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Don't mount your TV too high. Here's an easy guide: The bottom should be at eye level when you're sitting, the top at eye level when you're standing.
-Danny Lipford, home expert
Get the feel of an expensive pillow from any bargain pillow cover when you swap the foam insert for a down one. (You can find them for as little as $6 for a 12-inch square.)
-Michael Walters, stylist
One of my favorite tricks is to prime one wall with multiple coats of Rust-Oleum's magnetic primer ($22 per quart), then paint over it with whatever color you like. It turns the wall into a message center or gallery for kid's artwork without the visual clutter or multiple nail holes.
-Patrice Bevans, designer
To discourage clutter, adopt this rule: If you carry it in, you carry it out. Items left out at the end of the night go into the "penalty box." To retrieve them, you have to pay the penalty, such as doing a dreaded household chore.
-Donna Smith, author of A to Z Storage Solutions
Arrange furniture for conversation. Put pieces at cozy right angles close enough so people can talk, not just blow kisses across the room.
-Elaine Griffin, designer
The size of TV your room can accommodate depends on how far you sit from it. The distance between you and the screen should be equal to two or three times the diagonal screen size. If you're between two screen sizes, go with the larger one.
Stash remotes (plus coasters, napkins, lip balm, and other necessities) in an attractive box. Bonus: You'll always know where to find the remote.
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