-Layout-Guy-Jason to mark the slabs. It took longer than I expected so I ended up using a few hours of vacation time for it, but it was worth it.

I mentioned our granite having lots of movement. Basically that means it has big swirls or large changes in color; the appearance is not uniform or consistent. If you buy granite that has less movement it will be of uniform color and/or pattern and it probably doesn't matter how the layout is done because the whole slab looks the same. For example, here is a close-up picture of a popular granite called New Venetian Gold:


Typically, the whole slab looks just like this. So it usually doesn't really matter from which part you cut the countertops since they will all look basically the same.

But if you go with a granite like this one (Azul Macaubas):


Then you would definitely want to be present at the layout to be sure the granite guy selects your favorite piece/section for your kitchen. Since our granite looks like this:

We definitely wanted a say in which sections and slabs were used in our kitchen.

Our kitchen and butler's pantry will use 2 slabs. One slab is used for the island (48-1/8" x 108") and the other slab will be used for the wall cabinets and butler's pantry. Here is the measurement sheet for our granite:


Both slabs were stored outside last night so they were wet and lightly coated in ice when we started the layout. Granite-Jason uses a white-out pen to mark the slabs and then applies duct tape and stickers to identify measurements, piece location, and edge type. Tape doesn't stick to icy, wet granite so Jason used a hairdryer-thingy and then a small blowtorch to heat up the granite enough to sweat out all the moisture. Here you can see him using the blowtorch.


The wooden things are the templates for the cooktop wall. After much discussion, we decided this was the best place to position the cooktop wall because it included alot of the clear and amber quartzite chunks we liked and the seam, which will be under the cooktop, should not be too noticeable. Here is a close-up of the sample, which shows the clear and amber chunks:


The granite is sitting on this tilting, lifting table:


After he dried the slab we spent about half an hour placing the cooktop wall, oven wall, and butler's pantry templates.


Here is the final, marked-up slab:


And on this one I drew pink lines to show you which sections will be used. The left one is the butler's pantry, the top, small one is the oven wall in the kitchen, and the two on the bottom right are the cooktop wall. You will notice we did not use any of the salt-n-pepper looking stuff on the left side of the slab - we don't like that as well as the other sections.


After finishing the first slab, they moved it back out to the yard and brought in the island slab.

I didn't get a picture of the final markings on the island slab but it will basically be like this. The smaller pink rectangle in the sink.

If everything goes according to schedule, the pieces will be cut next week and installed on Friday, February 28...



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RE: Bright White and MORE ?'s (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: organic_smallhome on 12.30.2007 at 10:00 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm not a big bright white fan myself. For a pure white, however, I really like BM "Simply White." For creamier white, I think Farrow & Ball's "Pointing" is gorgeous. I hope gwendolynne doesn't mind, but I've added a link (from the "Gallery" side of the forum) to photos from her home, in which she used "Pointing" for her trim work.

A really lovely and creamy not-quite-white is California Paints "Jewett White," which I used for the trim in my dining room. Here's how it looks most of the time:


In a darkened room:


And in brighter light:


Here is a link that might be useful: F&B


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RE: What color is in your entry and hallways? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: gwendolynne on 12.20.2007 at 02:50 pm in Home Decorating Forum

It looks like warm colours are most popular for entries!

I guess mine is a bit different, since it is a gray-blue (Farrow & Ball Light Blue). The hallway beyond and up the stairs are a yellowy cream (Farrow & Ball Farrow's Cream).

Some of these pictures are weird angles and not recent, but they show the different colours (apologies to those who have seen these over and over!).

Part of the view straight ahead when you walk in the door:


Foyer colour:


Foyer and hall/living room beyond:

Heading up the stairs:


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RE: Help! I don't want window treatments (6 pics)... long post (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: allison0704 on 01.07.2008 at 05:55 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Do not get solar screens or roll-ups. We had them at the beach (south and east facing penthouse - lots of windows) and I wouldn't wish them on my closest enemy!

We had Llumar window film put on a few months ago - love it. I did not want to do curtains either. Demifloyd has Vista Window Film that she loves. They are both made by the same manufacturer. We did the N-1065 series. Check for a thread over in BAH for more info.

