Find Your Own Sparkle For the Holidays and Throughout the New Year

Find Your Own Sparkle For the Holidays and Throughout the New Year

It occurred to me one evening recently while driving at dusk that the majority of the people in my neighborhood put an enormous effort into decorating their bushes and trees with Christmas lights, mostly white. It seemed that the profusion of lights had become a universal means of welcoming in the spirit of the holidays and was a great deal more widespread than I remembered from my youth. While holiday decorations run the gamut from beautiful...

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Decorating Around The Fireplace For The Holidays

Decorating Around The Fireplace For The Holidays

As temperatures drop and winter hovers, we find consolatation in our romantic images of winter and the holidays. One very human instinct is to yearn for a warm spot. Home is indeed where the hearth is! Beyond the physical warmth coming from oil, gas, or solar, we look to the fireplace, as an important anchor of a room. A comfortable chair or two with an ottoman creates a cozy nook for lounging or reading and balances the other upholstered...

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Monochromatic Can Be Memorable

Monochromatic Can Be Memorable

The definition of a monochromatc-colored room is when one color is used throughout the entire space. If designed skillfully, however, a monochromatic room is hardly monotonous or boring.  In fact, a room created around one color can in many instances achieve a look that is  more dramatic and has more of a cutting edge than a room of many colors. The main advantage of using only one color is that the sameness produces unity and harmony from the...

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The When And Why Of Wallpaper

The When And Why Of Wallpaper

When (and why) to incorporate a wall covering into an interior design scheme? Good question! Specifically, why would one choose wallpaper over paint? The most obvious reason to use wallcovering is simply to add another layer to the decorating mix. A well-chosen wall covering often can add pattern and interest to an otherwise uninteresting space, especially one lacking architectural detail. Wall coverings also can create the illusion of a more...

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Pillows Talk

Pillows Talk

Many people think of pillows only as accents, as mere afterthoughts to the overall design of a room. However, this is not so…. Great looking pillows say lots about a room and its quality. Well chosen pillows provide visual exclamation points, and can even inspire the entire color palette of a home.  Colors radiating from a multi-colored print on a pillow can then flow to other rooms, creating color balance throughout. Pillows’...

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Window Treatments: Less Is More…(Sometimes)

Window Treatments: Less Is More…(Sometimes)

The word on curtains these days is that they are more minimalist in design.  This trend was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article titled: The Comeback Curtain.”  The article compared a popular design trend of multilayered etheral fabrics on windows  to the layering of  sheer blouses over camisoles.  “The window look is sexy”, said Interior Designer Mindy Miles Greenberg. As emphasized in the Journal, translucent, softly...

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