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5 hours ago, Artemis said:

It's hard to find a good example, but I thought I was getting a deep blue-gray, kind of a slate color.

Sort of like this scarf, but not exactly...

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What I ended up getting was a very dark, almost black, midnight navy.

 

I love just about any color in the blue-gray range *except* the really dark one and the really bright ones (either of which tends to wash me out), and I agree about the difficulty of buying online.  It can be hard enough in person, depending on the shop's lighting.  I have been known to ask permission to step just outside, for the natural light.

Pink is another tough one online -- is this particular pink actually mauve (great!) or apricot (makes me look sick)?

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We had to buy wallpaper recently (don't ask, long story) and the first store I went to, I was told they "only sell it online." I just looked at the clerk, thinking: "Are you kidding? How could anyone possibly pick out a color from those tiny little samples on a computer screen?" (I don't think she appreciated my expression.) Really, how can this be a thing? Sometimes commerce makes no sense to me.....

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I recently bought wallpaper online. I didn't like it so it went straight back. 

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46 minutes ago, Pseudonym said:

I recently bought wallpaper online. I didn't like it so it went straight back.

Did you end up buying wallpaper in person, or what?

I've never bought or hung wallpaper.  I used to think it might be fun to do one small accent wall in paper, but I've always chickened out and painted instead.

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No I decided to paint and just buy a big print to hang up instead. My bedroom has wallpaper on a 'feature' wall. It's not fun to put up but it looks nice. 

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5 hours ago, Pseudonym said:

I recently bought wallpaper online. I didn't like it so it went straight back. 

My point exactly. I don't want to be bothered with that, I want the right thing the first time! Grrr.

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I shopped for it on the online version of our local DIY shop, picked what I wanted and went to see it and pick it up in person. I wasn't amused when I discovered it was online only, but at least I could do it click and collect and just drop it back into the shop to return it so I didn't have to deal with delivery. 

 

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Our equivalent (I assume) to your DIY stores are called home centers, or at least the big chains are.  Some of them emphasize building supplies (wood, concrete, etc.), some have a better assortment of fixtures (lighting, plumbing, etc.), and some are more oriented toward decorating (carpet, paint, etc.).  Plus just about all if them have pretty good gardening sections (though generally not as good as at an actual garden center).

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Sounds the same, yea. The one by me is massive because it deals with trade as well as private customers so has pretty much everything. 

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Gah, the Quote selection doesn't always work when it's from previous page!

@specific color ditto to my annoyance. Why is it so common that people determine colors only by those box of coloring pencil they got in primary school? I got a lot of complain when I describe a color of dark greyish brown, from a company with wood painting as one of their scope. They don't 'get' what it is.

@Whataps I'm grateful for this apps as I can't imagine my phone bill without those living away from everyone. However, it's also a curse because of how easy everyone could reach you. On top of that, it's ultimate curse because we use it for working that really blur the line with personal use. On top top of that, it has group chat which thankfully make it easier to coordinate with multiple people at work or personal, but it's a living hell when the phone doesn't stop receiving message. Even when I have excluded myself from as many groups as I could.

 

On 9/23/2018 at 5:11 AM, Arcadia said:

We had to buy wallpaper recently (don't ask, long story) and the first store I went to, I was told they "only sell it online."

Since my role model is someone who doesn't care about social cue, eh.... why do you have to buy new wallpaper? :P

Did the old one smell like pee or because it had too many bullet holes?

 

@store that only sell online

That sounds ridiculous! I thought it's the other way around unless it doesn't actually have physical store. At the very least you should be able to view the sample? Otherwise, why do you need the store???? PEOPLE! Or it is a store that sells multiple other things?

I don't use wallpaper as well, paint is how we always do it but lately I get really pissed at how much it doesn't last/look bad easily I'm considering many other finishes as well. Because of bad construction, I'm struggling with defects at home and I really really want to have cosy library corner and it's not going to happen if my wall doesn't cooperate. But can't afford renovation yet, and even if I could, I'd hate the mess and the strangers and have no time to supervise them and I trust no one in this field.

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Umm... what to reply when someone texts 'I miss you'?

Not romantic thing, as blunt as I am, pretty sure it's not, we are not singles anyway. I think it's more like brotherly way of saying (he is older by ten over years than me and very brotherly). This is from a colleague who left the company couple of months ago, he was ousted because of something that they thought he had done (but he didn't). It was messy time and our team got much closer at the end.  I know he was/still in bad place that I still maintain contact with him. We have group chat but he pm me. So I just said, I'm sure the rest of the gang miss you too. Errr.. because even if I know for sure he doesn't mean anything and probably just a lip service, it's still cringey for me to just return it.

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I normally either ignore it or say thanks, lol! If it's a kid I might force myself to text 'I miss you too' back, but it's likely a lie. 

 

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It depends, but "I miss you" usually indicates to me that someone is feeling either nostalgic or sad.  If it's the former, I'll try to respond by recalling a mutual good/funny memory to reminisce about, like "The other day I was just thinking about that time you [insert memory here]."  After that the subject naturally changes.  If it's the latter, I'll try a sympathetic response, like "Sounds like things have been hard for you since you left.  How's it going?"  Responding with questions usually does nicely too.  A thoughtful response makes them feel like they are being thought about (which is mostly what they're hoping for), even if you don't particularly miss them, lol.

Of course, the easiest thing is just to ignore it, which I've also been known to do.  But I've found that no response tends to lead to problems, so I attempt the above unless I really just can't be bothered that day.

 

P.S.  I've missed you, VBS.  :D

 

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Monday morning. Again. 😩

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7 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

 

Since my role model is someone who doesn't care about social cue, eh.... why do you have to buy new wallpaper? :P

Did the old one smell like pee or because it had too many bullet holes?

 

Okay, I reckon it's only a long story because once someone gets me started I keep ranting about all the things that have gone wrong and it's taken over my entire summer and I'm sick of it and majorly stressed out by it and …. AK!!!!!!!!!

Short version … we had a pipe break back in June, and the entire basement was flooded, and the water soaked into the walls, so they had to be torn out, and they had wallpaper on them. So we had to get new wallpaper for the new walls.

Slightly longer version … the company assigned to restore the house is a joke, the work STILL isn't done, I have to call daily and I hate my life.

There's LOTS more but if I get started on it I'll be here all day...……….

7 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

 

@store that only sell online

That sounds ridiculous! I thought it's the other way around unless it doesn't actually have physical store. At the very least you should be able to view the sample? Otherwise, why do you need the store???? PEOPLE! Or it is a store that sells multiple other things?

Oh, they sell multiple things, and apparently wallpaper isn't a big seller, so they figure why devote space to a bunch of samples? I figure, why sell it at all if you can't do it right?

In this area, the internet is killing off most retail … is that true in other places? I was driving around the other day, and noticed several new shops opening up … and every single one was a service of some kind … barbershop, restaurants, dry cleaners, etc. Nobody selling goods, just services. Except the grocery stores, but a new one of those hasn't been built in ages, and even they are pushing online shopping. A few clothing stores are hanging on, and most of the "big box" department stores, hardware stores, things like that; but they are cutting back on inventory. Cute little shops where you can go buy unusual things, or stores where you can get specialized things (like wallpaper) … those have almost disappeared. Is that happening everywhere, or is just us?

 

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