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Any regrets choosing dark hardwood floors?

posted by: peemps on 06.29.2008 at 08:49 am in Kitchens Forum

I think dark hardwood floors look beautiful with off white cabinets. KD says don't even think of it because it's a dusting nightmare. For those of you with dark wood floors, any regrets?


whole thread is interesting...
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favorite home decor blogs

posted by: plumberry on 04.02.2014 at 09:49 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

what are your favorite home d�cor blogs, besides the obvious "gardenweb" which I'm obsessed with.


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looking for strong fragrance in garden

posted by: both on 08.31.2005 at 08:53 am in Midwest Gardening Forum

I am in Chicago zone 5 and am looking to plant something with a strong fragrance. I don't want something that you can smell if you get close to it. I want something that you can smell when you walk into the garden. Next year I will try some pots of curry it is the only thing I have ever encountered that I could smell a few feet away. Even my sweet autum clematis just bloomed-no fragrance. I thought they were supposed to be soooo fragrant- not even under my nose!!! What a let down. I heard something about a jasmine vine that is supposed to be fragrant and hardy to zone 5 but I can't find it on the net. Any suggestions for knock your socks off fragrance would be great.


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The mother of all 'What do I plant?' posts

posted by: zaphod42 on 08.11.2011 at 12:21 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Hello. I've been wandering around the yard the last couple of days and making a list of what spaces I'll have and what sizes I need to fill them for next spring's planting. All input is greatly appreciated.

(1) Picket fence rambler or large-ish back of border shrub. Far back of yard against fence. Needs to make its impact from a distance. Contemplating Quadra, but not 100% sold on that idea yet.

(1) Climber for 36" W arbor. Want good repeat. Want for overall looks for high profile spot. Willing to spray.

(1-3) Dividers or hedge shrubs. Prefer upright vase shapes. 5 -7 feet high. Not too messy or sprawly. Preferable repeat. Take a smidge of shade. Does not need to be dense sight block, just break up line-of-sight a bit along property line. Contemplating HANSA.

(1) Mixed bed focal point. Want this to be an Austin. 3-4' H x 3' W. Good repeat. Needs to hold up with jewel tone colors.

(3-5) Mixed bed and landscape shrubs. Max height about 5'. One area is 7' x 7' wide and I could combo a couple different shrubs in there or put one larger shrub.

Interested in:
CHARLES DE MILLS... but open to other suggestions.

I already have so as not to duplicate:



Book is called Right Rose Right Place for rose gardeners in OH-the list is from it.
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Per request, a few pics of My3dogs home interior

posted by: my3dogs on 07.16.2008 at 09:44 am in Home Decorating Forum

Let me start by saying that I'm a newbie, and that my home is in southern Maine, near the coast. It is an old cape built in 1937, and a modest home of about 1700 sq. ft. I have owned it almost 22 years, and have added to it and updated it so it's perfect for me and 'my 3 dogs'! For those who haven't seen the exterior, here it is. I added the garage in the 90's.


I live on a small river which forms my irregular property line. I have many perennial are a few. This photo was taken in the spring, so not much is in bloom.

You enter through this 6' x 6' porch. 99% of furnishings, wall paper , chandy in here are from eBay.

I added this half bath years ago. The only bathrooms in the house when I bought it were upstairs and a 'rustic' one in the cellar!
I made the vanity from an old bureau that I bought for $100. Top is a remnant of Delicatus granite. Again, most accessories are from eBay.

Again, it's a modest home, and I remodeled the kitchen in the early 90's! It had a large wood stove in the kitchen when I bought it, 24" of counter space, and dark plywood cabinets. This remodel still works well for me today.

As you see from the above pic, some of the rooms still have their original, and beautiful (IMO) radiators. The house is primary heated with oil, but it also has electric heat, a gas fireplace in the LR that I put in, and the old kitchen wood stove is in the cellar now. I can use whatever is least expensive at the time, and won't freeze.

The back of the LR isn't that 'country, any more, and now looks more like this. The vintage secretary is the largest item I have ever bought on eBay. Hunting toile on the re-covered (but not by me) love seat is also from eBay.

I make all my own window treatments, and this is what is in the kitchen for the summer. A Pierre Deux 'Geraine' bargain from eBay.

