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Compass H om e PERSONALIZING TRENDS It’s not uncommon for someone not to be able to describe their style. Carol Craiglow of Interiors By Studio South recommends that we create a “story book” that gathers ideas from magazine clippings, paint colors and fabric swatches — basically from anything that inspires us. T I P S BY C A R O L C R A I G LOW 1. 4. White & Bright: Two simple ways to make any room feel bigger are to paint it white and let some light in. The space will automatically feel larger and more open. Wallpaper Wow: Whether on a single wall or an entire bathroom, wallpaper gives any room a charm paint can’t always create. 2. 5. 8. Pretty Patterns: Although clients tend to like solid fabrics, mixing patterns together with solids creates a more interesting design scheme and livens up a room. Color Code: At Studio South, we never say no to color. Sure, neutrals are always safe…but a pop of color can go a long way. 3. Totally Textured: Never forget to experiment with textures. From linen to velvet to grasscloth, combining textures adds life to a room in a subtle and sophisticated way. Table Layers: Bring interest to a table by layering accessories and mixing old with new pieces. You can also lay a basket on its side for texture. 6. Drab To Fab: Revive an old family heirloom and make it your own by injecting some personal style into it. Door Do-Over: Take basic wood front doors and install a decorative textured wave glass insert to let the light shine in. ABOUT THE AUTHOR As a decorator, Carol Craiglow of Interiors By Studio South in Key Biscayne has a style of design that’s focused on helping clients bring their inner style and personality to their home or room. Her philosophy is “Let me make your house a home.”; › 22 7. Vanity Make- Over: Resurface an existing cabinet with new wood fronts and chrome knobs. Also, add custom- stained wood frames around mirrors. 9. 10. Get Inspired: Welcome the outside into your home using a sisal area rug with tropical fabric combined with outdoor texture solids.