How Paint Can Make a Room Pop
By Martin Amado | 02/22/2010 - 16:56

Even though I’ve been working as a home stylist for a while now, I’m still amazed at how a room can transform in one day—literally. In most cases, it’s the same furniture I originally found in the space, but with a new paint color and accessories it can look so much better!

Check out the examples above. In the before photo (on the left), the tangerine walls did not complement the brown furniture. It clashed and made the room appear muddy even though the furniture was brand new.

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Black and White Equals Grown and Sexy
By Martin Amado | 02/16/2010 - 12:42

When we choose a color scheme for a room, black & white is probably not the first choice that comes to mind. It might sound too boring and plain. I actually wanted to dispel the myth by doing a bedroom makeover in these classic colors.

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Design Detail: Rug Tapestry
By Martin Amado | 02/08/2010 - 16:20

If you’re looking to add lots of visual interest on your wall, why not look to the floor?  I'm talking about area rugs! They come in so many patterns, textures and colors that it doesn't make sense to only walk on them. Once installed, they resemble wallpaper panels. Here is this month’s Design Detail, which is where I highlight a quick DIY project on a budget. 

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Working with Decals
By Martin Amado | 02/01/2010 - 16:40

Have you ever wanted to paint a mural or free-hand a design on your child’s bedroom wall? It can add a personalized touch to the décor, but many are afraid to do so because they feel they have to be artists.  Well, you no longer have to fear because wall decals are here!

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Design Detail: Fabric Photo Mats
By Martin Amado | 01/25/2010 - 16:29

We can all go out and buy a photo frame and mat at any retail store, but here’s a great idea to customize it to your home décor by wrapping the mat in fabric.  It is this month’s Design Detail, which is where I highlight a quick DIY project on a budget. So simple and so effective!

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Flat Screen Décor
By Martin Amado | 01/11/2010 - 18:00

Remember the days when we all had a bulky television set or even worse—a gigantic projection screen television in our home? Now, they've been replaced by streamlined flat screens, and although I agree that they look much better, it can still be a challenge integrating them into our home’s décor. I find this is especially true when it’s mounted directly on the wall because it definitely screams, “here I am.” It can appear to be a black hole in the space.

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Dreamy Bedroom for Kids
By Martin Amado | 01/04/2010 - 12:59

Decorating one bedroom that is shared by both a girl and a boy can be a daunting task. Many parents face this dilemma and are afraid of making the décor too girly or too boyish. I recently came across this challenge as well and wanted to share some tips that might help.

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Stylish Storage
By Martin Amado | 12/29/2009 - 11:00

One of the biggest trends in furniture is incorporating storage in the design, turning what would have been unused space into an added value for the customer. We see this often in coffee tables. There’s a great selection from trunks to ottomans that offer compartments for books, magazines, toys, DVDs or whatever your heart desires. They can range from $300 to $500 depending on the style.

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Organizing Your Holiday Table
Organizing Your Holiday Table
By Martin Amado | 12/22/2009 - 17:00

This has probably happened to you at some point when you’ve been a guest at a dinner party … there’s always that awkward moment around the table where you don’t know where to actually sit. A good host/hostess should have that planned out beforehand to avoid any confusion by having place cards at each setting—especially when there’s a large group. I know it may seem too formal, but you can make it fun to match your table décor by being creative!

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Design Detail: Bookcase as Room Divider
By Martin Amado | 12/14/2009 - 13:00

If your home has an open floor plan and you’re looking for ideas to separate and define certain areas better, a bookcase is the perfect solution! It offers you storage on one side with the open shelving and you can use the back side as you would any wall by hanging photos or artwork. Creating a divider wall out of a bookcase is this month’s Design Detail, which is where I highlight a quick DIY project on a budget.

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