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Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage

Lifestyles - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:42
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(NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings -- like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a major impact on interior décor, few homeowners select them with the same care as their furnishings or paint.

Interior finishings are decorative interior products that create the look, feel and flow of design throughout your home. They include trim, interior doors, wall treatments, chair rails, ceiling treatments and mantels -- and they all significantly impact the design of a room. Because these products are critical to a room's design, you will notice their use in many movies or TV series, where sets are carefully designed using trim and doors -- setting the stage for dramatic stories to unfold. It's almost impossible, for example, to imagine "The Great Gatsby" or "Sex and the City" filmed with bare walls behind them. Designers know that it's trim and doors that create the character of a home.

In addition to making a space look professionally styled and creating character, these architectural elements are also functional. Interior finishings can make walls seem taller, hide seams between windows and walls and conceal flaws. When incorporated into plans early in the design process they can also help save money. The richness of finishings used on walls, ceilings and doors lessens the need to fill a room with furniture and accessories.

However, in the past, finding the right interior finishings was often difficult and uninspiring for homeowners, builders and designers. That is, until recently.

"Gone are the days of rummaging through a chaotic selection of trim and doors," says Jan Rutgers, who led the design of Metrie's (www.metrie.com) unique Then & Now Finishing Collections.

According to Rutgers, the Metrie collections of coordinated and professionally designed trim and interior doors take the guesswork out of selecting finishings. Metrie's collections are designed to blend with today's home décor styles, are sized to fit together with ease and are coordinated so that trim and doors are harmonized in design and detailing.

"Now interior finishing can be a simple three-step process: First, choose a Metrie collection that matches your style. Then select the elements you want. Finally, add personal touches like stains, paints or finishes for a cohesive, professional look and feel. In other words, finish before you start," says Rutgers.

For inspiration and design ideas, Metrie has created a library for each collection at Metrie.com/inspired-living.

Second American killed fighting for ISIS, Syrian opposition says

CNN World - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:35
An American man who died last weekend in Syria while fighting for ISIS had begun to attract the attention of U.S. intelligence in recent months, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.
Categories: International News

'Chelsea Lately's' final bow

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:17
"Chelsea Lately" host Chelsea Handler made a clean break from E! with her final show on Tuesday.
Categories: Entertainment News

Alibaba rival JD.com is already a hot IPO

Business News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:39
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Alibaba is generating insane profits

Business News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:34
Alibaba may just live up to its hype as the mostly hotly anticipated IPO in history.

RadioShack in talks on cash lifeline

Business News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:22
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Should you buy ISIS? No, not that one

Business News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:17
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Meet your new 'Bachelor'

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:59
Will Chris Soules ever love any woman as much as he loves corn? We're about to find out.
Categories: Entertainment News

Prince releasing two new albums this fall

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:56
It's been five years since Prince put out a new record in the United States, since he limited the release of his 20Ten LP, but that will change this fall.
Categories: Entertainment News

Barrymore's half-sister died from overdose

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:56
Jessica Barrymore, the half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore, died from an accidental drug overdose last month, a coroner's report said Tuesday.
Categories: Entertainment News

American Royal preparing for festival with youth as the beneficiary

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:54

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Every move made inside the American Royal complex is specifically designed for the association’s mission.

As the foundation that holds the footing for everything involved in the American Royal and its fall festival, the mission is to promote and celebrate the excellence in agricultural progress and develop future generations of leaders through agrarian values, disciplines and expressions of skills.

AmericanRoyal“At the heart of what the American Royal does is as a children’s charity,” said Bob Petersen, the American Royal’s president and CEO, explaining that the association’s purpose is to provide scholarship, education, awards and competitive learning experiences that reward hard work, leadership skills and agrarian values.

“We are very proud that we provide more than a million dollars every year for youth and education, and we are equally proud of the variety of ways we do that.”

This year marks the American Royal’s 115th year with its marquee event on the horizon. The fall festival begins in early September and runs for two and a half months, from various horse shows, livestock shows, youth events, rodeos and the World Series of Barbecue.

“Last year we had more than 270,000 people who came through our doors during the fall festival,” Petersen said. “In addition to that money going toward youth in Kansas City, having that kind of attendance is important to everything we do.”

It also is important to Kansas City. The American Royal provides a substantial economic impact to the area. Thousands come to town to participate in the fall festival, and thousands more arrive to take in the festivities. It’s the perfect fit for its theme: “Kansas City’s Most Authentic Asset.”

“We have been around for more than a century, and we’re looking to build on that history,” Petersen said. “We want everyone in Kansas City to know that the American Royal is more than our fall festival; the American Royal is Kansas City, and we want youth to benefit from everything we do.”

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American journalist freed from Syria: 'I'm overwhelmed'

CNN World - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:49
After almost two years in captivity, Peter Theo Curtis is finally home.
Categories: International News

Young MSU Golf Team Looks For Continued Success

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:45
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Coming off the two most successful years in program history the Mississippi State Men's Golf team and 12th-year coach Clay Homan are looking for the momentum to continue.

Jack Daniel's getting smacked in Russia

Business News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:00
The company behind Jack Daniel's whiskey is under pressure in Russia as Cold War-style tensions make it increasingly difficult for Western brands to operate.

Ukraine's President urges 'resolute actions' to bring peace

CNN World - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:39
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has made a call for peace following one-to-one talks in Belarus with Russia's President Vladimir Putin over the conflict wracking eastern Ukraine.
Categories: International News

Mother to ISIS: 'Please release my child'

CNN World - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:39
Shirley Sotloff says her son, Steven Sotloff, who was in the video showing the beheading of another journalist, should be spared.
Categories: International News

U.N. Security Council passes Libya resolution over secret airstrikes

CNN World - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:31
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Libya on Wednesday that calls for an immediate ceasefire and includes sanctions for those involved in violence there.
Categories: International News

Emmy Awards: 5 buzzworthy moments

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:29
The Emmy Awards that aired Monday night offered up some memorable moments. Here are five.
Categories: Entertainment News

Watch the new 'Gone Girl' teaser

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:28
Right in the midst of Monday night's Emmy pandemonium, 20th Century Fox dropped a new TV teaser for "Gone Girl," David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel.
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