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A World of Choices Create a Signature Style


(ARA) After a winter of hibernation, many homeowners catch spring fever and the decorating bug at the same time. Updating a room's d�or is at the top of many to-do lists, but selecting the right pieces to pull a look together can be daunting. How can homeowners use what they already have and love in combination with the hot trends for the coming year?

Creating an inviting, comfortable room isn't just about selecting a sofa or painting the walls. Experts point to using a wealth of elements in harmony, and focusing the feel of a room around a general theme.

Keep things current, without breaking your budget, by switching the fabrics on pillows and window coverings and discovering a few new exciting accessories. If you've always used framed wall d�or, try adding in new elements with some mixed-medium pieces. These three-dimensional artworks add new life to forgotten corners.

Traditional furnishings can get extra punch by adding pieces that speak to the richness of European history. Textured fabrics, dark woods and classic motifs bring a time-honored, stately feeling perfect for large living rooms or cozy dens and offices.

"It's easy to add Old World sophistication to a room if you have the right tools," says interior designer Corbin Seitz. "Antique lamps and light fixtures can bring a whole new style to a tired room. Or use a lamp with a colored-glass shade for a romantic, historic atmosphere."

Finding the right piece for your home is easy when you can shop complete collections. Groupings of carefully selected furnishings, accessories, lighting and floor coverings bring a coordinated, professional design to consumers without the hefty price tag. To help homeowners address their entire home decorating needs ShopNBC is introducing "Decorate!" lifestyle programming featuring products from the top design trends.

European Elegance is full of treasures inspired by the capitals and countryside of Europe, and full of rich, textured fabrics, carved accessories, and painted furniture and ornate embellished lighting.

Asian Fusion brings multicultural products from across the Far East to consumers. Known for a mixture of texture and material, this collection showcases bold color, clean lines and iconic lighting.

Island Retreat canvasses the globe to offer unique pieces that blend together to create the ideal retreat. Metal, leather and wicker unite with wood finished and tropical and primitive patterns to create a one-of-a-kind space.

Outdoor Living invites viewers to experience the latest products to expand the comfort, warmth and personality of their homes to porches and patios. From environmentally friendly woods to lightweight planters and urns, this collection will allow homeowners to expand their living area into the great outdoors.

"The design experts at ShopNBC will help viewers pull it all together," says Sara Saferstein, senior buyer for ShopNBC. "Whether you like the clean lines of Asian-inspired fixtures or the bold patterns of the tropics, viewers will get the tips and tricks to make their home a showplace."

To give your home a face-lift for 2005, the design experts at ShopNBC recommend taking a good look at how you use each room in your home. Living rooms can hold a crowd without feeling crowded with furniture that adapts to your needs. Upholstered coffee tables and ottomans can serve snacks or be used as extra seating. Benches look great under a window or entryway table, but are ready to provide a spot to pull on shoes when needed.

Whatever your personal style, look for high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time. When you surround yourself with objects your love, you will be creating an environment that will put a smile on your face each time you enter the space.

For more information on "Decorate!" and the latest in trend right home d�or, visit www.ShopNBC.com.

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