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Display Name: rubyr
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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

It would have helped if you indicated whether you can paint either the cabinets or the walls.

You're looking for a "cool" feel, but the color in the cabinets is very warm. You might want to embrace the warmth a bit - a Mediterranean yellow (Tuscany) would look pretty good with these cabinets, and you could then accent with other warm colors like dark red.

If you really want to pull of a cooler palette, try to pull a browny-grey from the counter top - and paint in that color.

If you can't paint at all, consider hanging something over the sink to add visual interest, and also a large piece on the wall near the entrance to the kitchen. Move the book case elsewhere.

How To Tone Down the Brown in My Kitchen? Good Questions
3/18/14 11:57 AM

Regarding how long painted cabinets hold up - the answer is - it depends.
My hub painted our knotty pine cabinets, doing a very careful job of prep, using high quality paints, etc, and they held up well for 7 years. Then we sold so I don't know how long after. He's a careful worker, and cleaned, sanded, primed and did multiple coats of paint.

My current apartment had the cabinets painted just before we moved in. Within a year, we were getting wear marks and paint rubbing off in high use areas - near the handles of cabinets, on the door to the pantry, near the handle of the silverware drawer. It looks crummy. My landlady is cheap, so she probably had a guy slap some cheap paint on with little or no prep.

Before & After: A Cramped Kitchen Gets a Big Change
3/11/14 12:22 PM

It seems to me that $125 is a good price, but in a vintage store, it's always worth trying to bargain.

It can be as simple as "Nice piece... would you take 95 for it?" You may get spluttering indignation, or a counter offer. Base your response on that. If you like the counter offer, say yes, and thank the person. If spluttering indignation, just ask "Well how about 110?"

Since you are willing to pay the full price, if you can get a bit off, that's nice. Whether you get a price reduction or not, it's still a reasonable deal.

Is This a Reasonable Price for a Vintage Formica Sideboard? Good Questions
3/5/14 11:19 AM

I'm going to focus on the bathroom. I love that niche. How about painting the interior of the niche a warm dark color - chocolate, deep red or something in that range, and using it as a display space for a vase with twigs, or some art.

Add shelves over the heating unit for storage, or enclose cupboards, all in a dark wood, or a distressed pine, if that's more your thing.

Put a rug down that is also dark and has the same tone as the niche area.

Hang a mirror over the sink, and find a table to put next to the table to put your "things".

If you really had the glass of the tube area, in addition to hanging a shower curtain (easily done with a tension rod), you can also get "cling film", which can add a pattern or texture. One of many suppliers here.

I think it's a lovely space, and you just need to make it yours.

How Can I Give My Rental Some Character? Good Questions
2/26/14 12:46 PM