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The Great Paint Debate

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There's no quicker -- or more dramatic -- way to refresh a space than to give it a new coat of paint. Big or small, interior or exterior, ceiling to floor ... the options are endless, and often overwhelming. If you're considering a project, or in the middle of one, we're here to help today on Facebook.

Martha Stewart for Home Depot Living Room.

Join me and fellow Martha Stewart Living expert Anduin Havens today from 3-4 p.m. EST, where we'll be live streaming a demonstration and answering your paint and home decor questions (just enter them into the chat stream next to the video player and we'll respond in real time).

See you here at 3.

Can't wait to chat!

Coveting Wall Coverings

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Wallpaper may go in and out of favor, but to me, it's always a decorating staple. (It can provide a dramatic backdrop, add warmth and texture, and convey a sense of whimsy -- all depending how you use it). One of the most outstanding sources is Philip Jeffries Ltd. Established in 1976, this family business creates beautiful textured wallcoverings from grasscloth, hemps, linens and gold leaf.



Take the rivets collection as an example: It looks and feels like nailheads and comes in luxe colorways (shown above).


Robert Verdi used black on black to magnificent effect (above). I love putting wallcoverings on the ceiling -- it adds more dimension and glamour to a room.

Visit Phillip Jeffries Ltd. to browse through their newest and existing collections. I've got my eye on their new metallic raffia.

(Photos via COCOCOZY, Contract Design, Traci Zeller Designs)

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

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I was lucky enough to enjoy a few days on Lake Como and basked in the glory of all that is beautiful there. I stayed at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo.

The hotel, housed in a Belle Époque palace, has impressive views over the lake. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo was opened in July 1910 by the Gandola family. They choose this location specifically for its proximity to the lake. The beauty of the furnishings in the many salons is rivaled only by the views of the lake.

While there I could not help but notice their impressive collection of Italian mirrors. Take a look.