I need help in finishing my kitchen!! Please!!

Parker Murphy

I started a re-do on my kitchen last spring and just can't seem to finish . I got new granite(snowfall) and new backsplash and changed the paint from deep wine red to green. Now I don't know what to do . I am also enclosing a picture of my living room so you can see my color palette in the house. (reds, yellows, and greens) The last picture is a more accurate depiction of the kitchen color. It was taken before I decorated walls and got new white chairs(that need to be re-upholstered)

I need help with window treatment, lighting over table and sink and upholstery for the chairs.






Thank you for your help.

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liasch

I don’t know how into containers OH is...but I like this book which shows ways to combine perennials with annuals. And how to have year-round interest in your containers. Not sure what your zone is.

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Amanda Smith

Wouldn’t this be pretty on the white chest? If it came in a wicker basket, I would like it better....


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Parker Murphy

Liasch- looks like an interesting book. Thanks. We've only done our summer pots. We live in Minnesota- zone 4-5. Where do you live?


Amber- I tried something like that on the chest yesterday and it didn't look good- too low. I was like you- thought it might look good. Not! I will post below

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Parker Murphy

This is from the dining room

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Amanda Smith

Good morning, Parker. I’m Amanda, not Amber but I like that name. Lol!


You’re right about that floral arrangement being too low.... can you get a tall basket or maybe a bucket?


I love that fabric on your chairs.....

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Parker Murphy

Morning Amanda! Sorry about your name. I know you! I looked for a basket in a few places when I was out shopping. I bought some hydrangeas that I posted a couple days ago but don’t think it will work. No basket -Plus I am not a florist. I don’t think I can tackle it. I have looked on Etsy for an arrangement but nothing. Saw a couple that weren’t quite right even, but I am not going to spend a couple hundred on it!

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Good morning Parker☕️🥰😷

parker your basket can be a deeper design and could have handles..rectangle or round..and honestly I just put my hydrangeas it it and fluffed them no arranging required! But you need a good amount of big hydrangeas so it is full.

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Amanda Smith

This basket from Target is 12.25 inches tall. Maybe try arranging a bunch of hydrangeas loosely in it. Very casually.



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Good morning Julie!. I am trying to find my longeburger basket with handles and I cannot find it anywhere. So weird but these are some baskets I have. It’s hard to see the whole idea because the stems are so long and I am not willing to fold them because I may not keep them and they won’t be happy if I have them all folded up!!

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Parker Murphy

Can you post your basket again? Thanks!

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poollivingthedreamnow

maybe you just need more hydrangeas! I like that last basket best. just needs to be stuffed full.

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Amanda Smith

Agree with Pool. Very pretty.

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Parker all your baskets are beautiful...perfect nice and big! Love the last one you posted!

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Parker Murphy

I bought this , this morning. I bought a few more hydrangeas. I live the cream in the mix. I can “feel” now the possibilities.

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Parker Murphy

I bought a bigger size too and some trailers
And a red one that matches my picture so good but probably am not going to do red. Here’s the bigger basket Texas girl!

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Amanda Smith

I would put it closer to the middle, not angled. Add more greens so it is overflowing.

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Parker Murphy

I didn’t buy oodles of hydrangeas because I wasn’t committed to it yet! But if I do, I will buy more of course. I don’t want it tight like Julie’s- I want it loose but don’t know how to fill all the empty space in basket? I am sure my florist houzzers can tell me.

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Love this basket..I would just do all hydrangeas..you really don’t need fillers at all..I have a few white geraniums in mine.


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Just bend all the stems..you do t need to cut them it helps them hold together in the basket...but they need to be bent so they are short enough to just lay along the rim and then fill in the middle..

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Parker Murphy

Really?! That’s big
The one on the right is the bigger of the two baskets that I bought today. I will need lots of hydrangeas. Don’t you think other would work. The one u like is the original one we bought for the bench across from chest.
Can I make them loose?




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Oh that one is wide..ok try the other one..and yes you need a good amount of flowers That is why I added in some cheaper white geraniums that came in a bunch.

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Parker Murphy

Oh good. I know the texture of big one is better. I will check home goods later and if not I will use the one I just bought We are at s restaurant right now

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Flo Mangan

Popping in with my 2 cents. First, switch the lamp to the left side of cabinet. Consider your "line of sight" from hallway. With the lamp in the way, the basket of flowers will only be viewed from sitting in the sofa facing that direction. Then, assess height of arrangement and basket based on that view. I would keep the height of the flowers about half way up the lamp. I do love the hydrangeas with touches of the green. You can also get some bunches of just things like grape leaves that you can cut up and stick in to fill up the arrangement. That style drives a fuller look, not a loose look. Load it up girl!

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Amanda Smith

Agree about the lamp, Flo. Should be moved.

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kjoy1

Well I think I need a basket full of hydrangeas somewhere 🤔 Looking good Parker 👍

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dsimber

That is looking good, Parker. Now I’m missing my hydrangeas!

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Parker Murphy

Kjoy-you have your beautiful hydrangeas outside! How is your garden growing? Love the boxwood too!

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Parker Murphy

Dsimber- Hi! What have you been up too? Miss you! Is your sleep machine doing its job?

I had a sleep study once- so interesting with all the measurements to figure out where to place electrodes and microphones up the nose etc. They found nothing- just that my mind is too active and can't shut it up! I was in their sleep number bed from 10-7 and slept 4 hours and some minutes. But no snoring DH! He says I do but I showed him the proof!

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Haha! Maybe he is hearing himself snore! Ten days from now, I have a followup appointment with the sleep specialist. Hopefully, news will be good. I’ve been following almost daily...just don’t often have an opinion...which is not really like me! Okay. I’ll fess up. I like the chairs with green seats! 🤐 See? Not too helpful.

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Julie- just checking before I go buy more hydrangeas and returning- if there are any final words or changes. I bought hydrangeas from 3 different stores- only liked the ones I pictured.

Good news- ran into my neighbor and asked her if she would do my curtains for the kitchen and she said yes. Yeah!

Bringing chairs to painter this weekend so I need to know what paint to give her. She said she could use her own paint if I wanted but that makes me nervous. I haven’t gotten any samples yet. I was hoping to get some this week of the big red checks

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Yes get more of the ones you liked...if you see any bunches of flowers that match your green or close.....they are great to fill in..you don’t need and greens or filler you just want all flower heads..these are the white geraniums I found they where in a bunch..anything like this in the color you like...


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That is wonderful your neighbor will do your curtains!!

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Parker just have the women doing chairs use her paint I am sure she likes to use hers because she is confident working with it...similar to your shutter color is good.

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Thanks Julie- That makes it easier and cheaper. I will bring my shutter to her. I wasn't sure if you knew of a certain color that you thought I should do.


I am off to buy flowers - I think I will have some of the leaves showing on the hydrangeas- I want it looser feeling- not tight. We will see!

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Amanda Smith

Yes, a loose, flowing arrangement with trailing greens...

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If you show leaves it will add a different green color into the mix and give a different look..up to you..

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Flo Mangan

Here is my big basket under my sofa table. Can you find the expensive ones and cheaper ones? I bought big great ones $$$$ very life-like and then I bought single bunch ones much less and cut them apart and filled in with those. The leafs are just on the flowers.

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Awesome basket of hydrangeas. Flo. I would love a tour of your home! Any chance of one in the near future? I’ll be glad to “host” on my thread!

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Parker Murphy

Flo- I can’t tell the difference. 😜 I am at Michael’s right now and they have most flowers for 70% off but mine aren’t on sale. Why?!!

