Archive for May 2011


Easy ways to make your home more comfortable in summer.
Easy ways to make your home more comfortable in summer
May 31 2011

However, there are many ways that homeowners can keep their home cooler in the summer by changing up their routine to ensure they don't come home to sweltering abode.

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Choosing window treatments to match granite countertops.
Choosing window treatments to match granite countertops
May 31 2011

However, when using a granite countertop, you have a wide range of design possibilities and one of the most cost-effective improvements for your kitchen comes in the form of window blinds and shades.

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A number of convertible beds and other sleeping arrangements can be used for children visiting for a sleepover.
Variety of bed arrangements suit summer sleepovers for kids
May 31 2011

With summer approaching, children may want to invite sleepover guests more frequently.

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Since the sofa is the main piece of furniture in most living rooms, it's placement can determine the balance of the whole space.
Furniture size and placement can throw off the balance of a room
May 31 2011

Trying to make a cavernous space seem cozy or creating more openness in tight quarters often comes down to the same thing - selecting the right furniture arrangement for a room.

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Setting up a workout area in the home requires considering the floor, space and lighting needed.
Roller shades match the casual décor of a family workout area
May 27 2011

Family workout areas can be as small as a corner of a family room or as elaborate as dedicating a whole room to exercise and fitness activities.

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Industrial-style design has a clean, contemporary look that appeals to many homeowners.
Metal window blinds add to the chic look of industrial-style design
May 27 2011

Homeowners who prefer the sleek, ultra modern look of industrial-style design are hardly alone these days.

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Incorporating a traditional aesthetic with modern accents.
Incorporating a traditional aesthetic with modern accents
May 27 2011

According to The Des Moines Register, Cross used some innovative techniques in the dining room area to give the space a renewed look.

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African chic will add a unconventional twist to your interior design.
African chic will add a unconventional twist to your interior design
May 27 2011

The shop specializes in hand-carved African art and sculptures, which could work beautifully to add a worldly edge to your living space, according to The Des Moines Register.

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An upholstered headboard can be part of a bed ensemble.
Custom roller shades can offset an upholstered headboard in the bedroom
May 26 2011

Upholstered headboards are becoming a popular addition to many bedrooms, either customized to a particular décor or bought in a neutral shade to suit different design styles.

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Installing fixtures that are easy to use, such as handheld showerheads, makes bathrooms safer for those who are getting older.
Motorized window shades add ease in controlling light through the home
May 26 2011

There are many changes that can be made to a home to accommodate people with a disability or senior citizens who want to remain in their homes as they age.

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Changing the look of a dark hallway in your home.
Changing the look of a dark hallway in your home
May 26 2011

With clever use of your light from windows and light fixtures, a dark hallway can be a lot brighter, according to Freshome.com.

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Accessorizing your home's features will improve its resale value.
Accessorizing your home's features will improve its resale value
May 26 2011

According to the Bonners Ferry Herald, a few cost-effective improvements such as window blinds and shades and simple furniture placement will impress prospective buyers.

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Choosing a decorative scheme to highlight photos and artwork.
Choosing a decorative scheme to highlight photos and artwork
May 25 2011

According to Vancouver's Times Colonist, interior designer Maria Leupelt has a few tips in mind for homeowners looking to display their treasured wall art.

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A breezy contemporary look will liven up your space for spring.
A breezy contemporary look will liven up your space for spring
May 25 2011

The color palette features shades of turquoise, jade green and yellow green for a soothing mix of hues that can work with just about anything.

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Arranging furniture into conversation areas lends warmth to a large space.
Roller shades combined with other window coverings are an attractive choice
May 25 2011

Home decorators trying to create a cozy atmosphere in large rooms should rely on soft furnishings and new furniture arrangements to reach this goal.

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Mudrooms that often double as home laundries can offer places for storage and other functions.
Mudroom design can add storage and serve different functions at entry
May 25 2011

Somewhere to hang wet garments and a place to sit while removing wet shoes or boots pretty much sums up the function of a mudroom.

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Green window coverings for your home remodel.
Green window coverings for your home remodel
May 24 2011

If you're looking to go green or simply looking to create a natural aesthetic, window blinds and shades are the cost-effective way to do your part for the environment.

