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NEED HELP WITH CHOOSING NEW CHANDELIER
Aja Mazin
December 2, 2012 in Design Dilemma
I just bought a chapel in Italy that I want to convert to a summer villa.

The chandelier does not fit my style.

I will have the ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore holy smoke.

Can anyone suggest something more contemporary.
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mjlb
good one!
December 2, 2012 at 4:26PM     
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punkey90
I think this would look really good there with the spotlights pointed up, and the fluorescent bulbs really set off the colors in the painting . needs more nude fairies though.
December 2, 2012 at 4:51PM     
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charleee
You bought a chapel in Italy????? You have more money than God! hehehe
December 2, 2012 at 5:15PM     
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Aja Mazin
olldbob,

The price was reduced due to cracks in the ceiling.
December 2, 2012 at 5:29PM     
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ruthmand
You are too funny! Punkey, so are you! Thanks for the chuckle ladies.
December 2, 2012 at 5:52PM     
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Jennifer Kennedy_Hendrix
No track lighting in something so beautiful! :) Check out this chandelier from Horchow lighting. http://www.horchow.com/p/Janice-Minor-Three-Tiered-Chandelier/cprod70110018_cat000099_cat1590731_/?index=&eVar4=rvi&cmCat=rvi
December 2, 2012 at 5:54PM     
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victorianbungalowranch
Pretty cute--had me going for a bit...
So where is it? That looks like a Chagall ceiling!
December 2, 2012 at 5:58PM     
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Aja Mazin
December 2, 2012 at 6:04PM     
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Aja Mazin
victorianbungalowranch,

olldbob knows and gives a clue in her comment!

Or lay flat on your back and look up!
December 2, 2012 at 6:06PM   
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Jennifer Kennedy_Hendrix
Lovely Aja!
December 2, 2012 at 6:09PM     
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orangecamera
To compliment the features of your naked cherubs, might I suggest a pair of boob lights?
December 2, 2012 at 7:05PM     
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PRO
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olldroo
Too funny Aja. Are you bored?
December 3, 2012 at 1:09AM     
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charleee
orangecamera, not one, they usually come in pairs.
December 3, 2012 at 1:19AM     
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olldroo
olldbob, why did I think of you when I saw the name? orangecamera did suggest a pair.
December 3, 2012 at 1:22AM     
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charleee
Thanks, roo, missed that one !
December 3, 2012 at 1:24AM   
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charleee
paint the ceiling in holy smoke? Groan.......I just saw that :))
December 3, 2012 at 1:37AM     
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olldroo
Nice change from Pewter
December 3, 2012 at 1:52AM     
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orangecamera
It's a *chapel*. The seating should be painted PEWter .
December 3, 2012 at 4:31AM     
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charleee
Agreed! But don't do all the work yourself, let hymn help.
December 3, 2012 at 4:47AM     
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Adolph Interiors
I once suggested to a client who did not like her crystal chandelier that she dip it in white paint for a more contemporary look, you might do the same...dip the chandelier...spray paint the ceiling...all in white and outline a little of the detail on the ceiling holy smoke if you like that color. Great solution I would think. Let me know how it turns out.
December 3, 2012 at 4:47AM     
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charleee
What????!!!!
December 3, 2012 at 4:50AM     
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olldroo
You lot are too sharp for me. I'm going to bed!!!
December 3, 2012 at 5:02AM     
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bdennison
This was a very entertaining way to spend a monday morning. Thanks!
December 3, 2012 at 5:04AM     
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Aja Mazin
Adolph Interiors,

What next?

Painting the Sphinx to give it "curb appeal"?
December 3, 2012 at 2:51PM     
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Aja Mazin
Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City.

It is famous for its architecture and its decoration that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others.
December 3, 2012 at 2:55PM     
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olldroo
Straighten the Leaning Tower????
December 3, 2012 at 3:05PM     
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Aja Mazin
I want to cry when I see fine wood, brick, workmanship, etc. covered with paint.

Our history should be preserved not coated in latex.
December 3, 2012 at 3:13PM     
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olldroo
I just can't get over comments here where people advise others to paint beautiful cabinetry or paneled walls. Natural timber is beautiful and once painted it is paint for evermore. So much more work to maintain too.
December 3, 2012 at 3:29PM     
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houssaon
While we're on this thread, just what does "olld" stand for?
December 3, 2012 at 3:33PM   
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charleee
Old Ladies Love Design. But we're only old chronologically!
December 3, 2012 at 3:34PM     
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houssaon
Thanks!
December 3, 2012 at 3:36PM     
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orangecamera
In keeping with the history of your chapel, which I'm certain was built by stonemasons, I think you should go with mason jar pendants. I'm sure this is what the architect specified in the original electrical drawings. Those drawings must have been lost along the way, or hidden in some sort of code that only Robert Langdon can decipher.
December 3, 2012 at 4:42PM     
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Darzy
Thanks for the chuckle ladies!
December 3, 2012 at 4:51PM   
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Aja Mazin
My friends [including my mom and my beloved grammy] are NOT old.

They are experienced and wise!
December 3, 2012 at 4:56PM     
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Aja Mazin
orangecamera ,

Word!

I was reading about decoding the ceiling!
December 3, 2012 at 4:59PM   
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orangecamera
Please forgive me, I posted a picture of a Ball Jar, not a Mason Jar. Perhaps this is a clue?
December 3, 2012 at 5:07PM     
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victorianbungalowranch
Try the auditorium at the "Opéra de Paris and look up.
December 3, 2012 at 9:23PM     
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Aja Mazin
Olldbobbi

olldroo asked:

"Too funny Aja. Are you bored?"

