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!. REAL ESTATE- SEPTEMBER 2014 Page RE-3 Are you starting a new design project, or looking to redesign a room in your home? Many homeowners feel overwhelmed and stressed when starting to decorate. "Where do I start? What should I do first?" Often, a homeowner will jump right into shopping for furniture or choosing paint colors, but if this is your first step, you may not end up with the harmonious design you hope to achieve. So take a step back and let your inspiration lead you to creating the perfect space. In order to create the best outcome, you need to start with an inspiration from which everything else will follow. Your inspiration will be the model for every- thing you do. What is a design inspira- tion? It is anything that gives you the feeling that you want in the room you are decorating. Your inspiration could literally be an item like a photo or a favorite decora- tive pillow...or it could be something that inspires you to create your own look, like a sunset you saw while walking on the beach or the memory of your favorite vacation spot as a child. When searching for design inspiration, here are a few ideas of where to look to get the creative juices flowing: MAGAZINES: Magazines are great sources of inspiration for designing a home; but don't limit yourself to design pub- lications. Look through fashion magazines, food magazines, children's publi- cations, and product cata- logs for insight and ideas. You don't want to copy exactly what you see in design magazines. Take a few ideas and combine them with your own ideas to cre- ate your signature look. HOTELS: Hotels use the finest designers and architects, so why not use their expertise and creativity. Look at the colors, furniture, and over- all style to inspire your next project. Ifyou don't want to travel around the world to check out hotels, you can simply go to the bookstore or look online. There are many books and websites with photos to inspire you. ACCESSORY STORES: One beautiful accessory can speak to you in a big way. You can build an entire room around one piece. Think about what you love about that vase. Is it the color, the shape, the overall mood? Use those elements in your room to create the same feeling. Now that you are inspired, go find your spe- cial piece that will pull that entire room together...a room that will make you very proud. PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM FIRE - A fire can destroy a home quickly, but what is more terrifying is that a fire can start and accelerate rapidly and usually due to a simple mistake. While there is no way to keep a home safe from fire completely, there are things we can all do to help prevent home fires. See the story below for tips on how to keep your home as safe as possible. Prevention Tips Can Help Keep Your Home Safe fire at home can occur in just about any room of the house and even outdoors. While one can't account for natural disasters or other unforseen problems, there are many steps homeowners can take to prevent fires. * Check the cords on all appliances and electronics. Replace any frayed or damaged cords or wires. * Do not overload outlets or rely heavily on multi- plug power strips. * Keep cords out of the reach of children and pets. * When cooking in the kitchen, always be present while food is on the stove or in the oven. Flare-ups can Occur at a moment's notice. * Don't store items over the stove. They can fall and ignite. * Turn pot handles so that children can't reach them and pull them over, risking burns. * Be sure appliance vents have room to "breathe." * Have the chimney checked and cleaned regularly. * Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to block embers. * Limit the use of portable space heaters around the home. * Use extreme caution with cigarettes and ashtrays. Empty them frequently when signs of heat and burning are gone. * Use light bulbs that are at the recommended wattage for a fixture * Don't place any electrical items by water in the bathroom. * Store flammable materials in a locked metal con- tainer in the basement or garage. * Service the furnace and hot water heater on a regu- lar basis. * Do not store items too close to the furnace. * Be sure every level of the home is equipped with working smoke detectors * Keep one or two fire extinguishers charged and at the ready.