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Another voice for please to don't paint the woodwork. For all the reasons above...

So what would go well with the wood work? A traditional palette would be amber yellows/sage greens and rusty oranges. If that grabs you, go for it. Using a bright white or a creamy off whitey puts the focus on the details of the wood work. You can then use either a soft light palette for your furniture, or use vivid dashes of colors that you like - I could easily see a bright red or turquoise modern sofa for example.

If you want to go a bit more cottage, soft pastels in yellows blues and greens might work.

Think about the effect you might like, and go from there.

To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 11:19 AM

Sourdough is based on gluten in the flour. So, no.

Can I Make Sourdough Starter with Gluten-Free Flour? Good Questions
4/21/14 09:58 AM

I suggest that you treat it all as one giant mirror, and run your moulding along the top and bottom, and the left and right side of the outer mirrors. If you are not handy, get a professional to do it - doing it badly will look awful.

If you want visual separation of the mirrors, do this: use a wide moulding on top, bottom, left and right. This moulding should be wide - 2-3 inches. Then use very thin moulding in the angled area, and form a v out of two pieces to go in the angles. This should be small.... 1/2 inch or less. You want to keep this all light visually.

How To Frame 3 Adjacent Builder-Grade Mirrors? Good Questions
4/21/14 09:57 AM

Variation on your idea #2. Do use a round table in the corner, but pull the sofa to a comfortable distance from the TV, as in #1. You now a have a nice walkway behind the couch. Depending on exact dimensions, you may have some room here for shelves, book shelves, a console table or other relatively narrow furniture.

Ideas for Living/Dining Layout in Open Square Room? Good Questions
4/18/14 12:00 PM

I'm a traditionalist on this one - a dark brown or buttery tan leather.

Not that some of the other ideas don't sound nice, just, if it were mine, that's what I'd do

Upholstery Advice for Vintage Lounge Chairs? Good Questions
4/16/14 10:42 AM

I'm on the off-white or light bandwagon. The counter appears to have several colors in it. Do any of those appeal to you? If so, pick up one of those to integrate the counter into the space.

Give yourself a chance to live with it a year, and then you'll know if you want to go bright or cool, whether you want an accent wall, etc. etc.

What Color Would You Paint This Kitchen? Good Questions
4/14/14 10:21 AM

First impression is that I like the second layout better, in part because the TV is facing the couch directly. I don't like looking at the TV from an angle, and always wonder about decorating shows that don't acknowledge that we often use our couches to WATCH TV!

Concerns with the second layout. Is there plenty of room to walk behind the couch and into dining area? If not, this will become a nuisance. Can whatever the objects on the wall on the bottom be moved to the top wall of that area, allowing you pull the couch tv area further towards that wall? And possibly put the free floating chair down by the window?

Better Living Room Layout Ideas? Good Questions
4/14/14 10:17 AM

I like the direction, but personally would have a hard time with a black wall. I could go dark, but with color - dark red, navy. But that's my taste.

Before & After: A Vintage Bathroom Gets a Charming New Look
4/14/14 10:09 AM

Best way to make a pantry to look better? Doors! I'm not a tidy arranger of shelves, so open shelving will never be an option for me.

Pantry Shelf Before & After: From Sad to Beautifully Painted and Organized Before & After
4/11/14 12:28 PM

On the piping - Practice! Plus all the other tips others have supplied. Piping is hard!

Nice job, and I think the refinishing of the wood is quite nice.

Before & After: MCM Chair Gets an Upholstery Redo
4/11/14 12:26 PM

There are many groups that offer posters to teachers for free.

Here's a list of some for science related topics.

Search for "free posters for teachers" to get many more lists.

Things that soften the environment. Cloth, rugs, a chair or bean bag, color. An aquarium or fish bowl. Re arranging the chairs/desks so that you're not just all lined up.

Best of luck

Ideas for Decorating a Classroom? Good Questions
4/9/14 09:59 AM

Agree that these mostly don't reflect don't reflect real offices. I am about to move to a new apartment. One of the compromises was that my office has to move into my bedroom. It's a spacious bedroom, but there is the issue of paper clutter. I'm a paper stacker, and I keep file folders on my desk as a way to fight that. But these are still somewhat untidy.