Whatever fabric I use for the kitchen WTs, I also shirr on dowels that I mounted inside the glass doors, and use them to cover cook books etc, on the pantry wall in the kitchen.

Whew, I'll take a break and post a few more, if you want to see any....


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Easy to sew valance directions

posted by: my3dogs on 07.17.2008 at 08:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi everyone!

Here are the directions for the valances that you saw in the post linked below. They ARE EASY - but the directions are long, because I am trying to give you enough detail, even if you are a beginner. Read them all the way through so you understand them, and ask any questions you may have. If you are a real novice, you may want to make a sample using just muslin, or other inexpensive fabric, til you get the hang of it.

This is a no-pattern valance that I started making last summer. It requires just straight stitching. My windows are generally about 50" (more or less)in height. If your windows are very short or very tall, you may want to vary the length of the fabric you use. I would say to err on the 'buy more' side though, so they don't look skimpy. The fullness adds richness.

I generally use 1 1/4 yards of 54" wide home dec fabric to make the valance. You will need an equal amount of lining fabric. If you choose to put trim on the bottom (it adds a lot to the treatment, IMO) buy 1 1/2 yards of trim to make sure you have enough to go across the length of your 54" wide fabric. If your fabric is wider than 54", buy enough trim to cover its width.

Cut your valance fabric and lining to equal lengths. I always measure the side edges of my fabric and mark the length before cutting. It may have not been cut straight at the store, and you want to be sure that your left side is the same length as your right side.

Pin the two rectangles of fabric together on all sides, with the RIGHT (front) sides of the fabrics inside, facing each other. Before putting the fabrics together, I mark lightly on the back which is the TOP of the print (if using a print) and which is the bottom, so your print will end up right side up!

Depending on the type of rod you plan to use for the valance, you need to leave openings on each side that will become your rod pocket. Continental rods (the flat wide plain ones) need a 4" rod pocket. If you use a decorative rod, with finals on the end that screw off, I would recommend making your rod pocket 2" wide. For a small tension rod, I'd make the rod pocket 1.5" wide. You don't want to force your fabric onto the rod - allow room to make it easy for you.

Measure down from the TOP of your pinned together fabric, and make a light mark with pencil on each side, the size of your chosen rod pocket, plus 1/2". That 1/2" is going to be the width of your top seam. You'll be making a mark on the left and right sides 4 1/2" down from the top if you use a Continental rod, for example. Stitch from these marks down each side to the bottom, using a 1/2" seam.

You'll need to leave an opening in the top or bottom to turn your valance inside out when you're done stitching.

I'd suggest a 4" - 6" opening for turning. If your rod pocket openings are 4", you don't need to leave another opening, you can use them to turn it inside out.

Mark the opening you need to leave, then stitch across the top and bottom edges, using a 1/2" seam, leaving your opening...well...OPEN!

Clip your fabric corners off OUTSIDE of your stitching. This is just a small triangle of fabric from each corner. This will allow you to get nice sharp edges on your corners when your turn the valance right side out, as it reduces the bulk of fabric there.

Turn your valance right side out, pulling it through the opening you left. I use a wooden chop stick to push the fabric gently at the corners to make them nice and square, once I have turned mine right side out. Don't push too hard, or you may poke a hole through your valance! At this point, you should have a lined rectangle of fabric, with rod pocket openings near the top of each side.

Close the opening you left for turning, either by folding and pressing the edges in and hand stitching it closed, or use 'stitch witchery' type of fusing tape to do it. You can also sew it closed with your sewing machine, but you want to do it right at the edge. You want to make this closure as 'invisible' as possible, so I always use fusible tape.

Carefully iron your valance. Use your fingers to work the edges, so that you have your seam right in the middle of each edge, so you don't see the front fabric on the backside, and you don't see the lining from the front.

Now, to stitch the rod pocket. You will be making one row of stitching across the front of your fabric from side to side.
Measure down from the top edge, so you have the same length opening on each side. The size of the opening you left on each side was determined above by the type of rod you're using.

