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					"Fall" in Love With Your Home
The end of those long summer days and nights filled with the sound of
tree frogs, crickets and the flicker of lightning bugs always makes me a
little sad.
Most people, however, welcome fall with enthusiasm. The crisp air seems
to invigorate them. It evokes in many of us the childhood memories of
going to the apple orchards, bomb fires to roast hot dogs and
marshmallows and going on hay rides.
Maybe it embodies the spirit of being fresh and renewed. So naturally we
are likely to reflect this change of season with our decorating choices.
It's as if we have a calling to cocoon and prepare our "nest" for the
colder days ahead.
If you have read my previous newsletters you know that I always try to
give a few, inexpensive ideas to give your home a "new look and feel".
Start by taking an inventory by identifying those things that definitely
associate themselves with summer and pack them away. Even store
furnishings such as wicker and rattan pieces.
Now try a new furniture placement. Have your sofa addressing your focal
point such as the fireplace. Create a more intimate seating arrangement
and anchor it by the placement of an area rug.
Try to create a secondary seating area within your room - this can simply
be a chair with a small side table and lighting set apart from the other
furnishings. Make it a cozy, inviting little area to curl up and read a
good book.
Sprinkle the room with touches of seasonal décor and colors such as fiery
maple reds and oranges. If fall colors clash with your furnishings,
fabrics and wall colors then be creative with a natural look.
Place branches in a vase and add a touch of black - this could be as
simple as a change out of your lampshades.
Take a few pictures of favorite outdoor views with a digital camera and
print them out in sepia or black and white to frame and hang.
Add fall scents with new candles and potpourri.
Ambient lighting will have more dramatic impact if placed in front of a
Toss in a few chenille throws and large floor pillows to lie on to watch
the fire or football game and you're good to go!
Victoria Palmer is the director and founder of the National Redesign
Institute, which provides certified training in interior redesign, home
staging and Interior Decorating. Recently, Victoria has launched these
programs available as long distant programs. She is also the owner of
Urbane-Interiors, a full service interior decorating firm servicing the
greater Kansas City metropolitan area. She is a nationally recognized
decorator, certified color consultant, speaker and instructor.
She has also met the high standards required to be an approved trainer
for the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS), which offers
graduates certification and membership into this premier organization
within the industry. She is also a well-known author of many articles
written for the interior design community and the general public.
Recently Victoria was awarded 1st place for a bookcase redesign among her
peers at the 2006 annual IRIS conference in San Antonio, Texas. She was
also recently invited for inclusion in the 2005/2006 Manchester Who's Who
Among Executives and Professional Women Architects, Planners and Interior

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