So I'm looking for solutions that will make those look attractive, or ways to hide the area. I've been thinking of covering things up at night with fabric (kind of like bird cage covers!) or using a screen.


Decoration Inspiration Fitting a Home Office into a Small Space Small Space Solutions
4/8/14 10:18 AM

Clean up or refurbish the exterior. Remove the little pieces of wire that where used to hold things to the display area.

Then mount something of a an appropriate size in the interior as a display - I have an old quilt block that would be awesome, but so would an interesting piece of iron, a pair of crossed knives, a collection of locks and keys, a carving, etc. etc. In other words, anything you find attractive.

Or, use this as light box. Add holes to the back for ventilation, and mount led lights in the top of the box. If you're technical, you can figure out ways to make the colors on the lights change. You can be at the trippiest person on your block.

Reuse Project Ideas for Vintage Display Case? Good Questions
4/8/14 10:10 AM

Well, before I read all the way through, I was thinking a bright flamingo pink, which would be appropriate to the style and the Florida location. But, never mind!

I'd pick up the gray of the grout, and go with a dark gray, which will contrast nicely with the foliage. Then use a creamy off white for the trim and shutters.

Paint Color To Coordinate with Stone on My Home's Exterior? Good Questions
4/3/14 11:38 AM

Looks like a blown up version of the Ikea Malm bed you see in every starving student apartment. Not my first choice.

DIY Project Idea: Create a Queen-Size Headboard for $45
4/3/14 11:32 AM

You have space for floor to ceiling shelves, if you want them. I'd pick a soft warm color - yellow, pale pink, a warm tan, and contrast it with white.

Use a drop down table for folding laundry. One example is from ikea

Or install a countertop over open shelves, and use the space underneath for the cat boxes.

It seems to me that you've got a lot of space, and it's really a matter of what might work for you.

Ideas for Redoing Odd Laundry Room? Good Questions
4/2/14 11:28 AM

Well, except for the fact that you are trying to get rid of the yellow color scheme, I would have said paint the kitchen a soft yellow with a brown undertone! It would pick up the colors in the stone and the cabinets nicely. Ah well.

You actually have some interesting architectural details you could play with here. For example you could paint the room a light creamy brown (coffee with a ton of milk), and then paint the backsplash area with a darker version of the same color. Then add accessories and accents either in a creamy white, or a warm color, such as a deep red. You will definitely have to bring in swatches to figure out the right shade, as there is already a lot of brown, but when you find it, it could be lovely. Make the shade of brown the same color intensity as your grey, so that it feels continuous.

Then put a large piece of art in between the two doors, to balance the space. This print gives a sense of the kind of thing I'm suggesting, though I'd look for a slightly warmer tone.

What Is a Good Color Scheme for this Kitchen? Good Questions
3/28/14 11:20 AM

Hmm... though I am sure there were things that were bothering them, the before looks great. So does the after. But I'm not sure there's any big insights here, other than it's good to make yourself pleased with where you live.

Before & After: A Mini Kitchen Makeover on the Cheap
3/27/14 11:46 AM

Grey and red are a nice combo. How about a bigger red rug in the entry way (rather than the doormat)? Then a giant arrow in red about 2 feet wide that starts at the stair rail, and goes up and around the first corner. It should be about a foot above the rail, and the arrow head centered on the wall near the window.

Fun, playful, shows the way!

How Can I Make Tiny Entryway More Inviting? Good Questions
3/26/14 02:43 PM

I'm going to focus on color - a soft yellow would be a nice complement to the colors in your sofa. Paint the walls a soft yellow, find some pillows that combine the greens/blues/yellow and white. The pillows could be either fun eclectic items that make the sofa seem more modern, or relatively traditional, like some stripes and florals.

Change the curtains to a white. If you are good at sewing, you could add trim in a coordinating color to plain white curtains, or at a panel of fabric.

You could even go retro and put pom-pom trip on things.

I think you need to figure out mood, and go from there. But I'm sure a soft yellow would warm the palette. I love the greens and blues in this, but think adding one more color would be a good thing.

Design Ideas for Bare Bones Living Room? Good Questions
3/25/14 12:07 PM