You can lightly pencil on the line that you need to stitch across, or do what I do - Place the fabric on the sewing machine, and put the needle down on the place where you'll start stitching. Take a 4" (approx) length of masking tape, and lay it against the upper edge of the fabric, to the right of the needle, and stick it to the sewing machine base. You can use this tape edge as a guide to hold the top edge of your fabric against as you stitch across. It helps you make a straight, even rod pocket. My sewing machine has tape on it for all different widths of rod pockets!

If you chose to put trim on the bottom of your valance, do it now. I use 'Aleen's OK To Wash-It' fabric glue that you can get at WalMart or a fabric store. If you use glue, just follow the directions on the bottle to glue your trim evenly to the front bottom of your valance. I lay my valance on my kitchen island, and let it set overnight, while the glue dries. You can also stitch your trim on, either by hand or by machine. I prefer the glue, because you see no stitching on the back side. (I'm anal.)

Now to make the ties. You can simply buy ribbon (such as grosgrain) or use purchased cord (see my dining room silk ones in the link) or make them out of fabric. Use either the same fabric or a coordinating one.

Here, you first need to decide if you are going to tie your valance up with bows, or do knots. Bows take longer ties.

Allow yourself a MINIMUM of 36" long ties. You can always cut them shorter if necessary, but you can't make them longer. I suggest hanging your valance up and using string to tie them up temporarily to see how long you need to make your ties. (It's longer than you think!)

Cut your strips of fabric approx 4" wide and the length you have decided on above for your ties. Fold and pin the strips in half the the short way, so you have a long strip of fabric that is 2" wide. Make sure the right sides are together, (inside) because you are going to turn them inside out after stitching.

Stitch along the pinned edge of each strip, about 1/4" from the edge. Now the fun part - turn those narrow strips inside out. My chop stick comes in handy for this, but use whatever method you choose to accomplish this.

Press the ties just as you did the valance rectangle, making sure your seam is even on the edge. I fold in the raw ends and use my fusible tape to close them, but you can machine stitch them closed or do it by hand - Your choice. Your valance is done!

Put it on your rod, using the rod pocket. Hang it in your window. Now, take the ties, and simply drape them over the rod on each side, having half of the tie fabric strip hanging in front, and the other half of the tie hanging behind the valance.

Now, gather up one side of the valance in your hands, and reach behind it it grab the dangling tie in back. Tie up the valance, by tying the front and back pieces of the tie together, either in a knot or a bow. Do the same with the other side, making sure your ties on each side are tied up at the same length.

Now stand back and make sure your valance looks even at the bottom on each side. Use your hand to 'finger fold' and drape your fabric until the look is what you want.

You'll be surprised at what a difference it can make in the look by spacing your ties closer together, or moving them further apart on the rod. Also by tying the ties higher or lower...

This is where you need to play around until you get the look you want. On the HGTV message board, a woman made these and kept posting pics asking for advice - Higher? Lower? Move the ties apart or closer...It's really all up to you. Hers looked GREAT when she was done, and she was so pleased to have made her own custom valance. I hope you all feel the same way, if you try them!

Here is a link that might be useful: several shown here - all the same instructions


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RE: Roses for hot, humid south (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: shaybass on 05.20.2005 at 04:23 pm in Alabama Gardening Forum

I emailed Jason at "Petals from the Past" and asked him what roses would do good in a rose bed I was planning. I live in West Cental Alabama, this is what he replied:

Hands down I would suggest planting the following for fragrance,cutting, and disease resistance.
Belinda's Dream
Golden Unicorn
Clothilde Soupert
Monsieur Tillier
Mlle. Franziska Krueger
Space these 4' apart and centered in the bed and you will have a great show. Have a great weekend.

Here is a link that might be useful: Petals from the Past


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Nearly lost this one: Most fragrant votes 2005-06

posted by: jpw_chi on 11.12.2007 at 01:47 pm in Roses Forum

Due to hard drive crashes, I nearly lost this list. Thanks to a thoughtful, wise Gardenweb member who clipped the results, I would have lost voting results to my informal survey of fragrant roses altogether. Counts were based on frequency of being mentioned in response to the question "What is the most incredibly fragrant rose that takes your breath away?"

