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March 21, 2013

Spring cleaning with all the fixin's


How are the floors? Is it time for new carpet?

Sometimes replacing the carpet in the most-used room is all you need. Carpeting isn’t cheap, so a thought might be to replace the most-used room’s carpet first with the plan of replacing other rooms in a year or so. If you have wood, tile or marble flooring, getting a professional company to refurbish is a good idea.

Sometimes furniture needs to be reupholstered, other times buying new is better.

Reupholstering is a good choice if the furniture you have is of good quality, you like it very much and it is comfortable. But buying new is another good choice, too, because reupholstering can be as expensive as buying new. Weigh the difference and decide: new or reupholstered.

Appliances are another spring-cleaning issue.

Energy-saving appliances are available everywhere, so evaluate what you have and replace any inefficient appliances you own with new energy-efficient models.

(Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.” For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at

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