Holiday home decor made locally and helps local people
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Several weeks ago, House + Home featured a story previewing the annual Bunyaad Oriental rug sale at Ten Thousand Villages in Overland Park.

When I visited the store recently to pick up merchandise for this special holiday gift guide, I was greeted by store manager Kendra Fink, who grabbed me and gave me a hug.

After the story ran, the shop doubled the number of rugs sold this year to 49, she said. The sale of each one will allow the store to place another order next year with the family who made it.

Hearing that made my heart sing. It’s nice to know that so many people want to help their fellow man, and it told me I was on the right track when I chose the theme for this section.

Plenty of area shops carry holiday and all-season decor that directly affects the lives of the most vulnerable among us by funneling proceeds to nonprofit groups that provide training, fair wages, health benefits and other services for them.

The ring of the cash register sounds so much sweeter when you know that the beaded Nativity set you just bought will help African artisans expand their businesses. Or that proceeds from those whimsical cheese knives will pay for the education and medical treatment of artisans in India and their families.

Even that fancy bed that you bought online for your four-legged friend will help,…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

It’s possible to achieve a personal look that accommodates all your requirements. Here are handful of tricks and tips that can help.

* Color your world. Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your favorite interior spaces an instant facelift. Gray has become the must-have neutral, while pops of color add energy throughout any season. Place an accent color on a singular focal wall or add a border between the ceiling and the wall color for a subtle pop that adds timeless style and class.

* Look for products that return on your investment in multiple ways. Applause honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas can be a smart choice for millennials. An affordable way to achieve custom window treatments (Applause shades are made to measure), they are also energy efficient. The honeycomb construction traps air in pockets within the shade, helping keep cool air inside durin…………… continues on

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