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"These rooms are exactly the same, we just changed the accessories," Nate says. "This is the same furniture. So only the accessories are changed. Isn't that crazy?" What were Nate's changes?

Time Warp 1: Busy patterned rugs underneath busy patterned sofas
Update: Patterned rugs and patterned sofas make for a cluttered look. Update the old sofa with a simple slipcover, and replace patterned rugs. "A simple rug—cotton, wool," Nate says.

Time Warp 2: Ruffled throw pillows
Update: Replace ruffled pillows with modern linen, cotton or velvet ones. "You can find these absolutely everywhere," he says.

Time Warp 3: Dried flower arrangements
Update: Get rid of those dried flowers. Try replacing them with an elegant, live orchid. "It really does make a huge difference," Nate says.

Time Warp 4: Ruffled curtains
Update: When you ditch those frilly curtains—which you really should do—Nate has a trick to make your windows look bigger. Above the top of the window, hang an inexpensive bamboo shade and add simple cotton or linen draperies.

Time Warp 5: Multiple photos in a single frame with matte cutouts
Update: While photos are an important, personal decoration in any home, Nate says the multiple-photo frames actually make those photos seem less important. "You don't have to throw anything away, but just frame them individually," he says.

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FROM: Nate's Time Warp Decorating Rescue
Published on October 10, 2007

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