A new hot date

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Front Page - Joseph Pu­bil­lones

Who hasn’t been there? Af­ter a while, things be­come rou­tine and the things that you found cute and quirky aren’t any more. Many of you will think I am talk­ing about a re­la­tion­ship, but I’m not. I’m talk­ing about your home. No mat­ter how won­der­ful it you thought it was when you first moved in, af­ter time, it needs the equiv­a­lent of a new shirt or a new shade of lip­stick — or a facelift. Play with the items you al­ready own and find the time to spice it up. Here are some tips to turn your old faith­ful into a new hot date:

1) Change your throw pil­lows. A sim­ple ges­ture can trans­form your liv­ing room or bed­room. Choose fabrics from new col­lec­tions or play up a color scheme — all in one color, or in var­i­ous col­ors for a kalei­do­scopic ef­fect.

2) Give your bath­room a spa makeover. Or­ga­nize the clut­ter. Add the largest size tow­els you can find in a color that ac­cen­tu­ates your decor. Strate­gi­cally, add small vo­tive can­dles to your bath­room for a glow that will make you want to lux­u­ri­ate in a long bath or shower. Add a trim or tape to ex­ist­ing drap­ery at the lead­ing edge to change the look. This will also make the room seem taller by ac­cen­tu­at­ing the ver­ti­cal lines and height.

3) Con­trol the light­ing in your room by adding dim­mers to lamps and fix­tures. This will al­low you to or­ches­trate the amount of light­ing and the mood of your room.

4) Cre­ate a large art or pho­to­graphic walls. Buy a dozen or so frames in vary­ing sizes with the same color or fin­ish. Place sketches, en­grav­ings or sim­ply fam­ily pic­tures within the frames. The color and frame type will cre­ate a uni­fy­ing el­e­ment even with images that seem­ingly do not be­long to­gether.

5) Add a bio­fuel fire­place to an empty corner of a room or can­dles to an ex­ist­ing fire­place to give the room the warmth and glow of a flick­er­ing fire.

6) Or­ga­nize small col­lectibles and col­lectibles on trays. These can be placed atop your ex­ist­ing cof­fee ta­ble, and even on side ta­bles with lamps and pic­ture frames, etc.

7) Buy one, two or three or­chid plants and clus­ter them on a skirted ta­ble or con­sole for a wel­com­ing wow.

8) Layer sev­eral ori­en­tal rugs, kil­ims and cot­ton rugs un­der­neath your cof­fee ta­ble for a ca­sual and well-trav­eled look.

9) A new set of col­or­ful sheets and blan­ket is sure to take the dol­drums out of the bed­room.

10) New lamp­shades will make your light­ing seem new. Should you be us­ing new flu­o­res­cent bulb, paint­ing the in­side of a pa­per shade in a peach or beige can mit­i­gate the ex­ces­sive bluish white light.

11) Em­bel­lish your table­tops with a sin­gle item. For ex­am­ple, a shal­low glass bowl filled with glass bead or flow­ers

12) Noth­ing beats mov­ing fur­ni­ture around the home for a fresh look. Don’t limit your­self by think­ing that night­stands can only be used in a bed­room, or a side­board can’t be used as a bed­room dresser. Fur­ni­ture will adapt to the func­tion you give it.

Fol­low these ba­sic sug­ges­tions and your home will be a keeper. Guar­an­teed!

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