Here is a link that might be useful: LLumar


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RE: Before & After - Year-end Review (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: lindybarts on 01.13.2008 at 01:19 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I don't have a dramatic gorgeous remodel like so many that I see here. I just love seeing the transformations. I guess that's why I'm addicted to Gardenweb and Flip This House shows. Great job by everyone on here!!!

I do have a virtual before and after I could share. Since we can never give Squirrel enough Kudos, I thought I'd show how she helped with our paint on our build. We couldn't decide what to do with the ceiling. We opted to do it all in one color. Restoration Hardware Cappuccino.

Squirrel's rendition:

Final Paint but still needing more decor!


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RE: Blues (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: Katherine_CA on 12.05.2005 at 04:54 am in Home Decorating Forum

Here is another picture of Martha's Atlantic

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RE: Blues (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: AmySRQ on 11.09.2005 at 11:38 am in Home Decorating Forum

Martha Stewart (Sears/K-Mart) Atlantic. This doesn't ohotograph well, but it's a color worth looking for!

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RE: Dining - Who has good veneer? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mogator88 on 11.30.2007 at 11:52 am in Furniture Forum

There are too many brands for CR to be able to sort through. Anyways, most brands don't even make their own furniture. They each contract with dozens of Asian factories, and regularly change suppliers.

Veneers are sometimes used to cut costs, but on dining tables its more often for decorative effect.

Calligaris makes a quality veneered table. Very modern.

Jofran makes both veneered and solid wood tables. Wide range of inexpensive looks.

Saloom makes very good solid maple tables. For a few bucks less you can get Shermag, which is solid birch (they also make some veneered product, ask your dealer what you're looking at).

Veneer is glued over MDF or particleboard, so you really can't make it tough. Laminates like Formica have the toughness built in, so even though their glued to MDF they are very tough. Veneer just doesn't have that kind of strength.

But, if you find that a veneered set otherwise meets your needs, just get a table pad for it. Even with a solid wood table its a good idea for a family of six.


1) Solid wood tables will always be made of strips of wood glued together. These strips will be typically 2-4" wide, although you will sometimes find narrower or wider pieces used. When the table looks like its one block of wood then its veneer. Very wide strips (wider than 8" but perhaps as narrow as 6") usually mean veneer.

2) Look where the top meets the edge. On a solid wood table grain lines will ALWAYS continue onto the edge. Some dark finishes make this hard to see. Some fancy shaped edges make it hard to see. Some grainings make it hard to see. But someone who knows how to tell will see right away.

** You probably don't have the eye for this unless the graining is obvious. I can find a seam in corian but even I have trouble being sure on occasion. So when in doubt, ask the salesperson.

3) Do NOT look under the table to make a determination. Some tables are veneered or laminated on the bottom. Seeing wood grain on the bottom doesn't necessarily mean solid wood.

4) The above guide is for table tops ONLY. Cabinetry can be made from products such as thermofoil, that can appear to be solid wood if you follow the above criteria.


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RE: Henkel Harris Dining Table (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: realdreamer on 07.14.2006 at 07:51 pm in Furniture Forum

Henkel Harris is pretty good stuff! I love both finishes! It comes down to the look you want to achieve. The darker finish has a more elegant and formal look. The other finish, a tad less formal. However, that feel is from comparing the two finishes side by side. Pull the darker finish out of the equation, and the other finish holds it own in both elegances and formality.

HHs factory authorized sell is July Sept-- so that is why the salesperson said he could do better...don't let him BS you with that crap of, "Oh, you're a former customer, let me take care of you." Their cost from HH is set in stone. The stores markup is set, unless they decide to have a sale. But they dont have sales unless the factory has a sale. Some stores will initially quote you a price 10% above their actual mark-up to see if you bite. If you hesitate and they are convinced that you are a serious shopper, they will tell you that they will talk to the manager about getting you a better price. Then they come back with the "deal" which is their actual mark up.

