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Welcome to The Decorator Files!

You'll find affordable home decorating ideas and advice, tips for finding some great online resources for decorating on a budget (or not...it's up to you!) and much more.

I share my experiences as a 20+ year veteran Design Consultant and seasoned Home Stager with you, so be sure to see which file I'll be opening up next!

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May 28, 2017

Log Home Decorating Inspirations

Log Home Decorating Ideas and Pictures. It's fun to dream and even better to plan!

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May 28, 2017

Interior Decorating Styles Quiz to Help You Determine Your Style

interior decorating styles quiz to find out which design style suits you! Pictures, ideas and tips

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May 28, 2017

Shabby Chic Bathrooms Create a Romantic, Vintage Atmosphere

Shabby chic bathrooms are always simply elegant, vintage inspired spaces that welcome you with soft colors and comfortable style. It's a cost effective way to create a beautiful bathroom!

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May 27, 2017

Shabby Chic Bedrooms Ideas with Furniture and Accessory Tips

Create Shabby Chic bedrooms that are a reflection of your taste and lifestyle. Great ideas and resources to design the casual bedroom you desire.

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May 26, 2017

Casual Decorating Style | What It Is and How to Achieve The Look

Casual Decorating Style - what it is and how to achieve the look. It doesn't take a big budget to achieve a stylish look

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May 25, 2017

Virtual Design Services

Virtual Design Services are available as an enhancement to your purchase of my decorating guide, Love Your Home, or whenever you need a little extra decorating help!

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May 22, 2017

Arranging Furniture Made Simple for You!

Arranging Furniture made simple for you! Follow these simple tricks and tips in your home today, you'll love the results.

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May 16, 2017

Love Your Home Decorating E-Book

Love Your Home, 10 Secrets to Creating a Home You'll Love, written by a veteran interior decorator with budget friendly advice!

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May 09, 2017

Tropical Decorating Ideas for Your Home to Create Your Own Piece of Paradise

Tropical decorating ideas for your home, so you can live in peaceful, tropical surroundings no matter where home is!

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May 07, 2017

Kitchen Decorating Ideas and Tips

The best kitchen decorating ideas, and they're great for any size budget. Best of all, these kitchen decor tips are easy to read, understand and put into action today!

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May 07, 2017

Multi Purpose Dining Room Ideas

Great ideas and photos for multi purpose dining room designs. Take the best and make them work for your particular lifestyle!

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May 07, 2017

Cottage Decorating Ideas & Tips for Your Casual Home

Cottage decorating is not only a design style, it can play a significant role in a simpler, less stressful lifestyle. How does cottage home decor influence us day to day? Read on to find out more!

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May 07, 2017

A Shabby Chic Kitchen You Can Create on a Budget!

A Shabby Chic kitchen can be a simple, budget friendly creation that completes the look of your simply shabby style home! Lots of great do it yourself ideas here.

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May 07, 2017

Shabby Chic Decor Ideas for Your Simply Elegant Home

Shabby Chic Decor creates the memorable elegance of this decorating style. Learn how with photos, advice and easy tips

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May 04, 2017

Selecting Great Dining Room Colors

Simple tips to help you select the best dining room colors, including paint and color palette choices. Have fun with your dining room design and decor!

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May 04, 2017

Country Home Decorating Ideas for Your Casual Style Home Design

Country Home Decorating is one of the most popular decorating styles around.Create this enduring casual style in your home.

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May 04, 2017

Color Personality Defined | Decorating With Color

Color Personality - What do your home decorating color choices say about you? Read on to find out more!

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Apr 27, 2017

Decorating Home Office Spaces to Maximize Your Comfort with Style!

The best ideas for decorating home office spaces. Decorating on a budget? No worries! Budget friendly home office decorating ideas to create a beautiful and functional work space.

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Apr 27, 2017

Decorating With Color for Your Home Interior - Select A Great Palette

Decorating with color is easy if you know how to put colors, textures, fabrics and shapes together. See lots of pictures, get advice and ideas.

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Apr 27, 2017

Bedroom Decorating Ideas, Makeovers, Designs, Color Palettes

Bedroom Decorating Ideas for any style decor or budget. Everything you need for beautiful bedroom decorating is here!

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Apr 27, 2017

Why I Love to Shop at Wayfair

I love to shop at Wayfair. Actually it's Wayfair.com as it is an online shopping experience and it my go to source for both personal and professional use.

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Apr 26, 2017

Contemporary Log Home Decorating Ideas Styles and Tips

Contemporary log home decorating ideas to help you create rustic sophistication in your log home.

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May 31, 2016

French Country Decorating Ideas

What is French Country Decorating? If you love color and natural rustic elegance, you need to find out more about this type of decor!

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Oct 11, 2015

Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Home | Holiday Trees, Wreaths, Parties

The best Christmas decorating ideas and tips, plus a complete holiday decorating plan! This is all you need for a unique and inspired holiday home.

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Oct 05, 2015

Christmas Decorating Tips to Create a Beautiful Holiday Home

The best Christmas decorating tips that will help you create a beautiful holiday home. Simple and budget friendly, decorate with the sights, sounds and scents of Christmas!

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Jul 05, 2015

Tuscan Decorating Ideas to Create a Warm Inviting Tuscany Home

Tuscan decorating ideas to help you create an authentic Tuscan home. Find out more about this simple, comfortable, colorful and rustic style.

