My Thoughts On Negative Blog Comments

Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

So let me see if I understand.  Y’all didn’t like the wallpaper options yestereday?  😀

Ha!  Just kidding.  I got the message loud and clear.  😀  I’m pretty sure yesterday’s post was a first!  Out of just over 280 comments, the opinions were almost unanimous.  That almost never happens.  And that they were almost unanimously *negative…well, that’s definitely a first!  😀

*Please understand that I mean “negative” as in the opposite of affirmative.  (“Do you like this wallpaper for my music room?”  “No, I don’t like the wallpaper.” That’s a negative response, as opposed to an affirmative response, “Yes, I like the wallpaper.”)  I don’t mean negative, as in, rude or mean.

But I did have a few people yesterday ask me if the response to yesterday’s post hurt my feelings, or if I get upset when people disagree with my opinions.  And then I had a handful of others who seemed shocked that people would so freely express their opinions about my decorating decision.  I know I’ve talked about the issue of comments in the past, but it’s been quite a while.  And since I have so many new readers now (and, quite honestly, since my own perspective on the topic has changed a bit over the years), I thought it might be time to share my thoughts on this again.

Do I get offended when people share their opinions and disagree with me?   Nope.  As long as people act like rational adults who possess the intelligence to express their opinions in a reasonable and constructive way, then people are free to express those opinions without me getting upset or hurt.  That should be pretty clear on all of my recent posts, because I don’t think I’ve ever posted a project where the response was 100% unanimous in the affirmative.

When I posted my buffet, several people disliked the color.  That’s perfectly fine and acceptable.  Some suggested other color options.  That’s still fine and acceptable.  When I posted the beaded handles that I did for the buffet, a few people said that they looked like a craft project, or looked too country, or whatever.  Again, I have no problem at all with people expressing those opinions.  On my piano, several people really didn’t like the gray/taupe color.  Others didn’t like the stained/painted combo.  Again, perfectly fine.  Those opinions don’t hurt my feelings, because I realize that everyone has different taste, different decorating vision, and a love of different styles.  And I’m always open to suggestions.  I won’t get offended by your suggestions if you won’t get offended if I decide not to act upon your suggestion.  😉

In fact, it would be silly for me to get offended since I’m the one who has developed an atmosphere around here of welcoming (and even outright asking for) input from readers.  I think of myself as being very fortunate to have so much input, with so many of you suggesting such amazing ideas that I never would have thought of on my own.  I’ve gotten so many great ideas from y’all!

With that said, there are two types of comments that DO make me angry.  (I don’t get my feelings hurt.  I just get angry.  😀 )

The first are the people who comment with all of the (lack of) tact and intelligence of a three-year-old, generally (but not always) with one-word comments like, “Yuck!” or “Eewwwww!”  I mean, seriously people.  I just can’t even imagine adults behaving like that, even if you are doing it from the comfort of your own home, and under the cover of anonymity behind your computer screen.  It just seems so absolutely absurd to me that adults behave and respond like that to each other.

When I posted my buffet the other day, I did have one person leave a comment on my Facebook page that simply said, “UGLY!!!!!”  Ummmm….no.  Just, no.  If I wanted to spend my days interacting with three-year-olds, I would have started a daycare instead of starting a blog.  Those morons get a “delete” and “ban” response from me, and possibly an email with a link to a “word a day” website so that they can expand their vocabulary and learn to speak like an adult.  (I’m joking about the email, although that probably wouldn’t be a bad idea. 😀 )  I mean, how much more effort does it take to write a comment like, “I really don’t think that color works on that buffet.”  It’s just a few more words, it gets the point across, and it’s a response that’s appropriate for an actual intelligent adult.  Know what I mean?

The second type are the ones that are actually meant to be offensive.  And yes, these are almost always pretty easy to spot, although I have had a handful in the past that were “borderline.”  The borderline ones are the ones that say things very bluntly and tactlessly, along the lines of, “That looks cheap.” Did they mean to be insulting, or are they just having a bad day?  How I take those completely depends on my mood at the time (to be quite honest 🙂 ), and who left the comment.  Long-time readers/commenters get more leniency and understanding from me, although I do always hope that those (rare) comments from long-time readers can be chalked up to them having a bad day, and hope that they’ll be having a better day the next day.  Perhaps on a better day, rather than saying, “That looks cheap,” they would have actually been a little more constructive like, “I’m afraid the color you’ve chosen kind of cheapens the overall look.   Have you considered a navy blue instead?”

The ones that are easy to spot are the ones that get personal, call me names, insult me personally.  Thankfully, I get these very rarely, but I did get one the other day on an old post I wrote over a year ago.  This person was so angry at me (which again, is fine, if you can express it intelligently and rationally), and his/her post was filled with expletives, calling me all kinds of names, insulting me, attacking my character, and on and on.  Obviously, no.  That person could have very easily expressed his/her opinion without the personal attacks and expletives, but because he/she chose to express his/her opinion like a rebellious, foul-mouthed teenager, my response was “delete.”  It’s just all about tact.  I firmly believe that just about any opinion, positive or negative, even if it’s anger, can be expressed in a rational and tactful way as long as people are willing to take the time to do so.

But I must say, overall I get very few comments that I would classify as rude or mean.  I LOVE the interaction from those of you who read my blog.  I’m THANKFUL for the input you give me, even if you disagree with my choices, and I LOVE the new and fresh ideas that you bring to my attention that I never in a million years would ever have thought of on my own.  I don’t ever expect everyone to love everything I do.  That would be an absurd and unreasonable expectation.  But even if you don’t love how my projects turn out, I do hope that you can actually learn something new here, just as I’ve learned so much from all of you.

So about yesterday’s post.  Did I get my feelings hurt?  Not at all.  In fact, the overwhelming, almost unanimous “vote” made me laugh, because again, I think it was a first.  And I was so pleased and thankful that in just over 280 comments, with almost all of them expressing dislike for my wallpaper ideas, I didn’t receive even one single comment that I would classify as rude or mean.  Not even one.  Every single one of them was intelligently written and constructive.  I really do have the best readers ever!  Oh sure, every once in a while, a dud will slip through.  That’s bound to happen on occasion in this Wild West we call the internet.  But I don’t want those duds to put a stop what we’ve got going on here with the open sharing of ideas.  Decorating should be fun!  🙂

Sooo…I guess it’s back to the drawing board for me with the music room wall ideas.  I knew that darned piano with its new fancy finish would be a game-changer.  😀

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I didn’t comment yesterday but read with interest all the comments. I really liked all the wall paper and your free hand designs…I love birds and flowers. I do agree with most that the busy paper took away from the beautiful piano. I’m anxious to see what you come up with next. I know it will be tasteful and lovely.

