When I was researching and writing my book Suddenly Frugal, the best piece of decorating advice I got from an expert was on frugal ways to redecorate your house. That is, instead of going out and buying all new things, he suggested moving decor from the dining room to the living room and the family room to the kitchen. Basically, mix things up.
Move over toile. There's a new pattern on the block, and it's taking over home decor. It's paisley, once known as the design that only hippies wore. According to trend watchers anything that falls under the heading "new romantics" is big for 2010—and will continue to be big in 2011—and paisley falls right in line with this romantic notion.
You probably think of your home as a safe haven, especially if you've lived there for many years, but experts report that your house is likely where you're exposed to the most polluted air and toxic chemicals. Luckily it's much easier than you'd think to make your home healthier. Here are ten toxin-nixing moves you can do right away:
February can be so gray. Why not commit this month to sprucing up a room left empty by a child gone off to college? It doesn't mean buying expensive furniture or engaging in bothersome construction. Here are five ideas for perking up your empty nest from Kathryn Harris, a design writer and interior designer who divides her time between Los Angeles and Europe.