What is the difference between a Quilt and a Coverlet?

To Quilt it… or Coverlet it…?

I had a customer ask me this question today and I’m sure she’s not alone;  I’m going to try my best to describe the difference but when it comes down to it, it’s a personal preference!

What is a Quilt?  The dictionary say:  A bed cover made by stitching together firmly two layers of cloth or patch work with some soft and warm substance (as wool or cotton) between them.

"Grace" by Taylor Linens

Grace by Taylor Linens @ The Trendy Bed.com

Quilts like the one above are so beautiful with elegant quilting with beautiful antique inspired designs they are often used as the top layer of your bed.  During those cooler months this bedding style would be good combined with an electric blanket as some people prefer that to using the heaver comforters.

Nantucket Quilt & Duvet Cover by Taylor Linens

.Nantucket Quilt & Duvet Cover @ The Trendy Bed

In the picture above the Nantucket Quilt is used along with the Nantucket Duvet Cover.  Layering your bed like this makes it useable in all weathers, during your warmer months flip your duvet cover back and just use your quilt for a light weight cover.  When the nights get colder your layered to keep the heat in and that chill out!

Heartland by Lasting Impressions @ The Trendy Bed

Heartland by Lasting Impressions @ The Trendy Bed

Where did quilts come from?  They were usually made from left over scrapes of material sewn together to make a pattern; and that is where we get the term “Patchwork Quilt” .  Today these  “patchwork” quilts are too beautiful to cover up.  What I am seeing is these patchwork quilts being combined with a solid matelasse quilt to add texture and color to the bed.

Patchwork quilt & Solid Matelasse by C&F @ The Trendy Bed

Patchwork quilt & Solid Matelasse by C&F @ The Trendy Bed

What is a Coverlet? In the dictionary is say’s “Bedspread”  In a way that is correct;  Bedding by Maine Heritage Weavers (Bates Bedspreads) makes beautiful Matelasse and Candlewick bedspreads along with Coverlet, which is a shorter version of a bedspread.  Below is their Martha’s Choice inspired by George Washington,  he chose the original of this bedspread for his bride.

Martha's Choice Bedspread by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha’s Choice Bedspread by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha's Choice Coverlet by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha’s Choice Coverlet by Maine Heritage Weavers

 

Another great sample of this is the Bedspread and Coverlets by Ellery Homestyles in their Historic Charleston Collection.  Their King Charles collection offers bedspreads, coverlet, bedskirt, shams, and decorative pillows giving to the original meaning of a Coverlet.

 

King Charles Matelasse Coverlet by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Coverlet by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Bedspread by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Bedspread by Ellery Homestyles

I truly feel that was the vision behind the coverlet,  just the shorter version of the Bedspread;  not everyone wants their bedding to lay on the floor to get caught in the vacuum, kids to step on and pull off the fringes. (I remember all those from when I was younger and my parents had a bedspread very similar to Martha’s choice)

I hope you enjoyed my little blog today;  To coverlet it… or to quilt it…?

What do you think, do you prefer the Quilts, or do you prefer the Coverlets?

Have a great week.

Cathy

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A NEW Look at The Trendy Bed!

The Trendy Bed Get’s a face lift…

 

 

 

The Trendy Bed was started in August, 2008 all because I couldn’t find a BLACK bed skirt for my son’s bed and in these three years it has grown from just bed skirts to a full on-line bedding store.   Never to forgot my original idea you can still get bed skirts in over 20 some colors, fabric choices, custom drop lengths, styles, and designs but now with matching comforters, quilts, duvet covers, and shams for a complete Trendy Bed look.

The Trendy Bed has been with Mayfield Manufacturing from the beginning bringing us our custom sizes, 2-Tone comforters, and matching window treatment.

Also new at The Trendy Bed is some new bedding styles from Royal Plaza Textiles, Royal Plaza Textiles brings us our great Egyptian Cotton bedding along with beautiful Duvet Cover Sets and this fall some beautiful Comforter sets in the new Fall colors.

With the Winter months soon approaching it’s time to get those heavy Down Comforters out.   The Trendy Bed has a great selection of Down and Alternative Down comforters and pillows in Light, Medium, and Heavy weight from Royal Plaza and Downright.