Ignore MSRP--NO ONE EVER PAYS MSRP! Retailers just use it to make you think you are getting a great deal. The manufacturer uses MSRP to keep the value of their products up. Ignore it. Instead, shop around. I buy a lot of my stuff from Boyles in Hickory NC. I have never had a bad experience with themever. I always use the same sales person, Brenda Hawkes 828 304-6861. In the past five years, I bought a Kindel dinning room set & sideboard, 2 Hickory Chair nightstands, a Baker bed, 2 Wildwood lamps, a Century sofa, a Bernhardt bed, a Kingsdown mattress set, a Hickory Chair center table, a Heckman coffee table, an Hooker or Heckman entertainment center.

Where my local stores are concerned, Brenda has given me a substantially lower price 100% of the time. Where other discount stores are concerned, only once has her price come in higher than another store discount store. The other discount store was Lexington Furniture in Lexington KY. The H&M sofa, chair and ottoman were $955 less! That really surprised me! So I went to Lexington. I have not received it yet, but I am concerned about Lexingtons delivery service. I have heard horror stories about their D&D Delivery company. So, I am paying $100 more to use Sun Delivery. Well see if they measure up to Boyles Classic Delivery company.

Watch out for Rose and Blacks in NCthey are real hit and miss. Especially when it comes to delivering damaged goods. Boyles inspects everything before it is loaded on the truck. Rose and Blacks are known to deliver a lot of damaged furniture. Then they give the customer a hard time in resolving the problem.

Nonetheless, whomever you buy from, make sure you ask a few questions:
1. Deposit and final paymenthow much down and when is the final payment due. What type of payment do they take? Many places take a credit card for deposit, but want a check for the balance.

2. Return Policy can you return it? If so, for exchange only or can you get a refund? Under what conditions can you get a refund. If a piece is inferior in quality from that of the floor sample or has major structural problems are you expected to just live with it?

3. Shipping/delivery who handles their shipping/delivery? Is it a 3rd party company or actual employees of the store? Who handles any problems if it is a 3rd party delivery company--you or them? When do you take "possession" of the furniture? Is it at the loading dock, or when it is placed in your house? If it is at the loading dock, then most likely any damage in transit is your problem to resolve with the shipping/delivery company.

4. Damage resolution- if it arrives damaged, what is their policy on resolving it? If the damage was caused in transit, and it is a 3rd party deliver service, do you have to file the claim, or do they handle it? If they handle it, do you have to wait for the claim to be resolved before your furniture is replaced?

5. If the furniture is repairable, do they repair it and give it back to youor do you get a brand new piece?

6. What are shipping and delivery charges? Some places charge hourly rates (usually local stores) and give estimates. At what point does the clock start to run?

If they dont charge an hourly rate, will they give you an exact charge, in writing, prior to delivery? (They should also provide an estimate when you make your purchase.) When they call for delivery, the size and weight of the pieces are known to the delivery service, so they should have an exact charge. If you do not get an exact amount, the delivery guys will pull up in front of your house and most likely demand more money than the estimate. Boyles always gives me an exact figure on delivery when they call for delivery. And the check that I give them is for the exact amountnot a penny more. However, I do tip the guys separately from the delivery.

7. Find out the procedure for taking delivery!!! This is so important! If you do not follow the delivery procedures, then they will not stand behind you in the event of damage. Deliver is not opening your front door. Delivery is having the pieces unloaded and unwrapped. Do not let them bring the furniture into the house! In fact, when they come to the front door, tell them where to unload so you can inspect. Thoroughly inspect each and every piece outside of the house. No matter how much the deliver men try to push to hurry uptake you time and inspect each piece. Any and all nicks, scratches, and damage must be noted by you on the delivery slip. If you do not note it, it does not existas far as the store is concerned, the furniture was delivered in perfect condition.

The rule on damage is reject delivery of the piece. Find out their procedure for minor nicks and scratches. However, if they are deep and/or excessivedown to the wood and a lot of them, reject delivery.

8. What type of delivery do you getcurbside or white-glove? Curbside is just thatto the curb. Some will bring it inside, but no further. White-glove means they bring it in the house and put it where you want it. Boyles places it where you want it, wipes the piece down to remove any fingerprints; they also take away any packaging. Some delivery services will not take the packagingthey claim trucking laws wont allow the to take it.

