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Is There a Respectful Way to Decorate With Native American Decor?

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From House Beautiful

Note: The author is a Lakota journalist drawing from personal experience and knowledge. As such, most examples in this piece will center around Native American experiences and sources.

Over the past few years, as I’ve become an adult with my own home to decorate, I’ve come to notice the immense amount of “Native American” decor on home design sites and blogs. Whether that’s the result of an uptick in popularity or my own recognition of these items, the bottom line is, there’s no shortage of these themes: I’ve seen everything from “Indian” costumes for your chihuahua to “Navajo print” underwear to kid-sized tipis.

There are some glaring issues with several of these examples. Thankfully, it’s becoming more and more recognized that dressing up (either a human or an animal) as another culture is downright offensive. And a 2012 lawsuit between the

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3 Tips to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

Press release content from TS Newswire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

Los Angeles, CA ( TS Newswire ) — 30 Sep 2020

Over time, you may get tired of the same, old look of your kitchen. You should know that decorating your kitchen doesn’t need a lot of spending. With a modest budget, these 3 simple ideas will freshen up your kitchen space in a heartbeat.

Why Should You Decorate Your Kitchen?

There are several advantages to decorating your kitchen, namely:

  • Kitchen decoration projects take less time and effort than renovation projects.
  • A newly decorated kitchen is a cheaper way to give your home a fresh look.
  • Decorated kitchens inspire and invigorate the home cook, which means more delicious meals.

3 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

If you want to keep expenses at a minimum, consider these 3

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Rustic Country Decor – How to Decorate Cottage Style Homes

Rustic country decor and how to decorate cottage style homes are extensions of American country style decorating. In addition, traditions are borrowed from French, English and some Swedish country looks. Rustic country decor can be defined as coarse, charmingly simple, unfussy, unfinished and yet with endearing qualities. Rustic country decorating includes the use of natural woods, aged surfaces, rough finishes and simple lines. Cottage style homes are comfortable, modest, quaint homes that can be made of thick stone or log wood.

Floors in rustic country decor and cottage style homes are made with stone or wood materials. Wooden floors were traditionally constructed with boards that were bare and simply waxed and hand-polished (high-gloss varnishes did not exist). Sometimes the boards were painted with light colors. If you like floor coverings, use oriental rugs and throws for visual warmth and color. Rustic country decor is about handcrafted objects, simplicity, furnishings that … Read More

Decorate Your Teen Room With a Teen Room Decor Makeover

Help your teen decorate her room with few teen decor tips and teen decorating strategies. Teen decor is an expression of your daughter’s personality.

Start by making the project fun. Use this as a bonding and getting to spend time together experience. This is one time when throwing off the Mom hat and putting on the Friend fun hat works! Let her brain storm and listen to her input. Giving in to her desires within reason, as it is your home, will earn you big brownie points.

Brainstorm. Go shopping together. Rummage through magazines. Keep a folder of colors and styles she likes. Scan the internet for ideas and tips on teen decorating. Google custom teen bedding or custom teen bedding keywords. Look through teen decorating sites gallery photos. Focus on key design elements. One awesome piece can be the inspiration for a beautiful room.

Once you’ll settled on colors, … Read More