Archive for February 2011


Solar screen shades are perfect for homeowners trying to control glare and temperature in their homes.
Spring offers great chance to improve your window treatments
Feb 28 2011

Adrienne Micci-Smith of Curtain Call in Shelton, Connecticut, recently interviewed with WTNH to share her design philosophy and the new technologies in window treatments.

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Roman shades offer a timeless look for your home's interior.
Interior designers show off hottest trends at trade show
Feb 28 2011

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) showcase includes a wide array of bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms appointed with today's hottest styles of design, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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The 'just enough' trend has become a popular interior design style for 2011.
Minimalist interior designs a hot trend for 2011
Feb 28 2011

Stylish bare essentials will reflect the 'just enough' trend that is very much in style for the coming year.

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Honeycomb cellular shades are the perfect option for those who would like to decrease the size of their energy bills.
Interior design majors take tour of Chicago firm
Feb 28 2011

The interior design students at Bowling Green University recently traveled to the Merchandising Mart in Chicago, Illinois, to experience first-hand the professional world of interior design.

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Dabble is a new Canada-based magazine focused on design and lifestyle topics.
New online magazine makes home design fun and approachable
Feb 28 2011

Dabble, a new Canadian online magazine devoted to interior design, travel and other lifestyle topics, launched Monday, with an editor-in-chief who is well-known to American TV audiences.

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A garden shed can be converted into a child's playhouse.
Mini-blinds are easy for a child to adjust in a playhouse windows
Feb 28 2011

Kurt and Jenna Susanke were able to give their daughter a world-class playhouse when they moved to a former Illinois dairy farm owned by Kurt's family.

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Roller shades are an energy-efficient window covering that features light filtering and sunscreen fabrics.
Window treatments and coverings work better in tandem
Feb 25 2011

According to Larry Morin, the owner of Decorators Network Inc., form and function must be considered when picking out your new curtains or drapes, according to the Sun Journal.

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Incorporating industrial design is a trendy design choice that could add personality to your living space.
Industrial design moves into the suburbs
Feb 25 2011

The workers who staffed factories and warehouses of the early 20th century would have never imagined that their workplaces would inspire one of the hottest style trends of the past decade.

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Setting aside space for a workout area doesn't have to be a dilemma for homeowners.
Solar shades offer temperature control for a home exercise area
Feb 25 2011

Coming up with a workout area in one's home depends largely on the type of exercise routines that are done and how much space they require.

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The Winterthur Museum's StyleBox is guiding home decorators in their design choices.
Design-in-a-box offers decorating service on a smaller scale
Feb 25 2011

A renowned, historic museum has come up with an idea to give homeowners the services of an interior decorator on a smaller scale.

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Industrial elements within home design are becoming popular beyond lofts.
Industrial style can be warmed by softer, organic window treatments
Feb 25 2011

What began with exposed brick walls and cement floor in urban lofts has spread to suburban homes, where industrial chic décor is taking hold.

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The Palm Springs modernism week is a showcase of progressive architecture and interior design.
Palm Springs modernism week showcases latest designs
Feb 24 2011

Palm Springs, California, is well known for its progressive architecture, and the annual celebration of these spectacular buildings is called Modernism Week.

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Inspiring color choices can give your home interiors plenty of depth and personality.
How to pick the right color for your interior
Feb 24 2011

Color is one of the best ways to breathe new life into your interior design.

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Bold colors mark the style of designer David Bromstad.
Roller shades can be a backdrop for dramatic color combinations in a room
Feb 24 2011

As host of the HGTV show Color Splash, designer and artist David Bromstad thinks nothing of pairing dark brown with hot pink, offset by snippets of bright yellow.

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Upholstered headboards can be tailored to fit the contours of a bed.
Soft sheer shades offset a variety of fabrics used in home decorating
Feb 24 2011

In the movie The Hours, the headboard in the main character's bedroom was a beautiful paisley cloth draped over a wooden base.