If I do not have my baby soon, I will be cutting out paper dolls!
December 4, 2012 at 1:30PM     
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olldroo
A Christmas baby, how exciting, I am very happy for you. And yes I do understand those last few weeks when every day feels like forever. Best wishes to you all, please post the happy news ASAP.
December 4, 2012 at 1:36PM     
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charleee
Aja! You wait til now to tell us??? What is your due date? Boy or Girl? That is so exciting, I'm thrilled for you !!!
December 4, 2012 at 2:14PM     
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olldroo
Aja, we would all be very interested to see your nursery. Would you care to post some pics?
December 4, 2012 at 3:03PM     
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Aja Mazin
YOU KNOW I WILL!
December 4, 2012 at 5:56PM     
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Aja Mazin
My doctor has me on limited physical activity, so I can't work, climb the stairs, drive, etc.

I am thankful for the internet [Houzz], my books, my sewing, my family and friends!!
December 4, 2012 at 6:09PM     
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ruechardon
Italia??? Jamais! C'est L'Opera Garnier, Madame. Oh la la
;->
December 4, 2012 at 6:20PM     
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olldroo
No wonder you are going nuts. Look at the positive side - everyone else can do Christmas for you.
December 4, 2012 at 7:39PM     
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orangecamera
Aja, congratulations!! Will the nursery be in the former chapel? Make sure to hang your new light fixture low enough, and directly over the crib so your bundle of joy can play with it. A crystal chandelier dipped in white paint would be cute :D
December 4, 2012 at 9:01PM     
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Aja Mazin
I have decided on a theme and a crib!

I think I will start a new thread.
December 7, 2012 at 2:57PM     
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charleee
Gorgeous! And HUGE! How many kids are you having?
December 7, 2012 at 3:00PM   
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Aja Mazin
olldbobbi,

Heaven willing, one healthy baby!

[However, I am a triplet]
December 7, 2012 at 3:33PM   
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charleee
Aja, seriously? A triplet? THERE ARE 3 OF YOU!!!! OMG......hehehehe
December 7, 2012 at 3:42PM     
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Aja Mazin
olldbobbi,

YES!!!

I am fraternal. My bothers are identical twins.
December 7, 2012 at 4:52PM     
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olldroo
I bet you keep them in their place too.
December 8, 2012 at 2:39AM     
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Aja Mazin
olldbobbi and olldroo

Here is number 1 in the running.

What do you think?

"This collection has a traditional furniture design and comes in soft colors of light. To make it very fancy can be covered with gold or silver foil. Even in a simpler version is decorated with carved furniture made in fun.

Suitable as a baby nursery sets like the other girls under twelve. Baby bed can be easily transformed into a child’s bed is quite large and comfortable and practical sideboard table in swaddling clothes. All baby furniture is made from high quality wood and colored with paint only ecological, non-toxic. Thanks to the great attention to every detail Savio Firmino able to create a baby nursery is very safe and comfortable."
December 8, 2012 at 9:44AM     
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Aja Mazin
And
December 8, 2012 at 9:50AM     
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Aja Mazin
And
December 8, 2012 at 9:53AM     
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michigammemom
Aja, I love the elegant look of the nursery furnishings you have selected. Do you know if the crib meets safety standards? I guess I might be concerned about the finials and the potential for a toddler's clothing to get caught if they try to climb out.
December 8, 2012 at 9:53AM     
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Aja Mazin
A wall of matted, framed illustrated book plates from vintage Mother Goose.
December 8, 2012 at 10:13AM     
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Aja Mazin
michigammemom,

ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!

and they could easily blind a child in a fall.
December 8, 2012 at 10:17AM   
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Aja Mazin
michigammemom,

What were they thinking?
December 8, 2012 at 10:20AM     
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Aja Mazin
Great latitude in customizing the details of Savio Firmino Notte Fratata Collection.

I love the style and have found nothing comparable.
December 8, 2012 at 10:33AM   
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juniperjo
I have never seen a more beautiful crib! I'm afraid to ask what it costs. (Seriously, I don't want to know.) Are you having a girl? I'm not sure I can imagine a boy baby in that crib, though I know that sounds silly, since the baby WILL NOT CARE :)
December 8, 2012 at 11:01AM     
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Nancy Hehmann
Beautiful nursery furniture!! If you are bored as you say. You might want to go to the Etsy.com site. There are many unique items from all over the world that are created by people. Some of the shops have items for babies. Just input that in the search engine. I have a photography shop, nancyhehmann.

Good luck on decorating your chapel. I am sure it will be very unique.
December 8, 2012 at 11:26AM     
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Aja Mazin
juniperjo,

"This collection has a traditional furniture design and comes in soft colors of light. "

See attached.

That is a concern, but my 2 bothers and I had light cream cribs hand painted with pastels.

But, as I said, no decision has been made.
December 8, 2012 at 12:52PM     
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Aja Mazin
and pale green.
December 8, 2012 at 1:00PM     
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Aja Mazin
Carolina Photo To Go LLC,

Definitely not bored!
I can't help but to be anxious...

I love etsy!
December 8, 2012 at 1:05PM   
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Nancy Hehmann
Anxious b/c of limited activity? I hope everything is going well. Modern medicine can do so many great things these days. My children are grown; but, you never forget pregnancy and childbirth. Such fun to be decorating a nursery. My husbands niece just had twins after a long time on bedrest. They are doing very well. Keep us informed. I will be thinking of you. At one time I took nursing students to the newborn nursery; but that was a long time ago. Such fun!
December 8, 2012 at 1:54PM     
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olldroo
Aja, that nursery furniture is amazing, but beautiful is one thing, practical is another. I'm sorry I am a Capricorn so I can't help myself but I just have to be super critical, hopefully to help you - as long as you are not still pulling our legs!!!!

