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Friday Finds: How to Paint for an Open Floor Plan

Choosing a color scheme for an open floor plan My friend Melissa knocked out a wall in her home that used to separate the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. Her new open floor plan allows her and her husband to keep an eye on their young children while they’re in the kitchen, paying...
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Friday Finds: Does White Make a Room Seem Larger?

Is White the Way to Go? If you have a smaller room in your home and you want to make it appear more spacious, you might assume that white would do the trick. However, that’s not necessarily the case. According to color expert Kate Smith, who gives wonderful paint advice in Minnesota, a small room...
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Interior Paint Solutions: Caulk Failure

Good caulk will help you save energy, avoid moisture damage and prevent pest problems. The best caulk for the job depends on the situation. If you didn’t get it right the first time around, there are ways to improve and fix caulk failure. There are three types of caulk failure: adhesive, cohesive, and substrate. Simply put, the bond...
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Expert Advice: Rules When Using Color

[youtube=http://youtu.be/Gfr7D4Y3wGM] Painting with proper proportions of color. Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. One way to do this is with proper proportions of different hues and shades of color. Kate advises on how much color to use when...
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Creative Ways to Display All Those Holiday Cards

Merry Christmas… Seasons Greetings… Happy Holidays… All sentiments that are sure to come your way this holiday season via the traditional holiday card. As these treasured expressions of holiday cheer arrive in your mailbox, be sure to display them in a way that honors the sender (In other words, don’t just throw them all in...
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

November 15 is America Recycles Day – a wonderful reminder to all of us that we should be doing our part to help keep Mother Earth beautiful and healthy. So this week, and every week, just remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose! Repurposing old and outdated furniture is a simple way to help reduce...
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When to Splurge and When to Save When Decorating Your Home

Furnishing a home can be a major investment. You have the necessities – a table, bed, dinnerware, and a place to sit. Then you have the “nice to haves” – wall art, fancy lighting, a glam rug, and accessories to tie the space together. When you’re excited about decorating, and anxious to get started, the...
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Getting Your Home Cleaned and Organized for Spring

Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota! This is probably the one time of the year when the word “cleaning” actually has a positive connotation! It just feels so good to get the whole house cleaned and organized after the dreary winter months. Here are some tips for getting your home in fabulous spring form! Swap...
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Hirshfield’s Colour Canvas 2012: Part 2

We’ve already traveled to Australia, Asia and Europe to visit the forecasted color trends inspired by these regions in the Hirshfield’s Colour Canvas 2012 collection. Now let’s get our passports stamped in South America, North America and Africa! In South America, design is heavily influenced by Spanish trends, Aztec patterns and the iconic color scheme...
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Hirshfield’s Colour Canvas 2012: Part 1

Color is the universal language. Throughout the globe, color is used to convey emotion, personal style, drama and storytelling. The interesting thing about color is the way it can be mixed and matched to create functional color palettes that compliment larger societal trends. The Hirshfield’s Colour Canvas 2012 collection features color combinations that harmonize with...
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