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Need ideas for camouflaging desk behind couch

posted by: teapot100 on 01.04.2014 at 12:23 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

We have limited space in our house so we decided to put a Parsons-type desk behind the couch to hold our desktop computer.

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It is not the ideal set-up and it would look better if it were a laptop instead of a dekstop. I thought about putting a screen between the couch and the desk, but as you can see, our fireplace (with a woodstove) is directly behind the desk and I really don't want to block off that area more than it already is. But what can I do to make this work so it doesn't look so cluttered and like the Happy Lites and speakers are going to fall onto someone's head if they sit on the couch?

This post was edited by teapot100 on Sat, Jan 4, 14 at 12:39


clipped on: 01.04.2014 at 01:19 pm    last updated on: 01.04.2014 at 01:19 pm

Too late to move?

posted by: teapot100 on 07.21.2013 at 09:31 am in Growing Tomatoes Forum

My neighbour gave us around 20 tomato seedlings - they were on the verge of death when she gave them to us. Apparently they weren't growing at all for her so my husband put them in our very small raised bed to see what would happen. Well, as things go, they loved it and are thriving, but we can't keep them all in there. I should have done something a couple of weeks ago and some have started flowering, some are not quite there yet. Is it too late to thin them out and give them away?


clipped on: 07.21.2013 at 09:31 am    last updated on: 07.21.2013 at 09:31 am

Birds and other mobile features in the garden 2013 #5

posted by: claire on 05.27.2013 at 04:58 pm in New England Gardening Forum

This thread is intended to give people a place to post photos and/or talk about birds, critters, wildlife, fish, whatever - topics you might not want to start a whole thread on, but are still garden-related. You can see the range of possible topics in the previous threads:

All of the threads in the Birds and other mobile features in the garden series prior to 2012 are now stored in the New England Garden Forum Gallery. See the top of the main page to switch between Discussions and Gallery. For 2012, see the links posted in Birds and other mobile features in the garden 2012 #7. These threads have been moved to the Gallery but there may be problems with the links.
I've added an INDEX on the Gallery side that I hope will solve the link problem. I think I've corrected the most current links by editing the posts but I can't change threads prior to the edit post feature. If this works I'll post how I did it.

edit note: It looks like you now have to put " " marks around the URL when you link to it, i.e. "URL". If you don't, GW automatically adds them in and does it wrong, splitting the URL into two segments that don't work. You can correct it on recent posts using the edit post feature, but older posts can't be edited. This only seems to apply to internal GW to GW links - I have no idea why.

And for 2013:
Birds and other mobile features in the garden 2013 #1
Birds and other mobile features in the garden 2013 #2
Birds and other mobile features in the garden 2013 #3
Birds and other mobile features in the garden 2013 #4
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For a change I'm going to start out with a bug rather than turkeys since the turkeys are mostly off in the woods nesting (I hope).

I was sitting on the porch steps gardenwatching today when I saw a bright green bug on the paver at the bottom of the steps. Luckily I had my camera nearby so I could get a few photos - OK, about ten photos.

At first I was afraid it was an Emerald Ash Borer but Google said no, so rather than bother with a bug guide I googled "bright green beetle" and found it's a Six-spotted Tiger Beetle which is apparently common here although I've never seen one before.

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Ferocious little beast but very beautiful, so long as you're not its dinner.


This post was edited by claire on Tue, May 28, 13 at 10:25


clipped on: 06.23.2013 at 03:27 pm    last updated on: 06.23.2013 at 03:27 pm

Small accent rug in entryway

posted by: teapot100 on 04.08.2013 at 08:43 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

We have a split level ranch so our entryway is quite small (maybe 3' square). We have a doormat just outside the door on the doorstep and then in the center of the entrway, we have a small round accent rug. Is it typical for guests for bypass the doormat and just wipe their shoes on the accent rug? We had only had the rug a couple of days when a friend came over and I was horrified to see her wiping her shoes on my cute little rug instead of the outdoor doormat. Should I expect everyone who comes to the door to do this? We had a number of small accent rugs in the entryway prior to this and I can't say I can recall anyone wiping their feet on them, including the friend in question. Maybe because it was so obviously a rug that it caught her eye and she thought, "Oh, I should wipe my feet on the rug" ? I don't know!

