Archive for January 2011


Bathroom rugs can be decorative as well as durable.
Aluminum mini blinds and rugs add to decorative style of bathrooms
Jan 31 2011

Instead of a traditional shaggy throw rug, today's bathroom rugs have more in common with rugs and carpeting found in other parts of the house. Function is still important because of the humidity and water spills that occur in a bathroom, but not at the expense of good style, according to IdeasForHomeDecorating.com.

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Choosing colors for home decor should be done according to personal preference and the emotions they invoke.
Honeycomb shades can be coordinated with homeowner's color choices
Jan 31 2011

Relying on their instincts and personal preferences, homeowners can make choosing a color scheme for their rooms a lot of easier on themselves.

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Softer metal tones are becoming popular in home hardware and fixtures.
Softer metal tones in custom drapery hardware are among new décor trends
Jan 31 2011

Following the recession, calculated home décor choices are focusing on long-term value for the price and sustainable design that cuts down on energy use.

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Metal window blinds can match industrial chic pieces
Metal window blinds can match industrial chic pieces
Jan 31 2011

At Canada's largest contemporary design fair in Toronto, The Calgary Sun recently asked interior designers about the hottest trends of 2011. Many responded that one of the biggest fads in home design was to decorate with industrial chic pieces.

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Kitchen rugs can soften the hard look of appliances and flooring.
Window treatments can be coordinated with kitchen rug
Jan 28 2011

Rugs aren't often associated with kitchens, but they can help take the edge off the hard look of kitchen appliances and flooring.

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Furniture arrangement should consider seating comfort and lighting.
Wooden blinds can be integrated into a new furniture arrangement
Jan 28 2011

Apartment dwellers need to make the most of the space they have in their dwelling, especially if the same space serves different purposes.

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Clocks can be decorative as well as functional.
Clocks and window treatments serve functional and decorative purposes
Jan 28 2011

Clocks are frequently overlooked as a decorative item in a household, because they have such an important function. But they can be drawn into the design scheme of any room in the house.

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Rollup shades can complement the hottest colors of 2011
Rollup shades can complement the hottest colors of 2011
Jan 28 2011

Each year is marked by a new combination of colors that can bring a little life into a household, and paint supplier Benjamin Moore recently released a list of some of the colors that will be popular this year.

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Natural bamboo shades can look peaceful on seaside homes
Natural bamboo shade can look peaceful on seaside homes
Jan 27 2011

A new apartment in Dalkey, Ireland, seamlessly blends contemporary and classic elements and offers a balcony with a breathtaking view of the sea from the back of the apartment.

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Design a room with cordless cell shades that grows alongside children
Design a room with cordless cell shades that grows alongside children
Jan 27 2011

A newborn baby can bring a lot of excitement to a household, and one of the things that parents often do is design their room with bright shades that will appeal to the young child.

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Bold wallpapers work well on an accent wall.
Custom drapery teamed with window shades or blinds can make a statement
Jan 27 2011

For architect Barbara Bestor, who chairs the graduate program at the Woodbury University School of Architecture in Los Angeles, the biggest selling point about today's wallpaper is its disposable nature.

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A room's architecture is a starting point for choosing furnishings.
Versatile woven shades continue to fit rooms that are redecorated
Jan 27 2011

A hallmark of New York designer Sherrill Canet's style is to recreate the past with antique and vintage pieces from different eras. But recreating the past doesn't mean getting stuck in it, she told Elle Décor magazine.

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Moving around furniture in a master bedroom may provide more space.
Custom blinds can add to the new look in a master bedroom
Jan 26 2011

A lot can be accomplished in one weekend if a homeowner wants to develop a new look for the master bedroom.

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The best color combos of 2011 can be complemented with fabric roller shades
The best color combos of 2011 can be complemented with fabric roller shades
Jan 26 2011

Every year, there seems to be a new theme for interior decoration,ac and this time it's all about colors that bring a room to life and reflect a homeowner's personality.

