"Our Mommys & Daddys
Got Their Mortgages
At World Wide
Evan (4) & Seth (2) Samuels
2 112 Years
Ashley & Joshua
...SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN'S LEADER IN MORTGAGE LENDING
1533 North Woodward Ave., Ste. 140
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
46• SPRING 1993 • STYLE
It's often said that a person's home is his cas-
tle. More accurate, however, would be the state-
ment that a person's home is his cocoon.
Most folks crave warmth, comfort and relax-
ation in their homes, not the cold, stark cere-
mony of a stony castle. While some furnishing
trends of the past have tended more toward im-
practical castle chic, today's strongest trends
combine style with comfort — chairs you sit in,
not on; overstuffed sofas; richly textured uphol-
stery that is both durable and stain-resistant
Aside from furniture, another design trend
certain to add warmth to any decor is the liber-
al use of color.
Cold and stark white-on-white walls and ceil-
ings have been painted over with the new neu-
tral — green — or any of an entire spectrum of
warm pastel and vivid shades.
On fabrics or furniture, walls or floors, color
makes a room come alive. It also is the great-
est unifier in any room scheme.
To select a color scheme, peruse decorating
magazines and furniture showrooms and note
which arrangements appeal to you. The colors
that predominate in those setups are sure to be
among your favorites. Or let an upholstery fab-
ric or heirloom quilt spark a room's plan. Take
one or more of the paler tints and use them for
areas like walls and floors. Pick up a brighter
tone from the pattern for large upholstery pieces
and window treatments. Save the strongest hues
for accents such as pillows and lamps.
Just as you can determine your color prefer-
ences by searching through magazines and fur-
niture showrooms, so too can you learn the styles
of furniture you find appealing.
Tour furniture stores and galleries, special-
ty design shops and antique stores. Talk with
salespeople and browse the displays. You'll get
ideas on style and how a room scheme works to-
When it actually comes time to purchase fur-
nishings, aim for a continuity of style. Although
styles need not be the same in a room or house,
generally one or two dominate simply because
a person's preferences lean toward that design.
In any case, only two or three styles per room
generally is best.
While comfortable design really knows no
boundaries — casual-comfort furniture encom-
passes elements of nearly all styles — some of
the most popular furniture trends are:
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