Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal with it.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

After spending weeks browsing different options, you’ve finally chosen the perfect chair for your living room. Or so you thought. Now that you’ve actually put it in your living room, the chair doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. Regretting a new furniture purchase is a common occurrence and many people immediately want to return the item. The best solution, however, for dealing with regret is a bit surprising: wait for the feeling to pass.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

How many times have you gotten a haircut and at first were unsure about the new style, but eventually you grew to love it? The same situation often occurs after buying new furniture. Change is hard to adapt to, so even if your new furniture works – possibly even better than what you had previously – it may take you some time to realize it and adjust.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

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Any new furniture, whether it’s a light fixture or a rug, can cause you to question your purchase decision. There are certain factors, though, that might make the adjustment even more difficult. If you incorporate a bold new color, pattern or print into a room, for example, you’ll need more time to get used to it than if you had just went with something basic and low-key. You’ll also find that size can influence how you feel about your new purchase. If you’re replacing one furniture item with something much larger, you’re likely at first to feel that the new piece looks out of place due to its larger size.

In general, the best way to handle your buyer’s regret is to give yourself enough time to adjust. You can also gather second opinions from friends and family who don’t live in your home and therefore can be more objective. More than likely, you’ll find that the new item not only works, but that you actually love having it in your home.

By Wendy Weinert

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

If a stranger were to walk into your home, what would that person learn about you based on your interior design? Every home should tell a story, and putting together that story is exactly what interior designer Diego Rincon loves to do best.

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

The designer was recently featured in Rue Magazine, where he shares what influenced him to enter the world of interior design. According to the article, Rincon was inspired to study architecture after admiring his grandparents’ house in Colombia, which his grandfather had designed himself. Clearly, a knack for creating beautiful spaces runs in the family, because after following his dreams, Rincon now owns his own company named Diego Alejandro Design, and has offices both in Manhattan and Miami.

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: New York City Loft

Now a big-time designer, Rincon helps clients create homes that are comfortable, beautiful and intriguing. One of the most interesting aspects about Rincon’s work is his ability to turn a space into the story of a person’s life. A sofa or a lamp might just be pieces of furniture to you, but to Rincon, every piece of furniture has something to say, and can help turn a space into a reflection of who you are and where you’ve been. In the article, the designer talks about his favorite project, a two-story loft he put together for an advertising executive. While Rincon drew inspirations from his own life and places that he lived, he said that overall, “the space reflects the stories of my client’s life – where he’s been, what he’s done, and what he’s seen.”

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: Meridian 5, Miami

Everyone has a story to tell, and using design to create a narrative is one of Rincon’s favorite things to do. In the article, Rincon stated “I love when someone asks me to design a space that’s personal and uniquely them.”

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: Santa Marta, Columbia

You might not be able to hire a big-time designer like Diego Rincon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a space that is unique to you. Whenever you look at a new piece of artwork, or are trying to decide on a new sofa, look to see how you can tell your story through design.

By Wendy Weinert

Mad about ‘Mad Men’s’ midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

Dapper suits, cocktails and advertising – who’s ready for “Mad Men” to start up again?  The seventh and final season of AMC’s award-winning series, which starts on Sunday, April 13, will bring back everyone’s favorite characters, dramas and, of course, that incredible midcentury modern style.

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

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As its name suggests, midcentury modern was first popular from the early 1950s to about 1970 and, when the look went out of style, only hardcore design enthusiasts remained appreciative fans. But that’s all changed now. Ever since “Mad Men” first started in 2007, viewers have been fawning over the show’s sophisticated set and, thankfully, characteristics of the midcentury modern style have now made their way back into people’s homes.

Interested in bringing a little of that “Mad Men” style into your own home? Here are some general rules to keep in mind.

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

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Less is more

This style does not encourage over-accessorizing or ornate detailing. Look for furniture pieces that feature clean lines and simple forms and choose your accent décor carefully. While less is more in midcentury modern, don’t be fooled into thinking that the look is boring. This style is all about making an impact with fewer pieces.

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

Make a statement with light fixtures

Like I said before, it’s important that you make every piece count and this style especially loves to make a statement with light fixtures. Look for pendants or chandeliers with clean, geometric lines that help dramatize your space and bring it to life.

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Contrast neutrals with bright colors

Natural, earthy hues are a staple in midcentury modern design, but it’s essential that the look is completed with a few strong colors in each room. Add pops of color to your space with bold wall art, throw pillows or curtains.

