Donna Webster

HomeOwners Library


Headboards, or the illusion of them, seem to "complete" a bed, much as a frame does to a painting. This is the place to be innovative and have some fun. The more creative the headboard, the more unique your statement!

Is your headboard and footboard old fashioned in it's style and color? A new coat of paint in a coordinating color to your bedroom's scheme might be just the trick. Or how about being a real adventurer by covering your headboard with fake fur!

Wrought iron beds are all the rage today, as are bold beds featuring canopies and four posters. Wicker headboards will offer you a charming look, and can also be painted to match your decor.

For the truly creative, how about hanging 4, 8 X 10 pictures from ribbons on a brass rod mounted behind your bed. You'll have the illusion of a headboard, but with much more creativity!

Family Room Fun!

Family rooms, by their very name, are for the family! And when most of us think of family we think of relaxation and fun, as well as informal settings for carefree entertaining. This is a room in which we can truly "let our hair down". It demands space for our hobbies, reading, watching TV or needlepointing. It also calls for some imaginative planning, so all members of the family feel that this is truly "their" room.

While family rooms have been a fairly recent concept, they have really been around for centuries. In the past, they were called second parlors, and allowed families to informally entertain while front parlors were reserved for guests. Family rooms in the 90's are truly fun rooms, filled with casual furnishings and unpretentious but good, easy-going decorating.

Here are some tips you might consider in furnishing your family room:

  • Look for large or small tables, perhaps folded or stacked to allow you're the opportunity to increase seating and allow for that impromptu game of bridge.
  • Ping-Pong, pool, air hockey games are a welcomed addition to this room. Of course having the proper space is a requirement of the type of game you select.
  • An entertainment unit to house your TV, your VCR, and music system is a must. Entertainment centers offer you a place for everything and everything in its place!
  • Desirable furniture might tend to be a bit oversize, and definitely comfortable. Rounded arms, loose pillow-back sofas and storage ottomans might be just what the family ordered!

Furniture Arranging Made Easy!

It's an age-old dilemma! What furniture should go "where", and "why" should it go there? Having a sense of style in arranging your furniture is a must, but following some basic guidelines will help even the novice arranger look like a real pro. Read on, and learn how these valuable tips will give your rooms new reasons for "being". And when in trouble, remember this:an under furnished room is preferable to an over-furnished room! Less can be more!

  • Avoid placing large pieces of furniture across the corner of a room.
  • Major conversational areas generally work best in one of these three shapes: "L", "H", or "U".
  • Place large furniture pieces close to the highest wall, if your room has a vaulted ceiling.
  • Place large chairs at an angle, rather than flat against the wall.
  • Confused about placing your baby grand piano? Be sure the straight side of the piano is closest to the wall.
  • Smaller rooms will appear larger by using furniture with lots of curves.

And last, but not least, before you begin this "moving" project, decide what and where your large groupings will be placed. It's then simple to position additional pieces, such as side chairs and accents pieces.

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