Ayn-Monique Klahre

<p>From crisp stripes to artsy (but easy!) detailing, check out five pretty ideas for transforming overlooked areas, like floors, stairs and rugs.</p>
<p>A bold pattern in the entryway––think of-the-moment zigzags or broad blocks of color––sets a vibrant tone for your home. It's also a chance to try a style before making a bigger commitment, like painting your entire floor. Your basic tools: acrylic fabric paint from the craft store and a bristly paintbrush to work it into the weave.</p>
<p>*For detailed directions for the projects shown in this slideshow, go to <a href="http://landcruisers.info/floor">WomansDay.com/Floor</a>.</p>
5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Floors
Create an eye-catching display with paint, stencils and more
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Super Summer Party Ideas
Throw a fabulous fete with these colorful centerpieces, drink stations and more
													 <p> Ready to freshen up your home for summer? Take a cue from this season's latest trend and add a touch of nautical flair to every room with sea-inspired home accessories. Our take: Skip the shell-encrusted tchotchkes and opt for sailor stripes, woven accents and clean designs in classic colors like red, white and blue. </p>
Sea-Worthy Home Decor
Go beach-chic with these 11 nautical-inspired accents
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All-American Decor
Adorn your home in red, white and blue with these patriotic pieces
<p>In early 2011, interior designer Vanessa de Vargas (<a href="http://www.turquoise-la.com/" target="_blank">Turquoise-LA.com</a>) and design consultant Vanessa Kogevinas (<a href="http://www.vanessakogevinas.com/" target="_blank">VanessaKogevinas.com</a>) came up with a unique idea for a good deed: to make over a residence at Los Angeles' Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children where women live for up to two years as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Within six months, 30 local designers had transformed one room apiece, working nights and weekends and using donated furnishings to complete the makeovers. "We wanted to inspire these women to move beyond the hardships they've suffered," says de Vargas. Here's a look at some of the character-rich spaces they created, plus some tricks of the trade that could work in your home.</p>
An Inspiring House Makeover
See how vibrant colors made a womens shelter warm and welcoming
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Eco-Friendly Easter Picks
All of a sudden, Easter's just two weeks away! I have two favorite products that just happen to be eco-friendly. First up, the new Eco …
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Easy St Patrick's Day Craft
Since St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, I've been trying to figure out how to get a bit of green into my wardrobe so I don't get pinched. …
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How to Hang Curtains
Pick drapes to suit your space, style and budget
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Bombay Company is Back
Do you remember when Bombay Company went out of business in 2008? I doit was such a shame to lose a good source for affordable furnitur…
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Adhesive Papers for the Home
It's getting toward the end of February, and I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little cabin fever. My first instinct? To change…
DIY Floor Guide
DIY Floor Guide
Get detailed directions to do the floor projects shown in the April 2012 issue of Landcruisers
<p>For five years, Jennifer Rathbone's world has revolved around her daughter's life-threatening illness. <em>Woman's Day</em> thought she could use a refuge at the end of the day, so we sent designer Annie Selke to turn her bedroom into one.</p>
<p>Jennifer Rathbone had redone her three children's rooms once or twice as they grew, but the bedroom she and her husband, John, share--a slightly claustrophobic attic space full of odd angles--remained untouched. Thing is, she'd been a little busy, especially since the summer of 2006, when the Schenectady, NY, couple's 1-year-old, Ila, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma. Since then, through remission and relapse, Jennifer has spent her days shuttling Ila from one doctor or hospital to another. "I've basically been Ila's nurse," she says, and that inspired her to go to nursing school "so I could help other sick kids." Though the Rathbones continue to deal with Ila's illness, "we want to make sure this disease doesn't rule our lives," says Jennifer, now 39. "We try to live every day to its fullest."</p>
<p>The <em>Woman's Day</em> team thought it was time for Jennifer to focus on herself a bit, starting with updating that neglected bedroom. So we enlisted the help of Massachusetts-based designer Annie Selke, author of<em> <a href="http://www.freshamerican.com/" target="_blank">Fresh American Spaces</a></em>. Of the five design styles she outlines there, Selke pegged Jennifer as a Refined Romantic. (To find your best match, go to <a href="http://landcruisers.info/home/decorating-ideas/whats-your-decorating-style-123171" target="_blank">WomansDay.com/Selke</a>.) Next, she set about bringing the style to life in this challenging space. Jennifer loved the results, and so did the kids: "They all want to sleep in here, but I haven't let them...yet!" Her favorite part: the chaise that replaced her old rocker. "My mother, who passed away years ago, had a chaise just like it," she says. "When I sit there with Ila, I think of my mom."</p>
A Beautiful Bedroom Makeover
See how WD transformed one deserving readers space into a peaceful retreat
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Shop in the Kids' Section
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the teams from Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Kids. We don't do much with children's decor (t…
Want to wake up your décor? Take a cue from two adventurous homeowners, who made over their spaces by following several simple guidelines. Most important: When mi patterns, keep the palette to a few colors, like this one in aqua, poppy and white. And remember: Whites don’t play well together, so pick one shade and stick with it (otherwise an ultrabright white would make an adjacent cream look muddy). For more tips, plus real-life examples and ideas for getting the look, click through below.
How to Decorate with Patterns
Follow these basic rules to transform your space with a fresh mix of prints
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Turn Facebook into a Real Book!
One of my New Year's resolutions: Start getting all my photos into albums. I have a girlfriend who's the queen of album-making: When we…
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Girlie "Golden Days" Collection
Targetmy not-so-secret source for cheap chichas quietly rolled out a sweet home collection for the girlie-girls among us. Called Golden…
<p>Want to add a touch of elegance to your dining room but don't know where to begin? We've got everything you need to get started.</p>
<p><strong>1. Pick the right style.</strong> Look to your furniture for cues. Ornate upholstered chairs? Consider a crystal chandelier. Farmhouse table? Try a fixture with a rustic finish.</p>
<p><strong>2. Determine the right scale.</strong> A too-big chandelier will make a small room look even smaller, while a tiny fixture will disappear in a big room. Add your room's length and width in feet and get a fixture whose width is the same number of inches(a 12' x 16' room gets a 28" light), advises Jeff Dross of Kichler Lighting. Another useful guideline: A chandelier should be at least half the table width (so it won't look puny). If your ceiling are higher than the standard 8 feet, go for a taller fixture; if your dining area is part of a great room, go even larger.</p>
<p><strong>3. Get the right wattage.</strong> Since most of us use our dining rooms for more than just dining (paying bills, quilting), make sure that your bulbs provide enough task lighting. Multiply the length and width of the room in feet, then multiply that by 1.5 to get all the wattage you need (a 12' x 16' room needs 288 watts, so eight 40-watt bulbs will do). A dimmer lets you lower the light to a cozy level for entertaining.</p>
<p><strong>4. Hang at the right height.</strong> The bottom of a chandelier should hit about 30" (36" at most) above the tabletop. That brings the light close enough for tasks, clears the view for conversation and avoids unflattering shadows. Tip: Swap regular blubs for pink ones when entertaining––the rosy glow is ultra-flattering. And be sure you leave 30 inches between the chandelier and tabletop.</p>
How to Hang a Chandelier
Choose the best light fixture for your home with these bright ideas
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Your New
As you may remember, every year color research group Pantone comes out with its prediction for the it color of the year for the design …
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Easy Halloween Decor
Looking for last-minute decorations for a Halloween party this weekend? Heres a solution: Paper & Cakes Wicked Hallows Eve printabl…
Simply Spooky How-to: Spiderweb Placemat
Halloween Craft How-to: Spiderweb Placemat
Craft these creepy-crawly place settings using a few simple supplies
Simply Spooky How-to: Cat Face Treat Bags
Halloween Craft How-to: Cat-Face Treat Bags

