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Easy ways to keep your home from getting boring, via Yahoo Homes’ Flickr group

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(Photo credit: Tim Sidford, aka Sweetington on Flickr)

We promise we're not obsessed with Tim Sidford, aka Sweetington on Flickr. But he sent us a message mentioning this third version of a scene we've featured twice here on the blog already (all from Yahoo Homes' Flickr group; the other two are reproduced below), and it nicely illustrates a number of useful tips:

• Tweaking small sections of your home every so often, as he does (in this case the picture wall), is a smart, manageable way to keep from getting bored with your home. It doesn't take much time, and it doesn't take any money. You've got to love that.

• Change is good. No matter how perfect an arrangement is, eventually it will become so familiar that you hardly see it. Sidford says in his caption that he likes to rearrange his pictures every few months, sometimes trying them out in different rooms: "That way I keep noticing them."

• You can have balance without symmetry, and Sidford proves it, as one Flickr commenter notes.

• A well-curated wall becomes an artwork of its own -- more than the sum of its parts. Try laying out the arrangement on the floor first, as Sidford appears to have done here, to get a sense of how the pieces are working together.

• The right art helps, of course. Sidford says some of these pieces (we're guessing the large tree picture over the flowers, plus the two unframed pictures) are by Lynne Lamb, aka paintistworks on Flickr. The tree picture almost looks like a view out a window.

• Don't forget your sense of humor! The improbably tiny chair on the right is a smile-inducing touch. In one previous arrangement we featured on the blog, he used broccoli as a centerpiece, and in the other, he displayed miniature armoires that echoed the real-life armoire you see here.

•Don't fight or ignore immovable fixtures; work with them. The sconce on the wall almost seems part of the arrangement, and the candlesticks and flowers on the table help to offset its "weight."

How do you keep your home fresh and interesting? Do you move furniture around seasonally? We'd love to see pictures of your evolving home. Just click here to share images with Yahoo Homes' Flickr group.

(Photo credit: Tim Sidford, aka Sweetington on Flickr)

(Photo credit: Tim Sidford, aka Sweetington on Flickr)

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