You don’t have to get your midcentury modern fix just by watching “Mad Men.” The best part about midcentury modern furniture is that you can pair pieces with other common styles to create a look that shows influences of the past, but still fits in with this decade.

By Wendy Weinert

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Art deco may have been a popular interior design style during the mid-1920s to 1940s, but the strong style is making a comeback. Just tune into “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and you’ll see just how captivating the art deco style can be. Fallon’s new art deco influenced studio set makes a stunning statement that you simply can’t help admiring – and envying.

While Fallon’s new studio is certainly impressive, there’s no need to be jealous. You may not be from the 1920s or host “The Tonight Show,” but you can still create a striking art deco look just by incorporating these characteristics in your home:

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

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Eye-catching colors and contrasts

If you watched the premiere of “The Tonight Show,” you might have been laughing along with Fallon’s goofy jokes during the opening monologue. More than likely, you were also noticing the vibrant blue, floor-length curtain behind him. The Art Deco style is all about making a statement, so decorate your home with deep, bright colors and contrast them with metallic colors like gold, silver, or chrome.

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Bold geometric shapes

Soft floral prints have no place in an art deco space. Remember the city skyline backdrop behind Fallon’s desk? While you don’t have to decorate your home with skyscrapers, you can give your space an art deco feel with accessories that feature geometric designs like a throw pillow or a piece of artwork.

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

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Streamlined furniture

When choosing furniture, look for modern pieces that are streamlined and feature a no-nonsense design. Keep in mind that the art deco look is strong, so you want your furniture to be without frills. Furniture that features sleek, strong curved lines is perfect in an art deco setting.

Jimmy Fallon’s new studio is stunning to look at, so why not make a statement in your home as well? By incorporating some of the more common art deco characteristics in your home’s interior design, you can also create a space that is both captivating and elegant

By Wendy Weinert

Small space? Make sure your furniture is the right scale.

Living in a small space can feel frustrating at times, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy great furniture. Any home, whether it is a tiny apartment or a large mansion can be furnished for style, convenience and organization without becoming overcrowded. You just have to select the right size furniture for each room.

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When it comes to selecting furniture for small spaces, scale is everything. Rather than decorating your tiny living room with a large, overstuffed sofa, choose from furniture that is smaller in scale to match your room’s size. When your furniture is the right size, everything else in your interior design will fall into place more easily.

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Not only should furniture match the size of your room, but every piece of furniture you have should also be in proportion to the others. If your bedroom has a gigantic, king-sized bed paired with a really small desk, the overall design will not look very put-together.

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Determining whether a table or cabinet will be the right size for your space can sometimes be tricky. Sure you can just start buying and hope for the best. You might, however, regret this decision once you realize the furniture isn’t the right size and the room just doesn’t feel right. Everything that is too big will have to be returned and you will be back to square one.

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A great way to prevent buying the wrong size furniture is to measure your space first. Using a tape measure, determine how much square footage you have to work with and keep in mind general “rule of thumbs” for setting up furniture. For example, if you plan to get a dining room rug, it should extend 24″ beyond the table. If you want a rug underneath your bed, make sure you have enough space to purchase a rug that is 18-24″ wider and longer on all sides. So even if you have enough space to purchase a bigger bed, you might need to opt for a smaller design if you also want to include a rug.

Take the time to measure your space and furniture before you make any big purchases. With the right size furniture, you can turn your small living space into a stylish sanctuary.

By Wendy Weinert

5 easy ways to get your living room ready for entertaining

When guests are coming over, it’s essential that your living room is prepared for entertaining. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a large party or just having your closest friends over for drinks. The wrong living room set up can turn a promising evening into a disappointing dud. Here’s how to make sure your living room is ready for company so that the evening runs smoothly and everyone has a good time.

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interior design livingroom real estate home1. Create mood lighting – The right mood lighting should be dark enough so that everyone can feel relaxed and comfortable. It should also, however, be bright enough that your guests can still see! Use multiple light sources throughout the room and dim your overhead light so that it doesn’t feel too harsh.

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2. Set up furniture to create an intimate setting – While your furniture setup might be ideal for everyday living, it may not be the best arrangement for a party environment. Rearrange your furniture close together so that people can converse without straining themselves.

