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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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Look For Storage Space Outside Your Closets

When the topic is storage, most people will tell you they’d like to have more of it. That’s especially true for those living in urban housing, which typically has fewer and smaller closets. There are ways to get around the cramped closets and the clutter. One solution is to take storage beyond the closet and bring it into the room. Years ago builders incorporated lots of built-in storage space in homes. Bookcases, china cabinets and entertainment units were standard features in custom and semi-custom homes. As these homes were remodeled and updated, these features were viewed as old-fashioned and...

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Planning A Responsible Kitchen Update

If you are dreaming of a new kitchen, you have probably spent time online looking at the latest design ideas. Sites such as Pinterest and Houzz are wonderful for gathering ideas, discovering new color trends and creating a wish book of ideas. But a well-designed kitchen goes far beyond the color of cabinets and layout. Features that are available to you include energy-efficient appliances, surfaces that are durable and easy to keep clean, automated faucets with touch controls, LED lighting, electrical outlets with USB ports and automated electronic controls. Darren Moore, Chief Architectural Designer for Los Angeles-based Ecovations Lifestyle...

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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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