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Centerpieces

There are many different things that you can use for a table top centerpiece. You can use some of your favorite pieces and just add flowers to them; pick something that helps give that wow factor to your table. One thing that will help bring a cohesive flow to your table is using the same color in different aspects of your table. For example your dishes and flowers can have a common color while your table cloth and napkins have a different but complimenting color.

Where is the TV?

Many people don’t like the look of a TV in the room.  They can be distracting and become an unintended focal point. There are many different things you can use in your decorating to detract from the focus of the TV but still have it in the room for when it is wanted. Try an attractive TV cabinet or even hide it in plain sight by having be a part of a wall collage.  You could also use this neat wall mount where you can easily flip to view your TV or conceal it with a piece of art.

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Focal Point

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A great piece of furniture can become the focal point of your bedroom.  If you have busy or colorful room you can do something as simple as an all white bed.  Or you may need that wow piece to have as the focal point!

Inviting Décor

There are many great things about having a French aesthetic in your home! Not only is it an inviting décor choice, but is also appeals to the masses. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that Parisian feel.
• Always use Antiques when you can.
• Choose a nice neutral color palette for your walls. Then use hushed accent colors for your décor.
• One of the classic things you will find in a home with French Aesthetic and that will help complete your look is gilded décor

Showerhead

UntitledAnd just how do you incorporate Star Wars hysteria into your home?  With Oxygenics showerheads!  An enticement for the young and young at heart!

Lighting

hauser lighting blogLighting directs the eye and should be layered.  Overhead lighting should be dimmed. Then add lamp light or task lighting for an inviting balance.  If it is dark outside, the only objects anyone will notice are the ones that are lit, so an entirely different ambience is achieved with control of what is accentuated.

I have lots of lighting examples on my Pinterest boards.

Expanding Spaces

Closets and Pantries

Many homes have a walk-in pantry and walk-in closets in the master, if not two, and additional smaller scale walk-ins in secondary bedrooms. All of these eat up the standing space that could be part of the open space in the room if it wasn’t in the pantry or closet.  A dream closet idea would be to have several closets facing into the room with mirrored doors and voila!  Open your winter closet complete with wools and boots (maybe cedar lining). Then an all white summer closet.  A third transitional closet would hold the remainder!  If more pantry or closet space is needed, look for an entire bedroom wall that could be build out 2 feet for a wall of closets. You can add shelving, drawers and dividers to make a kitchen area into a pantry.  Storage for can goods, cereal and other boxes can be shallow.  It is easier to see what is in the space and rotate it.

These examples and many more are available on my Pinterest boards.

Area Rugs

An area rug that covers most of the area will make the room look bigger.  An additional benefit is that covering wood or stone floors with area rugs is a must for sound moderation and visual warmth.

Draperies

Surprisingly, draperies to the ceiling will give the room height.

Large Furniture

Fewer pieces of large furniture or accessories will also expand the space.

Tips for Rug Care on Hand Knotted Rugs

From full service to DIY the goal is a great environment to live in!

  • Your rugs will be less susceptible to damage if they are used rather than stored.
  • Vacuuming is better for all carpet and rugs than cleaning.  But avoid vacuuming the fringe!
  • Vacuum regularly so the dirt doesn’t cut the fibers of the rug.
  • Blot up any unwanted spills and then dilute with water and continue extracting the water.
  • Every five years (or whenever it looks dirty) the rug should be hand washed with cold water and mild detergent by a professional.
  • If the rugs are small or the value has diminished, you can to wash them yourself to control costs. Arizona has the perfect drying weather.
  • If the rugs need repair, reputable rug dealers can connect the proper artisans for your repair.
  • If you do buy an inexpensive rug and the fringe is too white, you can tea stain the fringe to blend in.
  • Rotate rugs for better wear.

27690d6bb8dbfda587b3cac97eca795fThis photo from Pinterest shows a wonderful use of rugs. Visit our other boards!

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