Archive for March 2011


Shelving can be customized to a certain space depending on the weight of stored items or the size of containers that hold them.
Roller shades or mini blinds are a good choice in storage area windows
Mar 31 2011

Homeowners, as well as apartment dwellers, can benefit from designing a home storage center that provides a compact way to store their possessions.

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Changing your drapes and window shades are just a few of the ways you can improve your home for spring.
Changing your window treatments for spring
Mar 31 2011

If you're still using heavy drapes or if your window blinds and shades have seen better days, now may be the time to revitalize your window coverings for the spring, according to NorthJersey.com.

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Pay attention to lighting for higher resale appeal
Pay attention to lighting for higher resale appeal
Mar 31 2011

Selling a home can certainly seem like a daunting task. Aside from being a significant decision, it is a substantial undertaking and one has to be sure that their home looks as attractive as possible. While it may seem overwhelming to give an abode such a facelift, CBS MoneyWatch recently shared some tips on how to get the most out of a dwelling.

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Shutters are a mainstay of country-style decorating.
Shutters are an element of uncluttered country-style design
Mar 30 2011

Country-style décor can be an attractive theme for any room and is versatile enough to fit both traditional and contemporary architecture.

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Room-darkening window shades can help people get a restful night's sleep.
Room-darkening roller shades help provide restful atmosphere for sleepers
Mar 30 2011

For better sleep, individuals should turn off the TV, their computer and cell phones for an hour before bedtime, a nationwide poll recommends.

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Creating the perfect living space in your new apartment means making the best use of natural light with window blinds and shades.
Window shades and blinds are cost-effective ways to decorate apartments
Mar 30 2011

The use of natural light in these spaces is essential to fostering a homey and comfortable environment.

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Adding artwork and choosing the appropriate paint color will allow you to create a wonderfully decorative space.
Art.com announces top interior design trends for spring
Mar 29 2011

The company recently released its top interior design trends for the spring and homeowners looking to reinvigorate their space should keep a few of these tips in mind.

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A garden should be landscaped to complement the home's style.
Outdoor spaces should reflect style and design process of home's interior
Mar 29 2011

New Zealand interior designer Donna White knew she wanted a beautifully landscaped garden outside her 1940s English-style home. But with her professional life spent designing interior spaces, she was willing to take her outdoor project one step at a time to learn about landscaping that would best complement her home and her needs.

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Valances can tie in window treatments to cabinetry and other features within a kitchen.
Cabinetry and valances can have an integrated look in today's kitchen
Mar 28 2011

An industrial look in gourmet kitchens filled with stainless steel appliances can be offset by brighter hues in cooking accessories, chair cushions or brightly-painted chairs.

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The color of ceilings and wood trim in a room should be considered in the color choices for a room.
Color of room trims and doors are an important element in room décor
Mar 28 2011

The color of moldings, trims and doors can be as important as wall color when home decorators are considering a new design scheme for a room.

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Keep books in good shape with honeycomb cellular shades
Keep books in good shape with honeycomb cellular shades
Mar 28 2011

The bookshelf has been the staple of living rooms for years. The often-elegant pieces of furniture provide an easy way to create a sophisticated atmosphere while also adding a unique aesthetic. Though the benefits are well-known, many homeowners may be unsure how about how to best make use of them, but according to the Star Tribune, by remembering a few simple tips it does not have to be too difficult.

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Creating a functional washroom means using every square inch to your advantage.
Maximizing space in your washroom
Mar 28 2011

Griffin believes that the secret to creating a functional washroom is using every square inch to your advantage, to make it work for you.

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Sizing up what you already have in your home could help decorators choose what belongs in their redesign.
Sizing up what you have to begin the design process
Mar 25 2011

Industry professional Stephen Saint-Onge recently spoke with The Kansas City Star and shared his insights on how amateur designers can size up what they have to see what will work in their new space.

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Mission style furniture features dark woods and auburn glass lampshades.
Mission furnishings fit today's design trends
Mar 24 2011

The focus on natural materials, clean design lines and earthy colors of Mission furnishings is a 100-year-old design style that fits beautifully with today's design trends.

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Converting a garage into living space takes as much planning as any renovation.
Buying custom blinds online is a good way to outfit a door in a converted garage
Mar 24 2011

Converting a garage into additional living space can be done for many reasons – creating a studio apartment for an extended family member, setting up a home business with a separate entrance or extending the size of an adjacent kitchen or family room.

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Choosing the perfect window treatment will help reinvigorate your home for the spring.
Reinvigorating your home interior for the spring
Mar 24 2011

Natural light can breathe new life into living areas, and you can increase your home's energy-efficiency in the process.

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Interior designer Christiane Lemieux recently released a book advocating for homeowners to stay true to what they think is stylish.
Creating a vibrant living space without a distinct style in mind
Mar 23 2011

Textile designer Christiane Lemieux recently released a new book called, Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design.

