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By JOHN FOLDING
Trends in interior design are a lot like trends in fashion. Today's hot look will be next year's "what was I thinking?"

Consider bluejeans, a classic since Levi Strauss introduced them in 1873. Now consider bell-bottom bluejeans - a classic gone very bad. So how do you avoid making the same kind of decorating faux pas?

It begins with knowing what you want. What colors do you like? What kinds of fabrics? What about furniture? Big and fluffy or minimal and streamlined? These are the questions you should begin with.

Each room has its own style with its own color scheme, she explained.

"I feel my colors are energizing," Jennifer said.

"The room I'm most proud of is the dining room," Dan said. "It all works really well together." A Heywood-Wakefield birchwood dining set, sunburst light and bark-cloth draperies work well with the turquoise blue in the room, he said.

But it's not these tangible items that make a house a home, he said.

Today's look in window treatments ranges from a simple length of fabric arranged over a rod to elaborate draperies reminiscent of those in historic mansions. If you have a great view or want the maximum amount of natural light possible, hard window treatments allow the most flexibility.

So does Jack Irwin, who likes the Commercial Street setting and the friends who live there.

Becky Reigel News-Leader

Commercial street loft living is a good fit for Jack Irwin and his friends, part of a growing number of residents who call the urban district home.
You're invited to check out his place, and those of many of his neighbors, on Sept. 24 at the ninth annual C-Street Loft Walk, an Uptown Lifestyle Tour.

Shari Hiller / Home & Garden Television

Window treatments are both practical and beautiful. They provide privacy, block out light, and offer a bit of climate control.

My decorating partner, Matt Fox and I have decorated countless rooms, and it is often the window treatments that are the most challenging element of the room design.

There are so many choices of window treatments that choosing just one can be so difficult!

Styled 19th-century summer retreat does 'Show House' turn for Ellicott City
By Sandy Alexander sun reporter

Some elements in Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s latest Decorator Show House jump out at visitors right away, like the cobalt-blue walls of the family room, the bright red embroidered curtain in the upstairs hallway and the ornate carvings on the antique dining room furniture.

When choosing window treatments, decide first whether you want them to:

  • Control light.
  • Provide privacy.
  • Block heat and ultraviolet rays.
  • Act as a focal point.
  • Serve as a backdrop.

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