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Live It Up!
When was the last time you used your living room? Does this room sit idly by while other living areas of your home get appreciably more use? If the answer is "yes" you are hardly alone. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 40 percent of the homes built in 2006 had no living rooms. Instead, the living spaces were "re-purposed" as libraries, music rooms, or retreats. If this statistic gives you the courage to put your living room to better use, seize the square footage! Take a good, hard look at how you might better use your home and what your favorite indoor pastime is, and then turn your former living room into a purpose-specific room. If your interiors need updating to match your lifestyle, your needs, and your dreams of a comfortable environment, it's time for a change.

Giving French Doors the Treatment
Breaking the Color Code
Classic Off-White Walls
A Textured Approach
Live It Up!
Settling a Bedroom Matter
Picture This
Finding Your Niche
Sofa So Good
Making a Dramatic Entry