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Solar roller shades will cut down on glare at a student workstation near direct sunlight.
Solar roller shades are a good choice for reducing computer screen glare
Mar 23 2011

With about 5 million college students taking at least one online course among their studies, developing a work space at home that has limited distractions and good lighting has become an important feature in home design.

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Short daytime naps can improve a person's heart health.
Noise reduction shades and short naps are sleep aids for better health
Mar 23 2011

Researchers at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania found that a short, daytime nap can help lower blood pressure and improve heart health in people who are over-stressed.

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Homeowners should paint no more than four colors throughout their residences.
The big picture helps homeowners coordinate wall colors throughout a home
Mar 23 2011

When homeowners decide their entire house interior needs a fresh coat of paint, design consultant Cindy Lee Bergersen has these words to guide them - think about the big picture.

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Creative use of window treatments and shades can help to control light filtering in your living area.
Flowing drapes and window shades can open up a small apartment
Mar 22 2011

In actuality, one of the easiest ways to create the illusion of more space and to improve the light filtering capabilities of your apartment is with creative use of window treatments.

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Bamboo shades offset natural finishes and eco-friendly materials in a home.
Bamboo shades meet the needs of sustainable home design
Mar 21 2011

Sustainability has become a guiding principle not just in the choice of green building materials in home improvement but the designs that go with them.

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Motorized blinds or shades are a good choice for large windows near high ceilings.
Ceiling color and motorized shades come together well
Mar 21 2011

Many interior designers agree that a bright white ceiling may draw attention to its starkness instead of melding naturally into the overall color scheme of a room.

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Cords from window blinds and shades can be a serious hazard for toddlers and small children.
The importance of child-safe window blinds and shades can't be understated
Mar 21 2011

While window treatments such as these may seem fairly innocuous to some, they can be a major concern for families with small children.

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Vintage furnishings and light colors are characteristic of cottage-style decorating.
Cottage-style décor can include vintage accessories and shutters for windows
Mar 18 2011

With a mix of light colors, comfortable furnishings and vintage accessories, homeowners can achieve the cottage look without moving to a cabin in the woods.

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Vibrant colors are at home in all rooms.
Formal areas of home can be colorful with a balance of colors
Mar 18 2011

Home decorators don't have to shy away from using bold colors and innovative combinations, even in the most formal areas of their homes such as living or dining rooms.

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Choosing the perfect window treatments will instantly improve the aesthetic of your home.
Choosing the perfect window treatments for your home décor
Mar 18 2011

Window treatments such as shades, blinds, curtains and draperies are invaluable decorative accents that can instantly provide layers of functional detail to your living space.

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Bookcases are easy ways to add depth and personality to your home interiors.
Book shelves are an easy way to incorporate ambiance in your home
Mar 17 2011

Book shelves have always been an easy way to fill up wall space and add depth and personality to your home, according to the Star Tribune.

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Kitchens in darker colors were a huge hit at the recent Toronto Interior Design Show.
Black interiors are huge at the Toronto Interior Design Show
Mar 16 2011

The Toronto Interior Design show is one of the biggest exhibitions in the home decorating business, and brings together some of the brightest minds in the industry.

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Soft sheer shades are perfect for a home office to provide ample light filtering.
Soft sheer shades perfect for home offices
Mar 16 2011

The proper window treatments can add a warm and inviting look to your work space, and soft sheer shades can provide the perfect amount of light to illuminate your room.

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Modular construction projects have doubled in the last decade.
Solar shades and modular homes are a good fit for saving energy
Mar 16 2011

The small, efficient style of modular housing isn't the only attraction for homeowners joining the growing numbers of modular homeowners.

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Involve children in helping to keep their playroom organized.
Playroom windows can be outfitted with easy-to-use mini blinds
Mar 16 2011

Creating an organized playroom requires the same routine as any reorganization - evaluate needs, clear space to sort belongings and re-stock the room in easy-to-use containers and shelving.

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Proper use of window treatments can reduce your energy costs and create a greener home.
New window shades and blinds can create a greener home
Mar 15 2011

In addition to controlling the amount of light that filters in, certain window blinds and shades can form a tight seal on your windows to control air leakage.

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Roman shades are the perfect functional and decorative accent to your contemporary or modern aesthetic.
How to design a modern and contemporary home
Mar 15 2011

When it comes to interior design, some people are often puzzled when they hear that contemporary and modern are two distinct styles.

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A white palette in home decor is challenging, but can be offset with accents in any color.
Window treatments add to texture in a white-on-white decorating palette
Mar 15 2011

A white-on-white palette can be a challenging color scheme that takes some effort to strike the right balance among variations of white. But it comes with one big advantage – white goes well with any accent color.

