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Designer Secrets for Updating Your Home Décor On a Tight Budget

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      Designer Secrets for Updating Your Home D�cor On a Tight Budget
      Copyright � 2004, Pamela Cole Harris
      Home and Garden Makeover.com

      Home d�cor seems to change every time you turn around! What was
      "in" yesterday, gives your visitors flashbacks to their childhood
      today! If your d�cor is stuck in the last decade and you don't
      have the budget for a complete makeover, you have two choices.
      Keep your decor the same until it comes back into style (only
      ten more years to go!) or update your d�cor for little or no
      money! Here are some secrets!

      1. Color - If the color is a definite throwback from another
      decade, update by painting one wall that new, hot color. Or
      paint stripes of the new color on one wall! Create a color
      focal point in the room to draw attention away from the areas
      that may not be as updated as you would like. But don't go
      overboard! (Please get those lime green stripes out of your

      2. Furniture - Work with what you have. If the upholstery is
      worn, cover with throws, quilts, slipcovers or sheets to
      draw the eye away from the problem areas. This also works
      if the color is outdated. Add a few throw pillows to catch
      the eye and draw attention to their beauty! Just one caution:
      If you have so many pillows that nobody can sit on the sofa,
      you have probably carried this advice a little too far!

      3. Floors - Cover an old carpet with a large throw rug or make
      your own hand-painted floor cloth. If you have wood floors
      under the carpet, tear the carpet out! Then sand and seal
      the floors if they are in good shape or paint the floors if
      they are not. You can even make concrete look beautiful!
      (cold and hard, but beautiful!)

      4. Furniture arrangement - Rearranging your furniture is always
      a good way to update the look. As with color, create a focal
      point of your best pieces. It should be the first thing
      people see when they walk in the room. They won't even notice
      the ugly stuff in the corner!

      Try these tricks and update your own d�cor! And just a little
      tip from yours truly - burnt orange and avocado green plaid
      will NEVER come back, so give that sofa to the Goodwill! (or
      the Smithsonian!)

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      Pamela Cole Harris is an editor, writer and eco-decorator
      with over 35 years experience. Her website,
      http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com is full of her unique
      decorating ideas and "how-to"s. Her new book, "100+ Wildly
      Imaginative Ideas for Creating Your Own Coffee Table - a
      Handbook for the Creatively Deficient Decorator " is available
      through her website or at http://www.lulu.com/pamelacoleharris .

      Posted: Mon Apr 5 05:28:25 EDT 2004

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