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12 Home Hot Spots for Holiday Decorating

12 Home Hot Spots for Holiday Decorating

Deck these areas with garlands, lights and other seasonal decorations, and watch a festive mood take hold Time to dust off those boxes in the garage and clean the spiderwebs from the garland stored in the basement. The holidays are upon us. My two youngest boys have holiday radar. As soon as October 1 hits and the air chills at night, they know it's time for fall decorating. Of course, fall and winter decorating doesn't have to be limited to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. Celebrating the seasons in general, with their change of weather and colors, is a great...

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How to Handle Carpet Stains

How to Handle Carpet Stains

If you’ve ever had a carpet freshly cleaned or rolled out a new area rug only to watch in horror as it became a stain magnet for everything from pet accidents to spilled wine and dirty shoes, you know the feeling: part panic, part action hero that transforms even the mildest-mannered among us into grime fighters.It’s an occurrence that experts in the area of carpet care know well. In fact, when it comes to spot removal, pros like the ones at Coit carpet cleaning and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) are nothing short of stain-fighting superheroes. The best part?...

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Graceful Decorations for Traditional Dining Room Walls

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Graceful Decorations for Traditional Dining Room Walls

The dining room may be all about food, but your plate presentation isn't the only thing that can be artistic about the space. Beautiful paintings, bold wallpapers and eye-catching mirrors can all contribute to a traditional dining room that's as much about sight as it is about taste. Here are a few ways to incorporate artistic elements into your dining decor. Siemasko + Verbridge A painting over a fireplace — if you're lucky enough to have one — is a classic way to add art to your traditional decor scheme. Flanking a beautiful oil with sconces frames the art and...

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How to Select Rugs for Your Room

How to Select Rugs for Your Room

I often get asked “What are the rules in selecting the size of rug to use in a room?” It can prove to be hard deciding what size rug is best for a space as there are so many “rules” and just as many opposing opinions. One popular rule is that the rug should be large enough to slide under the front legs of sofas and chairs in a seating arrangement, unifying the furniture. But just as frequently I’ve heard it suggested that all legs of the furniture should sit on the rug! So, rather than being bound by rules,...

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An Art-Buying Guide for Beginners

An Art-Buying Guide for Beginners

Don't let a lack of knowledge or limited funds keep you from the joy of owning art. This guide will put you on the collector's path. Starting a collection of art that speaks to you is a worthy goal, but it may seem out of reach ... and more than a little confusing. Where do you begin? What is the difference between an original work, a limited-edition print and a poster? Where do you shop for art — especially if you don't have thousands of dollars to spend on a single piece? We will tackle these questions and more in...

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