A Splash of Color for Post-holiday Blues




Featured Shop - New Hampshire Interiors, MeredithMy Martha Washington chair for the living room is being re-covered in a new glorious fabric. I'm looking for paint to re-do my downstairs bath and, if all goes well, I might even splurge on an entire new bed linen set. Winter is a time for refreshment. What used to be known as Adirondacks of Winnipesaukee is now New Hampshire Interiors and it has a whole new look with something for everyone's taste and budget. Manager and interior designer Marilyn Richards has a few affordable suggestions.If someone is resolved to "re-do," what can be done that really transforms a room? The first thing is obvious: paint, paper and room layout. Paint is huge and makes a major difference. Using wallpaper or taking off paper will change the look of a room. People might consider adding texture to a room by adding bead or barn board, which takes a room in a new direction. Lamps, pillows and window treatments all freshen up a space as well.What will be the popular colors for 2011? It is supposed to be about what makes you feel good, but right now we're workng with a lot of reds, golds, greens and browns - all warm and comforting, but also visually striking colors.The colors seem dark. They do, but it's how you use them and in what amount. Think in terms of tones. I'm not just talking solid color - you want small prints, large prints and, to take it up a notch, you add texture for more visual interest.Most people are huddled around the fireplace. Any suggestions on how to make the mantel pop? For people who want a rustic look, we offer moose, deer and elk mounts, which really help to make the mantel a focal point. Unique arrangements of accessories and art can also create a mantel that really "pops."New Hampshire Interiors is a one-stop, full-service design center and furniture gallery. Their builders, designers and artisans are available for custom work and consultations as well as architectural referrals. The large showroom is open daily, so pick a snowy day, bring along some ideas and photos and let the staff at New Hampshire Interiors help you refresh your home for the New Year.What's New?Turning 40 this year? Turn to the Forties.Concetta's Closet, 106 Main St., Newmarket, is a ridiculously fun place to shop and play dress up in vintage wear. If this is the year you turn 30, 40 or 50, why not wear a dress from that era? Look for interesting necklines, split skirts, pea coats, hounds tooth, drop waist, empire waist and so much more. Prices are so low, you might add a pair of gloves or a stunning hat to your outfit. Always a $10 rack (1960s vintage burnt orange two-piece suit is only $10, so who cares if you never wear the skirt if it's too tight). See www.concettascloset.com or call (603) 793-8492.Notable ShopsNew Hampshire's Own Cake Boss Cornucopia Bakery, Central Square, Bristol, is where you'll find Cake Boss Audrey Pellegrino who, with her daughter-in-law Melanie, likes to say, "If you can dream it, we can make it." Specializing in, but not limited to gluten-free, the cakes here are worthy of their own TV show. One cake, made to look like a sewing case, exemplifies the creativity in this Bristol bakery and café. Pellegrino is a nutritionist and specializes in baking for people with dietary restrictions. Try the ever-so-popular carrot cake whoopee pies. Visit www.thecornucopiabakery.com or call (603) 568-8156.Quick Change for Less Change Meet Me at Eliza's; 950 Elm St., Manchester, is a consignment shop full of clothing by recognizable designers. Winter jackets by Coach, handbags by Dooney & Bourke and Makowsky. You'll find Ann Taylor and Talbot's at knock-your-socks-off prices. Seven and Free People jeans for teens and adults. Head to the back of the store for "lower than Filene's Basement" prices on evening wear. The deep navy velvet gown with scoop neck of sequins and a swag-drape back for $45 will have you wanting opera tickets. The jewelry case sparkles. For more information call (603) 644-4999.

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