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The smart ass in me wants to unhelpfully say that whatever shade of wood the floor is, the wood trim should be painted with eight layers of white, at least according to everyone who lived in houses before us.
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I think overall people make too much out of "matching" woods in a house. Like with cabinets and furniture and floors. That said, I've always preferred painted trim and yes I do think white or off white is pretty good in most cases.

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dead_elvis wrote:
25 Jan 2020, 18:46
The smart ass in me wants to unhelpfully say that whatever shade of wood the floor is, the wood trim should be painted with eight layers of white, at least according to everyone who lived in houses before us.
They must've lived in my house too!
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Internal debate: I never did completely unpack/move in when Jeff and I relocated here in 2016 -- and realistically I never will in this particular apartment for certain unavoidable reasons: One, this being "the hood," complete with high crime rates and ample warnings from neighbors about people "casing" homes for burglary potential, we don't want our place looking rich enough to burgle, especially not anything visible from outside looking through an open door or window. Two, even if we didn't need to "dress down" for crime-avoidance reasons, there are still many decorative things I cannot unpack and put on display here due to things inherent to the layout -- short version, Jeff and I amassed quite a collection of wall-hanging art and decorations, when we lived in Connecticut in a 1910s apartment building with deep narrow windows, and up to half the wall space was never in direct sunlight. But our current modern (late 1990s/early 2000s) apartment, whose outer walls all have giant windows comprising more than half a given room's wall, has hardly any wall space that never gets hit by the sun, so much of our wall decor can't be displayed here lest it fade from sun damage. (Also, on the floor/in the corner of my office room, right now and ever since I moved here, there are three large 18-gallon plastic storage tubs holding a collection of Swarovski figures plus their wood and glass display case. If I actually had the collection set up on display, the case and all of its contents would occupy considerably less than one cubic foot of space -- but all those fragile things in their anti-breakage wrappings fill far more volume. And in this particular apartment's layout, there is absolutely no "clearly visible, but low-traffic" area where I could safely set up such a super-fragile thing without it being jostled.)

Point is, it's unavoidable that some of my current floor space is occupied by packed decorative items which would occupy little-to-no space if they were actually unpacked and on display. However, over the past few days I've been going through and unpacking at least SOME of those boxes -- compared to roughly a week ago, I'd estimate I've "reclaimed" up to 15 cubic feet in all: as in, space once occupied by a full box or tub is now empty, their former contents now hanging on walls somewhere, and the boxes / tubs moved to the storage closet. All of this "reclaimed" space is basically "stuff that was on display in Virginia, but had been packed away since."

But there is one fairly big box in our bedroom comprising a fragile and fairly sizable thing which we haven't "unpacked" since we lived in Connecticut: a freestanding floor model "mist bowl" similar to this one: fill it with tap water, turn it on, and a little hypersonic thing turns the water into white mist, while some color-changing LED lights turn that mist different colors. Jeff and I thought it was a cool decoration when we lived in an apartment with floor space to spare, AND a dry climate where most of the time we had to deliberately add extra humidity to the air anyway. But neither has been the case for us since we left Connecticut, and at this point I have not actually used that mist bowl since ... likely sometime early in 2012, my last winter months in Connecticut. I haven't even had it set up (though empty and turned off) since I packed it up to leave Connecticut in summer of 2012.

Which is why I'm now debating: leave the box alone, or open it and add the mist bowl to the thrift-store donation box? That box also contains some extra decorative couch cushions currently used as padding for the bowl, so if I get rid of the bowl and its stand I can put those cushions back into actual use AND break down and put away another fairly large cardboard moving box. And on the off chance we again live in a place where would want a decorative mist bowl, it would be super-easy to obtain one.
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Jennifer wrote:
12 Feb 2020, 18:27
Which is why I'm now debating: leave the box alone, or open it and add the mist bowl to the thrift-store donation box? That box also contains some extra decorative couch cushions currently used as padding for the bowl, so if I get rid of the bowl and its stand I can put those cushions back into actual use AND break down and put away another fairly large cardboard moving box. And on the off chance we again live in a place where would want a decorative mist bowl, it would be super-easy to obtain one.
Pfft. Turns out not to matter: I broached the idea of discarding the mist bowl, but Jeff wants to keep it.

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