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Fauxwood blinds can be ideal for ambitious renovations
Fauxwood blinds can be ideal for ambitious renovations
Jan 26 2011

When it comes to renovations, homeowners may be hesitant to perform any substantial construction because they never know how it will turn out. Michael and Sarah Sypher recently completed a three-year project on their new Kansas home.

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Beautiful cell shades can create a serene feeling in mom caves
Beautiful cell shades can create a serene feeling in mom caves
Jan 25 2011

One of the newest trends in interior design is the mom cave, a space that is specifically created by and for mothers.

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Monochromatic theme can be complemented by metal window blinds
Monochromatic theme can be complemented by metal window blinds
Jan 25 2011

One couple recently worked for three years making their home as comfortable and inviting as possible, but become stuck in a rut when thinking about the master bedroom.

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Assertive colors and layering of furnishings are the style of designer Jonathan Adler.
Window treatments can be layered in the style of designer Jonathan Adler
Jan 25 2011

No one could ever accuse designer Jonathan Adler, known for his bold colors and assertive design schemes, of being afraid to try new things.

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Designer Katie Lydon likes to mix contemporary and vintage furnishings.
Soft sheer shades fit designer Lydon's mix of contemporary and vintage style
Jan 25 2011

British-born interior designer Katie Lydon brings a lively and sometimes retro look to the rooms she designs, often mixing modern art with antique and vintage items.

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Optimism, function and personality can be reflected by roller window shades
Optimism, function and personality can be reflected by roller window shades
Jan 24 2011

There has been a lot of talk when it comes to starting the new year with a fresh look for the home. The Kansas City Star recently shared a comprehensive list of styles that individuals can choose if they are looking to remodel their abode.

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A closet room can bring order to a wardrobe.
Horizontal fabric shades are a good choice for a closet room that needs lots of light
Jan 21 2011

A closet room may seem like a contradiction of terms. But for a homeowner who has the luxury of an extra room that isn't used much, Baltimore interior designer Amanda Austin can share her experience in creating a closet room in her home.

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Photo collections can bring family memories to home decor.
Woven shades add a warm look to a room filled with family memories
Jan 21 2011

For Chicago-area interior designer Vanessa Nunley, who writes the More is More Mom blog on lifestyle issues, focusing on family memories brings meaning to home décor.

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Custom blinds can help indecisive decorators
Custom blinds can help indecisive decorators
Jan 21 2011

Homeowners who are in the process of redecorating an old room may know the dilemma of indecision firsthand.

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Wooden blinds can give a home a coastal feel
Wooden blinds can give a home a coastal feel
Jan 21 2011

One of the most popular decorating themes is designing an abode so that it feels like a coastal beach house.

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Good home design should reflect the homeowner's personality.
Roller shades for windows show that good design isn't just for the wealthy
Jan 20 2011

The average homeowner is just the customer that interior designer Michele Blasco wants. Good design isn't just the purview of rich celebrities, and Blasco strives to prove that each time she's hired by a client.

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Eliminating excess accessories gives a clean, orderly look to a room.
Solar blinds add a measure of practicality to good design
Jan 20 2011

Much like the mantra of a real estate agent – location, location, location – the philosophy of Manhattan-based interior designer Sara Gilbane is edit, edit, edit.

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Roller shades can help designing on a budget
Roller shades can help designing on a budget
Jan 20 2011

When it comes to creating a new theme, homeowners may not know where to begin. This can be an especially difficult situation when one doesn't have the budget to hire an interior designer and has to wing it.

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Vertical blinds can help make a small home bigger
Vertical blinds can help make a small home bigger
Jan 20 2011

Homeowners may feel frustrated if their abode is modestly sized and can't seem to accommodate all of a household's needs.

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Home buyers are looking for smaller homes, and builders are responding to the trend.
Cellular shades are an energy-conscious choice for today's smaller home
Jan 19 2011

Homes may be getting smaller, but consumers aren't willing to give up their storage space or energy-saving features, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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Light therapy, solar shades may help lift spirits
Light therapy, solar shades may help lift spirits
Jan 19 2011

Sunlight is in short supply during the winter, which makes any kind of light even more important.

