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by Mary Ellen Slayter 

Sometimes curtains just aren't enough.

If you need to block light from a window that is taller than it is wide, the usual choice is horizontal blinds. Material is the primary driver of price; options include premium hardwoods, a blend of hardwoods and composite materials, or aluminum. Other aspects that can add to the cost include ultraviolet-light protection, soundproofing and additional childproofing features. Some manufacturers offer a greater choice of colors.

by Broderick Perkins

To help foresee what the future may offer as a more visible robotic creature, CEA asked a group of consumers to list their most despised chores.

In the order of least liked chores to less least liked chores consumers said they most despised cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and dishes; dusting; doing the laundry; mowing; vacuuming; taking out the trash; cooking; adjusting windows and window treatments; choosing what to watch; turning lights on and off; adjusting the temperature and selecting music.

According to 20-year professional Lydia Costa, of Lydia Costa Interiors in Seekonk, Mass., fall is also busiest because people want to create a warm feeling in their homes with new textured fabrics for their bedding, window coverings or sofa and chair upholstering.

"Silk-textured fabrics, throws or shawls to drape over chairs and sofas can be the best way to get comfortable on chilly nights," she said.

According to Ms. Santopietro, the trend of designing is mixing different styles to create a "contemporary edge."

ADD CURVESIn the living room, he designed a walnut panel that runs along the ceiling and curves seamlessly down the wall to become the base for the plasma television and audio system. Both the shape and the warm hues of the wood designate the space as the lounging area.
MAKE IT COMFY ” Underfoot, a thick, loopy noodle carpet is a delight visually and to the touch. In contrast with the low table, best accessed when sitting on the carpet, are the large, blue sofas that give the space boundaries. 

Skylight Openings

You will find that skylight architectural design allows light and ventilation from above rather than as window on the side of the room. With this particular type of installation you need to be certain that the installation is handled properly in order to avoid leaks and the problems that are often associated with uninvited water in the home.

Decorating the windows of your house might just be the answer to that little missing touch in doing up the interiors. Bindu Gopal Rao finds out more about drapes, blinds and window accessories.

 By Eric Reguly

 Italians know how to conserve on air conditioning too. AC is becoming more common in Italy, but it is still relatively rare by North American standards. So how do Italians deal with the African-style heat that wallops the country for much of the summer? The answer: Window shutters.

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