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My Furniture Arrangement and Why

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A reader friend recently wrote and asked if I would show the other side of my condo living room to see how the furniture was arranged:

“What do you have on the other side of the room from the large window?  Is there a wall there?  What furniture did you place there, if any?  Does your little side table sorta overlap the fireplace or is there room between it?”

Well, here is the other side of the room across from the windows:

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This is a large, long living room area. Our TV was a main factor in deciding what the purpose of room will be used for. I am not the greatest fan of the TV over the fireplace, but it does make the best sense for arranging this room. (Plus, that is where all the cable and wires were.)

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My first goal for the room was to walk in and have your eyes drawn to my pretty chairs, the windows and beyond:

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I will tell you, that when I took photos to show off my new chairs in front the window, I had my husband move ‘his’ chair out of the way. No one wants to see that big, clunky chair in my nice photo shot:

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This is my husband’s favorite comfortable chair to watch TV and movies. He lives here too, so it is only right. lol. I push it out of the way the best I can and try to disguise it with throws and pillows.

My spot to watch TV is on the sofa. There were not a lot of options where to place the large piece. Either in front of the windows, or maybe between the living room/dining room area:

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But I thought that big, empty wall was just crying out for attention:

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So that is why the furniture was arranged this way. It is comfortable, pretty and functional. We also entertain in this room, but we seem to hang out more on the other side of the room with guests which I will share later this week.

Does anyone else have these ‘special’ (man-chair) pieces to work around?

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Another Option For Kitchen Cabinets

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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Like many homeowners, painting Holly’s kitchen cabinets are not an option at this time:

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She is not crazy about the look of her wood cabinet fronts, but her husband will not even consider painting. So I came up with an idea that she loved:

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What if you took off a few of the doors and had glass inserts put in?:

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I would leave the bottom cabinets as is and either choose a few ‘focal’ cabinets have glass inserts put in:

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Or another idea is that she could do all the top cabinets in glass. Or, some in glass and some open shelving:

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I suggested she call her local glass shop who could help her with ideas and pricing. Another idea can be to keep the old cabinets in storage, (for your husband) and have new doors made with the glass.

I think the glass cabinets are beautiful and they will bring a newer, more modern look to the kitchen.

Holly’s husband has agreed to look into it with her! I will let you know how they make out.

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Another Color Option For Pinky-Beige

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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This post was originally published in February 2012 and it was one of my highest read blogs ever. I thought I would dust it off a little and print again in case you missed it the first time around:

A reader wrote me a question the other day and asked, “What if you were trying to tone down pink undertones in a pink-beige tiled bathroom? Would you still want to use a pink undertone beige if you didn’t want a “pink” bath?”

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I thought it was an excellent question and I actually am hearing the same question more and more often. The average homeowner just does not have the expendable money right now for big purchases, like flooring, so we will have to keep our pinky beige tiles/carpet/furniture for now. So what other color works great with pinky beige?

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Beautiful neutral blue.

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Blue and pink/red beige work beautifully together:

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So my advice to you would be if you are working with pink/red beige undertones in flooring/walls/furniture/bedding and want to bring another color in the room besides beige, I suggest trying a shade of blue.

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Look at how nice the blue on the TV screen looks in an all beige room:

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We know the combination of brown and blue work so well:

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And we know brown has a lot of red undertones. So it makes sense that a pinky/red beige with red undertones will also work beautifully with the blues:

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What shade of blue do I suggest to work with pink/red undertone beige? I took a few photos below of different blues against Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige (red undertones):

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You can see that many of the different shades of blue are working well with the pinky beige. One of my favorite blues I have used with Shaker Beige is Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue:

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So pretty!

You can introduce blue accents with pillows, rugs and wall art. These less expensive pieces can easily change with decorating trends. Or you can change your whole room’s look by painting your walls (or ceiling) a pretty blue:

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What do you think? Do you agree that blue and pinky beige work great together?

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

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Connie’s Mantel Transformation

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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Amazingly, Connie finished her mantel makeover within days! She read all of our suggestions and comments here and got right to work. This is the note she wrote:

Dear Kelly,

I finally did it! The fireplace is painted. Cannot image why I waited so long…although I suspect it falls into the “laziness-getting-my-own-projects-done” category.

It was an easy fun project. Took a little time, but it was worth it. Cleaned with a Magic Eraser (the magic is TSP, ya know), glued on a wooden applique from Hobby Lobby, then painted with a paint + primer. Allowed to dry, then very lightly hand-distressed. Voilà! A fireplace that fits the room.

Thanks for all your readers’ comments. Sometimes it takes a little nudge for us all, every now and then to ‘get to it’…even though I honestly knew I should have painted this two years ago when we acquired it.

Regards, Connie

Here again is Connie’s Before:

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And her beautiful After:

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Just gorgeous! And did you notice the detail she added:

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I love the little details that make a piece stand out individually, don’t you? I am glad she distressed the finish also, looks soft and unique. I was truly astonished that she finished it so quickly. I think she already knew she wanted to paint, she was just looking for a little confirmation that was the way to go. We all run into those situations when it is our own home, always second guessing ourselves.

Before:

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After:

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Thank you Connie, for sending in a real dilemma for us to solve and/or make suggestions for! You did a wonderful job. Another project down.

Do you all agree that the mantel looks gorgeous and works in the room better? You can see even more photos of Connie’s mantel transformation here.

Anyone else need a little ‘nudge’?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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