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Create Mix-an-Match Dining Room

Your dining rooms can become boring, unused spaces if you’re not careful. Too many of us seem to think having a formal dining room means it has to be furnished with traditional, matching furniture. Well, keep your dining room, but relax the style so it gets some action more than now and then. Start by making the room more approachable. If you have a traditional dining suite, consider breaking it up. Repurpose some of the pieces. China cabinets are out of vogue, so don’t use them in the usual way. They can be storage and display cabinets. A dated...

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Sliding Doors Expand the Concept of the Open Floor Plan

Wide-open floor plans are a trend that has endured for a decade. Removing walls and opening up our rooms removes visual and physical clutter. Now we are expanding this concept even more by removing doors to pantries, laundry rooms and even bathrooms. Making multiple trips to your pantry while cooking or your laundry room – arms filled with piles of clothes – is a lot easier if there’s no door to contend with. Master bathroom suites with separate water closets function beautifully if you don’t have to open and close the main door every time you go in or...

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8 Simple Guidelines for Choosing Exterior Colors

Think back to avocado green kitchen appliances. Did shivers just go down your back or did you get a pang of nostalgia? No doubt, color can evoke a visceral response, whether for interior or exterior decorating, clothes, makeup or cars. It makes a first impression, accentuates attributes and softens flaws, and offers a glimpse into your personality. The colors you choose can also be influenced by many sources – friends and neighbors, magazine photos, designs on TV shows, or by experts who annually select what the next year’s big colors will be in home decor, fashion, and graphic and...

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Contemporary Style, Technology are Trends for 2015

I was one of more than 125,000 housing industry professionals who packed the Design & Construction Week shows in Las Vegas last week. I logged more miles than I care to recall during my four-day marathon. Still, I only managed to tour the Las Vegas Furniture Show, the National Association of Home Builders’ Show, and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. The mega event also included the International Window Coverings Expo and The International Surface Event. The big take-away? The economy is in recovery – at least in the building and housing industries. The shows were packed, energy was...

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Rethinking The Decor Of Your Child’s Room

I spend a lot of time reviewing photos of all types of rooms – some good, some bad. If I had to identify one group of rooms that generally fall into the bad category, it would have to be children’s rooms. Why is it that everyone thinks you have to paint the walls some shocking, hot color and then add two or three intense, non-coordinating colors? Children’s rooms should be decorated by the same rules and standards as the rest of the home. Work with neutrals and add touches of color for contrast and interest. Consider using upholstered twin...

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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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