At The Trendy Bed we strive to give our customers a complete shopping experience bringing you new products from some old traditions taught to them by their parents in the skill of weaving America’s favorite terry / candlewick and matelasse bedspreads from Maine Heritage Weavers.

Our newest addition to The Trendy Bed is our partnership with Taylor Linens here in Southern California.   We feel we have found a quality of bedding that will last for years, if not generations with their beautiful Quilts,  Duvet Covers, Shams, Sheets, and Bed Skirts.

White Laura's Quilt

Hope you enjoy the new look of The Trendy Bed along with our new products,  keep coming back as I am always working to bring you new products and new ideas.

Sincerely,

Cathy Campbell

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Tips for Remodeling A Bedroom

The Trendy Home has the pleasure of another guest blogger,  Megan Gates;  Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to NY Rentals . The Hamptons, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

Whether people remodel bedrooms for upgrading resale value of the house or just for their own comfort and pleasure, remodels can be fun.  Showcasing the room’s shape and aura with a mixture of color and texture not only adds beauty, but it adds personality to the room.

Transforming a bedroom with classical overtones or pure whimsy reflects the bedroom’s tenant in all his imaginative glory. It makes the people who enter the room want to remain to enjoy its effects.

Windows

Aside from space, the focus of any room will be its windows.  Windows allow light into a room while letting you enjoy the outdoors inside.  Window treatments are going to be important, therefore, in highlighting the beauty of the windows.

Conservatory blinds:  These are produced with reflective backing to block the sun’s harmful rays while letting in the light.  They can be made to order in any color, in addition to a variety of styles,  from roller blinds to woven to pleated blinds.

Folding shutters:  Unlatch the hook, fold back the shutters, and let the sun shine in.


Swags:  Swags can be arranged in pleats, folds or multiple hangings over rattan blinds, sheers or curtains.

Lighting

Since bedrooms aren’t usually lit brightly for specific purposes, such as reading or sewing, the lighting is generally soft.  Lamps will be found typically for this purpose, or perhaps the light attached to a ceiling fan.

Recessed cans:  Recessed lighting provides the softness generally found in bedrooms, and they can be brightened with a twist of the switch.

Track lighting: This, too, can be brightened or dimmed as desired and adds panache to any room.

Tree lamps:  If you’re going to have a lamp, make a statement.  The cans or arms can be positioned to light up corners for reading or sewing, or just add a glow to a room.

Flooring

Carpeting: Any upgrade to a house includes carpeting. But you can also think outside the box
Hardwood floors: Sprinkle them with area rugs in matching shades to your bed linens and watch the room come together.


Vinyl tile: This, too, can be strewn with area rugs, but you might not want the pretty pattern of the tile to be covered up.

Walls

Walls are fun. They can be outlined with a border, cut a niche into them for any purpose at all, such as holding a few books or collectible dolls, or walls can be built out to contain a corner fireplace/entertainment center. Walls can be lit with sconces to showcase paintings or they can support candelabra for a romantic evening.

Furnishings

Lighten up a room sporting dark woods in dressers, chests of drawers, armories or headboards with champagne satin coverlets for the bed and matching hangings for the window treatments.  

Area rugs on the hardwood or tiled floors can add the freshness of a garden with floral patterns in light colors. Fabrics and pretty blankets can be mounted on walls like a tapestry. If the room’s tenant aimed the lighting at these things, the room would look fresh and lovely.

Remodeling a bedroom,  for comfort or for resale value, is all about focus. Making the room look fresh and new is about color and texture, woods and fabrics, lighting and imaginative combinations. It’s about aura and personality. You might not even want to sell the house.

Thank you Megan for your blog, great tips and ideas for The Trendy Home readers, thanks to Better Homes and Gardens for some of the great pictures  I used to showcase Megan’s tips.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, what did you take away from it and did it inspire you to make any changes to your bedroom?

Thank You and come visit us also at The Trendy Bed,  and remember to make your home:

 

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Trendy Bedroom Designs

Create a relaxing and beautiful haven with these trendy bedroom tips;  add color and texture with bedding and window treatments.   Add character with furniture, and light and sparkle with mirrors.

If you have been following The Trendy Home you know I love to bring you pictures of beautiful homes and great decorating ideas that you can incorporate into your own Trendy Home.  Hope you enjoy these new pictures, and some old favorites.