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White can still be a popular choice in the bedroom if used properly.
White can still be a popular choice in the bedroom if used properly
May 24 2011

In addition, a neutral palette will give you plenty of leeway with your style choices, and it will allow small bursts of color such as artwork, throw pillows and window blinds and shades to be highlighted significantly, according to SilentNight.co.uk.

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Organizing photos into a collection can be done for a wall display or table arrangement.
The right display area will help photo collections look their best
May 24 2011

There's no right or wrong place to display photos, but there are some rules that can guide home decorators who want to show photographs to their best advantage.

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Colors in the same family often can be used as both main colors and accents.
Woven woods on windows provide an excellent backdrop for color families
May 24 2011

The late designer David Hicks, who counted Prince Charles among his clients, was an early advocate of using color families. His idea was that all tones of red or gray or blue go well together, and cannot fail in decorating schemes.

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Furniture has become more popular as a decorating tool in bathrooms.
Furniture and complementary window treatments can be added to a bathroom
May 23 2011

Recorating a bathroom can go beyond just adding new tile or fixtures. Designers and homeowners have begun to integrate pieces of furniture, in seating or in place of traditional vanities, into the bathroom.

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Show off your personality with new lamp shades.
Show off your personality with new lamp shades
May 23 2011

According to The Oregonian, changing the shape of a lamp shade will allow you to manipulate the light in the room to your advantage and will instantly perk up your décor.

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Roman shades are an attractive, functional addition to any room.
Functional items can also add to the decorative style of a room
May 20 2011

Different rooms have different needs, and that applies as well to functional items that also may serve as decorative features within a space.

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A few simple changes can get an extra bedroom ready for a guest.
A new window treatment helps give a quick makeover to a guest room
May 20 2011

Getting a guest room in shape quickly for a weekend visitor can be accomplished with a minimum of fuss and maximum style.

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Putting a contemporary twist on your home design.
Putting a contemporary twist on your home design
May 20 2011

While clean lines and spatial layouts are the hallmarks of the style, according to LGBTWeekly.com, there are some simple steps you can take to add warmth to your home.

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A living room can have elegance as well as personality.
A living room style can be elegant, but remain comfortable
May 19 2011

Homeowners can create an elegant atmosphere for a formal living room without sacrificing the comfort they crave for everyday living.

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Shielding art pieces or collectibles from sun damage requires window coverings to manage light.
Window blinds manage light to prevent damage to treasured collectibles
May 18 2011

Whether shown in a curio case, on shelves or attached to a display wall, precious collectibles need to be shielded from sun damage.

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A workbench to store tools and use for household repairs is easy to assemble.
Roller shades are an easy addition to windows near a workbench
May 18 2011

No matter how few household repairs they make themselves, homeowners need a workspace that gathers together their tools and gives them a surface on which to putter.

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Creating a hypoallergenic environment in your home for spring.
Creating a hypoallergenic environment in your home for spring
May 18 2011

Think of this as the perfect time to renew the look of your living space, by taking a chance with a bold color choice to breathe new life into your space.

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Floor coverings for modern bathrooms can be integrated into the decor.
Bathroom rugs can match the cleaner, uncluttered look of modern baths
May 17 2011

Updating a bathroom should include taking out the fussy accessories, such as fuzzy bathroom mats, that don't go with a a cleaner, uncluttered bath space.

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Creating a new furniture arrangement may yield more space in tight quarters.
Furniture arrangement should consider light needed for new design
May 17 2011

A new furniture arrangement can give homeowners - or apartment dwellers living in tight quarters - the additional space that they crave.

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Window treatments are essential summer apartment improvements.
Window treatments are essential summer apartment improvements
May 17 2011

Air conditioning costs can skyrocket during this season, but window blinds and shades can make a huge impact to enhance your light filtering ability and to control air leakage.

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Colors from nature allow homeowners many options in decorating.
Nature offers a bounty of inspiring color combinations for home décor
May 16 2011

The colors in nature can provide a host of options for home decorating, whether they come from the greens and browns of a forest or the blues and sand tones from the seashore.

