- Carmen Jones, Redfin Real Estate Agent | Decorating Guide | 6 hours ago | Comments
There's power in paint. When done correctly, a fresh coat of paint will make a room feel clean, cozy, and bright. But a bad paint decision can make a room feel small, busy, or drab. Choosing the right paint color now becomes especially important when you eventually decide sell your home; as some paint colors can turn off potential home buyers, while others can add value. Read on for common mistakes people make when choosing interior paint colors and how to avoid making them yourself. Paint on!
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Mistake #1: Picking colors based on dream furniture, not real furnitureInterior design magazines are packed with photos of vibrant-colored walls, often paired with a perfectly matching sofa and accessories. And that's the key with bright colors; you have to consider all of the pieces in a space, including the carpet, sofa, curtains, and area rugs, to find a color that ties them all together. Don't get your heart set on a color you see in a magazine if you can't afford to update all of your furnit
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Decorating Guide | Mon, Dec 9, 2013 2:36 PM EST | CommentsVeryFirstTo.com is offering the ultimate Christmas decoration: a jewel-studded wreath worth $4,645,800. Made to order (yes, the company is expecting multiple buyers), it's encrusted with more than 40 rubies and diamonds totaling a whopping 138.8 carats of bling. The stones include a 17.49-carat vivid red ruby and a 3.03-carat fancy yellow diamond. After the garlands wilt and the carcass of the Christmas goose has long been cleared away, you can remove the jewels to seriously impress your neighbors again next year with another wreath or have the stones made into a custom piece of jewelry. Because everybody needs a little pick-me-up treat after all that holiday stress, right?In case you aren't feeling broke like the rest of us during the holiday gift buying season, the luxury goods website
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- House Beautiful Magazine | Decorating Guide | Thu, Dec 5, 2013 7:03 PM EST | Comments
If you're not a purple-lover, you will be in 2014. Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Color of the Year, according to Pantone. Stay on trend by browsing our favorite purple-hued spaces for more decorating ideas.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Decorating Guide | Wed, Dec 4, 2013 2:42 PM EST | Comments
Throwing a party seemed like a fabulous idea three weeks ago, but now you are in a panic because there is less than one hour to go before the doorbell rings. Maybe you were held up at work or got stuck in traffic. Or perhaps you just procrastinated — whatever the reason, you need to tidy up fast and save a few minutes to spruce yourself up as well. Fortunately, you don't need to deep-clean your home to get it party-ready.
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"Your kitchen and your bathroom are the most important rooms to tackle when you have guests coming over," Frank Trotta, owner of urbanmaidgreen.com, which was named the best green cleaning service in 2011 by New York magazine, tells Yahoo Shine. "No matter how big your house is, everyone always congregates in the kitchen." Trotta recommends cleaning any shiny surfaces that might catch the eye, including appliances, fixtures, and mirrors. He's also a fan of microfiber cloths—they are miraculous, reusable du...Read More »
- Martha Stewart | Decorating Guide | Mon, Dec 2, 2013 2:03 PM EST | Comments
Crisscross strips across the top of a vase, creating a grid to help stabilize flower stems in an arrangement.
Use sticky side to pull out tiny cactus spines stuck in skin.
Dislodge mud from boot treads.
Stake houseplants for extra support.
Tease apart roots when repotting.
Tamp soil into tight spaces.
Flatten wrinkles in your bedding, including skirts and sheets -- right on the bed.
Smooth creases in curtains as they hang.
Unfurl corners of area rugs so they'll lie flat.
Outline letters and designs on a cake before piping the icing.
Clear the holes in a strainer or garlic press.
Unclog the burners of a gas stove.
Use colored frilled toothpicks to identify grilled burgers (rare, medium, or well-done) and highlight v...Read More »