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Heat loss is one of the main culprits of high energy bills, due in part to leaky windows.
Heat loss a main culprit for high energy bills
Feb 23 2011

The hot and cold air lost from leaky windows can account for between 10 to 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill, according to GreenBuildingElements.com.

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Interior designer Lisa Bakamis believes that her design inspiration comes from clever use of fabrics and bold prints.
Interior designer shares her inspiration
Feb 23 2011

She recently shared some of her home layout inspiration, to create an edgy yet cozy atmosphere for any abode.

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The style of legendary designer Dorothy Draper called for bold colors to make a strong statement in a room.
Legendary designer's style was about making an impact in home decor
Feb 23 2011

Legendary interior designer Dorothey Draper was so famous from the 1930s to the 1950s that her name became an adjective to describe a certain style of decorating.

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Bright bathrooms with safety features help seniors live safely in their homes.
Some home improvements can make a house safer for seniors
Feb 23 2011

A few home improvements can make a house safe for seniors who want to continue living in their own homes as they get older.

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Roman shades are made from durable fabric and will complement any interior design.
Ikat fabric could be a stunning design choice
Feb 22 2011

One of the most popular interior design trends for 2011 is Ikat fiber (pronounced ee-kaht).

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Today's window treatments are far more versatile and safer than their predecessors.
Blinds and shades offer more safety and convenience than ever
Feb 22 2011

Today's window treatment market is a smattering of fabrics, materials and color styles that has expanded exponentially over the past few decades.

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A gray color scheme can work to bring out the personality of your artwork and color choices.
A gray color scheme highlights your design choices
Feb 22 2011

The couple used varying shades of gray to accentuate the look of their artwork and style choices and the result is simply stunning, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Creating seating arrangements with a neutral rug to unify the room is one way to create an inviting decor.
Custom blinds or shades provide an ideal fit and color choice for windows
Feb 22 2011

Gathering furnishings together, rather than lining large pieces against the walls, can change the atmosphere of a room instantly with a shift in furniture arrangement.

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Designer Emily Henderson suggests homeowners assemble a collection of colors, swatches and pictures before deciding how to decorate a room.
Window treatments can reflect both masculine and feminine styles
Feb 22 2011

Emily Henderson's background as a professional prop stylist has taught her lots of ways to create elegant, but affordable style in the rooms she designs. As the latest winner of HGTV's Design Star show, she's now using her decorating know-how in her new series, Secrets From a Stylist.

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San Francisco designer Michelle Homme encourages her clients to include vintage furnishings in their decor.
Eclectic approach allows homeowners to use different textures in window treatments
Feb 21 2011

San Francisco designer Michelle Homme tries to introduce as many vintage pieces as possible to her clients, both as a decorator and in her furnishings shop called Homme.

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Large TVs present unique challenges for interior decorators.
Large TVs present problems for interior decorators
Feb 21 2011

It wasn't long ago that the big-screen TV was a bulky monstrosity that took up nearly half of a person's living space.

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Usage of color, personality and bold use of lighting could improve your home's interior design.
Interior designer shares trendy space-planning tips
Feb 21 2011

Kathleen Navarra recently spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle, and highlighted some of her main design principles that homeowners can apply to their own living space.

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Different patterns and textures in bedding provide comfort and elegance to a bedroom.
Comfort, style and personal taste all play a role in creating a restful bedroom
Feb 18 2011

TV design show host Thom Filicia doesn't believe in sacrificing comfort to create an elegant look for a bedroom, or to follow a trend that doesn't take into account one's personal taste.

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Soft sheer shades could be the perfect answer for Palladian windows.
Palladian windows offer unique style choices
Feb 17 2011

If you own a home or apartment with Palladian windows, style choices for window treatments are difficult to choose.

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With the renewal of energy-efficiency tax credits, homeowners should consider energy-saving shades and blinds for their home.
Energy-efficient products tax credit extended
Feb 17 2011

This law extended the energy-efficient products tax credit to all Americans, which could make a significant impact in the remodeling and home construction market.

