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If you are the sort of person who adores comfort and revels in the freedom to do your own thing, then you will love The Comforts of Home, Its warm, easygoing looks offer a more livable alternative to the stark, minimalist interiors popular in recent years. But "livable" does not mean lacking in style. In fact, many of the trends seen in The Comforts of Home feminine florals and floaty fabrics decorated with sequins and beads, for instance-have come straight off the fashion runway. The Comforts of Home brings these trends into your house, making them up-to-the-minute without being shallow, pretty without being cloying, glamorous without being intimidating, stylish without being impractical.
The relaxed approach to decorating allows your home to reflect your passions and interests, It encompasses everything from family photos, holiday memorabilia, and eccentric ornaments to vintage clothing, flowery china, and piles of books. There is scope, too, for splashes of glorious color and heartwarming texturemohair, silk, velvet, and linen; wood, rattan, and leather,
And because The Comforts of Home offers an unstructured, carefree look, you can alter the decoration of your rooms as you please to reflect your changing tastes and needs. It is so easy to move furniture that is on casters, to replace a curtain that is no more than a fabric panel, to reposition a picture that simply leans against a wall, to add new elements to a kitchen that is unfitted, to give a fresh new look to a sofa that is covered with a throw.
You can achieve a relaxed home through five different yet related approaches, Relaxed Simplicity is the pure, distilled faceof relaxed living, while Relaxed Romantic shows you its floral, feminine side. Relaxed Sensuality gives you the excuse to indulge in an array of different textures, colors, scents, and shapes; but if you want a more sophisticated look and a touch of class, choose Relaxed Elegance, Finally there is Relaxed Eclectic idiosyncratic and humorous, it is the look to opt for if you love many different things and your cabinets are full of impulse buys.
Think relaxed whenever you are decorating, and you will quickly see how the tired old cliches that may have constrained you previously become a thing of the past, and how spontaneity and individuality take their place. This is true in any room, from welcoming, comfortable living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens to the intimate indulgences of bedrooms and bathrooms, and from creative but fun workspaces to stress-beating outdoor rooms.
And then it is up to you now is your chance to interpret the relaxed look in your own way and bring to it your own inimitable style. For unless your home has your unique personality at its heart, it cannot ever be said to be truly and utterly comfortable.