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50 DecorBook Ideas : 31. Stick with a Color Palette

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Sticking with a neutral color pallet sure makes seasonal decorating easier.  Since our house is neutral, I can easily jazz it up with seasonal colors.  Usually, by summer, I've moved to summery blue and white.  But since Easter, I've been stuck on a sunny yellow.  The forsythia and cast iron bunnies are long gone so it was time to get a bit of summer inside.  Turns out it's easy.  In the entryway, I replaced forsythia with shells.  To keep the yellow theme going, I just tucked my sunflower photo behind the tray.  The basket corrals mail and keys. 

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 30. A Garden Delight

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With summer arriving this week, it's surely time to think about outdoor entertaining.  In this month's issue of Veranda, an article just about knocked my flip/flops off.  See that pretty tablecloth?  If you're like me, you'll be surprised when you take a closer look.    

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 29. Washi Tape

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Have you fallen in love with Washi tape?  This reposition paper tape packs a wallop of design into a small roll of tape.  Big and bold like this chevron patterned wall or the thinnest of line where the ceiling meet the wall, uses for Washi tape are limitless.  Let's take a look.

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Places We Go : Online Sales

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Some of my favorite things are on sale this weekend.  Some are just for fun like this blue garden seat ($89 at Ballard Designs).  And some are splurges.  Let's face it.  Some creature comforts are worth the investment.  And when they're on sale, so much the better.  These products last and last and last so if you put a pencil to it, they might even be less expensive in the long run.  Let's take a look.

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 28. Home Office Solutions

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Are you bombarded with unsightly electrical cords?  Do you have clutter everywhere in your workspace?  Me, too.  But after a $30 trip to IKEA, everything is squared away.  Let's take a look at these quick and inexpensive solutions.  I wanted to keep the area under my work counter as clutter free as possible.  Now, a basket hides an IKEA plastic box filled with cords for a lamp and "iCords."  The metal suitcase top is my recharging "center." 

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