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Decorating Tips For Every Room

| June 1, 2013
Decorating Tips For Every Room

Instant changes from accessories to window treatments make a refreshing difference Decorating spruce-ups do not have to involve a lot of time or expense when you follow these inventive tips from Sally Morse, Director of Creative Services for Hunter Douglas, North America’s largest and most successful manufacturer of custom window fashions, and the design expert […]

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Forget Your Hangups: Make a Statement With Standout Wallcoverings

| May 1, 2013
Forget Your Hangups: Make a Statement With Standout Wallcoverings

Embellished and dimensional papers lead the trends for 2013 By Angela Crissman If you are looking for a way to transform your room with something other than a new paint color, consider a wallcovering option that adds architectural style and flair. Decorative wall panels and tiles can be used to create a focal point in […]

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High Point Market: Inspiring Design

| April 1, 2013
High Point Market: Inspiring Design

By Angela Crissman This month, furniture manufacturers and dealers will converge at High Point Market for the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Held two times a year in High Point, N.C., the market is the home industry’s “fashion week” where styles, trends and innovations are showcased. High Point’s campaign for the April […]

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Furniture Trends for 2013 – What’s old is new again

| March 1, 2013
Furniture Trends for 2013 – What’s old is new again

By Angela Crissman Gone are the days of creating a “cookie cutter” room with a suite of matching furniture. Instead, many designers are encouraging homeowners to create an eclectic offering that looks as though it has taken years to collect. With that in mind, this year’s most popular furniture trends are about mixing different styles […]

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“Emerald” is 2013’s Color of the Year

| February 1, 2013
“Emerald” is 2013’s Color of the Year

Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced its Color of the Year for 2013: PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green. The 2012 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge […]

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What’s Hot in the World of Interior Design for 2013?

| January 1, 2013
What’s Hot in the World of Interior Design for 2013?

National Designers Discuss Emerging Design Trends By Angela Crissman With rooms in our homes serving multiple functions, especially the family room, designing a space that can function as a place to gather, work and play ranks high on the priority list for many families. Today’s homeowners want a space that is a reflection of their […]

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Furniture & Accessory Trends

| November 1, 2012
Furniture & Accessory Trends

A peek at what’s in store Have you ever looked around your living room or boudoir and wanted to start over from scratch? What if you could decorate from top to bottom in the latest trends from some of the most popular designers and manufacturers? This is the dream of many homeowners, and whether you […]

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Get the Hard Facts About Laminate and Bamboo Flooring

| September 1, 2012
Get the Hard Facts About Laminate and Bamboo Flooring

Affordable options add style and function to any space By Angela Crissman This month, Lifestyles & Homes will take a look at two flooring possibilities that are gaining popularity among consumers as exceptional alternatives to traditional hardwoods. In addition to being durable and easy to maintain, laminate and bamboo flooring options are also affordable and […]

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The Best in Bath Design

| August 1, 2012
The Best in Bath Design

Bathroom winners from the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show By Sandra Meineke Open plan bathrooms? Concrete inside the house? While our mothers would have shaken their heads at these ideas, today’s generation considers them chicer than chic, often making these trends the focal point of a room or of the house itself. These are […]

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Kitchen Design Winners

| July 1, 2012
Kitchen Design Winners

Outstanding kitchens from the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Shimmering surfaces, shining fixtures, high-sheen finishes and perfectly placed lighting accents are just a few of the trends in modern kitchens that surfaced from the nearly 500 designs submitted to the 2012 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition. Designers from across the United […]

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Choosing Wall Colors that Flow

| June 1, 2012
Choosing Wall Colors that Flow

Correctly identifying color undertones can make or break a room By Sandra Meineke “What I find most interesting about color is the very positive effect it has on mood. It can make you feel relaxed, nurtured or whimsical,” says color consultant Kate Smith, owner of Sensational Color and co-author of Color Confidence: Color for Your […]

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What’s trending in the world of interior design?

| May 1, 2012
What’s trending in the world of interior design?

  Design tips and trends will take the fear out of updating your space By Angela Crissman Looking for a way to update the style inside your home and don’t know where to start? Does the thought of choosing a color palette seem overwhelming? Or perhaps you aren’t sure how to create a space that […]

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Houston Home Trends May 2012

| May 1, 2012
Houston Home Trends May 2012

How local builders are accommodating owners’ wishes By Jennifer Miko House hunters are busy searching the Houston area, but what are they really looking for? Builders know the competition is fierce, so they need to stay current and accommodate discerning home buyers.  If they don’t embrace the future, they could lose the sale. So builders […]

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High Point Furniture Market: A Designer’s Haven

| April 1, 2012
High Point Furniture Market: A Designer’s Haven

Tips for consumers on trends and those all-important finishing touches By Sandra Meineke For years the biannual High Point Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, has been populated primarily by furniture manufacturers and dealers with a few fabric manufacturers and accessory designers thrown in. But with the advent of new consumer needs and new […]

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Houston Home Trends

| April 1, 2012
Houston Home Trends

How local builders are accommodating owners’ wishes By Jennifer Miko House hunters are busy searching the Houston area, but what are they really looking for? Builders know the competition is fierce, so they need to stay current and accommodate discerning home buyers.  If they don’t embrace the future, they could lose the sale. So builders […]

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Furniture and Accessory Trends

| March 1, 2012
Furniture and Accessory Trends

By Sandra Meineke There are no trends in furniture and home décor anymore. Or, everything is a trend, depending on what list, blog or design book you read. Basically, anything goes. Design leaders at High Point Market say home decorating is now far less about specific styles or periods, and more about putting a personal […]

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Provocative ‘Tangerine Tango’ is Tops for 2012

| February 1, 2012
Provocative ‘Tangerine Tango’ is Tops for 2012

By Sandra Meineke The Color of the Year is not just for fashion; it adds pizzazz to home decor too When Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2012, Tangerine Tango, the Associated Press raved, “The world doesn’t need more gray, and the blues are covered, too. What consumer products need is a jolt, […]

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Stop Throwing Money Out The Window

| January 1, 2012
Stop Throwing Money Out The Window

  Save on utility costs and increase the value of your home By Angela C. Crissman One of the smartest and most cost-effective ways to save on your monthly electric bill is to replace the windows on your home. Window replacement is an upgrade that will not only cut utility costs, but also increase the […]

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Hot New Trends in Bath Upgrades

| December 1, 2011
Hot New Trends in Bath Upgrades

New-on-the-market fixtures and finishes can change the look of kitchens, too Starting any home project can be stressful, especially when undertaking those projects in the most-used rooms of the house, like the kitchen and bathroom. From overall room style to structural changes and fixtures, many pieces of the puzzle need to fit together to create […]

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Kitchens to Build a Dream On

| November 1, 2011
Kitchens to Build a Dream On

2011 NKBA WINNERS PROVE DESIGN DREAMS ARE POSSIBLE A200-year-old home with a prize-winning kitchen? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But, thanks to the skills of a talented designer, it’s a reality. Chris Novak Berry’s rustic-to-refined design won top awards as Best Kitchen of the year at the 2011 Design Comp­etition sponsored by the National Kitchen […]

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