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RE: the most incredibly FRAGRANT rose that takes your breath away (Follow-Up #122)
posted by: jpw_chi on 10.08.2006 at 11:11 am in Roses Forum
Here's the updated list for "most mentioned" (as opposed to true "favorites") for fragrance, with Double Delight and Mr. Lincoln now in a dead heat:
23x Double Delight (creamy white swirled with strawberry red)
23x Mr. Lincoln (dark red)
15x Fragrant Cloud (coral red)
13x Chrysler Imperial (burgundy red)
13x Gertrude Jekyll (rose pink)
13x Jude the Obscure (honey)
10x Crimson Glory
10x Lemon Spice (patel yellow tinted pale pink)
9x Abraham Darby (Austin, apricot blend)
9x Francis Dubruiel (dark true red)
9x Papa Meilland (dark red)
8x Evelyn (Austin, apricot pink blend)
8x Heirloom (dark mauve blend)
8x Rose de Rescht (vivid fuchsia)
8x Secret (white tipped pink)
8x Sharifa Asma (Austin, pearly pink)
8x Sunsprite (bright yellow)
8x Sweet Chariot (purple blend)
8x Tiffany (pink/yellow blend)
7x Angel Face (1968, dusky mauve)
7x Melody Parfumee (deep plum fading to clear lavender)
7x The McCartney Rose (ruffled, few petals)
7x Yves Piaget (Romantica, hot pink)
6x Granada (yellow, orange, scarlet tricolor)
6x Just Joey (clear apricot) 6x Mirandy
6x Scentimental (white striped with red)
6x Secret Garden Musk Climber
6x Zephirine Drouhin (cerise pink)
5x Blanc Double de Coubert (pure white)
5x Frederic Mistral (Romantica, light cool pink)
5x Heritage (shell pink)
5x Intrigue (rich reddish purple)
5x Madame Isaac Periere (raspberry pink)
5x Memorial Day (lilac pink)
5x Oklahoma (dark red)
5x Reine des Violettes (cerise pink deepening to soft purple)
5x Rouge Royale (Romantica, cherry red)
5x Souvenir de la Malmaison
5x Sutter's Gold
5x Velvet Fragrance
5x William Shakespeare 2000
4x Alec's Red (1970, subdued red)
4x Baronne Prevost (medium pink)
4x Blue Girl a/k/a Blue Moon
4x Elle
4x Full Sail
4x New Zealand (flesh pink)
4x Othello (inconsistent maroon/blue-red color)
4x Tamora (Austin, clear apricot)
4x The Prince (Austin, imperial purple)
4x Tipsy Imperial Concubine (pink blend)
4x Yolande D'Aragon (rich rose pink)
3x Bella Roma
3x Buff Beauty (soft apricot yellow)
3x Ccile Brunner
3x Compt de Chambourd (lilac pink)
3x Darlow's Enigma (pure white)
3x Distant Drums (mauve blend)
3x Falstaff (raspberry red)
3x Fragrant Memory a/k/a Jadis
3x Fragrant Plum
3x Golden Zest
3x Jardins de Bagatelle (creamy white edged pale pink)
3x La Reine Victoria (dusty pink)
3x Louise Odier (medium pink)
3x Madame Hardy (snowy white)
3x Perfume Delight
3x Radiance (pink blend)
3x Red Radiance (HT) 3x Royal Highness
3x Scentsational (clear mauve tinted orchid pink)
3x Sheer Bliss
3x Silver Shadows (pale silvery lavender)
3x Sombreuil (creamy white)
3x Sonia Rkyiel (soft coral pink)
3x Veteran's Honor
2x Apothecary Rose
2x Barbara Streisand
2x Belle de Crecy (cool medium pink)
2x Blossomtime
2x Bubble Bath (light pink)
2x Celsiana (light pink)
2x Clothilde Soupert (blush white with soft pink center)
2x Compassion (salmon pink)
2x Dainty Bess
2x Dolly Parton (garish orange red)
2x Dublin (MD)
2x Earth Song (rose pink)
2x Eglantyne (Austin, clear porcelain pink)
