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Design & Decorate

Letter from the Editor

April 11, 2016

Welcome to LiveAbode™. I am excited to bring you this one-of-a-kind design resource full of amazing inspiration, tips and trends for the exterior of your home.

Creating powerful combinations through color and textures has always led me toward design. My career started in the fashion industry, creating floor sets, window displays and visual merchandising, but when I became a homeowner I saw there was a true need for exterior design. While I could find plenty of resources for interior design, I craved information on trends and styles to enhance the outside of my house, too.

That’s where LiveAbode comes in—a comprehensive guide for all things exterior design. It’s the one resource where you can read about everything to do with the outside of your home, giving you the latest news, tips, trends and styles all in one easy, accessible place.

Because who says design has to stay behind closed doors? Why not share your personality with the world? It doesn’t have to be flashy; it can be sophisticated, too. Whatever your style, your home provides the canvas to do amazing things with a little or large budget.

With Spring almost sprung, let’s get outside and start with color—my favorite subject. Take a look at the 2016 Color Palette of the Year, which provides shades to mix and match to create fail-safe color combinations. Then take that palette and create a bold design. Our first article in a series of Build Bold design inspirations offers easy updates to make a stunning front entrance. We’ll also show you how to bring bold style to your deck and suggest some remodeling projects that will give you a great return on your investment.

Our LiveAbode team is always researching the latest design trends, but we want to hear from you, too.  What would you like to see? I look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome to LiveAbode!

Kriss Swint, Managing Editor