How do you know when is the best time to reupholster or replace your couch?
I think the best time is when you look at your sofa and it makes you cringe a bit. I know I have a sofa that is a bit faded because it sits in front of a sunny bay window, the arms are scratched by my dear beloved cat and the arms are a bit worn. I am thinking it's time.
I love the idea of mixing and matching frames to decorate a wall, but don't know where to begin. Should I just go to the store and buy a bunch, or do I need to map out on the wall where to place them?
What a great question. You could go one of two ways. First of all, you could go the same frame route. I might go to a store such as Michael's, Marshall's, Target or Container Store and pick up some identical frames in different sizes. You could go black, white, gold or silver. Buy more than you need since you can return the ones you don't use. Measure your wall and lay out the frames in a neat pattern. Figure out which photographs or artworks will work together in a pleasing arrangement. Don't put any holes in the wall until you are sure you like your arrangement. Or a second route would be to use an eclectic assortment of old and new frames, some carved, some modern, some painted, etc. I prefer the frames be in the same general color scheme, but some people like to mix the whole thing up. Do the same process of laying everything out before you nail.
Is it safe for a pregnant woman to paint a room? If she hires someone to paint the room for her, how long before she can safely use the room? My question is mainly concerned with harmful fumes and effects on the baby, not the physical strain of painting, the bending up and down, the lifting of paint cans, etc.
What are some good white trim colors? I am planning to repaint a couple of rooms over the long weekend next week.
Some of my favorites are: Ivory White and Linen White by Benjamin Moore. I know designer Darryl Carter recommends Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Arrowroot by Pratt & Lambert is an interesting choice, too. I like C2 Sheer.
Thanks for taking my question. We have peachy-pink 12" square ceramic tile kitchen floor with smaller tiles in backsplash. Counters black faux granite (shiny) with medium brown cabinets. What color for walls?
Peachy pink and black? I think I would go for an off white. Maybe something like C2 Breathless, a white which has a very pale touch of pink. Or Martha Stewart's Fledgling.
1) Get a water-proof plastic container that can fit under your bed. 2) Be realistic about the dates - for example, perhaps you only want to save the magazines from the last two years. 3) Whatever you do, keep the magazines all in one place - when your stash is spread throughout your house, it's difficult to appreciate the true size of your collection, or find the one you're looking for in a hurry. Hope this helps!
Great tips. I agree that you should keep them all together - and keep them organized by months and years.
It's summer now and I see many beautiful home magazines with easy breezy coastal living rooms that employ white sofa slipcovers. The articles assure me that bleaching the slipcovers is easy when they get dirty. Since I have never used bleach in my life, how easy is this? And, assuming it's relatively easy, where is a good place to buy nice-looking yet affordable slipcovers? (Custom made would be way out of my budget) Thank you!
I personally only use non-chlorine bleach. Some laundry detergents have non-chlorine bleach as part of their formula, or you can buy something such as Clorox2 and add it to your cycle. I like the Tide pods for tough stains because they have detergent and stain remover and brightener in them. They would be great on white slipcovers. I know what you mean that you don't want to get custom slipcovers, but they really would be the best look for your sofa, unless you can contact the manufacturer and see if they sell slipcovers to fit your particular style. I know Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams offer this service. Otherwise, there are Sure-Fit white slipcovers and sometimes you can find them at Walmart and overstock.com.
Hi Jura, Can you please recommend a ceiling color for a living room/ dining room. I was thinking of White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Is that a good color? Thanks.
Yes. That is a popular color with designers. Decorators White by Benjamin Moore is also a good choice.
I love Pinterest for many reasons. Since I'm not super organized and in general I am just a little bit lazy, Pinterest is a super easy way to share my design ideas with friends and family, plus keep track of ideas I'd like to try later. Plus, Pinterest is an innovative tool (solution) for an ever increasingly digital world. However, if I could change just one thing about Pinterest, it would be to make the secret boards easier to use. Linking to products I bought means that friends/family will know exactly how much I paid for the items in my home (yikes). Having only three secret boards (the max on Pinterest) is not enough! Furthermore, once I make a board "public", there's no going back. So, moving even a single pin from one of my public boards to one of my private ones is not possible at the current time.
Thanks so much for all these observations. I hope someone from Pinterest will see them. You make some excellent points. They do have some fine-tuning to do.
We're looking for some kid friendly furniture for both a basement rec room and our living room. I'd love it to look nice (especially for the 2 chairs for the living room!), but am a bit lost as to where to start. Also, how does one go about finding a home designer that will work with what we have already?
