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Wallpaper Tips for the Adventurous Homeowner

Wallpaper is back! Wallpaper has transformed in a number of ways. Grandma’s florals are gone and have been replaced with modern and trendy patterns, prints and textures. The technology behind wallpaper has also changed in a big way. The adhesives and techniques our installers use make it easier to put up and tear down, if you have to. The key to wallpaper is picking the right paper, so you never want to take it down. At the end of the day, the most important thing to know about wallpaper is where to put it, and what to put up. Here are some of my best wallpaper tips for our adventurous homeowners.


The Five Seasons of Feng Shui

In the practice of Feng Shui, we are working with life force energy, known as chi. The Feng Shui principles of the Five Elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal represent five types of chi; which are at the core of the many Chinese forms of balancing the energy in our environments. Each one of these elements is linked to a season, color and much more.


Making a Stylish Bed

Did you know… the average American spends roughly a third of their life sleeping, so it might as well be done in style. Quality sheets and designer bedding ensembles not only make our beds more comfortable, they also make them a focal feature of any bedroom. Whether your style is classic and simple, bold and beautiful, or fun and whimsical, the best in bed linens can turn a boring bedroom into a bedazzling boudoir.


Inviting the Chi into Your Home

There’s nothing like an inviting entrance to make you feel welcome wherever you go. By providing a nice entrance, you not only make your guests feel welcome, but the chi (energy) is welcomed, too. The entrance area is actually three-fold. The pathway leading up to your home, the actual doorway/porch area and the foyer of your home are all considered part of the entrance.


What can I do with my fireplace mantel?

Mantels are always a significant focal point in a room. Your goal in accessorizing a mantel should be to pair elements that are not only important but compatible with your mantel style. Often the mantel is a work of art in itself. Keeping a strong, yet simple design style might be the approach for a very detailed mantel. A mantel also presents a unique situation where the wall art is absolutely part of the composition of the arrangement on the mantel’s surface. Artwork or mirrors must be chosen as one part of the whole. Your wall accessories should be comparable in style and color with the objects on the mantel so the finished composition works in harmony.

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