3. Allow room for movement – You want your guests to circulate! So as you’re rearranging your furniture, keep in mind that while you want to create an intimate setting, the room should also have clear paths so guests can easily move about. If the room isn’t setup for movement, your guests might feel stuck in one place all night.

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4. Have a drink station – Even though you’re the host, you shouldn’t have to be in the kitchen all night making drinks. With a drink station set up in your living room, you can either let your guests help themselves, or serve them drinks without having to leave all of the fun.

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5. Make sure your space is clutter-free – You’ve already deep-cleaned the living room, but it’s easy for miscellaneous items to somehow make their way back. The day of the party, be sure to do one final check to make sure everything is neatly organized and put away in the right spot.

Throwing a good party takes some planning and strategic decorating. On the night of the event, however, all your hard work will pay off and your party will be a smashing success.

By Wendy Weinert

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

PaintColor samplesIf you’ve ever spent any time at your local paint store or even in a hardware store that offers paint to customers you know how many different options and shades of each color are available. Considering that, it’s no surprise that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right paint color.

While there’s no definitive answer for every person and every home, there are some basic guidelines that can help you make appropriate choices. Typically, these guidelines can be applied to your home room by room, making sure your whole home ties together and maintains the right atmosphere throughout. Don’t forget about the lighting in the room as this will change how your color appears. Natural vs. electric light sources and the type they are – task, general, or ambient lighting will effect the color outcome.

Kitchen

Your kitchen is a room you likely spend a lot of time in, and it’s one where you probably spend time relaxing and feeling the pressure to get things done when entertaining or cooking for family. That’s why light and color is so important in this space.

You can’t go wrong with brighter colors in most kitchens, including colors like yellow, crisp white and even certain more saturated shades of colors like orange and cream, like the one below from Access Lighting. After all, the most important part of choosing a color for your kitchen is making sure it helps open up the space and give it energy, not enclose it.

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Living Room

How you pick a color for your living room really depends on the type of living room you’re working with. A formal space need something different than a casual area where you spend time with family.

For a formal living room, choosing neutral colors that are soothing and refined like chocolate, cream, navy and beige are often ideal. For a room where you spend time with family those same colors can work, but you might want to soften the palate a bit and go for something a bit more playful – a royal blue instead of navy, perhaps.

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Dining Room

Your dining room is a space that you want to feel elegant yet comfortable, so paint color plays an important role in pulling off that effect. In most cases you’ll want to work with more neutral colors in the dining room, and colors like crème, beige and even shades of green or navy can work well.

However, for a more playful space, choosing lighter, less saturated colors like pastels can also work, especially if you live in a coastal region or nature is close at hand.

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Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is a space where you should be spending time relaxing and unwinding from stressful days. While many people use their bed as a second office, that isn’t the atmosphere you want to cultivate.

When picking out colors for your master bedroom, relaxation should be what you have in mind. Deep, saturated colors that are dark can help provide that – colors like deep greens or a plum/eggplant color. However, you can also choose softer colors like buttercream and even eggshell whites if you prefer a lighter space and still get the relaxing feeling you’re looking for.

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are all about getting ready for your day, but more and more, people are using them as a space to relax. If that’s you, choose natural earth tones for your bathroom and really focus on finding a color that feels natural and actually appears in nature.

If you spend most of the time in your bathroom rushing and getting ready, choose bright white, yellow or even a fun shade of green. What’s important for you is good lighting and not making the space feel claustrophobic.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Choosing the right paint color for your space can feel ridiculously complicated, but the good news is that there really isn’t a right answer. While these suggestions can be helpful, anything that feels good to you is likely a wonderful decision for your home.

When picking paint, you’ll also want to consider the style of your home. A dining room in a home with Caribbean accents usually won’t want the same paint color as a home with Spanish revival details, so make sure you take that into consideration as well.

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Draperies: good for entertaining and everyday living

The scenario: You’re hosting an event in a few weeks. The goal is to revamp your home to look party-ready. But, no matter how many times you rearrange your furniture, your main rooms, such as the dining room and the living room just looks a little blah.

When you’re hosting a party or entertaining friends, it’s normal to want to freshen the look of your home. And the good news is you can! Or, at least, you can a little. While you might not be able to completely make over your room, you can at least add some visual excitement by replacing your old window shades or curtains with a stunning new drapery.