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An area rug can serve as an anchor for the sofa in a living room.
Choice of area rugs can influence the tone of living room seating
Feb 17 2011

The size of area rugs and other floor coverings can change the atmosphere of a living room seating arrangement if they don't fit the space they are in.

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A mudroom can do double-duty as a laundry and as a place to set up cabinets for storage and countertops for workspace.
Mini-blinds are an affordable choice for a multi-functional mudroom
Feb 17 2011

A mudroom doesn't have to be just a place to wash the dog, store the children's sports equipment and hang the family's heavy jackets.

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Scale, color and dramatic effects are the hallmarks of any great interior design.
Three easy tips to design your home like a professional
Feb 16 2011

Interior designer Tina Mellino was recently interviewed by Arizona's ABC affiliate KNXV, and shared her expertise for home decorating.

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Cleaning your windows and window treatments is a great way to keep dust and allergens out of your home.
Spring is the best time to clean your window treatments
Feb 16 2011

If your window treatments have begun to look in sorry shape, now may be the time for a full-scale cleaning or possibly some new shades or blinds.

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Distinctive lighting and glass doors bring character to a kitchen.
Fauxwood blinds help retain old-world charm in a modern kitchen
Feb 16 2011

When she enlarged the kitchen at her South Carolina home, interior designer Kimberly Williams included plenty of old-world charm in the design - pine flooring, French doors, a cozy seating area and a nearby storage pantry.

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Motorized window shades or blinds easily control the light that enters a room through large windows.
Motorized window shades can control light streaming through large windows
Feb 16 2011

Homeowner Pamela Porter learned a few things about renovations when she and her husband Lee moved into a 1923 craftsman-style bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Sheer white window treatments make a room more airy and expansive.
White shouldn't be overlooked as an accessory color to brighten a room
Feb 16 2011

Most people think of accessories as providing a spurt of color to waken a room with neutral walls and furnishings, or as a complement to other hues found in fabrics and rugs.

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Honeycomb cellular shades are energy efficient and could save homeowners plenty of money on their utility bills.
California college now offering green education to designers
Feb 15 2011

Interior design programs at community colleges and universities all over the country have begun offering green certification for their students and Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California, is no different.

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Solar screen shades could be a welcome addition to your home decor that eliminate glare and still allow a view to the outside.
Cincinnati designer uses her home as inspiration
Feb 15 2011

Interior designer Liz McGavran's 30-year-old Hyde Park condo is not only a wonderful place to live, but a way to show potential clients her skills in weaving artwork, furnishings and color into a cozy living space, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Window treatments in a similar color to the adjoining walls expands the look of a room.
Designers offer quick fix decorating ideas from windows to artwork
Feb 15 2011

Any room in the house can be given a quick facelift by changing one simple design feature. It may be as easy as outfitting a bed with a new, stylish sheet set or changing the shower curtain in the bathroom.

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Pink has become a popular interior design choice for consumers looking for a warming glow.
Pink can be a unisex home decorating option
Feb 14 2011

Pink has begun to cross established gender roles to encompass a wide array of emotive interior design choices.

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A recent study has found that 92 percent of Americans are aware of the dangerous risk of window pull-cords to small children, which has changed how many parents choose their window treatments.
Window cord safety awareness growing
Feb 14 2011

A recent study by the Opinion Research Corporation's Caravan for the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) relayed promising results relating to the issue of window cord safety awareness.

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Elegant, uncluttered design was the hallmark of Edith Wharton's style.
Legendary decorating guide offers tips for today's decor and window treatments
Feb 14 2011

Before she was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist for The Age of Innocence, writer Edith Wharton wrote a legendary decorating book that continues to guide decorators today.

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Choosing frames of a similar material and size give photo collections a unified look.
The right display area will make photo collections look their best
Feb 11 2011

Decorating with photographs may be the best way for homeowners to personalize their living spaces, but choosing the right place to show them will ensure they make the best impact in a room.

