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Dear Rachel:
    I live in Michigan, my house is 5-years old and my husband
and I have decorated the whole house with pieces we purchased
on trips to the southwest. Nothing is pastel. No pinks, teals or
anything like that. I have a collection of art by R.C. Gorman in
my living room, the sofa and chairs are off-white with stripes of
deep olive and burgundy. The family room continues the green/
burgundy theme with a sage club chair and ottoman, matching
single chair no ottoman and a plaid sofa with predominant
burgundy tones. I have natural wood floors in the large open
foyer with olive/burgundy rugs and the oak stairs leading to the
upstairs bedroom is surrounded by a dark green wall.
    I need help finishing the master bedroom.
    The furniture feels too masculine, but I have to work with
what I have, four pieces, all light colored wood with rustic
pulls. The pieces include a tall dresser (4'high, four drawers,
about 30 inches wide), a long dresser (6' long, waist high),
queen size bed with headboard and footboard made of wood
slats and a small nightstand (1 drawer, space for books below). I
also have rustic metal lamps that I want to get rid of. The
furniture with these lamps feels too masculine to me. I want to
find a way to make this room softer and slightly more feminine.

I need help making my bedroom more finished and romantic. I
have four pieces of furniture, all light colored wood with rustic
pulls. The pieces include a tall dresser (4'high, four drawers,
about 30 inches wide), a long dresser (6' long, waist high),
queen size bed with headboard and footboard made of wood
slats and a small nightstand (1 drawer, space for books below). I
also have rustic metal lamps that I want to get rid of. The
furniture with these lamps feels too masculine to me.
    I bought bedding, coverlet, pillow shams and skirt are sage
green silk reversible with a tone on tone floral on one side and
stripes on the other. I have four throw pillows, one is a deep
gold color which seems to work nicely with the furniture color
and the silk.
    Should I paint the walls gold? If I change the pulls on the
furniture, what do you suggest?  Please help, I'm open to any
suggestion.

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Please go to the website below to see your bedroom design.
http://rmdecor.tripod.com/brenda.htm

Dear Brenda,
   To make it more feminine I would add deep reds and burgundy for accent pieces. It sounds like you have craftsman style furniture so I would choose William Morris Design art and fabric. His designs are ornate and fit the time period of the craftsman furniture. See links on webpage for more info. I like the idea of gold walls and would continue with vintage gold drawer pulls and lamps. I would also add a white rug to brighten up the room and add some femininity. Since you have so much of the same wood, how about adding some red mahogany wood to the mirror and picture frames? Hope these ideas help and give you inspiration on making your bedroom more finished and romantic. If you would like to see something different then please email me at rminteriordecor@yahoo.com

Rachel Mallon
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