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      Linda K
      August 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Isn’t it funny, I didn’t comment on the wallpaper either because I LOVED it either way and I thought everyone else would too! I was just excited to see which direction Kristi went with the vines/birds/etc.
      I have always liked the idea of your own Schumacher wallpaper version, but I loved the other viney looking one too. I preferred the yellow or a yellow background to the creamy white with the grey/taupe piano but I think the piano is strong enough to front for the wallpaper.

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      August 20, 2015 at 10:42 am


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      Lauren P
      August 20, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Oh dear! I think there were a lot of us yesterday who apparently liked the botanical wall options and apparently didn’t voice it. I liked the more Jacobean one, myself (my style is bright and colorful with a touch of traditional), along with the excellent idea of having your mom make one pattern and you using a projector for it. I’m glad that it prompted today’s excellent post, though! I love you attitude and wish that more people felt that way about sharing thoughts and feelings: it’s all okay, just be an adult about it! If you want branches on your walls, Kristi, go for it!

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        August 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm

        I know! I loved it too!! I actually didn’t read yesterdays comments! I’m surprised people didn’t love it more!

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          susan h
          August 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm

          I’m in total agreement with you ladies!! I guess I should have commented yesterday!

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      August 21, 2015 at 1:44 am

      Haha! Same here! I was so excited about the floral wallpaper idea! Dang! I hope you use it somewhere else in the house then if you don’t in the music room! =)

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      August 21, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Hi Kristi,

      I want to comment on your last post about negative feedback (the nasty kind) but first let me say this. I am personally blown away by your creative talent and your ability to bring about that which you envision. I wish I could do that half as well. Anyone who makes simple home repairs, for heaven’s sake, knows how hard, complicated and exasperating things can get. And there you are knocking down walls, building wall units, making drapes, doing electrical work, and on and on. You do it all with a great sense of style and an exacting attention to detail. Your work is simply amazing. Then, in your spare time, you write a very informative and entertaining blog. You are accomplishing your goal by teaching us how to tackle intimidating interior decorating projects. Many of us need all the help we can get and we appreciate what you do.

      About your post, I will say that anyone who deals with the public knows that among all the nice people in the world there are a handful of jerks, the utterly clueless and an occasional demonic freak-a-zoid. As a psychology major, you are familiar with those types. Ha. Ha. You have such a good attitude about it. Your solution is perfect. Delete them. For good. Forever. Kristi, just keep on keeping on. Lots of us are waiting to see what you do next. We know it will be great.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I wish I could reach through the internet and high-five you, Kristi, for creating such a supportive, give-and-take environment. Such a thing is becoming a *little* easier to find on the internet but is still far from being the norm. Well done.

    And high fives to all the rest of us as well. This is such a great, creative community. So thankful for all of you!!

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      August 20, 2015 at 10:31 am


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      Mad Margaret
      August 20, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Cindy, what a wonderful attitude. You and Kristi must be a lot alike. I was just irritated by the “negative” posts because I like the whole thing with the piano and the wallpaper. But now you have me thinking free-to-speak-your-mind community! Much better than my reaction. Thanks.

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      Texas Memaw
      August 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Ditto! It’s so refreshing to participate in a “supportive, give-and-take” environment! I think nearly all of us would gladly defend you from the “haters” out there! Glad they are few and far between.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

    “and possibly an email with a link to a “word a day” website so that they can expand their vocabulary and learn to speak like an adult” That was hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.

    And thanks for the level-headed attitute – I’ve been using facebook ads on behalf of my mom these days and every time I see a moron I get all upset.

    And from the reader’s aspect, even if you occasionally show us something I DON’T like, it doesn’t change the respect and admiration, even, you’ ve earner over the years with what you do.

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      August 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Haaa – I thought that was hilarious too 😉 Keep it real Kristi! That’s the joy in reading your blog 🙂 🙂 🙂

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        August 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        I laughed out loud at the ‘word a day’ comment! Kristi, your wit and sense of humor always make me smile!

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    Michele R.
    August 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Hi Kristi – I don’t comment most times I read your blog since you do receive so very many comments from others. However, I love reading about and seeing your work. It is always tasteful and classy. Whether I agree with a color choice or not is of no importance because it is your home and your taste. You are vulnerable when talking about your passion online with folks you don’t know. Kudos for putting yourself out there so we can learn from you. I was one who actually liked the wallpaper with the butterflies and birds. I think mixing whimsy with classic style works, but that’s my opinion and apparently not a popular one on this topic. LOL! I can’t wait to see what you decide to do, because it will be lovely and of great quality! Love your blog – keep up the awesome work!!

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      August 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Well said!

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      August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Kristi!

      I too seldom respond to your posts but I look forward to EVERY SINGLE one! I cannot wait to see what you are up to next. You are a rock star in my book and this post proves it again. Keep up the good work and the great attitude!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    The world is filled with uneducated toxic people. Delete and block is a most appropriate response. Regarding your wall, the piano is now so stunning, the wall should not distract from that. A complementary color or even a medium gray could work if you still plan the black and white stripes (which I love) in your foyer/dining room. Smashing artwork looks sensational against gray which is why some galleries have very dark ceilings and walls.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:31 am


    Before you had a beautiful stripe pattern working in the music room that I really loved. I think the piano would be really front and central in front of a vertical stripe. However, stripes and floral work well together. Could you come up with a combination so that you could have both since you liked both? Perhaps a combination of floral on some walls with stripes on other walls? Or stripes with floral sections between the stripes? I’m just brainstorming and honestly haven’t sat down to consider which way it would look best and frankly you are better at the design aspects than I am. I’m just thinking out loud as they say.

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      August 20, 2015 at 11:36 am

      I’m sorry.. I just realized I misspelled your name.. I’m sure you get that a lot but I do apologize.

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      August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      To the words out of my fingers, I also would like to see the piano against the stripes.

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    Brenda Pawloski
    August 20, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Kristi, I would not rule out the possibility that you may not stay with the wallpaper design and the way that you execute it will prove us all wrong.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I have followed your blog for a while. I didn’t care for the wall paper yesterday either, but it’s your house and if you really loved it, it’s ultimately your choice. Have you thought about free handing a large art piece that looks like the wallpaper above the piano? Maybe if wasn’t the whole wall it wouldn’t be so over powering. Or how about a tufted piano bench top with a fabric with that kind of print! I love your ideas and have given me so many ideas and thinking I have the ability to do some of the projects around my house!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for still liking us Kristi, love your adoring supporters.

