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Decorating ideas that are nothing to sneeze at

No matter whether you’re updating the clothes in your closet or sprucing up your home décor, the objective is to showcase your personal style.

Award-winning designer and fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi knows all about style. This year he has partnered with the Kleenex brand to create an exclusive line of tissue boxes in honour of its 90th anniversary.

Check out his top tips this spring to give yourself a refreshed and stylish new look:

Key style elements for every home: Surround yourself with happy things. Bright colour always makes Mizrahi happy in his home, so decide what makes you happy in yours.

Small pops of style make a big impact. Colour can change the look and feel of a room instantly. A colourful rug, throw pillows, or a great painting can transform a room.

Marry style and function when decorating. Start by choosing things you love. If you aren’t sure about something, don’t buy it. Then, decide if it’s practical for your home.

Use colour and patterns effectively. Mizrahi loves mixing prints.

Don’t be afraid to take a risk, you might love the result. For example, I love mixing prints, my den is a mixture of floral and stripes.”

The best way to introduce colour and pattern is to start small.

Check out these simple and stylish ways to dress up any home:

Start from the ground up: A colourfully patterned rug instantly brightens any room. Work from that rug, whether complementing or contrasting it, for a balanced and complete look.

Keep it comfy: Both functional and stylish, throw pillows add a fun splash of colour to a room.

Stay artsy: A colourful painting can transform any room. Hang it above a fireplace, sofa, credenza/sideboard, or a bed to help create a focal point in a room.

Accessorize, accessorize: Accent pieces finish the look of a room. Add flowers, candles and even a Kleenex tissue box as a finishing touch

(Mizrahi’s contribution to the brand can be seen at

Love it before you buy it: Above all, choose things you love. “If you don’t love it, don’t buy it,” says Mizrahi “The best rule of thumb is to surround yourself with things that make you happy in your home.”


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