I am now going to go to Hobby lobby now and get my cream ones. they were on sale for 50% off but they didn’t have good green ones like I bought here at michaels- some of the ones here are $9.99 for one stem.
Hope it turns out!

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Parker Murphy

Flo- forgot to say- pretty arrangement!

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Good morning! I just put my big armful of hydrangeas I bought on top of basket- love them!! But I think basket with hydrangeas is too high. I am going to go buy the smaller one again and try that. DH thinks it’s too much!
But Julie- great idea to have hydrangeas! Love the look.




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Amanda Smith

I love the hydrangeas. And that chair fabric is perfect!

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mary44

Very pretty Parker :)

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kjoy1

I enjoy the bigger basket there. I wouldn’t angle it. Super pretty.

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niccidhg

I like that last bigger basket ,too. The hydrangeas are so classic , charming and pretty. I think though that, if using that size arrangement, the lamp would look better on the right side where you originally had it. I understand Flo’s concern, but with this size basket the lamp won’t block the view of it - whereas the basket is blocking the view of your pretty lamp ( from that side) .

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Love love love it! Make it big and live with it for a few days! Yes set basket straight of course I agree with Kjoy!🤗🥰 and I may be crazy but I think you Need to move the lamp back it doesn’t work all Hidden let the basket be on other side and and you can see both Better and the lamp will cast light on it and you can see both from entry.

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Flo Mangan

Haha. Lamp is right but lower arrangement would be beautiful. Then both get in view.

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Seajay Sparkles

I’m in agreement with Parker. I like the smaller basket. But the hydrangeas look beautiful.

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Flo Mangan

Smaller basket is way to go with loaded hydrangeas.

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poollivingthedreamnow

I agree smaller basket. I didn't realize how big that one was initially :)

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niccidhg

I think maybe the stems ( I know just temporary) are throwing off the size perception of the larger one. The smaller one looks not wide enough ( Lto R) to my eye, and the low one just looks too low. Hopefully you can find one that is “just right” for Goldilocks’ cottage :)))). Of the ones pictured, I still like the larger one the best.

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The large basket is perfect! Next to the large lamp and the large art on the wall..go big it looks great that is the style in your type decor setting..don’t make it look like a table arrangement but a statement!

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Parker Murphy

I was just on way to getting it! At gas station. I wish I Wasn’t so quick at returning things. Which side did you think it should go on left or right? I’ll go back home and try?
I think I should move to Texas. All my big stuff will fit in well there! LOL

Another question We were thinking of painting the front door black -not the screen - What do you think of that idea?

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Flo Mangan

Black door with white Storm is good.

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Hey Parker yes big full basket on the right side of chest....

yes black door I thought we talked about that long ago? Have always loved a black door but your white storm door will give high contrast..it can be good or bad? If you have anything black drape it on the door and see what you think..bench in black would do the trick Too...up to you.

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Yes to a black front door. I suggested that several hundred posts ago. Glad you are considering it. Also, Parker, wondering if any of the fabric samples you are waiting on include the red buffalo check from Kaufmann? It is an off white not bright white. I think if you google Kaufmann red buffalo check claret it will come up. The squares are four inches.

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Parker Murphy

Sluggo- A couple hundred posts ago? LOL
I am going to order a sample- not sure if I did. I just ordered it. Thanks for the heads up. I Always like when you check on me

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Amanda Smith

What a difference the large basket makes. Love it!

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<3 basket & door.

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Parker Murphy

We are busy moving my daughter and family to another house so haven’t had a chance to do my arrangement. I finally found my longeberger basket. It’s just a little smaller than the big one but not much. Will this work? Should I remove the handle?

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Amanda Smith

I prefer the bigger basket... it makes a statement. The other one is just ordinary.

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The above one is ordinary? It’s longerberger! :)
I can use the other big one - just thought this might work.

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The color does match your flooring...but love the height of the other basket and the heavier texture.

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Those baskets Where so popular and expensive!! I have one small basket somewhere?

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Parker Murphy

Good morning! The longaberger does match!
I hadn’t noticed that.

Last chance to compare

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Second last chance! I quickly folded the stems and put them in the baskets to compare the longaberger basket versus the hobby lobby basket. The longaberger basket is the lighter one that matches the floors

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It all looks charming! I think you are done now!!

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poollivingthedreamnow

I actually like the Longergerger or whatever it's called :) I don't think it's ordinary, I think it's classic! Looks like the kind to be filled with apples :) And I like that it matches the wood floors. I wouldn't cut off the handle but try to cover it with all the flowers. The other one is almost too chunky.

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Seajay Sparkles

Morning Parker. Longaberger longaberger longaberger! It’s PURRFECT. Felizlady thinks you’re done now. Parker’s brain may be in neutral but it’s never in park if you get my drift 🤣😉😎. Agreeing with Pool.

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Largest with the black metal trim..the texture is beautiful very updated....the longaberger looks old outdated..to much like a picnic basket😐

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Good Morning Parker☕️🥰🤗🧺

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Parker Murphy

I thought handle maybe made it cottage- I was out picking flowers

Need more votes 😜

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mary44

Hi Parker :) I like the longerberger too...not much difference size wise so you still get the effect and I like that it matches your floors!

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All the cottage style baskets have no handle that are in the images like my basket and Flo’s it really is a different look..I would say that longaberger basket is more country/farm....the other is cottage french....with your lamp style and cane back chairs I like the other basket...Parker what do you like? That is the important question!

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liasch

Definitely the basket with a handle in the centre that matches the floors. It’s a classic market basket that you would gather flowers in or used to buy in a French market place. Not to mention it looks 1000 times better than the other basket… There’s my vote! I am a basket collector and as far as I’m concerned there’s no competition here. Am I opinionated? LOL and I would NOT cut off the handle!

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liasch

You can see the wide weave in the antique European basket on the upper right hand corner. With the single centre handle.

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Amanda Smith

I agree with Julie. The basket with handle looks too Country/farmhouse and outdated. I also think it’s too low.

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liasch

And as a basket “connoisseur” (haha) it strikes me that the wide weave basket is substantially better in terms of workmanship. The hobby lobby basket is the one that is very ordinary, IMO.

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liasch

This is humorous... I find my first impression of the hobby lobby basket was that it was too high… And the flowers look kind of stuffed in there. As opposed to more natural, and just gathered in the basket with a handle...Parker, I think this is going to be definitely in your court, as to deciding which one you like the best.

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Oh my..who would think a basket would cause such problems..when I Suggested this big basket with hydrangeas my thought and vision was not having it look like you gathered up flowers from your garden...just a casual wicker full of hydrangeas that doesn’t look arranged but simple...size was more my thought..love the height it is just fabulous.

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Here we go......

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Flo Mangan

Parker. Can you find a basket at World market that has the texture you want ad is just a tad smaller. I think the basket shouldn’t dominate the flowers. On your chest, you want proportions relatively right. Like the look but I like the basket as background to the flowers. Also keep in mind you will be changing out the hydrangeas for Fall and Christmas! Lol

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Parker Murphy

Who would have thunk? All this excitement about choice of a basket! Would it help if I said the longaberger was a gift years ago from my mother ? Well it’s not, but would it have helped sway people towards longaberger? 😜A friend gave it to me though.

I like the longaberger best. It’s still bigger than I would have imagined. I had liked the smaller basket best originally. I can make this basket bigger looking too. I could have used the other one too if I hadn’t found my longaberger basket in the kitchen. It is where we put our newspapers- forgot!😜I am going to keep the hobby lobby basket and use in kitchen for our newspapers.
And Julie- If I ever come to my senses I can switch the baskets out!

I like it because I want a casual feel like I just picked them. I don’t want them “arranged”
looking- I think I will leave leaves on too. DH doesn’t like them squished together at all. He was upset when I bought all of the hydrangeas. He didn’t like my bedroom hydrangea arrangement.