That cot would be backbreaking. Modern cots now have two levels for the mattress to sit, high when the baby is new and low when it starts to get active. Bending to lift a baby or place it in the cot = backache!!!

The change table does look very practical provided you can reach things at each end without moving away from the baby - they can move so fast when they want to.

I think if you are going to feed or spend bonding time in the nursery, you would appreciate a more upholstered and comfortable chair.

Thinking ahead to the Terrible Toddler years, no lamps, certainly not a floor one, I would have pendant lights or wall sconces for soft/night lighting.

No tables, benches, etc, under a window and I even baulk at open shelving - toddlers love to climb.

The vintage Mother Goose is stunning - trouble is the adults seem to appreciate it more than the littlies do, they are so quickly into all the commercialised characters these days. When my grandchildren were born my daughters had to take a crash course on nursery rhymes from me, they had moved on from them so quickly when they were little that they couldn't remember them.

So, if you haven't started the nursery, just when is the baby due? I thought the way you spoke it was any day now.
December 8, 2012 at 3:27PM     
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Aja Mazin
olldroo,

I appreciate advice and opinions!!

We have made no decision.

I did not consider the depth of the crib and will check the specs.

All safety points you raised are excellent

I would be going for the general style rather than every piece in the collection
and arrange it to fit the room and our needs.

The Mother Goose prints are to add soothing pastel colors to the room.

Attached is a rocker almost identical to the one my mother used to nurse
us!
December 8, 2012 at 4:07PM   
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Patricia Corbin
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December 8, 2012 at 4:13PM     
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December 8, 2012 at 4:13PM     
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Aja Mazin
Here is the website.

I passed on Notte Fatata Castle Bed- Blue.
[good grief.]
http://www.petittresor.com/Products/Manufacturer/1069
December 8, 2012 at 4:14PM   
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Aja Mazin
olldroo,

Petit Tresor is the exclusive dealer of Notte Fatata in the United States.

Please Note that the crib pictured has been modified for the US market to meet all the CPSC's new 2011 and improved full-size and non-full-size crib standards. Drop sides are no longer available.

hmmmm...
http://www.petittresor.com/Products/View/14228
December 8, 2012 at 4:21PM   
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Aja Mazin
All the furniture truly needed, for a baby's homecoming:
December 8, 2012 at 4:31PM     
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Aja Mazin
Choice number 2:
December 8, 2012 at 6:50PM     
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victorianbungalowranch
That's cute. I saw the other was $7,000--how much is that one?

I spent quite a lot of money (for me) on a beautiful sturdy crib for my son and hand embroidered a baby blanket and wallpapered and decorated the nursery. Then son was born and after the first month would not sleep in the crib ( I had him in a baby basket at first, inside the crib) no matter how long I let him scream. Tried all kinds of beds and sleeping strategies, but no dice. Crib ended up being passed on to my brother in perfect condition, because it was virtually unused. It ended up being used by all three of his children..

Maybe i should have been tougher, but DS is a teenager now and still does not sleep through the night!

Anyway, if you are nursing, it is a whole lot more convenient to keep the baby nearby. There is a bassinette type bed that attaches to your bed and keeps baby withing easy reach. I think it is called a co-sleeper. Not elegant, but portable and practical.

Bassinetts are pretty, but the kid only stays in them for a month or two.

it is probably cheaper to buy an ordinary nice crib and a nice twin or full bed than a convertable crib system anyway. Spend the difference on the baby's college fund or a nice family trip or maybe some cleaning help the first few months.
December 8, 2012 at 9:12PM     
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olldcan
Aja congrats, when are you due?
This is hysterical, thanks for the laugh everyone!!!!!
December 8, 2012 at 10:16PM   
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olldroo
C'mon, Aja, you are conveniently not telling us just when the baby is due.
December 9, 2012 at 2:00AM   
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Aja Mazin
I definitely want the style and feel of that nursery, but that crib is absurdly priced and and does not look safe.

I am sure I can find better cribs at a reasonable cost made in the USA.

This one is made in America and comes in 20 colors!
December 9, 2012 at 3:18PM     
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juniperjo
That crib is really lovely, and of course I always like to see that furniture is still being made in America. In many ways I agree with other posters who say that the crib is really more for you (no nursery "looks" right without one). The baby probably won't sleep in it long (if at all), though if it converts to a toddler bed then you'll get years of use out of it.

I was on bedrest for three months myself, so I can relate -- but this was 10 years ago and I didn't have a laptop or wireless. I read so many mystery books I was ready to scream! Any chance of your baby being born on Christmas Day?
December 9, 2012 at 4:41PM     
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olldroo
Now that is really nice. Not sure about the valance, nice but messy, and definitely no bumbers.

And when is your baby due????
December 9, 2012 at 4:42PM   
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Aja Mazin
juniperjo,

Hopefully not!

The age of viability is 22 weeks and our present goal is 32 weeks.