Make a candy presentation that doubles as a temporary decoration

Simply Spooky How-to: Bat Napkin Rings
Halloween Craft How-to: Bat Napkin Rings

Cuff your silverware rolls with paper critters to give them a spooky lift

Simply Spooky How-to: Votive Fence Scene
Halloween Craft How-to: Lunch Bag Landscape
Adorn votive-lit baggies with templates to create an illuminating scene
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Democratic Design
Don't you love to go to your favorite boutique, where it seems like the owner has picked out items just for your taste? Well these two …
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A Fresh American Space
I had the chance to visit Annie Selke's office in Pittsfield, Massachusetts yesterday—what a cool spot! You may remember we mentioned h…
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4 Chic Home Office Ideas
Discover stylish, practical ways to store your work-related essentials
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K by Keaton
The talented Diane Keaton has taken it one step further. Not only is she an Academy Award winner and a L'Oreal spokesperson, but now s…
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Sea-Worthy Hooks
Since I've got some lingering Fourth of July spirit, I thought I'd show you my favorite Made in the U.S.A. item of the moment—that also…
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Slick New BBQ
Grilling season is upon us! But, let's face it, unless you're into the industrial-design look, grills are kinda, well, ugly. As a perso…
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4 Nautical-Inspired Rope Crafts
Give your home a sea-worthy makeover using twine, clothesline and nylon
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