Using social media for home design

This monthly feature focuses on local interior designers and their ideas for choosing color schemes, furniture, art and an overall design style or scheme. Today we focus on San Luis Obispo’s Alli Addison who established Alli Addison Design in 2011. Her services include interior design, exterior design, outdoor living spaces, color consulting, new construction and remodels, e-design services and room refresh services. You may contact her at 714-3086 or through her website, http://www.alliaddison.com. Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/AlliAddison; Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/pro/alliaddison

There was a time when finding home décor ideas involved combing through stacks of shelter magazines with a pad of Post-its.

Written By Rebecca Juretic

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Cabnu new home design showroom opens in Naples

Cabnu, a provider of custom cabinetry, closet systems and interior remodeling services, has announced the opening of a new home design showroom at 3084 U.S. 41 N. in Naples. The 2,000-square-foot showroom features the latest in fine European cabinetry for kitchens and baths and storage systems.

Operated by high-end custom homebuilders Mark and Parker Borelli, this destination is for people who are remodeling or building a new home or condominium. Mark and Parker Borelli are third generation homebuilders joined by partner Vincent Borelli, who brings more than 50 years of general contracting experience to the team.

Written By Cone Communications Company

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Interior design: More than 50 shades of gray

Forget about the title of that racy best-seller. Color expert Kate Smith says our eyes can distinguish more than 500 shades of gray.

That makes gray exceptionally versatile for interiors, and it’s a big part of why gray is being used much more frequently in kitchens, bathrooms and even nurseries. “Gray has an ability to show an undertone of every single color,” says Smith, a Rhode Island-based color forecaster and industry consultant who writes SensationalColor.com.

And while grays are, foremost, blends of black and white, the combination gives gray advantages over other neutrals.

Written By Kimberly L. Jackson/The Star-Ledger

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Home design trends that will win over buyers

(MoneyWatch) Just as fashion changes the way we dress, new trends in design captivate builders and buyers and alter the way we live.

But unlike bell bottoms or thick-rimmed glasses, these trends take much longer to develop. Some design elements in a home, such as a captive kitchen, become less popular over decades, while others, such as air conditioning, become necessities.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its “2012 Characteristics of New Housing” report, which provides annual statistics on the kind of homes buyers are snapping up as well as the kind of homes builders are building.

Written By ILYCE GLINK

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8 Decorating Don’ts That We’re All Guilty Of… But Are Totally No-Nos (GIFs)

Designing a home is an art: It takes time, patience and sometimes a few bad choices before we get it right. And although we love looking for inspiration for awesome ideas for our interiors, we thought it would also be helpful to identify the most common blunders.

From cramming too much stuff in our spaces to making bad accessory choices, scroll through the top eight decor DON’Ts below.

1. Hanging curtains that are way too short or too long. Ideally, your window treatments should just hit the floor or pool by only a couple of inches for a current look.

Written By  Shana Ecker

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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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Bright and nonconventional colors bring adventure to home decor

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When it comes to trends in interior design, the forecast through 2014 is looking bolder, brighter and more adventurously colorful than has been seen in a while. Up-and-coming palettes are earning descriptions including “youthful,” “vibrant” and “positive,” heralding the rebounding market’s ready return to color.

Color expert and interior designer Barbara Schirmeister equates new, energized color palettes to growing economic confidence, as well as the influence of the youth market.

Written By Brandpoint

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Design with style: The emotion that comes with changing a room’s décor

I’ve been asked to write about design challenges. To be honest, each project has its own design challenge. That is one of the reasons I love this profession — the challenge.

Sometimes the emotion of making a décor change in a home can be difficult for one of the family members. It can add a big challenge to my efforts in resolving a client’s desire for some sort of change in a particular room if one such family member — perhaps a spouse — is involved in the final decision.

Written By MARYANN FISHER, Decorating Den Interiors

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Beer Can House in Houston, Owner John Milkovisch started decorating with cans in early 70’s

HOUSTON (AP) — A child of the Great Depression, John Milkovisch didn’t throw anything away – not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife.

So, in the early 1970s when aluminum siding on houses was all the rage, he lugged down the cans he had stored in his attic for years, painstakingly cut open and flattened each one and began to wallpaper his home.

Written By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press

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