Actually, this is a complete surprise because we had been approved to adopt recently.
December 9, 2012 at 5:07PM     
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Nancy Hehmann
My son found that having a bed that converted to a toddler bed was really no help at all. When his son outgrew the crib, the toddler bed had the same size mattress and he would wake up because the bed was not large enough converted to the toddler bed.
December 9, 2012 at 5:53PM   
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michigammemom
Aja, here is a crib you might like from Posh Tots. Have you seen the nursery linens at Serena & Lily?
December 9, 2012 at 5:53PM     
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Susan Shaffer
Oh Aja, congratulations.
December 9, 2012 at 7:13PM   
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Susan Shaffer
Aja, I saw your saved images of your house in Saudi. I used to rent to some students in Sydney. D you know the family alotishan?
December 9, 2012 at 7:16PM   
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olldroo
Aja, I think the sure way to fall pregnant is to adopt. I have known so many people who have adopted and within weeks are pregnant. So how far are you now? No wonder you are so anxious.

When my daughter first went to the States with her new bub she was given I think it was called a boopee cushion or something like that, for feeding. It sort of curved around her and just lifted the baby to the right height for feeding. She found it invaluable.
December 9, 2012 at 7:24PM   
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Aja Mazin
michigammemom,

That is exactly what I'm looking for in a design [the headboard on the side] plus hand carved wood and an "opulent" finish.

No, but I can't wait to check out Serena & Lily.

I have a weakness for linens!


Carolina Photo To Go LLC,

I didn't know that.
I also wonder at what age a child would express a preference.
I suspect a boy might not want that style.....
December 9, 2012 at 7:39PM   
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Aja Mazin
Also, every room in our house has Travertine tile and I want the floor to look like a cloud ~ fluffy and soft!
December 9, 2012 at 7:46PM     
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Aja Mazin
Susan Shaffer

I will ask my husband.
He attended King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, KSA.
and a university in the UK.

However, he is not a Saudi.
December 9, 2012 at 8:05PM   
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Susan Shaffer
Oh, we'll these boysv are saudi. The Saudi government sent them to Australia to study. There are about 80,000 scholarships per year. The alotishans were the sons of two brothers. One brother had one wife and I think 5 kids. Two of the boys were living in our property with their cousins. The father of the second lot of brothers had two wives and about 13 kids. They said their aunt married the king of Saudi. There are other saudis I know that came on scholarships. Most seemed to be pretty well connected.
December 9, 2012 at 8:17PM   
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Aja Mazin
Susan Shaffer,

Yes.

Abdul Rahman Al-Otaishan Group For Contracting is very well connected.

Did they pay the rent on time?

The KSA is a land of mystery and contradiction.

It is a country going through great change.
December 9, 2012 at 8:30PM   
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Bonnie
Aja congratulations on your impending bundle of joy. The nursery is beautiful but I wouldn't worry to much what it looks like because you will be too bleary eyed for months to come due to lack of sleep :) I have a three year old and am just this year starting to catch up on sleep!
December 9, 2012 at 8:37PM     
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orangecamera
Chelsea Lifetime Crib, in Antique Silver. There are matching pieces available.
December 9, 2012 at 8:49PM     
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Susan Shaffer
Yes the alotishians were regular with their rent. I met with one set of parents. They rented another property we owned at darling harbour. I went to dinner with the mother and sister. They cam for three months over the Saudi summer. Saudis used to go to USA to study. One boy I know was born in Orlando. Since 911 they are sending large numbers out to study. Australia is very popular. And they are now allowed to marry foreigners without getting prior royal consent. I think in another generation people will not recognise Saudi.
December 9, 2012 at 9:04PM     
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Aja Mazin
olldroo,

We had accepted it, so this was quite a surprise.
However, there are no guarantees.

My husband is supportive of adoption through Catholic Charities USA and International, and is open to children who are sometimes more difficult to place.
December 9, 2012 at 9:04PM     
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Aja Mazin
olldroo,

no bumper?
December 9, 2012 at 9:08PM   
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Aja Mazin
orangecamera,

that is lovely!
December 9, 2012 at 9:09PM   
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Aja Mazin
Susan Shaffer,

The Saudi youth I know are giving their parents fits!!!
December 9, 2012 at 9:17PM   
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Susan Shaffer
Where is your husband from? Where are you from?
December 9, 2012 at 9:30PM   
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olldroo
They are very conscious of SIDS here, as incidences of it are increasing. I don't know if they have really nailed any positive causes but have come up with a things that they feel could contribute to it. Bumpers do not allow air to circulate around the cot and cause the baby to become too hot and also babies can roll into it and suffocate.
December 10, 2012 at 12:45AM   
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Adam Rajab
Aja i have read all the above, a piece of advice for you, stick to what the professionals say and don't mind the so called social media crushers or spend their time day dreaming.
December 10, 2012 at 2:52AM   
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orangecamera
Adam, are you referring to professionals regarding design, or baby?
December 10, 2012 at 5:56AM   
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charleee
Adam, I don't understand your comment either.

Aja !!! How are you feeling? And how many weeks along are you?
December 10, 2012 at 6:40AM     
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Adam Rajab
Thank you olldobbi and orangecamera for your concern. Please refer to some of your comments/suggestions above!!! I do appreciate the fact that we all now use social media to interact, learn or even help but I am equally afraid that some people and more so those who don't use their real names would go to the extreme. Aja thank you the thumbs up. We are not sophisticated just a small and expanding operation and yes we need some technical tips and help vis designing simple ECO-friendly houses
December 10, 2012 at 7:55AM     
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Adam Rajab
Where is common sense?
December 10, 2012 at 7:58AM     
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feeny
Adam, I think you haven't understood that this whole thread began as a joke--kind of a parody of design dilemmas-- so the suggestions are jokes too. This is not a true design dilemma. The opening photo is of one of the most famous chapels in the world. So no one is truly suggesting redesigning it. This is more of a social thread, with various frequent Houzz posters teasing each other and catching up on Aja's plans for her nursery and upcoming baby.
December 10, 2012 at 8:03AM     
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Adam Rajab
Thank you Feeny in my world we say NOTED n WILCO
December 10, 2012 at 8:10AM     
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Aja Mazin
Hey guys,

We made The Hottest Houzz Discussion Topics of 2012!!