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    Linda M.
    August 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I agree with Faith – yesterday I did not comment but I was surprised that no one seemed to like the wallpaper. I was thinking all your options were so pretty. But I like birds, branches, flowers etc too. I also like to use wallpaper as an option in a room instead of all painted walls. I’m fairly new to your blog but I have been really interested in all the give and take of ideas too. I’m so glad you want to foster that kind of environment Kristi.
    On another note – I have decided to try adding trim to the doors of a small cupboard I am refinishing. You’ve inspired me to figure out how to use more of the power tools my husband has. I’ve been reading your tips on painting and refinishing and I’ve learned so much. Thank you!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I love your attitude!!

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    Linda J
    August 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I am truly glad to see this commentary. It obviously needs to be said. And, I agree with every single word. I have, all to often, wanted to address this stinky situation. It is just so unnecessary for rudeness to be an issue at all. Manners are always a good option to rudeness.

    Anyway, keep up the terrific work!

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    Debra S
    August 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

    You know…not everything you do is my taste but it is always attractive and very well done. AND you do almost all of it yourself!! I find a woman taking on such “man” chores very inspiring. Now on top of all that, you show yourself to have an adult, evolved attitude. What’s next? Leaping from tall buildings in a single bound? I’m a fan.

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      Cindy hays
      August 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Yes you are definitely our
      Hero . I am truly amazed at the things you accomplish and alone. Handling mdf takes strength that stuff is heavy even in small pieces. I think taking a weekend without making this decision will give you confirmation to go forward or a new vision for this space. Good luck either way

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I really loved the wallpaper with all the green. It drew my eye to the kitchen and created a beautiful flow and tied everything together. May be a little much if you are doing the whole room, but what do I know? I also liked how it brightened up the piano. I can say that when I scrolled through the pictures, the last one (I think) with all the green made me feel the happiest. 🙂

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Have you thought about using dalmation print wallpaper? I have seen it used on a couple of design shows. It reminds me of what you want to do and uses the black and white theme that you like. I also think it would look great with your piano, especially with some gold accents. Here is one photo that I found:


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      August 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Oh I LOVE that, its so cool!! And I think it would look great somewhere in Kristi’s house too!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I love the piano and the wallpaper idea, just not together. I can, however see the fab buffet with the wallpaper.

    As always, your blog is the bomb!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I rarely comment, but I read every blog post you make. While I might not always agree with the color or pattern of something, I know that in the end you will make it gorgeous. I mean, look at your kitchen. At first thought, there is no way I’d ever want a kitchen with green cabinets…until I saw your kitchen. I LOVE it! And I typically gravitate toward country/farmhouse design. Your kitchen is so elegant and classy and BEAUTIFUL. You have impeccable design skills and I know everything you put into a room will turn out perfectly.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

    You are so talented and I look forward to your posts!!
    Now that you are back to the drawing board on the music room walls, I have to say, I loved this wall treatment you were going to use: https://www.addicted2decorating.com/music-room-wall-treatment-fancy-textured-vertical-stripes.html
    So elegant and unexpected.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I always pictured in my head that your music room would have a beautiful wall treatment done with up with wainscotting or a neat moulding trick that you are so skilled at doing. I can’t wait to see what you decide to do!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I agree with several of the comments yesterday that the busy wall paper distracted from the beauty of the piano. Perhaps if you simplified the wall paper design by spacing the vines further apart, not bringing the vines all the way to the floor, and adjusting the proportions you could tie in the colors without making it look so busy. Adjusting the proportions may also make it look less “old lady”.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I’m so happy you posted this. I saw the blog on the wall paper and quite frankly I wasn’t in love with it. I was really trying to like it…..but I didn’t so I didn’t even bother to read other people’s comments or even comment myself. I just know that if I didn’t have anything nice or constructive to say…I just wasn’t going to say it. So glad that you have such a great positive attitude about the whole thing. You’re the best! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Janell Beals from House of Fifty once wrote on her blog something to the affect of “don’t yuck someone’s yum”. In other words, you can dislike what someone’s done to their home, hair, clothes etc, but you don’t have to necessarily express your feelings about it. And if you do, be constructive and tactful. I respect your hard work, creativity, and diligence regardless of whether what you do is my personal taste.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Thank you very much for your attitude and your way of putting up with the response on your blog! I love reading it because it does for me exactly what you wrote just now – I learn a hell of a llot from you without you always matching my preferred style! I like a lot of your choices even though I wouldn’t consider them for my home, as I think you have a really cool style. Some things are just not for me, but I can still transfer a lot of your ideas and techniques to make them work in my home. So, thanks a lot for what you share on a nearly daily basis!!
    I’m really curious about the outcome of your music room, as, even though I love that wallpaper and your idea of creating your own version, I thought it is too much behind that (wonderful!!) piano. So I cannot wait to see which new ideas you come up with 🙂
    And btw: I was very happy to learn that you are planning to keep the piano as it is now, as I think it cannot turn out any better!!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Good morning!!! I did like the way you redid the piano. It is different!! I would have to let the wall design grow on me, but I bet in the end, it will be beautiful!!! YOu are very creative!!

    Thank you too for this blog!! YOu are right, people need to act like adults!! Have a great day!

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Personally, I’ve learned a lot by your courage in revising your work, or changing completely something you’ve already done. I would probably have been paralyzed when I realized that those cabinets had changed my vision entirely, especially when it dawned on me that I had some do-overs coming. Or maybe I’d have been too timid at that point to try them at all. And, oh my, what a lot of work they turned out to be! By itself, I like the piano a lot, but i won’t know if i love it until you figure out how to handle the rest of the room, especially in relation to the kitchen. I actually did like the last wallpaper/painting idea, but it was partly because I liked the colors, but then you planned to do those differently. I don’t think I’d have liked a whole room full of it. When I look at wall paper, I always swoon over beautiful floral and botanical designs, etc., but I’ve never yet put one on my walls unless the design had some structure. In fact, after I ripped the paper off almost every room in my house years ago, I vowed “never again” to any wallpaper We’ll see. But you’ve been a great teacher regardless of whether I agreed with you or not.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    i love reading this blog and seeing everything you produce and plan. I don’t usually comment because there always seems to be so many comments already.
    I think you make some bold choices, some I love and others not so much but that is probably because I love pale blue schemes and you tend towards darker schemes with lots of green. That said I think every finished room looks fantastic, I wish I had your skill and creativity drive.
    Just keep up the great work.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I was taught that if you don’t have anything good to say then say nothing at all. There have been things that I didn’t like that turned out absolutely beautiful so who am I to judge??? I find it’s best to sit back and enjoy the show!!

