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My family an I have moved every two years for the past twenty years, so it would be safe to say that I have developed a system to making every home “our home”.

Over the years we have lived in a great variety of homes with a wide range of sizes and styles, it takes short of a magician to make it all fit and let your personality come thorough no matter what the structure looks like.

“Home is where the Army sends you”, but you also have only one life to live, so make sure that you are living the way you want to live NOW not when the children are gone and your family stops moving. You never know what tomorrow my bring!

Decorating is a matter of style, taste and personality. Your home should reflect who you are, tell your story. This past summer my family and I bought a beautiful Colonial home in Northerns Virginia, here are the before and after…same home, different flare!

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Do not be limited by the existing lay out, we switched the dining room and living room to accommodate a 13″ table and make the living room a bit more cozy.

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There was only recess lighting in this room, so we added two identical chandeliers to help anchor the room.

 

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Their Family Room

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The family Room is a tall large room that can be hard to warm up. I decided not to do window treatments in this space since the house came with plantation shutters and we love the light and airy feel of it. A large Iraqi silk rug and large scale furniture helps fill the space, while an oversized antique Venetian chandelier anchors it.

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Office Before

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This one took a bit of work since it had not been touched is 20 years. We had to remove the outdated wall paper border, paint the walls, ceiling and ALL of the moldings and doors, but It was worth it!

Powder room before

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This was such small room that I needed a big statement, so I changed the mirror, hanged a chandelier and made it into an art gallery.

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