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Scents and accents

Jane Xiques offers low-cost or no-cost tips to refresh your home.

By Jackie Ripley
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 18, 2003

COUNTRYWAY -- How can you brighten up your house?

Get in touch with your senses, Jane Xiques suggests. Bring in fresh flowers. Clip fronds from outdoor trees and bring them indoors. Use fresh fruit and vegetables for accent.

"Living in Florida you can bring in the outdoors," says Xiques, a redesign specialist who uses accents and accessories already in the home.

"A mirror should be like a window in the house," Xiques says. "It should reflect something pretty to look at. Let it reflect candles or colors you don't notice."

Candle fragrances should be limited to one scent at a time, grouped together using differing heights.

Xiques says homeowners have the biggest design problem in placing their art.

"People have a tendency to hang art too high," she says. "There are no standards for art, but I do more asymmetrical than symmetrical."

For big ticket items, such as sofas, Xiques suggests selecting a neutral tone and using throw pillows for color.

And change your decor with the seasons.

"Now that it's spring bring out the spring things and put away the fall."

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