Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Spring redecorating can energize your dwelling

April 19, 2007


Now that spring's here, you may be looking to energize your home's decor. Woman's Day magazine offers these spring-inspired redecorating ideas:

¢ Bring a piece of outdoor furniture inside. Wicker, wrought iron or weathered wood adds a sunny look to a room.

¢ Undress the windows. Take down heavy draperies and put up airy, crisp white sheers that are easily cleaned in the washing machine.

¢ Change the throw pillows. It's one of the simplest, most affordable ways to freshen up a room. Look for pillows at mass merchants like Target or Kmart. Or make your own easy covers: Glue ribbons to the sides of two placemats or large napkins and tie them around your pillows.

¢ Re-accessorize. Exchange heavy, dark brass, copper or wood accessories for lighter pieces such as clear glass, floral-pattern china or white ironstone.

¢ Display nature. Start saving glass jars or interesting bottles to serve as vases for fresh flowers. If you're a tag sale or flea market fanatic, look for antique teapots, old water pitchers, crockery or teacups to use as containers for an impromptu centerpiece. Or set out a pretty tray of assorted mini-vases filled with colorful posies for a touch of whimsy.


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