Check out Becky Harris:

"Holy smoke! If you believe this one, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. "


January 2, 2013 at 6:10AM     
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nnnaples
Funny, your 'Italian chapel' ceiling looks very similar to the ceiling of the Paris Opera house!!! Please let us know how you got the French government to give you permission to repaint .
January 2, 2013 at 6:34AM     
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quatorze
If it's OK with the caretakers of the Palais Garnier and lovers of Marc Chagall, then I guess it's OK with us. You do realize though that the last time this subject came up about painting this ceiling, Parisians were so in an uproar that a false dome over the original one was installed so that Chagall could paint his work without destroying the original. Now with your attempt, it will end up be three domed vaults. I think even "Italians" would require a new false vault....
January 2, 2013 at 7:10AM     
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Aja Mazin
quatorze and nnnaples,

Sorry.

victorianbungalowranch was the first to correctly identify!

However, it was a real hassle to get the Pope to move the Sistine Chapel from The Vatican City
to Italy.
January 2, 2013 at 10:45AM     
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Rose Construction, Inc.
I hope you're joking . . .
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Gabberts Design Studio
It has been so fun to follow this thread, I'm so happy it made the Best of 2012! Thanks for the humor!
January 2, 2013 at 11:03AM     
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Aja, I hope all is still well with you and that you are using your idle time creatively! It happens so often that prospective parents find themselves pregnant just as they are preparing to adopt -- so often that I don't think it's a coincidence, entirely. Best of luck to you and please post photographs of the nursery once you've assembled it!
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wow1 this is the best example of placenta brain that I've ever seen
January 2, 2013 at 12:33PM   
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upstagedhomes,

Not to worry, Frank!

Try to keep up and we will be happy to explain to you anything you have a problem comprehending!
January 2, 2013 at 12:41PM   
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upstagedhomes
actually, not a comprehension problem, merely misplaced sarcasm, thanks though, I think I can muddle Through!
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quatorze
Maybe this will serve for a playroom to compliment your decor...
January 2, 2013 at 1:12PM     
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quatorze
I think Napoleon III got there before all of us... smirk
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vspatz
How many times are you going to ignore a question before the person catches a hint!?
January 2, 2013 at 1:19PM   
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quatorze
Sounds like a nasty crack to me. It's supposed to be humorous...
January 2, 2013 at 1:59PM   
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Aja Mazin
quatorze,


However, The Palace of Versailles is predated by the Taj Mahal which is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world.

Some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed.
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quatorze
I didn't know we were opining on sheer architectural beauty. If so, nothing beats the gallery of the Grand Trianon, or the entire structure of the Petit Trianon, lauded by many architects as the world's most perfect building. The Taj is magical, if tragic - it is, after all, a mausoleum...
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olldroo
Aja, I absolutely roared laughing when I read Becky's comments. Becky makes me laugh at the best of times. Congratulations on making the "top" list. Do hope everything is going well for you.

Quatorze - don't try to make sense of this thread, it goes everywhere. Just go with the flow and enjoy.
January 2, 2013 at 4:24PM     
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Aja Mazin
olldroo,

I am Pantone Emerald with envy!
January 2, 2013 at 4:33PM     
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olldroo
What are you envious about?
January 2, 2013 at 5:40PM   
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Aja Mazin
Becky's knack of melding sound advice with a wonderful sense of humour!
January 2, 2013 at 5:46PM   
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olldroo
Right!! She is good, always love to read her posts.

Are you keeping well? How much longer till the 32 weeks?
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I can't believe I just read this entire thread after seeing Becky's Best of Houzz 2012! Funny...and now I too want to know how far along you are! Congrats BTW (on the baby and making the list).
I'm also happy to finally learn what "olld" stands for bobbi!
January 6, 2013 at 6:25PM     
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quraisha
Had a gud laugh while reading thru this thread....kind of reminded me ven i used to have such a ' discourse' with my friends during some long boring classes at school ;) thanks aja n the rest of the gang here for that, in particular
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Karen Williams
hello Aja, have read most of the comments, andin regards to the original question the ceiling, you said that it doesn't suit my style, well please tell us what that is. from what I have see from books etc on italy they are really into looking after their historic and sometimes ancient frescos etc. my suggestion would be to maybe take a look at some of the really old chapels and cathedrals in england, france and of course italy and be guided by the historians before listening to some "professionals" by the way when was it built, I am thinking it might be renaissance period.
there must be some reason you bought it in the first place, is there anything on the net about its history. I get really annoyed when someone buys a property with historic signifigance then because it "doesn't suit my style" changes it all. here in australia we call that cultural vandalism. imagine if someone bought blenham palace then changed it well there would be a hew and cry, well maybe you should think about that before you start ripping things out. now having said all that what condition is the rest of the building, is it structurally sound.
well whatever you choose to do you have to live with it for many years and I would hate it if you "modernised" it all then realised that the ancient craftsmanship should have been looked into more.
January 10, 2013 at 2:42AM   
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Aja Mazin
Karen Williams

