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Show me your Cottage Decor

posted by: ranaeluvstexas on 04.14.2006 at 07:21 am in Home Decorating Forum

Does anyone have a cottage I would love to see pics of your cottage decor or if you could direct me to some site that does I would love that.
Thanks- can't afford a bungalow in town (can't afford the $ or Traffic or Gas lol ) so trying to turn our Texas builders home into our cottage on the inside.
Any inspirations will be appreciated

Here is a link that might be useful: RaNaeLuvsEwes Shabby Sheep Shed

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clipped on: 08.23.2011 at 04:19 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2011 at 04:19 pm

Banquette cushion, bolster, & pillows -- Pics please

posted by: sweetandrew on 08.08.2011 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

I met with the upholstery lady this morning. She is making a 4 inch thick seat cushion for our huge L-shaped banquette out of a pretty William Morris/Arts & Crafts-y type fabric that will have a Teflon coating. I have a coordinating floral fabric that I intended to use for throw pillows. She asked what size (she suggested 20 inch but that sounded huge), and I realized I need some inspiration pics. She also suggested using some bolsters as well. (We are not planning to use a back cushion.) Anyone have any inspiration pics to share?? Thanks in advance!

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clipped on: 08.11.2011 at 03:49 pm    last updated on: 08.11.2011 at 03:49 pm

How To Use Ikea to Get a Custom Kitchen (High Quality)

posted by: davidro1 on 06.22.2011 at 07:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

this subject needs a thread of its own.

you can use Ikea
to save on costs, and
to get almost everything you could want... because Ikea leaves you with enough money to go get those things you really want, at another place.

Get from Ikea those parts and piece that you wish to use Ikea for, and buy the rest from other sources.

Example.
1/. buy the ikea bases
and
2a/. buy ikea-compatible drawer fronts and base cabinet doors from Scherr's and many others, or
2b/. make your own, or
2c/. hire a cabinet maker to make custom cabinet doors and drawer faces

Many people who say they got it at ikea did not buy their entire kitchen from ikea.

Many people who say they have Ikea, did not buy their entire kitchen there.

For those who don't know this, it needs to be said.
Ikea is never the place to go to, to get an entire kitchen.
Ikea is the place to go to, to get most of the things you need.
Ikea is the place to go to, to start your comparison shopping.
Ikea is the place to go to, to get ideas.

Hth

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clipped on: 07.20.2011 at 04:53 pm    last updated on: 07.20.2011 at 04:53 pm

Favorite BM Paints - I have 24 hours to decide!

posted by: thenickster on 03.19.2011 at 02:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have to pick paint for an entire house by tomorrow and all I have are paint chips.

What are your:
Favorite yellows
Favorite beige
Favorite blues
Favorite red

Or any favorite!!

Thanks!

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clipped on: 04.18.2011 at 12:39 pm    last updated on: 04.18.2011 at 12:39 pm

did you tile your subway tile backspash? would you do it again?

posted by: babushka_cat on 03.13.2011 at 09:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

in an effort to save some $$$ i have planned to tile the subway tile backsplash however i am currently experiencing cold feet! i have not tiled before but have done stained glass extensively so i am comfortable with cutting glass and am thinking it must be similar to cutting tile. for those who tiled their subway tile backspash - how hard was it, do you have any tips, would you do it again?

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clipped on: 03.17.2011 at 02:59 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2011 at 02:59 pm

Arts and Crafts kitchens

posted by: powertoolpatriot on 01.31.2011 at 03:07 am in Kitchens Forum

Looking for ideas on Arts and Crafts kitchens. Not a purist. Would like to "modernize" it a bit, but not too much. I have checked out "Arts and Crafts Home" magazine. Got some good ideas there, just wondering if anyone else had done something in the Arts and Craft style.

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clipped on: 02.03.2011 at 02:50 pm    last updated on: 02.03.2011 at 02:50 pm

deciding factors- choosing a granite fabricator?

posted by: painterly on 01.10.2011 at 12:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello, everyone!

