Get your home ready for summer, inside and out: Decorating tips (Part 3 of 3)
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How do you like to decorate your patio, deck or porch? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

Buy items to dress up your summer parties, like this cute condiment server, when you see them so you’re always ready to entertain.  

CLEVELAND, Ohio — After the awful winter we just endured, we all deserve a summer filled with backyard parties and lazy afternoons chatting with friends while lounging on the deck.

Get ready now for a season of summer entertaining, and be sure all your spaces — indoor and outdoor — are ready for company. Get rid of heavy, plushy fabrics that kept you warm this winter, because it’s time to lighten up. Consider tossing or refeshing summer decor items that saw hard use last year, too.

If it’s time to replace that sagging wicker furniture, remember that outdoor spaces are being treated like indoor spaces. Look for pieces that look more like indoor furniture, said Dawn Cook of Dawn Cook Design in Shaker Heights. Add interesting lighting and consider installing a sleek outdoor fireplace, she said.

“Outdoor has become a more important space,” said Cook.

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For Your Home: The hot home decor trend you didn’t see coming: skulls
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Everything in our homes comes from either fashion or history. One hot – and surprising – decor trend pulled its life directly from the runways: skulls.

They have been showing up big time in fashion for the past couple of years. Alexander McQueen, the late British fashion and luxury clothing designer, rocked the style with his show at the Met Museum in 2011. It sent the look into orbit.

Two years later, the skull motif began showing up on home accessories. Two’s Company introduced jugs and plates with skull images. And we’re not talking about Halloween.

Now, in 2014, skinless heads have gone mainstream into home furnishings.

I find skulls fun and creepy at the same time. Maybe that’s what they bring to home decor, an opportunity for us not to take ourselves so seriously. Great decor needs a little whimsy to be interesting. When I started noticing skulls, I took notice. It’s hard not to.

Noir rocked its showroom this season at High Point. Founded in 2004 by Georg Baehler and Stephanie Lu, they have become a leader in cutting edge style that pushes the envelope. The idea of using skulls fits with Baehler’s quirky personality. It’s that L.A. vibe that gives designer decor just the right punch and makes people think. Noir’s showroom was filled with pillows adorned with skull images and hand guns, bowls of metal skulls were…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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