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Custom blinds, wallpaper can change the feel of a room
Custom blinds, wallpaper can change the feel of a room
Jan 19 2011

Interior designer Elizabeth Gordon recently shared some tips with InStyle magazine when it comes to creating a unique blend of colors and textures. Her biggest weapon is creating a unique design scheme is wallpaper.

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Horizontal fabric shades a versatile option for kitchen and bathroom renovations
Horizontal fabric shades a versatile option for kitchen and bathroom renovations
Jan 18 2011

Design director Adrienne Chinn recently told Britain's Press & Journal that, in uncertain economies, homeowners generally invest in kitchens and bathrooms to improve a house's value.

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Faux wood blinds a design secret for sophisticated rooms
Faux wood blinds a design secret for sophisticated rooms
Jan 18 2011

Interior designer Candice Olson recently sat down with The Detroit Free Press to discuss her life as a premier home decorator. She also shared some of her personal favorite design tricks.

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Vibrant colors will pop when used as accessory colors in a room.
Vibrant colors like honeysuckle rose are a natural companion to a valance
Jan 18 2011

From a kaleidoscopic flower pattern on a pillow by interior decorator Jonathan Adler to a festive dress that appeared in the spring collection of fashion designer Nanette Lapore, honeysuckle rose has made its entry this year as a color to be reckoned with.

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Soft covers and simple window treatments, such as vertical blinds, add height to a room with a low ceiling.
Vertical blinds give an illusion of adding height in a room with a low ceiling
Jan 17 2011

In a room with a low ceiling, some design tricks can direct the eye up high and create the illusion of height in the space.

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White used in wall color and furnishings is a good way to open up a small space.
Aluminum mini blinds help create spaciousness in a small space
Jan 17 2011

Nothing beats white when it comes to opening up a small space, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

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Design a simple and elegant home with wood blinds
Design a simple and elegant home with wood blinds
Jan 17 2011

Simplicity may be one of the biggest interior design trends of 2011.

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Candles and mirrors help lighten rooms during the dark days of winter.
White roller shades continue to cast light into a room after dark
Jan 14 2011

Interior designer Vern Yip, best known for his work on HGTV shows and The Learning Channel's Trading Spaces, believes homeowners shouldn't have to do without strong light in their homes during the shorter days of winter.

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Details, custom drapery can make a room luxurious
Details, custom drapery can make a room luxurious
Jan 14 2011

Many homeowners may have a desire to make their house look a five-star hotel, but lack the funds to pursue this passion.

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Go for a tidy look in the new year with pleated shades
Go for a tidy look in the new year with pleated shades
Jan 14 2011

The new year is an ideal time for homeowners to reevaluate their interior design themes and try to think about what can be improved. There are many ways to add some new, creative flair to a space.

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Pillows can add a pop of color in a quick room makeover.
Adding soft sheer shades can be part of a fast facelift for a room
Jan 13 2011

If company is coming, and a fast facelift is needed in a room where they'll be gathering, design professionals have some easy tips to bring about a new look.

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Furniture in a child's room should be attractive, child-friendly and safe.
Cordless window blinds offer safety for outfitting windows in a child's room
Jan 13 2011

A child's room needs to be outfitted with furniture that is not only attractive and child-friendly, but safe as well. There should be no sharp edges or small moveable parts that can be easily removed and surfaces need to be easy to clean.

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Eco-friendly home design, bamboo woven wood shades may be lasting trend
Eco-friendly home design, bamboo woven wood shades may be lasting trend
Jan 13 2011

There has been a lot of speculation about whether going green is a fashion fad bound to fade away within the next few months or whether it will be the next big thing. Interior designer Pavitra Rajaram is one advocate of the latter opinion.

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Lower heating bills with honeycomb cellular shades
Lower heating bills with honeycomb cellular shades
Jan 13 2011

When it comes to heating bills, many homeowners look for any effective way to reduce costs.

