How many times do we hear, “There are just not enough hours in a day!” Who isn’t busy? It’s the way life is and most of us don’t want it any other way. However, we do want our homes to offer the calming, soothing sanctuaries we need to recharge. Let’s take a few clues from some Great Danes …they know how to do this!
3 NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS WITH A PROVEN RECORD FOR SUCCESS!
How do I choose the right shade of white?
Designers have always had a love affair with the colors of “white”. Colors so soft they almost melt on the walls. Colors that look like they feel like velvet and like we could dip our fingers straight thru them. The creamier the better. Colors that stay true day or night.
But man…finding just the right white is a bear isn’t it? We have to laugh when we read about the “signature white” of any certain designer and clients want to use “only” that color. Or when a paint manufacturer calls a paint “Decorator White” and then sells it to everyone without a clue what their home looks like. Really? And if you do venture past the recommendation of the paint guy…how many little swatches of “white” are there at any given paint store? If it was easy to pick the very best, perfect white for your home you’d never need us!
Of course not, well maybe some days, well ok yes I can think of several times something happened I wasn’t expecting. Our day to day lives are full of twists and turns where we have to make quick decisions we can feel confident with and move on. Yep, most days move along very nicely. Until it’s time to decide on purchasing an area rug.
9 ROOMS WHERE THE RIGHT AREA RUG CAN ADD AN IMPACT
We hunt for hours on the internet to find just the right place to sneak away and hide for a few days. An abode that romances us to be someone else, to recharge and dream. Places that allow us to live a little more simply yet in style. A few have enough courage to be a little less like the norm and live like this every day. They have mastered the art of minimalism without even trying!
FAVORITE TOP ELECTRICS AND APPLIANCES WHEN PLANNING A NEW HOUSEHOLD
You’ve been through numerous conversations with each other discussing the important factors before getting married. Finances, religion, politics, child rearing and so on. But do you truly know each other? Is one of you a “gadget” collector?!
HOW TO INTRODUCE A COLOR YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT IN YOUR HOME
Remember when you were a kid, after sucking on a grape popsicle (they are the best), you stuck out your tongue and asked your brother, “Is my tongue purple?” Of course it was! You couldn’t see it, but you could feel it and knew it was good! It made you happy.
THE BIGGEST MISTAKE WE MAKE WHEN PLANNING STORAGE SYSTEMS
How many times a day do we all look at an area in our homes and think there must be a better way to “store our stuff”! We’ve tried so many different approaches and only end up bending, reaching and moving other things out of the way to get to what we need. Sound familiar?
(30) MUST HAVE ITEMS TO HAVE ON YOUR WEDDING GIFT REGISTRY
Wedding gifts originated from the notion of a bride price, or dowry, that was paid to the bride’s family. It usually included land, animals, money, and other forms of historical wealth. The first recorded dowry was exchangedin 3,000 B.C. From there, during the next several thousand years, evolved marriage and hope chests, key baskets and finally the registry. As long as people keep getting married we are going to need gift ideas. Do you need help with a wedding gift idea? Continue reading “Before You Say “I Do””→
TODAY’S TIPS FOR SETTING YOUR OUTDOOR DINING TABLES
The phrase al fresco is borrowed from Italian for “in the cool [air]”, although it is not in current use in that language in reference to dining outside. Instead, Italians use the phrases fuori or all’aperto. In Italian, the expression al fresco usually refers to spending time in jail. While you are letting this tidbit sink in…let’s talk about dishes!
CAN YOUR WEDDING DRESS REALLY INFLUENCE YOUR DECOR?
The popular TLC show, “Say Yes to the Dress”, goes behind-the-scenes at Kleinfeld’s bridal salon. The show reveals the challenges every staff member faces to make each bride utterly satisfied for the most important day of her life. You see the highs and lows each bride goes through to find her perfect wedding dress.