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Noise reduction shades can be added to a bedroom to ensure a good night's sleep.
Study: Too little sleep may lead to heart problems or stroke
Feb 11 2011

Getting too little sleep may increase a person's risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a British study that was based on data from eight countries, including the U.S.

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Haiku Sushi has recently opened in Shanghai, China and uses origami-inspired architecture in their interior design.
Sushi restaurant creates origami-inspired interior design
Feb 11 2011

Haiku Sushi in Shanghai, China, recently opened in the courtyard of the Shanghai International Finance Center and has combined form and function with their origami-inspired interior design.

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Scott Brownrigg Interior Design has begun work on Google's new London office.
Design firm hard at work at Google's London office
Feb 10 2011

Scott Brownrigg Interior Design has begun work on Google's new London office that is bursting with color and energy-saving function.

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Meritage Homes has begun constructing a model home that will be the most energy-efficient production home ever built in Las Vegas.
Meritage Homes begins building model of energy-efficient production homes
Feb 10 2011

One of the United States' largest homebuilders has begun construction on a model home in Las Vegas that they believe will be the greenest production home ever built in Sin City.

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Colors from the same family can be coordinated in bright and muted tones.
Family of related colors blend best in a well-coordinated room
Feb 10 2011

While some designers bring a bold palette of contrasting colors into a room, others adhere to a longstanding rule that hues from a color family blend best together.

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SlumberShades are energy-efficient and can create a darker environment for a good night's rest.
Residents re-invent their show home
Feb 9 2011

The pair decided to build a modern home that exuded quality and craftsmanship at every turn.

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Wood blinds could punch up the look of your living room and can be custom-made in just one day!
Interior design on display in Victoria
Feb 9 2011

The annual Canadian Home Builders' Home and Garden Show will feature the who's who of the interior design world as well as the hottest trends in the industry.

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Rich fabrics such as velvets and silks are inspired by the Baroque era.
Custom drapery in rich fabrics is in step with traditonal Baroque style
Feb 9 2011

This year's Maison et Objet, a preeminent European trade show for interior design trends, recently showcased the newest fabrics and wallpapers, as well as lighting and furniture by both emerging and established designers, according to The Independent.

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Motorized window blinds or shades are good choices for a skylight window treatment.
Motorized window blinds are a good choice for skylight window treatment
Feb 9 2011

When Chicago area resident Kathleen Luttschyn and her husband needed to move their home office to make way for a nursery, it forced them to make better use of a loft space at the top of their stairs.

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A piece of furniture can be remade into a bathroom vanity.
Metal window blinds offset new ideas for renovating a bathroom vanity
Feb 8 2011

A bathroom vanity isn't limited to standard cabinetry and surfaces meant only for the bath area, according to HGTV.com.

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A display wall for collectibles can be accomplished with shelving, cubbies or a niche in a wall.
Soft sheer shades protect collectibles on display walls from sun damage
Feb 8 2011

A new way to display accessories and collectibles is in a display wall, which can be freestanding or built-in as a focal point in a room.

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Incorporate cordless blinds and shades into your home decorating scheme to increase safety for pets and small children.
Cordless blinds safer for small children
Feb 8 2011

Fortunately, many manufacturers now offer cordless designs that work with many of their products so consumers won't have to choose between safety and style.

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Incorporating wood blinds into your decorating scheme could improve the overall appearance of your home.
Placement means everything for interior design
Feb 8 2011

For interior designer Rhonda Staley, the layout of a home should draw a person in. Staley combines elements of traditional European elegance with a strong desire to incorporate old materials into her new designs, according to Cedar Valley Home & Garden.

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The direction that a window faces will determine how much light comes in, and what type of window treatment will work best.
Window treatment choices can address light, location and design issues
Feb 7 2011

The direction that windows face and the proximity of streets to them are two of the factors homeowners should consider when choosing custom drapery or other window treatments.

