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Clever little tips to quickly make your house a home
Make Your House a HomeIs 'homey' the ambiance you would like to create for family and friends?

Merriam-Webster's dictionary definition: Hom-ey (adjective) comfortable, or familiar like home. It is short and sweet but how exactly do we make our homes more comfortable and familiar for us so that they are truly a retreat?

Décor expert Sally Morse, the director of creative services at the window treatment company Hunter Douglas, offers tips on how to make a space truly your own, as follows:

Light the Way

“A great place to start on any design project is with lighting,” Morse advises. “The correct lighting sets the perfect ambiance.” From rustic re-purposed mason jars to luxurious crystal chandeliers, there are so many options from which to choose. Shop around for a look that works for you, or seek out custom-crafted items if you can't find the “wow” factor you are seeking in a store.

Dress Up Your Hobbies

Family photographs and sentimental items are sure to make you feel at home. You can take it a step further, however, by artfully turning your hobbies into stylish décor accents. “It's important that this doesn't look like a childhood art project, but rather that it pays homage to a favourite sport or vacation spot,” Morse advises. If tennis is your game, for example, give a nod to the vintage side and decorate a wall with antique wooden racquets. If you've got an impressive jewelry collection, mirrored trays and glass stands are a pretty way to display your charms and trinkets.

Natural, Timeless Materials

Another way to add comfort and your own special style to a space is by using organic materials like grass and bamboo. They add a timeless appeal and help restore balance with the techno-centric, hectic outside world. Hunter Douglas Provenance woven wood shades provide a wealth of grass, bamboo and wood designs and the newest collection includes pearlized and metallic finishes, gold tones, light neutrals, pops of colour and lightweight weaves. Easy, affordable battery-powered motorization is available for most of the company's products.

New Life to Old Memories

Even if history wasn't your favourite subject, it's easy to appreciate the beauty of a one-of-a-kind antique. An 18th-century armoire has seen more history and special moments than many people do in a lifetime, and it's exciting to imagine all of the scenes that took place before the piece found its way into your home. “People can feel a distinct connection to their antiques,” Morse notes. “Walking in your front door and seeing a special antique can really lift your mood.”

“With a few small changes,” Morse adds, “your home can help you put a little pep in your step and give you something to be proud about.”

More information is available at www.hunterdouglas.ca.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:26 AM by Susan Pauls-Valerio, Broker of Record
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