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Good job, with a lot of style. I am guessing the valances cam with the home, since it looks like a colonial-revival cottage (notice the corner china cabinet). The bold use of gray and grayed blues is very effective.


Beth's New-Meets-Old Beach Cottage Inspired Bungalow House Tour
7/8/14 05:52 PM

Interesting post. Thanks. Coulda used Swedish music, tho' ;oP


The Making of an IKEA Billy Bookcase Factory Tour
7/1/14 05:23 PM

Great job! Masterful living/dining room, and yes, the mismatched table and chairs and fabric are really, really good. I think your office is craving a couple of big plants on top of the chests of drawers, but otherwise it is a beautifully edited/combined collection. You advice is good, too.


Laurence & Fabrice's Friendly Eclectic Mix House Tour
6/30/14 05:00 PM

Thanks for the extra info, Kelly! At least we moms don't have to all worry about your grill any more.

And as others have said, it's your home, for Pete's sake. Grow a little graciousness, critics!


Kelly's Luminous Tree House House Tour
6/30/14 04:46 PM

Beautiful job, Ashley. It does indeed look very expensive. Your use of the brick to unify your art is excellent. And though I wouldn't use them, the curvilinear dining chairs make a striking presentation. As said before, you Go Girl!


Ashley's Soft Industrial Artist Loft House Tour
6/30/14 04:41 PM

This is a beautiful example of a truly eclectic style. Sometimes "eclectic" is contrived; your style meshes Colonial, chinoiserie, and MCM masterfully. I noticed that when there is, as you said, an "unexpected" element, you tend to have a very tight color palette, which causes the unique item (peacock chair, dining set) to really become a statement. Brava!


Whitney's Traditional Meets Glamour Austin Apartment House Tour
6/30/14 04:27 PM

Another agreement. I think the room is too busy, but the black-and-white trick does help with color choices, and probably points up the busyness as well.

Another good use of photos: put a large size photo of your house exterior into a document protector sleeve, and draw new landscaping onto it, to try out different ideas.


Seeing a Room with Fresh Eyes: Compare and Contrast
6/25/14 05:49 PM

Wonderful idea!


Home Is Where You Sit...At Last
6/25/14 05:36 PM

Bingo! That's what happened with our current home. We owned both the old and new houses for about 10 days, during which we scrubbed, tore carpet out of the (!) kitchen (did I hear an eeww?), tiled, painted, etc. Once some of the old grime was gone, it began to feel like home, even with the bright orange counters and wagon wheel chandelier.


Home Is Where You Sit...At Last
6/25/14 05:33 PM

Virginia, I always enjoy your comments. They are thoughtful, constructive, and well-spoken. I don't always agree with you, but I look for your name in the posts!


Home Is Where You Sit...At Last
6/25/14 05:29 PM

Get a list of Newberry and Caldecott Medal winners from your library.Hopefully you can still check out the really old ones, like The Door in the Wall.

Many of the suggestions are good, but be careful not to push young children into books which are graphic or harsh without mitigating sweetness. Hunger Games? Not for me, and I'm 55!

We read this series and thoroughly enjoyed it: Ralph Moody's Little Britches series of seven biographical books, about growing up in the Great Plains in the 1910s and 20s. The protagonist, a boy-to-young-man, learns a lot of lessons about honesty, poverty, and hard work. It is often quite funny as well. They are available from Amazon.


Summer Reading: Great Book Series for the Whole Family
6/25/14 05:17 PM

I agree with Phira but also with ScotM. Live in the house for a while. I know that lots of HGTV houses are narrow, with one long space, and they look pretty good on camera, but I think you will dislike it over time. Having "nooks" and a sense of traveling through spaces adds a lot of appeal. If you change anything it might be to widen the first arch which is closest to the entry. Consider this option which we have done: turn the middle space into a flex-room. Bookshelves on either side of the window and on either side of the (widened) archway. Long narrow-ish table in the center, easily used as a desk or for formal dinners. Doors on some bookshelves can house desk accessories.

Oh - you might also want to remove the stub of wall between the kitchen and current dining area, if you can.


