Wednesday, November 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Home Style: New Year’s resolutions to freshen your decor

By
From page C2 | January 12, 2013 |

I love making New Year’s resolutions, and here are a few from me and my decorating team that you might want to adopt to make your home even more lovely in 2013. (Thankfully, none of them involves dieting!)

— Do something wonderful with windows

For years, I was convinced that shutters were the only kind of window treatments that would work in my living room. But I revisited the idea of drapes, thinking they could be my ticket to fabric paradise. I am so glad I did, because I was completely wrong — my windows look lovely framed by simple fabric panels.

Next on my list: Updating the tired drapes in my bedroom. I prefer subtle colors in my bedroom, perhaps because by the end of the day my overcharged brain needs a chance to chill out. The camel-and-cream animal print I used for my drapes is the perfect blend of edgy and serene.

— Rethink your decor when the decorations come down

My home always seems so bare right after I take down holiday decorations. But it’s the perfect time to look at your decor with fresh, new eyes and make some much-needed changes. First, take a critical look at everything in your home. Start with the displays in bookcases and on side tables. How can you edit them so the design is clean? As you pinpoint items you are not using or no longer love, donate them to a charitable organization so they can bring joy to someone else.

Once you’ve done a good, thorough cleaning-out, take a second look at your furniture placement. Does the flow of each room work? Are all the furnishings to scale? If not, try moving pieces from room to room, using them in new places and in new ways.

— Hang some beautiful art

Take a look at the walls of your home. Are they filled with artwork that makes your heart sing? Far too often, customers tell us they don’t hang art in their homes because they are afraid they won’t buy the “right” artwork or hang it “correctly.” Toss that one out the window, because in my book, the only “right” artwork is the kind that makes your heart skip a beat. And the only “correct” way to hang it is the way that pleases you. Can it get any better than that?

— Add theatrical lighting

“All the world’s a stage, so you need to light it well,” says Bruce, our resident actor and singer. Bruce uses three creative techniques to create dramatic lighting in a home.

The first is “framing,” placing a pair of matched lamps on either side of a killer display. Try it on your buffet or mantel this year. You’ll be surprised by how the lamps spotlight the tableau.

The second is “illuminating,” using lovely lamps to provide the light you need to perform a task, like reading.

And the last is “highlighting,” using a small accent lamp to call attention to something special to you. To pull this off, pick out some objects of great sentimental value, like snapshots of loved ones, a treasure from vacation or a family heirloom. Then, put them on a side table under the downward light of an accent lamp.

— Freshen accent pillows

The secret to being a pillow princess is to fill the pillows with high-quality down inserts. Get rid on any old poly forms you may have in your accent pillows and replace them with down pillow forms.

When you do, you will be amazed by how sink-into-soft your pillows look. Instead of the stiff, uninviting look you get with poly form pillows, those stuffed with down inserts are plump and full and indulgent. Unlike poly forms, down forms don’t lose their shape. Just plump them and they are perfect again.

This column has been adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at www.nellhills.com. She can be reached at marycarol@nellhills.com.

Mary Carol Garrity

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Groups distribute Thanksgiving food

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
Police: Vehicle burglaries not new for Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
 
County fair proposal, budget topics of scrutiny

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fairfield police investigate shooting

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Library schedules soap-making program

By Glen Faison | From Page: A4

Vacaville PD seeks VIPS program volunteers

By Glen Faison | From Page: A4

 
Fairfield police offer free gun locks

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Science comes to libraries – for all to see

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

Soroptimists seek award applicants

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

 
 
Nichols plans free family concert in Napa

By Glen Faison | From Page: A7

Church’s holiday soiree on Vacaville calendar

By Glen Faison | From Page: A7

 
Suisun City police log: Nov. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Fairfield police log: Nov. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

Fairfield police log: Nov. 22, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
Suisun City police log: Nov. 23, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9, 2 Comments

Suisun City police log: Nov. 22, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
Weather for Nov. 26, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

.

US / World

Protesters return to riot-scarred Ferguson streets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

 
Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 11 Comments

 
Tough to make a case against police in shootings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

Heirloom ring flushed; sewer workers retrieve it

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Ohio family recovers missing Sasquatch statue

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Auction fetches $28K for 1st batch of new bourbon

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
In Seattle, tofu turkeys get Thanksgiving pardons

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

Los Angeles freeway sign unveiled with typo

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Window washer fights for life after 11-story fall

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Agreement: LA jails to improve wheelchair access

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Oakland police arrest more than 40 protesters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

 
Lawmakers target Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk fee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans overturned

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Wet basements in Buffalo as flooding fears ease

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Soldiers to spend Thanksgiving in Ebola isolation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
8 shoes of Holocaust victims stolen in Poland

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

WWII Museum opening new pavilion in New Orleans

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Official: Afghan president orders military review

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

Hagel: The fall guy

By David Rothkopf | From Page: A8

 
Senate staff cuts reduce transparency

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Today in History: Nov. 26, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Nov. 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Community Calendar: Nov. 26, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Horoscope for Nov. 26, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

The man I’m seeing makes no effort to get to know my kids

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

 
A do-ahead cornmeal biscuit to sop up your gravy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Fresh take on an herb-roasted Thanksgiving turkey

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Turn turkey leftovers into a healthy dinner salad

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
‘Birdman’ leads Spirit Awards nominations

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Vacaville Christian wins 3-0, advances to state quarterfinals

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Curry powers Warriors past Heat 114-97

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

49ers rookies shine in big roles, out of necessity

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Cousins, Kings beat Pelicans 99-89

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Giants third base coach Tim Flannery retires

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

AP source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Pats are unanimous No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NFL, union discuss personal conduct policy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Bama, FSU, Oregon, Miss St keep playoff rankings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Messi sets European record with 74 goals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kurt Busch wins delay of Delaware court hearing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Thanksgiving travel woes? There’s an app for that

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

US home price gains slow for 10th straight month

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Rain, snow could mess up Thanksgiving travel

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
New iPhones push Apple’s market cap past $700B

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
.

Obituaries

Esther Ringler

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Glenita Reyes McLaughliin

By Daily Republic | From Page: A4

Leslie “Esi” Gros

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5