Checkerboard Decorating: How to "Jump" Your Furniture From Place to Place




Article by: Harriet Hodgson

My husband and I have moved so many times we can hardly count them. These moves prompted me to come up with Checkerboard Decorating. , Advice on Buying Cheap Bunk Beds What is it? Checkerboard Decorating , Entertainment Center Furniture is a plan , Arts and Crafts Style Decorating that allows you to coordinate furnishings and, at the same time, move them from place , Interior Design – How to use a Colour Wheel to place. , Glass Blowing

I came up with the idea during my husband's Air , Sauna And Steam Baths Force days. For a time we moved every year. I would finish decorating , Can Bamboo Flooring Really Help Save The Worlds’ Environment? the last room , A Guide To Wall Lighting Fixtures of our quarters and the moving van would pull up in front of our house. , Room by Room Makeovers: Inviting Foyer Fixes That didn't stop me from hanging a picture to see how it looked. Moving so much taught me a lot about decorating. , Wallpaper Borders

1. HAVE A THEME. We couldn't afford new furniture , Vertical Blinds or Mini Blinds are in Great Style for Window Coverings when we first married, so we bought things at thrift stores and antique shops. Our purchases could be called Early American and we have stayed with this theme. Today, we live in a Cape Cod house, , Discount Rugs - Buying a Discount Area Rug the kind with a steep roof , How to Buy Discount Roman Shades and dormer windows. , How to Use Memory Foam Mattress Pads The Early American theme continues inside , Warm And Cozy Down Comforters Will Turn Your Bed Into A Luxurious Sanctuary! our house. , How to Use Memory Foam Mattress Pads

2. CHOOSE MULTI-PURPOSE ITEMS. We have always had a round table in our house. , Retro Decorating For The Basement Sometimes the table served as a nightstand next to the bed. , Leather Seat Covers It has also been used as a living room , Lighting Can Make A Difference table. Most often, the round table was our kitchen , What to Look for When Purchasing Silk Curtains table. This checkerboard idea - multifunction pieces that can "jump" from room , Discount Rugs - Buying a Discount Area Rug to room , Abstract Paintings and Benefits of Purchasing Original Artwork - simplifies decorating. , Abstract Paintings and Benefits of Purchasing Original Artwork

3. BUY A FEW QUALITY PIECES. Sure, we've bought junk furniture , Room by Room Makeovers: Inviting Foyer Fixes and I've sanded it and painted it. But junk , Retro Decorating For The Basement doesn't last. On the other hand, a few quality pieces will last for years. When our kids were very young we invested in two Windsor chairs. , Home Decorating & The Smaller Place They added charm to our Texas tract house, , What to Look for When Purchasing Silk Curtains our Alabama barracks house, , How to Use Memory Foam Mattress Pads our quaint Ohio house, , Where to Buy Wholesale Picnic Baskets various other houses, , Where to Find Cuckoo Clock Parts and our present Minnesota house. , Create Your Own Custom Scented Candle – Made To Your Specifications Over the years I have had different cushions made for the chairs. , Kids Room Furniture: Five Pieces Every Kids Room Should Have

4. GET TWO THINGS THAT MATCH. This is where the checkerboard idea really pays off. Two pieces of furniture , Home Decorating & The Smaller Place that match, like the Windsor chairs, , Exotic Wood Floors: Exotic Hardwood Flooring adds Beauty can bring a room , A Guide To Wall Lighting Fixtures together. Suites of furniture , What to Look for When Purchasing Silk Curtains aren't popular now, but early in our marriage we bought a bedroom suite: bed, , A Guide to Acrylic Kitchen Sinks highboy, chest of drawers, and mirror. This furniture , Where to Buy Wholesale Picnic Baskets has come through all our moves unscathed. If necessary, I could use the mirror in the living room , Lighting Can Make A Difference and my chest of drawers as a dining room , Interior Decorating - Select the Correct Paint Sheen for Every Decorating Project! hutch.

5. UNIFY WITH COLOR. Nothing unifies a room , Lighting Can Make A Difference faster than color. , Lighting Can Make A Difference We have so much mismatched furniture , Cheap Living Room that I usually paint , Room by Room Makeovers: Inviting Foyer Fixes the walls white. , Water Beds Not refrigerator white, , Kitchen Tables - Not Just For Dinner Anymore but a tan white , What are Murphy Beds? or gray white. , How to Use Memory Foam Mattress Pads When I decorate , Leather Seat Covers a room , The Convenience of the Portable Massage Chair I take wood colors , Choosing The Right Style Of Lighting into account. The orangey finish on our antique church pew, for example, blends well with the orange pillows on our sofa. I repeated the orange in cushions I had made for our Windsor chairs, , Where to Buy Wholesale Picnic Baskets which are now in the kitchen. , Water Beds

6. HAVE SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T BELONG. Our guest room , Interior Design – How to use a Colour Wheel has an antique wrought iron bed , Cheap Living Room Furniture in it and an antique wicker chair. , A Guide to Acrylic Kitchen Sinks The wicker chair , Vertical Blinds or Mini Blinds are in Great Style for Window Coverings is pulled up to a white, , Cheap Living Room Furniture modern Parson's table, a design , Wallpaper Borders developed by the Parson's School of Design , Discount Dining Room Furniture in New York City. You wouldn't think an antique chair , The Function of Hurricane Shutters would look good with a modern table, but it does.

7. SPOTLIGHT COLLECTIONS. Our kitchen , Room by Room Makeovers: Inviting Foyer Fixes is pretty much like everyone else's kitchen, , Warm And Cozy Down Comforters Will Turn Your Bed Into A Luxurious Sanctuary! with the exception of my antique iron collection. The collection, which includes sad irons, tailor's irons, and early electrics, , Teen Rooms on the Cheap! sits atop the kitchen , Factors to Look For When Buying a New Mattress cupboards. My husband installed up lights , Factors to Look For When Buying a New Mattress to draw attention to the collection and the irons make our kitchen , Cabinet Finishes And Design special.

Checkerboard Decorating , Lighting Can Make A Difference allows you to make your place , American Blind And Wallpaper – In Business To Dress Your Windows special. Like the checkers game, this kind of decorating , Abstract Paintings and Benefits of Purchasing Original Artwork is for everyone. It fits all decorating , Abstract Paintings and Benefits of Purchasing Original Artwork styles and all ages. Every time you move you use furniture , Leather Seat Covers in different ways. Tell your friends about Checkerboard Decorating , Kitchen Cabinet Finishes And Design because it's smart and it's fun.

Copyright 2006 by Harriet Hodgson
http://www.harriethodgson.com

Harriet Hodgson has been a nonfiction writer for 27 years and is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Art was her college minor and she went on to earn an MA degree in art education. Hodgson's 24th book, "Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief," written with Lois Krahn, MD is available from http://www.amazon.com A five-star review of the book is posted on Amazon. You'll find another review on the American Hospice Foundation website under the "School Corner" heading.

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