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The New Trend In Design? You!                                         January 2010  In this month's newsletter, we focus on you, the homeowners, and discuss how important it is for you to feel like a design captures your personality. What is it that makes your personality shine through in a room? If the answer is hard to pinpoint, we share a few ideas below! The new trend in design is a little punch of personality, brought into a room in unconventional ways through shopping at flea markets and getting creative with existing pieces. There is less rule-following in designing for a single person or family and overall, there is more out-of-the-box thinking in the interior design world of today. Read on to learn more! 
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Unique, Personal Pieces Are Trendy in Design
Pink Bath
Break the trend and go for a design that expresses who you are, like in this feminine pink bathroom with updated wall paper.

Want to be trendy? Then be yourself! Sometimes designers can lose sight of what is 'right' during a design project, which is listening to their clients to provide the best guidance possible. Decorating trends have consistently been moving toward more personal styles, which means that there are fewer rules to follow. In today's design world, you choose pieces that feel good to you, not because they are the correct items to fit a certain style, but just because you like them. At Decor by Denise, we always make our client's style preferences and opinions the number one priority on a project. Let's highlight some ways to make your home more uniquely you!

 Choose one-of-a-kind elements that match your style. This open attitude towards design makes your search for items more expansive as ever. Here are just a few ways to bring uniqueness into your home:

1. Opt for Custom-Designed Furniture: Instead of shopping at mass-produced furniture stores, have a piece of furniture custom-designed for you. Customized furniture is becoming more and more popular. Imagine having a sofa or table that is the perfect size, shape, color and pattern - and with all the exact details you want!

2. Reinvent Existing Pieces: You can add tassels and trim to upholstered items, apply unique moldings to tables and cabinets, or paint wooden furniture.

You never know what you will find at yard sales, estate sales, and flea markets, but that is the fun in the hunt!


3. Shop at Flea Markets, Unique Fairs, and Estate Sales: The pieces you find will be much more distinctive that what you might get at the usual stores. Shopping at markets and estate sales, you can find great bargains and interesting accessories and antiques that have a history rather than a hard to peel off sticker price.

4. Create Your Own Accessories: The interest in hand-crafted materials continues to grow, so why not craft your own piece? It will not only be one-of-a-kind, but it will have special meaning to you and your family - and be a great conversation starter for guests! 

5. Use a Designer: Professional designers and decorators have access to many more resources than you have as a homeowner. They are able to help you select and create a truly customized piece from a wide variety of fabrics, trims, and other materials.

When you combine new technology with your own imagination, you can create a distinctive, one-of-a-kind home. How trendy, how you!

Interested in creating a personal space for 2011?  Contact Decor by Denise today at 703-714-7343 or at info@decorbydenise.com to learn how we can help you transform your home.

Meet Denise 
Denise Willard is a professional interior decorator with over a decade of experience working with clients in the DC metro area.  Denise and her team specialize in creating simple, but elegant transitional and contemporary interiors that are reflective of their clients' personalities and lifestyles. 

Her work has been showcased in Home & Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, Elan and The Washington Post. Denise is also President-Elect for the DC Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), writes a regular column in Viva Tysons Magazine and is a member of the "Design Diva" team for AskMissA.com.

To learn more about Denise and her team, check out her online portfolio at DecorbyDenise.com, visit her weekly blog posts at DreamDesignLive.com or contact her directly at 703-714-7343 or email her at dwillard@decorbydenise.com.
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