Perhaps you could advise us what we can do to give our home curb appeal.
January 10, 2013 at 2:48AM     
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Karen Williams
ha ha ha
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olldroo
Hey, Karen, you are letting the Aussies down - this is all a huge joke you know. Aja is bored, confined to bed awaiting her baby.
January 10, 2013 at 2:54AM   
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Karen Williams
well sorry, forgive me for thinking she wanted help
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olldroo
Don't worry, she got us all in to start with.
January 10, 2013 at 3:11AM   
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Karen Williams
so why is she wasting our time
January 10, 2013 at 3:12AM   
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olldroo
Like I said, she is pregnant and confined to bed and very bored. She is a regular here so we all know her, hence many of the comments. Did you read it all right through, you will see it goes off onto super high end baby furniture that we wouldn't even see here. Sometimes it is nice just to stop and have a laugh.
January 10, 2013 at 3:21AM     
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quraisha
Well aja, after getting the first of karen's replies....i can only think of saying " eat ur heart out, aja! Hehehee....shame on u ;)
January 10, 2013 at 3:25AM   
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Nancy Hehmann
Aja, I think you win the contest for the longest thread. I love love love your playroom in Versailles. I was lucky enough to get to play there for a few minutes sometimes back and of course have great pictures. I have never been to the Taj Mahal. I think quartorz shoud post pics of the Grand Trianon though b/c I have never heard of it before. And then Aja you said your house was 6000 square feet -perhaps it is the American Taj Mahal and we need to take a look!

How are you and the baby! Glad you still have your sense of humor!!
January 10, 2013 at 5:53AM     
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orangecamera
Aja, regarding your curb appeal question:

Paint the front door a nice bright neon orange so people can see it from a distance. Those four large pillars would look stunning wrapped with strings and strings of multi-colored blinking Christmas lights. The whole building really needs some color, it's so boring.

It's too bad your lot is too small to have the pool in the backyard, it looks funny in the front. But anyway, it needs a big fence around it for safety, and to keep the neighbors from looking at you while you're sunbathing. It'll be a lot more fun if you add a big water slide from the house, like this one from Atlantis in Dubai. And float a few hundred of these inflatable flamingos in the pool for added color.
January 10, 2013 at 7:13AM     
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Nancy Hehmann
A barb wire fence should keep people away (electrified) and she might get her own reality show with your ideas anyway. Especially, if her 1 baby turns out to be 8. There is actually a small town in SC where the people decorate their houses and 1 family drape themselves in Christmas lights. Don't be doing that to the new baby.
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gullybansal
At the risk of being massively unpopular. Whats wrong with it now. The pictures a bit blurry but i like it.
January 10, 2013 at 4:25PM   
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Aja Mazin
orangecamera,

Love your suggestions!

Neon pink flamingos!
January 10, 2013 at 4:39PM   
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olldroo
Brilliant blue skies, sparkling white building, cool green surrounds ....................... and pink flamingos!!!!! What more could you want!!!!
January 10, 2013 at 4:45PM     
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olldcan
Aja, I've been losing sleep trying to figure out how to help you with this dilemma of epic proportions. I have a few ideas to run past you.
Could you freeze the water so we can all come over to skate?
If not, a few hundred head of cattle drinking and roaming the front yard would be nice, a ranchers dream for sure. You wouldn't have to worry about cutting the grass!!!!
Maybe start Aquasize classes at home, everyone wants to work from home, right?
When life throws you a lemon like this, a lemonade stand on the curb would be nice in front yard too.

Love the barbwire fence idea, great for small children and cattle!!!!!
January 12, 2013 at 8:31AM     
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Aja Mazin
But where would we put the alligators?

I was thinking more of the trendy Florida motel look.
January 12, 2013 at 9:07AM     
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Aja Mazin
And I have to offer swamp boat rides to raise revenue.
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olldcan
Alligators are for purses and shoes Aja, geeeeeze!!!!!
Oh yes, a flashing Vacancy sign in neon would be lovely
January 12, 2013 at 9:15AM     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
is this a serious request...?

I'd contact a local lighting designer and only then move ahead with adding lighting or re-lighting this space. Actually, I would leave it as it is and if additional lighting is needed, add it then to the area around the ceiling....I just can't believe this is an authentic request.......how old is this space?
January 12, 2013 at 9:16AM     
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olldcan
Gary, grab a coffee and read all the replies. This is no joke, you'll enjoy the laugh while waking up this am :)
January 12, 2013 at 9:21AM     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
got the coffee not catching the dream yet
January 12, 2013 at 9:22AM     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID

So you think we should do flashing neon for the exterior?

More like the 2nd photo?

[This thread began sarcastically in response to people who want to trash homes with historic elements or timeless beauty .]
January 12, 2013 at 9:27AM   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
GOT ME ..........................................it's early in CA on my second cup now...
January 12, 2013 at 9:30AM     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID,

I just bought a home with this horrid mantel.

Would painting it white help or should we just demo it?
January 12, 2013 at 9:34AM     
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trasgorshek
Gary, you are too cute! Sometimes it takes me a 1/2 pot before I catch stuff! Aja, I love this post.
January 12, 2013 at 9:35AM     
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trasgorshek
Aja, no, paint it black! That's the new thing.
January 12, 2013 at 9:36AM     
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trasgorshek
Lol
January 12, 2013 at 9:37AM   
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Aja Mazin
We just bought this house and want to paint it.

