Category: Agree Or Disagree?

Trending for Fall- Red Orange

July 31, 2017

This bold color is everywhere! From the runway:

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And you know when a color is so prominent in the fashion industry, we are right behind in interior design:

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Useless Corner Shelves

June 27, 2017

My daughter Meg has been preparing and getting her new nursery ready! I am going to be a grandma for the first time! 🙂 I have been helping her with different design suggestions in the room such as paint color and window treatments. But then she asked me what I thought about corner shelves:

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When I asked her what she was going to use these corner shelves for, she said  that she needed shelving for baby supplies, books, etc.  I told her to take another look at them and think of what could possibly fit on these little floating shelves:

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Nothing! Nothing fits on these tiny, miniature, fake shelves.  A waste of time, money and space I told her. It is not possible to put anything on these small shelves but maybe a little bud vase:

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Most floating corner shelves are rounded and are approximately 12” in radius. What can you possibly fit on a tiny shelf like that? One little 6” vase? So impractical. (Can you tell I am a little biased against corner shelves?) 🙂

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I convinced her to use the wall space next to the corner of wall. Even a couple of wall shelves at only 24” wide will give you much more room to place items:

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She is going to buy three of these 36” shelves  and arrange over each other. She will have a lot more valuable space on her shelves than she would have on those tiny corner shelves!

So if you are thinking of purchasing floating corner shelves for your home, please reconsider. They are pretty useless and do not even look nice.

That’s all I have to say on corner shelves. Anyone a fan of them? 🙂

Half Walls- Old Becoming New Again.

April 15, 2017

How does that quote go? “ Everything that is old, is new again”? Well here is another example of that:

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Half walls are gaining popularity in homes again. They are designed to create a feeling of separation or division, but also impart a feeling of connection and openness at the same time:

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Half walls are also called knee walls or pony walls and were very popular in the 70’s. Most half walls are about 3 to 4 feet tall and is a great way to divide a space without closing it in.Read More

Just My Opinion

September 22, 2016

A reader wrote the other day asking if I liked the combination of oak cabinets with soft gray/blue walls. I think this is what she means:

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I have previously stated that I do not care for light colored walls with the oak here. It is too much contrast for me. Not that it is a wrong color, it just would not be my choice of wall color to work with oak cabinets.Read More

Does Grant Beige Work With Oak Cabinets?

March 28, 2016

I received an interesting reader question the other day:

Dear Kelly,

How would Grant Beige be on my kitchen walls with honey oak cabinets? I am looking for a neutral color that will downplay the cabinets but go with my granite that has neutrals,grays,light tan (slab is called Ornamental Gold)
Thanks!

Here is a photo representation:

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