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Fantasy Waffle: Mudrooms

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What is it about a fabulous mudroom that makes me swoon? I think it’s the illusion of an organized life — I mean if your scarves and winter jacket, kids’ boots, and beach bag have a pretty and tidy area then life must be pretty good, right?

Do mudrooms get you all hot and bothered, too? Take a look at these fabulous images and choose which two most closely match your ideal mudroom.

Do you like this mudroom with the beachy vibe?

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Or would you like something more sleek with doors to keep your outerwear hidden?

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LDa Architecture & Interiors

Do you prefer crisp and white?


Castro Design Studio

Or maybe something more colorful?

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House Beautiful

Would some pretty wallpaper and an upholstered bench do the trick?

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Maybe you like the idea of having chalkboards handy for important reminders.

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Knowles ps

Or would you rather it was closer to the washer and dryer?

mudroom-near-washer-dryer, BHG


Or do you just want something really, really big?

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Catherine's Creative Corner

Because there are so many great images here, you can vote for you top two favorites.

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Fantasy waffle: sweet or salty?

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I was a very picky eater as a child. Okay, I was a very picky eater as a teenager, too. And as a college student. Let’s just say I was 23 the first time I tried mustard.

When I was younger my parents and I had many battles over food. I remember stomping off to my bedroom, flopping down on my bed and thinking, Why can’t broccoli just taste like chocolate? In my grand scheme, the broccoli’s nutritional benefits were retained — it just tasted like my favorite snack food.

So here’s today’s fantasy:  For one year the snack of your choice has zero calories and the nutritional value of kale. Would that magical snack be sweet…

plate of cookies

or salty?

bowl of chips

Do you have a great idea for a fantasy waffle? I’d love to hear it!

Fantasy Waffle: Spring Cleaning vs. Spring Break

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I’m posting a fantasy waffle in honor of the beginning of spring. This one is a choice between the practical and the pleasurable.


Option 1 is a free, thorough spring cleaning of your house or apartment. Refrigerator coils will be dusted, pillows will be washed, window screens scrubbed, upholstery vacuumed — all those annoying jobs you never do, but know you really should. After this exhaustive cleaning no dust bunny will be left standing.

Option 2 is a free spring break vacation somewhere absolutely fabulous and totally relaxing. Let’s say 3 days and 2 nights.

So what do you think? Would you like to escape the drudgery of spring cleaning…or just escape to the beach?

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Today’s waffle: Modern Family house vs. Up All Night house

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The ABC show, Modern Family, has received many accolades, as well it should: it’s pretty hilarious. I’ve recently caught a few episodes of Up All Night, the NBC comedy with Christina Appelgate and Will Arnett. It’s not as consistently funny as Modern Family, but I think it has potential.

But here’s the real question: which house (okay, set) do you like the best?

There are actually three houses to choose from on Modern Family, but for this waffle I’ve selected Phil and Claire Dunphy’s house (Phil is played by Ty Burrell and Claire is played by Julie Bowen). The designers seem to be going for a cozy, lived-in, Pottery Barn inspired look.

Here’s the Dunphey’s foyer.  The blue color on the stairs is Benjamin Moore’s Blue Labrador — now a very popular paint color.

Dunphy Home Modern Family, Modern Family foyer


The kitchen comes with a paneled refrigerator, what looks like black granite countertops, and plenty of wine storage.


Modern Family dining room

The living room has a comfortable vibe with lots of stripes and textures going on.

Modern Family living room



Here’s the master bedroom. I’m positive those sheets come from Pottery Barn because I almost bought them last year.

Modern Family bedroom

Modern Family bedroom

Here’s the bedroom shared by the Dunphy girls. Again, lots of color and pattern.

If the Dunphy house gets its’ design sense from Pottery Barn, then the Up All Night house is a mixture of Ikea and Room and Board — kind of a modern, retro, eclectic feel with lots of baby gear thrown in. The show follows Reagan — a producer for an Oprah-like talk show whose host is played by Maya Rudolph — and Christopher, a stay-at-home dad.

Here are a few shots of the kitchen. Those translucent cabinet doors mixed with open shelving make this room feel more contemporary.

Up All Night kitchen

Up All Night kitchen

Up All Night kitchen
Here’s the only shot I could find that shows a bit of a dining area.

The living room couch and large vertical tiles surrounding the fireplace lend a retro feel to the living room.

up all night living room

The master bedroom has a soft but tailored look.

Up all night bedroom

And finally the bathroom: lots of white tile and clean lines.

up all night bathroom

So what do you think? Which tv set best suits your own design tastes?

Sources for photos: the wonderful blog HookedonHouses, The LA Times, casasugar, and Reckless Bliss.

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Real estate waffle: Scottsdale, AZ homes

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Last month we were all set to visit my sister-in-law in Arizona for a mini family reunion.


Unfortunately, Seattle had it’s annual bizarro snow storm that week and our flight was cancelled.  So when my S-I-L requested a real estate waffle for her hometown of Scottsdale I got right to work — hey, if I can’t scope out the houses there in person the second best thing is to do some on-line snooping.

First up is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath new build listed for $3,195,00.

Sottsdale, AZ house

This house boasts an exercise/sauna room, 3+ fireplaces, and what looks to be a pretty awesome kitchen and living room.

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It has lovely patios,

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a pool off the main living area

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and great master bedroom and bath.

