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Easy, Affordable Spring Updates

What can I do to freshen up my living room or family room without spending a fortune? This is a question that I get dozens of times each week from readers, viewers and friends. Everyone is tired of winter and looking for quick decorating pick-me-ups. Start with color. You don’t have to paint an entire room, unless it truly needs it. I painted my interior doors black, and it is a wonderful, dramatic change throughout the entire house. Why not add color to the back of your bookcases, just one wall or even your doors? Carry that same color...

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Get Your Patio Ready For Summer

With the first days of spring already behind us, now is the time to start planning your outdoor decor. Just the idea of sitting in the sun on beautiful lawn furniture brings joy to my heart. Take a look at your patio furniture. Does it need to be replaced or refurbished? If your furniture is metal or wood, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. Teak can be power-washed and preserved with a coat of tung oil, which when dry creates a durable, water-resistant finish. If your furniture is plastic, a mild solution of bleach and soapy water...

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Use Paint to Freshen Your Home for Spring

Spring is the time of the year when many of us start to think about freshening up our interiors. The most economical and dramatic change can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint. We all agree that freshly painted walls can make any space look amazing, but choosing the right paint color can be daunting. The task is so overwhelming to some that they just give up and repaint using the same color. I recently spent some time with Benjamin Moore color expert Ellen O’Neill to talk about trends, color personalities and tips for picking the perfect...

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A Home Library That’s Easy on the Eyes

I’ve always been a book person. I love the way books feel when I hold them, how they look stacked neatly on a coffee table and the orderly beauty of rows and rows of books on a shelf. Over the years, my books have grown into a library. They remind me of all the wonderful characters, stories and ideas that have helped shape my life and my home’s decor. I was thrilled when I recently read that home libraries are making a comeback, in spite of our urge to simplify our lives and reduce clutter. Perhaps it’s that books...

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Attention to Detail is What a Stylist Knows Best

Most designers and consumers prefer pieces with a history and a story. They add panache to spaces and reveal so much about who lives here. Anyone can go into a furniture store and purchase an entire room where all the pieces have been preselected. But it takes time to put together a room that’s unique, stylish and interesting. My dear friend Joyce Leyland described it best: “It’s the thrill of the hunt, don’t you know?” Leyland is one of the most talented stylists I have ever known. A stylist is someone with a love of interiors and all things...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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