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please can you help me fix up this bathroom (pics)?

posted by: kjmama on 09.03.2010 at 11:29 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm stuck.... We just moved into a house, so I'm looking for some simple ideas to make this bathroom work. The vanity has to stay for now, as does the tile. We just painted and bought a new shower curtain and rod. The rest of the house has pewter so we went with pewter, now I'm wondering if that was a mistake...
We painted it pink, so it has a fresh backdrop, sort of:) Please excuse the toddler potty:)

This was my inspiration

I found this on craigslist and thought I'd paint it, but when we got it home, my DH did not want to paint it. And it really is very pretty, it has a cherry type tone.

The mirror is a toss up. I found this mirror, which goes with the curvy hutch, but the two cherry tones are making the oak vanity look very shabby. Something about it doesn't seem right, but I'm not sure what exactly.


Here is another mirror option. It fills the space well. It is a weathered, painted mirror with a shelf. The pic is not that great, but here is a closeup too.

From bathroom

I'm open to changing the light fixture, but not sure what to do.

I really need some accessorizing direction too. This is a cold bathroom. I want to warm it up somehow? Any ideas sweet friends?

Thank you in advance for your help!


clipped on: 09.05.2010 at 10:27 am    last updated on: 09.05.2010 at 10:28 am

Help - TN 'engineering' - to suspend a swing from a limb

posted by: hermitonthehill on 03.20.2007 at 11:52 pm in Tennessee Gardening Forum

I posted about this on another forum, but I figured I'd also ask at my "home base" here in the TNG forum.

I've got a wooden swing that was used on an A-frame. The A-frame is long defunct. The swing suspends by chains - like a swingset's chains.

I have a nearly "perfect" Oak tree limb that is large enough to support the weight of the swing and people sitting in it. I want to suspend the swing from that limb. (and landscape "the view" from that position/perspective and the immediate area)

What I want to AVOID is a) damaging the limb b) having to re-suspend it every year.

While my kids have outgrown the tire-swings from two different Oaks on the property, I want to avoid what I see happen with those - the rope gets tight around the limb, the tree continues to grow, the rope gets embedded in the limb and it scars the limb even if you do remove it. Another reason I don't want to have to re-do suspending the swing every year (like cutting or undoing the rope and tying it up anew to loosen it or whatever) because it isn't going to be much longer that I'm going to be able to get up that high. (I already have an issue with ladders and unsteady heights in general) So, I'd like to avoid that scenario. I just can't seem to think of an acceptable alternative.

Would a traditional/proper "noose" (starting from the end of the branching out and working back to the suspension-sites on the primary limb) provide for less rubbing/abrasion when the swing was swinging? Would a "noose", instead of just being tied around the limb with any given knot, *possibly* loosen with the limb's growth?

I know it probably sounds crazy, but I am just all spun up about this - as much as I feel "that is the spot, that is the limb" and want to hang the wooden swing there/from it, I'm nearly as zealous about wanting to avoid injuring the tree and having to potentially contend with "Calibration" maintenance... I wanted this swing up last year, but I spent all year banging my head on how to go about it to alleviate my concerns.

I don't think there's enough chain on the swing to reach that limb with the swing's seat at an appropriate level/height off the ground, so I'm going to need to extend each side either with more chain or "rope"... I haven't purchased either yet since I'm still trying to figure out a "good way" to do this.

Has anyone else gone about suspending a swing from a tree limb that you find works well for you and your tree?


clipped on: 06.06.2007 at 12:57 pm    last updated on: 06.06.2007 at 12:57 pm

RE: I absolutely adore my centranthus ruber / valerian (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: shivadiva on 01.02.2006 at 12:05 pm in New England Gardening Forum

My experience has been mostly good. Bought some plants about five years ago (they were "Epic" brand transplants) and put them in my only sun-baked corner. We are mostly clay sand here (woods is clay loam) and I topdress with compost and wood chips. That may have rotted them out, they seem to love growing among the stones and sand in their native mediterranean climate. Lost all of them 2 years ago, after 3 years of vigorous growth they just pooped out and left a huge dead rootstock, did not reseed themselves, now looking to replace them. I went to every garden and perennial store last year and no one had them. I will try seed, they are supposed to be very easy and I'd like dozens of them. I did dig out the dead rootstocks and it was somewhat of a chore, but no worse than taking out a small shrub.

Some of us adore the dull brick pink color ;) I have a traffic-cone yellow house with indigo and terra cotta trim, I avoid straight reds, blues, and yellows in the garden--these are just fantastic!!!

Goes well interplanted between iris...will keep blooming after the iris are just foliage-only. Also looks fabulous interplanted with "spritzy flowers" such as agastaches and coreopsis Early Sunrise, gaura, and perennial blue salvias.


Interplanting with iris
Companion with coreopsis 'Early Sunrise', guara, perennial blue salvia
clipped on: 06.12.2006 at 11:24 am    last updated on: 06.12.2006 at 11:26 am

RE: What are your favorite companion plants for Daylilies? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: laurelin on 01.30.2006 at 01:07 pm in Daylily Forum

My daylilies are scattered among my other perennials, and a bunch of favorite annuals. In my front yard (cool colors, purple/violet/rose/pink/burgundy/white) I've got them mixed in with peonies, white snapdragons, tall bearded irises, siberian irises, ornamental grass (pennisetum alopecuroides), cranesbills (geraniums - 'Brookside' and 'Ballerina'), alyssum, nigella 'Miss Jeckyll Blue,' nicotiana 'Lime Green,' lamb's ears, violet purple liatris, various asters, heuchera 'Palace Purple,' centranthus ruber, white and pink coneflowers, salvia 'Maynight,' lavender 'Munstead,' euphorbia (donkey tail spurge), Russian Sage, sedums 'Rose Glow' and 'Autumn Joy,' malva sylvestris 'Zebrina' and 'Brave Heart,' lilacs ('Krasavitsa Moskvy,' 'Little Boy Blue,' and 'Andanken an Ludwig Spaeth'), rose 'Roseraie de l'Hay), mock orange 'Virginal,' butterfly bush 'Plum Purple,' and Rose of Sharon bushes. Plus lots of underplanted bulbs (daffodils, lilies, crocuses). A merry mix.

My back yard has many more daylilies, mostly hot colors (yellow/gold/orange/scarlet/white/touch of blue), mixed with tall bearded (mostly historic) irises, peonies, asiatic lilies ('Avignon'), nasturtiums ('Alaska'), siberian irises, white liatris, salvia 'Victoria,' alchemilla mollis, cosmos 'Sonata White,' a dwarf oakleaf hydrangea ('Pee Wee'), a very young lilac ('President Lincoln'), culinary sage, rudbeckias, white coneflowers, and bronze-leaved cannas. Again, I have lots of bulbs underplanted. Zinnias make good companions, too. The back yard border is the "youngest" part of the garden, so it's still a work in progress. I like VARIETY (as I'm sure you can tell); monoculture, even of one of my favorite flowers, would bore me to tears.



daylily companions
centranthus ruber combos
clipped on: 06.12.2006 at 11:41 am    last updated on: 06.12.2006 at 11:43 am