The narrow windows flanking the front entrance to the home bring the light in and create a wider formal look for the abode’s entry. They also can create a clear view into the private world of the home from strangers on the front stoop ringing the doorbell.arched-door-sidelight-eden2

Decorating the sidelights to the door is not difficult

Depending on the level of privacy that you require or the amount of light that you want to let in there are a variety of choices.

Wallpaper for Windows has beautiful films that are easy to apply and remove for reuse. This is a wonderful option that comes in an array of designs in opaque and clear films.

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  •  Add a traditional etched glass
  • Attach a contemporary geometric for a modern style abodeeamontereysun-prv-pic6
  • For divided windows use a color or a small pattern inside each frame

Hunter Douglas “Luminette® Privacy Sheers are ideal for sidelight and accent window applications. The perfect solution for those narrow, hard-to-cover windows.”

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  • Sheers in widths from 8″ to 11 7/8″ will operate as tilt-only and not traverse
  • Available in the 3 1/2″ vane size, in six fabric styles, and with translucent or room-darkening vanes
  •  Enhances child and pet safety

Hunter Douglas Operable Sidelight Blinds. “Duette® and Applause® honeycomb shades now offer the simple elegance of cordless operable and non-operable sidelights.”hunter douglas silhouettestdtiltonly

  • Operable sidelights maximum height up to 84″, and widths up to 17 7/8″
  • Available in 3/8″ and 3/4″ pleat sizes
  • No unsightly cord pooling
  • Enhances child and pet safety
  • Available as standard bottom-up, or with top-down/bottom-up design options

Window sheer curtains will add a softness to the abode’s decor.

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  • Sheers are gathered and hung tight with top and bottom rods to cover the window
  • Add a tie to pull the middle in to let some light in during the day

Shutters and blinds can easily be opened for daylight and closed for privacy.

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  • Plantation blinds are perfect for a seashore cottage and shutters look attractive for a country decor.
  • Both wood shutters and blinds can be painted to match the trim or walls or leave the beauty of the natural wood

Tall topiary potted plants create a peaceful green decor with the added benefits of acting as a privacy screen for the sidelights.

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  • Use them outside or inside.
  •  Use them in conjunction with another window treatment to add dimension and beauty.

Let the light shine in on your life and enjoy the private moments. Never be afraid to dance!

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Kitchen cabinetry that is old and out of date can bring the home’s decor down. Purchasing new furniture and appliances can add a bit of freshness to the decor but will not hide the old cabinetry. Cabinetry can be costly to remove and replace; not to mention the mess and down time of not having a kitchen to use.

Enjoy watching me discuss how to update your kitchen on this eHow video

Update the old boring white laminate kitchen.

White laminate cabinetry was popular twenty years ago but now is in need of updating for this century. Use a little elbow grease and imagination and the old cabinetry can be turned into a beautiful new kitchen.

Paint the white laminate.

Laminate can be painted. Preparation is key. Remove hardware and scrub the cabinetry clean. Then sand them well so that the paint will adhere. Make sure to prime the cabinets with an appropriate primer made to use on this material; this is also important for a smooth paint finish that will last. Finally paint the cabinetry turning them into new beautiful decor. A specialty paint supply store should be able to set you up with the necessary materials for the job.

New hardware.

Replace the old pulls and knobs with new attractive handles. This will instantly add newness to the old cabinetry in a quick and easy fashion. The new hardware placed on the newly painted cabinetry will be the icing on the cake for the decor.

Laminate counters can be painted too.

After you have completed transforming the cabinetry do the same with the countertops. Use Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations™, to turn the existing countertops into a beautiful granite look without the high cost of stone.

Update with a new backsplash.

Add a new tile backsplash to finish off your new kitchen decor. Consider splurging on a few glass accent tiles to really add some special sparkle.

New appliances will complete the decor.

If it is in the budget then complete the new kitchen update by updating the appliances as well. Get good deals in clearance areas where the side of a refrigerator, that will be hidden anyway against your wall, may be scratched.

