The Great American Dream

Written by Charles French

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Talk to everyone you know that has built a home. Most will tell you, if they had it to do over, they would have done things differently. There's no need to hurry, a well though out plan is crutial. After all, you're building your dream home.

Charles & Lisa French

Charles & Lisa French offer home decorating advice and information for decorating your country home.

Inexpensive Kitchen Wall Decorating Ideas

Written by Lee Dobbins

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I love to use architectural pieces in decorating andrepparttar kitchen walls are no exception! While itís true some antique pieces are quite pricey you can still find pieces that might not be too old but still have a nice chippy paint look for less than a fine antique. Try hanging out atrepparttar 100093 dump or driving around on trash day! Depending on your kitchen decorating scheme, you might want to add some iron grates, wooden columns or fancy metal architectural pieces to your walls. Just hang them up like pictures and they make a unique and unusual display. Some old heating grates in fancy designs or those architectural stars that hang on old buildings might be nice for a country look. You can use wooden pieces from old houses, porch railings or even columns (you can cut them in half lengthwise and make them look like they are holding uprepparttar 100094 wall!

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