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Friday
Apr112014

Reader's dilemma - the disappointing hallway

Noelle doesn't like her hallway and wants our help.

"Here are a few photo's of the room ... The problem I have with it is that it's narrow, high and white. All of it. I've been thinking of putting wallpaper (that is not my bedroom btw) on the walls and painting the door a different color. Problem is, I can't seem to make up my mind. It's a 1920's house and the outside of the door can only be painted in 3 colors. I wanted to paint the staircase and all the railings white since I can't remove all of the old paint and glue. I do want some color in there and I'm tired of the white. I've picked this wallpaper because it adds color without being to dark or bright. Thanks in advance and I can't wait to hear what everyone has to say."

So what do you think? Any great ideas? I know you want to jump in and help.

Thursday
Mar062014

Reader's dilemma - wonky exterior

Ian lives in Salt Lake City, UT and found a home he wants to buy. The property is fantastic, but there's a wonky front facade he's not sure how to deal with. 

This is an old photo from the tax assessor's website. This is how it looks now:

Here are 2 reasons why Ian hasn't written this house off:

Here are Ian's thoughts: This house is in a convenient location and is a large home on a large lot for a modest home with this proximity to the city.  I'd love it to be able to work out, but I'd need a plan to fix its curb appeal. This "front of the house" looks like a "back of a house."  What do I do with all that space above the garage? What about those oggly-eyed octagonal windows?  I'd need to increase the size of the window on the right, don't you think. I'm thinking you and your readers may have some suggestions on shapes of windows, too. I'd, of course, like to keep the cost and changes to a minimum. You'll notice there's an entry to the basement there, on the front of the house, in addition to a number of other problems. One idea that I had was to double the width of the entry stairs, and replace the single door with either double doors or a single door with windows on either side (the latter option probably being more suited for a house this size).  I'd also eventually want to diminish the amount of stucco with some stone and/or brick work.  But some structural issues need to be addressed first. 

Here is my 2 cents, and please feel free to leave your own suggestions, especially since none of the homes I've lived in ever allowed me to do any real landscaping or worry about the facade. 

I would start by painting it all grey. Everything looks better grey. Then get rid of those octagonal windows. They're making me crazy. YUCK! I'd cover up the garage one, then do some sort wood slat facade on the right side of the garage and up and over the top to the far left, to make it look like the garage is offset for a reason, and not just that the architect had really bad taste. (I can't find a good photo of what I'm talking about but this one has the slats on the stairs). That way you kill 2 birds with one stone - you have something other than stucco going on so you don't have the cost of doing brickwork somewhere (the house is too small and has too much going on in front to bother with that), and it will eliminate all of that empty space on the garage section. What a stupid idea to have the basement entrance right next to the front door! I've never seen that before (where it looks planned). I'd just get a nicer door that's mostly glass. As for the window above the basement door, I'd remove it. It's jammed up at the roof line. BAD! I would keep the single door but get one that's more modern maybe with some glass and have glass one one side or both sides, and extend the front steps across the width of that whole space. And something fun could be done with the window to the far right - maybe build a "box" that juts out from the facade and have the window in that - a modern bay window. If too costly, then a funky shaped window - maybe really long and narrow. In the end, if the interior works for you, I'd get the house. The backyard is fantastic. The front really isn't that bad - especially now that there are plants/trees helping to hide the wonky. 

Saturday
Feb162013

Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! This week's email is from Scott.

I like many of your readers, am in dire need of you and your readers expertise. I have recently removed a wall between two bedrooms to create an all-in-one bedroom setup, with the desired goal of a bedroom, living room and a little bit of a office workplace. I kicked off in one direction, but I have been stuck in a rut. I painted some walls (very badly might I add), and tested out a few ideas, but nothing has really come together. So, now I call upon desire to inspire to do what it does best.

Here are a few photos of the room. The first photo is an aspiration ...

(Inspiration from Florence Lopez)

... and the rest is the room. All the furniture in the room (apart from the bed) will be removed, especially all the tacky white furniture, as it was left over from before. But now, I'am ready for a whole new direction.

Do what you do best and thank you. Oh and the dog on the chair is called Max :)

Saturday
Nov172012

Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! This week's email is from Dmitriy who is really keen to help - 2 incarnations of the space, a plan and some 3D sketch ups.

Hi, I am hoping that the Design Crew can help us with our living room. The main wall is at an angle, so the left side of the room is shorter than the right side. Ideally, we would like to create two distinct areas, a sitting area and a dining area, but we are unsure how to do this without breaking the flow of the room. We are not sure what to do with the fireplace, because the way it is positioned, in the middle, seems to really restrict our options. Right now we have two couches and a coffee table on the right side of the room, and we have a console table and a piano on the left side of the room. We have a TV above the fireplace, but this placement does not work very well, because having to look up to watch it is uncomfortable. We have a small dining table in the kitchen, but would really like to have a dining area in the living room. We are hoping the Design Crew can give some suggestions.


Although we like the couches we have, we are open to replacing them if their size and shape are not optimal for our room. Same goes for the console and coffee tables and the area rugs. The only piece we would really like to keep in the room is the piano.

Plan and 3D sketch ups after the jump.

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Oct202012

Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! This week's email is from Lauren.

Hi, I am hoping that the Design Crew can help us with our living room.  We are currently renting and cannot change the paint, the light fixtures, or flooring.  We have two large walls that are intimidating and we are at a loss for how to fill them.  The large wall with the coat closet is particularly problematic in that we can't put furniture here to break up the space because it is in the line of traffic from the front door to the back of the house.  The wall with the TV seems like it needs something, but we aren't sure what.  We tend to lean towards a look that is clean and simple, yet comfortable.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  I promise to send pics when it is complete!