Head to one of the reputable stores and look through the HH sample wood finishes and check out those you would like to take home to evaluate in your dinning room. Ditto for fabric samples. If they tell you that they cannot let you take the samples, move on down the road to the next store. All reputable stores allow clients to take home fabric and finish samples. I have a bag of them sitting in my bedroom at this very moment.

A Note on Wood Samples: Wood samples will not be 100% accurate as each piece of wood has it own characteristics and will take the finish a bit differently. However, the wood samples will give you a very good idea of the finish.

Seeing the samples in the dinning room will best guide you on finish and fabric selection.

Hope to see pics when you get it!


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RE: lost it picking out a 'white' for trim! (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: lindybarts on 01.16.2008 at 06:26 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I chose Restoration Hardware "The Right White" It's white but not stark! I tried to do a color match online for BM paint but there wasn't one. Just with my untrained eye...on the BM fandeck, I think White Dove is pretty close to it. Or maybe White Heron.

You could see if your paint store has Restoration Hardware colors in their computer.

Good Luck


White for trim
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Just because... (colors I used in my new house)

posted by: mls0520 on 01.30.2008 at 11:00 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hey everyone!

I have found this forum to be an invaluable source of ideas and information. Little by little, I've defined my own sense of style and decor in my home by reading this site. GW has become my "study break" when I need to let my brain have some fun.

One thing I've really enjoyed is looking at everyone's paint colors they've used in their home and so I thought I would share what I chose in our new home, just because!

Pittsfield Buff
New House Pics

BM Pittsfield Buff
New House Pics

SW Hopsack DS's Bedroom
New House Pics

SW Underseas Master Bedroom
New House Pics

SW Spun Sugar DD's Bedroom
SW Spun Sugar,  DD room

SW Rainwashed Laundry Room
New House Pics

BM Nantucket Gray Office

All of our ceilings are BM Mayonnaise, and all of the woodwork is going to be BM Simply White. Hope something here is useful/helpful to someone!


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RE: Am I nuts to want a white or off white couch? (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: runninginplace on 02.14.2008 at 04:15 pm in Home Decorating Forum

"runninginplace, is that the Mitchell Gold Alexa? If so, it is the MOST comfortable couch I have ever sat on."

Judith, it is indeed. I sat on it at the MGBW store and it is very comfortable. However, I also agree with your comments about the slipcover not looking nearly as neat/tight in real life. That is something I have noticed with almost all the slipcover couches I've seen on display or in homes; as with other items I think the marketing and professional styling makes them look a little spiffier on the magazine and catalog page than they do in reality.

That factored into my decision-the couch is going into my living room which while not super formal is the first and most public room visitors see.

I also agree with Oceanna's thoughts about how much maintenance one is willing to do for a vision. For now I have enough maintenance on my plate just to keep a vision of a house that isn't a sty :).



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RE: Show me your faucets for Apron/Farm Sinks!!! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: flyinghigh on 02.21.2008 at 04:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

We went with a simple two handle design by Graaf called "Pesaro" in ORB. The faucet and side spray our solid brass and well constructed. We've had no problems and really like the look of the faucet and copper sink:

I have included a link to the faucet detail page at The Pesaro comes in either two handle or a single handle version. They also have many other styles that are pretty nice with the copper sinks. The one we almost went with is called a "Vintage" faucet.

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pesaro Widespread Kitchen Faucet


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RE: Show me your faucets for Apron/Farm Sinks!!! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mo_sgal on 02.21.2008 at 06:56 am in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is under construction, but I already bought my faucet. It's just sitting in storage waiting - much more patiently than I am!! It's the Mico Seashore:

Mico Seashore faucet 7705 ORB


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RE: Show me your faucets for Apron/Farm Sinks!!! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: sombreuil_mongrel on 01.26.2008 at 03:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Kohler Vinatta, polished nickel.
Now on to the next project


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RE: Show me your faucets for Apron/Farm Sinks!!! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: wonbyherwits on 01.26.2008 at 02:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

I feel like I've posted too many times, but here goes...