 

A Touch of Class:   I found this one on Better Homes and Gardens,  Architectural relics, such as this dramatic old bar mirror to make a great beautiful headboard.  The oversize scale of the piece works in this room because the mirror reflects so much light, giving the appearance of spaciousness.   White matelasse  linens add interesting texture while allowing the mirror to shine.

 

Add Class with Glass

 

Do you live by the Beach?  This next picture is a beautiful “Beachy” bedroom that is not overdone.   The white beaded boards and navy walls make a beautiful frame for this handsome bedroom inspired by the beach.   Shell artwork and accessories reinforce the theme but it’s not over the top.  Beautiful, elegant, and inviting.    Check out our Black and White Bed in a Bag by Royal’s Hotel Collection to help you achieve the same look as in the picture below.

 

Bliss at the Beach

When Two Bed are better than one!     I love this look, can you tell which one is the Ladies Bed, and which one is the Mens?   Ruffled Shams vs Tailored Shams is a nice little decorating tip to separate the sexes.     Twin beds aligned along the same wall naturally lend themselves to a symmetrical scheme — are always pleasing to the eye.    Underscore the effect by dressing the beds with matching bedding  and treating the wall space above the headboards in the same manner.    Anchor the center of the duo with a singe table for this beautiful look.

When Two are better than One!

 

 

Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, what did you take away from it and did it inspire you to make any changes in your home?

Thank You and come visit us also at The Trendy Bed,  and remember to make your home:

 

Cathy Campbell

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Top Ten Decorating Tips

Decorating by Numbers!

Getting your measurements right the first time will make everyone happy!   How many times do we do something and then say,  “That doesn’t look good!”   or it needs to higher, or lower?  I know I have done it more than once.  I came across this Decorate by Numbers! – Get your measurements right in the House Beautiful magazine and wanted to share it with my readers,  Thank you House Beautiful – you are an awesome magazine and great decorating tips and articles.

36 inch wide rectangular table

1.  Know your tables:  A 36 inch wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation.  A Round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six;  a 60 inch round will handle eight standard dinning chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.

48 Inch Round Table

 

2.  How big should an overhead light fixture be?  Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter.  So a 15-by-20 foot room would need a 35 inch wide chandelier.

3.  One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.

Mount Curtains as high as possible to add height to any room.

 

4.   Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1 1/2 inches on the floor.

5.  Kitchen island should be about 38 inches high – a little taller than the counter tops to be comfortable for food preparation.

6.  Curtains should be  2 1/2  to 3 times the width of the window.  So if you’re doing two panels, each should be 1 1/4  to 1 1/2 times the window width.

Curtans - perfect Height and Width.

Purchase a curtain rod that is 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side.  Your window will seem much wider than it really it.

Dining Room Chandelier 36 inches above the table

7.  The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hand 36 inches above the table.   This is actually my  home and I checked my chandelier and I was 35 7/8″ – got lucky on that one!

8.  Install light switches 36 inches above the floor and 1 1/2 to 2 inches to the side of the door trim.

9.  For a standard 84″ inch sofa with exposed legs and a tight back, you’ll need 14 yards of plain 54 inch wide fabric.  Add two yards for skirt.

10.   From Classical times to today, the golden ratio has always been the perfect proportion:  1 to 1.62.   At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing.

Hope you learned something new about decorating, I know I did when I read it.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, what did you take away from it and did it inspire you to make any changes in your home?

Thank You and come visit us also at The Trendy Bed,  and remember to make your home:

 

Cathy Campbell

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We only have a day to get our bedroom ready for Valentine’s Day, Yes… it’s TOMORROW!    So, let’s start now and enjoy the love that comes along with this day.

Last year I had fun and did 5 blogs on getting your bedroom ready for Romance, I’m going to bring these blogs out again for your enjoyment and reminder for those of us that need to get our rooms ready for Romance.

Get Rid of the clutter!

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #1

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #1

Make me Comfortable!

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #2

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #2

Let’s Create the Mood for a little Romance!

Clink on Picture for Day #3

Is your Bedroom Ready for Romance #3

Let’s “Lite the Fire”!

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #4

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #4

Are you Ready?

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #5

Is Your Bedroom Ready for Romance #5

Hope you enjoyed this blog  for Valentine’s Day and enjoyed seeing these “Dream Bedroom’s” again.  I sincerely hope they inspire you as they do me.