Do not be surprised by all of the compliments that you receive on your new spectacular kitchen. Little will everyone know that you were able to achieve the new decor without breaking the bank. Entertaining will be a pleasure preparing the affair in your new kitchen.

Take pleasure in updating the decor and never be afraid to dance!

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Wall decals have grown up to be wonderful decor to dress the walls, even in the most elegant of homes. Since they do not damage walls they make the perfect option if you enjoy switching the decor or live in a rental or dorm room. RoomMates manufactures a wide variety of beautiful and easy to use home décor products that install easily and will beautify the abode within minutes.

RoomMates wall decals come in many styles, sizes and finishes to please all ages.

The easy peel and stick RoomMates are removable and reusable wall decals that stick to practically any surface that is smooth to the touch, even on wallpapered walls. Be creative using them on “walls, ceilings, doors, windows, mirrors, furniture, chalkboards, window shades, desks… even vehicles!”  RoomMates feature an array of amazing designs from traditional to modern for grownups and popular characters for the little ones. They even allow for a customizing option to create your own peel and stick wall decor from a favorite photo, character, pattern, artwork or by using a template and creativity.

The RoomMates decal products are very easy to install and remove within minutes.

Wait at least two weeks after painting or wallpapering to apply wall decals and make sure that the surface is smooth to the touch.

  • Fully clean the surface prior to application.
  • The designs come on a liner sheet with already pre-cut pattern pieces that have self adhesive. Depending on the choice of pattern installing the decal is as easy as following numbers.
  • To remove and store the decals simply remove carefully from the surface and place it back on the liner for safe keeping.

Special technology makes for no mess or damage, and most RoomMates products can be reused!

“RoomMates wall decals use a special adhesive that grips the wall tightly, but doesn’t form a bond. When the sticker is removed, it lifts easily from the wall without residue or damage. This technology also allows the decals to be used again at a new location without reducing the quality of their performance.”

Not just decals, RoomMates offers many other wall decor options to beautify the home.

With wallpaper & borders, peel and stick mirrors, XL wallpaper murals, clocks and Magic Hooks, one can make over any room within minutes into an entire new decor simply by peeling and sticking. Dorm rooms can now be transformed from ugly concrete blocks to beautiful walls easily and safely without harming walls.

  • Adorn the wall with a favorite quote to inspire all who enter the room.
  • Dress a wall with mirrors without the need of a hammer and nails.
  • Have fun dressing the abode to celebrate the holidays and seasons.

With the RoomMates beautiful decor choices there is a design for everyone to choose from to create a beautiful home with. Have fun swapping decor as the seasons change or surprise a household member with a new room decor for their birthday. The peel and stick options create a great opportunity for decorating any abode.

Peel and stick your way to lovely walls that express who you are and never be afraid to dance!

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Windows come in various sizes and designs to fit in their environment. Using the perfect window treatment style will enhance windows and add beauty to the abode. Depending on the room and furnishing style window decor can be simple in a minimalist cover style, or elegant with fancier treatments. When choosing a treatment style one should take into consideration the use of the window and the decor to blend the beautiful window adornments to fit perfectly with the inhabitants’ lifestyle.

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Shades and shutters are perfect to decorate a window with a minimal treatment to fit any decor style. Roll-up shades installed inside the window frame are the most commonly used, available in inexpensive, easy cut-to-size vinyl to custom shades made fabric to coordinate with decor finishings. Blinds and pleated shades almost disappear when fully raised and roman shades gather fabric in folds as they are raised for a beautiful window. Purchase shades that lower from the top providing one with both sunlight and privacy. Country style shutters attached to the sides of the windows are ready to be swung out to expose an open window or leave closed using levers raised or lowered for sunshine and privacy.