First, let me thank you all for the wonderful granite referrals- They all turned out to be great companies!

We have narrowed them down to 4, but each one has a little something different about them. Can you all give me input on what -if any- factors would sway you in one direction or another?

company #1- $2400, said they "can do if you want" French Miters, digital templating, CNC fabrication. Is not BBB accredited, but has an A- score on their website. No warranty at all. Turnaround time is 4-5 days from the time of templating.

company #2- $2700, uses French Miters, digital templating, CNC fabrication. IS BBB accredited and has an A+. As standard practice, this company does rodding (steel reinforcement rods) wherever there is a sink or cooktop cutout. Also does back gauging (smoothing out the underside of the overhang) as standard practice. Those elements are included in the price. 10 year warranty. Turnaround time is 7-10 days from the time of templating.

company #3- $2800, uses French Miters, digital templating, CNC fabrication. website says they are BBB accredited but a search on BBB says they are not, however has an A- as a grade. 1 year warranty. Turnaround time is 10-14 business days from the time of templating.

company #4- $2800, uses French Miters, digital templating, CNC fabrication. Could not find them on the BBB at all. Have done some huge projects here in DC, and seems to have won quite a number of awards. 1 year warranty. Turnaround time is 7-10 days from the time of templating.

They all seem to be great companies, but each one has pros and cons- prices, turnaround, warranty, extras like the rodding and back gauging, etc.

What do you all think? Now that I have written it all out, it is becoming clearer to me, but I would love some more feedback. Thank you so much again!

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clipped on: 01.10.2011 at 04:34 pm    last updated on: 01.10.2011 at 04:34 pm

Inspiring GW Kitchens

posted by: mary_in_nc on 10.24.2010 at 11:22 am in Kitchens Forum

So, I am curious, which kitchens from GW inspired you the most when you were planning and designing your own kitchen? For me, there were three: Tito's kitchen- http://finishedkitchens.blogspot.com/2007/12/titos-kitchen.html , Collen's : http://finishedkitchens.blogspot.com/2007/12/coleen3201118s-kitchen.html, and my all time favorite GW kitchen Orchidluvr's (see below). I am looking forward to reading your responses!

Here is a link that might be useful: Orchidluvr's kitchen

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clipped on: 01.06.2011 at 02:10 pm    last updated on: 01.06.2011 at 02:12 pm

what granite edge did you choose and why

posted by: bostonpam on 03.03.2010 at 08:41 am in Kitchens Forum

Templating took 5+ hours over 2 days and now I have to finalize my edges. What did you choose and why? I'm thinking semi bullnose on the wall runs (less cost) and ogee or dupont for island.

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clipped on: 01.01.2011 at 10:57 pm    last updated on: 01.01.2011 at 10:57 pm

Travertine Look-alike

posted by: jojogirl11 on 10.31.2009 at 12:25 am in Flooring Forum

I just wanted to share about a tile I found recently. I love the look of travertine, but have had some bad experiences with what I think was Mexican travertine in our home. So, I've been looking for alternatives that will be easy to keep.

I went into our realtor's office a few weeks ago, and noticed how beautiful the "travertine" floors were. Well, I couldn't resist getting a closer look, so I went into the bathroom and inspected the floor up close. To my surprise, it was not travertine! I couldn't believe it - it looked SOOO real. And I live with travertine everyday, so I shouldn't have been fooled. It was beautiful. The kind people at the realty office gave me one of the tiles, and with a little research, I found it. I thought I'd share it with anyone who might be interested here:

http://www.mosaictileco.com/serenissima_cir_capri_cross_cut_noce_ceramic_and_porcelain_tile_options.htm

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clipped on: 01.01.2011 at 10:10 pm    last updated on: 01.01.2011 at 10:11 pm

The price of kitchens in the new age of revised expectations

posted by: sayde on 06.30.2010 at 06:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

We've all seen the guidelines counseling the kitchen should be about 10%-15% of the value of the house. So, now the prices of the houses are dropping, dropping, but the price of all the stuff for the kitchen? Not dropping.

