Author page: Nancy DeVries

How to be Trendy with Tangerine in 2012

The new “it” colour in design for 2012 is Tangerine Tango. This has been determined by PANTONE® which is the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries which ranges from fashion, graphic design, plastics, automotive and paints. I like what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says about this year’s…

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The European style for displaying objects

The North American rule of thumb for decorating is to display items such as vases or photo frames in odd numbers. On my recent trip to the Netherlands, I found that the decorating style there is to display items in even numbers. And it works! Why? Well a symmetrical display of two identical items is a balanced look that is pleasant to the eye. If there…

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How to make the best first impression of your home. Part 2

6. Coordinate your house numbers and mailbox. Updating your house numbers and mailbox is one thing, but why not make them a matching set? And to make sure that your house numbers are visible from the road, step across the street to confirm that they are easily spotted. 7. Add a bench or chair to your entry. Having a place…

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How to make the best first impression of your home. Part 1

2. Put down a new front door mat. Whether you prefer functional or whimsical, refresh your entry with a colourful, humourous or just a plain new doormat that makes you smile when you get to your door. 3. Brighten up your entryway with a new light. There is a good selection of affordable outdoor light fixtures in various styles.  Choose a fixture…

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Finding the right covering for your windows

Having been a Hunter Douglas Select dealer since 2002, I am able to help people find the right coverings for your windows based on your specific needs and personal aesthetics. If you are thinking about changing your blinds and are overwhelmed with the choices, here are several options to consider. Silhouette Window Shadings These sheer shades are one of my favourite window…

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