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Drapery is a formal window treatment style to compliment an elegant decor crafted from a heavier weight fabric and lined. This style can be installed and hung on rods with rod pockets or pinch-pleated at the top to be hung with hooks or decorative rings to create beautiful and fashionable windows. Drapery does not have to be just for a formal decor, built-in grommets at the header of the drapery will complement a contemporary home. Elongate a room’s height by hanging the drapery from the ceiling to the floor.  Drapery will add a wonderful element to the decor wowing visitors as they enter the room.

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Unlined and hung on a rod using a rod pocket header, tabs, grommets or curtain rings, curtains are an informal cousin to drapery. Curtain treatments are the perfect style to dress your bathroom or kitchen window. Create a fun look by using a cafe curtain to only cover the lower half of the window; this will provide a softness and privacy to the decor. Tier curtains work in similar fashion by adding a second rod at the top of the window to match the cafe curtain with a valance.

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Layering window treatments will create a beautiful designer appearance to the decor. Add a lovely sheer underneath for softness when the draperies are opened. A valance or cornice will make the perfect partner for a shade or rods to disappear into. Placing a sheer or lace curtain over a plain vinyl shade creates a lovely flowing window treatment with privacy. Layer shades or drapery with a formal draped festoon matched with jabots for an elegant appearance. A scarf softly draped at the top of the window is perfect for the informal relaxed look over drapery, curtains or shades.

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Just as one completes an outfit with the perfect belt or necklace, a lovely style choice of window treatments gets an additional decor touch with the appropriate accessories. Rods come in different diameters and materials; add beautiful finial ends to show off the window treatments. Holdbacks act as if a piece of sculpture to frame pulled back drapery. For added privacy use a decorative film placed onto the window glass to replicate etched art. The proper accessories place the finishing touch to compliment any style choice of window treatments.

Windows are the eyes to the world; make them up to be flirty and beautiful. Have fun adding new excitement to the abode’s decor by dressing up the windows. Never be afraid to dance.

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The super hero of the home needs his décor as much as the abode’s super heroine. For a woman a posh walk-in closet or a huge master suite and spa bathroom of her own is often an ultimate dream décor, but more times than not, when men are questioned about what their fantasy abode is, they wish for a décor that will emulate a masculine appointed secret haven to escape to.  Whether a single’s pad or a garage, basement, attic, outdoor patio or the corner of a room, any space can be imagined into the décor fitting for a man to get in touch with his super hero identity.real cave, modernmancave

The first step to achieving a perfect man cave is to have a plan in place.

Prepare a floor plan of the room(s) or area that will be set aside for the private cave for the male to call home. With a measuring tape, graph paper, and a pencil one can easily measure and place on paper a scaled layout of the space or spaces that are to be allocated for the man cave. Once the walls are in place the decor can be decided upon and furnishings can be chosen to be positioned perfectly to scale into the drawn space.

Decide on a decor theme that will make up a comfortable dream cave.

Favorite hobbies are an ideal theme for designing the ultimate cave decor in which to call home.  The man cave’s décor should encompass the hero of the home’s hidden secret powers to make the cave a showcase of his dreams.

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  • Artist hideaway.
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  • Game room.basementfininshingohio
  • Master chef de cuisine.
  • Graffiti master.
  • To complete the ideal man abode one should choose the furnishings that will perfectly fit the space.

    Furnishings are meant to add comfort to the abode’s inhabitants. A list of dream decor items should be easy to come by since they have probably been floating in one’s head every time one drifts off into dream land or buys a lottery ticket.

    • A large flat screen TV.
    • The ultimate audio system.
    • A fully stocked bar.
    • Billiard table.
    • Card table.

    In addition to the media surround sound, bar or game tables, other furnishings are necessary to make the space complete for comfort and entertaining the male pals visiting with envy. Furnishings that are easily cleanable should be considered in order to not worry about spillage and instead be able to concentrate on enjoyment.

    Flooring

    • Concrete floors

    Floors in basements and garages can be painted with a fun color or pattern in high gloss enamel and a polyurethane top coat. Consider painting the floor in a design that follows the theme of the decor like a baseball diamond or a race track.

    • Tile floors will work well in any room.

