How to survive a home-decorating project as a couple
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Two opinionated people, who normally get along so well, can blow up in the midst of the stress of a home-decorating project.

Couples should try to focus on the most important elements of decorating, not just style but also cost, comfort, color and compromise. Gail Saltz, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Saltz gives smart, no-nonsense tips to get through the process peacefully.

Cost: The No. 1 thing couples argue about is money, so when it comes to decorating, the most important thing you can do is set a budget before you begin. Do your homework and make sure you factor in all extra costs such as moving and installation. Invest in the big pieces first for each room: sofa, dining table and bed. Discuss early on how you will handle either one of you wanting to make a budget change along the way.

Comfort: Go furniture shopping together. Know the purpose of each room, and furnish it accordingly. Couples should decorate in 10-year increments for actual family living. Many fights occur when couples decorate for an ideal and not for kids, messiness and ease of care, which not only creates tension, but also decreases the opportunity for fun fa…………… continues on Tribune-Review

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Decorating Den Interiors Chairman James Bugg Sr. dies at 88
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Furniture Today Staff – Furniture Today, March 10, 2015

EASTON, Md. — Decorating Den Interiors Chairman James S. Bugg Sr. died on Feb. 18 at the age of 88, the company announced.

James Bugg Sr.

He had led Decorating Den Interiors since 1984, growing it into North America’s largest in-home decorating service and largest home furnishings and interior design franchise company.

“My father presented the opportunity for hundreds of talented individuals to turn their passion for decorating into a beautiful business,” said James Bugg Jr., president and CEO of Decorating Den. “He liked to say that, ‘Our franchise concept is simple: We provide our franchise partners with all the tools necessary to run a rewarding interior decorating business.’”

James Bugg Sr. joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at age 14, lying about his age to join the agency. He served in the Army during World War II and later sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door.

His franchise experience started in 1970 when he guided…………… continues on Furniture Today

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