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RE: Bare vs crowded (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: valinsv on 03.11.2010 at 03:52 pm in Home Decorating Forum

If you cannot change the frames, I would paint the stained frame black to match the other one and then stack them one over the other. I just love, love that lamp!


clipped on: 03.11.2010 at 04:10 pm    last updated on: 03.11.2010 at 04:12 pm

Please help me with this living space?(pic heavy)

posted by: balego on 09.04.2008 at 09:24 am in Home Decorating Forum

A couple of years ago, I had posted this room asking what the first impression of this room was. I received an overwhelming response which was very positive. It is a difficult space, as it is long and very narrow and is both our living/dining room, having three windows in awkward places as well as two large doorways. The room has changed slightly since my first post, below is how it looked two years ago.

lr before

And now


Since that first post, we put in all new windows and trim, framed in the doorway and added the french doors. The blinds are cherry wood, and the floor is all new hardwood. As you can see, everything is in shades of brown now. I didn't plan it that way, it just happened to end up all browns.
The only colour is the drapery panels. I would really like to add accessories, but although I do see things that appeal to me, I really don't know what kind of things would suit the space, nor how to arrange things. I tend to buy little things that arent expensive, but then think they look sort of silly once I get them home, such as that plastic plant thing on the coffee table and the fake greens on the small console table. I need more lighting, but don't know what lamps would look good, nor where to put them. THe (fake) fireplace needs light over it, but even that small one looks too tall up there. And to me it would look strange to have a lamp on the table beside the sofa as it is not far from the one on the fireplace. But light is indeed needed there.

Can you give me some direction and maybe a suggestion for a different colour I can place in there for a bit of interest? Just fyi...the furniture placement is pretty much how it has to be unless I ditch the fireplace. It looks best where it is, believe me, I tried numerous arrangements and nothing else works. Also, the large TV there is going in the basement family room. The original TV (shown in before pic), will be put back on the console once we build the unit to hold the larger one in our basement. Okay, here is the rest of the space.





And the whole room looking from the kitchen


clipped on: 09.08.2008 at 11:19 am    last updated on: 09.08.2008 at 11:19 am

Anyone paint a gold mirror frame oil rubbed bronze color?

posted by: twg7590 on 09.07.2008 at 08:46 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hi. As talented as this group is, I am hoping that some of you have transformed gold framed mirrors into an oil rubbed bronze finish.

I am working on updating our powder room and I have a beautiful mirror that has a gold frame around it. It fits perfectly in the space, but it looks horrible with the new Oil rubbed bronze light fixtures, faucets, etc.

Any advice on the best technique to use to create a bronze finish on the frame?



clipped on: 09.08.2008 at 10:49 am    last updated on: 09.08.2008 at 10:49 am

RE: Centerpiece ideas , non-floral, for party (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: les917 on 11.27.2006 at 11:31 pm in Crafts and Decorations Forum

Not sure why she doesn't want flowers, if her idea is 'romantic Europe' - flowers would be central to much of that feel. I would check with the banquet hall about restrictions on candles - many places do not allow open flames on the tables due to fire code, so your candles must be contained in some way.

Here's one idea. Use a glass pillar candle hurricane as in the link.

glass hurrican

Make a base for it by taking a terra cotta flower pot saucer that is large enough to hold the glass hurricane. Use a terra cotta flower pot, turned upside down, to act as the pedestal base. Usually the pot will be one size down from the saucer size. Paint them black, then dry brush with bronze and florentine gold craft paints, especially on the rims of the saucer and bottom rim of the flowerpot (now upside down as base). Use silicone adhesive to glue saucer to bottom of flower pot.

Get some vellum from the craft store, likely in the scrapbooking department. Measure it so that you can create a piece of vellum that will wrap around the outside of the hurricane, covering it completely top to bottom. Search on your computer for graphics that represents each city, and print them in black on the vellum. Add the name of the city in a pretty font, perhaps some other words or names of places as well. Wrap this around the outside of the hurricane. WHen you place the pillar candle inside (white, unscented), the light will shine through the vellum and make a beautiful glow. You could add some gold curliques or paint right along the top and bottom edges of the vellum using a gold paint pen to make a more elegant finish. You can rent round mirrors ( or the banquet hall may have them) to put under the pedestal to reflect the light even more.

Despite your daughter not wanting flowers, I would think about buying some of the pretty faux garland that is out there now for the holidays, perhaps with some white roses or magnolias in it and some frosted gold glitter, to encircle the base of the pedestal.

And I agree with marie - your daughter seems very clear on what she does and doesn't want. She is old enough to understand a budget, and should also be willing to help do the work to make the party happen and save money where possible.

I guess I should be glad that I have boys, and that those kinds of parties aren't done in our area! LOL

Hope she has a wonderful birthday, and that the party is everything she has dreamed of all these years!


clipped on: 08.15.2008 at 05:39 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2008 at 05:39 pm

RE: Attn: zuzus_petals, cattknap, sassymnmom... (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: zuzus_petals on 07.11.2006 at 08:57 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thank you Lara! That was nice of you to think of me. The "limited budget" criterion definitely applies, heh.

I don't have an album or anything, but here are a few random shots that I took previously:


clipped on: 07.14.2006 at 11:15 am    last updated on: 07.14.2006 at 11:16 am