Once I had bought an armload of hydrangeas, I was in love. So pretty!

Do I need anything else on chest? Big White ceramic chicken?

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Seajay- loved your comment! I caught the drift!❤️🍫

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This oversized look is so pretty.



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The basket showing is what is so great..just like in Flo’s the basket is front and center and the white Rustic basket on the chest with the lantern...ok done🤷🏼‍♀️

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Parker Murphy

You are trying to break me! I may break!

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White chicken?

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Amanda Smith

What Julie is saying is that it should be about the basket and not the flowers...otherwise you just have a bunch of artificial flowers as the focus...artificial flower arrangements can look very 80’s or 90’s.

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I dropped the mic🎤🎤🎤

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Amanda🙏🏻❤️

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Amanda Smith

Julie, I had the exact same vision for that spot!

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Parker Murphy

You two are in cahoots!
My granddaughter and I are watching Hamilton again while parents are signing papers for new house. I love king George!
I will try arranging in other basket while I watch to see if I like it. I want to see if I can make it loose. I won’t concede on loose 😀

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Flo Mangan

My basket is on the floor under oversized sofa table. So the proportions work. Try putting large basket on floor beside chair. Then do a couple lanterns on chest if you wish.

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Seajay Sparkles

No white chicken. Parker asked for votes so votes are what she got!

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Parker Murphy

I am working on the longaberger basket now. Couldn’t do the other big basket. Don’t have enough flowers!

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All I can say is Holy Molly🤪

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Love you Parker..good a Luck with this one😂🤣😂🤣

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Parker Murphy

Holy molly?About not enough flowers?

I showed this arrangement to DH. He surprised me and said “ it looks good!”
He liked it. Maybe watching Hamilton again put him in a good mood

It’s not done at all yet. I need more flowers
And I don’t know how to stabilize the flowers. I think I will not finish until I get the chairs

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Love those green hydrangeas..so pretty..I used to take tape and make grid across the top of the container so you have little squares to hold them in place it might help..but if you get more flowers they should just hold each other in place..going to watch Hamilton Tomorrow For my Birthday and just relax together...haven’t been feeling well and miss my kids so much!

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Happy Birthday, Julie ! I hope your new year holds many better and brighter days ahead for you and your family ( and all of us ) trying to get through this pandemic safely. It is so hard to feel so isolated and physically apart from our loved ones. I feel the same way about our kids. Hope you feel better soon and that your special day will bring you some moments of joy.

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Parker Murphy

I love the the shade of the green ones too. Some other ones I bought were too limey. My store doesn’t have any more of the green- I bought them all. I will try in another suburb. And luckily hobby lobby has more cream.

Sorry you aren’t feeling well. Still sinus? Has to end today so you can start a new year tomorrow! 60 is behind you. 61 is a great year!

Hamilton is wonderful! I was surprised my granddaughter sat thru it all and loved it. It was a fun thing to do amidst the move. It will be a Great thing to do tomorrow. So sorry you can’t be with your kids!!

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Happy birthday Julie! The decade of your 60s is a great one… Enjoy...

I am bowing out on the basket topic other than to say that the looser arrangement in the larger basket looks better than it did before. I have absolutely no idea what is au courant...and what is passé, in decor. So I’m not the person to listen to in that department, for sure.

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Amanda Smith

Happy birthday, Julie! Sorry Covid is so bad in Texas and where I am, in Florida....

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Oh thank you for all the a birthday wishes and kind words! I love all my Houzz ladies❤️

My dear Amanda please stay safe Florida and Texas are really suffering...close to 600 death in three days for Texas..over 10,000 people where HOSPITALIZED on Thursday with Covid 19!

Parker please be careful when out with all your shopping...I worry about you😷🙏🏻


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Parker yes sinus and eye infection..eye are much better but sinuses are killing me I have had a continuous headache since last Friday...hope I don’t have to go back to the clinic..

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Molly

Julie have you tried sinus aspirin? I once had a sinus infection and it hurt just to move my eyes! The aspirin definitely helped. Hope tomorrow brings you a better day so you can enjoy your birthday. 🙂

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Julie, if you don’t mind, I’d like to ask you a personal question about an issue you mentioned you had last year(?). If it is too private, I understand if you don’t care to answer. Ringing in the ears - I have had this continually for two months . Mine sounds more like low- key buzzing. I know yours went away and that is giving me hope, because this can drive one batty ! I was wondering if you were given a specific treatment or medicine for it and if you ever found out the cause. I had both my ears irrigated. The doctor said it can be from blood pressure, which mine has gone up. I read it could be B12 deficiency. I may need to go to an ENT. —- Thanks for anything you might be able to share , Julie. I appreciate it. Thanks, Parker.

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Molly thank you for the suggestion...I am on blood thinners so I can’t take aspirin.....I know it would make a big difference Tylenol does nothing 😞

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Well poop as kjoy would say! 🙁

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Nicci..so sorry to hear you to are having ringing.....I still have ringing everyday! Went to an ENT had everything checked hearing test too....it has to do with aging and slight hearing loss..nothing really can be done....I did a bit of my own research and salt intake can make it worse and I have noticed it is worse if I have higher salt intake on my foods also taking magnesium supplement but not sure that is really doing anything...watch your salt and make notes so you can track your bad ringing days and what foods you ate..it helped Me have control of the severity but the ringing is always there☹️

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Yep had mine 30 years. Mine came after my thyroid or my OH stereo.

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Oh, Julie, I’m so sorry to hear that you still have tinnitus . I thought it had gone away. Thank you so much for your response. If I find out anything , I will likewise let you know. Thank you for the tips/ info ! I really appreciate it . —- Tylenol never does much for me either. For your headache you might try towel “tenting” your head over a steamy sink of hot water a few times a day, if you can stand it. I hope it improves SOON. There is nothing as bad as a continual headache !

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Happy birthday Julie. Nicci, Sorry about the ringing. I had that last year and started taking Mucinex sinus and when the mucus cleared up the ringing lessened and finally went away. Hope it helps you. My doctor attributed it to aging as well.

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Thanks, Seajay ! I will give that a try, even though I am not overtly congested. When I was young , I always had this idea that “ the older years” would be so easy , haha . Well, NOT - but I am grateful each day to still have a very blessed, relatively healthy, very good life.

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Seajay you are so fortunate that it was congestion and mucinex actual took the ringing away wow you lucky lady!

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Julie, I’m hoping your birthday brings relief of your symptoms! 🙏🏻🥰 (Years ago, I had frequent sinus infections. My ENT sent me to an allergist, and tests led to daily meds for multiple environmental allergies. Past 25 years = no sinus problems. At about the same time, I learned that what I thought were sinus headaches were actually migraines, and eventually we found a medication that works within an hour. I feel fortunate! Perhaps it would be worth seeing an allergist if you don’t already?)

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Happy Birthday Julie! My Dad’s birthday is July 18th. Hoping your symptoms get less and less. Yeah the ear ringing is a annoyance for sure. You have had more than your share of health issues over the last year or so. Will pray for better days in the coming year. You guys moving back to Michigan?

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Ear ringing and sinus...I use a saline nasal spray ...really helps with sinus. I get osteopath treatments for sinus as well, regularly.

Ear ringing...Upped my magnesium and B complex, and it went away. But it was intermittent not chronic.

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Thanks for reminding me Lia. I use a saline nasal spray like a nettipot. It does really help.

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Happy Birthday Julie! Hope you have a great day & year!



