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Declutter. Take down or move those piles of things that have been sitting on your "hot spots" -- your flat surfaces that just tend to collect the junk. Ideally, you would go through them and sort it right here and now, and see this as sort of a "spring cleaning" for the holidays. However, time is of the essence in completing your staging for the holidays, so if you can't tackle the project now, place the clutter in a box (clearly labeled) and put it in a closet or basement. I recommend going immediately to your calendar and making an appointment with yourself at some later date to go through it, so that "out of sight" doesn't end up being "out of mind" and something important gets left unattended.
Remember you are acting like the stage crew for a play ... every piece in the room should contribute to the story, the beauty, the mood ... everything else should go. If it's functionally necessary, find a way to disguise it in a cupboard or cabinet nearby. Throw away that old sponge, upgrade your kitchen towels, away with the pile of papers!
|Houston Interior Designers & Decorators|
|Robert Young Architects|
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Add a loveseat or an armchair to a small space or a stairwell nook to create a cozy corner just right for a houseguest, a glass of wine, and a book. Rugs and throws make it look complete.
Even if you already have a table in a room, consider a smaller table nestled beneath two windows or in a corner space to create a cozy nook perfect for a chess match, a game of checkers, or two pals that need a quiet moment to catch up.
Accessorize: This is one of the biggest and least expensive ways to transform a room. Add accent pieces in trios and other odd number pairings to create a focal point or a vignette.
Make you linens soft, luxurious, bright colors, or soft colors, depending on whether you are trying to soothe or wow your guests. You can make you bathrooms feel like a spa with a few towels,
Now that you know how to get your home that perfect look for your guests for the holidays, you can get to work, knowing that you will be creating the entertaining capital for your family and friends to spend the holidays.