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Picking the perfect window treatment will help you control the glare and light usage in your living spaces.
Drapes and curtains can work in tandem with your new shades
Mar 15 2011

When considering window treatments for your living space, it's important to weigh the proportions of your drapes and curtains with the room darkening abilities of your new window blinds or shades.

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A rustic interior design will help you feature your window treatments and other accents prominently.
Creating a rustic, country look for your interior design
Mar 14 2011

A rustic look for your home's interiors is a popular and functional way to decorate your space, but weighing the proportions can be a tricky proposition.

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MLB window shades are the perfect decorative accent for your entertainment center.
Show off your team loyalty with MLB window shades
Mar 14 2011

Opening day is just around the corner, so if you're one of those people that's going to call in sick to ensure you see the first pitch, team-themed window treatments are made for fans like you.

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Using different shades on the walls of a mobile home creates the look of a uniform room size.
Painting walls different shades will break up long room look in mobile homes
Mar 14 2011

One of the decorating challenges faced be people who live in mobile homes is how to overcome the look of one long room as their living space.

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An eclectic mix of furnishings helps homeowners avoid a matchy-matchy look in a room.
Eclectic style avoids a matchy-matchy look within a room
Mar 14 2011

The mix of traditional and modern décor brought together in an eclectic decorating style succeeds best when homeowners have a good command of color, texture and finishes.

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Motorized blinds or shades are an ideal accompaniment to a skylight.
Privacy and light can be managed by motorized window coverings for skylights
Mar 11 2011

The wide range of skylights that can be installed in a home these days is as varied as the architectural styles available to homeowners.

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Interesting paint jobs in one section of a room can highlight that space.
Paint job in one area of a room can create a new look and atmosphere
Mar 11 2011

A paint job on all walls of a room may not be needed to create a new look and atmosphere for a space.

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Adding room-darkening shades to your bedroom will help you fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed.
Insufficient sleep could lead to weight gain
Mar 11 2011

The best way to get a good night's sleep is to establish a consistent bedtime and to use room-darkening shades in your bedroom.

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Feng shui design can help customers with sleep problems by adding balance and harmony to your spaces.
Feng Shui design can help consumers with sleep problems
Mar 10 2011

This ancient Chinese practice of providing balance and harmony to everyday life can be easily applied to interior design, where individuals control how their environment affects them.

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Window shades and blinds will add aesthetic appeal to your home and provide valuable insulation.
Window furnishings could be the finishing touch for your space
Mar 10 2011

A switch to proper window treatments will improve your home's insulation and instantly add style to your home, according to Brimbank Leader.

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Artwork should be a conversation piece for homeowners and their visitors.
Some accessories offer the best way to personalize a home
Mar 10 2011

Adding accessories to a room gives homeowners a chance to personalize their spaces with the items they treasure most.

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The proper lighting with new window treatments can liven up your space.
Small spaces can make a big impression with proper lighting
Mar 9 2011

Creative use of fixtures, decorative lighting and window treatments can make the smallest space more inviting.

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It's National Sleep Awareness Week! Are you getting a good night's rest?
Get a great night's rest during National Sleep Awareness Week
Mar 9 2011

Blinds Chalet believes all of their customers should wake up feeling ready to face the day, so they have offered a $25 rebate on each order of room-darkening SlumberShades until March 31st.

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Pleated shades can add texture and soften the look of a room with a lot of hard edges.
A softened, textured look comes with pleated window shades
Mar 9 2011

When home decorators are trying to decide what their décor style is, a good starting point is to focus on the fabrics and colors they like best in home furnishings.

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Child-proofing equipment, including cordless blinds or shades, is necessary to protect babies and young children for mishaps.
Child-proofing a home should start with window safety
Mar 9 2011

Door knob covers. Anti-scald devices. Tip-over anchors. These may be foreign terms to anyone who hasn't had children, but to parents of babies and young kids, they are potentially life-saving additions to their homes.

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Offices should take advantage of honeycomb cellular shades to cut down on their energy usage.
Post-recession designs driving the hottest trends
Mar 8 2011

Office design has changed exponentially, as businesses turn to energy-efficient spaces that maximize light and reduce environmental impact, according to ConstructionWeekOnline.com.

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Window blinds could be the perfect choice for a long-lasting and functional window treatment.
How to choose window blinds for your home
Mar 8 2011

In addition, picking the right material for your space is essential to ensure their long-lasting durability and aesthetic style, according to ShropshireStar.com.

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A mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings is what consumers want now.
Woven wood shades match consumers' interest in using natural materials
Mar 8 2011

With an emphasis on more natural finishes and sustainable materials, homeowners are looking for a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings that coordinate well with green design trends.

