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RE: marita40? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: marita40 on 01.16.2011 at 07:45 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Hi msrose, thanks for calling me out. The walls and ceilings of both my living and dining rooms are Laura Ashley Gold. I wanted to go a little darker than Gold #3, so I added one quart Gold #4 to each gallon of Gold #3. Hope this helps. I'm still happy with the color three years later. Here are a few more pics.
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RE: Need Help ASAP with built in around fireplace (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: olychick on 06.22.2013 at 06:02 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Looks like you might be planning to mount your tv above fireplace? If so, maybe you could do something like this that will help diminish the dominance of the TV in the space. Maybe incorporate the windows into the design instead of stopping below them
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I've broken all of our 'rules...'

posted by: loribee on 01.16.2012 at 02:13 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

About a year ago, I posted asking for paint color help as we had to have our standish white FR walls fixed and repainted. Lukkiirish said "There is nothing wrong with staying close to home..." so that's what we did.
Our dear neighbor just came to the rescue, fixing & painting.

Please don't be upset about the choices, lol. We went with an old fave, LA gold #3, instead of brighter white or blue/gray.

Hubby also put his tv over the FP. I'm happy the enormous armoire is gone...never fit this room like it should.

And finally~~ we made the tv/fp wall an accent wall- LA gold #5.

Here are some pix that hopefully won't horrify you~ despite the huge, black box, the room seems quite cozy.
The kids come home every Sunday for football and are thrilled with the new paint & tv setup.

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Here is a link that might be useful: FR paint color thread...

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RE: I've broken all of our 'rules...' (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: loribee on 01.19.2012 at 06:07 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Thanks Meangoose, we do enjoy tv and my family especially loves their sports ! I truly love that the kids all email each other during the week to plan what the Sunday takeout or food/snacks will be, lol.

Jenna, here are some pix for you. I haven't really taken any new ones lately, so you've maybe seen them before?? Thanks for asking~~

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RE: Your favorite Christmas morning brunch casserole (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: lakeguy35 on 12.15.2011 at 09:15 pm in Cooking Forum

A couple of more to add to the mix here. Thanks for the shrimp and grits recipe...we also love the sausage egg casserole. We mix up with various stuff...ham, bacon, or a combo of all of it. Always a hit with my group.

SIMPLER TIMES FRENCH TOAST
Chef & Innkeeper Cindy Belford
Simpler Times Inn

8 c. sweet French bread in 1" cubes

5 eggs

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. nutmeg

3 c. milk or Half & Half

3 c. fresh or frozen blueberries

1 c. chopped pecans

1/4 c. butter or margarine

1/2 c. brown sugar

Put bread in large bowl. Whip eggs, sugar and nutmeg until light in color and thick. Add milk, stir and pour over bread. Cover and place in fridge overnight.

In the morning, mix 1 c. blueberries into bread and put in greased pan; sprinkle balance of blueberries on top, then pecans. In pan, melt butter and brown sugar until bubbly. Pour mixture over blueberries and pecans.

Bake at 325 degrees for one hour or until puffed. Serve hot with syrup.

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Grand Lake O'the Cherokees

I love this crust and use it for other recipes too.

This is a favourite recipe from my daughter in Canada who has made herself popular in her neighbourhood with this quiche.
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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Pastry:
Easy - doesn't require rolling, just press down with fingers and back of a spoon into a 24 cm (9.5 inch) pyrex flan dish or pie plate.
1 - 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped
Mix these ingredients in a bowl, cutting in butter with two knives until crumbly then press into a pie dish, including up the sides. Bake in pre-heated oven for five minutes. Then remove from oven.
Meanwhile mix the following ingredients in a bowl:

Filling:
3 eggs beat till frothy
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can salmon (7 3/4 ounces) - I prefer fresh piece salmon that has been baked - 'smoked salmon' is really good too.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Pour these ingredients into the pie crust - bake in oven approximately 45 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. The top is usually a nice golden brown colour. If you don't have salmon on hand, tinned tuna works well too in this recipe.
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RE: 2009 Christmas Tree Pictures..everyone chip in! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: cattknap on 12.18.2009 at 07:39 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