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Stay budget friendly and organized with aluminium mini-blinds
Stay budget friendly and organized with aluminum mini-blinds
Jan 12 2011



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Help jumpstart a personal design scheme with roman shades
Help jumpstart a personal design scheme with roman shades
Jan 12 2011

For a new year's resolution, many homeowners may have decided that they will throw contemporary fashion out the window and try to invest in an innovative home design.

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Symmetry and balance are important in the design of a living room.
A valance can bring an architectural detail to a formal living room
Jan 12 2011

Most people think of the living room as the most formal part of their homes, and with good reason. It's the area where visitors are likely to be entertained, and a space that many homeowners view as the showplace of the home.

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A home's foyer gives a first impression of the homeowner's decorating style.
Honeycomb cellular shades conserve energy at home's entry
Jan 12 2011

The foyer is the space that a visitor to one's home sees before any other, the place where a good or bad impression can be made instantly.

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Old books are among the vintage touches that can be given to a room decorated in cottage style.
Cottage-style shutters are a good choice against blue gray walls
Jan 11 2011

If gray is the new beige, then it fits beautifully with a cottage look that traditionally focuses on whites and pale blues.

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One bold color against neutrals works well  in tailored-style bedrooms.
Pleated shades fit the orderly look of a tailored-style bedroom
Jan 11 2011

One way to have a bedroom that appeals to both men and women is to take a tailored approach.

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Create a simple, elegant bathroom with faux wood blinds
Create a simple, elegant bathroom with faux wood blinds
Jan 11 2011

Popular trends for bathrooms tend to change every few years and, nowadays it appears that homeowners are opting to design these spaces with clean, simple fixtures.

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Blackout shades can be valuable addition to sleeping regimen
Blackout shades can be valuable addition to sleeping regimen
Jan 11 2011

When it comes to sleeping trouble, many experts recommend trying to follow a pattern so that the body gets used to one schedule.

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Make a home office productive and comfortable with solar screen shades
Make a home office productive and comfortable with solar screen shades
Jan 10 2011

When it comes time to create a home office, building and designing the room sometimes seems to be the hardest part.

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Adding new colors and finishes to walls can personalize the look of a room.
Variety of windows treatments offset the new neutrals foreseen by designers
Jan 10 2011

Warm colors can create an atmosphere that's as vibrant as fire engine red or as bright and lively as sunshine yellow. Cool colors, straight out of the seashore and pastoral settings, evoke a sense of peace and relaxation.

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Noise reduction shades can help soundproof a home
Noise reduction shades can help soundproof a home
Jan 7 2011

Children pets and guests can all contribute to a general feeling of chaos in an otherwise quiet home, especially if it isn't designed to be quiet. Some abodes will echo with the sound at an unpleasant volume that may end in headaches.

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Motorized blinds convenient for basement windows
Motorized blinds convenient for basement windows
Jan 7 2011

Many empty-nesters are looking for ways to create new areas in their homes by making use of space that was previously designated for storage.

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Sheer fabrics work best on sunny, south-facing windows.
Custom drapery adapts well to both traditional and contemporary designs
Jan 7 2011

One of the most adaptable of window treatments are panels of custom drapery. They can influence how much natural light comes into a room, pull together the overall look of a space and help coordinate contemporary and traditional furnishings.

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Comfort and function are important to making a home welcoming to visitors.
A valance is a versatile window feature that gives a home a welcoming look
Jan 7 2011

Interior designer Bunny Williams has simple advice for people who are looking for a new look in their home. "Edit, edit, edit," she said in an interview with The Boston Globe. "Reorganizing a room that you've lived in a long time can make it look fresh and new."

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Horizontal fabric shades can accommodate savvy design principles
Horizontal fabric shades can accommodate savvy design principles
Jan 6 2011

Interior designer Candice Olson recently shared some of her top design principles with The Winnipeg Free Press, right before her show, Candice Tells All, premiers as a forum for her to explain all of the secrets she uses when designing rooms.

