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Our remodel needs decorating ideas
Marlaine Shirley
December 7, 2012 in Before & After
We removed 4 walls and opened up the kitchen to allow unobstructed window views. The house was very dark and the kitchen unusable. The drop down living room floor was raised. Laminate flooring runs throughout. We love the changes but are unsure about paint color and mill work. the counters are sage colored. Our cabinets do not pop the way we have it now and we think maybe curtains might help with sound. Just not sure what colors.
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Hi Marlaine, this is a great renovation and really like how the space is opened up. The space has some mountain / modern cottage feel. I think the color of the walls are fine since it is quite neutral, as for drapery, one option would be to hang it across the entire room especially in the great room area.

December 8, 2012 at 6:34AM   
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Dar Eckert
great remodel. The kitchen alcove around the sink would look lovely in a stronger color such as medium brown, medium gray or spice. I would also get the next larger size rug for the living room.
December 8, 2012 at 7:10AM   
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Marlaine Shirley
Thanks so much. These ideas confirm what I was thinking. Would love some more.
December 21, 2012 at 10:50PM   
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I think it would be nice to get a bigger, an a bit lighter area rug. Then, you can decide on curtains for the LR and kitchen. Nice renovation! Congratulations.
December 21, 2012 at 11:04PM     
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December 22, 2012 at 11:27PM        Thanked by Marlaine Shirley
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Marlaine Shirley
Thanks Natalie- The pictures help a lot.
December 25, 2012 at 10:04AM     
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Karen Emmons
I see the kitchen windows with a striped pattern pulling in the sage.
December 26, 2012 at 3:35PM     
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Natalie, great choices for the rugs!
December 26, 2012 at 5:30PM     
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Is the kitchen picture with the three lights hanging down really in your house?
December 26, 2012 at 8:11PM   
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Cheery Curtains
Hi, you may also consider curtains. Cheery Curtains has lots of nice curtains that you may like. Here I will attach some photos that you may like.

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December 26, 2012 at 11:44PM   
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JMittman Designs
Those rug colors/patterns are great looking! Pull in one of the darker rug colors for draperies--installed high!
December 27, 2012 at 12:51PM     
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I think you should change the carpets and put pictures up.Other than that I think your good to go:)
December 27, 2012 at 4:19PM   
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Thanks-glad you like those rugs. Keep us posted. Your remodel is Great!
December 28, 2012 at 5:40AM   
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Marlaine Shirley
Thanks for all the ideas. The carpet came from our small apartment and we know it needs to be larger. Sounds like we need to pick the carpet first and take colors from it for drapes and accent paint. I really like the idea of putting the drapes high. Yes the lights hanging down are in our new kitchen. We got our lighting from Globe. Some day we want to do something a little more artsy but these will work for now with the budget. We still have a gutted bathroom we are working on.
December 28, 2012 at 11:21AM   
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Your kitchen is great and you can get started giving it 'Life!' Do you have any existing pieces you use daily? I am not a big small appliance person - but everyone has something they sit on the counter . . . Do you have vases, canisters, utensil pot, towels . . . ? Perhaps you can head to 'homegoods' or your go-to accessory store and check out their kitchenware area and begin a theme or pick up some eclectic pieces and begin to build a feel in your kitchen - cheer it up . . .saw yr teeny plant in one corner but this room could use some serious green! Yes, its nice to start with the living rug and build your window coverings but adding personality can begin immediately!
January 4, 2013 at 11:18AM   
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Great remodel, we are doing something similar....could you tell me how you filled in the sunken living room
January 15, 2013 at 8:04AM   
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Nice open look
June 11, 2013 at 11:10PM   
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Marlaine Shirley
We cut the sheet rock up to where the new floor level, moved all electrical plugs up, then ran floor joists on top of the drop down floor. Your windows have to be double pained or thermal windows to have them this low to the ground.
October 3, 2013 at 12:13PM   
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Marlaine Shirley
Thanks for all the advise. Guess I need to go rug shopping . Any suggestions?
October 3, 2013 at 12:15PM   
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