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Wood and other materials for flooring are being used more frequently in kitchens.
New choices in kitchen flooring can be integrated into design scheme
May 16 2011

Gone are the days when tiling and linoleum were the only choices available for kitchen floors. Laminated wood panels and rug materials that stand up to the harsh use and spills that occur in every kitchen have opened up homeowners' flooring choices.

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Canadian's award-winning apartment shows opulence on smaller scale.
Canadian's award-winning apartment shows opulence on smaller scale
May 16 2011

He recently won the Best Small Space award from Canadian House & Home magazine by deftly incorporating opulent accents such as large mirrors and a grand piano into a studio apartment, according to the Times Colonist.

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Creating the perfect atmosphere when trying to sell your home.
Creating the perfect atmosphere when trying to sell your home
May 16 2011

According to TheProvince.com, you'll want your home to stand out from the rest, but with a design that can be altered easily to suit the buyer's tastes.

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Creating the perfect outdoor living area.
Creating the perfect outdoor living area
May 13 2011

Interior designer Lindsey Zugelder recently sat down with The Calgary Herald, to share some tips for homeowners looking to create the perfect outdoor living area.

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Chadds Ford house showcases blend of traditional and contemporary design.
Chadds Ford house showcases blend of traditional and contemporary design
May 13 2011

According to DelawareOnline, the home is a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary styles, and shows how modern improvements can be incorporated into a home that was built in 1912.

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Control summer heat in your home with easy-to-use roller shades.
Control summer heat in your home with easy-to-use roller shades
May 12 2011

Sunlight can increase the temperature in a home significantly, so now is the perfect time to resolve the problem with easy-to-use roller shades.

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Striped patterns offer timeless style for living spaces.
Striped patterns offer timeless style for living spaces
May 12 2011

According to The Star, striped pieces offer a timeless and classic look that can pair with just about anything.

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Floor-to-ceiling window treatments can give the illusion of higher ceilings in a room.
Paint or window treatments can trick the eye into seeing more space in a room
May 12 2011

Home decorators can perform some quick magic when they create the illusion of space in rooms that feel closed in by low ceilings.

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Adding brightly colored pillows or a new window treatment gives a room a quick upgrade.
Fauxwood blinds can be among quick fixes that give a room a new look
May 12 2011

Homeowners have don't always have time for a major overhaul when a special gathering is planned. But a fast facelift, by adding or swapping out smaller furnishings, may be all that's needed to make a home guest-ready.

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Decoration of a child's room should reflect his or her interests.
Child's room needs to be attractive and safe to suit youngsters and parents
May 11 2011

Decorating a child's room should take into account the changing interests of a youngster to come up with a space that makes them feel comfortable.

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Window treatments can help control light needed for various plants
Shade-loving plants can be a decorating dilemma during warmer months
May 11 2011

Keeping shade-loving plants happy as summer approaches is a challenge for homeowners who don't want to shift their plant locations away from direct sunlight as the seasons change.

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Draperies work perfectly in conjunction with custom-made shades.
Draperies work perfectly in conjunction with custom-made shades
May 11 2011

The best way to do so is with the best use of natural light by using draperies and window blinds or shades in conjunction with one another.

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Pillows can be the easiest way to show off the change of seasons.
Pillows can be the easiest way to show off the change of seasons
May 11 2011

Window treatments and the addition of some chic throw pillows will allow you to add color and style to your space with little effort, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

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Different shades of white go well with certain wood tones and accent colors.
Selecting the right white can set the tone for other colors and accents in a room
May 10 2011

White may be the most neutral of all colors, but one of its greatest strengths is that it works well with any color.

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Blackout shades will ensure you get a good night's rest.
Blackout shades will ensure you get a good night's rest
May 10 2011

However, if there's one place that requires your undivided attention, it's your bedroom. If you've been looking to redesign your bedroom, window blinds and shades are some of the most cost-effective improvements that you can choose.

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An entryway can be elaborate or simple, but should tie into the rest of the home's decor.
Fabric roller shades can tie entryway into other rooms
May 9 2011

Whether it's called the entry, foyer or vestibule, the entrance to one's home provides the first impression a visitor will have of the owner's decorating style.

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Soft pastels are frequently used in cottage style decorating.
Pastels of cottage decorating often have a dusty, vintage look
May 9 2011

Pastel colors are a mainstay in cottage style decorating, and they often work best in dusty, muted tones to evoke a vintage look of traditional cottages.

