Designed For Living: Dining Room Redesign Anything But ‘square’ – Home And Gardening – Northjersey.com

Designed For Living: Dining Room Redesign Anything But ‘square’ – Home And Gardening – Northjersey.com

Redesigners put a new spin on your room – seattlepi.com

AFTER: Roomspinners Barbie Ford and Julianna Hind opened up the entrance area by moving the piano and replacing it with a sideboard from the bedroom, where they could display a bust of Duffy the dog. They also moved a large computer armoire out of the living room and into a bedroom. Photo: Steve Shelton/Special To The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Both the ceiling and the walls below the chair rails were trimmed out with new moldings to create rectangular patterns. Painted in three shades of gold, the patterns add interest to the room but remain subtle. The new ceiling molding creates a beautiful frame for pendant lights with rectangular silk shades. Where we couldn’t find exactly the right element, we customized it to suit the room. For the focal wall, we originally considered wallpaper. Although we found one in the perfect colors, the squares were too small. So we collaborated with a faux painter to create a similar design, but with proportions better suited to the space.
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Interior designer Maureen McMahon devised this colorful, sophisticated dining room scheme to satisfy her client

“We don’t ever get rid of anything, but we will corral it together and say, ‘This is what we have left over.’ Most people will say, ‘I can let that go.’ ” Thinning out clutter is a common theme. Criss Fournier of Vashon Island uses feng shui in her approach. “Feng shui is about changing energy so your life works for you,” says Fournier, whose 30 years in the fields of interior design and redesign have included corporate, government and residential makeovers.
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How Martha Stewart organizes the laundry room – CNN.com

Lightweight baskets are great for transporting folded laundry to the appropriate closets or rooms.

A row of Shaker-style pegs can store necessary tools like brushes and dustpans — accessibility and visibility make sense when it comes to cleaning and washing. Replace bulky boxes of laundry detergent and stain-treatment materials, such as baking soda and cotton balls, with refillable clear containers. Keep different thread colors and sewing needles on hand so you can tackle a variety of jobs. Any tears should be repaired before washing a garment. Add organic essential oils to unscented dryer sheets as an alternative to buying pre-scented versions. Personally, I love every thing unscented. Pour solvents and cleaners into clearly labeled bottles, and corral them with the necessary application tools in a tray near the stain guide.
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