How to Make The Most of Your Outdoor Living Spaces

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Only a few years ago, “outdoor living” typically consisted of a few plastic chairs and grill. Today, more people are transforming their outdoor areas into an extension of their indoor living spaces. Whether you are using your outdoor space for fiestas or siestas, embrace the al fresco lifestyle and make your outdoor space just as stylish as the rest of your home. Keep reading for some easy ideas to make your yard into the new favorite area of your home.

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How to Select a Paint Finish

When choosing a paint for your latest project, the decisions don’t end with color. The finish you choose is just as important.  If you are unfamiliar, “finish” (or sheen) refers to the amount of shine the paint will have when it dries. Below is a list of all paint finishes available in Benjamin Moore Paints. These are listed from the least amount of sheen (flat) to the highest amount of sheen (high gloss).  A flat paint has no light reflection and each sheen will gradually show more reflection the further you go across this list.

Flat → Matte → Eggshell → Pearl → Satin → Semi-Gloss → Gloss → High gloss

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Walls Castleton Mist (HC-1) Aura – Flat.  Stair Wainscot Castleton Mist (HC-1) Aura – Semi-Gloss.  Chairs Coral Essence (2007-40) Advance – Semi-Gloss

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How Interior Designers Transform Your Home

Only a few years ago, interior designers were the sole source of information and resources for interior design.  Today, the internet has changed that. Anyone can do a quick search and find endless information for DIY home decorating, yet interior designers remain in high demand. Hiring a decorator can help you stay on budget, give you access to trade only materials, and will result in a beautifully decorated room that you are happy with, the first time.

Carefully selected wallcoverings give this foyer a dramatic new look. Designed by Michael Greene
Carefully selected wallcoverings give this foyer a dramatic new look. Designed by Michael Greene

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