What is Hollywood Regency Design?

Some of the accessories are very theatrical - such as extra-tall white plaster floor lamps with palm fronds, or mirrored dressing tables and fainting couches covered in satin or velvet. Lacquered and mirrored surfaces sparkled. While it is not apparent in the old black and white movies, the interiors were often brightly colored.

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Window Treatment Design Solutions

Curtains came about because houses way back when were cold, drafty and stark. Even though our modern homes are insulated and newer windows keep out drafts, our trends towards larger windows make true climate control impossible. Custom window treatments are expensive, but they are a labor-intensive process that requires education, experience and good customer service. Purchasing fabric yourself and looking for a seamstress can have mixed results, as it may not save money and can create a host of problems. Be sure to get some good advice and think about privacy and light control before you choose a style.

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Porches, Patios, And Outdoor Design

Just because your home may not have a grand terrace, with acres of lush green grass or a water view, does not mean you cannot create a "to die for" outdoor oasis! Our porches and decks have truly become an extension of our homes. Learn which materials offer the most in durability and style.

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How To Make A House Into A Home

Really great rooms move way beyond the three fabric combination of retail. Mix in several other fabrics, varying pattern scale and texture, adding fringe to pillows. This is another area where design help can make all the difference. Look at the really fabulous rooms in national magazines and count how many different fabrics populate the sofas, chairs, ottomans, pillows and curtains in a beautifully finished room.

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Home Design Grows Green

THE MOVEMENT to a greener lifestyle has become a significant factor influencing the choices we are making in our lives every day. By now we've all probably bought some CFL bulbs to save electricity, taken steps to make our homes more insulated and energy efficient, and tried to cut down on our driving. These steps [...]

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Formal dining room in British colonial style - exotic toile, flowers and mahogany.

True British Colonial Style

"British colonial style" has become popular in recent years. Mahogany "campaign" furniture, bamboo and rattan, wicker and leather, and design elements such as monkeys, palm trees, and ticking stripes have invaded our homes. But what does "British colonial style" really mean? Where and when did it orginate?

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