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Or maybe your tastes run more modern. How about this 4 bedroom, 5 bath contemporary listed for $3,800,000?  It has a sleek kitchen,

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lots of glass and open spaces,

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a bathroom with double showers and a cool tub off a private patio,

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and some spectacular outdoor areas.

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Or would you prefer this “Tuscan inspired” 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom house listed for $3,450,000?

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It has a ginormous kitchen,

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beamed ceilings,

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scottsdale arizona house

both a game and a media room,

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scottsdale arizona house, media room

and lots of outdoor space.

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scottsdale arizona house, patio and pool

So if the cost and location of the house were not factors, which one would you choose?

And while we’re on the topic of real estate…If you’re a Pinterest member, come on over to the SoHo Loft Project board. We’ve got a great group of bloggers and pinners adding items we love to make this space come alive.

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Fantasy waffle: 2.5 million dollar Boston area homes

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Oh, if only my parents had bought me real estate for my childhood birthdays instead of books and dolls. Let’s just say that if you bought real estate 30 years ago in the Boston area, right now you’d be sitting pretty.  And speaking of pretty, check out these houses.  Which one would you choose if money and location were not a consideration?

First up is a 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath house in Brookline, MA. Built in 1900, it is listed for $2,750,000.

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This house boasts covered porches,

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an updated kitchen,

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Six — yes six — fireplaces,

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lots of marble,

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amazing woodwork,

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all on 1/2 an acre.

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Next up is another 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath house. This new build is in Newton, MA and is listed for $2,598,000.

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It has large windows,

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a sleek kitchen,

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an open floor plan,

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lots of eco-friendly features like solar hot-water,

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lovely bathrooms,

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and a big backyard.

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Last up is 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath penthouse in Back Bay — prime downtown location — listed for $2,650,000.

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It has direct elevator access to a formal entry,

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granite counters and stainless steel appliances,

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city views from the master,

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marble bath,

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and an amazing rooftop terrace with custom lightning, speakers and built-in granite grilling station.

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back bay penthouse, roof terrace

So what do you think? Would you chose the historic house, the high-tech new build, or the penthouse in Boston?

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Fantasy waffle: free monthly indulgence

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I’m not an especially big fan of Valentine’s Day, but all of the heart-day hype has got me thinking about favorite indulgences. Let’s say a magical fairy comes to your door and offers you a year’s worth of monthly pampering — free of charge with amazing results guaranteed.  Would you choose:

A monthly mani/pedi

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A monthly massage


A monthly haircut/blow-out

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Or for pampering of a different kind, a monthly lunch with your best friends

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Real estate waffle: million dollar Seattle houses

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I’m a total real estate junkie, so researching this post was a lot of fun.  I decided to start this new “real estate waffling” series in my adopted city of Seattle, where many are willing to pay a premium for a water view.  If money and location didn’t factor into the decision, which one of these houses would you like to call home?

We start with a 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath house on Salmon Bay, currently listed for $1,075,000.

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And when I say Salmon Bay, I mean it’s on Salmon Bay.

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salmon bay house, seattle

It has a renovated kitchen,

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views from the master

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and lots of built-ins.

salmon bay house, seattle

From Salmon Bay, we move to a 3 bedroom, 3.25 bath house in Portage Bay, listed at $1,150,000. This colonial style house is considerably larger, but does not offer the same water access.

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The views are still pretty great, though.
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portage bay house seattle

This house has a lovely fireplace and period charm,

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lots of large windows,
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and a big master bathroom.

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Last up is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath modern house in West Seattle going for $1,099,000.

West Seattle house with view

Again we have some killer views,

West Seattle house with view

West Seattle house with view

an open kitchen,

West Seattle house with view

modern master bathroom,

West Seattle house with view

and plenty of living space.

West Seattle house with view

West Seattle house with view

So what are your thoughts? Would you choose the house with water access, period charm, or a modern aesthetic?

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PS — I didn’t get payed or perked for this waffle; I just enjoy the virtual house hunt.

My neighbor’s waffle: new trench coat

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When buying an article of clothing in a bright shade, how do you determine the line between a fun color and a fun-house color?  My Wonderful Neighbor (WN) has finally found a trench coat that fits her well, but she’s not sure if she can handle the color it comes in.

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WN explains:

I’ve always wanted a trenchcoat but have never been able to find one petite enough. Usually the huge lapels and flaps overwhelm my small frame.  Now Banana Republic has 2 styles in their petite collection that actually do look, dare I say, good on me.  The Pink Trench in particular fits me really well and looks simple and smart but (it’s a big but) it’s bright pink.  The color is just not me at all – I feel as though I look like I’ve raided my four-year-old’s closet.  I love the style and it fits great but I’m not sure I can live with the color.

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WN has come up with a second option: the Classic Trench.

The fit and proportions of this coat are okay on me, but it’s longer and seems like a heavier look (less ‘spring’) than the pink trench. Maybe a bit staid looking.  I wouldn’t hesitate over the color but don’t love the look of it.

WN is wondering if she should get one of the above coats or wait – and hope they bring out a more muted version of the pink one.

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Fantasy waffle: home offices

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My current office is our kitchen counter, so I’ve recently been doing a lot of daydreaming about home offices. What about you? Would your fantasy office…

Have lots of light?

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Include pops of bright color?

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Have a clean, fresh look?

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Also work as a living room?

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Be cozy and tucked away?

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Have a ton of storage and room to spread out?

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Include room for two?

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Or just offer a great view?

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For this poll you can select two of your favorites.

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