Thursday, February 14, 2008

Join Kathy Passarette of Creative Home Expressions as she talks about bringing the indoors out in this class on combining the pleasures of nature with comfortable living areas, by transforming your outdoor spaces into living spaces. You can access the brochure, with registration form, here.

Where: Mount Sinai High School - Room HS107
When: Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00

Feel free to bring pictures of your own outdoor spaces for tips and advice!

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Romantic Decor Extends To The Bathroom

Small or large, master or family, new or old, bathrooms are a part of our homes, and their d├ęcor should reflect the care we have put into the rest of the house. Your bathroom can be as romantic as the rest of your home. Take some facets of decorating from your other rooms and transfer them to the bathroom.

A great place to get ideas is from model homes. While these newer bathrooms are generally larger than the norm, you can condense the decorating to fit your own bathroom.

Fabrics are a wonderful way to add some warmth and texture to a bathroom. With all the sleek surfacing of the tile, countertop and fixtures, fabric brings a little softness in to the mix. A soft valance over shades or blinds and a fabric shower curtain, in conjunction with a shower liner, brings beauty to a necessary element. Even if you have shower doors, they can be camouflaged with fabric.

Soft, fluffy towels on your towel bar in a color that coordinates with your bathroom bring fabric over to another area. Bathroom rugs will not only take the chill off your feet but also help break up large expanses of tile.

If you have a tub separate from your shower, place some candles around the perimeter, indulge in some bath salts, a headrest, tub tray and lotions. A bath can be quite relaxing after a stressful day and what better way to do that than when you pamper yourself.

Bring in small frames with your favorite photos for the counter or shelves. A well put together plant or small floral arrangement will bring in some color and help break up long countertops.

A small crystal-type chandelier is the ultimate in romance. While you need good task lighting, a chandelier will give you soft lighting and add to the atmosphere.

If you have a linen closet inside the bathroom, you can dress up the door with a romantic motif by gluing decorative wood elements to the door. This is an inexpensive touch that adds a lot of impact.

So take the time and care that was given to the other rooms in your home, and decorate your bathroom, making it into an area you can retreat to at the end of the day, and a pleasure to wake up to in the morning.
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