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Decor

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.

THEME DECORATING

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Spring and summertime festivities always bring to mind planning around a theme. Whether you are inside or out, it’s fun and easy to pump up your décor with accessories that match the celebration. Everything from balloons and strings of lights to flags and banners, paper plates, even floral bouquets will set the mood. However, theme decorating is not just for events. When choosing furnishings and décor for a room, it is helpful to have a common subject, a specific style around which to work. Here are some guidelines to a successful setup.

SCREEN PLAY

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Screens are so multi-purpose, that there is always a place for a screen in your home. You can hide a section of the room that you are not using, camouflage a not so desirable corner, or create a private nook that’s just for you. As practical as they are, screens also provide a perfect canvas for decorating. You’ll find room screens at home stores and hand-me-downs at flea markets. They come in different shapes and sizes and a variety of materials: plain or carved wood, rattan and fiber weaves, wrought iron, and fabrics. Look around your home, a bedroom, den or living room.

THE ART OF DISPLAY

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My partner and I admit to being intimidated by art, what’s supposed to be good, and how to hang it. We have eclectic tastes and simply fill our walls any way that fits. Have you any tips? Thank you.
Jane

Dear Jane;

COLOURS AND SHAPES

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Dear Debbie;
Our children’s bedrooms are on the top floor, and the ceilings slant under the pitched roof. It is a perfect space for kids, cozy and bright. I want to paint with two or three colours and don’t know where it would look best to stop one colour and start another. Thanks for your help.
Louisa

Dear Louisa;

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