The new year is quickly coming upon us. Many of us take this time for renewal, making resolutions for the coming year, or other changes in our environment. How about redecorating a room? iVillage which is always a good resource for tips and ideas on how to get started on a project like this has an article 8 Decorating Rules to Try — and 8 to Trash. I am glad one of them made it to their ‘try’ category.


Rule #7: Try to stage a surprise
An element of the unexpected will do wonders for your decor ?- an oversized picture, a shelf hung lower than usual, a red pillow in a green room, a teacup turned on its side, a wall of family portraits. The backyard and patio areas are great places for surprises. Don’t be afraid to do the unusual.