My last comment on the basket and flowers haha: In the top left photo of Julies photo collage yesterday, I liked how those flowers appear to be leaning towards the front of the basket, like they were picked and laid in the basket. I was wondering if you could use a similar technique with the longerberger basket and have most of the flower heads on one side of the handle and a couple on the other with empty space? To make it look more like they were picked and also be a looser mix.


Whichever way and whichever basket it will still look great! I laugh about these little things we discuss wehn most people would never notice one or another LOL :)

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Look what I got Delivered? Red velvet cake from the most amazing bakery And gorgeous floral!

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OMG, both are gorgeous! Happy Birthday and I hope your head feels a little better. ❤️

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Feeling better today thanks Molly🙏🏻❤🥰

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Beautiful! Happy Birthday, Julie! 💐

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Julie your cake and flowers are beautiful just like you...,😊have a great birthday!

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Where’s my piece?

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Those are very special surprises - so unique and beautiful ! It’s nice to hear you’re feeling better, Julie.

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I am a little late to the party! Is the cake all gone?

Sounds like you have a great evening planned Julie- steak dinner, Hamilton, and Cake.Happy Birthday!!! You deserve the best! Enjoy you day!

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Gorgeous. So glad you are feeling better too Julie. A piece of that cake surely is good remedy!

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If that cake is half as good as it looks it will cure anything! Lovely.

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Happy birthday, Julie! 🍾🥰

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Thanks dsimber🥰

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Enjoy your day! @Julie Zygmontowicz

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Good morning Julie and houzzers.
Hope your birthday weekend was wonderful!

We did a couple minor things this weekend( the rest of weekend was moving daughter)- did hydrangeas again and DH cut our candle so it fits in my cloche( not cupcake holder!) and put new , better quality hydrangea in dresser arrangement.

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Friday we are bringing chairs to painter Friday and Thursday a friend is coming over to pin curtains on rod in kitchen. I bought a rod like you had said Julie, do you really think this is better than a white rod with knobbies at end?
The Only part of your rod showing is just that dark dark bronze rod going across the white trim on top.
I am pretty sure I am going with gathered top and pocket for rod. I fear clips are going to be too messy for me. I like things neat. Not much of the curtain will show because I am squishing over so I can look out window.

Any ideas what to do in corner now that we have different topiaries there?

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looks so good!

Parker, do you have info on your paper towel holder under the cabinets? 2 years later and my paper towels are still thrown on the counter sans any kind of holder. :\

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Good morning Parker☕️☀️🥰😷

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Everything looks great! What happened to your square wreath on the mirror? It adds so much..all the layering is what gives that cottage style. why not move the Tray decor over to the other corner and bring the cookbook and stand over in the corner near the stove...

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Definitely better. Are we at perfection?😜
Do you still like the room darkening rod best?

I took the wreath down:(. I thought it would Be busy. I think I took it down before I finished my hydrangeas. I am going to a funeral this morning for a friend from church so I can’t hang it back up but I will at least put a hook there on the mirrir so I can see what it looks like when I get home. Thanks!

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I liked it better when you switched the lamp and hydrangeas. Better sight lines imo.

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Everything is looking 👀 so pretty. I think the floral curtain fits in so much better in your decor....

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I got 4 samples today. One seems perfect but wondering if too big? It’s 4 3/4 inch squares.
It matches real good- it’s laying on my couch

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Here are the other ones. The bright red and white one is nice size but too white. The next one is too coral and the other one from Calico I could live with.
I am expecting one more that I ordered - one that Sluggo thought might work.

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Julie - here is wreath hung up crooked. I think I would prefer round there.

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Think wreath on mirror is over the top...and lamp on left works better...

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Here you go Liasch!

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I like that. I like the 4+ fabric. I think that would be unique and pretty. Colors look good from this side of the monitor! 😉

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It’s so hard to tell on the computer monitor. Which one looks best to you?

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Yes hard to tell but from my view they all look good! Even that last one that I think you say is coral, seems to match some of the couch colors in the flowers as opposed to the checks.


I think a round wreath would look better imo. It seemed too much but when you removed it, it seemed to lack something. Maybe put it back now that you switched the lamp & basket? Something about that view...

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Good Morning Parker☕️☀️🥰😷

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I still think it looks better with the mirror empty. It reflects the light better as well. With the hydrangeas there you don’t need it. This is a good set up. I don’t have an opinion on the fabric due to not being able to see the whole room at a glance. People with more experience could weigh in more helpfully on that one!

Your place is so charming and lovely… I’d like to move in. LOL.

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I think the wreath greens need to be changed for next to the basket and hydrangeas...hold off because if you paint the shutters red again that will really accent the wall with all the off white and bold red check on chairs....one step at a time! Love the huge check..it is perfect!


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Yes, we all want to move in with Parker.! Lol!


I love the way you arranged the hydrangeas.

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Good afternoon! The check that works best is the 4+ inch check- color is perfect. When I look at the chest/wall it screams- "I need red shutters" The color of the check is the perfect color-I hope- for the shutters. I will get chairs painted first- and then upholster- and then see how it looks. One step at a time. :)

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Thanks for the compliment Amanda and Liasch- you’re welcome to come over!
Here is a close up again of material I am ordering today.

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Julie- a friend is coming on Thursday to pin curtains to see how they would look. Another friend is sewing them later. I need to know if you think the room darkening dark bronze is best and will I have a pocket for rod How big ruffle above rod? Hang from very top to very bottom of trim?

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Hi Parker☀️🥰

love the fabric!!

ok so kitchen window....the ruffle can be 2 inches...curtain should go to bottom of window trim....you need black rod..I thought it was black? Let me check again. I was avoiding finials so it has a clean look but cute ruffle and it won’t impede on the tile area where plates are hung.

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Here is a black one


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Could she add a 5/8” grosgrain ribbon about 1” from edge?


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Thanks Julie. I will order it. You like black over dark bronze?

Ribbon On bottom edge? I don’t think I would like on sides- busy. I wouldn’t mind a green check trim on bottom. She ( sewer) said she would do that but that I need same weight material. What do you think of that?

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Isn’t your hardware all black in kitchen? Go with black..

just a piece along the bottom 1”-2” up from edge would be all you need..green or the red

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Great- thanks! Piece of cake!
(Hardware is aged bronze by the way)

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Ok than aged bronze is fine...couldn’t remember

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I like the curtain just the way it is...so pretty....I wouldn’t make it too busy.

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Good Morning Parker ☕️🥰☀️😷

Parker you are the best! Love my Birthday Card....it was so thoughtful❤️❤️I am still old school I just love getting mail!

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Did you just get it? I mailed last Thursday to arrive Saturday! My friend Over right now and we are starting to do a rough draft of our curtains

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Apparently it came on Saturday and my husband put the mail on my bill pile.....so just opened everything today!🥰🙏🏻

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We pinned some mock up drapes. I am very tight/ short with material. My friend says I need to sew 3 inches to the top so we have material to slide rod thru. The white wouldn’t show. Not much room for hem. Anyway, I am wondering if I should have curtains inside window? This look looks a little odd to me having curtain hang down from ceiling. There is no space between window frame and ceiling.
I wish I would have taken more pics!

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We pinned the curtains around the rod I used for my green curtains before so I could see the curtains up for a few days. My friend brought some ribbon. We liked the 1 1/2 inch ribbon- wrong color though. We put it 5 inches up from hem. I think I like curtain better inside of window- that hadn’t been our plan when we put up like this. What do you think?

It wouldn't be bubbly on the bottom like this- long pins!
Also the rod would probably be up a titch higher




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Oh no put it outside the window trust me on this.

