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Marney and I say it throughout all our books: your home should inspire you. And what better to get inspired than to treat your home like a getaway to your favorite location!
If there is a location or culture that you love, it’s very easy to decorate your home in a way that reflects your love for that place. True success comes when you can create that atmosphere - while keeping the room comfortable and livable in the every-day life of your family.
You don’t have to re-do an entire room from top to bottom to create a magical, enchanting getaway. There are simple tricks that can be integrating into your rooms to make your home the getaway of your dreams in day, or even in a few minutes!
Here are some ideas for ultra-quick decorating projects to create your perfect getaway!
To create the charm of the English Countryside...
To create the flamboyance of Mexico...
All three of these tips are integrated into the home office shown here, which sings with fiesta spirit while remaining entirely functional.
To create a peaceful Asian ambiance...
To create the romance of Italy...
You get the idea! You can think of endless ideas of your own, as well! Just think of your home as a blank canvas for the getaway of your dreams, and add bits of that atmosphere, little by little.
ASK THE DECORATOR
DecoDiva, Marney Makridakis, answers your question about kitchen decorating.
QUESTION: I’m completely redoing my kitchen and I’d love to have a Tuscan-style kitchen. Any thoughts or suggestions? I can’t redo the flooring. Will that limit me considerably?
ANSWER: Congratulations on making over your kitchen! A Tuscan-style kitchen is a classic choice, one that is both elegant and cozy.
Terra cotta tiles are a natural for this style, but since you can’t do the flooring, consider using terra cotta tiles as a backsplash or along the wall just above the counters. On other walls not adjacent to counters, opt for a faux paint finish that looks like stone, cracking plaster, or simply built-up textures of paint.
Avoid using wallpaper, and go for natural paint or tile on the walls, instead.
For the cupboards, chicken-wire cupboard door fronts will evoke the look you’re going for, immediately. You can also add sturdy pine standalone storage pieces, and a big farmhouse table or island in the center of the kitchen, with a thick braided rug underneath.
Marble countertops are ideal, and marble-style countertops in acrylic are an effective, more affordable alternative.
To really perfect the style, it’s all about details! Use copper pots, tin accents, bunches of hanging herbs and dried flowers. At the top of the wall, adjacent to the ceiling, add thick, rustic wooden shelving and place wine bottles on them.
Have a great time - you’re in for an exciting adventure!
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"Throw your dream into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."
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