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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 & Design 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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RE: Decorating Christmas Tree with Ribbons (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: zipdee on 12.05.2011 at 06:02 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I used the really wide Deco mesh ribbon this year as a garland, I think it's like 21" wide. You pull it together, bunch, wire and so on down the tree. It's so fun to use and makes the tree look like it's wearing a tu-tu. :) Then I tucked a 2" inch ribbon deep into the tree to help fill in the tree.

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Close up, you see the deco mesh, then just 'glimpses' of the other ribbon inside the tree.

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RE: Christmas Tree Thread 2010 - Show Off Yours! (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: work_in_progress_08 on 12.16.2010 at 06:42 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

After seeing another thread about Christmas trees, I was inspired by a poster's use of ribbon and tulle (I think) on their tree. Can't remember who it was, but her/his trees looked fabulous, so much so that I went out and got some ribbon and gave it a shot, as said poster was kind enough to give instructions as to how she used the ribbons. My tree had too much on it to do any type of tulle this year. Maybe I will attempt it next year on one of the trees!

Anyhoo, I think the ribbon is a great addition as it covers the bare spots and softens the overall look:

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There are so many outstanding trees on this thread! Happy Holidays!

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RE: Christmas Tree Thread 2010 - Show Off Yours! (Follow-Up #40)

posted by: charlieinnj on 12.17.2010 at 11:47 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

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RE: zuzu's room?? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: amysrq on 04.06.2009 at 02:24 pm in Home Decorating Forum

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I hope Zuzu doesn't mind....it's been in my inspiration file for a long time. In the several years I've been here, it is still a standout!

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What to change? (pics)

posted by: creekylis on 12.29.2011 at 07:44 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hello ALL---and Happy Holidays / New Year!

I am looking for some feedback on my "formal" (not really) living room. Most of the furnishings in it have been with me for about 10 years and I'm not sure if it is dated looking to others or just to me.

I do plan to paint the baseboard white and the walls are going to be SW Ivoire. I will continue the Ivoire under the chair rail in the office as well.

The ivoire is becoming my neutral throughout my home and is also in my FR and hallway. My kitchen is a deep red (Valspar Bangkok Rust). My half bath is a golden tan similar to SW Blonde.

I am planning to paint all interior doors on my first floor either the Bangkok Rust or possibly SW Sealskin (a deep brownish black). Wondering about painting the wall behind my sofa Sealskin as well? Also, Sealskin in the office? Thoughts?

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RE: These drapes in this room? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: valinsv on 01.30.2009 at 05:15 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I think we have the same rug. Is yours the Karastan Tabriz?

I've paired mine with embroidered gold drapes.
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In my DR, I find the rug to be quite dark so not only think the pattern is too busy, but the colors too dark for your lovely room. Already the furniture is quite dark. I think you need to lighten it up a bit. BTW, that red in the rug is really tough to match.

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RE: More PINK - the new issue of House Beautiful - - - (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: stinky-gardener on 02.10.2011 at 05:32 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here's my pink living room (adjacent to my pink dining room) with this month's HB on my secretary!

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RE: Karastan Navy Heriz (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: allison0704 on 07.24.2008 at 02:11 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have the rug in 11x14 - is anyone interested?! It doesn't go with our new home.

Mine doesn't look "really faded."

Here's shot in our last home:

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RE: Favorite Rugs!/ (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: cooperbailey on 09.29.2010 at 09:54 pm in Home Decorating Forum

KK I am serious now- took photos 2nite.all Karastans colors a bit off due to flash
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New Rug Arrived!

posted by: organic_smallhome on 08.13.2008 at 05:15 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I love it.

Next on the agenda: What color for the walls?

