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Manor's remodeling and redecorating respects its history

Restoring the historic Newell Farm Manor has been a labor of love for West Newbury residents Bill and Daphne Papp.

There are degrees of formality throughout the house. At the higher-end of the scale is a grand ballroom wallpapered in cream and gold tones to match the formal drapery and corner couches. Other rooms feature vibrant toile wallpaper and matching drapery in rich hues of blues, yellows and reds.

Child's vision for room may differ from yours

It's amazing how early in our development we start fantasizing about our living environment. Most young children, if asked, will suggest how they want their bedrooms to be decorated.

Other hints can be had from a small book called "Style to Go: Bed and Bath," written by Josh Garskof and published by The Taunton Press. It presents simple but seldom applied decorating ideas such as drapery alcoves.

Home for sale: Rose garden not included

THE SIMPLE REAL ESTATE LAW OF FIXTURES. Most home buyers and sellers, and even their real estate agents, often do not understand the simple law of fixtures.

A "fixture" is moveable personal property, which, by means of bolts, nails, screws, cement, glue, or other attachment method, has been converted to real property. Clearly, that dining room chandelier had been converted from personal property to real property because of its permanent attachment to the structure. Nothing was said in the sales contract about its exclusion from the condo sale.

New drapery look suits new season

By Gail Borelli McClatchy-Tribune Tucson, Arizona | Published: 04.08.2007

It's spring ” time to pull down the heavy draperies and let the sun shine in.
For an airy curtain that won't block the light, try sewing together lacy women's handkerchiefs, as shown in the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The dainty handkerchiefs are available cheap at just about every flea market and antiques shop; some are quite charming.

Great Windows Ideas

Design Challenges - We Can Solve Them

Window coverings can be a room focal point or subtle enhancement to a great scenic view. Windows can actually be art in your room. No other decorative enhancement to your home affords such freedom and personal self-expression. Through window design, the tone and feeling of your home - your family lifestyle - are visible for you to enjoy every day of the year.

Room For Improvement: Stoneham teen bedroom

All kids grow up and so does their taste. So when one teen is ready for her bland bedroom to suit her fun style, our design team gives it a colorful kick.

Kelly is a busy 15-year-old with out a good place to hang out. This is her bedroom. It's a good size, but...

Kelly Kneeland, teenager
"It is kind of boring. I mean, the last time it was decorated I was six years old."

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