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HOME LINES: Decorating tips for military families

As promised, a few, easy, movable decorating tips.

Last week I brought-up the challenge that we face with each PCS (Permanent Change of Station) move. I suggested that, once you’ve pulled-out the kids’ toys so they’re entertained, you work on making your new front porch/entrance as welcoming and inviting as possible. It occurred to me that many of you might have thought, “What the heck? I’m the new guy—they should be welcoming me.”

Well, let me just remind you that many of our neighbors here in Clarksville have seen more “new neighbors” come and go than they can count on two hands. All of those moves are hard on the locals, too. I’ve been told by more than one local that they were avoiding making friends with military families because it is hard to say “good-bye” so frequently. Just food for thought.

Anyhoo, back to decorating.

As I mentioned last week, paint isn’t always an impossible decorating element when you’re renting or in quarters, but just be sure you understand the expectations for when you sign-out. Regardless, it is always a good to choose neutral colors—it is easier to convince the landlord to let you leave it and, if need be, it is easier to paint over. If you really, really have to have some color on your walls, perhaps you can just have one accent color.

Another option is to choose window treatments that add the color you are looking for. There are many options for easy to make window dressings—just do a quick web search and you will be overwhelmed by the numerous options. There are also many resources for inexpensive ready-made curtains. Normally, I’m a shop local girl, but when you are looking for versatile, use-in-this-house-and-the-next curtains, I totally understand a quick bargain hunt on the internet. Go with the longest ones you can find/afford—you can use them on those huge windows in this house and puddle them on the floor in the next house.


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