What every home needs… a happy space

My Home Library Every home needs a space that makes YOU happy. For my husband, it is his 4 stall garage. Women tend to place a greater emphasis on the kitchen or master bedroom. My personal happy place is the home library...comfy, pretty, and a great place to read a book or watch a video on the iPad . In all deference to my husband, he thinks the library is a waste of square footage. But that is OK with me, because he can watch a football game…

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Decorating your fireplace mantle

A BIG thanks to Maria Bosak of Eco-Chic in Fargo, ND, for hosting an exclusive decorating event in October.Maria¬† demonstrated the basics of decorating a fireplace mantle with these three simple principles...-Start with your signature piece... (photo/art or even the tv) it should hang close to the mantle, no big gaps between mantle and the art, and take up no more than 2/3 of the space over the mantle¬†-Fill in edges with items you have. Candle sticks or books look good here, too.-The overall vignette should be a"triangle"…

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Tablescaping

As noted in my last post, Maria Bosak of Eco-Chic held a special decorating demonstration for my guests. Maria also showed us how to "tablescape" and update the basic design thru the holidays Maria starts with a tablerunner... you don't need one, but she likes hers to give an even "frame" around the table -add "garland"  down the middle. Garland can be beautiful branches or even a decorative rope. Don't be afraid to try the unusual, it might be stunning. -use a collection of similar items you love…

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