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CURTAINS, CURTAINS, CURTAINS

Draperies and curtains play an integral part of the Christmas tradition for most TT women. For some people, without a new set of curtains, their Christmas is dull and drab. Some don't even feel the Christmas spirit unless they have their curtains readily prepared and according to one woman, curtain first and ham last. Some women wait until the clock strikes 12.00 on Christmas morning before adorning their homes with curtains.

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Bedroom blends sultry, traditional

Dated '80s decor redesigned into sexy, modern oasis

By Candice Olson, Hgtv December 9, 2006

Milena and Bill are recently married 30-somethings who have just bought a house, but that is where their similarities end. Milena is an energetic South American who loves to salsa dance and shake things up, while Bill is a conservative North American who likes things just a bit quieter.

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.

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