What colours would make it really pop?
January 12, 2013 at 9:40AM     
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olldcan
I've always wanted to be the first one to suggest the AWFUL RED front door. Seriously though, a zebra pattern might be nice.
January 12, 2013 at 9:43AM     
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Aja Mazin
trasgorshek,

What about a soft mosaic glass back splash on the wall above the mantel?
January 12, 2013 at 9:45AM     
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trasgorshek
Olldcan, what about red, white and blue? :). Aja, I love it! That tile would look beautiful and is in right now. Very popular, should really help the resale value!
January 12, 2013 at 9:49AM     
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Aja Mazin
I admire the interior designer who told her client who was complaining about the classic crystal chandelier
to dip it in white latex paint.
January 12, 2013 at 9:52AM   
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Aja Mazin
olldcan,

But it must be Benjamin Moore Benedict Arnold Red
January 12, 2013 at 9:56AM     
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olldcan
Ya, that would be good, totally feeling that. Who's going to paint it?
January 12, 2013 at 10:05AM     
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lessismoore
I find it hard to believe that people who can seemingly read .. and write ... don't recognize the image from the Sistine Chapel !!! Aja - you are seriously funny :-) ... but I think I'm depressed now.
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ruthmand
OK, let's finally get this right. The Chagall ceiling (very first photo at top of blog) is in the Paris Opera House - NOT the Sistine Chapel!

No wonder people don't recognize it.....the funny thing is that now probably no one will believe it!

Lessismoore, you are seriously funny yourself!
January 12, 2013 at 1:19PM     
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ruthmand

YES!

However, victorianbungalowranch was the 1st to identify correctly and the prize has been awarded!

The Sistine Chapel was pictured and correctly identified in the thread as Lessismoore, noted!

Also, the Vatican City is not in Italy.

And this thread is resplendent with puns, which Shakespeare considered the highest form of humour.
January 12, 2013 at 1:54PM     
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ruthmand
OK - you are so right, no argument at all! Notice, I was about the 3rd person to comment on the entertainment factor of this blog and have enjoyed it all the way thru. Just thought it was time for a recap for those just now joining in. BTW had I known there was a prize to be had I would have revealed early on but must admit it was more fun losing than to miss out on all this!

Thanks Aja and to the 50 mill. other contributors!
January 12, 2013 at 2:27PM     
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Karen Williams
oh and one more thing, if it keeps happening then I am going to report all of you to the administrators of houzz.
January 12, 2013 at 4:43PM     
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feeny
Um, Karen. I think the Houzz administrators know. They featured this as one of the "Best of Houzz 2012" discussion threads. Humor really isn't illegal on this site.


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olldroo
Sorry, Karen, but I can't understand what the problem is. I have explained to you that this started as a joke with many regular contributors joining in, adding to it and keeping the thread going.

It is all lighthearted FUN and I'm sure being thoroughly enjoyed by the administrators of Houzz.

You are welcome to join in with any witticisms of your own but if you want to opt out and not receive any further emails, then just click the link on the bottom of the email.
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olldroo
I'm thinking of retiling my roof. Do you think a houndstooth pattern would work? I would like black and white but am wondering if I should echo the blue of the water.
January 12, 2013 at 5:49PM     
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Aja Mazin
Good one, feeny.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
January 12, 2013 at 5:49PM     
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Karen Williams

Well thanks to you, look what the administrators of Houzz have made me do!
January 12, 2013 at 5:55PM     
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olldcan
OMG :) Aja, you have missed your calling
January 12, 2013 at 5:57PM     
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olldroo
CLASSIC!!!!!!! You have no idea how much I needed that laugh today!!!
January 12, 2013 at 6:03PM     
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trasgorshek
Too funny...
January 12, 2013 at 6:07PM     
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Aja Mazin
Feeny ~ 32 likes for 1 comment!

Whitewash the wood paneling!

Congratulations!!
It must be a new record!!!!
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/294966/Wood-Paneling----Everywhere-
January 12, 2013 at 6:51PM     
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olldroo
I saw one once with 89 - can't remember what it was now.
January 12, 2013 at 7:05PM   
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Karen Williams
oldroo, the problem is not everyone is in on the joke or like me recently joined houzz
January 12, 2013 at 11:41PM   
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Bonnie
Karen, I think the joke is pretty evident if you read through the comments...and pretty funny. But on many of the other dilemmas you will see these same people offering up their time and great suggestions. It can all be enjoyed. Join the fun!
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olldroo
Thanks Bonnie. Karen, just read through the comments and take them as they come. There is no hidden code or secret meanings.

Welcome to Houzz, I do hope you will come to enjoy this site as much as we do. Many friendships have been forged amongst people who would otherwise never have met and from all around the Globe too.

Try to see the funny side of it all, there are plenty of other serious discussions when people really need help.
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Aja Mazin
Karen Williams,

For all of us:

♫♫ La Bamba ♫♫



In order to dance the Bamba
In order to dance the Bamba

A little humor is needed
A little humor for me and for you

I'll be for you, I'll be for you


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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charleee
If you're looking for decor inspiration, try this, but on black velvet:
January 13, 2013 at 2:59AM     
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Aja Mazin
olldroo , olldbobbi, Bonnie, Feeny, and all of the Wonderful Houzzers

James Taylor & Carole King ~ You've Got a Friend

January 13, 2013 at 3:25AM     
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Aja Mazin
And Becky!!!!!
January 13, 2013 at 3:27AM     
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Karen Williams
ok girls I get it,I surrender, guess I need to lighten up, joined houzz to find inspiration for a huge job I got to get going and have been getting a tad touchy lately, guess all my planning is starting to get to me and frustration is setting in,
January 13, 2013 at 3:30AM     
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ok girls I get it,I surrender, guess I need to lighten up, joined houzz to find inspiration for a huge job I got to get going and have been getting a tad touchy lately, guess all my planning is starting to get to me and frustration is setting in,
January 13, 2013 at 3:38AM     
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orangecamera
I don't know why all of you are having such trouble re-doing these iconic buildings. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut and do what you like!