Your home is a true reflection of your soul – make your home  “The Trendy Home”!

Love,

Cathy Campbell

PS:  Visit The Trendy Bed, the one place for all your Valentine, Trendy Bedding!

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Trendy Fall Decorating Tips

Trendy decorating tips to take your home from Summer to Fall.

The transition from summer to fall can be a good time to get your home organized and in shape since most of us shift our focus indoors.   If you’re like me, I’ll take my bedding from white to color.

Let’s not be fooled by all the attention paid to “Spring Cleaning”,  in the fall your home will need just as much attention due to being closed up.   This is the perfect time to infuse your space with color and warmth to carry you through the winter months.

Bring the outside in with mums and pumpkins,   decorate your dinning table with a decorative centerpiece and update accessories to fall colors.   There are many ways to bring in the warm, deep colors and cozy textures of fall,  Bedding, Bath linens,  accent pillows, place mats, and cloth napkins.

To really make a statement without too much work focus your seasonal decorating to what your guest see first when they walk in your home.

It’s OK to be bold,  bold stands out and Say’s Notice Me!

When decorating try to focus on a big ticket item in a room such as the comforter or quilt in the bedroom or pillows, lamps or rug in the living room.

This years colors are bold and bright, especially deep reds and purples and can be a nice complement to the normal subdued and darker tones that are usual for fall.

Add a vase,  candle stick, or bowl to make your room pop with color.

Enjoy, be creative, and most of all have fun in making your HOME

Cathy C

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Home Interior Tips and Ideals – Saving Money!

Better Than Paper Towels…

This blog will completely change your view point on “Coffee Filters”…

25 different uses for Paper Coffee Filters:


Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in microwave. (no splatter)

Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome…  Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish

If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.  (Great tip if you are a wine drinker)

Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

Apply shoe polish.   Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

Hold Tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

Stop soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant pot with a filter to prevent the soil from going through the drain holes.

Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?    Use strips of coffee filters.

Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French Fries, chicken fingers, etc on them..  It soaks out all the grease.

Keep in the bathroom.  They make great “razor nick fixers”.

As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

Use a coffee filter as a spoon rest while cooking.

Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. (Saves on having extra bowls to wash)

Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

Use to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.  (I needed this one last month!)

Use to sprout seeds.  Dampen the filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

Use filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Put the flowers between 2 filters and put the filters in a phone book or family bible.

Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, nuts,  candy, etc.

And, by the way – They are GREAT to use in Coffee Makers!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog.

I hope I’ve given you some great ideas and inspired you to turn your home into…

Cathy C

The Trendy Home

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Interior Decorating Tips: Staging

Staging Your Home to Sale…

In today’s market many home sellers are hiring professional “Stagers“  to assist them in selling their home.   By professionally staging your home you may increase the odds of attracting a qualified buyer.   Here are some tips and tricks that the pros use to sell your home quickly,  making it  look more inviting and the best value all in one.

Remove the Clutter

Remove the Clutter.

Remove the clutter: Making your home look organized and de-cluttered is rule #1.    Having a clean and organized home from top to bottom is the number one golden rule of staging a home.   Your home must look inviting,   cleaner and less cluttered than ever before to meet today’s demands.   To get ready to sell your home one needs to have a yard sale or rent a space to move your “clutter”.  Remove seasonal clothing out of the closets (makes your home look like you have a lot of closet space),  move your Christmas Decorations out of the garage to a rental space. (Makes your garage look larger)

Spring Cleaning In August

Clean your home: Hire a professional to come in a clean your home,  it’s Spring Cleaning in August!   Top to Bottom;  move the furniture, wash the windows,  wash your window treatment, take down the screens and wash them.

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Crank Up The Curb Appeal: It’s the first thing that prospective buyer sees when they come to look at your home!    Spruce it up!  Good home and yard maintenance is a must if you want someone to even think about purchasing your home.   Paint the front door, place fresh, colorful plants on the porch.   Step back and look at your home from the buyers perspective, not yours!

Walk-Through Inspection

Walk Through and Inspect Each Room

Do a Walk-Though: Stand back and look at your home!  Stand in the doorway of each room and look at it as if you’d never seen it before.    Does it look too cluttered? Look up,  Look Down.   Does the ceiling need painted?  Does the baseboards need cleaning?  Ceiling fan blades need cleaning?   What can be removed to make the room look bigger?    What can you do to make the room look more inviting?   Is it warm and inviting, or too cold?   How the lighting?  No one likes a dark, drab home.  Open the drapes and let the light come through.