2x Eugene de Beauharnais (crimson purple)
2x Felicia 2x Felicite Parmentier (light pink)
2x Fisherman's Friend (violent magenta)
2x Fragrant Hour
2x Halloween (soft orange)
2x Harrison's Yellow (bright yellow)
2x Hot Tamale
2x Jaune Desprez (buff apricot)
2x Julia's Rose
2x Konigan von Danemark (pink blend)
2x Lady Hillingdon (egg yolk yellow)
2x Lagerfeld (silvery lavender)
2x Love Potion (florabunda)
2x Lyda Rose
2x Madame Alfred Carrier (blush white)
2x Madame Pierre Oger (soft white tipped lilac pink)
2x Maria Shriver
2x Marie Pavie (ivory white)
2x Midnight Blue
2x Mrs B.R. Cant
2x Neptune
2x Peace
2x Petite de Hollande (medium pink)
2x Pure Perfume
2x Radiant Perfume 2x Rosa foetida
2x Sheila's Perfume
2x Shocking Blue
2x Sophy's Perpetual (pink blend)
2x St. Swithun (Austin, soft warm pink blend)
2x Star Of The Nile
2x Sterling Silver
2x Sunday Lemonade
2x Thanksgiving
2x Topaz Jewel (yellow)
Alba maxima (blush white)
Alba Semi Plena (semidouble, pure white)
Alberic Barbier (blush yellow)
Alchemist - can't remember it hasn't bloomed yet!
Alexander Hill Grey
Amazing Grace
Ambridge Rose (Austin, apricot pink blend)
American Beauty (violent magenta)
Anna de Deisbach
AppleJack (clear pink)
Apricot Nectar
Ardoisee de Lyon
Arethusa (pale apricot)
August Renoir (Romantica, bright rose pink)
Auguste Gervais (apricot blend)
Autumn Damask
Autumn Sunset (apricot yellow)
Basye's Blueberry
Beauty Secret
Belinda's Dream
Belle Amour
Belle Isis (soft pink)
Belle sans Flatterie (pink-mauve blend)
Betty Boop
Betty White
Blanchefleur (soft white)
Bloomfield Dainty
Blush Noisette (pink blend)
Boule de Neige (pure white)
Bronze Star
Brother Cadfael
Cardinal Hume (tyrian purple) Carefree Beauty
Careless Love
Celestial (clear pink)
Celine Forestier (yellow & pink blend)
Chapeau de Napoleon (clear pink)
Charles Darwin (Austin, light yellow)
Chic - very light fragrance
Clementina Carbonier (coral blend)
Color Magic
Common Moss (pure pastel pink)
Comtesse de Provence (Romantica, soft coral pink)
Comtesse de Turenne (light pink)
Constance Spry (Austin, clear pink)
Coquette des Blanches (soft white)
Country Dancer
Cramoisi Superieur (red blend)
Cressida (Austin, buff apricot blend)
Dainty Bess
Deep Secret
Desiree Parmentier
Don Juan Don Juan
Dorcas - light but very pleasing
Duc de Guiche (crimson, mauve & pink blend)
Ducher (crisp linen white)
Duchesse de Brabant (light pink)
Duchesse de Montebello (light pink)
Duchesse de Rohan (rich rose pink)
Dusky Maiden
Erotika - traditional rose
Escapade - super spicy
Etoile de Hollande
Etoile de Lyon (pale golden yellow)
Everest Double Fragrance (light coral pink)
Fair Bianca (white with green button eye)
Fantin Latour
Florence Delattre
French Lace
French Perfume (fruity) French Perfume (pink and yellow bicolor)
Garden Party
Gilbert Nabonnand (pale coral pink)
Gloire de Dijon (buff beige tinted dawn pink)
Gold Medal
Golden Celebration
Golden Celebration (rich golden yellow)
Golden Wings
Grace de Monaco - cotton candy rose
Grace English Rose
Graham Thomas
Great Maidens Blush (blush pink)
Griffs Red
Grss an Aachen
Guinee (dark red)
Guy de Maupussant (medium pink)
Hansa (magenta)
Happy Child (bright yellow)
Honorine de Brabant (pink spotted purple)
