For beauty and warmth underfoot, wood floors are unrivaled. And with new manufacturing methods, they’ve become increasingly durable and affordable. Solid-wood floors hold their value because they can be sanded and refinished many times. With the right care, they age gracefully, developing a patina that the look-alikes can’t match. via Better Homes and Gardens: http://ow.ly/qDiZ2
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Make Every Piece Count: Choose furnishings and decorative elements that offer maximum functionality in minimal square footage. “Use two small round tables instead of one big coffee table,” designer Ken Fulk says. “They’re better for traffic flow than one of those huge knee knockers, and easier to move.”
Trick Your Eye: Create an impression of expansiveness by exploiting decorative sleight of hand, from floor-to-ceiling curtains and see-through furnishings to strategically placed mirrors.