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Put Tim only 2-3” max from bottom..5 is too much gives it a vintage look..not what we are going for😊🤷🏼‍♀️

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I was having second thoughts already! I squished it more so we could see out the window better and it was too squished. I will hang it the other way. We are just making it with material

I was going to go get ribbon tonight. We liked the 1 1/2 inch?

Still like plates? I like my green one in there. :)

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they Are going to be soooooo dang cute!!! The plates are just awesome

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I Love the green plate Yes it works wonderful! That area now will be the focal pointe with the.....Curtains..topiaries and the plates will pull you eye right in..

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I do love the plates! Good idea!

I couldn’t find a good ribbon. I would prefer a raspberry ribbon and didn’t see. Green is easy to do. These are all offray. I need to find a store that has another brand. Green has no spunk!

I still am a little worried about styling of drapes. Should I have the rod a little lower on upper window trim so the ruffle has breathing room to ruffle and just hang to bottom of window trim? We decided not to line them.

Tomorrow I bring chairs to be painted!😀

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Parker you can make that top ruffle smaller..go just 1.5” instead if 2” I think you will like that better..I kinda like that coral ribbon it matches the lightest color in the flower..Does it?.....remember it does not have to exactly match just compliment...

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I found a ribbon tonight that matches pretty good but it’s not grosgrain. Which width will be best? I could get 1 1/2 inches or 7/8? I don’t know where else I could go. I have been to Michaels, Joanne’s and hobby lobby.

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Walmart or Amazon.

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You really need a heavier ribbon grosgrain is the only way to go....1”-2” wide

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Darn! I may have to use the green?

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Have you checked Etsy? I find a lot of trim, ribbon, etc in there.

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Thanks Pool- I will try - right now I am on Amazon

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eBay has a lot too.

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Agree...has to be grosgrain for the ribbon. And the colour that doesn’t quite match looks fine to me as someone pointed out as well it seems to match the lighter colour in the curtain.

Curtains outside the frame definitely and I’m glad you didn’t line them.

You will have to play around with it a little bit so the ruffle doesn’t look squashed at the top the placement is a little tricky. I’m not an expert on curtain rules...but given the shortage of fabric I think just to the sill should be fine? Likely somebody else needs to give an opinion here.

The curtains are going to be beautiful! I love the way the light comes through it brings out the color.

Depending on how good your seamstress is, you could also buy a solid fabric in red... cut it a little greater than the width you want, hem edge and sew that on. It’s pretty picky work though. You might be able to order the ribbon you want online?

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Mind you that accent colour doesn’t exist anywhere else in your house so maybe that’s not such a good idea. My recollection is you need the heavier ribbon so when you wash the curtains it doesn’t pucker.

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Good morning Liasch! Always nice to here from you. Glad you like them outside the window and unlined- it reaffirms that it is best way to go. I think I am going to wait on ribbon til they are done and up. I worry about the coral ribbon- I think it will drive me crazy! I did see a couple on line- guava and watermelon- but had to get 50 yards- and sometimes shipping was crazy. I will keep searching.

I brought my chairs to be painted to the gal- it will be a couple weeks☹️. The red check material is in the mail - excited to get chairs done. I will have neighbor start curtains this coming week. I am getting there!

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I’m not crazy about any of the trims....I think it takes away from the pattern in the fabric which is so pretty by itself.

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Good Morning ☀☕️☀️🥰

Parker just to add interest it could just be off white grosgrain

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Flo or Julie or anyone!? I just picked up a beautiful dresser for my grandson thru marketplace. It’s really nice on the front but when we picked up the top it wasn’t perfect but it was free!😜what magic potion will transform it into a beauty?

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My vintage store often paints the top a solid colour and leaves the wood. She uses fusion paint. That’s an option for the look I’ll see if I can find some examples.

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However I think I would do more than that. Anyway I recommend the fusion paint product which you can use just with light sanding you don’t have to prime. Switching out the knobs would make a big difference but knobs can cost you. I’ll see if I can post a couple examples of her work.

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Nice piece! Maybe polish.

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Here are some examples of her work. You can find her on Facebook: Knackered Vintage to Modern. All of these are done with Gusion brand products.

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Thanks Liasch. I will check her out. And the products. I really was hoping for a simple magic oil that Flo had mentioned 10009 posts ago. I can dream!

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I think mayo gets rid of the white marks.

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If it is a wax water mark..you can use a low heat on iron and cotton cloth to remove it..If not .mix baking soda with water 2 Tbls soda 1 tes Water..like a paste rub gentle with cotton cloth...if it is just the top of dresser...you can do a very light sanding and use rejuvenate wood restorer...Good Luck!

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I just read a blog post the other day about using mayo and people swore by it! Worth a shot I’d say. Probably have some in your fridge.

I’ve used this before and it works decent.

And I just read about this Tibet almond stick that has a cult following haha

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Hi Parker. Is the last picture of the back of the dresser where there appears to be a large scar along the edge. From my vantage point, it looks like a veneer top. If that’s the case I’m not sure wood restoration products will do any good. But it wood work on the front of the dresser. I would definitely change the hardware. Hope you’re well.

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Listen to Seajay the woodworker extraordinare! Looks like a veneer to me, so you might have to chalk paint it after re-glueing loose pieces. Just make sure to carefully remove any glue while wet.

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It’s a great-looking piece. Good luck!

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Good morning Julie ☕️🍫
Question on curtains again. I am going to have DH put up the rod in the next day or two and I’m wondering if I can hang the rod about 2 1/2 inches down from the ceiling? The trim meets the ceiling and the trim is 2 inches wide including the first little groOve. I Feel I would like a 2 inch ruffle and that would give it room to ruffle at the top and not be crammed in there. The picture of curtains below is hung inside because using old rod to “feel” the overall look. I had friends over twice in the last couple days and they loved the curtains and the plates. And the hydrangeas!

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Good Morning☕️☕️☀️🥰😷

I honestly would make the ruffle a 1/2” smaller so the rod is not too low across that upper trim...it will still look super cute....

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Parker do you have more info on the dresser is it solid wood?

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I already polished the dresser! I used pledge restore and shine. It worked real well on little mars and the water spot is reduced in color. It’s not solid wood.
Do you think I could put Howard’s Reston a shine on it too if daughter is fussy? I think it looks pretty good. It’s for a 12 year olds bedroom.

Is your son and daughter in law there? Hope so!!

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Oh it looks much better..and a cute tray could be set on top too...I had decorated a boys room a few years back and they had to use the old dresser they had..we polished the top just like you did and bought a faux leather runner and just sat that on top it looked great...

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How old is he?

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You could spray paint the wood knobs black and leave the pulls as they are. It looks like there are two types of knobs....one between the pulls and the ones across the top row. That would cost about 50 cents in spray paint!!

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Have you tried Old English Furniture Polish on that spot?

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It’s looking better all the time. I hadn’t realized you wanted to keep the natural wood finish. Otherwise I would not have suggested the fusion paint.

Having worked with both chalk paint and fusion paint I will tell you that the fusion paint is far easier.

If the top is the primary problem a runner is a great idea!

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There are a couple stain products you could try also if you want.
Even the veneer top you could just lightly sand to remove top layer and then brush/wipe stain over it.
Either a gel stain or Ive used a stain/poly combo over a ruined section of wood flooring once and it blended pretty well.

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Parker Murphy

Good morning Julie!☕️☀️
Last paranoid check on curtain rod. I feel I need to hang rod on the bottom part of trim with rod running along that bottom line of trim. The width of trim is 1 7/8inches. If I put it there, that still leaves only close to two inches for ruffle. I will make ruffle only 1 1/2 inches then.
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Yes make ruffle smaller rise rod up higher🤗

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And take that rod to the very edge of trim

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You want rod going thru/down middle of trim? Of course makes sense for middle if I didn’t have my space issue but Ruffle would only be one inch and touching ceiling? I am worried 😧

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Seajay Sparkles

P. I think the rod looks good fine where hubby is holding it. The curtain will wrap to the edge of the window. And I’m glad to hear you mention the paranoid issue so I don’t have to 😂🤣😁😘😎.