Turns out that Flexsteel does not make slipcovers for this style. Further, store-bought ones will not work, as the sofa arms are too small. Thus, I must make do with new pillows. Old rug will, of course, be removed. Please ignore mess. :)

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Windsor (Follow-Up #101)

posted by: susans02 on 06.01.2007 at 08:07 am in Home Decorating Forum

Jenny - the close up is of the Windsor rug. This is a close-up of the Brighton (the one that the blue couch is on).
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Pics (Follow-Up #95)

posted by: susans02 on 05.31.2007 at 04:22 pm in Home Decorating Forum

When I get a chance I'll try to get some more pics of the spaces as they are decorated now to show all the updates....you all are so kind to show interest in my little projects.

Jenny from the block - here's a close-up of the rug -
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Oh and yes, we ordered deck furniture - we are in the process of finishing a stone patio at the bottom of the deck - we got a few pieces from this line - to go on the patio & deck - since or backyard is torn up I haven't been inclined to plant - I just have 2 topiaries flanking the french slider coming into the kitchen.

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RE: For Allison: (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: allison0704 on 07.30.2008 at 12:54 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I do - I have two actually. Three if you count the small on by the french doors in MBR. I purchased the two for the MBR and bought one for the great room, but it didn't work out there. It's now in DS guest room on the lower level. The colors change - more or less - as the rugs get larger. DS rug reads a different color than the one in the MBR, which reads blue.

DS guest room:

Will take picture/post one of the MBR shortly. Mom just called and is 2 minutes from the house.

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RE: How do you display collectibles? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: chijim on 11.19.2010 at 07:10 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I always thought this one was well styled with the collection of Imari pieces.

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RE: How high is too high? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: marcolo on 04.04.2011 at 04:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

My personal (and, therefore, the correct) opinion is that stacked cabinets look terrific--and no, 10 1/2 feet is not too high.

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RE: S. Williams Humble Gold.... (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bbstx on 03.25.2011 at 08:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Do I have pictures of SW Humble Gold? How about these! The dining room picture is east light. The picture with the fireplace is west light. I absolutely loved the color! I now have my living room (different house) painted a sage-y green. I am giving serious thought to changing it to Humble Gold. It is much happier than sage green!

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Kitchen progress....maybe?!!

posted by: scoobyruby on 11.12.2010 at 02:08 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Now to the kitchen.....If I keep this armoire the chandelier over table will need to be centered where the pheasant picture is now. There are several issues with this room (always has been!) The chairs from Ikea by the fireplace do not seem quite right....colors are not working to me. But here are some pics....

Trying not to overload myself....I still want doors/old shutters to cover that awful tv & sconces to each side for added light.


Window treatments have always been an issue in here. I was really set on saving for shutters but I do enjoy looking out unobstructed to the backyard & my bird feeders. So?

Thanks!

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RE: Seen your kitchen...what's the rest of the house look like? (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: pirula on 03.10.2011 at 05:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow. Such absolutely exquisite homes! This is wonderful

I'll play! Although I warn you, it's nothing to the above. Incredible!

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RE: Husband not crazy about Red in DR...Help! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: bonniee on 11.06.2009 at 09:06 pm in Home Decorating Forum

What a timely post for me! We just finished painting my LR raspberry truffle & it turned out so good I think. I have before & after that I will post & the link to more pics. Good luck choosing just the right color for your DR. Oh, thank you scanmike for the compliment on the DR. I love the restrained gold also. :) Bonnie
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Before & after 2009 red raspberry truffle paint color in LR

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RE: SW Blonde question for whitdobe (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: tracey_b on 03.06.2011 at 10:30 am in Home Decorating Forum

I have SW Blonde in my 2-story foyer and on up the stairs, in the great room, and in my kitchen. I mostly love it. There's only maybe a couple of hours in the day/night that I feel it's too dark. I kind of wish I'd mixed half Blonde with half Ivoire (I did that in our last house for a basement room).

