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5 Tips for Decorating Your New Home

Moving into a new home is a liberating experience, whether it’s your first home or your dream home. Your new space represents a blank canvas for you to create your own special haven. Traditionally, interior design help was the province of wealthy homeowners. Today, anyone can find professional design tips for a comfortable, artful home. Here are some suggestions for transforming your new, empty shell into a warm and inviting home.

1. Clean House at Your Old Home

Before you move into your new home, start cleaning out your old place. This will make your current home easier to pack and move into the new one. Aim to eliminate 25 to 50 percent of your old things: wobbly furniture, broken appliances and accessories you no longer love.

If it’s hard to part with your belongings, remind yourself that moving is a great time to start over. Pare down your possessions with a garage sale or online auction, or donate your items to charity. Your “trash” could be someone else’s treasure, and you’ll be surprised by what you won’t miss.

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2. Make Thoughtful New Purchases

A new home provides an opportunity to decorate your space with new finds. Don’t buy everything at once, however. Live in your home for a few months before you shop for interior design. Consider how you will use your house and how you will live in the rooms.

Since you spend a third of your day in bed, start with your bedroom. Consider new bedding, wall colors, window treatments and maybe even a new bed. From your bedroom, move to the living room, den, kitchen, dining room and other spaces. Don’t forget the special rooms like exercise rooms, media rooms, libraries and wine cellars.

3. Resist the Urge to Match

Retailers encourage shoppers to buy in sets so that everything is matching. Resist the urge unless you like the generic look of a furniture store showroom. When you shop for interior design, look for objects that reflect your personal style. A few pieces of similar style are fine, but stay away from bland, boring items. Consider furniture and accessories in terms of scale and balance.

4. Tie Things Together with Color

Does the furniture in your home span several decades? Color is the easiest and most economical way to tie everything together. Find a unifying color and paint a wall with it. For a less labor-intensive solution, shop for curtains, rugs and other interior design accessories in the same hue. Learn the color theory basics to find what works best in your home.

5. Look for Inexpensive Solutions

Decorating your new home doesn’t have to be expensive. Consider cost-effective ways to brighten a dark room or freshen up a drab space. For example, change the hardware on your kitchen cabinets or replace the lighting in your bathroom. Install dimmer switches to change light levels depending on lighting needs or mood.

Creating your dream home is less overwhelming when you take one practical step at a time. Work slowly and thoughtfully as you consider cost-effective solutions for every room in the house. Resist the urge to match anything but your personal style as you shop for interior design.

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How to Have a Fashionable Winter

Dreading the frumpy winter wardrobe? It may not be as fun and carefree as summer is, but you can certainly up the wardrobe ante this winter with some fashionable staples. Just because you can’t wear your favorite cut offs and strappy sandals doesn’t mean you have to be covered up in ugly sweaters and puffy coats.

The Duster Jacket

Don’t think for a minute that this trend belongs to the power-men of the 1980s. Duster coats are now a chic option to keep you fashionable and snug when the weather turns sour. Dress in black from head to toe and soften your edges with a rose colored coat. For a bit of New York style, duster jackets look amazing paired with your favorite skinny jeans and a pair of heeled boots or pointy toed pumps.

Sweaters Are a Staple

Luckily for you, big sweaters are in and you can make them as cute or as sexy as you want. If you want to opt for sexy, pair your favorite leggings or skinnies with a drapey off-the-shoulder sweater. Wear a spicy lace bustier underneath for a hot peek at what you’ve got underneath. If you want comfy but sweet, oversized sweaters are the perfect accessory to black leggings. Pair them with some knee high boots, ballet flats, or sexy heels for a night out on the town. Flowy, open front cardigans can be paired with skirts or even trousers. Top a feminine blouse with your open front cardi for a warm but professional look at the office.

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Boho Cute: Ponchos

No, these aren’t the tacky messes of the 60s. When the weather is more like fall than winter but you still need a little something to keep warm, a poncho can double as both an outerwear piece and an integrated piece of your wardrobe, according to Juniper James. Wear a long sleeved top underneath with leggings, flat boots, and a scarf and you have a structured look that’s easy and fun.

Go Classic with a Pea Coat

Pea coats can be their very own fashion accessory. This winter, ditch the polyester coat and try something more flattering. Pea coats can be warm, and when you’re running errands that prevent you from stopping to take your coat off, you still want to look cute. Get a coat that’s fitted at the waist, preferably with a belt, to avoid the pregnant look. Having your waist emphasized will give you a slimming look than an unstructured fit will.

Rock Out with a Black Leather Jacket

If you’re sick of the sweet look, get edgy with some leather. You can make it part of your look or keep it strictly outerwear. Whatever you do, keep it fitted to avoid the utilitarian look. A cropped jacket can kick up any dress you own while a ladies-only full length coat will give your favorite ripped jeans a sassier look.

A cold weather wardrobe is just as much fun as a summer one. With cozy accessories and sleek staples, you’ll be taking on the cold weather with flair.

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Look Your Best This Winter

It’s not unusual to feel pressured to be more diligent with an exercise routine and more conscious about calories when warm weather nears and you start thinking about beach vacations and outdoor activities. However, you also know that you want to look your best throughout the holiday season and when you’re wearing trendy winter fashions.

Make a grand entrance

When you look good, your confidence level is high. Confidence is what you want to feel when you walk into the holiday parties you’ve been invited to. Shapewear can be the foundation upon which to build a stunning, eye-catching holiday wardrobe. With accessories such as a body suit, thigh shaper or tank top as part of your attire, you can look stunning whether you are dressed for work, a party, an evening out or a leisurely weekend adventure.

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Winter Fun

You don’t want to let cold weather hamper your fun. Including some leg warmers, boot toppers and cozy socks in your winter wardrobe accessory collection will keep you prepared for planned or spontaneous winter weather adventures. Colorful leggings and socks are a wonderful contrast to gray winter days.

You can take advantage of body-shaping accessories to make you look your best and boost your confidence. Chilly winter days give you the perfect excuse to get a little silly with your sock or legging attire or to pamper your feet with ultra-cozy slippers. Spring will arrive soon enough. Meanwhile, get the maximum enjoyment out of winter.

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