Help Lay Out Row of Compartmentalized Rooms? Good Questions
6/25/14 05:04 PM

Additional comment - even though all white/beige is not my thing, this house is one of my all-time favorites. It is explicitly because of your mix of styles, which adds a sense of timelessness that the more relentlessly modern decors circumvent.


Kelly's Luminous Tree House House Tour
6/25/14 04:41 PM

1. Kelly, your house is beautiful. I have a lot of similar antique pieces (my sister calls this style "early grandmother's basement") but they are not mixed together nearly as well as yours.
2. Why on earth are people sniping about a toilet seat? If you all can't be constructive, just hush. (BTW, I think the comments about the grill are indeed constructive. I've had grease flare-ups, which You. Don't. Want. You might be okay with a fire-proof backer of some sort. Betcha the fire department could give you some advice!


Kelly's Luminous Tree House House Tour
6/25/14 04:39 PM

This is a cowhorn settee. Mine has an upholstered back. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-Unique-Childrens-Cowhorn-Furniture-Set-/291125787670?pt=Antiques_Furniture&hash=item43c872fc16


What Home Item Have You Had the Longest? (And What Is Its Story?)
5/4/14 08:34 PM

The oldest item which I purchased for myself is a ceramic thermometer with a church and trees on it that I acquired at age 8 at the beach. The furniture item which I have had the longest is a Windsor chair from grandma's attic and I got at age 15 (40 years ago). I called it my Big Chair for a long time, till a football-player friend sat in it and couldn't get out of it. It now sits at the dining table with other mismatched chairs.

The Oldest Piece is great grandma's drop-front desk with an attached bookcase. It had a penny from the 1870s wedged in a drawer. I also have barrister's bookcases, a curved front china cabinet, and a cowhorn settee from a similar vintage.

My sister says my taste is "early grandmother's basement" but since the house is bungalow-era, they fit pretty well. I have mixed in some MCM pieces to lighten things up.


What Home Item Have You Had the Longest? (And What Is Its Story?)
5/4/14 08:21 PM

Regina, I envy your charming home. I agree that you should do a house tour. Bungalow-era homes pioneered the built-ins. They were considered labor-saving and sanitary (no space above or beneath to collect dirt). Our 1935 house had none when we bought it, possibly due to remuddling but more probably because it was originally a 4-room farm laborer's cottage, expanded into a two-story American Foursquare. We have added built-ins: cabinet/bookcases from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling in two main downstairs rooms (a la butler's pantry, made from standard kitchen cabinetry),a large shallow stud wall cupboard in the bathroom, cupboards under the stairs and wall-to-wall coat closets in the entry made of unfinished kitchen pantry units. Every person still has only 5' of closet, but every bed has underbed drawers. These additions have greatly increased the flexibilty of our home and the charm it should have had. Someday I'd like to flank the fireplace with bookcases (we only have about 210' of bookcases - not nearly enough!) but it requires a total rebuild of the ghastly z-brick surround.


My Small Home: Small Space Solutions from Regina's 1930s Cottage
4/23/14 10:10 PM

I've found a number of good ones at Broyhill. Their seat depth is smaller than a whole lot of other brands (I need a 23" depth - yes, I'm that short). Almost all the suggestions look like they might be too deep. I agree with the previous post about going to a good shop and get the sales person to look up depths for you. I actually settled on a vintage find with new upholstery. Another point to consider, especially if you don't want to build your own sofa, is to get a low-back piece. Tall backs are seriously hard to maneuver into doorways.


Narrow Apartment Sofa for Goldilocks? Good Questions
4/23/14 09:36 PM

Very nice job. I dislike the vintage colonial look, partly because of growing up with finish-your-own pine furniture, which is/was predominantly colonial. I am all in favor of modernizing it.


Before & After: A $6 Side Table Makeover
1/18/14 03:21 PM

Beautiful job turning a mid-century ugly to a place full of personality. Changing the windows and siding make a huge effect. I think here in the US we would call your style retro Hawaiian (very popular in the 60s after Hawaii became a state). Your version is extremely successful and you should be proud.

PS I love the half-wall bookcases and have always coveted something like that but our layout won't accommodate them.


Tina and Matthew's Tiny Budget Tropical Beach House Makeover House Call
1/18/14 02:12 PM