Here's some pics I've posted in other threads taken not long after we moved in (built the house):

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Foyer update and a question

posted by: charley526 on 03.01.2011 at 08:03 am in Home Decorating Forum

This is my foyer now. I know I need a pretty pot for my orchid...just haven't been out to buy one yet. And now I just need to find a small rug that can live so close to the larger one...
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In this last pic I've draped the fabric I wanted to use over the table, but now I'm not so sure it looks right. Please advise me!
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RE: Please post photos of your bamboo shades! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: aktillery on 03.04.2011 at 02:22 pm in Home Decorating Forum

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RE: Please post photos of your bamboo shades! PICS of my kitchen! (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: nicole74 on 03.04.2011 at 10:02 am in Home Decorating Forum

Here are some photos of my kitchen. Should I try to match bamboo shades to my cabinet color, table color or the rug under my table?

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RE: Show me your leather sofa? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: judithva on 09.07.2008 at 01:12 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I think you would be very happy with a leather sofa. I love mine, I have a Yorkie and he is always running and jumping off of mine, not a claw scratch yet. Plus since this is my only living/sitting area it gets alot of use from me, if I come in from gardening I can take a little rest on it without worrying that I am soiling the material on the couch. As you can see I did pair it up with upholstered chairs. I was trying to acheive a French Country look, it works for me anyway. (I have since purchased a rug to go under the coffee table.)

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Sitting Room pic for Shee...

posted by: loribee on 02.26.2011 at 12:34 pm in Home Decorating Forum

So sorry I forgot to snap this for you~ it's my sitting room minus the coral drapes. Currently using my cream with tan paisley sheers...good?

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RE: How do you decorate around a big TV on a console? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: jjam on 12.07.2010 at 09:13 am in Home Decorating Forum

Here's ours:

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The wall is 12 ft. long. We repurposed my mom's old henredon buffet, and it's been great. (Yikes, time for a new plant...that one is reminding me of The Little Shop of Horrors!)

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RE: Please help, Dining room needs to belong...(pics) (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: jjam on 10.25.2007 at 11:34 am in Home Decorating Forum

I should probably wait until I get my drapes in, but it's a rainy day here(hooray) and I have the time. So here are pics of my adjoining rooms and a few questions.

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Questions:

Should I paint my banister railings black? Or stain them dark brown?? Something needs to happen with all the light oak.

Light fixture is the foyer has got to go, and I did find one at Hudson Valley Lighting that is great but $$$. I tried to copy and paste it into this post but no luck. Ideas?

I like the living room pretty well but it could also use some tweaking, as I look at it objectively. The piano gets used frequently but the seating area is ignored. I'd like to see it used more as another place to sit where you don't see a TV; as in FR.

Thanks again all...

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Please help, Dining room needs to belong...(pics)

posted by: jjam on 10.24.2007 at 12:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm close to the end of a year long project to update our 25 year old home, incorporating inherited vintage furniture, and a desire to change from a kid friendly environment to one for happy empty nesters. I'm stuck on my dining room. I went with pale blue when repainting, and while it's attractive on its own, I don't think it fits in with the rest of the house. The room has an eclectic mix of furniture and a vintage crystal chandelier, but I want it to be warm and comfortable. Problem is, our house tends to be dark as we are very wooded outside and we have 8 ft ceilings; not many windows. I like my drapes but plan to move them to the Living room, and have some rich gold silk embroidered drapes being made as we speak. The new drapes will warm up the space, and want the wall color to add warmth without being too dark. I also have the option of adding wainscoting below the chair rail if I would like. I'd love your thoughts. The answer may be very obvious and I just can't see it. Thanks in advance.

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I added photos of adjoining rooms; the house is pretty open so you see just about everything from the kitchen.Any advice on accessories, lighting, etc. is welcome!!

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another room rearrange....help!! :)

posted by: scoobyruby on 09.25.2010 at 05:51 pm in Home Decorating Forum

So the DR was cleared of the big table (really too big for the room) and I had my furniture from the sitting room, aka not sit in room!!