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Seajay- So nervous about this! Can I blame it on covid? It affects everybody different. I am not scared to go out shopping with mask but a curtain rod being to close to the ceiling is very worrisome.


By the way Seajay, I need you when I start bathroom. Your'e the man! ( sounds better than saying "your'e the woman!" I just need a 48 inch vanity and a mirror and flooring. I wasn't planning on doing this year but I am in the mood- husband may not be though.

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OMGosh, Parker. Understatement of the year: “...I’m in the mood...” to tackle another room. 🤣🥰😂

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Why have a space between ruffle and ceiling? Fill the space..what is the width of the trim?

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Seajay Sparkles

OMG. It’s a curtain. When you’re looking up at the top of the ruffles you won’t notice any space.

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Hi dsimber. How are you doing?

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I have a more basic question, why a curtain at a sink?? Those just get splatters and fly around when least needed. Your previous look was great. But up to you.

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Super cute Parker..just make the ruffle the way you want it and the rod goes where ever it goes!😉😂

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Parker Murphy

I make a big deal out of everything! I have had high blood pressure since I was 28!

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Oh Parker you make me laugh and smile😂😁

it is going to be so cute much more cottage look you will just love it!

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Good news- got my material for the chairs today! It’s perfect. Bold and Beautiful
( yes , I watched that!)

DH got rod up. The questioning is over. I will bring to sewer this week. 😅

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We are all breathing a sigh of relief that the curtain issue is settled....lol... you should see the weirdo job I have here for curtain rods. Btw just to throw a wrench in the works I really like your shutters in white. I know you’re thinking of painting them red but I like white.

Personally I think your kitchen window benefits from the softness and the colour at the window of the curtains. No curtains it’s just a little bit too Spartan for the look of your home.

Oh goody… A bathroom… LOL

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Oh the fabric is so wonderful!!!


I am still holding out for red shutters! Sorry Liasch😉

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Parker Murphy

I knew everyone would be thrilled that I am not leaving!


I think I will upholster chairs first and see how it looks with cream shutters. but to me it screams- Red!! Maybe red plates on shutters?


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That would be fun..love that you are coming around to maybe adding the plates on the shutters...another great direction to go.....decisions decisions🤔

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MaKenzie Child Barn SALE!!


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dsimber

Love that inspiration image, Parker!

Hi Seajay. 🥰 Just enjoying each day here on my sofa with my laptop! Darn. Sleep specialist told me today I need to exercise and quit reading about so many serious topics. Said my intellectual stimulation needs to come from more light-hearted topics. 🤷‍♀️ Seems like good advice to pass along here. 😉 (She didn’t have the full picture, though. I didn’t even try to explain to her what Houzz is or how much fun I have here. I guess my feed is probably due to following only 2-3 designers, so I feel like I have my own little club here.🥂) How are you doing?

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Amanda Smith

You could do red plates on the white shutters or white plates on the red shutters...

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Julie- I couldn't find the Makenzie Flower market squashed pot in white. :( They had it in other colors. I had toyed with the idea a long time earlier in the feed that I would put in bathroom.


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Molly

Thought you ladies would appreciate this. 😉

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Love it Molly!!!

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😂 good one Molly!

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Parker Murphy

Here is the curtains pinned on rod. Turns out my window is crooked- I remember my tiler commenting on that. My ruffle on right is a little shorter but sewer will get right. I pinned a piece of cream ribbon on right side- really doesn’t add much? How about green?

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You need wider ribbon than What you have pinned on panel..but agree that doesn’t do much with that Skinny ribbon🤷🏼‍♀️ Green will look very nice you found such a great match!

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I still think that ruffle should be long enough to go right up to the ceiling

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Good Morning Julie !

I agree about the ruffle- I want it to the ceiling . I will have her make it about 2 1/4 1nches in height. Right now it is 1 1/2 inches. WE have the rod straight on the wood trim but the right side window trim is lower than the left side trim. so ruffle looks a little crooked. The left side window trim is up to ceiling and the right side trim is 3/8 inch lower. Should I make ruffle a little higher on right? Any other changes or thoughts?





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Should I use this size ribbon in green? It’s 1 1/2 inches wide. 2 inches from bottom?

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I'm first to admit I don't know as much as the regulars here, but wouldn't it be better if the ribbon lined up with the bottom of the glass? Since it's so close anyway?

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Good morning gggomes. Always good to hear from you! That sounds like a good point- I see what you are saying.

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Amanda Smith

The curtains seem too long to me. As Flo mentioned, they will get splashed on when you are washing dishes.

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Amanda Smith

Maybe use that coral ribbon as tiebacks?

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Seajay Sparkles

I missed the part about them still in the pinned stage. Here’s my honest opinion … I think they are a bit skimpy for my taste but I completely understand you wanting to use up the fabric. And I would hem them so bottom is at the sill. Good morning Ms P.

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Parker Murphy

Hi Amanda- where would you end them? It seems the logical end point. I pinned up higher at window sill?

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Is that better? Is this what you meant Seajay? I know what you mean about skimpy but we want to see out window. Is there some little addition I could do them to make them have more impact? Addition of another material or ribbon on sides?

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Parker Murphy

There really isn’t a sill. I think it looks skimpy because it is long and narrow. Ribbon helps shorten up visually?

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Amanda Smith

I think they look better shorter.

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Very pretty jolt of color at the window. I wouldn’t want a heavier look.

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Good Morning..yes put the ribbon visually at the bottom of window where glass ends..there is no actual sil so the curtain should hang right to edge of trim....

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☕️🥰

did you find red ribbon?

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I think your friend was right that is doing curtain the ribbon is best up higher.

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I like that last mockup! I think red ribbon looks best but green will also work if you can't find red. Although what you have in that last pic looks good to me! It doesn't have to match exactly. :)


Not sure how others wash dishes but I think they will be fine there.

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Morning Julie! I know it makes sense to put curtain at end of trim but it almost looks better at top of trim? Just shortens it up some. I didn't find any ribbon- this is just a hot pink my friend had brought over when we were playing with them. I do like the punch of color. I am getting my hair cut and foiled( all this is turning me grey!) soon. When I get back I will pin ribbon at glass level and see if that helps. I love my material just need to make it work !!

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Amanda Smith

I like this look... shorter, no ribbon.


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Parker Murphy

Thanks Pool- I am not a wild dishwasher so I am not concerned and I do have a dishwasher. Did you like it shorter too or were you just liking the ribbon there. The last pic was short curtains to top of sill. Thanks for giving me your opinions!

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Seajay Sparkles

I’m voting with Amanda.

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If you had a sill it would have something to rest on..otherwise it just looks short🤷🏼‍♀️

here are a few Good examples to check out..


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Up to you

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Parker, I initially was commenting that I like them shorter with ribbon. I know it's not a "sill" per se but it looks like one to me and I don't think anyone can tell from just observation.


I just noticed the photo you posted though with the two options, shorter on left, longer on right. On one hand I think the shorter curtain would look best if it was inside mount and since you are hanging them above the trim maybe it should go to bottom of trim. But on the other I think it gets just a little too low and close to the faucet when long. So I can see both sides of the argument, but honestly I think it's just 6 in one and half a dozen in the other kind of situation. Both look good, neither stands out as wrong. Just pick the one you like!