Invitation - tea
Irish Elegance
Isabel Renaissance
Ivory Fashion
Jacques Cartier (light pink)
Jayne Austin (apricot yellow)
Jean Kenneally
Jennifer - sweet rose
Joan Fontaine - myrrh
Jubilee Celebration
Judy Garland - strong apricot scent
Katherine Zeimet (creamy white tinted pale yellow at the petal base)
Kathleen Harrop
L'Ingenue (creamy white)
La France
La France
La Ville de Bruxelles (clear pink)
Lady Luck
Lavender Lassie (orchid pink) Le Vesuve - pepper
Les Sjulin (coral pink)
Lilian Austin
Little White Pet (pink buds opening white)
Louis Phillippe
Louis XIV (dark red)
Madame de la Roche Lambert (crimson tinted magenta and purple)
Madame Ernst Calvat (light pink)
Madame Joseph Swartz (blush white)
Madame Legras de Saint Germain (soft white with green button eye)
Madame Lombard
Madame Plantier (pale pink bud opening white with green button eye)
Maggie (cherry red)
Marchessa Bocella (Portland/HP)
Marechal Niel (clear yellow)
Margaret Merril (white with blush pink center)
Marie d'Orleans (hot pink)
Marie Daly (light pink)
Mrs. Charles Bell
Mrs. William Paul (clear pink)
Myriam (aka Amazing Grace)
Nastarana - sweet spicy candy
Neige Parfum
New Day (clear yellow) New Day
Norwich Sweetheart
Nuits de Young (rich purple)
Old Bush a/k/a Old Bush China
Outta the Blue
Pat Austin (Austin, coppery orange)
Penny Lane (translucent ivory blushed apricot)
Perfume Beauty
Perle D'Or (clear apricot)
Persian Yellow
Peter Mayle
Pink Gruss an Aachen'
Pink Poodle (pink with white center)
Pink sport of Marie Pavie Prairie Harvest
Prairie Sunrise
President de Seize (pink blend)
Prospero (indefinable, unusual & spicy)
Quartre Seasons (clear pink)
Radio Times (Austin, rose pink)
Radox Bouquet (FL, ruffled)
Robert Leopold (salmon pink blend)
Rosa Alba Suaveolens (soft white)
Rosa banksiae banksiae (pure white)
Rosa brunonii (white)
Rosa canina
Rosa foetida persiana (bright buttercup yellow)
Rosa moschata (white)
Rosa rugosa alba (pure white)
Rosa rugosa rubra (rich reddish pink)
Royale Gold (bright yellow)
Royale Sunset (apricot)
Salet (clear pink)
Sarah Van Fleet (clear pink)
Sexy Rexy
Souvenir du Dr. Jamain (dark red)
St Cecelia
Stephen's Big Purple
Sweet Surrender (light pink)
Sweet Vivien
Sydonie (OGR)
Sympathie (dark red)
The Dark Lady
The Pilgrim
Therese Bugnet (pink blend)
Toulouse Lautrec (Romantica, clear yellow)
Tour de Malakoff (reddish purple)
Tradescant (Austin, rich burgundy red shaded violet black)
Triumphe de Luxembourg (clear pink)
Typhoo Tea (salmon color)
Ulrich Brunner (deep cool pink)
Variegata (white striped with lilac)
Variegata di Bologna (white and purple stripe)
Vineyard Song (mauve blend) Voluptuous
White Lightnin' (snowy white)
William R. Smith (blush pink)
Winter Sunset (medium apricot fading to ivory)
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RE: Cleaning old wood furniture (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: cattknap on 02.03.2008 at 04:32 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have lots of antique mahogany furniture - I posted this process several years ago on HGTV Decorating forum and lots of people have tried it and had wonderful results - there was a recent thread with pictures.

