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  1. Four tips for a cool, comfortable household

    When was the last time you were able to go an entire summer without turning on your air conditioner? Whether you live in a warm region of the country or you experience brutal hot temperatures for three months a year, it can be downright uncomfortable to live without air conditioning. However, there are ways to keep your home cool without increasing your electricity bill. Here are some tips you can take into account to keep from sweating while saving a few bucks and reducing your overall carbon footprint.

    1. Use window treatments to your advantage.
    Items such as wood blinds and cellular shades are for more than just decoration - these window treatments can make a big difference when it comes to conserving energy. Your blinds, shades and drapes can keep strong sunlight from increasing t

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  2. Beat the heat with insulated windows

    Windows act as a source of heat in addition to being a factor in draftiness. Insulating is just as important in the summer as in the winter, and there are some ways to cut costs when doing so. Here are some tips for keeping your home cool in the warmer months. 

    Use cellular shades 
    Custom window treatments that fully cover your window are typically more efficient than using curtains that let the sun in at places. Cellular shades help to trap the heat between layers of material, which keeps it out of the room. If you have a south-facing window that gets a lot of sunlight, try using a blackout shade when you're not in the room to keep the sun from heating it up. You can also layer drapes over shades to keep your room even cooler. 

    Cover your windows

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  3. Bathroom trends to keep in mind in 2014

    Whether you intend on remodeling your bathroom now or next season, there are a few trends you can keep in mind to give you an edge in the renovation process. You don't have to be a professional to redecorate a living space in your home, but being mindful of the hottest styles in window treatments, furnishings and decor can make your project easier. This year, there are a couple of trends worth jotting down if you want to create a bathroom that shines.

    Eye-popping color
    As you redecorate your bathroom, SheKnows.com recommends thinking about adding a pop of color to the space to make a memorable impression. Whether you're shopping for window treatments or a shower curtain to get the project rolling, examine bright hues such as fire engine red, mellow yellow and grass green. In the end, you may find that all of these colors can work brilliantly in your

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  4. Add some bling to your home with a little sparkle

    You can't put a pair of grills on your living room, but you sure can try. One of the greatest ways to dress up a room is to add a little sparkle. It can be as simple as buying a disco ball-inspired vase or as in-depth as applying silver leaf to the majority of surfaces in your home. Either way, your home will be anything but boring. 

    Blinged out accessories
    The use of sparkly, shiny and bedazzled accessories is one of the simplest ways to add interest to a dull room, but it's very effective. From the hardware that holds your custom window treatments to a jeweled throw pillow, shiny accents will work best if there are at least a few of them scattered throughout the room. For example, adorn your mantlepiece with an array of vases encrusted in mirrors and fill them with big white flowers to keep the space feeling inviting, or buy a few bedazzled throw pillows and put a couple on the couches and chairs and match them with some mirrored pictur

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  5. 3 ways to use environmentally friendly home decor

    For those who seek to make a positive impact on the environment, there are things you can do in addition to composting and recycling. It's possible to decorate your home in a green way - without using the color green. Here are some decor ideas for the environmentally friendly.

    Conserve energy
    You can cut back on the environmental damage that the energy used for heating and AC can cause by better insulating your home. Using cellular shades in the summer keeps the sun from heating up the room, and installing additional film over windows helps cut back on draftiness in the winter. Taking these measures will reduce the need for air conditioning and heating which, in addition to saving you money, will help to shrink your carbon footprint.

    Upcycle
    Rather

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  6. White makes for the perfect backdrop

    While white may not be the most exciting color by itself, it can serve as the perfect backdrop for other colors. A white wall or shelf makes everything else in your decor stand out and pop, so it's ideal for creating a clean, minimal space to show off your favorite decorations.

    Go for the background
    White doesn't need to be the start of the show to play an important part. If you go for an all-white kitchen or living room, the possibilities are endless for an accent color. Try putting in elements of baby blue or even a bold, cherry red. Once your accent color is in front of its white background, your eyes will be utterly delighted. Using these accents with not only white walls, but also couches, chairs and tables, will increase this wonderful effect.

    Embrace the Zen of white
    Any room that's rendered entirely in white will make you feel totally calm. Th

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  7. 3 tips for choosing the best rug for you

    Adding a rug can tie a room together, but with so many choices in material, color, shape and size, it can be difficult to make a selection. Here are three tips to help you narrow down your options.

    1. Choose the right size
    The size of your rug can make or break an entire room's decor. If you're not going for a wall-to-wall carpet, you'll want one that will best fit your space. In larger rooms, you'll want a rug that's a good size, or it may make even a sprawling space feel small, according to HGTV hostess Emily Henderson. As a rule of thumb, try to be sure that the legs of your furniture will go over the edges of the rug. Smaller rooms can benefit from a smaller rug, as it won't make the area feel too crowded. Make sure you do your measurements before you shop, or you may wind up having to rearrange some furniture.

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  8. "Downton Abbey" inspires homeowners to go historical

    If you're in the market for new window treatments and you don't know where to begin, you might want to take a look at some of the hottest trends in interior design. Whether you're interested in drapes, blinds, shades or shutters, scoping out new styles can give your home a fresh look.

    One trend that's taking the interior design world by storm is historical patterns, according to Lake Michigan Shore magazine. If it seems a little far-fetched, don't rule it out just yet - this style has primarily become popular thanks to the hit PBS television show, "Downton Abbey." The fictional program, which is set at the turn of the 19th century, mainly takes place on a Yorkshire country estate owned by the Crawley family.

    "The rooms and furnishings are beautiful, and I'm sure it's part of the reasons that some viewers are attracted to tune in," Cecilia Zubler, center director for the Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana,

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  9. Installing your bamboo shades is easy!

    Watch Rhoda, from Southern Hospitality Blog install our bamboo shades in just a couple minutes. You can do it too!



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  10. Trend Spot: Earthy fall hues

    Earthy Fall hues
    It's that time of the year - the leaves are starting to turn and you might even catch the smell of fall in the air. That can mean only one thing: It's time for autumn decor. 

    Don't get us wrong, there's still plenty of time to experiment and revel in the joys of summer pigments, but if you're itching for a change in scenery then it may be time to give your rooms a fresh coat of paint. If paint isn't what you're looking for, switch out your blinds and shades and other room accents instead. 

    Earthy
    As always, earthy hues are the pinnacle of fall interior design. Rich brown, burnt orange and crisp olive always mark the season, but this year, try tempering it with slate instead of cream. Ditch Thanksgiving in the countryside, and try turkey day in the

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