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Color Game : Black and White

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Oakland is in the fog today.  That gray would be a pretty inside wall color but it's a dreary outside color for a Sunday.  Time to liven things up by playing my little mind game of putting a whole house "together" using Pinterest.

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 3. Too Many Mirrors?

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What kind of person has 17 mirrors hanging in their house?  I just took a count and that doesn't include the ones over the bathroom sinks.  How many mirrors are too many?  Maybe a good rule of thumb is one mirror in most rooms but I seem to sneak more in wherever I can. 

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 2. Paint Magic

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 2. Paint Magic

Don't you love the before&after stories you see in decorating blogs and magazines?  Paint seems like the quickest and most affordable way to go for a good before&after story.  Here's a couple of fast changes I've done around here. This little alcove in our entry way was painted the wall color and didn't really stand out.  A simple grid penciled out freehand led to a faux tile look that gives a bit of a Mediterranean vibe to the entry way. Painting chairs is almost instant gratification.  Our four kitchen chairs, made in Italy, were purchased for $20 each as the old Montgomery Ward...

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Easy Easter Decorating

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Easy Easter Decorating

Do you go all out with decorating for holidays? If you have little kiddies, you might be up to your ears in bunnies and baskets right about now.  But if there aren't children around, keeping holiday decorating to a minimum works for me.  Sure, you want to know that something special is happening and your décor should reflect that.  But what's the right amount and where should you do it? There are three areas in our house that have a bunny theme right now - the entry way, living room mantel and the guest room.  The entry way is always a great place to set...

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 1. Edit, Edit, Edit

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50 DecorBook Ideas : 1. Edit, Edit, Edit

The key to fresh design is to think very carefully about where to put what.  Luckily, this can be done no matter what your budget.  Editing your rooms really means arrange, reorganize, correct, remove, adapt, change and reorder.  Besides creating terrific "new" rooms, editing can be a cleansing process when you give away, trade away or take away household possessions. Look at your space as though you were looking at it for the first time.  Study the floor plan.  Ask yourself, "What if?"  How do you use your formal dining room?  Could you turn it into a sun-room?  How often do you use...

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