Decorating tips to help you stay cool

Summer slipcovers and straw rugs. Ah, doesn’t that sound nice? So simple. So cool. So summery. That’s the chapter title from the late interior designer Mark Hampton’s celebrated decorating book, in which he also mentions bamboo blinds, bare floors, white flowers, muslin fabrics and green and white striped awnings.

Certain items in our decor look or feel cool on hot summer days. I thought of this while jingling the ice cubes in my near-empty glass of iced tea the other day, watching the cat stretched out on the glass-topped coffee table. Nearby, in the hallway, the dog was napping on the ceramic floor by the front door, possibly dreaming about a refreshing swim in the lake.

Wait, that would be a nightmare for him. He doesn’t like the water.

Written By  Susan Martin

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Teen decorating ideas: Cool window treatments for teenagers bedroom

Cool window treatment ideas for your cool teen! Letting your teenager define their style in their space doesn’t have to expensive or difficult. Take a look at these awesome ideas!

When it comes to teens, their idea of cool may not necessarily be the same as yours. If you have a teen in the house, you know how much they love their room and how much time they spend there. Why not make it a space just for them with some “way cool” window treatments. After all, self-expression is very important to teens.

Written By  Tele management

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Your Life Decorating: Mosaic tiles

We are back with interior decorator Tracey McDonell Reid.

Add some texture and colour to your home. In this segment, we explore mosaic tiles.

Series breakdown:

• Monday, July 29: Pillows

Pillows covered in bright splashes of colour can refresh a room for the summer or bring an added pop of colour to your backyard.

Written By Leeanna McLean

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Teen decorating ideas: Cheap and easy teenager bedroom decorating ideas

Make your own window treatments, storage bins, find cheap decorative items, homemade posters, and find cheap wall treatments perfect for everchanging teen rooms.

The teen years are a time of self-discovery, and so of course there is an undeniable need for self-expression. You want your room to represent YOU. Having a cool bedroom that reflects you is easy and it isn’t necessary to go out and spend lots of money. You’ll find a lot of what you need around the house. And not spending much means you can redecorate more often. After all, before long you may want something totally different.

Written By  Tele management

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Your Life Decorating: Add a splash of colour with designer pillows

This week we are with interior decorator Tracey McDonell Reid. Watch as we take a look at decor ideas for the summer and hot new products that have hit the design market.

In this segment, we have indoor and outdoor pillows from Tonic Living.

Written By Leeanna McLean

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Decorating Your Home With Beautiful Aquarium Design Ideas

Looking for something creative for your home décor? Think of an aquarium as a piece of an art.

It is time for a comprehensive renovation of your home. Aquarium will surely make your home beautiful. An aquarium is not just a gorgeous item, it is also fairly easy to keep up. Doctors also recommend keeping an aquarium in home since observing fish helps alleviate stress and reduce blood pressure.

Aquariums are available in numerous designs, sizes and widths. Today an aquarium can become the best alternative decoration to beautify the home interior. Here are ideas for decorating your home with beautiful aquarium design which can transform your house into a beautiful place

Written By Aaliya Imtiaz

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12 Ideas for Decorating with a Colorful Sofa

I recently purchased a teal sofa (after waffling between teal and pink for a bit) and many readers commented that it was too bright, too tricky to decorate around. Color on such a big piece doesn’t have to be overwhelming though! It all depends on what else you put with it. I’ve gathered some inspiration for decorating with colorful furnishings — you know, so we can discuss.

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Written By NICOLE BALCH

Decorating a second home with style and on a budget

A bungalow on the beach. A cabin for weekend getaways.

Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other cast-offs from the owner’s main living space.

But, say interior designers, a bit of creativity can transform a small vacation home into the perfect haven — a place to combine family heirlooms, funky flea-market purchases and a few new pieces, with style and on a budget.

Written By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press

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Decorating Den Interiors launches design showcase website

Home Accents Today Staff — Home Accents Today, 7/30/2013 10:24:37 AM

Interior design and home furnishings franchise company Decorating Den Interiors is showcasing award-winning room makeovers from this year’s 29th International Dream Room Contest at decoratingden.com/showcase/2013.

The design showcase features the top three makeovers in 12 categories as judged by a panel of international home furnishings journalists.

“These makeovers were done within real budgets for real homeowners, not staged,” said Carol Donarye Bugg, ASID, DDCD, vice president for design and author of five books on interior design and decorating. “As the best of nearly 300 entries, these room designs can provide inspiring ideas for making one’s home more beautiful and inviting.”

Written By Home Accents Today Staff

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