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Shades and blinds carry energy-saving benefits and aesthetic qualities far superior to drapes or other window treatments.
Shades and blinds add style and function
Feb 7 2011

Today's window treatments are made from eco-friendly materials, contain energy-saving qualities and the nearly unlimited style options can make your house come together beautifully, according to The Des Moines Register.

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One large rug can help unify different elements within a room.
Five quick changes, including new window treatments, refresh any room
Feb 4 2011

As deputy style editor of Country Living magazine, Lili Diallo is constantly coming with ways that her readers can spruce up their homes using what they already own in new ways.

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White used as the main color in a kitchen gives a reflective quality to the room.
White offers many hues that give a bright, airy atmosphere to a room
Feb 4 2011

White comes in a multitude of hues - bright white, off-white, antique white - and each dovetails best with certain colors and wood tones.

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Wood blinds could provide a timeless quality to your window treatments.
Interior Design Show unveils exciting new trends
Feb 4 2011

The annual Interior Design Show in Toronto, Canada, showcased some of the most exciting new trends in the industry.

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Honeycomb cell shades are energy efficient and could save you money on heating bills.
Virginia office wins Green Design Award
Feb 4 2011

The new offices of the Burgess Group have won Interior Design magazine's Best Green Project of the Year. The building uses natural materials and also features bright, modern colors to create additional contrast for the space, according to EarthTechling.com.

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Organizing tools on a peg board is an easy way to create a workshop in a garage.
Cellular shades offer security and energy savings for a garage workshop
Feb 3 2011

A potting bench, a pegboard and plywood shelving with attractive corbels instead of brackets for support can turn the back wall of a garage into a stylish workshop, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

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Bookcases can serve as extra storage by adding shades or doors to cover stored items on some of the shelves.
Installing a roller shade to an under-used bookcase adds hideaway storage
Feb 3 2011

The quest to find more storage is a never-ending task in many homes. But homeowners should look to under-used bookcases that can solve the storage dilemma and provide a fresh look to a room.

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Reinvent some of your old furniture with your new window treatments for a refreshing change.
Refresh your living space with unique decor
Feb 3 2011

With a little creativity, you can re-invent your current furnishings to suit your re-designed living space.

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From installing new floors to trying new window treatments, interior design projects are on the rise.
Sustainable features such as bamboo shades are among growth trends for designers
Feb 2 2011

A survey of the country's largest interior design firms by Interior Design magazine found that the number of overseas clients, as well as those in Canada, are increasing for U.S. designers.

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Intricate patterns and bold colors are the trend in home decor fabrics.
Fabric roller shades are in step with new fabric trends
Feb 2 2011

Homeowners shouldn't worry whether their latest attempt at interior design may be a passing fad or one that will stay in style for years to come.

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Motorized blinds can help older adults create age-friendly homes
Motorized blinds can help older adults create age-friendly homes
Feb 2 2011

Many baby boomers are modifying their homes so that they can live in them during their golden years, but this trend is catching some by surprise because of how subtle these new renovations are.

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Wooden blinds can add touch of restaurant-style luxury to dining room
Wooden blinds can add touch of restaurant-style luxury to dining room
Feb 2 2011

A new restaurant in London, Dinner by Heston Bulmenthal, has explored innovative ways to capture a free and luxurious feeling and, whether that means ancient recipes or a blend of rustic and refined elements, it is sure to attract the attention of the design world.

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How and where a sofa is used in a home should determine the style and size chosen.
Well-chosen sofas and window treatments both need good design and durability
Feb 1 2011

San Francisco interior designer Courtney Jones boils down the choice of a new sofa to what she calls the four F's - form, frame, fabric and fill.

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Cellular blinds can make a kitchen feel homey and sophisticated
Cellular blinds can make a kitchen feel homey and sophisticated
Feb 1 2011

When it comes to kitchen design, there are a lot of different ideas that come to mind. These spaces transformed long ago from an area reserved for food preparation into something much more.

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