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I love the traditional lines of the cabinet. It has great proportions. It's hard to come by pieces like this in the US. I doubt if painting it will make it look completely modern--it will always stand out from the rest of your furniture to some degree. However, the sort of jade green you mentioned (from your curtains) might have a chance of blending in better with your colorful modern furniture than the wood does now. If you really like it and still want to keep it and paint it, I suggest painting sample boards for practice first. Try different paint colors and finishes of paint on the boards and place them next to the cabinet to see what you like. It takes practice to learn to paint furniture well so that it doesn't look amateurish.

19th Century Style Cabinet: Should We Paint It Green? Good Questions
7/23/14 06:26 PM

I really enjoyed the tour. This is the kind of place that I could never imagine myself living in, yet it's a vicarious thrill to see such an unusual and visually exciting space.

Ashley's Soft Industrial Artist Loft House Tour
7/2/14 11:39 PM

My inner maximalist and minimalist are constantly fighting it out--I'm too much of an introvert to be a true maximalist and too artsy to be a minimalist. I think there is a spectrum of minimalism-maximalism, and I'm somewhere in the middle but moving towards maximalism. So, my style includes some bare spaces with solid colors and some busier spaces with vignettes of items that I love together at the moment but that I change around seasonally. There's color on walls and furniture, but patterns are concentrated in certain areas. Everyone is different, but this works for me. I have a friend who's a true maximalist in every aspect of her life, including her decor. She definitely has collections of collections, and her stuff is way cooler than mine, but dusting is a huge chore at her house.

10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist
6/30/14 09:09 AM

I love this post and will refer to it whenever I start imagining my potential guests might be critical of my home. I would add, don't feel you have to apologize if your house is in the process of being finished. Those of us who do DIY home projects may take a very long time to finish them. We have friends and acquaintances who can afford "move-in-ready" spaces and furniture--we can't. I've been overly self-conscious about the lack of polish in our space. Recently I realized that on the infrequent occasions when we have guests, they seem to enjoy having us cook for them and they seem to feel welcome in our home. So, I'm concluding that perfection isn't the most important thing--a feeling of hominess is more welcoming.

Your Home, Your Choice: 10 Home Explanations You Don't Owe
6/29/14 10:27 PM

What an enjoyable tour. Her kitchen is so small and simple by American standards, yet she cooks such wonderful food there. Her creativity flows throughout her life.

French Artist Sandrine Follère at Home in the Kitchen & the Studio Kitchen Tour
6/25/14 12:19 PM

One online art site that has a huge selection of all sorts of styles, originals and prints and links directly to artists' own websites is There are also several "daily painters" sites out there. Of course, it's great to buy something in person from an artist or gallery if you can, but it's not always possible.

8 Tips For Getting Your Art Collection Started
6/3/14 11:13 AM

This space has an atmosphere.

Erin's Well Considered Home Small Cool Contest
6/2/14 10:04 PM

Swanky, yet soothing. Skillful use of color and scale.

Tomas' Perfect Balance Small Cool Contest
5/31/14 10:54 PM

Very pretty. Those colors are ethereal. It looks larger than it is.

Cristin & Zach's Little Family Home Small Cool Contest
5/31/14 10:47 PM

The wood tones, blues, and greens give this space a feeling of nature. The white keeps it airy, and the overall feeling to me is like a treehouse. The kitchen seems to be incredibly tiny from the floor plan.

Erica's Mindful Approach Small Cool Contest
5/31/14 10:35 PM

The built-in bookcases and fireplace are beautifully integrated, as if they've always been there. The prints also add a lot of character. This is a beautiful home.

Scott and Jacqui's Artistic Homestead House Tour
5/21/14 12:10 AM

What a visual feast/fiesta this tour is!

Corita Rose's Vibrant & Colorful Studio Workspace Tour
5/20/14 11:31 PM

I think much of the visual texture comes from layering items together that have a similar color palette and materials, and even themes. Sometimes the items have changes in size and shape for variety. Some people seem to have a talent for making it work. In Jeff's case, he has collections of like items, plus lots of old books and abstract art, and the colors brown, blue, and white flow throughout the space.

This is a beautiful, interesting space. I especially love all the books and paintings. There is a definite mood here. However, I can't help wondering how all the items, especially on the tops of the kitchen cabinets, get dusted. I would imagine it must be at least an all-day monthly chore. This is the price you pay for having so much "texture!"

Jeff's Texture and Tone Abode House Tour
5/10/14 10:06 AM

I've had a blast looking up the artists mentioned here. I'm an artist myself, and I find it interesting to see the range of tastes in art.

The most I've spent (so far) is $400 for a sculpture and $250 for a watercolor painting, both by artists I went to school with.

Tell Us: What's the Most You've Ever Spent on Artwork?
5/9/14 12:18 AM

This is a great reminder to me that there are changes I can make to save more money on groceries, especially cooking beans more often. Canned beans aren't too expensive, although home cooked ones are cheaper and also taste better. If you add a chunk of fresh ginger to dried beans while cooking (take it out for the last, seasoning stage), it greatly reduces the gaseous problem. I also buy a big container of old-fashioned rolled oats that makes many breakfasts that are healthier and much cheaper than boxed cereals. Apples have lots of fiber and a bag of them isn't too expensive.

How To Eat Well When You're Low on Cash Budget Living
5/7/14 12:33 AM

Our living room, which isn't that big, contains a front door, closet door, and a built-in shelving unit where we keep the TV and stereo, next to the fireplace. There is also a stairway, 3 windows, and a large arched opening into the dining room. I wanted to make the walls more of a seamless envelope, and have the fireplace, art and furniture as the focal points. So, I painted the walls a sage green in a flat finish and the trim, doors, shelves, and stair banisters a slightly darker version of the same color, in an eggshell finish. This provides a slight contrast for interest, but not enough contrast to make the room look chopped up. My strategy works well so far. I plan to put a curtain over the TV area in a neutral color that blends with the walls, and add neutral linen curtains on the windows as well.

How To Paint Front Door When It's in Your Living Room? Good Questions
5/6/14 12:50 AM

I find it helpful to limit the number of colors so the whole thing looks cohesive.

Easy Home Decorating Ideas: 9 Tips For Your Best Tabletop Vignettes Yet
4/27/14 09:53 PM

What a fun space.

Before & After: Paint Spices Up a Stylish Dining Room
4/27/14 09:17 PM

Having similar wall colors helps the rooms to flow nicely, but they are different enough to create a feeling of distinct spaces as well. I can see how the space would work well for entertaining.

Do you know if the dining room ceilings are tin, or are they wallpaper? We are thinking of doing something similar in our dining room.

Amanda & Justin's Brooklyn Railroad Nook House Tour
4/27/14 09:12 PM

These are great tips and your home is lovely.

My Small Home: Lauren's Small Space Solutions
4/15/14 01:20 PM