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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

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Diving Into The Wreck

Diving Into The Wreck  

Once the electrician got here, he got started working and I fled to the study while he made a lot of noise in the rest of the apartment. When I came in and said, “how’s it going?’ he said the fateful words, “not so good,” as he crouched by the baseboard. Dust was everywhere.

The wires, he said, were so old they were disintegrating in his hands.  When he took his lunch break, I can’t say that the place looked actually better than it had before.

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Color Your Future

For those who like to play guru and proclaim the latest on all subjects, we have the color forecast for 2008-2009 for you. Pantone, the leading color authority, regularly studies the color pulse of the worldwide community and forecasts the latest color trends that will be used in the graphic, interior, industrial and fashion design worlds.

Not surprisingly, the influence is leaning towards environmental concerns. Apple greens, yellow-greens, acid yellows, and sky blues are the colors that will dominate the design fields. These colors project a “strong, environmental message” to the world.

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Color Me Ridiculous

The electrician was supposed to come at 9 am, today, so I made sure everything was ready by about ten ‘til nine, and then waited. And waited. Luckily, I do most of my writing at home, so it wasn’t wasted time---in fact, it’s remarkable how much one can get done under the pressure of an electrician arriving any minute.  

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You’ve Got To See This

I saw the episode of Please Buy My House with Sheffield’s Feng Shui consultant, Jennifer Ellen Frank, and you’ve got to see it. Even though I knew a thing or two about Feng Shui, it was remarkable to see the house for sale through a Feng Shui expert’s eyes. Of course the dead flower arrangement has to go (okay, that’s basic Feng Shui---you don’t want to have a bunch of dead things around), but Frank’s advice about the king sized bed needing a remedy was a real eye-opener. 

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A Second Chance

Sheffield’s own Feng Shui consultant, Jennifer Ellen Frank, was so popular on TLC this past Saturday that they’re running the show again. It’s called “Please Buy My House,” and Jennifer is called in to consult on sprucing up a home for sale. We won’t be giving the end away by telling you that her Feng Shui savvy got the sellers a good price. You can see it this Saturday at 3 pm EST. 

Meantime, the electrician was going to come last week, so I made all the proper arrangements, and then at the last minute he cancelled. I mean, he called at 7:30 in the morning to say he wasn’t coming, then called at 8 to say he was, then at 9 called to say he couldn’t make it until noon, and when the phone rang again, I tore it out from the wall in frustration

Now, he says he’s coming this Friday. I decided to give him a second chance just because, as you know, just getting the estimate was about as easy as, well, you know