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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.

Four Young Designers On Their Way Up

By Terri Sapienza Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, July 12, 2007

See these fresh faces? They represent a new crop of talent on Washington's design scene. They have worked at some of the coolest shops and showrooms in town. They've interned with local decorators, networked within the design community and started their own companies and Web sites. They, and other young practitioners like them, will be setting design directions here in the years to come.

By Zara Stender Special to the Mercury News

Q My elderly mother is moving in with us this summer. We have a three-bedroom, two-bath home but are looking for ways to make her bedroom and bath (which have been serving as our storage rooms) feel like her own. Any suggestions on using color or interior design to create a special space for her?

Every room needs balance, places for the eyes to focus, weight distributed throughout the room so it doesn't appear lopsided. Think of your room as a scale and always add a bit more to one side or the other so as not to tip it too much in one direction.

Window coverings rank among the most important elements in interior design and offer an effective yet often overlooked way of personalizing a room. After all, window coverings are among the few home furnishings that rarely come ready-made.

The look of a setting can be enhanced or ruined by the window treatment. This allows for plenty of latitude. With practically limitless combinations, it's easy to make a window treatment look custom-made.

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By L.B. WHYDE Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- Julie Johnston and her partner, Jodi Homsi, didn't know what they were getting themselves into when they agreed to be the interior designers for a house on the Columbus BIA Parade of Homes.

Not only did they not realize how much work it was going to be, they never expected to win the gold award for best interior and best kitchen design.

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, June 17, 2007 By CHRISTINA S.N. LEWIS and LORETTA CHAO The Wall Street Journal

Eve Sinclair was so proud of the decorating job she'd done on her Los Angeles apartment that she decided last month to enter it in a contest sponsored by a home-design Web site. After spending two days cleaning, vacuuming and primping the 640-square-foot space, the 33-year-old furniture-company manager posted pictures and waited to hear the public's verdict.

It wasn't great.

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.

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.


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