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Decor

SHEER DELIGHT

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Window coverings can be a real challenge. I lean toward a minimalist approach as I appreciate the architectural lines and frame work of a multitude of windows, large and small, as well as unobstructed views. You may prefer the open and bright expanse of large windows and glass balcony doors, but some locations call for privacy. There are many solutions, from a vast selection of blinds and shades to fabric draperies fashioned to enhance your room’s style.

OPEN AND SHUT CASE

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Dear Debbie,
I’ve been reading a lot about open shelving in the kitchen and I don’t think it’s a good idea. From my experience too much stuff accumulates on the shelves and they become an eyesore.
Rebecca

Dear Rebecca,

DREAMS IN FLIGHT

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I am enormously moved by people who have a burning passion and follow their dreams, building bit by bit, until they have accomplished their goals. It could be a love for fine art in its many forms, or mastering the skills it takes to produce glorious cuisine. It might be transforming an ancient property in an historic setting and making it possible for the public to partake of its renewed glory. These talents, pastimes and hobbies each stand alone as impressive goals. Today’s story is how they were all combined into an awesome achievement for Michael Caines.

AFFORDABLE ART

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When it’s time to think about those bare walls in your home that you would like to say something other than blah, you can go with a colour change, or add some spirited wallpaper. Guaranteed, a new hue will wake up your walls. And wallcoverings, with all their contemporary offerings, are a natural for heightening interest and character.

COMFORT AND JOY

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I always look forward to previews of what’s new and trending for the coming year. It’s exhilarating to survey the latest in paint colours and wall coverings, a fresh take on pattern shapes and sizes, and how decorative cladding, including tiles and stone, are being utilized. This year’s splendid array offers something for every taste and style. What stands out across all décor types is a continuing emphasis on all things that bring comfort and optimism to our homes. Call it a backlash given the scary headlines and challenges of modern life.

DRESSED UP SHELVES AND MORE

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For those who crave a custom approach to decorating, there are plenty of opportunities for creating something as simple as a unique shelving system. If you have a spot that would benefit from some extra display space, why not design your own version? Dress up laminate boards or use MDF cut to size for the shelves. You’ll find a fascinating array of architectural trims, mouldings, corbels and sconces at your lumber store to build up detail. Upholstery tacks used as detail for fine furnishings add a touch of elegance to these shelves.

LIVING IN TIGHT QUARTERS

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Dear Debbie;
I’ve just moved into a tiny condo, 500 sq. ft., and am not sure what furniture to buy. There’s a small bedroom and bathroom with shower, no tub. The kitchen runs against one wall with floor to ceiling windows on the opposite wall. Any help is appreciated.
Thomas

Dear Thomas;

STEP BY STEP

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Dear Debbie;
What are your thoughts about painting stairs? We live in the country, and don’t wear shoes in the house so I don’t think chipping is a concern. What’s the best way to go about it if the stairs have to remain in use?
Melanie

Dear Melanie;

ELEGANCE BY DESIGN

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There are many differences between mass produced furnishings and those that are custom made. Items that are designed for mass production are generally meant for budget conscious consumers. The style/s are simple, aimed at consumption by a large audience, and the materials that make them up are easily found and inexpensive. This is not to say that case goods manufactured on a large scale can’t be fashionable. Utilitarian style is a favourite choice when we begin to feather our nests. But as time goes by, it is exciting to be able to venture into more cultivated and sophisticated arenas.

CONCRETE SOLUTIONS INSIDE AND OUT

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When considering how to decorate a wall, the solutions we think of first are generally paint or wallpaper. With today’s creative products and digital imaging, wall murals and custom wallpapers are trendy alternatives that are easy to access and install. But there are more solutions for creative décor. Ceramic wall tiles aren’t just for kitchens anymore; large scale tiles decorate full walls in dens and playrooms. Wood paneling is a perennial favourite with more and more good quality laminates available to cut the cost. In past columns, I’ve shown leather laminate wall panels too.

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