Old  November 13th, 2015, 12:16pm     #691
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Fall flowers died before I got a picture of them. Bummer.

Having fun planning with a chandelier calculator at these links:
1. http://www.lightology.com/index.php?...handelier_size
2. http://www.maximlighting.com/chandel...alculator.aspx
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3. http://www.countrywillow.com/blog/ch...anging-height/ (not really a calculator but has great info)

When money comes in I am looking at a
32"W x 28"H round 6 arm/light chandelier

My dining room is about 15'x15'
My dining room table is 53 inches round and it is 29 inches tall.
My ceiling height is just under 8 feet.

I think all the calcs say this chandelier would be a good fit, but it may be a bit too high for my liking. But I'll see when the funds are available.

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  Old  November 13th, 2015, 12:52pm     #692
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ResourcePress, thanks for the great links, good info...did you notice on the Willow blog they have some Thanksgiving holiday recipes (last year's)

I'd also love to change out my tiny, open dining area's light fixture...I will at some point.
I do look at the thrift stores for one to jazz up...several blogs have had info on how to redo in an upscale way someone else's cast of treasures.. sometimes you have to have them rewired for safety's sake.

My neighbors roses are still blooming...another neighbor let me pick two buckets of his gorgeous Dahlias last Thursday or Friday.
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  Old  November 13th, 2015, 1:29pm     #693
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Always good to know the design specs for lighting. It makes a huge difference in a living space.

No, I missed the Thanksgiving recipes totally. I'm looking for a vegan rice pudding recipe. Going to try one made with coconut milk soon. Also looking for a marinade for turkey "steaks" that I will grill for a pre Thanksgiving friend get together. The steaks are basically sliced boneless turkey meat.

Happy hunting with your light fixture(s)!

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  Old  November 13th, 2015, 2:23pm     #694
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How is your small house build coming, along?

Might want to take a peek at these vegan rice pudding offerings


https://www.google.com/search?q=whol...utf-8&oe=utf-8

PS I went Gluten free this summer. It's been an easy transition...

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  Old  November 13th, 2015, 6:15pm     #695
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The " barn " is getting there, though slowly. Transitioning to kitchen to try to finish that.

TY for the recipe link. It has the exact vanilla coconut rice pudding recipe that is in my queue. And this recipe caught my eye Coconut Black Rice Pudding

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  Old  November 30th, 2015, 3:38am     #696
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Still trying to decide what to do for kitchen countertops.

Found this great help http://www.archcitygranite.com/about...en-visualizer/
and I'm using these inputs for my kitch:
#4 layout
white cabinets
Backsplash: Arabescato Split Face
Floor: Botanica Cashew

Love the Calacatta Gold but I'm sure that is not in my budget.
Also like Carrara White Marble and Cashmere Carrara.
Crema Marfil and Glacier White might work.

I've found a great deal on local granite but I do not like the limited options... Azul Platino, Bianco Sardo, Crema Caramel, New Caledonia, Ubatuba, St Cecilia Light, Tan Brown

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  Old  December 5th, 2015, 10:54pm     #697
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Still trying to decide what to do for kitchen countertops.

Found this great help http://www.archcitygranite.com/about...en-visualizer/
and I'm using these inputs for my kitch:
#4 layout
white cabinets
Backsplash: Arabescato Split Face
Floor: Botanica Cashew

Love the Calacatta Gold but I'm sure that is not in my budget.
Also like Carrara White Marble and Cashmere Carrara.
Crema Marfil and Glacier White might work.

I've found a great deal on local granite but I do not like the limited options... Azul Platino, Bianco Sardo, Crema Caramel, New Caledonia, Ubatuba, St Cecilia Light, Tan Brown
My goodness, what a fun site! So many choices. Your kitchen is going to be so beautiful. I didn't find the flooring area...the Botanical Cashew sounds like such a rich color... I always like the comob of black, a darker cashew nut color and terracotta....

For me I love this back-splash: Pebble beach glass ivory travertine with Typhoon Bordeaux...

http://www.archcitygranite.com/about...en-visualizer/

of course there are so many gorgeous counter tops to select from how does one make a choice?
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  Old  December 5th, 2015, 11:09pm     #698
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This looks like a great site to spend some time gawking ... http://decoratingonashoestring.com/
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  Old  December 5th, 2015, 11:26pm     #699
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TY for the links and the suggestions. Even my husband is loving the kitchen progress. I served him a beer at the kitchen island last night before dinner.

