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Display Name: Gladys Mary
Member Since: 5/11/14

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Wonderfully inspiring. Not at all my style, as I am cursed with perfectionism. This is a house that looks truly loved and lived in. More houses like this, please, A.T! I was particularly taken with that very odd picture in the bedroom of the boy in the fez which apparently was painted by Prince Phillip! I wish I knew the story behind that!


Caro & Josh's Colorful & Quirky English Home House Tour
7/23/14 06:02 PM

When I first heard people referring to 'rescue dogs' I thought they were talking about dogs trained to do rescues! Heroic dogs trained in search and rescue or avalanche rescue dogs digging buried skiers out of the snow on mountains. Maybe it's my age... We never used to refer to an adopted pet as a 'rescue '. In fact I don't remember anyone discussing where their pet came from. Except in one case where a coworker driving to his cottage noticed a half starved dog out in the country and after weeks of taking food and leaving it at a distance, and gradually approaching the dog, closer each time, he eventually managed to gain its trust and persuade the poor traumatized animal to get into his car. The dog turned out to be a very loving and much loved pet. Now that was worthy of calling a rescue.


Want a Beagle With Your Billy Bookcase? IKEA Showcases Homeless Pets on the Showroom Floor
7/22/14 09:50 PM

Gorgeous! Lovely colours, they work perfectly with the dark granite and stainless appliances. I wouldn't bother to change the valance, agree it goes well with with the upper cabinets. Really a great makeover on a small budget. One of my favourites.


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Facelift on a Budget
7/21/14 07:47 PM

What a beautiful old home. So much character. And so bright and open. Lovely!


Jim & Laura's Light-Filled Providence Colonial House Tour
7/20/14 12:18 PM

I especially like the ones where the crochet business over the TP roll is a frilly skirt under a plastic doll! Or half a doll. Where to you get those half dolls? Do you have to buy a Barbie and perform surgery?


Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/11/14 07:44 AM

Interesting idea, but I don't know how sturdy or durable it would be. According to the instructions the mirror is just taped to the underside of the table top. I'd be concerned about cutting myself on the edges of the mirror, unless they were ground smooth, or about the mirror detaching. Or for that matter about the table coming off the wall if too much weight was applied. Often people lean quite heavily on a tabletop without thinking, and kids love to climb onto tables especially if there is a chair handy to help them get up there.


Can You Guess What Secret this DIY Mirror is Hiding? Home Story
7/9/14 12:56 PM

Oh, noooooooooooo!


Before & After: A Dark Side Table Gets A Dose of Whimsy
7/9/14 12:44 PM

I agree with several other posters. If the shutters are non-functional, I'd remove them. If they are working shutters, sage green would look great on both the shutters and the front door so that they stand out. Your house is absolutely adorable! I wish I could see the 'after' photo.


Paint Color Ideas for Shutters? Good Questions
7/2/14 07:17 PM

Echo PeePop.


Before & After: A Mid-Century Mess Gets a Makeover
6/27/14 01:23 PM

The Emperor has no clothes.


6 DIY Project Ideas Using Leftover Tomato Cages
6/27/14 01:20 PM

Oh, me achin knees! And hips...


Consider A Floor Bed
6/25/14 11:42 AM

I second Spanky's advice. My entire house was panelled in knotty pine, and I can confirm that Zinsser BIN primer works very well. In my case I used 2 coats of primer, followed up by two coats of white paint and it looks fabulous. And the respirator is essential. The fumes are horrendous, but they do dissipate very quickly.

I'd remove the carpet and the drapes, and give the fireplace surround a good scrubbing with TSP. And I wouldn't paint the ceiling. If there is only plywood under the carpet, I'd paint it and put down some area rugs until I could afford to install hardwood. It's going to look wonderful!


Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/23/14 04:19 PM

Roxy72, you are a girl after my own heart! Hahahahaha hahahahaha.


12 Things You Only Do at Home When Alone
6/23/14 04:07 PM

I don't think the brick was painted. It just looks a bit less yellowish in the after photo because of the lighting. And if you look closely at the brick just below the bookcase you see what looks like a silver washer screwed to the wall in both pictures. I like it a lot, and wouldn't change it. It looks great with the painted bookcase now.


Before & After: A Quick & Simple Update for an Outdated Bookcase
6/14/14 11:03 AM

Nice room!

I'd recommend balanced, but not necessarily symmetrical. Similar overall size and colour or overall tone or maybe with coordinated frames. For instance one large picture or mirror on one side, and a group on the other that is arranged so that it is altogether the same dimensions and so visually balances the big one. I'd suggest lining them up so the tops on both sides are level.

And I like the curtains the way they are! Unless you have an unusually low window you are trying to disguise, I don't see why you would do it. I feel it looks odd to raise the curtain rod much higher than the window frame. The curtains act as a frame for the window, and if they are raised up you end up with a block of wall above the window in that frame, which I think looks unfinished (although you could overcome that by covering that blank piece of wall with a valance)


Does Art Around Window Need To Be Symmetrical? Good Questions
6/13/14 11:01 AM

The driftwood one has me puzzled. Does it make a noise? Hard to imagine.


Make It: 5 DIY Wind Chimes
6/12/14 08:13 PM

Beautiful home! Could you tell me where you bought your living room rug? Is it wool?


Jaymee's Filtered Sunlight Small Cool Contest
6/8/14 09:29 AM

When house hunting for our first house, we looked at a little home out in the country. It was cheap. But it had a basement filled with - 8 feet of concrete! According to the real estate agent, the previous owner suffered from a brain tumor, and just kept pouring in more and more cement until it was full. It totally gave me the creeps, wondering what might be entombed down there. Needless to say we beat a hasty retreat. Then when we excavated around our present home we uncovered a 4 foot by 4 foot cube of - you guessed it, concrete! I was convinced there was something sinister about it until my husband broke it up into tiny pieces with a jackhammer which took him 2 days. It was solid, nothing inside. I wish I knew why someone made it and then buried it beside out house!


Inheriting A Houseful of Quirks
6/2/14 08:59 PM

I wouldn't have called this a "raggedy old piece of furniture" destined for a landfill. It looks like a very nice, solid dresser. I would have preferred it without the paint, but if the owner is happy with it that is all that matters. And the next owner can always strip off the paint.


Before & After: A Knockout Dresser Gets Even Better
5/26/14 10:54 AM

I disagree about the trash. Take it out! How long does it take? Not much longer than squishing it down and spraying it with some chemical product. Sooner or later you're going to have to take it out.


5 Chores You Can Skip When You're Busy
5/11/14 10:39 AM