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by Bonnie Joy Designs, bonnieflamm@cox.net

“Your Home is your Castle,” and a smartly furnished home is easy to achieve by combining a carefully selected group of furniture, pillows and accessories. To make the most of your money and space, be sure to select pieces that can be used for more than one purpose.

For example, an ottoman can be used for storage and seating as well as a prop for tired feet. Benches and stools provide seating as well as clever perches for books and magazines. End tables and consoles can also act as an attractive platform for showcasing your prized possessions.


Select things that best reflect your own personality and you will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is flattering and puts your guests at ease. Remember: incorporate decorative home furniture, accessories and pillows that complement your existing pieces.

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