Many designers are happy to work with what you have. Check local publications for designers whose work you admire and call them and see if they or one of their assistants will work by the hour and come to your house to help you. You might also call the local chapter of ASID for names. Kid friendly furniture should be simple and hopefully the upholstery might have slipcovers that would be washable. I would look at Pottery Barn, JC Penney, West Elm, and Belfort. Any other ideas?
we bought a small house and we are almost done with the renovation. now we need to get window treatment; since the house is small we are leaning toward blinds. We started with HD but we got really frustrated with them I had to take store credit. So my question is where do people get nice window treatment at a reasonable price...I looked on houzz most people seem to do Hunter Douglas, is that the way to go? We know for sure we can't afford the "ouette" ones but maybe a lower end of Hunter. I am so confused and overwhelmed with this one. thanks for the help.
Are you interested in wood blinds? I really like the look of the white ones. Plantation shutters are also still popular but they can be expensive. There is Next Day Blinds, which has alternative brands to Hunter Douglas. And also JC Penney and the major big box stores do blinds. Does anyone else out there have stores to suggest?
Last week your guest suggested Dark Warm Grey, but I have shrubbery and trees that are purple and rust colors. The porch tiles are pinky rust and the brick is an apricot tan. I am thinking sage green but would need to cover a dark pink which has been on for 10 years. Also I have a white garage door in front and white trim around the windows. Shutters on windows are that pinky color. Please help me.
With all that going on, I think I would stick with a basic white paint for the trim.
Just writing back to say a big "THANK YOU!" for your tips regarding bleach and slipcovers. You are the consumate expert on all things home :).
How kind of you to say!! You made my day!
I live in a split-level "colonial" house that has light (pale) gray siding. The shutters are terribly faded and made of cheap plastic, so I am considering buying new ones. The question: should I go with dark blue shutters, similar to what I have now? Or should I go with dark red shutters? Some houses in my neighborhood look great with dark red shutters, but they're siding is white (not light gray like mine). My door is currently white, but I'm thinking that I'll paint it blue if I do blue shutters, or that I'll paint the door red or black if I do red shutters. Thoughts, pretty please??
I would definitely stick with navy blue shutters. They have a more classic look to them than red would. You could paint your door in a lot of different colors - dark green would be nice - or a mustard yellow.
Hello, Love the chat. We have small room (8x8) just off the kitchen. The kitchen is white and our tile is grey. We just painted the room BM colonial blue, but we think it looks too much like a bedroom color. We have a large window in the room so it get a significant amount of natural light. We would like to stay in the blue/grey area, but we are open to all ideas, any thoughts on a color?
I like the idea of blue but I can see that this particular blue might be a bit bedroomy. I like the new Palace Pearl by Benjamin Moore in their Williamsburg line. Also Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light has a nice luminescence to it.
I'm looking for a warm gray paint for my kitchen. There are no windows in the room, so it's not a particularly light room except for the overhead can lighting. The cabinets are a soft white wood and the countertop is a granite that looks much like soapstone, with carrara marble subway tiles as a backsplash. The rooms opens into a family room which is painted powell buff by Benjamin Moore.
Gray seems to be the color of the day. Pratt & Lambert Pearl White is nice. Paper Clip by C2 has a nice cast.
Jura, Have you made an "oops" moment where you regretting a designing choice or a furniture purchase for your home?
This sounds like a great idea for a story. I have made mistakes, sometimes by ordering things online. I just bought an orange lacquer tray for my beach house from West Elm. I was hoping it would match some new sofa pillows we got last time we were there. I opened the box and it is a really really bright orange not sort of the burnt orange of the pillows. I am taking it there this weekend so we will see. I sometimes make fast decisions because I don't have time to ruminate over things. The yellow paint in my guest room is a bit harsh and I have never liked it. I could go on... What about you?
Get blinds online...much cheaper than the mortar and brick stores in our area. You'll have to do the measurements yourself but you'll save lots of money. I like the aluminum mini-blinds...
"Many designers are happy to work with what you have" I have not found that to be true. I wanted to do a little bit of updating, so I did the ASID fundraiser "get a designer for an hour or two" thing. I bought two hours. She was difficult to schedule - didn't want to come to DC. She hated all the art - told us to replace it all as it was "boring." She hated the furniture - mostly antiques. She hated the wood floors - "You need to carpet these rooms." I had a great experience with my kitchen designer, so I know there are good designers out there, but I recommend having a preliminary interview with a designer before planning to work with them. Indeed, before getting them out to your house. I could have told you that it wouldn't work with just a few minutes of discussion. Oh, and she left after an hour because she had nothing useful to say.
That is very unfortunate. I hope you did a follow-up with ASID. They should know this.
Thanks so much. When we bought the house all the trim was white with a cement porch and we painted the trim brown. Boring. I think I will go back to white. You have been a big help.
I actually did not follow up with ASID, as I assumed that the fact that it was clear from the beginning that you did not have a choice in who was assigned to you meant that I had not recourse.