March 28, 2016

Spring Cleaning Your Home in 5 Steps

As the seasons begin to change, so does your cleaning style. Spring cleaning is when someone deep cleans their house or a room, typically undertaken in spring.  It’s important to take part of a spring cleaning ritual to remove allergens, germs and bacteria from the home so you can feel healthier, especially at the height of allergy season. But, spring cleaning doesn’t only make you feel better it can also reduce stress, increase productivity and help the brain to focus on more important things than the clutter and dirt lingering around the home. Here are five areas of the home you should add to cleaning routine to improve those surrounding your body and mind. Spring Cleaning Tip # 1: Wipe Down Walls You may not notice with the naked eye, but the walls providing you shelter usually hold a ton of dirt on them. What’s in the air is also on the walls […]
March 26, 2016

How to Pair Spring Flowers With 2016 Pantone Colors

This year was the first year Pantone named two colors of the year instead of one — rose quartz and serenity. They’re softer tones than in years past and are meant to channel mindfulness and well-being. For their Spring 2016 palette, they added eight more colors, both vibrant and subtle, to create a balanced combination that aims to transcend cultural and gender norms and signify both excitement and stability. These colors are great inspiration to use when sprucing up your home. The vibrant colors like fiesta and buttercup would work great for statement pieces to brighten up a space, while the softer hues are good for complementing existing design elements.  When integrating colors into decor, many follow the 60-30-10 rule where 60% of the room is a dominant color, 30% is a secondary color, and 10% is an accent color. This helps to tie together both neutral and bright colors, […]
March 24, 2016

Refresh Home Decor This Spring

Spring has sprung, which can only mean it’s time to refresh your home decor this spring by brightening up your home with fresh flowers, welcoming spring colors and whimsical Easter-themed touches. Once you’ve done a clean sweep of your home before guests arrive, it’s time to infuse new decor into your entertaining spaces. You can of course refresh your home decor in two ways. First, shop your home to use items you already have. Try placing the items in a new arrangement or location in a room. You can also get creative and use the item in a new or unusual way. The second way you can refresh your home decor is by purchasing some new pieces from your favorite home decor shop. Many of the items that you’ll see in this post are from Pier 1 Imports. Welcome Guests Into Your Home Start at the curb by incorporating spring into […]
March 14, 2016

5 Trends Displayed at International Home + Housewares Show

More than 2,100 exhibitors at the International Home & Housewares Show, were on display in Chicago at McCormick Place Exposition Center last weekend to show off their products. Some were popular staples in the home, while others were innovative and brand spanking new to the industry.  No matter where you were on the product spectrum old, new, cooking, cleaning, organizing or decor we definitely spotted some common trends. Here are five trends to look for when it comes to purchasing your next home product. Make a Sparkling Statement Everywhere you turned the common household products were going glam. Mixed metal, especially rose gold and copper are being used on pots and pans, a fondue set, dinnerware, office supplies, even picture frames.   An old staple, turns a new leaf! Check out Correlle Market Street NY new designs. This office set is by Three by Three These photo frames in geometric shapes are by […]
March 10, 2016

Scare-Free Neutrals: Staging a Home with Contemporary Design that will Entice Buyers

Most people in the market for a new home with a contemporary design style are looking for a space that is both homey and inviting. Buyers are typically not interested in a home that is cluttered, disorganized or represents an abundance of the previous homeowner’s aesthetic. Typically, buyers seek a well decorated home which offers a clean slate for their own lifestyle and accompanying furnishings, décor and artwork. Staging a home with modern flair that won’t scare off buyers can feel like a challenge, but in reality, it’s simply a matter of employing a few tactics for beautifying without cluttering or personalizing. A neutral palette (with a little panache) allows buyers to envision their future in a home. Here are a few ways to incorporate modern décor that won’t garner disapproval from buyers who might be drawn to a different aesthetic.   Contemporary Design Idea #1: Pops of Color While interested […]