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More townhouse pictures... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
skywhisperer
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More townhouse pictures...
http://pictures.tinastoys.org/townhouse/

I'm going to put an offer on it tomorrow.

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driftingfocus From: driftingfocus Date: March 1st, 2006 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
The tile in that kitchen needs to GO!
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2006 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Thankfully, it's wallpaper, not tile, and, yes, it's high on the list of stuff that Must Go. Along with the carpet in the bedrooms, and probably the blue and green paint in the bedrooms.
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: March 1st, 2006 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Very cool! Not to open a can of worms, but are you going to be living there alone?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2006 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep! I'm not the living-with-someone type...
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
i was going to say, the dark colors on the walls are kind of claustrophobic - a light-colored room always feels more open and airy - and that kitchen wallpaper definitely has to go! but it looks like a basically nice place. i see you have a ceramic cooktop in the kitchen; i've never used one, but i expect it's somewhat like an electric stove - that is, you don't get the instantaneous changes in temperature you can get from a gas stove, but you get a more even transfer of heat to the pan. (they're also easier to clean.) just lose that fucking wallpaper!
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: March 1st, 2006 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh....I was thinking that the multi-colored walls were great. I had a friend who painted her apartment like that and it was fabulous!
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
multi-colored walls - as in having different rooms painted different colors - are fine, but the colors shouldn't be so dark. they don't have to be pale pastels, but in computer-graphic terms, medium to medium-low "saturation" and medium-high to high "brightness" work best. a nice upbeat light blue is easier to live with than either navy blue or electric blue. (although sometimes it works if you paint one wall of a room a dramatically different color than the rest.) the other thing with multi-colored paint schemes is that the different colors should all be roughly the same "saturation" and "brightness", with different "hues" - if you want one room blue and one room green, they should be about the same intensity.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2006 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes. I wandered through the paint section at Lowe's and came up with a few candidates to replace the bedroom colors. The blue bedroom has to go. I'm still debating the hunter green - with light carpet and light curtains, and my cherry bed, it might lighten up enough, and I do like it...just not quite so much of it.

I'm seriously thinking that the kitchen will end up with a very light yellow on the walls, with a deeper yellow on the cabinet doors.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
for some reason, the color yellow always comes to mind first when i think about kitchens. so a color scheme in shades of yellow would work very nicely. maybe a nice citrusy orange for a few minor accents?
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: March 2nd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
My friend had very dark primary colors on the walls - blue, red, yellow, green, purple (I know green and purple aren't primary colors, but you get my drift)...very basic colors. It looked vibrant and fabulous.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 2nd, 2006 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
it sounds like the kind of color scheme you'd find in a place designed for very young children - not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that. i would guess that the contrasts kept it from feeling too dark and claustrophobic, even with relatively dark shades of each color. (what, no orange?)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 2nd, 2006 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm debating doing the office in orange. I saw an interesting color at Lowe's called "Light Pumpkin" or some such. An RGB value of 252, 194, 131 is a reasonable approximation (on my monitor, at least).
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 2nd, 2006 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
if the "office" is the little nook off the kitchen, and you paint the kitchen yellow, a nice soft orange like that would be good - energizing, but not overstimulating. (as for a yellow... how about RGB 255, 255, 180? with 255, 255, 128 for the accent color?)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 2nd, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I'm going to use the extra bedroom for an office. I hadn't picked a color for that little room next to the kitchen - I'm going to put some bookshelves there and a few comfy chairs and call it a "library".

Those are pretty close to the colors I have paint swatches for, actually!
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 2nd, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
the "library" ought to be a somewhat less energetic color... maybe a very pale cream, to blend with the yellow kitchen?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 2nd, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lowe's has a great line of colors called "Warm Whites". I'll probably pick one of those, on the beige end...
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: March 1st, 2006 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh! and my mother has a ceramic cook top and she says it cooks just like gas. Instant heat dispersal and turns off immediately. And she's a gourmet chef like Tina.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
that's good to know - as i said, i have no personal experience with cooktops. i learned to cook on an electric stove in the 1950s, but i've lived in places with gas stoves ever since. anyway, if i ever find myself in a position to buy a whole new set of kitchen appliances, i'll definitely look into a cooktop. (which reminds me... i need to check whether i won the Mega-Millions lotto Tuesday night...)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2006 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
My mother has one too, and she loves hers. I can cook on either gas or electric - I grew up cooking on an electric stove, but my apartment has gas.

There is gas there, if I ever want to switch. But that cooktop is on top of a convection oven, and they're nearly all electric. I hear they make electric convection ovens with gas cooktops these days, but they're hard to find.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
well, if it comes to that, i can cook on a wood-burning stove. but i'm glad i don't have to! but, between the cooktop and the convection oven, i'd suggest you keep an eye on your electric bill for a few months...
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the things I asked the seller for was a copy of their electric bills from June-September (the really bad AC months) of last year. The agent sent them to me, with an explaination that they were so high because they kept it really cold.

When I looked at the bills, they were just a bit more then half of what I'm paying now.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
o-kay... good luck, then! (but i still say that wallpaper's gotta go!)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The wallpaper is definatly going.

It's not that the townhouse has particularly low bills - it's just that my apartment is so poorly insulated that it kills me in the summer to keep it cool. I'm paying nearly double what some of my friends with houses are!
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
i've had the misfortune to be in Texas in the summertime. air conditioning isn't a luxury, it's one of the basic needs of life!
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. In fact, my apartment lease has a clause that they have to fix the AC within 24 hours of notification.

I started having problems last summer - mine ran 24/7, and it took 3-4 hours to drop the temp 2-3 degrees. They replaced all sorts of things, and finally gave up. It'll now sort of stay cool, but the AC runs constantly to keep it there. Anyway, it's led to horrific AC bills, only made worse by my (electric!) dryer.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 1st, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
the house i used to live in had central A/C, and most of the time it was fine. but if the weather got above 90 or so, and stayed there for any length of time, things would reach a point where the A/C was running continuously, but it still wouldn't get any cooler than about 75 indoors - and that's just a little too warm for me.

the house i'm now renting just has a few window units. one of them cools the living/dining area reasonably well, and the one in the computer room is usually okay, but the one in the bedroom is hopelessly inadequate. maybe this summer we'll be able to buy a new (more efficient) one, because i purely hate waking up with heat exhaustion!

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