    Tiles come in arrays of sizes, patterns, materials and colors that can fit any decor theme.

    • Laminate floors can look wonderful.

    Make sure laminate flooring is not placed anywhere that moisture may be an issue, such as a basement.

    • Engineered wood.

    The engineered manufactured wood creates a rich look and is hardy to work in most locations.

    • Use an area rug to place in the seating area.

    Rugs can easily be picked up, cleaned, or replaced when needed. For a garage, roll the rug up when you need to move the car in. Rugs made specifically for the outdoor elements can be left outside for the outdoor decorated man escape space.

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    Use imagination to create a wonderful decor with seating and decor centered around a favorite theme. Ultra creative souls may want to build their own furnishings or find unique items that have been crafted specifically for special interests making them not only usable furnishings but also wonderful art statements as well.

    • Skateboarders can design a wall or tabletop crafted from tiles by Art of Board that have been made from recycled skateboards.huntvalley
    • Avid bikers and bicyclists can shop at Bike Furniture Design for amazing chairs and tables built from actual parts of bicycles and motorcycles.loveseat07_52wt
    • Car fanciers can find sofas and chairs that are actually designed and built out of recycled car seats and an automobile’s body. Auto wheels and engines can be used as table bases. Build a table yourself by polishing or painting them first and then use glass for the table top. Vehicles can be used to build an interesting bar as well. Tool cabinets are perfect to be repurposed for storage.blog.ucda.ca car bar, ballerhouse
    • Sports fans will enjoy watching a game sitting in an old rescued stadium seat. Chairs and sofas can be made using baseball bats, hockey sticks, or skis for the surround and adding upholstery for comfortable seating.old theater seats, flickr
    • Studious sorts may enjoy a sofa surround or bar crafted from books with books also repurposed to be used as shelves floating on the wall.book desk, cubeme
    • Hair enthusiasts will find that antique barber chairs can make for comfortable seating and old fashioned male gossip.barber chairs, blog.blinds

    Comfortable seating pieces come together when using the right upholstery fabric choices.

    Leather comes in many colors other than black and also works well when used as a mate with another fabric. Make sure that the leather is not hard and stiff and that you will be able to sink into the seat. Animal skins can be fun for benches or rugs as well. Use an animal hide as a throw on a sofa.

    Crypton fabrics are perfect for super hero abodes being impervious to most spills and will last through almost anything. These fabrics are a great choice and come in many patterns and types of fabric including plush chenille.

    Fashion fabrics make good choices. When deciding on a fabric one can simply choose a fabric that a man commonly wears, such as wools, tweeds and denim.

    Be artistic and think outside of the ordinary by using a Native American woven blanket for upholstery or an interesting rug.

    No room to allocate, then decorate a small corner to call one’s own mini cave.

    Choose a massage chair that will give one soothing personal attention. Add a privacy screen that when in place everyone understands that you are not to be disturbed. Use an end table with built in hidden refrigerator next to the chair and keep a pair of personal earphones close by to plug in and close out the world around to enjoy a moment of man cave peace.

    Whether one lives alone or with a gaggle of family or roommates, most dream of having the perfect decorated space to escape to in their home. Women might tend to opt for the dream shoe closet, but men speak about having their fantasy cave, much like Batman’s cool abode, when questioned about their choice of what their perfectly appointed desired room would be.

    Have fun creating the cave of your dreams and never be afraid to dance!

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    Moving from a house one owns to a rental can be a challenge. There is no longer the stress about paying for upkeep, but living in someone else’s property often comes with new stresses regarding specific decorating rules pertaining to the hanging of art and shelves.

    People want to make their abode a home with their own decorating touches.

