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09.12.10 / Minor Adjustment

I love you readers.  Blogging wouldn’t be as much fun without you!  (Thanks for all the comments and support related to my corrupted computer, by the way.)  In fact, my favorite thing about sharing my home and ideas is the feedback I get in return.  You make me see my home in ways I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

(courtesy of Bit & Pieces)

For instance, when I shared my powder room several weeks ago on a Feature Friday post a regular reader (and commenter!), Carole, responded with this:

                  “good for you for sneaking some pink into your house full o’ boys!  I like the print, it looks sharp in that frame. It’s hard to tell from the angle, but is there something above the orchid print?  I like your paint circles, and it’d be nice not to cover up so much of that sweet (and thrifty) design element”

I was flattered by her compliments, but what I liked most was her *kindly put* suggestion for hanging the orchid print a little higher to show off more of the hand-painted border.  Handy Hubby had hinted for months that the orchid art was too low to enjoy while he was peeing.  Being naive (and maybe a tad stubborn), I let his comments go in one ear and out the other.  Seriously, what female really considers what their male counterparts are looking at while they pee?  Aren’t they supposed to be looking where to aim anyway?!  But after receiving Carole’s comment, I gave the idea a second thought.  First, I ‘freehung’ the frame…which just consists of holding it up to eyeball.  Whadya know?  I liked it.  So, I secured another screw about 6″ higher than the original (via a drywall anchor) and this is what I ended up with…mind you, this was taken with my newer camera and the previous picture was with my old point-and-shoot…

(I didn’t even bother to patch the hole where the first screw was; it’s covered by the frame anyway.)  I’m lovin’ the new placement!  Carole, I really appreciate your careful and kind criticism…as does Handy Hubby while he’s peeing.  And to all you other readers out there…don’t be afraid to comment, ask a question or even make a suggestion.  A silent audience is a scary audience.

15 Comments

12.September.2010

way to go Carole! I thought it looked cute the first time you showed it, but it looks way more balanced now, and it sure is nice to see more of those cute circles. I don’t comment much, but I sure am enjoying the Friday tours of your house. Very inspirational!

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12.September.2010

Perfect! Everything you have done to your home is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Wow, I agree with Marissa. This looks much more balanced. Of course, it was lovely before, but it’s even better now!

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13.September.2010

*love* it!

I’m always happy to support a fellow Ohio blogger!

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13.September.2010

Oooh, even better! The new placement makes the ceiling feel higher.

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13.September.2010

I loved your powder room makeover the first time I saw it, but agree that the print looks better above the painted border.

On your PC virus issue, have you tried downloading AVG. You can use for a month free on a trial basis. If it works, I don’t think the annual fee is very much – under $50. Good luck, my sister has been experiencing similar problems the last month or so,.

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14.September.2010

Gotta love having someone else to offer you a fresh perspective! Maybe you will have to raise the mirror up a couple of inches now too?
I think it’s funny how husbands have different ideas on the height of things. Mine has at least 6 inches on me so I guess he does see the world a little differently.

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14.September.2010

Hey! I stumbled across your blog when Allison @ House of Hepworths raved about how much she loved your house. I have to agree- it’s gorgeous! I love how clean and gorgeous everything is, but still looks liveable – like you could actually see people sitting in the couches and enjoying meals in the kitchen.

I like the picture hung a little higher too–especially since it so neatly lines up with the oval mirror. I’m slightly OCD about things like that, so it appeals to me. And I love the rings you made with a toilet paper roll. So creative, so cheap, and really unique and eye-catching!

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replied on September 16th, 2010

Teri – Gorgeous and liveable?! That’s the best compliment I could have asked for!

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15.September.2010

I love that print and the wall border. Also, I know you just started using your new camera, but I think that you would love it way more once you discover the “white balance” feature. I have a Nikon D3000 and I adjust the WB before I start shooting, and you will be surprised at how much of a difference it makes. It will make your whites less yellow and your grays less taupey, so basically it makes the colors look how they are supposed to.

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replied on September 16th, 2010

Sheryl – I just read about this feature! Thanks for the tip. I’m definitely still in the rookie stages of figuring out what all my new camera can do.

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05.October.2010

Hi,
I am a first time visitor to your blog, I stumbled upon yours from Apartment therapy. I always look for home decor ideas that are inexpensive and DIY, though I am not creative enough to implement even the simplest idea. I am amazed at how beautiful, crisp and clean your house is, inspite of being a working mom of two. I am really inspired to look at your house and your laidback attitude. This house doesnt look like it has two kids at all. How do you keep it so clean inspite of having white furniture, curtains and sheets ?
Can you share your secrets? I have a toddler and a fulltime job , we live in a new townhouse and I dont have any time to decorate, though I would love to do small budget updates here and there. Keep adding more posts. You are doing a good job.

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05.October.2010

Also can you add a tutorial on how you added the circles in your 1/2 bath? I really would like to apply that in our house.

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replied on October 5th, 2010

Ramya – Sure thing. I’ll work on some posts about decorating & kids and also about the powder room wall border.

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