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Display Name: carrps
Member Since: 4/23/14

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I spent some time in Providence --gosh -- about 40 years ago now, and I loved it. I especially liked Benefit Street. Is your smaller dog a chiweenie???

About the only the thing I saw I would change is to paint the trim and the mantel a slightly different shade of white than the walls to help them stand out a little more. But I was very impressed, and this house is huge. Great back yard, too.

Jim & Laura's Light-Filled Providence Colonial House Tour
7/21/14 06:58 PM

I agree with those who say the scalloped valance adds to the vintage charm of your kitchen. It does "marry" well with the arch-topped design on the cabinet doors. I also like the grey paint on the lower cabinets. It does help to disguise the darkness of the granite. Love the pendant light! The track lighting was so cheesy looking.

Looking at the pics on your blog: does your son ever step in the dog's (?) water dish when he's drawing on the chalkboard? :-)

Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Facelift on a Budget
7/21/14 06:47 PM

When I first saw the thumbnails without reading any of the commentary, I was "yuck. brown and white." But I think you did very well with what you have. Just a bit gloomy. I think I'd need more color.

Paul & Katie's Vintage Modern Bellevue Loft House Tour
7/20/14 07:04 PM

As another native Californian, I love that giant lemon tree. As a coworker and I were discusssing years ago: buying lemons just seems so WRONG.

And while my dogs are the cutest in the world, Scrappy is running a close second. :-)

Love the colors, and the furniture arrangement is pretty optimal. I really appreciate that you were able to create the illusion of a foyer. I think that is a crucial factor in making a tiny space live larger.

About the only thing I don't like is the plastic crate with the lps. It just reminds of my being poooor days.

Revisiting Scott's California Bohemian House Tour
7/18/14 02:30 PM

Hyper masculine -- even the toiletries in bathroom all look like guy stuff. And black leather is just so batchelor pad.


I still love it. I'd add a little more color -- some green, or burnt orange -- but I love all the stuff. And everything is arranged so beautifully. That's not a talent many people enjoy.

Scott & Kristan's Inspiring Arts District Loft House Tour
7/17/14 10:07 PM

Yeah, it's pretty twee. Lots of teensy, feminine decor items that just kinda float on those flat white walls. But the homeowner is working the Zoey Deschanel look HARD.

The brick walls in the bedroom area really tone down the Costco store vibe in the living room. Are they not allowed to paint? The gallery wall items are small and mostly with light-colored backgrounds, so they don't have any presence.

Eh, o.k. for a student place that's just a temporary way station.

Bridget & Robert's \"Collected Treasures\" Budget Friendly Loft House Tour
7/17/14 02:29 PM

My dachshunds may not be big, but they have big barks. And they WILL bark.

I've lived alone, but I bought a condo with my sister almost 30 yrs ago and sometimes wish I still lived alone. I retired a year ago, but she's going to retire in another year or so, and I'm not looking forward to it. It's so nice to have some alone time.

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/16/14 06:23 PM

It's nice, but not my taste at all. I keep hearing what Nate Berkus said about this kind of condo: "It's like living on a shelf." Only the terrace saves it from that.

And, sorry, but the grass strip in the dining room lookes like green pubic hair to me. Maybe because of the "Vagina Table of Doom" they use on the "Food Network Star" show during their judging segments.

Like the Lacoste bathmat, but the art mostly seemed very impersonal -- like for a waiting room or corporate lobby.

And doesn't the living room/dining room/kitchen space seemed kinda crowded?

But I love the cleverness and practicality of the aluminum covers. Truly brilliant!

Lee & Thor's Dynamic Domicile House Tour
7/16/14 05:57 PM

It's Jonathan Adler.

Heh, I like it, too, but I have a real Prozac pharmacy bottle that a friend got for me instead.

Lee & Thor's Dynamic Domicile House Tour
7/16/14 05:51 PM

One more vote for a full house tour!

As a native Californian, I also try to support local (and vintage) artisans. Glad you do, too.

Wonderful mix of styles that still looks like a coherent whole. Great work.