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Faux Silk Taffeta Stripe Single Panel Curtain in Charcoal Grey and White, 50 X 96

Draperies are a great way to add a little pizazz in a room when you’re in a time crunch. Plus, they have some pretty amazing qualities that will benefit you all year long – whether you are entertaining friends or not. Here are just four advantages of hanging draperies in your home. Draperies:

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Control light – With draperies, you can either let sunlight into your home or completely shut it out. So if you’re trying to watch a movie during the middle of the day, a thick drapery, such as a velvet or those with a blackout liner would do the trick. When you want a well-lit room, all you have to do is pull the curtains back and enjoy the natural light.

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Block out sound – Many draperies are tightly woven fabrics  or those drapes that are insulted, are better at absorbing and blocking out sound. When you have company over or are trying to relax after a hard day’s work, you’ll definitely appreciate having a drapery to help block out annoying sounds like traffic. In fact, sometimes just adding some blackout to your existing curtain is all you need to take your home to the next level of energy and sound conservation.

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Ellery Homestyles Eclipse Thermaliner White 80-Inch Long Blackout Window Curtain Pair

Reduce energy – Heavy silks, wools, velvets or other fabrics can prevent heat or cold from transferring into your home. This means you won’t have to pay as much for the electric bill each year. Think of them as an energy assistant to your homes insulate properties – they will help maintain the right temperature in your home using less energy.

Center Point Energy gives some overall guidelines on windows:

  • On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let in the sun’s warmth. During the summer, draw drapes and blinds to prevent solar heat gain.
  • Close draperies and blinds at night to insulate against cold air outside.
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Photo Credit: Center Point Energy

Add visual appeal – Of course, let’s not forget how stylish draperies are! Find a drapery in a bold color to add drama to your living room. If you want to create a more elegant interior design, a rich, velvet drapery is the way to go. There are plenty of prints that will add a very personal touch that will be just you. Or even consider having a couple of layers to add more depth and style to your home.

Wow your party guests with a gorgeous drapery hung up in your home and you can then enjoy the additional benefits every day of the year.

By Wendy Weinert

19 Big Interior Design Blunders

Phot by: MandCo (Flickr)

Phot by: MandCo (Flickr)

Decorating and designing is something that comes naturally for some and is learned by others. I love interior design and enjoy everything for deciding where to place furniture, hang pictures, choosing color palettes, and accessorizing a room appropriately for its size and shape. Don’t worry about making mistakes; even the best professionals mess up at times. It is through our mistakes that we grow and become better. Here are 19 interior design blunders that I see commonly in homes that should always be avoided. You might be doing a few of these things now.

Matching Furniture

While it is great to have coordinating furniture, having several pieces with the same colors, fabric, and pattern is overwhelming in a room.

Bad Paint Job

Painting a wall has more steps than choosing a color and quickly brushing it on the wall. The walls should be cleaned, primed, taped off, and rolled with the right equipment.

Over styling

Even the best decorators out there can get a little carried about. Every surface or shelf doesn’t have to have decorations on them. Remember, less is often more.

Choosing the Paint Color First

You may love a paint color, but trying to find furniture, drapes, and rugs to match it can be difficult. It is best to find a piece of artwork that inspires you. A painting could pull several colors together and help you discover the perfect paint for your wall.

No Space Plan

This is a common mistake people make. They go to a furniture store and buy two big beautiful couches. When they get home, the couches don’t fit quite how they want and make the room awkward or feel small. Always measure the room and the space you need to walk and move around comfortably.

Dark Colors on the Wall

Unless your room is full of windows and bright lights, it is best to avoid dark colors except on a small accent wall.

Furniture Scale and Placement

While you don’t want couches too big for a room, you also want to avoid hanging small pictures on a wall. Bigger accessories are always better than lots of small ones.

Having More Than One Focal Point in a Room

Always have a focal point in a room, but never have two. Going into a room should be relaxing on the eyes, but when there is too much going on it is exhausting.

Too Many Styles

You might love the farmhouse kitchen, modern bathroom, traditional bedroom, and contemporary living room, but you need to focus on one style and stick to it. You can add little touches of other styles here and there, but it is best to never stray away.

Hanging Curtains too Low

Hang curtains several inches above windows to open up rooms and give the walls an illusion of being taller than they are.

Forgetting the Outside

While decorating and remodeling a home’s interior, the outside is often neglected and overlooked. It is the first thing people see before ever stepping inside your home and will be the first impression you make.