I just want to know if this is something I should expect on a regular basis and just relax or if I should get a new outdoor doormat that might catch my incoming guests' eyes first?


clipped on: 04.08.2013 at 08:48 am    last updated on: 04.08.2013 at 08:49 am

Old door into headboard

posted by: teapot100 on 08.10.2012 at 10:34 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

I have an old door that I picked up on the side of the road that was painted a very pale and pretty blue. I'd like to keep the finish, if I can, but if I'm to turn it into a headboard, do I really need to strip the paint to prevent any lead paint issues or can I just seal with polyurethane?


clipped on: 08.10.2012 at 10:34 am    last updated on: 08.10.2012 at 10:34 am

Painting ceiling?

posted by: teapot100 on 08.02.2012 at 12:16 pm in Paint Forum

I'd like to paint our ceilings in our 70s ranch a very pale aqua/blue, but we have popcorn ceilings - more of a flat popcorn than the really heavily textured ones. I'm worried that instead of opening up the room, the ceiling will create a shadowy popcorn look. Good idea or not?


clipped on: 08.02.2012 at 12:16 pm    last updated on: 08.02.2012 at 12:16 pm

Pillow back for loveseat and couch?

posted by: teapot100 on 07.31.2012 at 05:28 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Hello all - I have a couch and loveseat that I recently tried to make slipcovers for. As you can see from the attached photo, I only succeeded part way and as it was 1.5 years ago that I started the slipcovers, I can honestly say I will never get those back cushions slipcovered, by my own hands, at least. And, I am loathe to have them slipcovered professionally (because of $$). In fact, the seat cushions aren't slipcovered - I just wrapped the cushions together and safety pinned them in place! The thought of having to slipcover 10 box-type cushions is giving me a panic attack already.

So, my question you think it would look lame if I just did away with those sloppy back cushions and replaced them with regular throw pillows/cushions, but larger such as 26" square Euro pillows and just made simple cushion covers for those?

Here is a link that might be useful: Loveseat


clipped on: 07.31.2012 at 05:29 pm    last updated on: 07.31.2012 at 05:32 pm

Need (very)low-budget dining/living area help

posted by: teapot100 on 02.06.2012 at 07:05 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We bought this 70s split-level ranch last year and haven't done much to the place aside from pulling up the wall-to-wall carpet in the living/dining area. Fortunately, under the carpet lay hardwood flooring. Unfortunately, it was not in the best shape, especially in the dining area.

This is a shot of the dining area. You can see the door to the deck in the upper left corner of the space complete with vinyl flooring that matches the kitchen.

We've added the midcentury modern hand-me-down credenza to the space under the black typography painting you see there since the top photo was shot.

OK! So that's what we have to work with! Here are the things that I've been considering and I need help with more ideas or fleshing out of these:

FLOOR: the space needs something on the floor until we can refinish the hardwood because it is embarrassingly bad-looking. It always looks dirty even though it isn't and very shabby. We need a low-budget solution for this. Our kids are 7 and 11 and we have a small-med dog so what kind of rug might work here?

WINDOWS: The window treatment is a big UGH. I like the fabric, but I should have just bought another blind to go over the window so that there would be more continuity with the living room blinds. And then what about the windowed door? What sort of treatment would look good there?

CEILING FAN/LIGHTING: And what to do about the ceiling fan? Is it worth it to keep it up? We live in New England where it's cold in the winter and can get hot and humid in the summer. I'd rather have a nice pendant light there, but I wonder if I could do something to the ceiling fan blades or even change the lamp on this?

Here's a shot of the living area to give you an idea of what else we're working with here:


Our style is of the hand-me-down/thrift-store/yard-sale/recycling center/half-finished-slipcovered variety. I guess it's somewhat eclectic, but the living room space looks more beachy/shabby-chic-wanna-be while the dining area is more MCM. What can I do to marry the 2 spaces together since they flow into each other?


clipped on: 02.06.2012 at 07:05 pm    last updated on: 02.06.2012 at 07:07 pm

Greener/Budget temporary kitchen floor fix?

posted by: teapot100 on 02.06.2012 at 05:29 pm in Flooring Forum

Hi - we have a very small 70s kitchen and right now it has some 80s/90s sheet vinyl. We don't have the money to do a renovation of the kitchen right now, as much as we'd like, but our plan is to do so in a few years. Until then we need to do something about the floor - and here's a pic of it before we moved in:


As you can see, the floor doesn't quite match up with the rest of the kitchen, which is a mish mash of white/beige, black and butter yellow.

I'm hesitant to do vinyl because of the off-gassing, less eco-friendly qualities of it, but I've seen nice floors done with it on the cheap. What are some other temporary low-cost solutions (besides an area rug) that would work in this kitchen?


clipped on: 02.06.2012 at 07:06 pm    last updated on: 02.06.2012 at 07:06 pm