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    Chelle Ellis
    August 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Their loss. 🙂 I look forward to drinking my morning coffee while reading what you’ve been doing. It would be a little more boring in the world without you in it, so I’m willing to behave myself for the pleasure of your display, advice and general company. Creativity breeds creativity. I am more creative in my thoughts by taking in the creativity of others. Destructive people pull down my creativity, so I try to avoid them. And if I can’t (close friends or family) I try to influence or sneak in lessons to make them a little more positive.

    As for the caveman-like criticisms, I blame Simon Cowell and all commentators who’ve made their money by being jerks. Constructive criticism takes thought and vision of direction. Insults are for people who are unhappy and looking for cheap therapy.

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      August 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

      I agree completely with your assessment of Simon Cowell and those like him….cable news shows, talk radio, etc…. Who in the world would go on a decorating blog and cuss somebody out and call them names???? It’s DECORATING people! Geez.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Looks like I missed some “fun” yesterday, teach me to take a day off the grid, lol
    I did read it this morning and I have to agree, I think the piano belongs on a different “backdrop” I think the wallpaper design is beautiful and would look great behind the original idea of a yellow or brightly colored piano. The way you did the piano is absolutely beautiful & I’m so glad you went with your gut on this one, that masterpiece needed to be showcased exactly the way you did it. What about doing the grasscloth design in your music room? But I love the idea of doing wainscoting on the wall like you did in the BR but have the grasscloth in the “cut outs” (don’t know what to call it) on the top? or maybe the wallpaper that you love but not the entire wall just in the cut outs?

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    Chelle Ellis
    August 20, 2015 at 11:01 am

    By the way, I got a $15 off $60 Sherwin Williams paint coupon in the other day that I won’t use. If you (or one of your readers) want it, reply with email addy to send the photo of coupon.

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    Genelle McDaniel
    August 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

    You are wise beyond your years! Love your attitude.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I actually didn’t respond in the negative yesterday because my comment was more a suggestion for how to get the job done than it was a comment on your choice. That said, I do think that design on all the walls might be a bit much. It’s not a bad design and I don’t think it looked bad against the piano, but I think it would have been a little overwhelming to have it everywhere.

    What if you did a fixed-sized mural of it (cased in trim) or a single accent wall or even a large canvas of it to use as artwork instead? Or, back on the idea of custom-printed materials, how about a custom fabric for the bench or some other piece of furniture in the room? That way, you get to have your cake and eat it too. 🙂

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    Lysa Byous
    August 20, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Your “Word Of The Day” quip cracked me up!

    I love the wallpaper idea. I think part of the issue was it came out muddy looking in the mock-up instead of crisp white like the original. I am really, really hoping you do use it somewhere, whether in framed blocks, in upper wainscotting insets, or in the sunroom; it needs to come to life! Could you do it on both sides of the sliding doors, to compliment your fantastic peacock pulls? Or maybe in a larger scale on just the piano wall with the green of the kitchen and the beautiful bright colors of the dining room to pull it all together? (And to make it impossible – so, so cool if you could get that reversed out onto a black background instead of white!)

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      Linda H
      August 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

      I love this idea of doing the wall paper (or your version of it) on the wall with the sliding doors. If I remember your layout, it would be a striking look when entering your front door. The colors of the birds would tie the entry, dining room, and music room together. Then as you enter the music room the green in the wall paper ties in with the kitchen too.
      But would that be too small for the scale of those doors?
      You will surprise us I’m sure with something unique and lovely, regardless of what you decide. Good luck!

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:09 am

    just a funny thought on your negative responses..My grannie always said “Opinions are like a#%holes, everyone has one, but you don’t have to like them or look at them” . Really wise words and always have been useful to me

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    Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
    August 20, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Everything you do, whether I like it or not, is so well done and explained. I always wonder how you get so many readers to actually give an opinion. I wish I had more involved blog readers!

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:11 am


    You are a CLASS ACT and uber talent! Your comments today make so much sense. I actually liked the first wallpaper, you had already ruled it out though. I can’t wait to see what you decide. Thank you for letting us in on your remodeling adventures!!

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I read the comments yesterday with interest, but chose not to add my comment for I could have simply said, “Ditto.” lol

    Here’s an idea I just thought of. Maybe someone already suggested it, I don’t know. I’m thinking of stripes on the wall behind the piano. Subtle, not bright so as to not take the attention away from the gorgeous piano. Maybe three light subtle and similar colors with one of the colors being a narrow stripe, quite narrow, of the same color as the painted part of the piano. Just a thought anyway.

    Everything that you do is absolutely gorgeous!! I even show some of your work to my husband just because it is so beautiful to see and that you did most of the work yourself. Yours is my #1 favorite decorating blog!!

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    K Carpenter
    August 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

    So I am guilty of saying catty things to bloggers. I wish I hadn’t said anything after I typed it. I woke up in a bad mood and in my email was another gold spray painted goodwill find and another picture of her and her husband. I told her it was cheap looking and asked if she couldn’t think of something more interesting than another pic of her husband. The blogger replied and asked if she should hang a pic of me and my husband instead on her wall. I said No because I am acting like a huge ass and you don’t want that on your wall. I have since removed myself from her daily emails. I don’t need to “Hate” read people anymore.

    This is the only decorating blog I read because this is real deal decorating and DIY. Yes it is way too advanced for me to do most of these projects but at the same time it is not spray painting flower pots and sticking succulents all over. I like the tasteful decorating and the fact you are the real deal. You do most of these projects alone which I like. My husband is not interested in DIY and not very skilled in that arena at all!!

    I think people lots of times are having bad days and the internet gives them the anonymous avenue to be a bi***. I have been there myself.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I was reading yesterday – and yes, I commented in the negative as well – and I was also surprised at the overwhelming opinion for one side of a question when I checked in later to see how the opinion process was unfolding.

    As you say Kristi – such an instance of unanimous agreement is a rare thing indeed here in the cyberworld.

    For the record I happen to like the Schumacher wallpaper on its own and the general concept of the hand painted version – I think was a case of not liking them in combination with the way the piano has been painted.

    When I express such an opinion on a decorating blog like yours I think it’s only polite to give one’s reasons for like or dislike – especially if one is going to express a negative opinion. In fact, if a poster is not willing to give an explanation for a negative opinion then I really think that discretion is the better part of valour. After all – this is someone’s home and one should always be courteous in someone else’s home.

    All that said – kudos to you Kristi for taking yesterday’s response in stride.

