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Wrap Rap

“Recycled brown Kraft paper (which can be found in big rolls at your local craft, office supply or dollar store) is a great anytime gift wrap. Tie with twine and embellish with a pinecone and evergreen clippings from your backyard for gift wrap that’s easy on the environment and your wallet.”

This cool idea is from HGTV where you can find more great wrap ideas.  Enjoy!

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What is your style?

It is not always easy to define your style, be it expressed in clothing, cooking, or decorating.  We are complex creatures and many styles appeal to us.  I have found it easier to find out what people DON’T like; that is usually definite.

A fun and easy way to explore your thoughts on this is to take HGTV’s style quiz.

Go ahead and try it.  You may be surprised at what you discover about yourself!

decorating styles from designstyleguide.net

decorating styles from designstyleguide.net

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Blog to Spot

Another good decorating resource is the blog administered by my colleagues in the area.  You’ll find it at http://greaterchicagolanddecoratorscoalition.blogspot.com/

The Greater Chicagoland Decorators Coalition is a professional organization.  We meet regularly to discuss latest trends in our business and to receive continuing education.  This month we attend a class in window treatments.

We are part of a national organization, the Society of Decorating Professionals.  You will  hear more from me about this fine group as we near our annual conference in March.

SDP logo

SDP logo

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Putting it Together

Enjoy this video of my design tips presentation and let me know what you think.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgkdbLsI97U

Deborah of Affordable Interiors

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Loving Frank

If you are interested in American architecture you will enjoy a novelist’s take on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright in the book Loving Frank.  I recently listened to it on cd, and for me it opened a door into Wright’s approach to and philosophy of his work.  The novel’s plot is driven by the love affair between Wright and one of his clients,  Mrs. Cheney.  I was equally taken with Wright’s observations, including “The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation,” he said. “We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.”

I love this Guggenheim cup and saucer.  You can buy this and more FLW-inspired designs online.

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

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Windows and Grommet

When I introduce myself it is not uncommon to be greeted by “I love HGTV” and I concur. Here is a helpful clip from their website.   Since window treatments can be vexing and expensive, this 3-minute video on grommet panels is fun to watch.  Granted, you see that nice installation guy appearing like magic out of the sidelines!   But the basic idea is there: installing grommet panels is an appealing, fast, and cost-effective way to solve your window problems.

grommet panels

grommet panels

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Sherwin meets Allen

At the recent Neocon show I was fortunate to catch a co-presentation by Sherwin Williams and Robert Allen.  The two estimable firms, with a 200+-year design history combined, are serving up the most delicious color and fabric combinations in their new line of fabrics and coordinating paints.

Drawing on nature for inspiration is the keystone of this collection.  Download the 4 pdf’s to see the beauties the two companies have co-created.  Enjoy!

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