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The Design File is the online representation of the shoebox I've long kept in a closet, stuffed full of paint chips, fabric swatches and magazine photos of rooms, furnishings and ideas I love.

But here, I try not only to feature the unattainable (although there is a little of that) but also the affordable, the inspirational and the fun.

And I aim to provide readers with the kind of advice I'm always seeking: How do you choose the right wall color? How do you mix modern and traditional styles of furniture? How much color is too much?

Finally, I want to bring a Central Indiana focus to some of my posts, including interviews with area designers, features of local shops and information about events throughout the region.

If you like what you see, please subscribe by email or in a reader with the links on the front page. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Don't hesitate to tell me what you think!

Please note: I have tried in all cases to obtain permission to post photos of rooms, homes and products. However, if you see something on this blog that you believe should be removed, please contact me right away at

Also, I do accept advertising for the blog. You will always know from whom I am receiving or may receive compensation because the companies will be represented by ads in the left column of the blog and along the bottom.

I do not accept any compensation for writing about or endorsing a product or retailer. Occasionally, a company may send a product or a sample, but I will always disclose this in a post. And rest assured, my opinions are always my own.

All recommendations I make are based on my own judgment about an item, retailer or service - never on any advertising or compensation. Please see my disclosure policy at left for more information.

If you have questions, please contact me.

Thanks for reading!

-Lesley Weidenbener

Profile photo by Andrew J. Johnston.