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Designers Showcase house breaks away from Tuscany

PJ Bremier - Article Launched: 09/28/2007 09:55:18 PM PDT

What's there to like about this year's Marin Designers Showcase house, a fundraiser for the Auxiliary of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership? Plenty. A vintage, classically styled home, swathed in gorgeous colors and sleek finishes; some eco-sensitive decorating choices; and a savvy new design lecture series at noontime.

The six-bedroom, brown-shingled home, on the market for $5 million, perches on five secluded Dominican-area acres that border thousands of acres of open space.

When a Bathroom Becomes Something Much More!

Never before have we been so interested in making these long-overlooked spaces in our homes into something higher: places to be decorated and enjoyed like any other part of the home, with amenities that make us feel pampered, invigorated, and even more relaxed. Today we pay a lot more attention to the materials we choose in creating these personalized spaces than ever before, and the window areas should be no exception!

An Expert's Must-Have Home Design Books and Web Sites - Open House (washingtonian.com)

You've decided to update a room in your home. Now what? Ignore your first instinct to call an interior designer and try the bookstore or Internet.

Collecting pictures from design books or Web sites really helps the designer understand your vision, says Celia Welch, owner of Celia Welch Interiors (301-654-4728) in Bethesda. Flipping through photos is one of the first things Welch does with clients to get a sense of their style. We asked Welch to share her favorites.

Drapery Connection - Highland Park, IL, 60035 - Citysearch

Since 1939 we have proudly served Chicagoland's decorating and window covering needs. Drapery Connection offers the widest selection of products and pricing of any window coverings business. You can always count on paying less than retail price for thousands of fabrics, custom workmanship, bedspreads, shades, blinds, shutters. We are certified automation experts, experienced in home automation integration and electrical design for motorized window coverings. Products and workmanship sold by Drapery Connection are of the highest quality.

Taking indoors outdoors

All-weather decor can make outside cozy, comfortable

With people relaxing and entertaining outdoors these days, the patio has become a second living room.
By Shari Hiller, Scripps Howard News Service July 14, 2007

he truth is we have grown to love our outdoor spaces, resurrecting our living rooms with a twist out on the patio. It doesn't seem to matter whether we can only use them for several months of the year, or all year long, we still have begun decorating them like we do indoors.

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