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Art of Design: Details Everywhere

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Accessorizing a home is what makes it personal ... your home. Adding that final layer will make generic store-bought furniture seem special and show off your style. In any accessorizing situation, success or failure is measured by the attention to detail or lack thereof. Pay attention to the following tried-and-true tips that will make your home warm and read like a masterpiece.

-- For the book-lovers with a lack of adequate storage, use your books as side tables, doorstops or bases underneath tabletop items.

-- Make sure to add color-coordinated pillows and throws that play off the color of the curtains or rug in the room.

-- A room full of antiques can be freshened up by pairing them with a bold modern wall color, adding a contemporary work of art or large black-and-white photograph to the mix.

-- Don't overaccessorize a mantelpiece. Opt for a singular item such as a large vase or a work of art.

-- A playful geometric or sunburst mirror can help keep a room young.

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-- Top a pair of plain etageres with a collection of blue and white ginger jars for unexpected flair.

-- Add lots and lots of framed works of art to a room. This will impart drama and take the focus off underwhelming or dated furniture.

-- For a sense of casual elegance in a dining room, pair a simple inexpensive contemporary table with expensive period chairs. Your table, topped with dishes and silverware, will hardly be noticed. Your chairs, on the other hand, will shine.

-- Select one large work of art to make a statement rather than several smaller pieces.


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