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So Your Style Is: Traditional

What it is: From classic furnishings to floral-print cloths, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap because fusty and outdated. But that is missing the point. While it’s true that this look takes its inspiration in the past, it’s about comfort. Every element feels comfortable, correctly placed and predictable — in a fantastic way. Why it works: There is a reason that conventional decorating has flourished for a long time. It promises warmth and welcome, and it provides. Refined furnishings, mannerly fabrics, dignified colors and a feeling of order make this cherished style simple to live with. What’s more attractive than that? You will love it if… Chaos makes you queasy. Your favorite films are untouched by Technicolor. You’ve vacationed in precisely the exact same spot since you’re 12. You swoon over Blue Willow and Wedgwood. Your perfect day involves a bookshelf filled with classics along with a tumbler of…

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Guest Picks

Finding the right chair to complement a space can be an intimidating job. Instead of looking for one which blends in with your current decor, why not include a chair which makes a statement? — Danyelle from Dandee Designs CB2 Parlour Bold Seat – $799 I have never seen a lot of color on a single chair. If your area needs personality, this guy has plenty of it. West Elm Ryder Rocking Chair – $599 I don’t think I have noticed a rocker this sleek. It appears so comfortable that I’d be tempted to put it in the bedroom, but it’s so beautiful I would like it out where everyone can see it. Anthropologie Howell Wingback, Soleil Linen – $1,898 This really is actually the not-so-classic, classic wingback chair. Anthropologie Lunet Chair – $1,698 The fact that this chair is made from reclaimed French jute sacks gives it a lot…

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Add a Dash of Downton Abbey Style

When the second season of Downton Abbey expired on PBS Sunday it delivered in its uniquely English Romantic way, giving us a high-brow period drama that feels wickedly low-brow. The societal intrigue, period costumes, and those Edwardian insides all make my heart swell. Following is a brief glance at some essential characters and room elements that could be inspired by these as we see the story unfold during World War I. Scenes at the literary halls of Downton Abbey, an English country estate, were filmed at Highclere Castle. The imposing structure is a part of its own on the series that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants with whom they share close ties. Windsor Companies The majority of us will be fortunate enough to tour an Edwardian castle let alone reside in one, but we can take cues in the layouts of English country houses…

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Quick Fix: Protect Your Mirrors!

If you are like me, you often decorate your house without thinking about afterwards, when you might have to remove something. My walls are littered with nail holes, my doors will have holes from the coat hooks I screwed to them — and do not get me started on the mirror on my closet door. Removing a wall mirror can be tricky. If you’ve implemented anything sticky to keep it there, then chances are you will get a cracked or broken mirror from yanking it off the wall. I know this from experience. Michelle Turner and Brian Rigney of By Design Custom Remodeling at Maui, Hawaii suggested this clever trick to keep your looking glass undamaged via a move. Simply Grove When installing your mirror, Turner and Rigney suggest putting glue carpet protector on the back of the mirror. This sticky plastic movie is usually used to keep carpeting clean…