Nate never fails to help his callers solve all their decorating dilemmas! He answers calls about dealing with children's clutter, deciding where to invest your decorating dollars and using flooring materials that differ from one room to the next.
What are some simple, stylish ways to store children's toys in a living room?
Wicker baskets or a low chest of drawers that can double as a TV stand provide excellent storage, Nate says. "You want to have an easy piece that just keeps the stuff out of sight," Nate says.
Where should I skimp and where should I spend when remodeling a room?
Put your dollars toward anything that needs to be installed—carpeting, flooring, fixtures—as these will increase the value of your home and look better in the long run. "You really want to spend your money wisely on things that will last," he says.
Can flooring materials vary from room to room?
As long as the colors are similar, Nate says it's fine to use different flooring materials throughout a house. He advises against jumping from one color to another, however, as this breaks up the visual flow of the space.
Published on July 30, 2008