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    Ashley Bee
    August 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    It’s funny, I didn’t comment yesterday bc I felt like you already had a lot of “advice” coming your way… but I guess I should have had I realized all of the opinions were against the wallpaper! I personally really liked the new option you showed up (it seemed a little calmer/classier to me, especially if you tweaked it as you mentioned). I think it would look LOVELY if you only did it on the top half of the walls and carried your molding through into the music room. Perhaps that would also be just enough “formality” for your piano, with still all the whimsy of the vines/birds that matches your other whimsical touches in other rooms.

    But that’s just my opinion. I really like that you are so receptive to new ideas, but ultimately still do whatever fits your taste/style/budget best. 🙂

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    Susan M.
    August 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I didn’t comment yesterday but I was one with the majority but knowing that in the end, you will come up with something that will knock our socks off because, well, you always do!

    Remember when you were considering doing black in your breakfast room (back when you were thinking fireplace/seating area)? What if you brought in the black for the music room – think dark, sultry and sexy and a great contrast to the gray of the piano AND artwork looks amazing against a black background http://www.mydomaine.com/img/uploads/current/images/0/157/234/main.original.585×0.jpg. Maybe build narrow bookshelves on the opposing wall and make it a music room/library. see Chris Loves Julia: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qGgi_sEQNls/UIlr1p7ZjaI/AAAAAAAAGvo/TvViZFXfnYc/s640/IMG_8548.JPG Or, a dark green that verges on black could be amazing as well: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1D9e2TnfYCI/ToYk4ZFy4bI/AAAAAAAAA4M/Da5yE_DnLYI/s1600/becauseitsawesome_blogspot.jpg Add a library ladder on a gold rail to tie in with your peacock handles and the gold in the kitchen. Some oversized art above the piano. And bonus, your wallpaper idea would be freed up to be used in the breakfast room.

    You may very well think “I’m all wet” with this idea but thanks for letting me put it out there.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Kristi maybe you can have it all! Still have the piano be the focal point, still get your colorful bold bird design, all while not becoming overwhelmed in the whimsy. Maybe a large gallerywall of frames with the colorful birds in a grid above the piano, with a nice neutral backdrop??

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:29 am

    You are the first thing I read every morning. The feeling I get when you don’t post is like the one you get when the ice cream man comes to your neighborhood and he’s all out of chocolate. I very seldom comment but today I needed to. What I love about your blog is that you aren’t afraid of taking a chance, be it with color or design. You’re also not afraid to “fail” and redo a project. Your love of color is inspiring. Did I like the wallpaper yesterday? Not really but I’m not one to talk about design. When I painted my bedroom I tried nine of those sample jars and 1 gallon I was sure was the “ONE” – still didn’t get the color right. When I was looking at that wallpaper, what really came to mind was the wall in your condo kitchen. The tree with the birds. I truly love that wall but that would be one giant project for your music room. I believe the consensus is most everyone likes the wallpaper just not behind the piano. Question – could you use that wallpaper on all the walls but the piano wall? Can the piano wall be something different that ties in with wallpaper but compliments the piano? Can that wall be done like the condo kitchen in colors and design that compliment the wallpaper and the piano?

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I highly recommend a book called “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin DeBecker. Very inexpensive and extremely easy to read. He discusses this phenomenon and explains the psychology behind rude comments. Unfortunately with the internet, It’s literally the insane asylum public springboard in the most perfectly imaginable platform 24/7.

    I just moved into my first home purchased in my own name and I am 52, so I have had alot of time to prepare. I have old cupboards in my kitchen that were built in attached to soffits strong enough to withstand a hurricane. They were obnoxious and useless, and original to the house. Subsequently, a gas range was installed and now the cupboards were close enough to the flames to catch fire. So, I am in the process of learning to dismantle them, which requires a heavy saw blade due to the construction. I want to replace them with a new backsplash and open shelving.

    When I introduced my ideas to a neighbor and then one of my friends, they both protested. I realized it’s best to say nothing and to keep my ideas to myself. My house, my kitchen and my decisions. I would never dream of nixing someone elses design ideas personally. Some people are just too opinionated.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Kristi I also loved the wallpaper and would have said so if I’d have read the comments! I think the branches and Birds add just the right amount of whimsy and keep the room from hVing a too formal look. I was really looking forward to watching the execution. I’ve never heard of anyone doing hand drWn wallpaper and I think between you and your mom it will be brilliantly done!!

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I think you do a fine job of fielding comments. There is no accounting for some people and they are best left by the wayside. Personally, I,like others, am in awe of you and your work. If you like something and it works for you,by all means have at it. Your house. Matt should be the only other person to have a definite say in what is going on. That said, will you please tell me what kind of wood glue you use? Thanks.

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      I only ever use Gorilla Glue. It’s awesome stuff!

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        August 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm

        That’s good to know. Maybe you should do a post of recommended products you use on a consistent basis? Over time, we try new products but do we stick with them or do we go back to our tried and true favs? I value your opinion and would appreciate it.

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        August 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm

        thank You! I was staring at the part of the label that showed up in one of your projects and I thought it might be Gorilla but wasn’t sure. I respect your opinion and would like to use the products you use as you have the hands on experience with them.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Hi Kristi. I’m glad that you allow us to comment on your projects. I don’t always love everything you do (as I am more of a neutral lover than color lover) but I enjoy reading your blog and I have learned a ton from you. You are brave and take a lot of chances with your decor. To me that makes things fun and exciting even if some of those chances don’t work out for you. As far as the music room, I love the neutrality of the piano (though it’s not you and I think the gray would look better blue, which WOULD work with your wallpaper. Hehehe), I didn’t comment yesterday because I don’t see the point in being negative or dashing someone’s hopes, dreams and desires. Besides, it’s your home and you are the one that would have to live with your choices. With that, I don’t think the wallpaper would work with the gray piano (blue yes) but I do think with the neutrality of the piano as it is now you could go pretty bold in color on the walls and it would work great. Like you I think a deep yellow/gold would work great! Whichever way you decide to go, I will be reading.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Hi Kristi! I just have to know…why would anyone call you bad names over decorating YOUR house??? 🙂 That just made me giggle!! If someone reads your DECORATING blog and ends up needing to call you bad names…I have a feeling it has nothing to do with you!!! My word!! 🙂

    I’m 100% sure you will have an “AH HA Moment!” regarding your music room any day now!! If not, just bask in the beauty of your pony walls and your cool, black, sliding doors for a few days!! (I LOVE the pony walls!!!) 🙂

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Classy response. Sorry the opinions on the wallpaper were so one sided.