M Tan goes well with what we have in the kitchen, especially the wall tiles. Yes that little patch was M Tan!

I will be painting the island black, to pick up that color in the curtains. Not going to worry that I couldn't find a fabric with my white in it. Going to play up the browns and black in the curtain. Bar stools are browns and the flooring has browns and near blacks.

TY for the gray paint suggestion but going to stick with a white. The BenMoore Simply White has something added to it, so it is not a pure white. Don't want to do any more gray so the stainless will stand out in the kitchen.

Flooring has already been bought. 2nd photo shows that, as laid out in the mudroom.

First photo is from one of your links, showing black and white kitchen mellowed with some wood. Most of those B&W kitchens were too stark and too much contrast for me. I like wood and some cream thrown in.

TY for the suggestions. Still thinking about the Simply White. Third photo shows the Simply White and the Snowfall White.

Happy decorating all!

The floor is gorgeous! I looked back in the posts and saw you beautiful stove & kitchen progress... so nice...
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  Old  December 5th, 2015, 11:33pm     #700
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I am swooning!

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/13830...anite-counters

Resource Press look at the Marble in the first kitchen photo...Love it...

and this link show a lovely faux marble laminate

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-wa...g-money-211923

and then this is a general search link

for quality and inexpensive counter tops (cause I am frugal)

https://www.google.com/search?q=inex...utf-8&oe=utf-8
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My goodness, what a fun site! So many choices. Your kitchen is going to be so beautiful. I didn't find the flooring area...the Botanical Cashew sounds like such a rich color... I always like the comob of black, a darker cashew nut color and terracotta....

For me I love this back-splash: Pebble beach glass ivory travertine with Typhoon Bordeaux...

http://www.archcitygranite.com/about...en-visualizer/

of course there are so many gorgeous counter tops to select from how does one make a choice?
How to decide? Well some of the countertops are just so busy looking they would not go well with my flooring and the backsplash.

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The floor is gorgeous! I looked back in the posts and saw you beautiful stove & kitchen progress... so nice...
Thanks! A long process but worth it. Will be good when it is all done though.

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I am swooning!

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/13830...anite-counters

Resource Press look at the Marble in the first kitchen photo...Love it...

and this link show a lovely faux marble laminate

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-wa...g-money-211923

and then this is a general search link

for quality and inexpensive counter tops (cause I am frugal)

https://www.google.com/search?q=inex...utf-8&oe=utf-8
That marble one is pretty! Too pricey for me though.

Did find a good faux soapstone but seems like wax would have to be reapplied frequently http://nooga.com/169128/the-diy-desi...ok-like-stone/
and
here's a kit for faux granite, though I'd pass on handpainting the veins and would hope the topcoat is ultraduraable https://www.gianigranite.com/index.p...&product_id=27

[edited: another blogger did say she had to keep redoing her faux soapstone. her info is here: http://www.assortmentblog.com/assort...n-shelves.html Her tips are...
The final finish of paste wax was applied with a soft cloth in a circular motion over the entire surface. I let this cure overnight. The brand I used was Howard Citrus Shield, purchased from Home Depot. As far as care of the countertop goes, I would compare it to solid butcher block, or real, unsealed stone in that it requires a certain, minimal amount of maintenance. Every three to six months, I get the chalkboard paint out and, with a thin artist’s brush, I touch up areas around the sink cut out and the front edge (the 90 edges) where the paint has worn a bit. I let it dry, touch it up with past wax, and it’s good to go. In the year and a half that I’ve used this kitchen, I’ve resealed the entire surface with paste wax only once. ]

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Found this online magazine with lots of ideas for using fresh cut greens for holiday decorating...

http://issuu.com/noramurphycountryho...iday2015_issuu


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Found this online magazine with lots of ideas for using fresh cut greens for holiday decorating...

http://issuu.com/noramurphycountryho...iday2015_issuu



I am loving looking through the holiday issue all 128 pages plus some of the other magazines that are free to look at...if I had the money I'd probably subscribe to their paid content area

I think the ice candles are cute with the starfish and cedar pieces...
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