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OK, tell me what you think...I've got the room torn apart...starting with upper left to right, lower left to right, they are numbered 1-4. I can straighten out the quilt, how about the 'scene'? Oops, when saved they are in a line 1-4, top to bottom.

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I am just really impressed how a touch a color improves the whole atmosphere.  You make me anxious to get these rooms rephotographed.  But I have to clean a couple first, then my zeal will be too pooped to care.  ha ha

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You have worked so hard at getting the room looking great.... I really like the table now that it has a cloth on it and I like the tray better than the robe on the bed.  Great job!

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bree, will you show more than one shot of the bedroom on site?  how about a close up of the head of the bed as well?  pile those pillows you are using to accent the chairs up at the head of the bed, put those flowers on the bedside table, show that you have the dual reading lights up at the head of the bed (my guests seem to love those)  put one of your glasses of 'wine' on the bedside table or a mug of tea ....

accent that bed so that guests see how enormous and inviting it is. they can see that and add that to the nice sitting area and how can they resist? 

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For now it will only be this pic, whichever one that is. Showing the head of the bed makes the room look tiny. Seriously tiny. You see that there is 1 ft on either side of the bed before you hit something, wall or door. There is no good angle that way. I'm either back to the original shot or one taken into the corner of the room on the other side.

Later on, when I have my individual pages set up for each room, I will to revisit this problem...

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ok ... let us know if the appears!

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I like the 1st two in the very 1st set.  (Don't see the A.C. box).  Looks quiet, cozy and peaceful.  I'd pick one of the top (1st set) and one from the last set.

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Two things. First of all, the final photo looks amazing compared to the first one. What a difference. It hardly looks like the same room. You did a good job. Knew you could do it!

Second, I hope I am not crossing any lines here, but Google has a great (imvho) photo program out called Picasa that you can download off the web. We have version 3 and it really is a lot of fun to work with.

Just a suggestion.

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Thanks, I'll try that. Never worry about crossing lines when someone has said: Help me! Besides which, everyone knows I'd just shoot anything down I didn't like...

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So I've read Eye-wink

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Did you notice how many of those suggestions I implemented? Round table, tableskirt, flowers, cushions on the chairs, different coverlet on bed, alter viewpoint, something red, lighting, move the trash can, move the A/C cord and a few more...I listen, I just grouse first...

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I noticed. I was impressed that for all your bark, you took a lot of the suggestions. It really does look great.

Do you HAVE to have the full length mirror in that room? How do the people see into it? It is right behind a chair that they would have to move.

 I don't know if your standards require it or if it's just you who wants to offer it.

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When the rockers are in place, the mirror is much easier to see into. It's very awkwardly located but it was a guest request to have them. The only other option for wall space is to put it by the light switch. Then you can't back up far enough to see anything. I could move the thermostat and put it on that wall.

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But that would require a PERMIT wouldn't it? Makes sense and more money to just leave it...Eye-wink

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No permit to move the thermostat, that's not house current.

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OK, 2 versions of same shot...which one or should I do more editing? Keep in mind I don't have wicked good photo software so there's a limit to what I can accomplish...

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GIMP  it is opensource and free

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Looking back at the first shot it just looks so bland in comparison! Congrats, you did well.

PS I even notice the quilt over the table looks cool the way you adjusted it (altho it is not staying there, I know that)

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Different table altogether than the first shots...

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I had the advantage of reading through all the posts before replying since I'm just getting back on here late.  You did a great job on this...what a difference from the first photos!  If you were going to re-shoot, I take this same shot with the curtains done the same way on both windows, the blinds even at the windows, AND I would add a throw in a soft color (maybe the pink or the pale blue) on the back of one of the rockers with the rockers pulled back a bit to the wall to give the impression of more space. 

Keeping a floor lamp in that sitting area (go back & look at the shots without it...what an improvement!) and a sturdier table will really help that room too.  Good ideas!

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Beautiful! I want to stay there!

By the way, the cool thing about the "artsy" photo is that you're not getting the A/C in the mirror.

Agree with everyone on the 2nd new option with the maple tree. The angle makes the room look bigger.

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Really really nice!

I like both angles.  I like the lamp in the corner. Book on chair looks good.  Pillows off rockers looks much better, imo. Keep that.

There is just the BLINDS issue.  Even them out is not between the two, but having them HIT the line on the window, so they look even with the window.  Know what I mean?

What a wonderful time you have had at it today.  I really like the new pics, they are INVITING.  Subtle changes make all the difference.

 

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Ah. Gotcha. Lower the blinds even with the midpoint of the window. Wish I would have understood that earlier...you know I am not redoing this, right? That I can spend my time on ANOTHER room tomorrow...

