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hi
i have just moved in,renting a one-bedroom,furnished apartment that has magnolia walls throughout.i will probably live here for 2-3 years and i am not allowed to decorate,but i want to make the place feel more like home. so could u please tell me that how can i use soft furnishing to create a style in the bed room and the sitting room with dining area.please help me out .i really need some ones advice.i would be very thankful to u.
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sameera

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If you are in an apartment the only thing you can do is buy furnishings that will last you over time with each move you make. You should look at magazines, with articles on apartment living, that may give you some ideas. When I lived in apartments, I just made them as nice as I could, but didn't go all out buying things that would work in the apartment and not in another home. You are in a transition period, so look thru magazines and in catalogs. You can do alot with sheets, making slipcovers, etc, and tablecovers for those round side tables. Have fun and good luck.  

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I am a kitchen expert on Improvenet.com, Bob Villa.com and 27news.com. I answer questions on kitchen design, cabinet construction, countertops and their applications, wallpapering and paint questions. I am proficient in kitchen design, wallpapering, painting, and general decorating. You can find me on Improvenet.com by going to advice and resources, message boards, and experts. I answer questions on the message boards and you can view my answers there.

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I was a decorator and then became a kitchen designer. I was instrumental in opening 3 Lowe's kitchen departments, in St. Louis, Ohio, and Pa. and designed kitchens for Home Depot. In 2003, I gave a tool-time for women seminar, seminar at the Pa. Home Builder's Show on designing kitchens, and tv spots on home repair. I am now designing and opening a Kitchen Showroom for Kohl Building Products in Mechanicsburg, Pa. R>
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