Last Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas

Nov, 2009
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Last Minute Design Ideas
Kravet Sale Extended
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Dear Jane-Marie,
decoratorAs we ramp up for the holiday season that is upon us, I wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for the opportunity to come into your home, either through your support of this newsletter or through work we have done on your home. 

I am thankful for how fun and challenging it is to create with people who feel passionately about their space.  Read on for ideas on continuing that passion through the holiday . . .

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Last Minute Design Ideas
I like to tweak my spaces, putz around the rooms, alter them, rejuvenate them - whatever you want to call it.  Some things can't be overhauled in a night (like custom window treatments!), but other changes are immediate and inexpensive.  Put these into action in the next three days and wow your guests with your new space:

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  • I did this the other day with a client and we loved the results:  If you have a round dining table, make an "X" with your chairs rather than a "T" (as seen when you walk into the room).  This makes the room seem larger and is more inviting.  It goes a long way without costing a penny! (stock photo)
  • Recover your dining chairs yourself with a staple gun and a scissors.  Read this article for step-by-step instructions.  If your original chair had welting, you can opt out of replacing it and add a decorative tassel trim or looped/scalloped fringe instead.
  • Purchase a statement piece of fabric (approx. 2 yards) and sew hems or use a no-sew kit to make a decorative throw for the back of your sofa.  Some fabric options include (the bolder the better):
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  • Change out your accent color:  Try eliminating it from your accessories and pillows and work in a color that is analogous with your main color (for example, if your room is primarily blue and your accent color is green, try replacing the green with light blues and heathery plums).  
  • Change out a lamp shade and while you're at it, spray paint the lamp base.  I just took my traditional-style lamp shade, bought a replacement drum shade for $10 at Home Goods and plan to spray paint the base white or ivory for a more updated look.  I may even add some classic tape trim with a hot glue gun around the top and bottom of the shade if I'm feeling crafty that day.
Sale Extended
Kravet has decided to extend its "FREE Kravet Denison SofaFABRIC WITH ANY KRAVET FURNITURE FRAME" sale.  Call me to take advantage of this great promotion.

Compare to Pottery Barn Square Upholstered Sofa (grade D) - Kravet's is about $500 more (after delivery) for:
  • A higher quality sofa with . . .
  • A wider selection of fabrics that will withstand wear and tear much better (many of Kravet's fabrics are 100,000 double rubs for durability and come standard with Teflon coating for stain resistance) and . .
  • More streamlined styling to give the piece more longevity

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Jane-Marie Bloomberg
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