I am mocking up a skirted table. Mirror not hung. Lamps...simple or ornate. Or do you even like? Anything you would do differently?




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RE: Show me your tv wall. (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: jjam on 02.16.2011 at 08:00 am in Home Decorating Forum

Here's ours:

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Our FP wall didn't have shelves wide enough for the new TVs so we used the only remaining wall for that purpose. I had one decorator roll his eyes when he saw that we were turning the furniture toward the TV instead of the FP, but I like srg's comment; we are who we are, and this is how we live. When the family comes over we all gather around the TV to watch movies, games, etc. Didn't people gather around their radios before TVs came into play??

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RE: Show me your tv wall. (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: lisa_mocha on 02.18.2011 at 11:23 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Wow...some beautiful built-ins shown here!
Srg_love your set-up & the fireplace is stunning!

I only wish I had space for built-ins large enough to conceal the TV. At first, I wasn't big on the TV over the fireplace, but now, I'm used to it.
It is a family room afterall and will leave the living room 'tv-free'

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RE: MBR: tray ceiling pics? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: newhomebuilder on 07.05.2010 at 12:06 pm in Home Decorating Forum

My Master bedroom ceiling is the same as the walls. I like the look very much.
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My dining room ceiling is also the same color as the walls, but I think the ceiling is too dark. Which I had painted it a lighter color.
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RE: Show me paint jobs in bedroom Tray/Coffered ceilings! (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: whitdobe on 02.07.2011 at 10:36 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I think my master ceiling is a lot like yours.
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RE: Pics of brown sectional/couch (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: srg215 on 02.06.2011 at 09:07 am in Home Decorating Forum

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RE: What is comfort in the home? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: sueb20 on 02.05.2011 at 07:47 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I just posted this pic on the "where have you been?" thread. This room was our dining room, the usual setup with table and china cabinet... which we rarely used. So we sold the dining room furniture and got a loveseat, 2 "dining" chairs, and a leather club chair, all gathered around a round antique table. On another wall are two large Stickley bookcases. I am finding that, this winter, this is my favorite and most comfortable room. I think it's a combination of the really soft loveseat (I'm short so I can almost lay down on it), the well-worn table, and a recently-added large basket of yarn and knitting needles, as I recently re-discovered knitting. I also love the wall color and the collection of books and travel mementos that are displayed on the shelves (not shown).

I also need to have a throw/blanket in every room of my house! Also, what I call "flexible" lighting -- lamps with 3-way switches -- and ottomans. I have an ottoman fetish, I think. ;)

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RE: Sofa for dark blue leather club chairs... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: scoobyruby on 07.30.2009 at 10:58 am in Home Decorating Forum

I personally think it would be too much leather. We have a leather sofa ( great for kids, grown-up kids, & dogs ) but I have a mix of upholstered chairs in my den. I did not buy them all together but since I basically have used the same colors thru out my house - it works, I guess. It takes away from the look that I went & bought the set at the local furniture store at the same time. I do think it is wise to stay with a more neutral sofa - doesn't have to be solid but a nice tweed that brings all the colors together or subtle stripe/check. Then you can always bring in bolder fabrics in with your pillows & maybe one of your accent chairs.
Here is a pic of my den (also with a Karastan rug)Of course some things have changed from this pic!! I had my pillows made with 2 fabrics so I can flip them - on the other side is a khaki linen that I use in the summer.....