Hanging Art Poorly on the Wall

An art piece can make a huge impact on a space if hung properly. Don’t let it be too high or low for a space.

Poor Budgeting

Set a realistic budget and stick with it. You don’t want to be stuck with expensive drapes and not enough money left over to purchase couches.

Not Hiring a Professional

I love to do DIY projects, but even I know when it is time to hand it over to the professionals. There are many advantages to hiring someone to help out and it can often save you money.

Too Many Photos

Your family might be beautiful, but too many photos shoved in one space can look cluttered and tacky. Photo albums are a great place to keep your pictures and are fun for guests to browse through while relaxing on the couch.

Too Many Rugs

Rugs can add color and pattern to a room, but they can also cover up gorgeous floors and the beauty in simplicity.

Forgetting the Lighting

Lamps and ceiling light can change the entire mood of a room. When decorating and designing spaces, don’t forget about the lighting.

Rushing into a Project

Jumping on a project can be costly if you realize shortly after it isn’t what you want anymore. Waiting until you have saved enough, shopped around enough, and thought about it long enough, will save you money and be something that will last for years.

Choosing Style over Comfort

A room should reflect your personality and your lifestyle. Stiff couches and awkward furniture arrangements might look nice, but when it comes time to sit back and watch TV, it will only make your neck and back hurt.

by Wendy Weinert

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Doing Interior Designs the Right Way

Photo By: Wicker Paradise (Flickr)

Photo By: Wicker Paradise (Flickr)

Interior design is a complicated thing. There are many colors, patterns, architectural elements, and fabrics that go with all the many different styles. While I find myself drooling over countless pictures of farmhouse kitchens or contemporary bedrooms, when it comes to decorating my own house, I want it to reflect my personality. Choosing your style is the first and most important step in decorating. Once you have selected what fits you best, the rest will fall into place. No matter what your style is, there are the same interior design elements found among them.

The first interior design element you will need to choose is color. Colors should bring warmth into the room and make it a place you want to be in. If a room is lacking in natural lighting from windows, opt for a lighter shade of your favorite paint color. Neutral grays and tans give a room a comfortable and classy look. While whites are bright and add light to a room, they can also feel cold. Add bright pillows, frames, rugs, or lamps to a white room to bring a touch of warmth. A dark accent wall can add depth and a natural focal point.

After choosing your colors, it is time to create a mood. This might sound strange, but interior design is all about making a house a home. There is nothing like walking into a living room to find poor lighting and every piece of furniture centered around the television. While every room should have a focal point, it doesn’t have to be the TV. Set up the couches and chairs for conversation. Arranging couches this way can make a huge impact on a room.

Make the room inviting with the best use of lighting fixtures and lamps. While natural lighting is a big plus for rooms, when it is dark outside, it doesn’t matter how big your windows are. Hang or set up lights in a triangle pattern to evenly space them throughout the room. Add extra lighting around the focal point of the room, such as can lights above the fireplace or kitchen stove. For a romantic mood, add lights that can easily dim and brighten.

Here are additional sources to help you on your path to successful interior design.

Top Interior Design Tips for Beginners – Not everyone can throw a room together and have it look magazine-worthy. These tips are great to help anyone learn a few things about decorating.

Fool Proof Paint Colors – Choosing paint colors can be stressful, but these paint colors will impress anyone.

Interior Design Tips Album – Some of the best ways to learn about interior design is through photos and this inspirational album does just that.

Interior Design Tips for Living Rooms – Follow these simple steps and you can have your living room be looking like a professional did it.

Add Value to Your Home with Interior Design – While remodeling a room can add value to your home, paint and a little decorating can make your home stand-put amongst the rest.

Five Ways to Enhance a Small Space – If your space is feeling a little cramped, try these five tips to enhance a small room and get the most out of it.

Tips for Family Room Seating – Instead of buying the biggest sectional you can find, it might be a better idea to purchase two small couches. Read this article for great advice for family room seating.

Combine Colors Like a Design Expert – If you want to add color to a wall but lack the confidence, read this article to know which colors to combine for the desired mood.

Living Room Decorating Ideas – Adding a few touches of décor here or there can make a room feel complete and homier. Read these forty ideas to decorate your living room.

Entry Wall Colors that are Easy on Your Eyes – Check out these stunning entries.

by Wendy Weinert

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