Secrets to Mixing Patterns When Decorating

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Pattern mixing is one way to bring instant life and style to a room.  The most important elements of a visually pleasing pattern mix are scale and color.  Varying scale and choosing similar or complimentary colors in fabrics is key to getting the right mix.           Photos courtesy of BHG.com Select a large print first, such as a floral or geometric. ...

Turn Your Loft into a Home

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When you think of a loft you no doubt imagine an open industrial space with high ceilings and large windows that look out over the city.  For many, this is the perfect place to call home.  The challenge is in decorating the space.  Decorating a loft is all about space management.           When faced with a blank loft space, decide...

Bring Flair to Dining with a Creative Tablescape

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Whether planning a party or just having a quiet dinner, an inspired tablescape can add enjoyment and flair to any meal indoors or out.  A plain table can be transformed into an inviting place to gather in a variety of fun and creative ways. The foundation of the tablescape is linens.  Use a tablecloth or a runner down the length...

10 Quick Changes for a Whole New Interior Look

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Photo courtesy of Coastal Living Decorating challenges abound when faced with making a change to your current homes’ interior.  Either you have grown tired of the way a certain room looks or the room is no longer fitting your needs.  The choices are many, making it difficult to decide where to begin or even how to go about making changes. ...

A Lighter Touch – Decorating with Pastels

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Photo above - designer Susan Glick If you are ready for a lighter, brighter home that embodies serenity and calm, consider pastels.  When you think pastels, broaden the scope to the more evolved pastels.  There is more to this color palette than just baby blue and pink.  Pastels are simply less saturated colors that can give a room a very...

Let Nature Inspire Your Home Decorating

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Fresh.  Light.  Natural.  If these words describe the look and feel of the home you want, there is a place where you can get the inspiration needed to begin the process of turning your home into a space that is fresh, light and natural.  Simply look outside. Nature abounds with the materials, colors and textures you can bring into your...

First Impressions – Inspiring Ideas for the Foyer

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Photo above courtesy of HGTV.  Loretta Willis, designer You have heard it said time and again.  First impressions matter.  When guests step into your home you want them to feel welcome and comfortable.  When you come home from a long day, you want to feel that you are stepping into a sanctuary; a place where you can wind down, relax...

From the Runway to Your Home

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To truly get a grasp of current trends in interior design, you need not look further than the fashion runway.  This international mecca of style dictates what you will see in the home interior market.  The runway is the place to get a sneak peek at what colors, patterns, shapes and styles the home market will show for any...

Refresh Your Home for Summer and Create an Oasis

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Sunshine and warm breezes beckon you to come outside and enjoy the summer.  Why not bring that taste of summer inside.  With just a few simple changes you can transform your home into a summer oasis and enjoy a brighter and more relaxed environment all season long.           Living room photo courtesy of Cote de Texas; Striped slipcover photo courtesy of...

Multi-purpose Furniture for the Thrifty

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  One of the newest trends in interior design today is the emergence of multi-purpose furniture.  These pieces reflect today's fast-paced world and respond to an ever-changing need for functionality in the home.  Designers are filling the marketplace with cabinets that can be used in the dining area, as entertainment centers or as office storage.  There are a multitude of pieces that serve a...