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October 2009 Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Readers and Happy October,

Have you ever walked in to a house for the first time and been struck by the thought "Have I have just traveled back in time? Is it 1975?" Do you ever look around your own kitchen or living room, especially right before you are expecting houseguests, and see it in a whole new light? And then you wonder... when did this break/fade/crack/fall off/droop/stain?

The situation I find myself in at this particular time, is that I have new space to use in my own house. Due to shifting lives in my family, I have a whole new room to do with whatever I want!

Easy, let's just get started and get that fresh coat of paint on! But when my husband asked me what color I was thinking of painting it I realized I had NO idea of even where to start. It's not that I don't know what I like or don't like when I see it, but I don't want to intentionally choose the basic feel of the room and then find out the color is stuck in the Flashdance era!

Thanks be to Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, not to mention Nate Berkus and Martha Stewart. I am curious about Thom Felicia. Apparently he has lots of useful tips, from 'every room needs a surprise' to 'lose the matchy, matchy-ness'. Now that's advice I can follow! Laurie Smith, from TVs Trading Places could help me find my personal style. YES! Her book tells of her own home remodeling and has numerous before and after photos, which I always find so amazing.

Surely, their guidance will steer me away from the macramè plant hangers and shag carpets! Wait, or is shag carpeting back? Oh boy, I have some reading to do! Forget about Rhonda... help me Martha, help, help me Martha!

Happy Reading,
Frances





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