1. Wash piece with Murphy's Oil Soap, thoroughly dry

2. Use finest grit steel wool and rub in the direction
of the grain of the wood - you will be removing
old wax not the finish. Go over every inch of the
wood with fine steel wool until you feel you have
gotten the old dirty wax off.

3. Wash again with Murphy's Oil Soap & let dry.

4. This is the most amazing of the steps - Use
Howard's Restor-a-Finish in Mahogany stain on
your piece - it will transform the wood.
Follow directions on the can. It will fill in
water stains and other imperfections - the patina
of the old wood will be intact, and your piece
will just glow.

5. Use Howards Feed N' Wax as a final step following
directions on the bottle.

I guarantee you will be amazed by who well this regimen works. Make sure you don't wax your furniture more than a couple times a year - otherwise, you end up building up wax and dirt. Just dust and buff lightly with a soft, dry cloth.

Here is a picture of a really horrible old chest I bought years ago - the wood was completely dead and dull looking - it was filthy and my husband could not understand why I bought it....after following the process listed above, here is how it turned out.


Good luck!


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RE: Please share your favorite online decorating stores... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: tryin2grow on 01.25.2008 at 10:28 am in Home Decorating Forum

ok Polly, you asked for it.. :-)

If you scroll through the chit chat ;-p
you'll find lots of catalog sites, etc listed on the link below.

Also, if you click on the "Home" page of the site, there is a major "shopping resources" list where you can find just about anything.

Here is a link that might be useful: lots of links


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RE: Black furniture anyone (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: patty_cakes on 01.11.2008 at 01:46 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Check out a few of your local thrift stores, find a coffee table and paint it yourself. I've painted several pieces, and because I like a bit more elegant look, did some gold painting on them, and then lightly sanded. Rather than varnish, I gave them a finish of 2-3 coat of tung oil. I love my hand-done pieces! Two of the tables have Queen Anne legs, another book rack/table is more mission style, and the drop leaf desk I kept in the bathroom with rolled towels is my favorite piece.

Right now everything is in storage while my house is being built, and i'll probably find more furniture to paint. ;o)


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RE: Show me your Cottage Decor (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: postum on 05.10.2006 at 04:49 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi - these are not mine, but from the Cottage Chic store. Pretty stuff - enjoy!

Here is a link that might be useful: Cottage chic gallery


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RE: New Pike's Nursery in Birmingham (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: pfllh on 05.03.2005 at 01:28 pm in Alabama Gardening Forum

Southern Homes is a large nursery just south of Wetumpka. You would take I65 south and get off at the first exit for Montgomery - Northern Bypass, on your right. When you get on the bypass, it curves around and only goes one way where you wouldn't have to worry about a quick turn. Now I'm not good about distance Susan. I just go where I need to. Once on the bypass, keep in the right lane. If I remember right, you will go through 2 lights. After the 2nd light, it will be the next exit for 231/Wetumpka on your right. You will go to the left at the end of the exit ramp. Stay in the left lane and you go for a couple miles and Southern Homes and Gardens is on the left. If you only want to look at plants and be able to load them easily, drive in front of the builing to the side where the drive goes to the back parking lot. TAADAA you are there.
In the front of the building is houe items as to dishes, decorative items, silk flowers, patio furniture and such. In the back are the statuary, fountains, pots, tropicals,orchids, annuals and perrenials. The outside nursery has your iris, lilies, roses, some perrenials, shrubs and trees. Oh, Christine, the seeds are inside! I'm sorry I will quit picking on you.
Hope this helps.


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RE: New Pike's Nursery in Birmingham (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: LoraxDave on 05.02.2005 at 09:01 pm in Alabama Gardening Forum

They did have a lot of different types of Hydrangeas for those who are hooked on Hydrangea collecting. I like hunting for unusual plants that I can normally only find by mail order, though, and Plant Odyssey and Hannah's are the best places to do that.

John, I have been avoiding some of my favorite nurseries this Spring due to budget constraints and lack of will power. LOL!

Another favorite is Oak Street Garden Shop in Mountain Brook. I always get in trouble there, and they are fairly expensive as well.

Lynn, I don't think Pike's has more than Southern Home and Gardens, and Southern has more interesting plants, in my opinion. If you want to go nursery hopping in Birmingham and have limited time, I suggest Plant Odyssey Nursery on 4th Avenue South and their other location, two blocks South on 6th Avenue South, which specializes in perennials, herbs, annuals, and indoor plants. Both places are a plant nuts' paradise. Andy's Creekside Nursery has a good selection of perennials for every taste (tropical or more traditional, shade, etc.) In my opinion, Andy's selection of shrubs and trees is far less interesting than their perennials - also, their shrub/tree prices are fairly high. Actually, their inventory of shrubs and trees is similar to Pike's. Lots of stuff, but a lot of it is available at HD or Lowe's if you shop around and at much better prices.


