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Kim Myles: Life, Style and Design

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Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: My style is all over the place! Dear Kim, My house is furnished with pieces from different stages of my and my husband's lives. There are pieces that seem classic and traditional and others that are modern and sleek, and some somewhere in between. What are things that I can do to bring all the pieces together so it seems like it's all one fluid idea? KIM MYLES: Well, you're in luck--mixing styles is one of the freshest approaches out there, and you've got all of the raw material you need. Creating fluidity is as simple as choosing the 'alpha' style; either modern or traditional needs to be dominant in the space for it to feel like a successful blend (think 70/30 split). Once you've chosen your direction, marry the two styles by unifying the rest of the space with pattern, color and texture. It's easy to rock disparate looks when the envelope they're presented in is cohesive. Read more: Need help selecting furniture for your space? Have a disagreement with your spouse on a color to paint your walls? Toddlers making your home look like a storm rolled through it and need help adjusting for their mess? Send your design question to webmaster@essence-online.com. Please keep the questions brief and as detailed as possible. Remember, the more information you offer, the more Kim will be able to help!
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