    Everyone would like to make their living spaces their own with lovely art and accessories. Landlords are weary of damage that may be made to their properties with nails in walls, and no one can blame them. Command products by 3M has come to the rescue making wonderful products that will help decorate and organize the abode with absolutely no harm to any surfaces.IMG_1710

    Hang artwork and hooks easily for organizing with no tools nor destruction to any surface

    Command products have reusable hooks and caddies that make decorating and organizing a pleasure. They are easy to install and remove without any harm to the walls. Command has beautiful decorative hooks, as well as simple clear hooks and wire management systems, picture hangers and poster clips, and caddies to organize the walls. They can hold works of art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, when it is time to move on.IMG_1786 IMG_1807

    Be inventive using Command;  Command hooks made the issue of attaining shelf space easy.

    The kitchen sink in my new rented abode was longing for a shelf to be placed above it, between the two upper cabinets flanking either side. Problem is, the cabinetry is new and the property owner would probably not appreciate nails being placed in the new and clean decor.

    By using an open metal shelf and Command hooks I easily installed a shelf myself in the niche between the two cabinets with no tools except for a tape measure, level and pencil.

    • Having a 36 inch opening, I purchased an Elfa 36 inch wide by 12 inch deep wire metal shelf form the Container Store. IMG_3913
    • Using the level and measuring tape, lines were made with a pencil to determine where to place the hooks that would hold the shelf up.
    • The metal shelf was easy to snap into place allowing for the hooks to hold it in position until the time comes for its damage free removal. IMG_4044 IMG_4062

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    • Any pencil marks leftover were easily washed away.

    I now have a beautiful place to store extra items in attractive cubbies. Two round dollar store battery operated tap LED lights with magnets attached to the bottom of the metal shelf add an accent light over the sink to finish off the new decor.

    Command is very easy to apply and remove needing absolutely no tools.

    • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
    • Remove blue or red label liner on the tape to attach to hook so that the tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
    •  Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
    •  Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.

    Ready to move on to a new abode, then simply take the shelf off of the hooks and then remove the Command hooks.

    • For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

    Hanging artwork and anything on the walls can be tricky. everything must be hung level, straight and at the correct height. Traditional picture hangers and hooks place holes in a wall so it is necessary not to make mistakes when using these. With a rental or dorm room one might not have the option of poking holes in the walls. Command is a wonderful discovery for everyone and just about every situation. The kids can now hang the posters on the walls of their rooms without tape, thumbtacks, mess or punishment for damaging the wall’s finish.

    I can attest to these products being a great invention to assist in decorating and organizing the abode. All of the Command products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips. Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that the products should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

    Create a beautiful decor by thinking outside of the box using inventive products. Never be afraid to dance!

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    Although the sofa eyed on view in the store may be a couch of one’s dreams, more times than less, once home it will look awkward and not fit in the room as imagined. Simply by making the proper preparations by having floor plans of the room or rooms shopping for one will know the sizes needed to perfectly decorate a beautiful abode.

    Avoid costly buying mistakes before heading out to the stores by making a floor plan. Untitled

    Purchasing furniture purely based on appearance can be a frustrating blunder. Without a floor plan it is difficult to fully understand exactly what size furnishings will work best to create a beautiful decor, resulting in furniture being delivered that is unusable, cannot be returned due to final sale or could be costly to exchange. This is a very common and upsetting shopping mistake that people make when decorating the abode. It is easy to avoid making this common misstep when buying furniture by making sure to be totally prepared for the shopping excursion with floor plans.

    A floor plan will allow one to see exactly where furniture should be placed in a room for optimal design. With a plan of action no longer will there be a letdown when the delivery of the new furnishings come only to see that they will not fit into a room or even through the door or up a staircase.

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    • With a floor plan one will know that instead of a sofa and loveseat maybe only a sofa and a chair will work in the allotted space.
    • When purchasing a dining room table, by having a plan one will know exactly what size and shape table will fit perfectly in the room.
    • Before buying a king size bed that will not fit, with a floor plan one will know that the bedroom may only fit a queen size bed comfortably with one tall dresser instead of a long triple dresser.

    Floor plans are as easy as following the lines on graph paper.

    A floor plan is a scaled version of a space on paper complete with furniture and accessories. The plan begins with taking proper measurements of a room and any furnishings that are to stay in the given room.

