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« on: August 13, 2007 04:02:30 PM »

take pity on my broke soul!!

so, here's the deal. my house is, well, a disaster. I, being 16, cannot pay to hire an interior designer and my parents are cheapasses ( Roll Eyes did i just say that?!) anyway i have a huge favor to ask

help us redo our home!

if i like your ideas i'll make you something. Sad probably something small though and a batch of cookies! cuz who doesnt like cookies? haha. oh well, i think you guys will have fun anyway. SO! onto the pictures.

the living room

i'd say its a mess, but honestly it looks like this most of the time. we need to maximize storage.

(view from the fireplace)

the dining room

this room does usually look better but my brother was about to move to college, so this was collecting some stuff.

thanks so much if you're willing to help us out!
i'm mainly looking for
wall color, furniture, storage, curtains, accessories but any ANY help at all would be appreciated haha.
thanks again!!

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2007 04:51:01 PM »

Do you have any preferences as to color and design?

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007 04:56:06 PM »

I think you could make it look a lot nicer just by cleaning up a bit and getting things off the floor.  Buy or make some shelves, or even cabinets, and store things out of the way until you need them  Smiley

Also a few big pieces of furniture tend to look better than lots of little things.  Maybe you could get one larger piece to hold your TV, books, magazines, etc. instead of having them scattered on small pieces all around the room.

I like the wall colors you already have.  Dark red is one of my favorites.

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2007 05:05:53 PM »

paint, and some slipcovers for the couch, new pillows for around....
paint the bokshelves and such too.....
its just too dark in there...

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2007 05:09:55 PM »

WIPs-- hmm well i'd like just plain... colors. haha.
the entire house is beige. i guess it didnt sell for a while so they "whited" everthing out. except in BEIGE. who does that, really?? everything just looks dirty, especially the tiles and stuff.

Jillie-- thanks, i like the idea for the tv and books and stuff. lol yes our entertainment center needs serious help.  Embarrassed the red is nice, but we havent painted any of the other walls. i'm thinking maybe mocha? but then again i think it might be good to stay away from brown/beige. how would i go about making shelves and where do you suggest i put them?

Justdontchange-  Undecided the entire house is dark. whoever built it forgot about lots of windows. but thank you for the ideas! do you think i should put bright colors in to lighten it up a bit? what were you thinking along the lines of?

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2007 06:06:04 PM »

For lighting, maybe you could install track lighting or whatever it's called. Avoid using lamps because those will take up space.

I think that you should also clear things up and clean up a bit.  That will make it seem like there's more space.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2007 05:54:19 AM »

cleaning up would definately be a plus, but  we have the problem of having no where to put things.

« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2007 10:57:28 AM »

 What I'd do.. not saying you have to.. just ideas.. Paint the fireplace wall and the window wall one color something like a lighter/brighter (a more muted red maybe) and paint the remainding walls neutral. If you want mocha (which is a nice color) make sure its not too dark because the room is already very dark.
Get some sort of horizontal blinds and a sheer fabric to use as long curtains. That way when you want light in, pull the blinds up and leave the sheer fabric over the windows (so people cant peek but lets light through) Entertainment centres are quite expensive but it would make the biggest difference that way you could get rid of the other bookcases and misc cd/dvds on the floor. Buy/make a couple simple wall shelves to put on either side of the fireplace and put all the other lil trinkets you/your parents might want on them. In the corner near the kitchen put a corner desk, it will give you a lot more room.

thats about all i can think of for random ideas, hope i helped a bit
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2007 11:15:13 AM »

Since the rooms are all visible at the same time, pick 3 colors that go well together, 1 for each room. They could be 3 levels of the same color (like 3 in a rown on a paint chip) or 3 different colors that go together nicely. Choose colors that make you feel happy. I'd go with "earthy" warm but fairly pale colors since your furniture and carpet are neutral/earth shades. Maybe a subtle yellow/gold, light green, and khaki? Or buttery yellow, light terra cotta, and cream? Even taupe, light iris, light green. Bring home lots of paint chips and pick ones that make you feel good, then go from there. Maybe add some big white paper hanging lights or something to to add airy light instead of the lamps, bigger, lighter art instead of the small pictures, or maybe a long display shelf for small pictures? Straighten up the clutter and maybe add a bigger peice of storage furniture instead of multiple small ones?
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2007 01:42:28 PM »

wow great ideas you two!!
i especially like the ideas of the sheers and the paper lanterns.

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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2007 02:06:33 AM »

Lots of great ideas so far...

I would get some new coffee tables in a dark wood color. Say, like the Dolce collection at Target. It would go great with the dark red wall and has a very sexy, moody feeling. I'd get rid of all those bookcases and just buy one large, dark wood media cabinet for the TV and hide all those DVDs in it. make sure none of those are visible cause it's just to visually overwhelming.

For the fireplace, get rid of all the clutter and just put maybe 3 items on the mantle all of the same color (I vote for off-white so that it goes with the off-white walls and pulls things together). As for other decorative items and accessories, I'd also use other off-white items to kind of go with the off-white walls and to also brighten it up a bit. Maybe even get a different piece of art over the fireplace because it looks very dark and murky in the picture.

If you got a large (4 x 6 maybe?) rug to center in the living room, like where the couches and coffee tables are, that would be good too to give more structure to the room. I'd like something in dark brown and off-white (or black and off-white) with a geometric pattern for this room. The neutral, contrasting colors would be very grounding here and draw your eye right to the center.

Check these rugs out as examples:



Definitely get rid of the clutter of all those lamps. I think it would also help brighten things up if you installed two wall sconce lighting fixtures above the mantle on each side. If you got a large media cabinet for the TV, maybe try two decorative floor lamps on each side of it, something like these: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30124301

I'd also fix up your little office area quite a bit, as there's too much stuff going on over there!

I really like the red accent wall and your couches. I think you can pull it all together with the tan couches, neutral carpet, red wall and dark walnut furniture. You also need to fix the curtain situation (maybe some breezy cotton/linen off-white tab top curtains like these http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=/qid=/ref=br_1_16/602-3513816-2830240?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&asin=B0002EHOEE) and the lighting situation. It's really the light, or lack of, that makes it so dark. And with off-white accessories here and there, it will contrast the red but brighten the place up. The off-white, red and black/dark brown combo would look great.
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2007 03:50:48 PM »

jeez! you did some research for me, thanks Cheesy i really like some of those ideas.

« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2007 08:18:33 PM »

Storage is good.  Lots and lots of coordinated storage.  Ikea is a great option, as it is inexpensive. 

We needed a storage solution, and realized that these wardrobes
were perfect.  They are designed for kids clothes, but if you don't install the storage rod and just use the two shelves, coupled with clear rubbermaid (or similar) containers, they make a perfect, hidden storage system.

There are a few other pieces to match that can round out your room.

Bookshelves with partial doors.  Books and framed photos on the top bit, DVD's and other "messy" looking things in the part behind the drawers:

Storage trunk: use for collecting throw blankets, etc. so they are hidden when you don't need them.  Doubles as extra seating:

TV Bench: so everything matches:

Coffee table - with lots of built-in storage:
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