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I recently found your blog and am so impressed with your postings. I really appreciate the time you take to explain your decision process and sharing of techniques. I really love that, mid-process, you may change your mind and tell the why’s of doing so. The only way to learn and become proficient is to do and experiment. I find other blogs that have a before and after but don’t discuss the steps to be daunting because it almost looks like magic instead of showing the thoughts and elbow grease needed to achieve the finished result. The sorriest thing of the 21st century is the constant given impression that you have to be a natural savant or just don’t bother trying. There is no perfection and mistakes or changes should be celebrated because learning is happening!

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Bravo! You are one in a million. If it were me I probably would have gone and hid and cried my eyes out…so you are so brave! I have loved every one of your ideas and when I don’t I think …gee whiz…this is Kristi’s home not mine. As for the wallpaper, all I could see is that beautiful and I mean BEAUTIFUL piano hidden …so honey you go with what makes you happy…heck it is just wallpaper and like paint it can be changed.
    May the Lord bless you this day…and may you make a decision that will be one that makes you happy and shows off that creative talent you have!

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since midway through the kitchen project, and although my taste differs from yours, I find your projects interesting and well-done. As others have said, your point of view always shines through.

    This is my very first comment — I almost commented yesterday, and then left figuring “She’ll sort it out in a way that works for her, she always does.”

    But today I figured I’d speak out — politely, I hope.

    I like your wallpaper, and I like your piano, just not together. The piano is a beauty and the way you finished it is both lovely and respectful of the piano’s history. I just think it’s the wrong piano for your house. Let’s face it, upright pianos, while they may be musically superior to smaller pianos, are big and clunky looking and (as you’re finding) very difficult to decorate around.

    Your style for this house, as best I can categorize it, is a sort of mid-century Parisian chic. I think you always envisioned a spinet in that room, which fits with your overall vibe. When you fell for the upright (for all the right reasons… free, beautiful wood, high qualty instrument) is when I think your vision for the room started to go off track. There are a bunch of spinets on Craigslist in the $150-200 range, and it seems that with the work you’ve put into the upright you could easily sell it and recover your costs.

    So my $.02, FWIW, is that you should back up and go get yourself a spinet (there are even some that sort of mimic your doors on the music rack) and see if that doesn’t make the room suddenly work much more to your tastes.

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    As I finished reading this I happened to notice that there were some links to other information you posted and the one that struck me was along the lines of neutral walls don’t have to be boring…it was just prior to stripes you did in the music room. Anyway, I went back to look at and there were two I thought would really showcase your piano and be a great transition dining/entry to kitchen. The first was the Lucy and Company and what I liked especially was it was bright but not blinding and the pearl essence seemed subtle and elegant. And, if you did a green ribbon under the heads (a cross green color between kitchen and that in the dining fabric) would be beautiful. Also, for me that was what struck me as so appealing in wallpaper #2 the light background and the green. The other picture I liked was the Beach Style Hall – the wainscoting and vertical stripes. Anyway, it’s fun to dream along with you, even when it’s not my house :)!!

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I loved your response today! Classy, as one poster said. It’s so generous of you to share so much of what you do, and to not only be open to feedback, but to read and respond to what we say.

    I was one of the ones who didn’t like the piano. I DID like all of the wallpapers, and know that the final product will be more beautiful than even these. Just not the piano with the wallpaper. If the piano were a solid colour, as you planned, then it would pop against wallpaper.

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    Laura L
    August 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I love your blog and really anticipate it every day. It is a lunch time treat for me.  I also love that you change your mind so often! Being a creative person means that it is easier to come up with many ideas of how something can be done, but it is difficult narrowing those ideas down to just one. I change my mind frequently and I am glad there are people out there like me.

    For your music room – I love what you did with the piano. You found a really great way to marry both the aesthetic of painted wood with showing off beautifully crafted wood. I have been thinking about the wallpaper with the piano ever since you revealed the piano and I just could not see how the piano, lovely though it was, would fit into a colorful bird room. While reading your post today however, I had an AHA! moment. If you changed the painted portion of the piano to a beautiful bright navy blue then it would complement the birds, not compete with your other painted furniture piece and still be regal looking. I think it might give you a little bit of everything you are looking for, especially since you are self-admitted non-grey person (like myself).

    Good Luck! Cannot wait to see what you do!

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    Laura L
    August 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Oh btw – I have to buy a new sander – what kind do you use? Also, what kind of paint stripper do you use?

    Thanks again!

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 20, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      I use a DeWalt 5-inch variable speed rotary sander. It was $79 at Home Depot. The paint stripper I use is Klean Strip Premium Stripper, which I also get at Home Depot. It’s the best, fastest working stripper I’ve tried.

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    Wendy Burchik
    August 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    You know Kristi, I admire you for so many things and this is just one more. I use your blog as a learning tool and reference guide. When I am working on a project I will think to myself “Now I am pretty sure Kristi has posted on how to do this before” so I will pull up your blog, and sure enough there it is, step by step directions on what I need to do. Or just the other day I got the wild hair to paint all the knobs and pulls in my bedroom gold, and I remembered you did the comparison on gold spray paints. So I found that page and I now have the most beautiful gold hardware in my room. I am very grateful to you and all I have learned from you! Thank you so much!

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    August 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I think some kind of pattern is really needed in the music room. You have so much painted furniture (dining table, buffet, entry table, kitchen cabinets) and I think your idea to use a botanical print in there is a good one. However, I’d put the pattern on some large panels with classy molding or something and make the walls more neutral. Maybe wainscoting and then some nice panels with the botanical prints. Also, you mentioned that you may change the gray on the piano. While I love the piano as is, I think it would work better in your house with black instead of gray. Just my two cents! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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    August 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I wish I had time to read all the comments. Then I would know if someone else has said what I’m thinking.
    I love what you did with your piano! And I love the wallpaper, but not with your piano. They are both “stars” and a space rarely works with two strong stars. You also need a supporting cast. Right now your piano is the star and I would love for you to pick a wall treatment that will leave the focus on the piano.

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    August 20, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Kristi, you are so very gracious and I have nothing but respect and admiration for you! I look so forward to your posts every day…I just can’t wait to see what you’re doing next and I constantly show my husband the Herculean tasks you take on. I so appreciate that you show every step of a project and also tell us the exact products you’ve used. I just bought and installed one of the French cleats you used on your niece’s headboard (hubby was impressed and I told him it was thanks to you!) I had asked you a few months ago to show how you made your own shower curtain, and then I bought my fabric and waited for what I knew would be an excellent tutorial…and it was (thank you!!!!!). I just don’t understand people’s need to be rude, mean or hateful, and I give you a lot of credit for always rising above it and not stooping to their level. Only a miserable coward bullies someone from the anonymity of a computer. I did suggest yesterday that you step back and ask your mom for her opinion, but I assure you that I did that only because you work so very hard, mostly on your own, and I know how utterly exhausted you must be at times. When something doesn’t turn out the way you had envisioned it and you have to start all over, I just want to cry for you! Keep being the upbeat, positive person that you are and just delete the haters. You are AWESOME!

