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Haute On Design: "FALL" Back in Love with Your Home

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Posted by Tamela on 2012/9/28 4:20:00 (2617 reads)
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By Tamela Bowie

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Mother Nature puts on an awesome display of colorful beauty that can provide inspiration for decorating your home for the Fall. Brightly colored leaves, pumpkins and cornucopias are the staples for Fall decorating. By using nature as your guide along with these decorating tips, you can make a showy statement this Fall.

Open in new windowThe changing color of the leaves are a signal that Fall has arrived. Fall leaves come in various colors ranging from the crimson reds to the golden yellows. They can be used to make great garlands, swags, and wreaths for your home.

Pumpkins are not only great for making pumpkin pies but they are also great to use for decorating. You can group them together as a collection or you can stack the pumpkins on top of each other to make a pumpkin topiary.

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Child’s Play…Decorating a Child’s Space

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Posted by Tamela on 2012/7/21 17:35:43 (2577 reads)
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By Tamela Bowie
If you were to ask me what spaces do I like to decorate the most, I would have to say it is decorating spaces for kids. I am at my “creative best” when I am designing kid spaces because it allows my creative and imagination juices to run wild. Decorating kid spaces still require the same elements of design, however, I can create spaces that can be a “little over the top” or a little bit “out of the box”. Whether you decide to decorate the space DIY or hire the services of an interior designer, these decorating tips can help to create a fun and exciting space for your child.

First, choose an inspiration piece for the space. It can be a picture, a pillow or a child’s favorite toy or tv character. In this space, the comforter was the inspiration piece.
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Second, invigorate the space with color. Color will play a very important part in setting the mood and feeling of the space. Be sure to allow the child to participate in this part of the decorating process because they are the ones who has to sleep or play in the space. The color in this space was chosen because the teenage client wanted a more calm and sophiscated feeling.
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Haute on Design: Decorating with Color

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Posted by Tamela on 2012/6/3 17:15:08 (2014 reads)
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Decorating with color can be a fun and exciting way to express your personality, style and creativity. The right color can transform a boring, non-descript room into a welcoming and livable space. Fear of color and the lack of color knowledge prevent many homeowners from incorporating color into their home’s décor.

Choosing a paint color for a space is not as daunting as it sounds. The room’s size, its’ purpose and the atmosphere you are trying to create should be taken into consideration when choosing a paint color. For example, the color red is perfect for formal dining spaces. It is a color that stimulates the appetite and encourages warm conversations.

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Haute On Design: Tips on Summer Outdoor Entertaining

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Posted by Tamela on 2012/4/25 14:47:57 (2214 reads)
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By Tamela Bowie

Summer is the season for outdoor entertaining. Pool parties, back-yard barbeques and evening soirees are just some of the events that come to mind. Many homeowners today have created an outdoor oasis right in their backyard complete with outdoor kitchens, dining and living spaces perfect for outdoor entertaining. Want to create a fun and exciting outdoor entertaining space…then follow these simple design tips:

1. Ample cushioned seating is a must when it comes to outdoor entertaining. You want your guests to feel relaxed at all times which encourages great conversation and socializing. *If you do not have enough patio furniture, incorporate your indoor furniture such as chairs, stools or settees.

2. Create an inviting and relaxed dining experience by using an eclectic mixture of plates, glasses and serving platters.

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Haute on Design: "Spring" Forward Your Home

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/3/6 15:55:37 (1938 reads)
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Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it is the season of awakening, renewal, and rejuvenation. Homeowners are spring-cleaning, manicuring their lawns, planting spring flowers, and working on home decorating/improvement projects.

With the spring season just right around the corner, here are some designer tips on how to get your home ready for the spring:

1. Clean, De-clutter, Organize: As with any project, always start with a clean and organized space. Dust ceiling fans, furniture, blinds and window treatments. De-clutter and organize closets, pantries and garages. This is a great time to donate your unwanted items to your favorite local charity.

2. Re-Arrange Furniture: A new furniture arrangement can create a change of scenery in a space. Borrowing furniture pieces from other rooms can create a sense of newness and rejuvenation.

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