Please see my inspiration and finished house pictures below.
January 13, 2013 at 3:52AM     
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Aja Mazin
orangecamera,

DO YOU WANT TO SELL THAT HOUSE?
January 13, 2013 at 4:08AM     
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olldroo
Yeah, Karen, welcome to the Club. So why don't you start a design dilemma of your own and share your problems. Helping is what we do best.
January 13, 2013 at 4:27AM     
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orangecamera
ROFL Aja! Sorry, but I'm keeping the house. But if you like it, some of my neighbors have houses for sale. Seems there's a new trend to buy up our pretty little houses and replace them with hotels. I'm afraid that soon my neighborhood will look like this....
January 13, 2013 at 4:40AM     
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Karen Williams
oldroo if I knew how to I would, all I can say is that I live in a normal 3 bedroom house in south australia, not some big ol house that so many on here live. [wish I did tho] won't have a big budget and have to work with basically what I have. what I am doing is creating a walk in robe out of my spare room.
January 13, 2013 at 5:10AM     
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Aja Mazin
Karen Williams,

Check out this lovey master closet,




and discussion
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/276786/Need-Ladies-Input-on-closet-
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olldroo
HAHAHAHA Aja, this poor girl is swamped enough as it is. I loved that closet - created out of a bit of left over space - yeah right!!!!!
January 13, 2013 at 6:02AM     
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orangecamera
Karen, don't despair. We don't all live in giant houses. Mine is smaller than yours :)
January 13, 2013 at 6:35AM     
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charleee
Love James Taylor! And with Art Garfunkel singing "Crying in the Rain". The best!!!

But sorry orangecamera, McMansions are out, 250 sq ft is in and all bathrooms will look like this. Imagine? Someday ranch houses like mine will be in again, I predict!
January 13, 2013 at 6:41AM     
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orangecamera
olldbobbi, how did you find a picture of my bathroom on the internet? ;)
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Bonnie
Aja, love the song it was a nice accompaniment as I read more funny comments this Sunday morning. Karen, don't be afraid to post a design dilemma beautiful spaces come in all sizes....
January 13, 2013 at 8:27AM     
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orangecamera
Karen, if you want to post your own dilemma, click on "Discussions" in the black menu bar at the top of the screen. There will be an area up at the top of that page to start your own thread. The threads that get the most /best suggestions have pictures attached. There's a button to attach images right there where you're starting your thread (or any time you comment on any thread). Just make sure your pictures are in jpg format.

I look forward to seeing what you post :)
January 13, 2013 at 9:21AM     
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Aja Mazin
olldroo,

But Karen has a spare bedroom she wants to convert to a walk in robe .
January 13, 2013 at 11:31AM   
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Karen Williams

Post your dilemma here

http://www.houzz.com/discussions
January 13, 2013 at 11:34AM   
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olldroo
I didn't ignore Karen, I went off this site to give her reassurance and tips before I realised she did post her problem. Unfortunately by then I just had to go to bed!!!

Orangecamera - Bobbi just can't get over that shower and toilet with the hand basin.
January 13, 2013 at 3:10PM     
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curtischristopherson
This chandelier is quite beautiful and contemporary - you might be able to get it made bigger for your space:)
http://designlightingca.xolights.com/Brand-elegant/electron/SKU-V758-9803d24c-ec?callingPage=CatalogBrowse&ut=W
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annana
Is the picture you posted the ceiling you have in your newly-purchased chapel? My first impression of that ceiling is "WOW!!!" You want to paint over that beautiful ceiling with regular paint? I hope you can preserve or restore that stunning piece of artwork!
January 13, 2013 at 6:35PM     
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mveasey
Love it, very funny!
January 13, 2013 at 6:39PM     
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ruthmand
What annana, you don't think Holy Smoke Gray will update it? That's the hot color of today. Who cares about some old smudged up artwork, it is her house now and she should do it her way, right?
January 13, 2013 at 6:49PM     
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Aja Mazin
annana,

The French government agrees!
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claudinelwlr3
I suggest a beautiful murano glass chandelier with arms. Donghia shows a few. But, if you are in Italy you have the world at your fingertips! Go for something with color.
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Susanna
LOL. I just discovered this. I wasn't on Houzz yet for this thread. Hilarious!!

Congratulations on your new baby, Aja. I'm sure the nursery is gorgeous.
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MyCraftWork, LLC
If you need something custom and out of the ordinary, you should check us out!
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bumblebee728
Hilarious, boy did I enjoy that! Busted out laughing a few times, but esp. when 'orangecamera' posted the Monopoly house. Thanks all!
March 9, 2013 at 7:34AM     
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lessismoore
olldbobbi: "Someday ranch houses like mine will be in again, I predict! "
You have predicted right - just spent several minutes reading articles on the new popularity of the "ranch" and one story living. Seems folks are not that into stairs. :-) and are downsizing/simplifying and ranches, under 2K s.f. totally fit the bill.
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studio10001
To remodellers everywhere:word has it that Spofforth is available to rebrick your eyesores away!! (Many thanks for the thread...)
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wendyleeb1000
This thread made my day!!
March 17, 2013 at 8:56PM   
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olldroo
Wendy, if you liked this then join the weekend party -
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/397582
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LOL Aja it took me a minute!
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olldroo
She had us all at first Andrea. Surprised she missed the weekend party, not like her.
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Andrea Prasch
Just saw your nursery ideas! Congrats on the new addition and I love that crib! What an amazing idea my baby is already outgrowing hers.
March 17, 2013 at 9:07PM   
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Karen Williams
was it a boy or girl
March 18, 2013 at 1:31AM   
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