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    August 20, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Very well written response. I don’t comment much and didn’t comment yesterday, but I do agree with others that the wallpaper seems like a bit too much for the music room. The only reason I say that is because the music room is between the dining room and kitchen, correct? I was just thinking it might look nice if the details in there were a little more neutral. Maybe even all white walls, but with detail… like this:


    Something like that would not detract from the two rooms it’s between but still have a feature all on it’s own. I love the wallpaper idea and the one you chose, but I just think it might be too much. BUT I don’t live in your house and know what it “feels” like to walk through the rooms. 🙂

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    August 20, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    You are a champ girly-Q!!!
    I know you will do what is best for the room, and that ABSOLUTELY gorgeous piano!!!

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    August 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I very much appreciate your willingness to share your design process and half-baked (send me that word-a-day link, I couldn’t think of a better one!) ideas and that you regularly refer to and acknowledge ideas from your commenters.
    It’s easy to offer a positive opinion with one or two words – Beautiful! or Love This! Offering constructive negative opinions requires a lot more thought and effort. In reading over yesterday’s comments, I was impressed at how many people put in that effort to make constructive comments. Kudos for fostering such a collaborative environment.

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    rose franco
    August 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Kristi…..it’s your home and you should fix it anyway it makes you happy. And yes you do ask for opinions from your friends. I love all your projects but the wall paper didn’t seem to go with the elegant look in your house so far. I’m sure you will consider another effect…….you always make great decisions. Keep up the great work. You inspire me!

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    August 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Now- this post, your honesty, your ideas and YOU, are the reasons I love your blog. I really think that we are so free with our opinions is because we feel like friends. We give it to you and you give it right back! It’s all done in friendship (well, except for the trolls). You’re awesome and you inspire me with every post!

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    Jan Brown
    August 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I love your blog!!!! Like most of your readers, I can’t wait to see each new project so please don’t block me. I too thought the wallpaper on four walls was a little too much. In my house it would look like a train wreck but know what ever you decide to do will be great. On a personal note, my husband had a single right lung transplant 2 years ago and now has developed cancer in his old left lung. Most days I do good to get the bed made, the only thing I feel like changing is a light bulb. You are amazing. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

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    August 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    This post actually had me giglging !

    Over on hometalk I was blasted for painting a piece of furniture – people telling me they could just cry over what I’d done – others saying they’d trhow it out after what I’d done ( a reproduction piece by the way )
    I think there were over 200 comments and I REPLIED TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM !
    Then a few people got into arguments with each other over my painted piece LMAO !!!
    Hometalk finally contacted me to apologize………………..( it wasn’t their fault at all )
    My feelings don’t get hurt -I found mosto f it laughable truly – what really bothered me was that people sent me private emails explaining that that was why they won’t dare show something they painted and then I got pissed off – talk about women tearing down women.
    If you have some time and you feel like a chuckle – here’s the link http://www.hometalk.com/3377562/a-
    Have a good one !!!

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    Rebecca B
    August 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I cant believe that your blog fans did not like the wall designs!
    i dont see anything wrong with either wallpaper.

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    August 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Love this post. Love your work. Waiting anxiously to see what you chose for the music room!

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    August 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I didn’t read any of the comments…I really love the wallpaper with the birds. It may be busy, but I think you need all the colors with the finish on the piano…and yes, I do like the piano!

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    Mary Anne Looby
    August 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Yikes~ when I saw the blog title, I thought I was in trouble. I did not read any other posts since I was having problems with the internet. Guess everyone was on the same page. I happen to really like the paper, just not for that room. I know you will come up with something grown up and elegant to frame that beautiful piano. Blessings.

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    August 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I didn’t comment either yesterday and I didn’t read the comments. I was however looking forward to see what you were going to come up with. I think if you spread it out some it could look really wonderful.

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    August 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Initially I wasn’t too sure about painting the piano but I think the way you combined the paint and the beautiful wood finish it turned out striking. You just lost the beauty of the piano against the papered wall. The flip side is the painted buffet looks great against the paper. I’m a new reader, you are making me think more about design choices. I admire your “get it done right” attitude!

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    August 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I too really appreciate this post. Your style isn’t my style because my decorating style is boring with a capital B but I still like to see what you are up to, lol! You seem to be a really, really hard worker.

    I rarely comment on blogs anymore because it seems like if you say one little thing constructive other comments take it as negative and come out of the woodwork with “if you can’t say something nice, you shouldn’t be commenting” etc and it drives me crazy. I wish more people/bloggers felt like you that it is just our opinion and has no bearing on which one of us is wrong or right. It’s just discussion.

    But, I also realize that when you put your hard work, tears and sweat into these projects and share so much it would be nice to get a HUGE high five, lol!!

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    August 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I feel left out. Yesterday was very, very, very crazy and I never got a chance to say I didn’t like or did like the wallpaper. If I don’t like something, I just skip it. The only time I say something is when they ask us to like this, like that, subscribe to this, subscribe to that etc. etc. etc. I usually tell them I don’t think it is fair and unsubscribe from their post.

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    August 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I commented late to yesterday’s post. In a nutshell. I think your taste has changed over the years and those that loved the condo may not love direction of your new home because they are very different. They are both lovely, just different.

    I say go for the busy wallpaper!!!

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    August 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I usually don’t comment because I so love EVERYTHING that you do! But I did comment yesterday that I wasn’t fond of the wallpaper. I think many of us long term followers feel like your house is our house too!!!! So we are invested in every decision you make! But don’t take any crap…..ban those rude people!

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    August 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Had to chuckle a bit…in my news feed, your post about the desk only showed “vintage desk makeover” along with showing a pinkish desk. My thoughts were “NOOOOO…the hot sun has affected Kristi”! I thought it was going in the same room as the buffet and piano, which I thought was too much variety of color. Then I saw it was for your niece and thought, “I shouldn’t have doubted Kristi!”. Even if I don’t particularly care for a design, you have ALWAYS seen the “issue” (striped floor, bright yellow piano, etc and adjusted it. Your final projects have never ceased to amaze me. May all of us take care to “season our words with love”. BRAVO!

