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Using Curtains and Draperies in Your Home Decor

Curtains and draperies are chameleons. They work hard at blocking light and sound, heat and cold. They're also extraordinarily decorative and add enormous personality to a room. [more…]

Applying Feng Shui Principles to Your Bed

Feng Shui involves many principles for the auspicious (or favorable) positioning of your bed. To take advantage of as many of them as you can, use common sense, along with the conditions of your individual [more…]

Using Feng Shui at Work: Private Offices and Cubicles

Arrange your personal office or cubicle according to the tenets of feng shui to get the most possible work done with the least amount of stress and frustration. [more…]

Arranging Your Bedroom Furniture

The bed is the key piece of furniture in any bedroom, and it naturally becomes the focal point. Bedroom furniture is traditionally arranged according to a few general rules. For the most part based on [more…]

Holiday Decorating: Valentine's Day Romance

You don't have to go wild to spice things up for Valentine's Day — romantic decorating doesn't always come packaged in satin sheets and fire-red velvet pillows. No matter what your everyday decorating [more…]

Sewing a Slipcover for an Ottoman

Many people have an old ottoman sitting around in their den or living room for its great function, but often, that same (boring) ottoman wouldn't win a design award. No need to throw it away and buy a [more…]

Making Easy, No-Sew Window Treatments

If you're looking to update a room with a fresh, modern look, then try these fun, no-sew "shades." You make this shade with adjacent squares of paper covered with clear Contac paper, which is a great material [more…]

Using Wall Mirrors to Decorate Your Home

Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . Reflective glass can be decorating magic for one and all! Wall mirrors serve as looking glasses, double the view they reflect, and add sparkle. Perhaps best of all, mirrors [more…]

Decorating with Case Goods and Upholstered Furniture

Furniture shopping can be overwhelming. You may not know how to tell if furniture is well-constructed or if the wood frame is worth the money you're paying for it. Getting used to the lingo and knowing [more…]

Quick Fixes for Slipcover Slip-Ups

Don't let mistakes ruin your slipcover project. Fixing up foul-ups can provide you with a way to make your slipcover truly special. See if any of these quick fixes can cure what ails your project. [more…]

Hardware for Window Curtains: Rods, Poles, Finials, and More

New window curtains or drapes can change the look of a room, but remember to consider new mounting hardware(the things that curtains hang from), as well. Curtain rods, poles, finials, brackets, and rings [more…]

Using Color, Pattern, and Texture in Home Decorating

Color, pattern, and texture are the stylistic building blocks of your home decorating palette. You use these three elements to create the style, mood, and feel of each room in your home. [more…]

What's in a Home Decorator's Bag of Tricks?

As a home decorator, you never know when you'll need to create some magic. Take a tip from professional home decorators: Pack a portable carry-all filled with all the must-haves of the trade — suggestions [more…]

Quick-Start Home Decorating Tips

You can't wait to get started on your home decorating project, but taking a few minutes beforehand can save you time, money, and aggravation down the road. Use the tips in the following list to ensure [more…]

Furniture Facts for Home Decorating

A large part, literally, of your home decorating scheme is the furniture that populates the room(s). The following list offers definitions and tips to help you choose these large [more…]

Handy Measurements for Home Decorating

Decorating your home requires lots of measurements. You need to know whether furniture will fit where you want it, how wide and long windows are for window treatments, and how much paint you need. Use [more…]

Home Decorating For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Home decorating draws on your creative side, as well as your inner engineer. Whether you dabble in home decorating or make it a career, you get to play with color, texture, and pattern, in addition to [more…]

Energize Life Areas with Color and the Feng Shui Octagon

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How to See Immediate Home Improvement through Feng Shui

If you’re looking to make some quick improvements to the environment in your home, the following list of practical Feng Shui cures is at your service: [more…]

Feng Shui For Dummies Cheat Sheet

An ancient Chinese art, Feng Shui empowers you to improve every aspect of your life, from your health and wealth to your relationships and career. How does Feng Shui work? It enhances your environment [more…]

How to Choose a Paint Color for Trim and Molding

If you’ve ever wondered what color to paint the molding and trim, you may automatically say trim is always white. But do moldings have to be white? No rule says that it has to be that way. But remember [more…]

How to Create a Focal Point without Architectural Elements

Creating a focal point in a room without architectural elements (like a fireplace or beautiful window) can be challenging. A focal point makes a room feel inviting, provides balance, and is the basis for [more…]

Decorating in the English Manor House Style

An English manor is a big house located in the country, so it's not hard to figure out how to emulate the look: just think flowers. The English Manor House style combines colors and patterns in soft fabrics [more…]

Decorating in the Greek Mediterranean Style

Wanting to get the Greek Mediterranean look in your living room? Decorating with the Greek Mediterranean look is a question of knowing how to combine the right elements and colors so that they don't overpower [more…]

Decorating in the Country Cottage Style

Are you wondering how to decorate to get the country cottage look in your home? Achieving the country cottage look is a largely a matter of collecting the right fabrics and accessories. [more…]

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