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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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Don’t Be Afraid: If You Like It, Try It Use these designer tricks to transform your home

| October 1, 2011
Don’t Be Afraid: If You Like It, Try It Use these designer tricks to transform your home

Ever watch those TV design shows and wonder how to replicate the look in your own home? It’s easy to incorporate designer tricks into your space, no matter the style or existing decor. Focus on adding layers of color and texture, and notice how hues flow from room to room to create a cohesive design. […]

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What’s Hot And What’s Not An Early Peek At Trends In Fall Fabrics And Accessories

| September 1, 2011
What’s Hot And What’s Not An Early Peek At Trends In Fall Fabrics And Accessories

Whether you’re reupholstering a chair or brightening a room with accent pieces, you can do it with style just by paying attention to a few simple industry trends. We tapped into our sources at High Point Market Authority and Showtime, a twice-yearly industry show of the International Textiles Market Asso­ciation, to see what’s hot now […]

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Wallpaper: In or Out?

| August 1, 2011
Wallpaper: In or Out?

Wallcoverings can change the look of a room in an instant By Sandra Meineke As the real estate market continues to be sluggish across the country, homeowners who might have downsized or up-sized are choosing instead to stay where they are and just give their homes a fresh look. One of the most effective and […]

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Baffled By Window Coverings?

| July 1, 2011
Baffled By Window Coverings?

By Sandra Meineke Window coverings can make or break a home improvement project. Should you go with outside shutters? Indoor drapes or shades? Long draperies or just a valance? Decorative or plain rods? Tiebacks or straight panels? Sheers or room-darkeners?  And what about material, fabric, color and size? Window treatments can baffle even experienced home […]

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2011 Bath Design Competition

| June 1, 2011
2011 Bath Design Competition

The Japanese people take their baths seriously — a trait that shower-loving Americans could take a lesson from. The Japanese bath experience amounts to much more than simply washing off.  Many Japanese people view sitting in their soaking tubs as a must-do daily ritual similar to eating or sleeping.  For those individuals bathing is something […]

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Look For Changes In Kitchen And Bath Designs In 2011

| May 1, 2011
Look For Changes In Kitchen And Bath Designs In 2011

The results of a survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association on design trends for 2011 suggest there will be some changes in kitchen and bath styles  this year. Below are 10 kitchen trends and 4 bathroom trends that are poised to take hold. These are overall trends across the United States and Canada; […]

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Flip Flop Your Living Areas

| April 1, 2011
Flip Flop Your Living Areas

While Houstonians are outside in the spring weather this month trying to salvage outdoor living areas after an unusually cold winter, more than 80,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors representing 106 countries will be indoors in High Point, North Carolina, at the nation’s largest home furnishings market. Buyers, designers, manufacturers and others in the furniture trade […]

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Is a New Sofa in Your Future?

| March 1, 2011
Is a New Sofa in Your Future?

Know what to look for before you start shopping around Need a new sofa? Take your decorator’s advice and buy the best one you can afford. But, don’t forget to make comfort a priority, too. Before you commit to a sofa, sit on it, lie on it, think of how you’ll use it. Is it […]

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Bye, Bye, Flat Walls; Hello “Wow”Brighten rooms with walls that serve as eye-catching art

| February 1, 2011
Bye, Bye, Flat Walls; Hello “Wow”Brighten rooms with walls that serve as eye-catching art

Kiss the flat, matte wall goodbye. Wallpapers and paint are being replaced with amazing new surface materials that make wall coverings more like a piece of art. The latest looks are rich, textured coverings in everything from laser cut wood and bamboo to glass, tiles, mosaics and metals, bursting with color and shine. Low profile […]

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Choosing Wall Colors that Flow Correctly identifying color undertones can make or break a room

| January 1, 2011
Choosing Wall Colors that Flow Correctly identifying color undertones can make or break a room

“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 Home Interior. “It’s all about the colors you choose.” Smith, who will be […]

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Bathroom Renaissance Add pizzazz and personal style with decorative fixtures

| December 1, 2010
Bathroom Renaissance Add pizzazz and personal style with decorative fixtures

Turning water on has never been so fun! The latest bathroom faucet designs offer many choices among modern, Asian-inspired, transitional, traditional and creative styles. You can save water and create a special mood just by changing out the fixtures in your bathroom — and, they won’t make you feel like you’re washing your hands under […]

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New Generation of Appliances Offer Convenience, Conservation and Cleanliness

| November 1, 2010
New Generation of Appliances Offer Convenience, Conservation and Cleanliness

Shop around before you buy Creating a healthy home environment is one of the hottest topics today. Another is reducing the carbon footprint, and a third is cocooning. The healthy home can be defined as a combination of environmental consciousness, safety awareness and overall cleanliness or hygienic conditions, not to mention the positive emotional impact […]

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Accentuate and Accessorize

| October 1, 2010
Accentuate and Accessorize

Adding interest and color to your home increases its value — for you and for any future buyers Getting ready to put your home on the market? Or, just want to perk things up for your own enjoyment? Using splashes of color in accent furnishings can wake up any room, drawing people in with ambience […]

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Juxtaposed and eclectic, Yin and Yang – It’s all about home design

| September 1, 2010
Juxtaposed and eclectic, Yin and Yang –  It’s all about home design

If you like it, use it; there’s no right or wrong in furniture choices this year A renewed interest by homeowners in upgrading their homes is expected to have a positive effect on the furniture market this fall. Trend forcasters believe that one reason the furniture market may begin to bounce back from a slow […]

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It’s A Red Story. And blue and green, grey and orange, purple too!

| August 1, 2010
It’s A Red Story. And blue and green, grey and orange, purple too!

More and more celebrity de­signers are entering the home interiors market with their own brands of fabrics, furniture and accessories, so don’t be surprised this fall to see home interior and clothing fabrics drawing inspiration from each other. Trends in home interiors—color, texture, shape, pattern and prints—have always been linked to fashion, just not as […]

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Dazzling Windows – New trends in window shades

| July 1, 2010
Dazzling Windows – New trends in window shades

One of the simplest—and most inexpensive—ways to refresh a room’s décor is to update the window treatment. After all, when we enter a room for the first time, our eyes are naturally drawn to the windows, which is why they often serve as the focal point for a room’s design theme. One of the most […]

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2010 Kitchen Design Competition

| June 1, 2010
2010 Kitchen Design Competition

Walk into the 2010 National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Pinnacle of Design Award winning kitchen, and you will think you entered a 19th century farmhouse. But look out the window, and you won’t see a pasture of cows. What you will see is a great view of miles and miles of eastern Missouri, and maybe […]

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