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October 14, 2014

Dear Debbie,

 

I have a large poster in colours that radiate the awesome beauty of the desert that I bought while travelling in the U.S. Southwest. I’d like to put it above my bed. Should I have it framed? What’s the best way to hang it? Thanks,

Leona

Dear Leona,

This is a good question. Posters that you want to last need some form of protection. Framing is your best choice. For large pictures this can be expensive, but you can search out stores that provide self-framing. They supply the materials and you do the work yourself. Or you can make a frame with just a few simple tools...

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September 29, 2014
Two shades of metallic paint are mixed with glaze to create realistic steel panels in a modern condo.

Dear Debbie,

I am tempted to try to use metallic paint that I have seen in the store, but before I buy it I’d like to know more about it. Do I dilute the paint? Do I use regular paint tools? Can I apply it over wood or on a wall?

Kit

Dear Kit,

Metallic paint is just as versatile as regular paint and has many exciting decorative possibilities...

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September 22, 2014

Setting up a living space that welcomes you home and nourishes your soul is an ongoing and evolving process. Our ideas of what looks great and feels right on the home front broaden with the experiences we have, the places we see, our jobs and the special people with whom we share the space.

When industrial design began to insinuate itself into residential quarters, it felt like the polar opposite of traditional and country styles … how could it ever work, except for the artsy types that lived in an urban loft? But we evolved. With the guidelines of recycle, renew and reuse a mainstay of modern life, reclaimed wood, architectural salvage, iron and galvanized metals are among the hottest of decorative materials today. 

 

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