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Mom’s Waffle: Fabric for the Couch

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This brown couch has been in my parent’s living room for as long as I can remember. And for as long as I can remember, my mother has been waffling about what color fabric to reupholster it in.  Rarely have I been home for a visit when there wasn’t a fabric swatch or two lying on the couch just waiting to be analyzed.  I’ve tried to help her decide, but it’s kind of a case of the blind leading the blind, or the waffler leading the waffler, so to speak.

I’ll let my mother explain her dilemma:

My grandmother’s couch was last upholstered about 1958. It has been much loved but really needs refreshing. It will sit next to a red velvet Victorian lady’s slipper chair and across from an easy chair upholstered in a gold weave, all on a multicolored kilim rug. I’m most attracted to the “earth” velvet but the color is fairly similar to what’s on it now. Should I go for something completely different or stick with what I know works with the room?

Here’s the color “Earth” fabric that is most similar to what is currently on the couch:

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She’s also considering the darker “Molasses” color:

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Mom is willing to consider something completely different, like this “Garden” color:

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Or something in a dark tone, like “Steel”:

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Or even darker, like “Graphite”:

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So what do you think — should my mom choose a fabric similar to what is currently on the couch or go for something different?

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Bethany’s Waffles: Position of the Couch and Picking Accent Chairs

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For years I’ve been trying to bribe my sister-in-law, Bethany, to move out here to Seattle, but it hasn’t worked.  Now that she and her husband, Dave, have opened their own photography studio in Des Moines, Iowa — Dreamstate Photography — I might as well just give up.  But I won’t hold any grudges; in fact, I’m more than happy to post Bethany’s waffle about how best to freshen up their photography studio’s front meeting room.

Here is Bethany to explain her waffles:

Our current studio will hopefully not be our forever studio, so I am trying to make our meeting room look as warm and inviting as possible without spending a ton of money on things that may not be functional in a few years.  My first waffle is about how best to position our curvy brown couch and chairs (the actual chairs in the pictures below will be replaced…just wait until my second waffle).

Do you like the couch against the wall with the chairs to the right of it?

The couch in the corner with the chairs on either side of it?

Or the couch in the corner with the chairs on either side of the tv?

Okay, now for waffle #2: the chairs. Bethany thinks the space-saving nature of armless chairs will be a good choice for the meeting room. Here are her options:

The Suzani & Gate Print Darby Chair from Cost Plus World Market

The Mosaic Logan Armless Chair, also by Cost Plus World Market

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The Fionn Chair from Pier One

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The Josette Chair, also from Pier One

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and the Sunflower Deco Accent Chair from Walmart

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So, waffler readers, today is a two-fer. How should Bethany position her couch and chairs…and which chairs should she purchase?

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Jenn’s Waffle: Cut or Grow Out Her Hair?

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You know that saying that nothing in life is certain but death and taxes? Well, if you’re a woman, I think you can add, “and going through a phase when you’re totally annoyed with your hair.”

Jenn, the creator of the personal lifestyle blog Jenn Dot Com, is having one of those ‘I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-hair’ experiences.  Here she explains the dilemma:

I’m at that awkward “blah” mid-length stage with my hair and can’t decide if I want to go for a shorter ‘do or grow it out.   If I were to go short, I’m thinking an angled bob just above the shoulders such as:
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and
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Or if I continue to grow it out, go for long layers like these gals:
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 and 

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Of course whichever direction I end up going, I’d alter the style a bit to fit my own hair texture and face frame.

So what do you think Jenn should do: cut or grow out her hair?

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Today’s Waffle: Mandatory Shoes off at a Dinner Party?

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A friend approached me the other day. “I’ve got a shoe waffle for you!” she enthused.

“Spring sandals?” I guessed. Nope. “Winter boots on clearance?” Wrong again.

Turns out she was throwing a dinner party that night and was waffling about whether to ask guests to take off their shoes. My friend and her family recently moved into a brand spanking new house — with wall-to-wall carpet upstairs — and she knew some guests would want the tour.

“Do you think people would mind if I asked them to take off their shoes before going upstairs? Should I put a sign up near the front door so everyone just takes them off when they arrive? Or should I just forget about it and deal?”

So Waffler readers, do you have a shoes off policy at your house? Do you mind taking your shoes off at other people’s houses? And does it make a difference to you if it’s for a fancier, evening event?

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My Waffle: West Elm Counter Stools, Part 2

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If you’re looking at this picture of my kitchen and having deja vu, it’s okay: you’ve seen it before. A few months ago I was waffling about whether to replace my current craigslist counter stools. I actually like these stools and the pop of color they provide. On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of how they bang into the wooden counter supports and make it looks like a beaver went to town on them.

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When I posted a waffle about whether I should purchase these West Elm Klismos Counter Stools 83% of voters encouraged me to try them out.

West Elm Klismos bar stools, brown barstools, chocolate barstools, pretty barstools, simple barstools, classic barstools, wood barstools, west elm bar stools

With a hopeful heart I drove to Seattle’s brand spanking new West Elm store. Bad news: the store only carries the taller bar stools and the counter stools would take 6 weeks to arrive. Good news: the counter stools were on sale. Bad news: when they arrived a few days ago and we put them together, one of the stools was defective. Good news: West Elm will pick up the defective stool and drop off a new one, free of charge.

Here’s the Klismos stool on the left and our old metal and blue leather one on the right:

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So are you waiting for the actual waffle? Well, here’s the thing: I think the Klismos stools might just be too darn dark. I love their simple and elegant shape, but I’m worried that they just push the dark wood tones quota over the limit.

But what do you think? Are you pro-Klismos or pro-blue or pro-something-totally-new?

Psst — if you’re pro-something-totally-new, this is what the rest of the kitchen area looks like so you know what you’re dealing with in terms of an overall look:

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Linda’s Waffle: Window Boxes

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I’m so excited to feature Linda from My Crafty Home Life as today’s guest waffler. She has a great sense of style and a wonderful blog you should check out asap. Here she is with today’s waffle:

Hello Waffler readers. I’m Linda, from My Crafty Home Life. Every year, I struggle with my window boxes.

Do I plant a full color range like this one…
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OR, do I plant a simple white & green combo like this…

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OR….a cool color palate like this?
Put trailing varieties close to the front and side edges of the window box, well-rounded types in the middle, and taller, rigid or spiky selections in the back for height. In this sun-loving display, waves of delicate snow-white sutera, trailing white petunias, calibrachoa 'Million Bells Trailing Blue', flossy-topped periwinkle-blue ageratum, lavender-flowered verbena, and variegated vinca vine are effervescent partners for classic white and pink geraniums—traditional window-box favorites.
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Thanks for helping me decide!

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Today’s Waffle: Cream Cheese Hot Dogs

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Someone recently told me that I can’t consider myself a “true Seattlite” until I’ve eaten a Seattle-style hot dog, otherwise known as a hot dog topped with cream cheese. I had never heard of this combo, but a quick visit to Wikipedia revealed that there is indeed such a thing as a Seattle Dog.  And here I was thinking that driving a Subaru and becoming addicted to coffee made me part of the club.

What about you? Does cream cheese on a hot dog seem like it might be a good idea — or a good idea to avoid?  Fans rave that this specialty is particularly good after a night of drinking…

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