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Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and published in The Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, and Elan. She writes a regular design column for Viva Tysons, and has a blog where she shares her interior decorating insights, DreamDesignLive.com .

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the South with the flair of the big city.

National Window Covering Safety Month: Baby Proof Your Windows

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also Window Covering Safety Month! Blinds and shades with cords can be dangerous to children.  The Window Covering Safety Council, a group of major U.S. manufacturers, importers, and retailers of window coverings, provides education about window cord safety.  Check out their website for up-to-date information and advice: http://www.windowcoverings.org/safety_design_tips.html

Because young children can become entangled in window cords that are within their reach, the Safety Council urges parents and caregivers to follow these safety rules:

  • Keep cribs and beds away from windows
  • Make sure all window treatment cords are short enough to be out of the reach of children
  • Securely anchor all continuous loop cords to the wall or window frame
  • Repair blinds and shades manufactured before 2001 with “retrofit cord repair devices,” or replace them with today’s safer products
  • Opt for cordless treatments in children’s bedrooms and play areas

Using safety in window coverings will help protect your pets, as well. Educate yourself and protect your family.

With Love & Inspiration,


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