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Must-Know Room Measurements and a 3-Year Anniversary

House Beautiful recently supplied a list of 10 Must-Know Room Measurements in their October issue.  Luckily, that list is also now online so I don't have to retype them all for you guys :)  I'm actually not going to be sharing the whole list, but just those that I think apply to most people.  These may sound silly, but I can assure you that sooo many rooms would look much better if only a few of these measurements were known. 


When picking out a dining room set, remember this...
A 36-inch-wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation. A round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six; a 60-inch round will handle eight standard dining chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.
—Charlotte Moss.

When looking for the right sized light fixture, remember this...
How big should an overhead light fixture be? Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture's diameter. So a 15-by-20-foot room would need a 35-inch-wide chandelier.
—Bunny Williams

When wondering how much paint to buy, remember this...
One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.
—Alexa Hampton

When purchasing/hanging curtains PLEASE remember this...There's nothing worse than short curtains!
Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1½ inches on the floor.
—Miles Redd

More information on window treatments...
Curtains should be 2½ to 3 times the width of the window. So if you're doing two panels, each should be 1¼ to 1½ times the window width. Buy a rod that's 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side. Your window will seem much wider than it really is.
—Libby Langdon


And last, but not least, remember this when hanging your dining room chandelier.  It'll make a difference.  I promise!
The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hang 36 inches above the table.
—Thom Filicia

If you want to see what else made the list, go here


Images via Houzz, House Beautiful, DecorPad, Vi.sualize

On another note, Jon and I met three years ago on this day!  I'm taking him to one of my favorite local eateries right off the river to celebrate. 

This is one of the photos he took of me that day (he was already smitten :) )  Happy meet-iversary!  It's been a great ride! 


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