This is a Rohl Country single lever with sidespray in satin nickel. I have the same faucet on the prep sink. I had this same faucet in my previous house, too. Can you tell we love it? :-)



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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: lindybarts on 02.20.2008 at 04:44 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Chicory...I'm sure you've seen pics of my house before but here's the RH The Right White


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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: okmoreh on 02.20.2008 at 04:34 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Sherwin-Williams Dover White. It is faintly golden but will read as white next to anything except white.


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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mommyto4boys on 02.19.2008 at 10:36 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We just finished all of our trim in our new home with BM's acadia and I LOVE IT!


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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: polkadots on 02.19.2008 at 10:15 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Chicory, BM Linen White is a nice off-white. I don't have a picture, but I have it in part of my basement with stained woodwork and it is a nice and warm.


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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: clubcracker on 02.19.2008 at 09:19 pm in Home Decorating Forum

No pics, but I had a room in Cameo White in my first house, and Cream in my second (both BM whites) and they were lovely, warm, cream-yellowy tones. Nice contrast with natural or white woodwork.



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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jeannema on 02.19.2008 at 08:04 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I used BM Simply White on all of our trim and cabinets. I really like it a lot.




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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: karenforroses on 02.19.2008 at 09:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We just painted our downstairs guest bedroom (beadboard, dresser & rocker) in Pure White by Sherwin Williams. It sure brightened up that dark room!



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RE: Favorite Whites/Off-whites? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: lindybarts on 02.19.2008 at 10:33 pm in Home Decorating Forum

There have been several threads about whites but you know that dern search engine...I do remember this one from last month though.

I have Restoration Hardware's The Right White and love it. Very Crisp without being harsh.

Here is a link that might be useful: Picking Whites


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RE: Pictures of Your Homes Cont.... (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: holly13 on 01.17.2005 at 11:33 am in Old House Forum

I'm going to try posting pictures of our 1790 antique full Cape in MA. Never did this before, so here goes......

Here is a link that might be useful: our house


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RE: Trash Can Pedals (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: alku05 on 02.16.2008 at 08:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have a trash pedal. You push the pedal and the cabinet opens. Inside the cabinet, the trash does not have a cover, so that's a non-issue.

When you push the pedal, it allows the bungee cord to relax which pulls open the trash cabinet. Some pictures for you:





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RE: best creamy white not too yellow for cabinets (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: elljays on 02.15.2008 at 03:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have SW French Ivory, and we're very happy with it. Pictures are in the FKB. My mom has SW Dover White, which is whiter than French Ivory, but still creamier than a bright white. I like it a lot too.


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RE: best creamy white not too yellow for cabinets (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: bungalowdawn on 02.15.2008 at 02:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

We chose Benjamin Moore's Acadia White for our cabinets. Our cab maker used the paint to make a "conversion varnish" out of it. I don't know if that had any effect on the color, but they are a nice, creamy color. They actually turned out creamier than I wanted...wanted brighter white but people scared me about white so I went with something slightly less bright. They surprised me how creamy they were when they were put in place. However, they are not all that creamy for a cream and if that's the tone you're looking for, it really is quite lovely. It's definitely not too yellow-y looking but is also not a bright white.

I think we looked at Linen White too and I think it was significantly more yellow-y. What I really wanted and chickened out of was Sherwin Williams Mayonnaise. It's quite white. Jgarner has it in her awesome kitchen on the finished kitchens site.


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RE: best creamy white not too yellow for cabinets (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: hollylh on 02.14.2008 at 11:07 am in Kitchens Forum

I have always been a fan of BM White Dove. It never fails. It is a warm white.

Farrow and Ball White Tie has also been highly recommended as a "true cream," not yellowed. I think I am going to use it in my reno.


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RE: best creamy white not too yellow for cabinets (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: dlspellman on 02.14.2008 at 10:04 am in Kitchens Forum

Benjamin Moore Linen White is a nice creamy white. I used it on my woodwork and the base beneath my glazed cabinets. I'm very happy with it.


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