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Christmas : Scandinavian, Naturally

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I gotta admit it.  I'm a bit scared to look in the "Christmas" boxes down in our basement.  After my summer purge of most things "nonessential," I'm just wondering what's left down there.  One thing is for certain, our 8' tree with LED lights is a goner as it took a village to get it up three floors and set up.  Whatever is left in the basement, I'm dreaming of a Scandinavian-inspired wonderland this year.  To get started, let's take a look at my inspiration photos.

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 50. Decorating with Books

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As you know by now, we're going through our possessions with a fine tooth comb.  My goal is to only keep things I really love but I've come to a road block when it comes to books.  One thing I learned quickly is that no one wants old books.  Charities and libraries will take current best sellers and a few classics but understandably, nothing more.  Fortunately, layering books in rooms is a hot trend for 2018.  Let's look at some creative ways to use those extra books.

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 49. Styling Bookcases

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Styling a bookcase is a quick change you can make to any room.  By editing your books and adding objects / framed photos / art, you'll have a new look without costing a cent.  And while a bookshelf is the practical place to store your curated books, let's look at how to create even more interest by using handsome styling.

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 48. Rightsizing

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This summer, my mission was to pare down my accumulated stuff. Thinking we might downsize in the next year or so, I got to work.  

Here's my three secrets to letting go of stuff:  1) You have to be motivated.  2) Take a picture of anything sentimental.  3) Give to a good "home" as there's comfort knowing someone else will appreciate it.  

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 46. Glam IKEA Hacks

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Every house can use a bit of "glam" and what better way than to start with something from IKEA.  Huh?  It never occurred to me, but IKEA devotees are nothing but super creative.  Take these plain IKEA glass vases as an example.  A dip of gold paint turns them into something really luxe.  Let's take a look at some other inspiring projects.

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