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Updating the dated

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What do you do when you have dated finishes you can't tear out? Here's how to work around them and give your space a lift on a budget.  Looking at the picture above, what did you notice first? The sculptural deer head? The vases? The lamp? The toss cushions? The throw? What about the dated, 1980s seafoam carpet?  Yup, it's there, but it probably isn't where your eye when first. I am going to share with you the formula to work around a challenging colour in your space. I am using the example of flooring and seafoam as the colour,...

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Wow your guests with this dramatic Thanksgiving table setting

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Tired of hand turkeys and dried corn? Here's a unique table setting for you and your guest to enjoy.  This tablescape is all about the harvest and takes its dramatic look and palate from Flemish paintings that celebrated nature's abundance. The colour scheme is unexpected and the elements are natural and sophisticated, but this is a look that is easy and inexpensive to put together.  We start with a paper runner for the tabletop rather than linen. I used black wrapping paper and this is especially handy if you find you are pushing tables together for a large group. Running...

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Incorporating your travels into your interior design

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If you have a favourite travel destination, why not bring it home with you through your interior design?  This can be done in a way that isn't too "theme-y" by toning things down, and considering what the textures, design elements and mood of that place are. OK, you really might not be able to tone it down too much if your favourite travel destination is Vegas, but I am guessing if it is, you might just want your space to feel more dynamic anyway.  I worked with a client who loved visiting North Africa and she and I started talking...

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Design for Comfort: Feldman Foot and Ankle Specialists

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Wharton Interiors is proud to unveil the gorgeous new home of Feldman Foot and Ankle Specialists in conjunction with Aubrey Reisinger Interior Design.  When Dr. Feldman approached me about designing his new office, he was very specific about creating a space that would help his patients feel at ease and embody some of the ideals of his practice. Patient comfort in a contemporary space that was easy for both patients and staff to navigate and where services could be delivered comfortably and efficiently were top priority.  We started with great bones, so that always makes a job easier, but we also had some challenges we...

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Budget decorating facelifts for the homeseller

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There are lots of articles out there on home staging and how to declutter, so this isn't going to be one of those. This article is going to talk about how to handle a feature you really don't like, and don't have the budget to completely do away with.  I am going to use a case study on a home I worked on quite a few years back where we had to deal with some difficult problems on a limited budget. I must start with the caveat that there was a budget, though and that these tend to be more...

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