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Curtain Call
"Avoid putting a very expensive print on an item that will get day-to-day wear, like the family couch. It will need to be replaced often and that can get costly. Save those patterns for rarely-handled drapes or use them in small scale, like on pillows."
—Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith, authors of The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously