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decorating WITH PLANTS 101 Q I just moved and would like to invest in some key pieces, but I have young children. What do you suggest? ANNA DHILLON answers: Investing in new furniture pieces can be tricky when you factor in young children. If you are thinking of furniture, we suggest focusing on the rooms that your family actually spends time in, such as the family room. If the slip-covered look is not your esthetic, it is possible to treat a lot of natural fabrics with protective treatments either at the fabric mill or even on site, which will make it easier to spot clean or have professionally cleaned when necessary. This is a great time to invest in a large dining table that is comfortable for family dinners but also doubles as a homework or arts and crafts area during the day. We suggest a stone top or distressed wood top, both of which are durable and age well. We are also fans of investing in original or limited edition artwork, which, contrary to perception, can be both unique and affordable – especially in the case of emerging artists. Not only does art liven up a room but it can help define the mood and feel of the space. Most artwork is hung at an adult's eye level and therefore will be out of reach of little hands. Finally, consider splurging on the master bedroom. Make it the space you've always dreamed of and create a sanctuary for when you and your partner need a little downtime.  Wanting to incorporate plants into your interior design, but conjuring images of dried ferns in a macramé-covered hanging basket? The 1970s may be over, but plants today are found in the chicest indoor spaces. As an added bonus, plants not only add beauty to your space, they also contribute to your well-being. Plants add negative ions to the air, which can improve air quality and reduce dust. Interior designers CARRIE MCCARTHY and TANJA HINDER recommend the following tips to fill your home with greenery in a cool, contemporary way. 1. SELECT YOUR STYLE For a classic look, choose timeless plants such as a topiary or zesty lemon tree. Cactus, rubber jade plants and succulents impart a modern edge. Gathered sticks, an avocado pit in a jar or spider plants are fitting for the bohemian. For organic design, go for a bamboo plant, potted herbs or perhaps a fern in a clay pot. 2. PLANT AND POT The vessel is important; it is the shoe of an outfit. Clay, aluminum, glass, mason jars and decorative tile all make a statement. 3. GROUP Create a focal point with a collection of several plants at different heights or contrasting plants in similar pots. They can be casually placed on the floor for a bohemian look or perfectly lined up on your mantle for an elegant, refined look. 4. INSPIRATION Pinterest, Tumblr or your local nursery offer a wealth of ideas. PHOTO Marcos Armstrong p30-33_AskTheExperts.indd 31 13-06-07 11:42 AM

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