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makeover project, the first step is choosing a clear color palette. Wall color is a great place to begin, Valencich says, but any object — a rug, chair or artwork — can serve as your inspiration. Next, think of the design process in layers — the trick is to coordinate and contrast. “If your paint, accessories, furniture and flooring are all the same color, the room will feel flat,” Valencich advises. “So create drama by using a pop of color or by layering varying shades of the same color for a refined tone-on-tone look.” A well-executed color palette can transform any space with great results. For more flooring ideas and style tips, visit

er, but new models take cleaning to the next level. These handy kitchen cleaning tools are becoming more efficient and quieter than ever before. Today’s machines can hold enough liquid dishwasher detergent for several months of cycles and automatically dispense the right amount each time, based on water hardness 5. Reliable robot 6. Reduce refills and soil levels. Since you Of all the possible Dishwashers have can also program your dishkitchen floor cleaning tools, already made our lives easi- washer to start on its own,

the only thing you have to worry about when it comes to the dishes is whose turn it is to put them away. Although you may not be able to add more hours to your day, you can easily add more time-saving tools to your life. When you spend less time in the kitchen, who knows what kinds of feats you can accomplish throughout the rest of your house — and the rest of your life.



bring it all together.” Need help choosing your colors? Try out Quick-Step’s “Design A Room” online tool that allows you to select different flooring options and see how they look with hundreds of different Valspar paint colors. Or search “The Idea Gallery” on for ideas to spark your room makeover,likeValspar’s “organic elements” color trend. Inspired by the calming energy of nature, this palette of chalky hues, earthy browns and mineral greys creates balance and stability.Then add a bright honeysuckle beige for an unexpected pop. Getting started When beginning a room Neutral floors like thhis gray woodallow a wide array of possibilities for the rest of the room’s decor.



such as a programmable timer and the ability to brown, simmer or saute.

4. Programmed for success Make meals more easily with the Frigidaire Professional 30-inch Slide-In Induction Hybrid Range. This smart stove features a delay start option, so you can

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set your oven to begin cooking on your schedule. For easy prep the day before, the range can be programmed from one to 24 hours in advance. Other innovative features include one-touch settings, allowing you to cook family favorites like chicken nuggets and pizza with the touch of a button.

robotic floor cleaners are truly the best time savers. Mops and brooms require some time and muscle on your part to do their job, but today’s robotic floor cleaners simply require a minute to program. These clever little robots do it all — from vacuuming to scrubbing — or even sanitizing.



leather is the way to go? Arizona Leather’s knowledgeable staff will tell you that leather is the longest lasting and most durable upholstery material you can get. It’s perfect for any room of your home or office. It is the strongest upholstery material known to man and will withstand the rigors of daily life, including children and pets. Although the initial investment of quality leather may be more than fabric upholstery, leather is actually your best value in the long run as it outlasts fabric four to one. Not only is leather more durable, because it’s a natural product, no two hides are alike. If you’re seeking true originality in your home or office, Arizona Leather experts can walk you through the different looks, feels and finishes. Once you’ve selected your new furniture, Arizona Leather, working in conjunction with Wells Fargo, can offer you their local customer “PreApproved Financing.” As an added convenience you can fill out the application online from your home or office, bring your pre-approval number into the showroom, hand it to your salesperson and select your new Arizona Leather furniture. By purchasing your new leather furniture, you’re investing in your future. With proper care it’s expected that it will last an average person’s lifetime. That’s more than what can be said for fabric-upholstered furniture. After meeting with Arizona Leather Company’s sales staff, and seeing the quality of its furniture in any of its showrooms it’s easy to see that shopping for your new leather furniture at Arizona Leather is the right choice. Nobody does what they do with leather. Nobody creates quality leather furniture designed specifically for you, your family and your home. Their experts have years, even decades of experience. One of them can help you select the exact piece you’re looking for. Whether it be Retro, C o n t e m p o ra ry, Traditional or Casual, the results will be unique and the designs you put together will bring to life not a designer’s vision but your own. Then you will realize they’re not called the leather experts for nothing. They’re called the leather experts for everything. To get started in your quest for new leather furniture you can call (760) 761-0770 or visit their new location in San Marcos at 176 Knoll Road and talk to one of their experts.

The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  
The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  

The edition of The Coast News for the week of Sept. 21, 2012.