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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re tickled pink (and rose and bubblegum and coral) over these latest rugs, paint and seating options designed to delight while raising critical funds.

Company C, a national corporate partner of Susan G. Komen for a Cure®, has a “Passion for Pink” rugs. A percentage of sales of Karen’s Rug and The Sisters’ Rug will be donated to Komen for a Cure.


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Colors for Your Home: 300 Designer Favorites (Hearst, 2010) is a go-to guide to help you easily select colors for your home. Based on House Beautiful’s monthly color column, this book brings the color specialists straight to you. It includes more than 300 paint formulas with fun, inspiring names like Smashing Pink, Blue Angel and Perfect Pear.


Benjamin Moore's Smashing Pink and Blue Angel; Dunn Edwards Perfect Pear


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When we bought our house three years ago we hired a skilled painter to go in and change the color in every single room. It was a huge job, something we didn’t have the desire or skill to handle, and I wanted the end product to be something much brighter and more neutral than the dark colors the previous owners had used. Not that the dark colors were bad, necessarily. I mean, I bought the house from a friend who might be reading this. And in that case, the dark colors were lovely!

I chose a warm beige color called Architectural Cream from the Ralph Lauren collection, and had almost every room in the house painted in this shade. It catches light in different, beautiful ways depending on the time of day, and it’s the perfect backdrop for furniture and accessories in brighter, flashier colors. For instance, my six-year-old Leta loves pink princesses like so many other girls her age, so I gave her the pink and dialed back on the princess.




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design-happens-freebie-fridays-trace-designs200x200You have until 12 noon ET on Monday, February 15, to comment on this post with a valid email address and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.

This week, we partnered with TraceDesigns to bring you a fun and easy way to perk up your walls. Up for grabs: any stencil on this page. We like TraceDesigns stencils because they’re made from recycled, non-toxic materials and they’re simple to use. Tape the stencil to your wall, trace the design and then paint it however you like. This Week’s Question

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I watch a lot of HGTV shows, and Designed to Sell is one of my favorites. If I can’t sit down and give my full attention to an episode, I love catching design nuggets while I’m doing other things. I had the show on Friday night while I was preparing to meet some friends for dinner when designer Monica Pedersen said something that stopped me in my tracks.
Lavender, Monica said, is the new beige. On this episode, Monica helps the Jacobs, a family of six, design their 1920s Colonial to sell so that they can move to Sweden. In the dining room, Monica is inspired by a blue-and-white, 18th century plate and convinces the couple to paint the space lavender to serve as a modern backdrop for the family heirloom. Kudos to the Jacobs for being willing to go outside the box. About the finished room, they said: “It works!” A potential buyer called the room traditional but also funky. What do you think?
Lovely in Lavender

Lovely in Lavender?

Whether or not you like the lavender, I think this dining room works. Just look at the before picture:
A Dining Room Not Designed to Sell

A Dining Room Not Designed to Sell

If you missed this episode – which also features a fabulous living room and sunroom makeover – mark your calendars for March 12 at 6 p.m. when you can see it again. Click here to find out more about the program schedule and the products used in this episode.

What do you think about the lavender? Would you use it as a neutral? Where would you use it besides in a little girl’s room? 
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Make over your space with paint! Our newest Design Star, Jennifer Bertrand, has some easy-to-do paint techniques for updating furniture, kitchen cabinets, walls and even creating an outdoor rug.

Jennifer Bertrand, winner of Design Star season three.

Want to add visual interest to your walls? Follow her step-by-step instructions on painting horizontal stripes around a room.

Freshen up your kitchen cabinets with a new coat of paint. Plus, see how to add a cool antique touch to them.

Don’t miss any of her step-by-step videos and get all the rest of her projects here.

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