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Thank you one and all for your responses and helpful critiques. EVERYONE can use the pointers here, they were very informative about what pulls you into a room and makes you want to stay. Coming next...the results of the new pic on bookings.

Also, I might just buy a new coverlet for that bed. Even tho I LOVE the one that is on there (and bought the same for my own bed) this one may now be retired as the 'backup'.

So, what color should I buy if I go with a solid? In the winter there is a white duvet with a light blue border on that bed so it has to go with that, too. The moldings are painted off-white, almost yellow. The floral in the wallpaper is pink, pale blue and yellow with light & dark green leaves and vines. We painted the bathroom the pale blue from the flowers in the wallpaper. I'd call it an 'ice blue'.

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i have some odds and ends of tablecloths and fabric - as i sort, should i look for something you might be able to use?  be happy to send it your way.

by the way, you have guest bathrobes don't you? what do they look like?

 

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No bathrobes. I hate laundry as it is...

A bathrobe across the chair might have looked good...

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If there are any of the other pix that really catch anyone's eye, let me know and I'll play with it to lighten the background in that corner. I'm buying a floor lamp like the one in the pick for that room. And I'll get a glass top for that round wicker table so you can set a glass down without it tipping over. Right now I've put a tray on the table to set glasses on. And then I can get a tablecloth to go under the glass.

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And the 'artsy' one:

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 You mean the "fun house" one.  People send me crooked photos like these all the time.  Makes you feel like you are in a carnival funhouse.

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Or you've been drinking too much of that "wine" on the tray! 

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How about this one?

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That's the one by far, it looks great.  Just bring that into light room and use the auto white balance feature, which will sharpen the rest of the room taking the hotspots off the bedspread.

 

That really looks like a great room.

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Is 'light room' some sort of photo program? I can play with the pic a little more in the very old photo program I have to 'deaden' the white in the foreground while keeping the light in the background.

So, all this is the one I should exert some effort on making it perfect?

What about this version?

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I think you have got it..except that reflection from the mirror in that weird location..... That is an improvement. Still a bit dark in the corner. take it from a different angle so the mirror reflection doesn't show if you still want to keep the mirror on that wall. why is it there? Why not put on the back of the bathroom door????

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It won't go on the door. We tried. The crossbars on the door would make it so the mirror would be either too high or too low and I worry about slamming doors breaking the mirror. We hung the mirror on one door and when the door swells in the humidity, the mirror flexes when the door is yanked open.

Yes, it is a totally weird location.

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After looking through all 19000 messages today, I think that's the keeper, too.

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Yeah, Lightroom is like Photoshop, but unlike photoshop it has amazing tools that can do everything you need automatically.  I'm in love with it, I've just started shooting photos in the last 3 years since I bought a DSLR and Lightroom has really made a difference.

 

I think this photo is wonderful, and with a bit of post production will be as nice as anything a pro could do.

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Like this one better, makes the room look bigger...

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inncogneeto wrote:

Like this one better, makes the room look bigger...

apparently cut n paste doesn't work for us, I tried that too!  HA HA  It never showed up.

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I hope I'm not too late to chime in. I really like this one the best out of all the choices.

Not too sure about the mirror because it looks odd with only half of the AC reflecting in it, but I could live with it. Just one quick question: why aren't the drapes in the same fashion on both windows? The window on the right, they are hanging. The one on the left, they are pulled back. Just curious.

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Trying to block the cars in the street in the front from being in the pic. Pulled back in the other case because they looked dopey hanging down.

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Gotcha

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even better!  (get the wine remover, quick!) 

seriously, i think i am seeing flowers outside in the yard. i can see cozy places to sit and read and sleep.  very nice. 

 

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BTW, what you see is my maple changing color...one branch. Weird tree. Does it every year.

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Cranberry juice, and I DID spill it so the placemat that I have on the tray is stained. These have to be handwashed and ironed. Threw one in the washer/dryer and it's the size of a doll's handkerchief now. Imported from Italy, who knows how long ago. I've killed a bunch of them trying to make these trays look good when I do a romance package.

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OK, I'm going to post the ones I like...pick one. Please. I beg you. Like one of these.

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I like the one with post 14026.  It cuts out the mirror and I like the way the curtains are drawn to give a nice soft look.  Very inviting.

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Wow! i like it, much better!

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haha i only see one!  and i like it. are there others?

there's nothing wrong with staging a room ... it lets guests see the possibilities.

it will be interesting to learn about guest response to a new picture.

lots of my guests book by picture.  and it's not easy to show just how appealing a room really is. that's what professionals are for, right?

 

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I like the picture best with the lamp.  But try moving the lamp so it lines up with the corner.  Infront of the AC draws attention to it rather than away.

I think robe distracts, but that is just me. 

I would put the book on the table.  I like table and cover

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