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She custom-built a dream

Toronto architect and interior designer Dee Dee Hannah was driving through her Forest Hill neighbourhood a few years back when something caught her eye and twigged her imagination.

What she saw was a teardown on a 75-foot-wide lot. But what she promptly envisioned was an 8,000-square-foot, two-storey house in yellow-buff brick and limestone with a full basement walkout.

Tips for saving money, helping the environment

Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed. Set your ceiling fans to turn in the clockwise direction to help efficiently distribute warm air throughout your room. Keep draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill. Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment.
 

Designer Sheila Bridges, Changing The Face of Toile

By Liz Seymour Washington Post Staff Writer

It doesn't get any more traditional than toile. First lavished on bedding and draperies in 18th-century France on the brink of revolution, the printed fabric is known for pastoral scenes of shepherds and shepherdesses on swings, with milk pails and courting on a garden bench. Always and invariably, they are white.

Flash forward to a 21st-century update: couples dancing with a boom box nearby, girls doing double Dutch jump-rope and a trio playing basketball. And, for once, they are black.

Seeing red

During down time, Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson and his family keep things simple

Jake Poiner Republic At Home Week

With his dominating on-field presence, Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson has a habit of making opponents see red - whether you're a wide receiver who gets burned, a quarterback who ends up on his back or, like Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in Week 4 of this season, the victim of a 99-yard interception returned for a touchdown.

A palette in rowhouse

'Modern and antique furnishings should live together,' new owner says of his imprint

In his bedroom, three narrow front windows are covered with chocolate brown shear draperies over miniblinds. A mahogany sleigh bed with white bed linens sits below three framed black and white photographs depicting foggy landscapes of winter trees.

Wallace Farmer believes that a house should tell the story of who you are, and that it should always be "a surprise when you walk in the front door."

A suit for your windows -- tie optional

Menswear materials, pinstriped and tailored, are turning up as dapper window dressings.

By Susan Morgan, Special to The Times October 19, 2006

WINDOWS dressed in wool with a neat pleat and deep side vents? Not quite, but men's suiting materials ” elegant worsteds, tropical-weight gabardines and other Savile Row woolens long revered for the way they drape the human body ” are increasingly designers' choice for dressing windows.

TV, Music, with lighting & draperies

The 1804 square foot Highland Park showroom will be the only Bang & Olufsen store in the northern Texas region. It is also the first store to enter the Dallas market featuring the new BeoLiving concept -- a completely different way of living with customized audio and video products that can converge with lighting, draperies, and various atmosphere control modules to suit each and every customer's lifestyle.

Best treatment for your panes

By Eils Lotozo Mcclatchy-tribune October 7, 2006

Nothing does more for a room than good window treatments.

They add warmth and style. They provide privacy and help lower energy costs in both summer and winter. They can even make ceilings appear higher, windows bigger and spaces brighter.

But choosing the right one can be a daunting task for the average home decorator faced with sorting pinch pleat from fan pleat, swag from cornice, roller shade from roman shade.

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