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March 2013

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Functional Kitchen DecorToday, the most gorgeous looks in a kitchen sometimes aren’t the most functional when it comes to your family’s needs.  The following is an article I found that I think is incredibly informative on the different types of surfaces used in today’s kitchens describing the pros and cons of each.  Sometimes, the most beautiful surface isn’t the right fit for you regarding durability or cost effectiveness.  A complimentary mix and match of materials can help you still achieve the look you want and gain the most bang for your buck!  Happy Reading! 

Your Guide to 15 Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials from houzz.comKitchen Counter Surfaces

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February 2013

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paint swatchesWell, Phil the Ground Hog did NOT see his shadow; therefore an early spring is predicted! Spring Catalogs are beginning to hit the doorstep with the anticipation of warmer weather and the SUN arriving!

Hopefully, we’ve turned the corner! This time of year is the time for planning for Spring! Outdoor projects, plantings, etc., it’s a perfect time to peruse the catalogs and plan. If you are staying in your home or thinking about selling, you definitely need to pay attention to your outdoor details. Your home needs to look just as inviting outside as it does inside. Less is more; it’s amazing how a fresh coat of colored paint on a front door, or a new bench cushion along with a pot of flowers can makeJunk in a drawer an inviting entrance to your home. Sparkling clean windows let the sun in and rid us of the grime of winter. Resealing your deck or driveway is just around the corner!

Bring in the spring season soon by planning color indoor! This year’s color is Emerald Green. A rich color that is vibrant and beautiful against the correct palate. Blues and teals are also fresh, crisp colors, a nice contrast to the winter blues.

I recommend bringing in color and texture through easy things to change: fabrics, accessories, or paint colors. Find your inspiration of color. Whether it’s a favorite painting or a glass bowl, your color palate depicts who you are; it’s your personality!

This month is also a continuation of cleaning out. On those gray days when the weather is either rainy or snowy and you have watched enough television, tackle one room or one closet at a time, making arrangements for the items to be picked up or boxed up and dropped off.  If you have a room in your home that is storage and you haven’t used anything in it for a year, chances are you don’t need it.  Even if it’s an annual clean out your “Junk Drawer”.  Everyone has one, but it’s a great feeling to have it organized, even if it’s just for a little while.

What about that pantry? It’s time to clean that out as well. Check your spices. There are expiration dates, and if you are like me, you think they last forever, NOT! Definitely a different taste with fresh spices! 

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A simple solution when the weather starts to warm up is to change out your bedding. My Grandmother use to have bedding for winter and summer and changed it on a regular basis. These do not have to be expensive, as it will add years to your bedding switching. It also puts you in a habit of cleaning the bedding. Another tip that a friend of mine taught me is to flip the mattresses when the time changes. You know, Spring Forward, Fall Back. She had her mattresses numbered so you knew which way to flip them, top to bottom and which side. It’s not something I ever thought of doing on a consistent basis, but it does help prolong the life of your mattress and it’s a great memory of her.

So, let’s get cracking! We will be outside enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather sooner than we realize!

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