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RE: New Pike's Nursery in Birmingham (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Padinka on 05.02.2005 at 07:38 pm in Alabama Gardening Forum

Plant Oddessy is southside of birmingham, Meyers is in pelham, hanna's is on 280, Andy's Creekside Nursery is in Vestavia Hills.


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New Pike's Nursery in Birmingham

posted by: LoraxDave on 05.02.2005 at 05:22 pm in Alabama Gardening Forum

Has anyone else been to the new Pike's? I went out there on Saturday morning. The place definitely is huge, larger than the ones I have been to in Atlanta. I was also happy to see that they used hardy palms in the landscaping in front of the store!

Everything is well-organized and cared for, and they have tons of plants to choose from. Overall, I don't find their plant selection to be much more diverse than Home Depot or Lowe's, although the plants are certainly better taken care of. Also the prices are higher. It's nice to have a Pike's in town, but I don't make it down 280 very often... and when I do, I'll be more likely to browse for interesting things at Hannah's. As far as finding rare/unusual trees and shrubs, I think Plant Odyssey and Hannah's are the two best places in town. And for unusual perennials, Plant Odyssey, Meyer's Pottery, and Andy's Creekside Nursery.


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RE: Question for Squirrelheaven (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: squirrelheaven on 10.27.2006 at 04:18 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm sorry, had started these links then forgot to post. Hope you're still out there.

Fabric shops: (UK, exp) special order high-ends



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RE: Cheyenne Green is beautiful (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sueb20 on 10.27.2006 at 02:24 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here we go. Believe it or not, the ceiling is not white; it's the color two spaces up from Cheyenne Green (Spring Rain, I think).

Here is a link that might be useful: Cheyenne Green wall


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RE: Has anyone purchased from Cottage Chic? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: booklady54 on 10.25.2006 at 09:42 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I love that whole set including the chairs. Please post back and update us about the quality. Alex-- Stanley Furniture has a black distressed table that's somewhat similar and it's in the urban revival cottage black collection.


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Has anyone purchased from Cottage Chic?

posted by: angelcub on 10.25.2006 at 06:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'd like to purchase a table from them but don't know anything more than what I can read on their site. I'm crazy over this table and can't find one similar any where else. DH said he'd make one if I can find the base but he's so busy with our kitchen remodel I'm afraid it would be a loooong time before it got made. : ) Any thoughts?


Here is a link that might be useful: dining table


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RE: New Home Photos (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: fab40 on 07.24.2006 at 02:08 pm in Home Decorating Forum

amyzboyz3 - Thank you! Here are the colors I used:

Hardiplank Monterey Taupe (it really is a mossy green)
Shutters - BM Gloucester Sage
Front Door - Martin Senour Palace Arms Red
Great Room/Hallways/Sewing Room/Foyer/Mud Room - EK 1/2 strength Camelhair

Kitchen/Keeping Room/Dining Room - EK full strength Camelhair

Powder Room - EK Edgewood Green with EK Berry Red on ceiling

Master Bedroom - Restoration Hardware Cappucino on walls and ceiling

Master Bath - Restoration Hardware Silver Sage on walls and Cappucino on ceiling

Second Floor Rec Room - EK Edgewood Green

Second Floor Bedroom #1 - Restoration Hardware Latte on walls and RL Chatsworth Blue on ceiling

All of the trim is McCormick Moonmist excpet in the bathrooms where we used BM White Dove


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New Home Photos

posted by: fab40 on 07.20.2006 at 07:25 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your photos, ideas, and suggestions on this forum. My husband and I referred to them often when building our home. Here are some photos (hopefully I have done this correctly) - we have been in for about 6 months.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fab40's New Home Photos


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RE: color-taupe (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: hamptonmeadow on 10.21.2006 at 01:42 am in Paint Forum

Taupe Loves
- Pure white paint
- Dark stained wood
- Purple undertoned natural linens
- Stones that contain grey or blue
- Metals such as silver, chrome and stainless steel
- The companionship of grey or brown
- Dramatic accents of green, purple or red
- Clear glass
Taupe Hates
- Anything that contains yellow, such as buttery paint
- Golden woods, such as oak
- Yellow-hued linens
- Tan leathers
- Stones that contain beige
- Accessories that hint at yellow, such as dark cream porcelain


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