Festive Centerpiece
By Martin Amado | 12/07/2009 - 18:00

Doesn’t take much to add a festive touch to your coffee table or dining table this holiday season. If you’re like me, you’re looking for something quick and effective without it being too complicated.

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Greeting Cards as Decor
By Martin Amado | 11/30/2009 - 12:29

Can’t believe the holiday season is already here! Another year flew by quickly and it’s time to decorate the home with a tree, lights, garlands and ornaments in the spirit of the season. This also means we’ll be getting lots of greeting cards in the mail, too! I find that it’s especially nice to display them as part of your holiday décor because they become more than just a card; it’s an extension of your family and friends who are thinking of you during this special time of the year.

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How to Accessorize a Living Room
By Martin Amado | 11/23/2009 - 11:22

I believe that it’s not how much you spend on furniture that gives a room style—it’s how you accessorize the space that makes the difference. You can buy a $3,000 sofa for your living room, but if everything else around it is empty, then the budget was not put to good use. I’d rather you spend $500 on a sofa and then use the rest of the money for essential items that will complete the look of the room.

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Create a Welcoming Guest Bedroom
By Martin Amado | 11/16/2009 - 14:29

The holidays are definitely the time of the year when we see an influx of out-of-town family and friends visiting our home. Of course, you want your guest bedroom to be an inviting and comfortable place for them to stay, so here are a few tips that will help you achieve that.

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Design Detail: Unique Wall Art
By Martin Amado | 11/09/2009 - 11:00

Finding wall art that means something to you and complements the décor in your house can sometimes be a challenge. You don’t necessarily want a print or image that’s mass-produced from a home department store because you want it to look more personal in your space.

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Fall Centerpiece
By Martin Amado | 11/02/2009 - 13:00

Decorating your home for the different seasons doesn’t have to be overwhelming. A few details placed correctly here and there can transform the look of your space using the colors of autumn as your inspiration.

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Get Inspired!
By Martin Amado | 10/26/2009 - 10:42

One of the questions I get asked most often is, “How do I begin to decorate a room?” My answer is always to find one inspiration piece that you love in the room and then build the décor around that.

Inspiration can come from an area rug, a toss pillow or even wall art. The idea is to have that be your guideline for the room’s color scheme and decor. In the end you achieve a look where every thing complements each other—at least that’s the goal. This is the decorating process at its most basic.

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Living Room Layouts That Work
By Martin Amado | 10/19/2009 - 17:00

When homeowners walk into a furniture store, they feel compelled to buy the entire set as they see it in the showroom. In a living room setting, a traditional grouping includes a sofa, loveseat and chair, and although the store might offer you a savings for buying all three pieces, if it’s too much furniture for the size of your living room, then you’re not doing your home justice. Typically, you realize this once the furniture arrives and by then it’s too late … you’re stuck with it.

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Design Detail: Decorative Room Divider
By Martin Amado | 10/14/2009 - 14:00

 I recently did this project for a bathroom makeover to be featured on my Spanish television program, Decorando Contigo on Galavision, so I wanted to share the idea with you in case you have a similar decorating dilemma in your home. The master bathroom was large and had a corner bathtub as the focal point between the two vanities. It was nice, but it felt too exposed in the room. I wanted to separate it a bit more visually from the rest of the space and create the feeling of a romantic enclosure. The solution was to use closet doors!

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Princess Theme for a Girl’s Bedroom
By Martin Amado | 10/05/2009 - 18:00

Most parents like coming up with a theme for their child’s room, the two most common being a princess room for girls and a sports theme for boys. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as you don’t make the mistake of being too literal and going overboard with the theme as your inspiration.

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