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Apartment dwellers don't have to be satisfied with plain white walls any longer.
Mini blinds are a versatile choice for apartment windows
Mar 8 2011

Decorating an apartment often has to be completed around limitations set down in the rental agreement. But renters today can find lots of interesting products that help them bring life to white walls and ho-hum floors.

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Spruce up the look of your living spaces with your team colors with new collegiate shades.
Show Off Your Team Colors With Collegiate Shades
Mar 7 2011

For sports fanatics or alumni, collegiate window shades from Blinds Chalet featuring their favorite college sports team could be a perfect addition to a home entertainment area or office.

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Roman shades could be the perfect option to go along with your designer curtains or drapes.
Window treatments will instantly improve the look of your home
Mar 7 2011

Jeannie Richmond is an interior designer that has seen homes transformed with the clever addition of window treatments and shades.

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Using nature's colors brings the outdoors inside a home.
Toning down wall colors and using nature hues guide home decorators' choices
Mar 7 2011

With the onset of spring, thoughts of sprucing up a room with new paint leads many homeowners to worry whether their color choices are too dark.

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Old and new furniture can be coordinated in a unified look.
Old and new furniture can be offset by contemporary and traditional window decor
Mar 7 2011

For homeowners who have inherited furniture from relatives that has little in common with their own décor, there's a new trend afoot that can solve that decorating problem.

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Strikes can be bold or subtle as a feature in home decorating.
Horizontal fabric shades work well in a room that features stripes
Mar 4 2011

Florida-based interior designer Michelle Jennings likens the use of stripes in home décor to the slimming effect they have when used in clothing.

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Room darkening shades will help you get a restful night's sleep and improve your mood and energy levels the next day.
Cut down on light and energy waste with room-darkening shades
Mar 4 2011

Room-darkening shades can help prevent air leakage during the winter and keep cool air in during the summer.

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Painting or refinishing furniture more than 50-years-old will likely diminish its value.
Solar blinds can control light that may damage older window fabrics
Mar 3 2011

Decorating with furnishings that are already available in a household is a practical and resourceful way to approach room makeovers.

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Vintage collections should change as a homeowner's interests evolve.
Fabric roller shades can offset the look of homeowner's vintage collection
Mar 3 2011

Kristina Tosi's online shop for vintage goods is steeped in history. Its name, Cottage Farm, comes from the name of her great-grandparents' home, and her talents in scavenging the best in collectible and decorative goods was learned helping to stock her mother's antique shop.

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Fabric shades, cordless blinds and motorized shades are perfect options for seniors trying to make everyday activities easier.
Window treatments can be tailored to seniors
Mar 3 2011

As people get older, arthritis, joint pain and other age-related issues can be taxing when it comes to operating window treatments.

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Some clever decorative accents and warm window treatments can cozy up a space.
Cozying up a space can make it more inviting
Mar 3 2011

Interior designer Shiree Segerstrom believes that creating a cozy atmosphere for your home can work wonders to show the depth and personality of your dwelling.

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A bold wall color could add depth and character to your home's interior.
Be bold when choosing your wall color
Mar 2 2011

Industry insider Shaynna Blaze preaches to her customers to be adventurous when choosing a hue, one that will reflect their personality in the process, according to The Pakenham Cardinia Leader.

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Modern graphics technology now allows interior designers to visualize a space by using photos and your room's dimensions.
Virtual makeovers becoming popular with designers
Mar 2 2011

With modern graphics technology, the workers at Design Serendipity Interiors have started a service called "Design Delivery."

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Bringing in small touches of home can make a college dorm room attractive and comfortable.
Solar screen shades cut computer glare in student dorm rooms
Mar 2 2011

When college students are away at school for several months, they may want a touch of home to make their rooms feel more comfortable.

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Soft hues and airy window treatments are part of the atmospherics design trend.
Atmospherics trend can be used in custom drapery for window treatment
Mar 2 2011

An ideal antidote to a fast-paced world is a new design trend called atmospherics, which relies on soft textures, transparency and iridescence to create a peaceful mood at home.

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Roller shades are functional and durable window treatments that can add insulating qualities to your windows.
Window treatments are perfect accents to your new blinds
Mar 1 2011

Window treatment professionals Caryn O'Sullivan and Lonnice Zemke recently shared their expertise on how to effectively use window treatments in tandem with new blinds or shades, according to CBS New York.

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Honeycomb cellular shades are wonderful energy-efficient options that will help you save on your utility bills.
Smaller houses mean homeowners are maximizing their utilities
Mar 1 2011

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the overall size of American homes has shrunk from 2,438 square feet to 2,377 square feet this year.

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Having well-defined areas of a home with lots of natural light is the focus of the slow home movement.
Good design helps families embrace ideas of the slow home movement
Mar 1 2011

Slowing down a house is like slowing down the body – it keeps stress at bay, sustains energy and enhances livability.

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