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Being adventurous with beige.
Being adventurous with beige
May 9 2011

The color has the uncanny ability to combine with just about any bold fabric choice, and is tailor-made for a home that embraces hardwood floors and natural accents, according to the Tulsa World.

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Choosing window treatments for baby's first room.
Choosing window treatments for baby's first room
May 9 2011

All of your decorative accents will be for naught if your child can't get a good night's rest, so the appropriate window treatments are a must for the new space.

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A tailored, neutral bedroom can incorporate both masculine and feminine design elements.
Mixing some soft and tailored elements to a bedroom satisfies everyone
May 6 2011

Using both masculine and feminine design elements is sure to make either a man or a woman comfortable with an updated bedroom décor.

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Antique lace curtains are among the window coverings that work well for summer decorating.
Customized drapery or blinds can give a room a unique focal point
May 6 2011

One of the easiest ways to personalize the look of any room is to customize a window treatment that creates a one-of-a-kind focal point.

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Cool colors can really liven up your home
Cool colors can really liven up your home
May 6 2011

Making the best use of light with window blinds and shades and choosing an appropriate wall color will work wonders to improve your home for the spring, according to the Associated Press.

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Lighter window coverings will brighten rooms during warmer months.
A warm weather window treatment is an easy home improvement project
May 5 2011

Now that the shorter days of winter are over and the home has been spruced for warmer weather, adding a window treatment that brings in more natural light is a good home improvement project to undertake.

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The look of a dining room can be changed by using different shaped tables and furniture arrangements.
Different furniture arrangements bring new uses to a dining room
May 5 2011

Dining rooms can be be put to better use when the furniture is rearranged between gatherings when a formal table and chairs are needed.

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Proper lighting can make a space feel larger.
Proper lighting can make a space feel larger
May 5 2011

The proper use of natural light with the help from window blinds and shades will increase the dramatic effect of your style choices, according to the Associated Press.

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White bathroom fixtures can be offset by natural tones in wood or tile.
A white bathroom can be home to both sleek and vintage furnishings
May 5 2011



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Home improvements to cut down on your air conditioner usage
Home improvements to cut down on your air conditioner usage
May 4 2011

From window treatments to ceiling fans, there are many options available to improve your home's aesthetic and to cut down on utility bills at the same time.

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Sprucing up your bathroom in time for the summer
Sprucing up your bathroom in time for the summer
May 4 2011

There are some simple fixes you can make to instantly improve the aesthetic of your bathroom.

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Decorative boxes can be used to store books and become part of a room's decor.
Decorative containers have many uses and can be displayed as part of decor
May 3 2011

As an alternative to bins stored in an attic or basement, decorative containers serving the same purpose can be kept readily at hand and add to the décor of a home.

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Blackout shades can help keep out light so someone can get a good night's sleep.
Choice of window covering can promote undisturbed sleep for better health
May 3 2011

Researchers at the University College London Medical School have determined that middle-aged adults who sleep six to eight hours each night will have better brain function, as well as better physical health.

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Improving the privacy in your new apartment
Improving the privacy in your new apartment
May 3 2011

Since there are people across the street or in the next building that can easily look into your apartment, adding some window blinds and shades will not only increase your decorative potential, but will also keep prying eyes away from your living spaces.

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Dark blue and navy hues a popular color for the spring
Dark blue and navy hues a popular color for the spring
May 3 2011

According to The Seattle Times, HGTV's Sabrina Soto has made the color a staple in her newest home layouts.

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Incorporating today's design trends into your home.
Incorporating today's design trends into your home
May 2 2011

Yip believes that the future of interior design is incorporating multiple decorative accents to reflect the interests of the homeowner.

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Going green with your interior design for spring.
Going green with your interior design for spring
May 2 2011

Not only are they good for the environment, but homeowners are finding new ways to make their houses more energy-efficient to help reduce their energy costs, according to The Times Herald.

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Children's rooms should reflect a youngster's personal interests or favorite characters.
Wall art for children's rooms should be based on a child's interests
May 2 2011

Parents should look to their children's interests when searching for a decorative border or art work for their youngster's rooms.

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