Upgrade your Bedding

Does your hardware need upgraded?  Switch plates need cleaned or replaced?  Wall paper coming loose?  Take it down and paint.   Kitchen cabinets need a uplift with new hardware?   Would the bathroom look newer and larger with a new vanity?    Replace the old floral bedspread with something more neutral to make the room look more inviting and sophisticated?   Visit The Trendy Bed for all your bedding needs.

First Impressions In The Home

Focus on First Impressions – In The Home: When a prospective buyer enters your home it’s usually by the Front Door, here’s your second chance to make that impression. (First was your curb appeal)     Apply fresh paint, replace worn out throw rug,  upgrade light fixture or upgrade light switches if needed.   Clean out that coat closet again so that it looks more spacious.   Would adding a mirror make the Foyer look larger?  Mirrors are a big trick decorators use to make a room look larger.    Are your silk flowers looking a little worn?  Remove and or Replace.    This is the place you want to WOW any prospective buyer coming in your home!   If your first impression didn’t measure up to their liking, here is your last chance to get their interest to make them want to look at your home.

Versatility

Versatility: The more versatile your home, the more buyers will be able to see themselves living there.  Turn your sewing room into a more general – use guest room with a desk, table, and room to sew.   (Hide away the project materials for now while getting your home ready to show)  Paint gender-specific rooms in more generic colors, and reduce the “kids rooms”  effect by storing large collections, posters, trophies, musical instruments, and personal items while you are trying to sell your home.

Visual Effects

The Visual Effects: What does your room say visually?   Dark walls can make your room look smaller,   creating logical conversational groupings make the room seem larger.   Professional stagers suggest that rugs stop a foot or two from walls.  A rug that is too big can visually “shrink” a room;  if it’s too small it just looks awkward.   If your dining room is modest in size, take the extra leaves out of your table and limit the chairs to four.

These are some great decorating tips and tricks to make your home seem larger and more inviting.  All of these tips and tricks are from Better Homes and Gardens – my best friend!

I hope I’ve given you some great ideas and inspired you to turn your home into…

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Interior Decorating Tips – Guest Room

Sometimes I Love when Guest are coming, or we are having a get-together,  It’s the only time my “Honey Do” List gets done completely!   It is a great motivator for home improvements,  or maybe it’s just a little sprucing up.

Is it time to declutter your home?

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From that to this?

Up Close and Personal

Don’t get me wrong,  A home needs to look and feel comfortable and lived in but too much “lived in” can be a little over whelming for your house guest.

In decorating your guest bedroom, keep it simple.  I guest room can be very comfortable and accommodating without being over done.

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If you have only one guest room choose twin beds over a double or queen;  that way children, friends, or couples can occupy the room comfortably.    A shared, center table serves both beds as a place for a personal items and alarm clock or radio.

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Another way to make your house guest comfortable is by installing a TV.   We all know the purpose of a house guest is to visit with the host,  but we all need some “down time”, this can come late at night when one goes to bed, or first thing in the morning with their first cup of coffee.

Install a TV

Make space for your guest with drawer space and closet space.    If you are like me, my guest room closet is full of winter coats – move them if you can or at least move them to the side and make it known that this open space is for them.  Make sure they have hangers available and a nice house/bath robe is a nice touch that your guests would surly appreciate.  At The Trendy Bed we have Bamboo Robes and 100% Organic Cotton House Robes made by Pure Fiber.

Make space in the closet

Please  make sure your guest have comfortable bedding.   You don’t have to have the best, but the one thing you do need is clean, comfortable, well fitted sheets.

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At The Trendy Bed let us help you in this area, we have Sheet Sets from 300 thread count to 1500 thread count;   Satin Sheets,  100% Bamboo,  or Bamboo / Egyptian Cotton Blend.   Our 300 thread count – Beyond Bliss is heavenly, and affordable with matching Duvet Covers, Bed Skirts, and Shams.

Guest Rooms are one topic I enjoy writing on, it’s so nice to be spoiled;   and it’s even nicer to spoil someone we love!

I hope I’ve given you some ideas to help you to turn your home into….

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Cathy C

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