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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DECORATING WITH JEANIE - WINTER SPRUCE UP


Take a deep breath! Christmas is over. Sometime within the next week or so you’ll start packing away all the holiday decorations and taking down the tree. For many of us, our homes look really bare and drab at that point, and we get the decorating bug. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders to spruce up a room.

One of the hottest decorating color trends is gray. Gray is both sophisticated and modern and is a great neutral color for walls. You can create some really dramatic looks by filling a gray wall with a grouping of black and white photos framed in black wooden frames of varying sizes. Frame some full size, others with white mats. Use family photos or landscapes or a combination of both.

Don’t have any black and white photos? You can easily create them from your color photos by printing them out yourself on your computer or having them printed at your local photo shop. Or look for calendars with images of old photos. The photo above is of the Flat Iron Building in New York, taken in 1913. I plan to frame it, along with several others from a 2012 calendar, to make a grouping for my dining room.

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