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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kelley Proxmire
If the idea of putting up your holiday decorations leaves you yawning, it may be time to think about updating your decorating scheme. Whether you opt to revamp your color palette or rearrange the items you already have, interior designers can help you take a fresh approach to the season.
First impressions count, whether you are meeting new people or welcoming old friends to your home. A front door covered by a rusty screen door, or a dark and cluttered foyer, can give a negative vibe to your home's introduction that may not be offset by your remodeled kitchen or magazine-perfect living room.
Now that the summer season is in full swing, you may be noticing your outdoor space leaves something to be desired. Not that a deck, patio or balcony isn't good enough all by itself when the weather cooperates, but sometimes it's nice to add a little pizazz to your patio.
While you may assume what you serve your guests to eat and drink is of paramount importance to a successful party, interior designers know the secret to hosting a party that will be talked about for months is developing a theme.
If you find yourself longing for some shabby-chic style or just the chance to find something unique to brighten your home without spending a fortune, you may want to take the advice of local interior designers: Head to a thrift store.
If you are feeling pressured to add some decorative pizazz to your home to wow your holiday guests but have spent your end-of-the-year budget on gifts, don't panic. Local interior designers have an array of inexpensive ways to give your house a unique look without overspending.
If you are hosting family and friends for the holidays, especially if this is a yearly tradition, you may be wishing your home looked a little fresher. While a total renovation may not be in the budget during these lean times, local interior designers have plenty of suggestions to add some pizazz without cutting into your gift-giving budget.
Many Americans today are overworked, overstressed and overstimulated by the fast-paced, high-tech world surrounding them. While some people cope by escaping with a favorite television show, others turn to quiet pursuits such as yoga and meditation to clear their minds and soothe their souls.
"Many years ago, I decorated their lobby, and just recently I updated some upholstered pieces of furniture there," Ms. Proxmire said.
"Just tuck away some of these lights into a collection of holiday greens and see them acquire a holiday glow" she said.