Create a Soothing Outdoor Escape
By Martin Amado | 05/07/2010 - 10:30

I love hearing the relaxing sound of water in an outdoor space. It’s a must in any design plan I come up with for a patio or backyard since it creates an environment that appeals to all our senses. Lucky for us, there are many options that easily allow us to bring a water feature into our outdoor retreat without breaking the bank.

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How To Make Your Garden Grow
By Renee Billy | 04/27/2010 - 18:00

There are a million reasons to start your own garden, from growing organic vegetables to saving money to embracing a natural stress-relieving activity—the real question should be: Why not start a garden?

It's not as hard as you might think! Check out our slideshow and learn step-by-step how to grow your own little patch of green.

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Add a Little Hollywood Glam with Fabulous Decorative Pillows
By Martin Amado | 04/12/2010 - 15:29

The Hollywood Glamour Style is a decorating trend that has become increasingly popular in recent years.  It combines classic lines with modern patterns and fabrics with lots of reflective surfaces and bold colors. 

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Scented Candles for a Good Cause
By Elayne Fluker | 04/08/2010 - 15:53

"It smells like soap... it is way too strong... it's too masculine; no, too feminine..." These were the initial responses from co-workers as I passed around the new scented candle from Nest Fragrances. But something about the powerfully fragrant Blue Garden Candle ($32, neimanmarcus.com) wouldn't let me part with it. I'm a big fan of scented candles and know that unique and truly memorable ones are difficult to find.

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How To Create a Picture Perfect Gallery Wall
By Martin Amado | 03/25/2010 - 11:01

I’ve walked into many homes where photographs are displayed randomly on a table or on the walls. A lot of times, the photographs are in mismatched frames or out of scale with the size of the wall they are hung on. On the flip side—and even worse—is when precious family moments or memories of special trips are hidden away in an album, where no one can see them.

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Redo Your Room for Less than a $1,000!
By Martin Amado | 03/16/2010 - 14:00

When I first saw this living room, I have to admit I was scared. Almost everything needed to be replaced but I only had a $1,000 budget to take it from the oh-so-out-of style 80s to a contemporary, updated look. I was up to the challenge and believe me, it can be done.

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Design Detail: Whimsical Knobs
By Martin Amado | 03/09/2010 - 19:00

Ahoy, mates! I recently did a nautical-themed makeover for a boy’s bedroom and as I was shopping for the decorative accessories I came across a set of starfishes. Usually, when I'm shopping, I get the inspiration for projects for my television programs since I try to come with ideas of how to use an item in a completely different manner. As I looked at the starfish, it occurred to me that they could be turned into drawer pulls!  I’ll show you how to get the same look in this month’s Design Detail, where I highlight a quick DIY project on a budget.

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Cheap and Chic Ways to Redecorate Your Home
By Latina Staff | 02/24/2010 - 13:10

Redesigning, redecorating, even adding one simple piece to your home can be overwhelming for the amateur decorator (which, face it, most of us are—even if we’d like to believe otherwise). Where does this piece go? Does it look best here or there? Does this color even fit the look I’m going for?!  Add to this the potential costs to outfit your suite and we’re talking major stress.

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How Paint Can Make a Room Pop
By Martin Amado | 02/22/2010 - 16:56

Even though I’ve been working as a home stylist for a while now, I’m still amazed at how a room can transform in one day—literally. In most cases, it’s the same furniture I originally found in the space, but with a new paint color and accessories it can look so much better!

Check out the examples above. In the before photo (on the left), the tangerine walls did not complement the brown furniture. It clashed and made the room appear muddy even though the furniture was brand new.

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Black and White Equals Grown and Sexy
By Martin Amado | 02/16/2010 - 12:42

When we choose a color scheme for a room, black & white is probably not the first choice that comes to mind. It might sound too boring and plain. I actually wanted to dispel the myth by doing a bedroom makeover in these classic colors.

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