Darren's Castro Casa House Call
7/13/14 10:06 PM

Hate those vessel sinks, too! I've seen some people put pebbles in them to reduce the amount of splashing, but then you have to clean the pebbles???

And now you have to clean both the inside and the OUTside of your sink.

Give me a solid surface counter with a simple undermount sink any day.

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/11/14 01:12 PM

Me, too, Muesli. We don't have a pedestal, but what American Standard called a console, in our powder room. It has a somewhat larger sink surround than most pedestals, and it has a glass shelf underneath. We store extra soap and tp in baskets there. The utility closet with the cleaning products is just steps outside the door, so that's not an inconvenience either.

We replaced the cabinet that was originally there. Because 1) it was crappy builder grade and UGleeee, and 2) the space was so tight the extra few inches the console gave us over the cabinet let you get in the bathroom without squeezing in sideways.

But for my only (or main) bathroom? No. Unless there was other additional cabinetry.

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/11/14 12:58 PM

Aw, doggies are so cute! Did they do the damage to that leather club chair or was it purchased that way? I have a 15 yr old leather club chair that looks very like that one without the shredding that we call "Shanni's chair." Shanni (one of my dachshunds) has taken it over. Will it someday aquire that patina? In my lifetime?

How easy is it to clean that ginormous flocked anglepoise floor lamp? I like the look, but it seems that it once it got dirty it'd be done for. Don't care for the rough wood wall in the bedroom combined with the minimal metal headboard. I need at least one of those elements to feel comfy/cozy.

But those were the only quibbles for me, because I love the vibe of this place. I only like grey when it's dark and smoky like this. And I love dark, moody colors. Nice garden. Lovely personal tchotchkes. Oh, and those high ceilings. What I wouldn't give for those ceilings!

Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home House Tour
7/11/14 12:51 PM

Agree, S. Davenport!

I'm in the other corner of the country (SoCal), and at least 9 months out of the year I only sleep with my top sheet. The duvet gets rolled out of the way. I like air circulation, so I always run a fan, and need something. A top sheet it is.

And I guess some people are just more violent sleepers than I am, because I've never strangled in my top sheet or have it end up on the floor!

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 12:41 PM

Yep. I LIKE this house, but when I can spot a trend/fad item in nearly every picture, it's definitely not anti-trendy.

Why all the snobby comments at the top? I was expecting from that to see a really unique place, but it's really not. Nice. Very nice. But not anywhere near unique.

Bridget & Jake's \"Make It Your Own\" Denver Homestead
7/10/14 12:36 PM

The color palette is a little too washed out and blah for me. But I love the dark dining room walls.

Just a little too shabby chic for my tastes.

Beth's New-Meets-Old Beach Cottage Inspired Bungalow House Tour
7/9/14 12:49 PM

I don't think this house came across as too stark at all. And I'm a maximalist!

There are just too many perfect touches and great art. Love the fabric on the sofa pillows. Love the faux bamboo armoire/bookcase. Love the wall of little square windows. Love the roof deck. Love the wallpaper samples in the stairway.

Most of all love the doggies. As a dachshund mom, I don't know if I could make the adjustment to all that size. And fur. :-)

Abby's Fabled South End Townhouse House Tour
7/8/14 03:48 PM

Love that Picasso fabric! The pink in the kitchen is nearly identical to the paint color in my bedroom. A barely there pink that doesn't scream, but just provides a nice warm rosy glow.

Hate the bed shoved up against wall. Really bad.

Claes & Melinda's Natural (& Beautiful) Chaos House Tour
7/7/14 02:42 PM

And curtains can be the place to ADD playfulness to a room. A funky or cheeky fabric in a print that ties in the colors of the room can really finish off a space --making it appear thoughtfully put together.

Quick & Affordable Home Makeover Task: Adjust Your Curtain Rods
7/7/14 02:27 PM

I agree the white in the main area is fairly blinding. It also highlights the dinginess of the textured ceiling -- it really popped out at me in the pics.

I love the chalkboard wall. That is the picture that really appealed.

Ali & Dustin's \"Beach House Getaway\" in Downtown Denver House Tour
7/3/14 02:11 PM