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Published: Thursday, 9/17/2009

Designing the Home of Your Dreams, California-Style


(NewsUSA) - Each year, many proud homeowners set out to increase the "dream" appeal of their homes -- a task that can be made easier and more exciting with inspiration from the annual HGTV Dream Home. The 2009 home, located in beautiful Sonoma, Calif., is full of ideas that can help you amp up the dream quotient of your existing home. Investing time and love in your home can prove to be a rewarding experience whether you're dreaming of a wine-country Victorian home, a Manhattan high-rise or an inviting log cabin. Here are a few tips:

When choosing a color palette for your home, look at the colors in your area. Do you live in a desert or by the beach? Using color to connect your home to the outside environment will create a more natural feel.

Identify the strengths of your home, then play them up. If you see natural focal points, make them pop with eye-catching art.

Consider how you will use your home. Plan spaces where you can have fun with family and friends along with secluded places in which to relax.

If you have a home office, and clients visit often, consider creating a separate entrance to maintain privacy in your home.

Think about things you really love and are passionate about and include them in your home. Find a space for what makes you happy.

Use your rooms. If you never use the formal dining room, turn it into an art studio or office so you can enjoy all of your home.

Give yourself the luxury of a fabulous master bedroom. This is the ultimate dream, and you can find inspiration on air and online at HGTV.

Linda Woodrum has served as HGTV's Dream Home designer for the past 12 years.

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