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How to Set a Beautiful Table in Your Dining Room

Nothing is more elegant than a dinner table set with all-white linens and chinaware. A white linen tablecloth sets the background against which you might place a crocheted or lace cover in an eggshell shade. This doesn’t have to be an heirloom from your grandmother. There are lots of inexpensive machine-made versions, and you can’t…

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How to Set a Budget for Home Decoration

I admit I’m not very good when it comes to creating a budget. I generally jump right in, buy the one thing I need most, and then worry about when, or if, I’ll ever be able to buy anything else. But as a responsible person, I have to advise against what I do or your…

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How to Buy Furniture for Guest Room

You might not want to spend a lot of money furnishing a den or a guest room. Once you buy a good bed or pull-out sofa, consider unfinished or secondhand furniture for the other pieces. Unfinished furniture has come a long way. But, like other furniture, some is of better quality than others. This means…

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Different Types of Clamps and How to Use Them

Many do-it-yourself tasks require two or more sections of a workpiece to be held together temporarily while a more permanent fixing is made, often with glue. A variety of clamps is available for this purpose, many of them with specific uses. Keen woodworkers may make their own clamps (or cramps as they are often called)…

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How to Design Your Bedroom Storage Unit

Nobody ever has enough storage. No matter what size your closet is, you can make the most of it if you plan carefully. Closet systems such as the coated wire shelves sold at home centers provide a wonderful solution for any situation. They are designed so you can create a closet to accommodate your specific…

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How to Plan Your Bedroom Design

Before going any further with your decisions about wall, floor and window treatments, you should make a furniture placement plan. The position of the bed is the most important one. This is where you’ll spend most of your time when you’re in the bedroom. If you know anything about the Eastern philosophy of feng shui,…

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Windows Treatments 101

“I don’t have a single curtain in any house, and I don’t think I ever will. I like cornices better than curtains. And I like jabots, which go down the side of a window, and swags,” says Martha Stewart. I happen to agree. When it comes to windows, I’m biased toward a minimal approach. However,…

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Choosing the Right Chairs for Your Rooms

What type works where? Wing chairs, wood chairs, large, small, overstuffed or streamlined, they are in a world unto itself. Different types, of course, are better in different rooms and for different situations. Upholstered Chairs Upholstered chairs provide the greatest comfort. Upholstered furniture will last a lifetime, so it makes sense to buy quality. The…

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Getting Started with Your House Decoration

Gathering as much visual material as possible is a great way to begin. Nothing arms us for making responsible decisions better than information. The more you know about yourself, what kinds of environments make you feel the most comfortable, and the rooms you’re most attracted to, the more successful you’ll be at decorating your first…

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Dining Room Design Ideas

I think the most civilized design creation is the dining room. Years ago, every respectable house had one. Dining rooms are used for all sorts of family activities that have nothing to do with eating. Kids do homework at the dining room table, families have ongoing games on the dining room table, jigsaw puzzles are…

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