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Experts on hand for home show

When it comes to home decorating the "classic" look is not only timeless, it's economical.

Interior decorators suggest people working with a budget should avoid trendy colours or home furnishings.

"Most people don't have the money to redecorate their homes from top to bottom every time trends change," said Vicki Walton of Vicki Walton Interiors in Victoria, one of 500 experts available for consultation at the 2006 Victoria Renovation & Design Show, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Homes Showcase Art

Artist Barbara Garro says, The artsy home begins on your property and continues into the home led by memorable art placement every step of the way. Part of the process comes from looking at the decorating possibilities in commercial establishments, decorating books and television shows as well as those friends and family members with great taste.

Stained-glass valence adds color, texture to any room

By Diane Reynolds, Times Staff Writer  Friday, September 22, 2006
The simple valances in Janet Hollinger's Pour House Cafe draw the eye with their brilliant colors.

They're made of shimmering vertical strips of stained glass decorated with colored glass jewels.

Customers will enter the Pour House for a latte, Hollinger said, and often will emerge wanting stained glass valances for their homes.

Making a limited space serve two purposes

A warm coat of paint and careful selection of functional furniture transform an urban loft with tons of potential into a space that's suitable for everyday living ” and perfect for nighttime entertaining

Candice Olson Special to The Tribune

Imagine this: You buy a funky loft in the hottest neighborhood in the city. You picture yourself throwing swanky cocktail parties, entertaining the hippest people in town and enjoying the energetic high life that loft living offers.

Decorating Avoid dated decorating

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.

Family transforms classic ranch home into modern showplace

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.

Eclectic decor feels right at home in loft

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.


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