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Soft and luxurious solar screen shades ideal for cozy dining room
Soft and luxurious solar screen shades ideal for cozy dining room
Jan 6 2011

With the arrival of the New Year comes new styles, and interior designer Betsy Burnham recently told The Associated Press that cozy dining rooms have slowly started to replace more formal ones.

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Green construction doesn't have to be limited to large, expensive projects.
Honeycomb cellular shades fit energy-saving mission of green building
Jan 6 2011

A popular misconception about green building is that it needs to be done on large, complicated projects that cost a lot of money. But that view of sustainable building practices and eco-friendly interiors isn't true, according to The Tyee, a British Columbia online magazine.

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Smaller furniture pieces can replace traditional dining room furniture when large gatherings aren't expected.
Custom drapery gives a cozy look to a dining room used for different purposes
Jan 6 2011

With the holidays over, one may not use the dining room for a family gathering for a while. But letting a large table and many chairs sit empty takes up space that can be put to multiple uses until the next big dinner occurs.

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Versatile pleated shades can accommodate changing tastes
Versatile pleated shades can accommodate changing tastes
Jan 5 2011

Interior designer Chad Scheli is no stranger to redecorating a room, but sometimes, he loves his old furniture just as much as new pieces and has to come up with creative ways to hang onto them, according to The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

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Start the New Year in style with wood blinds
Start the New Year in style with wood blinds
Jan 5 2011

In the ever-changing world of interior design, it's sometimes difficult to keep up with all the new fashions. Luckily, The Kansas City Star recently released a concise list of the 2011 trends that will be in homes across the country.

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Motorized blinds or shades are a good choice for large windows.
Motorized window treatments offer convenience on floor-to-ceiling windows
Jan 5 2011

For the 15th annual HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes, viewers will be casting their entries for a chance to win a new home with modern architecture in a rustic mountain setting.

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Homeowners are trying to use furniture they have and add new touches to update the look of their rooms.
Soft sheer shades offer durability and an elegant look for many home designs
Jan 5 2011

Interior decorator Genevieve Gorder begins each episode of her HGTV design show, Dear Genevieve, looking through correspondence she gets from viewers asking for design advice.

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A home theater can provide entertainment for all members of the family.
Home theaters can be complemented by blackout shades
Jan 4 2011

Once the basics for a home theater are in place - the large-screen TV, surround speakers and related home entertainment equipment - there are other design factors that can influence the quality of the theater experience.

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Roman shades and other quick touches can make a home feel new
Roman shades and other quick touches can make a home feel new
Jan 4 2011

Those who are trying to think of ways to update their home's appearance for the new year may be at a loss when it comes to deciding how to start, but The Oregonian recently shared some tips for amateur designers.

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Roller shades can add to a simple design scheme
Roller shades can add to a simple design scheme
Jan 4 2011

These days, many homeowners seem to be opting for a simple, yet elegant design scheme that depends on a few key elements to tie the room together.

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Tackle clutter and make a room stand out for the new year with faux wood blinds
Tackle clutter and make a room stand out for the new year with faux wood blinds
Jan 3 2011

Now that 2011 has officially begun, many homeowners may be thinking how they can spice up their house for the new year. The trick may be to start small, especially as one picks up after the holiday season and starts to put decorations back in the attic.

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Small touches can give a bathroom a vintage look.
A vintage look can include horizontal fabric shades in a bathroom
Jan 3 2011

Creating a vintage look for a bathroom doesn't mean having to go to the expense of installing a classic, clawfoot bathtub. While that may be the ultimate in vintage bathroom design, there are easier and less expensive steps that can transport a bathroom into a bygone era.

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Homeowners should look to the latest trends in colors and interior design to shape their home decorating plans.
Roman shades are one of many choices that give home design pro's touch
Jan 3 2011

Home decorators can learn from the practices of professional interior designers to turn their living quarters into the rooms of their dreams.

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