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Jul 05, 2015

Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen

Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen to help you create a unique and cool place with function and style

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Feb 19, 2015

Farmhouse Decorating Style Ideas

Farmhouse decorating is casual, informal and rustic with elements of both country and cottage style incorporated into this look. Find out more about creating a farmhouse interior in your home.

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Dec 26, 2014

Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas

Contemporary kitchen design ideas for your home. Find out what types of materials and design concepts are used in the modern style kitchen. Easy to read, simple to follow!

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Dec 19, 2014

French Country Decor Ideas & Tips

French Country Decor embodies a colorful, casually graceful, naturally rustic, relaxed and welcoming environment. How can you create this unique and friendly decor in your home? Find out how!

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Dec 01, 2014

Vintage Cottage Style Decorating Ideas

Vintage cottage style decorating ideas to help you create a natural cottage home with vintage or reproduction materials and furnishings. Learn how to put it all together. Simple vintage chic is good!

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Nov 26, 2014

Contemporary Home Decor Defined With Easy to Follow Tips and Ideas

Contemporary home decor defined, with easy to follow tips and resources to complete your modern style home

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Nov 26, 2014

Ideas for Romantic Bedrooms

Ideas for romantic bedrooms that will take your ordinary bedroom design and turn it into a private getaway.

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Nov 26, 2014

Eight Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas That are Easy on the Budget

Easy, simple holiday decorating ideas and tips to get you on the road to a happy holiday season with minimal stress. There is no need to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful holiday home.

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Nov 08, 2014

Galley Kitchen Design Ideas

Galley kitchen design ideas and tips to help you create a functional space that lives large. Tips for selection of colors and kitchen elements.

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Nov 03, 2014

Budget Friendly Tuscan Dining Room Ideas

Budget friendly Tuscan dining room design ideas. Capture the feel of an authentic Tuscan dining area without spending a lot of money. Read on for some great design ideas!

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Nov 03, 2014

Ideas for Christmas Table Decorations to Complete Your Holiday Home

Ideas for Christmas table decorations that will fit any decorating style and budget. Find tips for your centerpiece that will create a beautiful dining table

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Oct 23, 2014

Simple Natural Country Christmas Decorating Ideas For Your Home

Country Christmas decorating ideas for the natural and simple holiday that you desire. Lots of ideas for your home

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Oct 12, 2014

Living Room Ideas & Designs | Tips for Furniture Arrangement

Living Room Ideas, Interior Designs, Furniture Arrangement and Placement tips, resources, help and ideas!

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Oct 12, 2014

Decorating With Neutrals for a Simple, Polished Look in Your Home

Decorating with neutrals is anything but a boring, ho-hum way to use color in your home. Find photos, ideas and tips for creating a stylish home using neutral colors.

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Sep 30, 2014

What's New at Serena and Lilly

Do you love to find really cool online shopping resources? I do!

As a Design Consultant and Virtual Interior Decorator I work with clients locally and all over the world, so I have to know where to find online furnishings and accessories that will be the perfect choice for a client's project.

Serena and Lilly is one of those online resources. When I'm searching for a unique and custom look in furnishings, home decor such as bedroom, bathroom and more, this is one the first stops on my list.

See for yourself...check out the new items (over 250) that Serena and Lilly is offering for Fall!

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Aug 21, 2014

Small Bathroom Makeovers and Designs for Decorating a Petite Bath

Small Bathroom Makeover needed? No worries! Ideas and lots of photos to help you decorate a petite Bath

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Aug 21, 2014

Cottage Chic Decorating Ideas

Cottage Chic decorating ideas for your comfortable, casual home. Create a relaxed, welcoming space combining vintage finds with new pieces. It offers versatility and is easy on the budget

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Aug 21, 2014

Create a Comfortable and Stylish Patio

Creating a beautiful, comfortable and stylish Patio, Lanai or Porch is really not that much different than decorating a room in your home.

It comes down to planning and budget.

I know it's much more fun to see a really cool piece, set or idea and decide right then and there that that's the Patio you'll recreate.

Then you find that the reality of space, budget, usefulness, etc. just doesn't work for you.

So....read on to see lots of images, ideas and a simple method to create the Patio that works for YOU!

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Apr 27, 2014

Ideas for Beautiful Bedroom Makeovers...in a Weekend!

Are you really tired of the way your Bedroom looks? It might be a Guest Bedroom, the Master Bedroom or a multifunctional space. Doesn't really matter.

If you can't deal with the thought of the space looking the way it does any longer, a weekend makeover project might be just what the decorating doctor ordered!

The most critical part of a weekend warrior project such as this is P-L-A-N-N-I-N-G. Yes, I spelled it out for you so there is no mistake about it. You must plan, and you must make the time spent on this project your top priority.

You'll make two other executive decisions as well, because this will affect everything else that you do. And, once you make these decisions, stick with them! Don't let yourself get off track:

1) Color Palette - what is staying the same, what is changing. (Hint: if you are really tired of the look...change the colors/add an accent color)

2) Budget - how much are you going to spend on this bedroom makeover? Be realistic so you don't set yourself up for disappointment.

Once those decisions are behind you, you'll know how simple, or how elaborate, your bedroom makeover is going to be.

Ok, ready for all of the rest of the details? Read them at Bedroom Makeovers and then get to work!

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