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RE: Does you have black coffee table/end table/sofa tables? Pics (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: kmcg85 on 11.10.2008 at 05:58 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here's the FR with oak gateleg sofa table, cherry end table and...
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RE: Show me your brown sofas, please (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: scoobyruby on 07.05.2009 at 06:30 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here is my brown leather sofa....with a mix of upholstered chairs. The leather works for us with kids & 3 dogs. Coffee table out of old reclaimed wood & iron is in the works for the leather ottoman to slide under (our old sofa wasn't as dark but we love putting our feet up on the ottoman)

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RE: Should drapery panels be the same color as walls? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: hoyamom on 01.27.2011 at 09:08 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have mentioned before in other threads that I am a monochromatic kind of gal. LOL When I had my custom drapes made the decorator tried to get me out of my comfort zone but I just couldn't. He suggested stripes - what? Stripes, me??? No way!! The dupioni silk drapes had a very subtle tone on tone stripe but to me it screamed prison stripe. He said once the drapes are made they will look beautiful and I wouldn't notice the stripes. Well, he was right - I didn't notice the subtle striping but I did notice the shimmer. Go with your gut but listen with an open mind.

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RE: Per request, a few pics of My3dogs home interior (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: my3dogs on 07.16.2008 at 02:02 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Again, thank you all for the warm reception to my little place.

Here are a few more rooms. I have posted the living room in another post, but this puts it all together in one. It's a typical front to back living room as often found in these old capes, and is 10' x 25'!

Here is the front of the LR -
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And the back. I broke it up into a breakfast type nook in the back. The bay window overlooks the river, and I eat all my meals from that antique pine table. The towel that you see below the window is there to protect the base because Sam and Joey love to get up in that window and watch the activity in the back yard and in the river. We get a large variety of birds and animals passing through. The antique Irish pine corner cupboard on the left is from a local consignment shop, as is the Chinoiserie Maddox desk under the window in the shot of the front of the LR.
back of living room March 22 2007

Someone asked if that lamp on the secretary on the right is an eagle. No, it is a rooster, solid brass, vintage, very heavy with an ebonized base from eBay. You will not believe what I paid for it - $29.95! I did buy the shade, but a similar lamp sold weeks later on eBay for over $300.
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My dining room has the same BM 'Crimson' below the chair rail as I painted the kitchen. It was painted Blonde above, but it did nothing for the various antique furniture in there. This past January I painted my TEENY front entry and up the stairs BM 'Wythe' blue, and found this Thibaut wallpaper that matched the adjoining entry perfectly, and had every paint color in my house it it. I HAD to order the paper.

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I got the new Couristan wool rug on eBay for a bit over $400, and it has all the colors in the wallpaper.

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The chairs are Hitchcock from approx 1960 - I bought 6 from eBay years ago at $95 each. Before buying them, I looked at a Hitchcock catalog in a local store. The same chairs then were over $700 each. I think my home is unique because most things in it are vintage or antique. It's what I like, and it has saved me SO much money! (My eBay lamp fetish purchases would fill another entire post!)

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I picked up a silk remnant locally and made the simple WTs.

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See how the colors blend - the paint samples are all the colors used in my house. Back to work, but I'll show a bit more later.

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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.

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I live on a small river which forms my irregular property line. I have many perennial beds...here are a few. This photo was taken in the spring, so not much is in bloom.
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You enter through this 6' x 6' porch. 99% of furnishings, wall paper , chandy in here are from eBay.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Whew, I'll take a break and post a few more, if you want to see any....

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RE: finding the right pale yellow (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: kswl on 04.14.2008 at 11:20 am in Home Decorating Forum

Benjamin Moore's Golden Wheat. The woodwork is several shades lighter.

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RE: finding the right pale yellow (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: jynxed23 on 04.14.2008 at 10:45 am in Home Decorating Forum

jjam - the fabrics on the coffee table are for the drapes that were just made for this room. I'm having 2 pillows made and then I'm going to attempt making the rest of the pillows for this room myself (as soon as I learn how to sew). All of the fabrics (drapes, sofa, chairs, banding on drapes, trim) are from ebay and online discounters). I've been "collecting" them for a couple of years and now the fabric is being put to use. Here is a recent pic:

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Yes, the color is definitely more a yellow than a cream. My first reaction was that it looked like a washed out vintage yellow. What I like about it is how compatible it is to the other colors in my house.

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