Rummage Around

rummage sale flyer

rummage sale flyer

Don’t miss the best rummage sale of the season.  And it is a win-win since all proceeds go to a worthy cause.  See you there for the best bargains of the summer!

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Past posts

This is the 3rd blog site I have set up and fortunately it is easy to see the dozens of archives even though they not originally posted at this address.

So click away on the upper right corner blogroll entries for past posts and past posts II.  There is a lot of useful information, photos, and decorating tips waiting for you.

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Handle that Mantel

Recently one of my projects was to decorate a fireplace mantel that had nothing on it nor any art hanging above it.   A fireplace is often the focal point of a room and making the most of it with good design and decorating is a must.

I made a video today showing a mantel decorating demo and am inserting it into my blog post on a first-time trial basis.  I hope it opens for you and that you enjoy it.  Please let me know what you think.

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Painting Walls – Do You Know What You Want?

Add an ImageSherwin Williams Color Visualizer

Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer

I am once again reminded of how many people consider this their number 1 decorating priority: choosing wall color.  I agree.  It is the first thing that hits you when you walk into a room, the main design element when it comes to color, because it is where the most color is used.  How to choose, especially when thousands of colors are available?

Many websites are good because they offer interactive programs to give color impressions and previews.  Sherwin-Williams‘ color visualizer and Benjamin Moore‘s virtual fan deck  are just two of the myriad choices.  Another one I like a lot is from Good Housekeeping‘s website section called Paint and Preview.

The power of the internet allows us to explore like never before, and yet the fact remains that no program or paint chip can replace the real thing.  You MUST test your paint color in the room before you go ahead with your project.  Buy the smallest quantity you can and paint a 2’x2’ square on one or two walls.  Let the light of morning, afternoon, and evening play off the color swatch and see how it looks.  Only then should you make your decision about what is best.

As ever, if you need help, feel free to contact me.  Affordable Interiors’ mission is to save you money by avoiding costly decorating mistakes.  We help you get it right the first time.

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R.L. wisdom

When friends enter a home, they sense its personality and character, the family’s style of living – these elements make a house come alive with a sense of identity, a sense of energy, enthusiasm, and warmth, declaring, “This is who we are; this is how we live.” – Ralph Lauren

A great quote from a quintessentially American designer.  This I found in Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, a book of daily readings that has turned into an international sensation.  Learn more about Sarah, an expert on Victoriana and an interior designer in her own right.

Sarah Breathnach

Sarah Breathnach

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Toppin’ the List

I’m pretty excited today to see my business at the top of the list at Interior Mall in their interior design links.   Interior Mall is a broad-resource site including links to everything from the Art Institute of Chicago to fashion color predictor sites, and best of all an unending array of discounted fabrics and furnishings.

I love the sleek brushed nickel curtain rods and finials, some pictured here.

point finial rod

point finial rod

flute rod

flute rod

Going to the mall has never been easier.   Want to go shopping?  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and steer your mouse to your favorite finds.  All in your p.j.’s – have fun!

circle rod

circle rod

square rod

square rod

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In the SPIRIT of Decorating

What an informative piece by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Frank Fontana in yesterday’s paper.  He speaks on the importance, actually the imperative, of considering how you FEEL about the things in your rooms.  I recommend this quick read for a potentially long-term effect on your home if you employ its suggestions.

So how DO you feel about the picture on your dining room wall, the chair in your foyer, the table beside your sofa?  Are they making you feel something special?  Are you surrounding yourself with the things you love?   Take inventory today in just one room; you choose.  Let me know what comes up on your list.

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