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In her new book, Invest in Your Nest: Add Style, Comfort and Value to Your Home (Rodale, $19.95), lifestyle maven Barbara K offers this advice for homeowners: "Keep in mind that the latest design trends are expensive and may not have lasting value. The red stove, glass sink or checkerboard mahogany floor may look stylish now but could look outdated in just a few years. Neutral colors ... and classic silhouettes ... stand the test of time. You can change the decor by changing the accessories that surround the basics for a look that's always fresh."

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