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Personally, I like them shorter, but as Pool said, I don’t think it makes a whole lot of difference if they are longer. So I think either way it will be just fine . However, I like them much better WITHOUT the trim at the bottom. I just think they look lighter, fresher and neater that way.

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Here are the two different lengths with the ribbon placed at end of window glass. I think it does look better with the full length but I sure wish I had a shorter window. Oh well. 😬The ruffle will be longer on top. I do like the strong color( it’s hot pink- doesn’t work) at bottom.
I just saw that you ladies have posted. Our power was out I will read and get back to you. Do these pictures change your mind in the vote?

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Hi Parker! I have followed your whole journey but I don’t think I’ve commented but since I know you like votes I’ll add my humble opinion. I really like those curtains for your kitchen. I thought I would like the shorter length however, when you showed both lengths together once again I think Julie is right the longer one looks better. The short one looks like your making some ready made curtains work and the longer ones look made for you window. Just my 2 cents.

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gggomes1

I totally agree with Susan - that's my experience exactly!!! (I thought I liked shorter, but longer now has my full vote)

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Thanks for voting Susan! That helps me. Chime in more😀
Here’s the last picture for voting. Here they are with no ribbon. As some have said it could be either one- neither is perfect.
In two days- time for thought and changing of mind- I am giving material to sewer to do the top part. Once I get it back I will hang them and will be distraught again- long or short? Ribbon or no ribbon? She lives two doors down so it is easier. My neighbor is now going to see the real me- an indecisive , crazy lady. But nice!

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Parker Murphy

Oh thank you gggomes! Ribbon?

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poollivingthedreamnow

If you are undecided then I'd go long with no ribbon to start. You can always make shorter and add trim. ;) Can't grow fabric longer!

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Since you asked, I say Yes to ribbon! And even though the green matches perfectly, I'd prefer the reddish color

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I vote long as well :)

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I agree Pool. I have decided to go long and not put ribbon on at first. I will live with the completed curtains and pin on ribbon to see how it looks. I decided on the longer length because it makes a difference seeing it in person. It may look like here is a sill in the pictures- but there is no sill. :)

It looks weird having them short

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Yes! Kjoy is on board too! I can sleep tonight!

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Sorry, I vote for the shorter curtains with ribbon, better proportions with the shorter.

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Moving on......kjoy can you make my front door black- not the screen door- it’s brand new. We are thinking of painting it black. We got a new metal stand to raise one pot on the left- looks a lot better. Thanks kjoy!

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Sure thing Parker :) I vote yes. I want to paint my front door black as well. You go first 😉





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You are quick! Thank you! I like it!! I need wreath on door. Are you having s white screen too?
How is your garden growing?

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No I don’t have a screen door. Garden is growing great. Loving it!

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Ready, set, Go! Black is going to work really well.

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Good morning Parker :) I know my vote is late but I like the longer curtains as well and the black door.

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Good Morning Mary! Long wins! I feel good about the decision. Thank you all for voting.


Did you get your new pillow yet? Did I miss it?

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Molly

I’m going to be the door dissenter, it looks like a black hole to me. 😐

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Parker Murphy

But what if I have a wreath on it? I didn’t have wreath on it for kjoy to mock up- I wanted a clean slate for her 😀
I am at grandkids today- I will post later this afternoon.

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Good Morning ☕️🥰😷 I am not completely sold on the black door..I am thinking white is the way to go...white door.....white storm door....whites flower box.....black check rug with black bench...bright white pillow with flowers for summer black buffalo check for fall...

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Parker Murphy

Good morning Juliet. I am surprised you don’t like the black door. I thought it looks nice.
I know DH won’t paint this year.

Kjoy can you put a wreath on the black door?please?

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White with white storm door will make it look bigger not cut off by the storm door like if it was black and because of your slight over hang it looks too dark..if white the black knocker and hardware will be higher contrast and a wreath will look more vibrant..

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Ok! White is better than leaving the color it is. We just got used to it It’s funny you live with something and don’t realize “ maybe I should change this?”

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it is so true...last week was looking at my sofa pillows and all of a sudden I thought time for a change...orderd all new pillows next size up new inserts and a new accent pillow from William Sonoma Home that I always loved but was too pricey..it was on clearance! Woot woot

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I get them all today!!

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Amanda Smith

Julie, post pictures please!

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Pictures please!

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Well only got my down inserts So far.....waiting.....Accents pillows come on friday😕

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liasch

No sill, long is good.

Not sold on black door. The rest of the entryway looks excellent. Be nice to have a shot from a bit of a distance of more of the front of the house.

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Morning Parker☕️🥰☀️🙏🏻😷

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Good afternoon! I can’t get s hold of my neighbor to do drapes!😜hope she didn’t go to cabin. Anyway, here is the curtain pinned roughly on one side with a 2 1/2 ruffle. I like it. Really I don’t have much choice. Can’t move rod.

Also , we are going to paint door white. Do you have a recommendation of what brand paint and what color of white? We have white screen door.

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Morning Julie! I just figured out why you never responded to my post yesterday it was because I never posted it. Silly me -it is posted above 😜

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Curtain looks great..that will work perfect..hope you can get ahold of your neighbor!


match the white with your storm door...than paint the window box same white

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Neighbor just drove by- she never checked messages on landline. Shes coming over later today.I don't very often either. I forget!

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Oh good!

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That's nice <3

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liasch

Curtain is perfect. I don’t think it needs any trim.

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Thanks Liasch. I am not having it put on right away. I am going to live with it and see 😀

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Hey Parker..no pillow covers yet 🤨 my tracking keeps changing delivery date...the accent pillow from William Sonoma Home comes tomorrow the other bigger covers they posted no later than the 5th....they were supposed to be here yesterday! Dang I hate when you get all excited and keep checking the front porch and nothing arrives ☹️ Hope you had a great day...will you be painting that front door?

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Good Morning Julie! Bummer about pillows! I totally understand- I get very impatient with delayed deliveries. I am great in traffic hold ups etc but................I want my home decor NOW!

Neighbor still hasn't come over- probably today. Hopefully my chairs will be done by end of next week. Cross your fingers!


Post your pillow when it comes. I would love this one to go on sale/clearance!


Any ideas yet for front entry corner instead of my yellow picture?


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Good morning☕️☀️🥰😷

I forgot about that entry wall..for some reason I thought we found something ?

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Nothing!

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Cute pillow Parker

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Amanda Smith

Are you going to order the pillow? I think it is very pretty.

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Morning Amanda! No , I love that pillow but too much money - waiting for a sale. Right now its $69 ................. It is a statement piece though.

How are you doing? Are you safe in Florida where you live?

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Amanda Smith

We had a tropical storm Saturday but was just rainy with some wind.

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Parker Murphy

Glad you are ok. Still totally home bound?

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Amanda Smith

Yes, totally. Our best friends have Covid!

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Parker Murphy

Oh dear. How serious?

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The wife feels much better. The husband still has fevers and fatigue.


Regarding the pillow. You saved so much money on the new chairs...so maybe put the money into the pillow? You could look at it that way...

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Glad they will be ok!
I know what you mean about “ I saved so much money”! I play that game often. I haven’t had a manicure in months and I am debating never going gel again. It ruined my nails. Think of the money I have saved! I am waiting it out for a sale! It’s only August 3.

Did you get your pillow on Saturday Julie?

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I had a gel manicure once but the removal process was terrible.... she soaked my fingers in nail polish remover. I hated the chemicals.


I am now doing my own mani-pedis and haircolor...at least until it’s safe to go back to a salon...

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My neighbor still hasn’t picked up my curtains so I am going to carry on pretending there are
No pins sticking out everywhere. Since we have changed window treatments and put different topiaries by sink, I want to change the feel we are going for?I need to keep the big picture and shelf but could do the shelf different if needed. Should I keep trim on shades?

