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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Design Detail: Rug Tapestry
By Martin Amado | 02/08/2010 - 16:20

If you’re looking to add lots of visual interest on your wall, why not look to the floor?  I'm talking about area rugs! They come in so many patterns, textures and colors that it doesn't make sense to only walk on them. Once installed, they resemble wallpaper panels. Here is this month’s Design Detail, which is where I highlight a quick DIY project on a budget. 

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Working with Decals
By Martin Amado | 02/01/2010 - 16:40

Have you ever wanted to paint a mural or free-hand a design on your child’s bedroom wall? It can add a personalized touch to the décor, but many are afraid to do so because they feel they have to be artists.  Well, you no longer have to fear because wall decals are here!

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Design Detail: Fabric Photo Mats
By Martin Amado | 01/25/2010 - 16:29

We can all go out and buy a photo frame and mat at any retail store, but here’s a great idea to customize it to your home décor by wrapping the mat in fabric.  It is this month’s Design Detail, which is where I highlight a quick DIY project on a budget. So simple and so effective!

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Flat Screen Décor
By Martin Amado | 01/11/2010 - 18:00

Remember the days when we all had a bulky television set or even worse—a gigantic projection screen television in our home? Now, they've been replaced by streamlined flat screens, and although I agree that they look much better, it can still be a challenge integrating them into our home’s décor. I find this is especially true when it’s mounted directly on the wall because it definitely screams, “here I am.” It can appear to be a black hole in the space.

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Dreamy Bedroom for Kids
By Martin Amado | 01/04/2010 - 12:59

Decorating one bedroom that is shared by both a girl and a boy can be a daunting task. Many parents face this dilemma and are afraid of making the décor too girly or too boyish. I recently came across this challenge as well and wanted to share some tips that might help.

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