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I spend a lot of time reviewing photos of all types of rooms – some good, some bad. If I had to identify one group of rooms that generally fall into the bad category, it would have to be children’s rooms.

Cabinet manufacturers looking to expand their markets are designing and selling storage units beautiful enough to be used outside the closet.

A well-designed kitchen goes far beyond the color of cabinets and layout.

The calming effect of white and the warm, welcoming charm of gold is an easy duo with which to work.

Great design is all about editing; getting rid of what doesn’t work and keeping what does.

One of nature’s favorite colors, red is never away, from the holly berries in our yards to red roses at supermarkets. Any way you find it, red will brighten your home.

Get ideas for serving cocktails with style in your home.

Coral Reef blends pink, orange and red for an uplifting, vivacious hue with floral notes.

A laundry room can be one of the most vibrant areas in your house – paint it your favorite color, use wicker baskets for storage, and display some artwork.

A new kitchen is clearly not a possibility before Thanksgiving arrives. But you still have time to refresh and update the space that becomes the focus of the holiday.

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Vicki Payne
Designer and home improvement expert Vicki Payne is host and producer of 'For Your Home,' available on PBS, Create TV, and in national and international syndication.
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