Also I changed the size of canister( dog treats) on wood tray in corner. Tray doesn’t fill corner -It’s 9 inches from corner to tray. I was going to try cutting boards behind the tray but now feel I could use some cutting boards behind knives and butter?

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Floral arrangement on table? Would love hydrangeas but already have on chest.

Could my beloved chicken go on top of fridge?

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Yes put the chicken on top of the refrigerator

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Hey! Parker! Look what Hobby Lobby has! You GM have several fun things to check out!

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Parker could we do a cute vignette on the table with the tray and rooster..some flowers.

put plate rack in corner on counter

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Houzz changed letters above but I think you get the idea. I thought the little green and cream check pumpkin might look cute in your tray or on wall shelf. Has your name on it. 😊

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I am at home goods- don’t know what I am looking for! It’s a habit if I drive by- I drive in!
I will try table arrangement when I get home

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Here is working with what I have. Stole the arrangement from living room. I can buy things too! White chicken? If I add more color like the arrangement ( I love that arrangement) I could put coral ribbon on shades? I threw some pinkish tulips in vase on shelf. It needs color up there? I wouldn’t use those.

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I bought two new coral floral plates because when I took them off the plate stand for the plate rack on the wall I had none there. Luckily I got two on eBay. I was paranoid if I ever broke one of my plates I would have none and I love those plates!
I wonder if a cute little Mackenzie child “thing”would look nice on tray with sheep and floral?

Neighbor picked up curtains yesterday 😀

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I don’t think you need colour up on your shelf if you have colour on your table. Again (in my opinion) it splits your eye. The warm colour on the table makes a focal point on the tray. I love the sheep! I think my choice would be the sheep and the flowers or possibly the sheep the flowers and the canister. And like I said... I wouldn’t put flowers up on your shelf I like the ferns... the way you have it in your first shot.

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Morning Liasch- Good to hear from you- Thanks for commenting. What do you think of a white vase on the shelf with some greens in it -now that the room has a lighter feeling to it? Any ideas for counter?

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And looks nice but I'm wondering if your plate rack ever gets in the way when you're prepping a m EAL? And then if it does you can put it maybe on the table or put the plates with 3M tape on the side of the cabinets or is there a wall on the other side where the plate trays are at on the wall

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Tray on table is much better than the stacked plate holder. It makes sense to have the plates in the kitchen anyway particularly if you use those plates. I like the stacked plate holder in the corner the way you have it because of the roundness. It curves out the counter and softens the hard edges.

Yes I think you could use something white there in the dining area on that shelf because you have so many other white accents...your picture mats and the tray... it leads your eye around the room. So white vase could work nicely.

As far as suggestions for the countertop go, I’m kind of in Happy’s Camp (if it were me that plate rack would really be in the way) but it depends on how you use your kitchen counters. I think it looks really nice!

Your chicken/rooster is charming...He might work on the fridge but sometimes things on the fridge disappear. Is that cookbook on the cookbook rack one that you use a lot? If not I would think about moving that and putting something else in that corner. What about the topiary? Is that a definite keeper? I’m not sure what things you have on your counter that you really want to keep, and what things are negotiable.

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Hey Sweet Parker...just checking in....what did you think of tray on table and plate holder on counter? you could add a bigger shelf....still white....it could be as wide as the larger art on opposite wall..but not necessary..but I know you like to go over all options!...

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I would only use one sheep in the table area..one on shelf or one on table but not both😳

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liasch

I have very limited storage space in my kitchen so the stuff I put on my counters is all practical. It includes; A rack with commonly used items such as salt and pepper, cooking oil, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Those are in attractive containers. A little set of shelves that holds commonly used tea items. An antique jar with wooden utensils are use in cooking. Cutting boards. Ceramic canisters. A stacked circular wire rack that holds fruit, avocados, garlic, etc. A wooden breadbox. And then there are the usual appliances, knives, etc. I used to have a spice rack but I put all my spices in the drawer instead. I try to combine practical functional usage with character on my counters just because I’m so short of space. Having said that, there’s some things about my kitchen that doesn’t have much aesthetic appeal but we won’t get into that...lol. I like the way your cookbook works in the corner but you could also use that space for a corner shelf rack with practical items on it.

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liasch

Wire baskets that might be nice in your kitchen. I find this quite practical. But it depends on how much stuff you want on your counter.

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liasch

Corner shelves...and I also agree about having only one sheep in the dining room… Ha ha Ha. I noticed that also. One sheep is a focal point; two sheep...are not.

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Happyleg and Liasch- I am not sure if you are thinking my wall plate holder is going to stay on counter? I haven't hung it yet and am going to wait til curtains up. Right now I have it precariously standing on counter with a wet dishrag holding it up for its Kodak moment! It will hang on the tileas soon as I get the curtains up.


And on the subject of my cookbook holder- it is there purely for beauty. I am not a cook- very basic- bought the book at Goodwill to have some good display pictures.

The plates in corner are there for show too because it looked good on table. I don't use those plates at all. My everyday dishes are white Pzalgraff basketweave.


The things I need on my counter are out- knives, coffee maker, paper towel holder and butter and toaster. The only other thing that would be practical is utensils- but I have a whole drawer of them- why put just a few in a crock unless major statement!. :)


I will remove my small sheep if that's the direction we go. I liked the floral and the green sheep together on the tray. Is that a go?

I am willing for a longer shelf if that would look better.

-I still like a "french " narrow woven basket with some greens or something in it . Could that balance on shelf?

- little lamp in corner instead of plate holder?

-Coral ribbon on shades?

Julie- I definitely like the tray on table. Would I just have floral and sheep? The bad thing is thats the floral I need on my checked table in living room. Love it there too!


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Parker Murphy

Liasch- I raced downstairs To get my three tiered baskets but they are too big.

Julie- the shelf is 30 inches and The picture is 30 inches in width

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That’s is crazy....the shelf is the same width as the art..would’ve thought it was shorter🙄

well than it stays! Would love a wall basket but not sure about flowers on table and basket with flowers..can you show me the rooster on the tray?

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Parker Murphy

Here you go Julie
I am running to the vet to pick up little Marley. We were in ER last night with them from 2am to 4am with him. He was having a coughing fit and having trouble breathing. We went to our own doctor this afternoon and it seems to be what they suspected last night -that he has a collapsed trachea. They’re going to put him on medication and check with the specialist. Also seems to have an enlarged heart. My poor baby. After that I’m running up north to pick up my chairs. Yay!

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Hang on a large canvas art on your wall : check Alice Gallery: https://www.large-wall.art

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liasch

A lamp in the corner is a good idea. I have ambient light in my kitchen as well as an overhead. I have task lighting at the sink but ambient lighting between the sink and the dining area and over by the stove. Ambient light in the kitchen is very cosy and I could see a lamp in that corner working nicely. I like the sheep and the flowers on the tray and if you use those flowers someplace else you might be able to find another bouquet. A basket with greens on the shelf would also go well. Too bad your baskets are too big! Mine is much smaller.

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Hi Parker! Checking in on your kitchen progress as I usually do. I like the ways you are finding to lighten and brighten 🤗 (but have had no opinions to share.)


Sad to see that Marley may have a collapsed trachea. What is the prognosis for that? (I know that my YS and DIL must be careful with their poms which are prone to that. Enlarged heart, too...I hope both conditions are treatable. 🙏🏻 💕

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Oh, poor Marley! Hope his conditions are treatable....they really are our babies.


I prefer the rooster and the plant on the tray and the floral arrangement back in the living room.

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