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    August 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I don’t know why but each time I think of the music room I think of a mash up of your ideas, wide(ish) black and white stripes with your take on the sharpie birds wall paper within either all the black stripes (using white for the scrolling leaves) or within all the white stripes (using black for the scrolling leaves) – in my mind it seems subtler and less busy for some reason

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    Gloria S.
    August 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Kristi, I always enjoy your blog, I try to encourage you to do great things in great ways so you can tell me how to do it in language I can understand! Please continue to educate us all! Bless you!

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    August 20, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I never post comments, but I can’t get this idea out of my head so I thought I’d share. What if instead of branches and birds all over the wall like a wallpaper, you did something a little more subdued such as a silhouette “birds on a wire” kind of art across the wall right above the piano. Or even a birds as music notes on a wire staff which would be fitting as it is a music room. It’s simple, still has painted birds, is whimsical but subdued and a little more classy to match the beautiful two-toned piano.

    Here are some links to images that convey my ideas:







    Whatever you do, I’m sure it will be beautiful! I love your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration you bring here!

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    August 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Kristi, I don’t check my mail daily so sometimes when I read your blog I’m a day late and a dollar short. But I read this one first and then the piano /wallpaper one next and I must say how much I like the piano/ wallpaper combination! Very contrasting look. I hope my piano turns out as nicely as yours did.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I don’t care what anyone says, you are my decorating guru! I just love to see what you come up with. You are so creative and and you are not afraid to try something new. Keep doing what you do because you never fail to inspire me! 🙂

    Maybe if you photoshop the butterflies out….;)

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    August 21, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I like that wall paper, but I agree with the majority that it might be too busy. What if you did tone on tone stripes (white perhaps?) and then do some diy art with the bird wallpaper. Either way whatever you do will be perfect for your house.

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    August 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I was browsing on House of Turquoise, and happened upon the ceiling in this link. Oh how I could see you painting your ceiling a lovely coral color, leaving the walls a soft cream or white, and doing some of your vine/bird art as a wall hanging (I also like that 1st inspiration photo another reader sent you). This ceiling would go so well with all of your classy/elegant styling in any color you would choose.


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    Mary D
    August 21, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Hi, Kristi! Yikes…that was a rough day! As usual, I know your room will be great!

    One no-one-will-ever-see-it thought on yesterday’s posts and commenting with kindness. Could we also ditch the term “old lady room”? As someone who is well past the spring chicken stage, I’m here looking for inspiration, too. So maybe you fellow readers might consider calling those types of rooms “dated” instead.

    I promise: you hipster decorators of today are the “old lady” rooms of tomorrow, lol.

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    August 21, 2015 at 10:15 am

    great attitude!

    i’ve been really enjoying your blog and love seeing your design-thinking process play out; which involve both hits & misses. I like how you engage your readers to get opinions. you know that people aren’t ALWAYS going to agree with you… i read through some of the comments yesterday and think most people were respectful and just not into it – but hey! your house – do what you want!

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    August 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Great attitude. And couldn’t agree with the lack of manners online. The appalling comments continually astonish me. Not the kind of energy I choose to put out into the world.

    Carry on with your wonderful work. And even if what you do doesn’t 100% jive with my taste – who cares? It’s your home, not mine, and just as I would never insult my host’s home when I enter, I would never insult yours online.

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    August 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I just found this image while looking for wainscoting inspiration.
    Thought it was something you might like–the birds and molding. So pretty!

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    August 21, 2015 at 11:53 am

    You are just too cute. And that’s that.

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    Phyllis E
    August 21, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    As I am sure you know, Kristi, (but maybe not all your readers understand),when design is a part of your profession, you have to be able to discuss it “objectively” (not that design can ever be truly objective)–and not take it personally if someone disagrees or has a different/better solution, nor get “married” to your first love/idea (be it wallpaper, color, fabric, etc.) I used to work in architecture, and had to be able to discuss pros and cons of a design concept, detail, color choice, etc. and not feel offended at all. You have to see design decisions as separate from yourself, and look at it as indifferently as if you were discussing something as matter of fact as , for instance, which grocery stores had the best prices on tomatoes that week. (OK, it isn’t always that easy.)Though, like you said, Kristi, using tact and common courtesy is important as always! (I was even feeling regret that I had used the word “junk piano” the other day when I was complimenting your finished piano, and had said that though I had thought that the yellow paint would have looked cute, it might have made it look like a “junk” piano. I should have said, “like an inexpensive piano that you wouldn’t mind painting!”, which is what I know you were looking for originally anyway. I was so sorry for that bad choice of words! I hope it didn’t offend. By the way, I don’t know if anyone has asked, but how does the piano actually SOUND? That is the important thing is you play!)
    Your blog posts are always so interesting, and the fact that you even ask for your readers’ opinions make it even more so. (But I am glad that you always, in the end, make your own, creative and inspired choices!) I find the fact that you do so much of this hands-on diy yourself is such an inspiration to me to tackle things myself, instead of waiting forever for my husband to get around to them. The other day I got out the drill and started fixing some things myself, and I told myself, “If Kristi can do it, so can I!”

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    August 21, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Everyone has different tastes and although yours isn’t always in agreement with mine, it doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the magnificent work that you do. I’m positive that whatever you decide to do, it will turn out beautifully. I look forward to seeing the finished product. You inspire me with your skill and your vision and I have learned so much from you. In fact, in a few months I will be starting a project in my own home where I plan to combine your built in bookcase wall design from the condo with your DIY fireplace design. I have been “practicing” by doing some smaller scale projects and I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things. Before reading your blog, I never could have imagined myself attempting such a large project – you truly are inspirational.

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    August 22, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I just know that if I didn’t have anything nice or constructive to say…I just wasn’t going to say it. So glad that you have such a great positive attitude about the whole thing. You’re the best! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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    August 24, 2015 at 2:44 am

    sometimes people do not value the time someone can dedicate, I ask forgiveness on behalf of all those people who only know how to criticize, it is the first time I write you, but I appreciate all your post, your time and dedication, you have a great day, and move that I love your blog.

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    April 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Girl… let me tell you something… You are a teacher. And a great one. We, as your devoted students and followers are priveleged to assist your free and oh so elaborate classes. Thank you so much for every thing you share and make public. Although I loooove every thing you do (wall paper, lamps, funky spoon mirrors, mayo jar jute twine vases…;)) that is not the point. The point is that you give me inspiration, you open my eyes to possibilities, you share your successes and failures creating shortcuts between me and my ultimate goals. Basically your blog makes me happy and giddy. So please…carry on!!!
    Thank you again, from your greatful Montréal ‘student’!