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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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Luxurious New Amenities Lead Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2010

| May 1, 2010
Luxurious New Amenities Lead Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2010

Does your kitchen or bath look like it’s trapped in a time warp? Are the countertops, cabinets and floors all the wrong colors? Don’t despair! Bonnie Richardson of the Na­tional Kitchen and Bath Associ­ation says that with good planning and careful attention to the selection of materials, the typical homeowner can develop a kitchen that […]

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