Written by Donna Jolean

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· In any foyer there is nothing more beautiful than using a fine gilt framed mirror.

· Change out your old lighting fixture and replace it with a new chandelier. This will improverepparttar rooms’ light and add charm.

· Give attention to hardware inrepparttar 100041 room. The switch plate cover for instance should be attractive. This gives a sense of quality. Especially inrepparttar 100042 foyer. If you can’t afford to replace your switch plate cover that’s okay, just make sure that it blends in. Ifrepparttar 100043 walls are painted, paint it to match. If they are papered, well you getrepparttar 100044 idea.

· If you are using a pricey rug in your entry. Do what I do. Protect it with a small washable throw rug. Coveringrepparttar 100045 spot most traveled on a daily basis. Then for special occasions stowrepparttar 100046 throw rug inrepparttar 100047 closet. Meanwhile,repparttar 100048 better rug will stay clean.

· No space for a rug? Paint an interesting design onrepparttar 100049 floor. There are a wide variety of stencils that you can use if you do not consider yourself an artist. Be sure to use a sealer topcoat to ensure your painted design holds up to heavy traffic and will clean up easily.

· A plant stand made of wood; wicker or iron with a luscious green fern is a gracious look.

· Why not userepparttar 100050 foyer as a tiny art gallery? Designate an entry hall area or wall where you can hang paintings or pictures that are special to you.

· Hang a group of fine prints all framedrepparttar 100051 same. The prints will stand out more, ifrepparttar 100052 color ofrepparttar 100053 frames contrast withrepparttar 100054 wall color.

· A small chair may be all you need in your foyer, providing a place for a visitor to rest. It also serves as a temporary place for packages or anything you need to put down as you come throughrepparttar 100055 door.

· A narrow console table may be justrepparttar 100056 ticket.

· A towering case clock is always great in a foyer.

· Garden Statuary isn’t just forrepparttar 100057 garden. Bring it indoors! Be greeted by a life size statue. Depending on your budget you could select from concrete, resin, marble or bronze.

· Use an oversized urn with a sprawling palm tree.

· A 19th century Victorian Hall Tree inrepparttar 100058 right home would be beautiful and functional. An antique store would berepparttar 100059 best place to look for a piece like this or better yet an auction or estate sale.

· Use a pair of corbels topped with marble or a pair of iron supports topped with glass for a shelf to hold a vase of flowers, keys and mail.

· Hang a tapestry on an iron rod and place a garden bench beneath. The tapestry will add softness and texture. The bench will not only be esthetically pleasing but functional as well, serving as a place for removing shoes or simply a resting place.

· If you haverepparttar 100060 ample room in your foyer, using a chest or commode is an excellent choice. The top ofrepparttar 100061 chest gives you plenty of area to display your favorite lamp or a pair of candlestick lamps. You may also want to accessorize with a small collection of boxes or any other collection. I loverepparttar 100062 idea of allrepparttar 100063 extra storage space you gain when using a chest.

· I would also suggest a pair of occasional chairs to flankrepparttar 100064 chest of drawers.

· I love to group, silver candlesticks on foyer a table.

· A large crystal compote placed on any foyer furniture piece looks fascinating. Inrepparttar 100065 Spring, fill it with fresh flowers…Summertime it can be filled with loads of seashells…Fall, potpourri with your favorite scent…Christmas, fill it with beautiful sparkling ornaments and in between seasons it will look dazzling all by itself.

I have more ideas I’ll share with you later! So have fun decorating your foyer!

©Donna Jolean 2005 January For more ideas and articles, please check Donna's site at http://www.classicdazzle.com

Donna is an independent interior designer and has written numerous articles on her work. Visit her website for more articles and information. http://classicdazzle.com/decorating

Get More Heat from Your Same Ol' Fireplace with Simple Technique

Written by Susan Penney

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Although attractive and functional,repparttar cast-iron firebacks are too heavy for many people to manage easily. Their weight also adds to their shipping costs, and therefore to their total price.

A more modern fireback design, one that is growing in popularity, is made of a sheet of very gently curved, tempered stainless steel. These stainless steel firebacks warm your room in two ways. First, likerepparttar 100040 cast iron firebacks, they radiaterepparttar 100041 heat ofrepparttar 100042 fire forward intorepparttar 100043 room. But they also reflectrepparttar 100044 heat, as well asrepparttar 100045 light, ofrepparttar 100046 fire intorepparttar 100047 room.

Stainless steel firebacks weigh only one-sixth as much as a similarly sized cast iron fireback, so they are easier to manage and less costly to ship. But their main appeal may be their price: They cost only a fraction as much as their cast iron cousins. Whereas a cast iron fireback, depending on size, can cost $250 to $700,repparttar 100048 stainless steel versions usually go for $50 to $150.

Both cast iron and stainless steel firebacks dramatically increaserepparttar 100049 room-warming capacity of your wood or gas fireplace fire. The addition of this simple fireplace accessory to your hearth can mean warmer toes and lower heating bills.

Susan Penney appreciates simple ways to make our homes renewing spaces for our families. She invites you to visit http://www.FireplaceMall.com for fireplace accessories to serve your fire-less or your fire-filled fireplace.

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