    A few simple supplies are needed to begin the journey of making a basic floor plan.

    • A tape measure
    • Pencil
    • Scrap paper
    • Graph paper

    Begin with measuring.

    Do a very rough drawing, on a piece of scrap paper for measuring purposes only, of your room showing walls and openings for doors, windows and fireplaces. Note where columns and built-in cabinetry are in the room as well. Take out the measuring tape and begin measuring a room writing down each measurement in the applicable space on your rough drawing. For a basic start, measure the length and width of your room.

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    One should work their way around the room and get into a measuring rhythm.

    • Beginning at one corner, measure from one corner to inside the door or window frame.
    • Then measure the door or window width.
    • Now measure from the other side of the door or window along the wall to the next door or window.
    • Measure the width of the door or window.
    • Continue measuring until the measurements on each or the room’s wall have been completely transcribed to the rough drawing.
    • Measure column widths and where they are exactly placed in the room by measuring from perpendicular walls to the column.

    Draw a scaled plan using a pencil and graph paper.

    Now that the measurements have been taken it is time to get to work to create a scaled plan of the room. Drawing a room to scale on plan is simple once one understands that one quarter inch square on the graph paper equals one foot, and that inches can be estimated with half a square equaling 6-inches and a fourth of a square equating to 3-inches.

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    • Using the length and width measurements draw the basic room perimeter to scale onto the graph paper with a pencil.
    • Draw in the doors, windows, etc.  to scale on the graph paper in the same way you measured them in the room.

    Now it is time to play with placing furnishings in the floor plan.

    When the basic room plan is completed make a few copies and have fun designing the room for several scenarios as if playing with furniture in a dollhouse. Just as room was scaled to fit the floor plan the furniture must be placed in the room to scale as well.

    Be aware that room is needed to walk around pieces or to pull out chairs; three feet is optimum but thirty-inches will work. Make sure that there is room for a door to open and that windows are not blocked.

    • Shop online for sofas, tables and bedroom set ideas; find the measurements of the pieces desired and draw them to scale on a separate piece of graph paper.
    • Cut out the scaled furnishings from the paper. Take the furniture cutouts and play with them on the floor plan until the perfect room is achieved.

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    • Once the furnishings are best placed trace an outline of the furniture on the scaled copy of the floor plan and remove the paper furnishings.
    • Write the sizes of the pieces of furniture in on the plan in order to know what is required before heading to the store.

    Understanding standard basic sizes of furniture can help with planning a room.

    • Sofas can range from 78-inches to 108-inches.
    • A standard sofa size is approximately 36” x 90”.
    • A standard loveseat is approximately 36” x 60”.
    • Upholstered chairs are usually around 36” x 36” give, or take.
    • Barrel and swivel chairs can be found at 30” x 30” and up.
    • Small wood frame chairs can be found as small as 24” x 24”.
    • The standard desk is 30” x 60”.

    Sites like Stanley Furniture are great to find furniture for every room including the living room, dining room and bedroom as well as case goods and accents. It gives their exact dimensions and where the furnishings can be purchased locally.

    Have fun making several plan options if possible. Try the basic sofa and loveseat on one plan and try a sectional or a sofa with chairs on another. Get creative by breaking up larger rooms into a couple of sitting areas. See if the dream of a chaise can become a reality on plan for the bedroom.

    Extra homework is important before heading out to shop for decor.

    Once the floor plans are completes extra pre-shopping preparation for the decor can be taken by perusing through favorite magazines and websites relaxing on a break or before drifting off to sleep. By browsing through magazines and online one will gather great decor inspiration. Rip out pages and print out favorite photos of dream rooms to place in a folder to make a dream file.

    With a fantasy file and floor plans the perfect furnishings to complete a lovely decor can now be easily purchased without stress. Walk into a store with a goal and the tools needed to complete the mission without worry of a hard selling salesperson. Understanding the exact needs of the room puts the buyer in control of their own destiny of a beautiful abode.

    Unveil the beautifully decorated rooms; never be afraid to dance!

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