The Art of Design: Treat Your Home Like a New Date | Siouxland Homes

Joseph Pubillones Creators Syndicate Inc.

Who hasn’t been there? After a while, things become routine and the things you used to think were cute and quirky no longer are. Many of you will think I’m talking about a relationship, but I’m not. I’m talking about your house. No matter how wonderful you thought it was when you first moved in, after a while it needs the equivalent of a new shirt or a new shade of lipstick – or of a facelift. Play with the items you already own and find time to spice them up.

Here are some tips for turning your old follower into a hot new date:

–Change your cushions. A simple gesture can transform your living room or bedroom. Choose fabrics from new collections or play a color game – all in one color or different colors for a kaleidoscopic effect.

— Give your bathroom a spa makeover. Organize the clutter. Add the largest size napkins you can find in a color that accentuates your decor. Strategically add small votive candles to your bathroom for a glow that will make you want to soak in a long bath or shower.

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–Add trim or tape to existing drapery at the leading edge to change the look. It will also make the room look taller by emphasizing vertical lines and height.

–Control the lighting in your room by adding dimmers to lamps and light fixtures. This will allow you to orchestrate the amount of lighting and mood in your room.

–Create a large wall of art or photography. Buy a dozen frames of different sizes with the same color or finish. Place sketches, prints or just family photos in the frames. The color and type of frame will create a unifying element even with images that don’t seem to belong together.

–Add a biofuel fireplace to an empty corner of a room or add candles to an existing fireplace to give the room the warmth and glow of a flickering fire.

–Organize small collectibles and collectibles on trays. These can be placed on your existing coffee table, and even on side tables with lamps and picture frames etc.

–Buy one, two or three orchid plants and group them together on a skirted table or console table for a welcoming wow.

–Lay several oriental rugs, kilims, and cotton rugs under your coffee table for a casual, well-traveled look.

–A new set of colorful sheets and blankets is sure to take the doldrums out of the bedroom.

–New lampshades will make your lighting look new. If you’re using a new fluorescent bulb, painting the inside of a paper lampshade a peach or tan color can dim excessive bluish-white light.

–Enhance your table tops with just one item. For example, a shallow glass bowl filled with glass beads or flowers.

— Nothing beats moving furniture around the house for a fresh look. Don’t limit yourself by thinking that bedside tables can only be used in a bedroom or that a sideboard can’t be used as a bedroom dresser. The piece of furniture will adapt to the function you give it.

Follow these basic suggestions and your home will be a keeper. Guaranteed!

Joseph Pubillones is the owner of Joseph Pubillones Interiors, an award-winning interior design firm based in Palm Beach, Florida. His website is


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