We live in a city where property values have been quite low. There has been some depreciation but not as much as elsewhere. Still, it feels perilous to make a big investment, even 10-15%

We scrapped the total gut remodel plan and have decided to conserve our 80+ year old "antique" gumwood cabinets. My DH is doing all the cabinetry and refinishing. Still, the costs are mounting. Even as a mostly DIY in a moderate size (13 x 14) kitchen, it has probably passed the 10% guideline:

Plywood tools and materials for new cabinet insides $2K

Tile floor -- labor to remove old tiles, new subfloor and lay new tile $5K
New floor tiles -- these are nice handmold quarries -- 170 SF $3K
Range 30 inch $4K
Sink, faucet, disposal $1.8K
Dishwasher (Miele Inspira) $1.3K
Speed Oven (Miele) $2K
Hood $3.5-4.5K TBD
Tile or Backsplash 50 SF $.75K
Labor --TBD $2K
Counters $4K TBD
Track fixtures $1K
Painting, panel for fridge $2K

So we are at $35K and still counting . . . .we have probably passed the 10% guideline . . . and, albeit nice appliances and materials, this is a DIY with no change to footprint, no HVAC, no new windows . . . .and, we are retired. This is our forever house, and we can do this, but it feels -- scary? out of kilter?

Anyone else having similar thoughts about their remodels?

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clipped on: 12.28.2010 at 03:58 pm    last updated on: 12.28.2010 at 03:58 pm

Shoe me your linoleum floor...

posted by: sadler_mkb on 04.03.2010 at 04:34 pm in Flooring Forum

I am unable to put tile down in my kitchen, due to structural problems with the house. I decided I will try to find some linoleum floor that looks like tile. Does anyone have any in there home they can show me?

Thanks,

Kathi

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clipped on: 12.20.2010 at 03:46 pm    last updated on: 12.20.2010 at 03:46 pm

Kitchen tile and backsplash choice help needed

posted by: webmom on 12.06.2010 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all! New to the forum here and I am so impressed with tips and tricks everyone is sharing. I am stuck and am hoping for some design opinions/photos from you all. Help!

We are building a custom home with an association builder and so have a lot of choices we can make. My husband and I have agreed on everything throughout the entire house except the kitchen. We both are drawn to the darker colors, but our kitchen is a relatively small space in an open great-room type floorplan, so we don't want to go too dark. We have our cabinets picked out (copper stained beech) and currently our first place granite tile is the New Venetian Gold. We cannot agree on backsplash or flooring though. My husband would strongly prefer to find a dark tile that compliments the neighboring wood floor in the dining and living room (Elements Eldorado Birch). I can't seem to find anything I like. And I am determined to have some kind of lighter backsplash to compliment the lighter granite. Does anyone have any suggestions for a darker tile and a lighter backsplash that would go well with the venetian gold granite and reddish-brown darker wood?

Here is a montage of samples, including a photo of another similar kitchen our builder did for someone else.

More photos at Picasa: http://picasaweb.google.com/113072753856449002312/KitchenHelpNeeded#

From Kitchen Help Needed

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clipped on: 12.14.2010 at 12:22 pm    last updated on: 12.14.2010 at 12:22 pm

Recommendation for Granite Fabricator in St. Louis area?

posted by: mrssmith on 11.13.2010 at 04:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am wondering if anyone can recommend a granite fabricator in St. Louis? The last fabricator we used (for a bar) was inexpensive and did a fine job, but I found him to be a bit sketchy. We went to look at slabs for our kitchen today and the granite yard says they won't even let him on their premises anymore! Yikes! Clearly we won't be using him...Thanks for any recommendations!

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clipped on: 11.24.2010 at 12:36 pm    last updated on: 11.24.2010 at 12:36 pm