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I agree! Hardware stores are so much fun! The problem I have is committing to a project and finishing it. I'm great with ideas....follow through...not so much.

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Do You Play The "What Could I Use This For" Game? | Apartment Therapy Chicago
7/15/10 04:38 PM

jd2 makes a good point. I think mixing warm and cool is interesting when done correctly. I happen to have a blue rug with a brown couch and taupe walls and I think it's great. There are lots of rules in design, but when it comes down to it, surrounding yourself with stuff you love is key.

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How To Work With Warm Cool Colors | Apartment Therapy New York
7/14/10 02:12 PM

I would hang some sheer drapes from the ceiling to hang in front of the railing. That way you would appear to have more of a wall to divide the room but still get some natural light. I agree with the chandelier and the console table against the railing as well. I might also turn the couch to face the windows and put the tv in the corner where that red thing is?

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How To Add Visual Interest to Stairwell Area? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
7/12/10 06:29 PM

Those are amazing chairs with great, clean lines. You could do ANYTHING with them. Not sure what your style is, but you could paint them a high gloss bright color and cover them with a loud, modern print to counteract the "antique factor". Or keep the wood natural and use a more traditional solid in a fresh color like bright green.


Can These Chairs Be Saved? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
6/2/10 06:13 PM

I painted my master bath mint green, and while it wasn't exactly the color I had pictured in my head, it has grown on me. I paired it with crisp white and gray and now I'm trying to add some accent colors. So far it's light blue or teal....


Making it Work: Minty Green | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
5/12/10 01:51 PM

Yikes! That is a lot of marble. I would start by painting the vanity out (probably white) and replace the toilet seat with a white one. Then replace the mirror with something more basic. Maybe one with a nice frame but a little more simple than the current one. Then I'd hang a extra long shower curtain in front of those doors and pull them to the side as decoration. Get a fun print that you love and use that to pull an accent color for towels. Good luck!

katelyn
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Ideas to Improve Marble Covered Bathroom?Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
4/13/10 06:08 PM

Wow, that's a lot of hooks and towel bars! Maybe use one as a robe hook, and the others as a place to hang all of your towels. They don't have to be the typical folded towel with hand towel on top like you always see for decorative use. Looks like you need the storage, so hang your towels however they will fit.
I would use baskets on the white shelves to hide personal items and put perfume, and any prettier cosmetic stuff on those glass shelves. Might even be able to buy those over the door hanging storage things and hang them off the towel bars? Or a bicycle basket? I think using anything but typical bath stuff in the bathroom is way more interesting.
Not sure what your style is, but maybe find a shower curtain you love and pull the paint/towel colors from that. I think the walls would be nice gray, with accent colors of bright green?

Good Luck!

Kate

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Paint Color for Blue White Tiled Bath? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
3/15/10 07:24 PM

I've had a thing for peacocks for years and last year I was looking for that exact fireplace screen. At the time I couldn't find just the right one, although there were many on ebay. Now peacocks are popping up everywhere and while they may be easier to find, I guess the thrill of having something different than everyone else is gone. :)


Emerging Trend? Peacock Fireplace Screens | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/24/10 11:06 PM

I would get some cheap drapes from IKEA (if you have one nearby) because they are usually really long and meant for you to hem yourself (with an iron and wonder-under). If you find some with grommets, you can just run those across the rod. Or add button holes to accommodate the rings. Not sure what the exact situation is, but you could buy a pole and liner to hang at standard height, then hang the higher rod in front with your decorative curtain/drapes.

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Source for Longer Shower Curtains? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy DC
2/23/10 07:50 PM

I do really like the white divider you posted. But it may be tricky to get the exact size you need for your space. And if you can, I wouldn't put anything on the shelves. Just leave it open and clean.

Or the easiest fix would be to paint the existing one white. I can't really tell from the pic what it's made out of, but if it's just wood, a white gloss white would make it much less heavy-looking. I guess you could even cut strips of thin sheet metal and wind it through or around the poles/columns for interest? Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do!

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Solutions to My Divider Dilemma? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
2/23/10 07:21 PM

Brilliant! So simple and so helpful. I used some cording I had laying around and stuck one of my business cards on the front cover piece. Now it looks like it belongs to me instead of something I stole from a painter.


Making a Fan Deck Easier to Use | Apartment Therapy Boston
2/22/10 06:04 PM

I agree that it would look really nice if you stripped it and stained it a similar wood tone with new hardware. But it may be more fun (and a little easier) to paint it white or grey and rough it up for a driftwood type look. Then paint some of the decorative trim pieces aqua or green. Colored glass knobs or pulls would go with your retro theme and maybe even wall paper the back panel with a great print.

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How to Update this Maple Hutch? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/22/10 03:26 PM

That is an amazing kitchen. I would keep the cabinets and clean them up. Hang pendant lights in place of the flourscent box. The wallpaper is fun but really loud. You could remove it all except for the backsplash area just to keep a pop of color. Formica makes some retro prints that are fun and inexpensive for a countertop. New appliances will make a huge difference as well, but don't just buy stainless steel because everyone says you must. They are a pain to clean are don't really play up the style of the kitchen. Stick with white and you could even go with reproduction stuff (if you're serious about the vintage appeal) or get the bright turquoise to work with the wallpaper. :)

katelyn

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Suggestions for a Vintage Kitchen? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Boston
2/18/10 06:38 PM

I have certainly learned the hard way that you HAVE to use oil-based paint. And primer, of course.


Advice for Painting Wood So It's Not Tacky or Sticky? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Boston
2/3/10 10:59 PM

I just noticed chairs very similar to these at anthropologie in a copper finish. And I'd imagine if you were lucky enough to run across some vintage ones, you could easily have them powder-coated in any race car color you wish.


Classic Tolix Chair Now in Sexy Bordeaux | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
1/27/10 11:39 PM