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Miller Paint is sponsoring two Color & Design Tours at this years NW Natural Parade of Homes in Vancouver. One is tomorrow at 11am and the other is the 17th at 5:30pm. Participants will receive a goodie bag with a discount coupon and a Miller Paint anniversary mug. If looking to do some redecorating this fall/winter and you’re interested click on the picture below to reserve your spot!

NW Nat Parade of Homes

~mg

 

Painting Wood Can Dramatically Update a Room

It has been four years since Kristie Barnett, an expert in residential paint color, staging, and decoration, examined why men fear painting wood.

Since then, guys’ attitudes about painting wood hasn’t changed much. Every day paint salespeople hear, “my husband doesn’t like painted wood,” or “why did we put in oak trim if we’re just going to paint it?”

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If you are on the fence about painting wood, the before and after images in this article from The Decorologist might make you change your mind. At the very least, this read is good for a laugh.

Just maybe, this will be the year that you take a fresh coat of paint to that wood-like material in your basement or dated 1970s wood furniture.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

 

Top Decorating/Design Books of 2014

Get ready to be inspired. We’re bringing you our favorite decorating books of the year just in time for the holidays. These books are full of creative ideas that are both attainable and affordable. We hope these books make your shopping list this holiday season!

The Best Decorating Books of the Year

A Woman’s Shed: Spaces for women to create, write, make, grow, think, and escape

by Gill Henz

Artist Gill Henz explores writing spaces, art studios, hideaways, and places of solitude in this perfectly designed book that features sheds of the many women she interviewed.

a womans shed

Amazon

 

The Urban House: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces for City Living

by Ron Broadhurst

An inspirational guide for city slickers and interior design fanatics. The New York Times calls this a “sensory splash of 25 pristine dwellings in cities around the world.” Ron Broadhurst created this essential book that invites us into the homes of some of the most sensational design influencers.

Amazon

Amazon

Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot

by House Beautiful

This books explores how to transform small spaces into something grand – whether a small home, condo or apartment. Beautiful photography showcases different style of home décor, including a Palm Beach maisonette, a Brooklyn bachelor pad, a New York City studio, and an Upstate New York cottage.

Amazon

Amazon

Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design

by Misha de Potestad and Patrice Pascal

This volume illustrates the functional aesthetic of the 1900s during the second industrial revolution. Seating, tables, lighting, curiosities and storage are featured in five chapters that explain the major designs and innovations from the time period.

Amazon

Amazon

Design Bloggers at Home

by Ellie Tennant

Experience the online community of style influencers and trend-setters in this book that is full of unique styling ideas and awe-inspiring homes. This book is filled to the brim with easy do-it-yourself ideas with a bonus chapter on how to create your very own design blog.

Amazon

Amazon

Sarah Style
by Sarah Richardson

The host of HGTV’s Sarah 101 and Sarah’s House give us a look at home decorating through full-page design spreads. The designer shows each room while offering home improvement ideas and solutions. Many styles, including classic, modern and country are introduced.

Amazon

Amazon

Country Style: Home Décor and Rustic Crafts from Chandeliers to Coffee Tables, Bedcovers to Bulletin Boards

by Anna Örnberg

If you love bohemian and industrial styles, you’ll love this book. Packed with projects to liven your home with antique decor, vintage art, bed covers, wallpaper, and more.

Amazon

Amazon

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

Sounds like something we could all use right? Less stress…

Here a some quick tips for decorating this holiday season.

Elegant Holiday Table -

Elegant Holiday Table -

I want my Yuletide outlook to be “Joy to the World.” Unfortunately, most days I feel more like “Mommy got run over by a reindeer.” This time of year is so busy and full of to-dos and parties and shopping and hosting and baking, it can be overwhelming. I have to intentionally remind myself that these are all fun things and should not be a cause of stress. When it comes to decorating my home for the holidays, I want it to be an activity that is fun and joyful. Here are some ideas on how you can make decorating for the holidays a fun activity rather than just another “to do.”

Alter Expectations
First off, there is only one Martha Stewart, and you are not her. I am not her. Only Martha can be Martha—so why do we kill ourselves aiming for perfection? Instead, let’s look at our life and be realistic. If you have young children, a crazy job, a health struggle, a sick parent—whatever your current life issue, acknowledge it and adjust your expectations. For example, if you have a toddler (or kitten or puppy), you simply cannot have a tree that is decorated with exquisitely gorgeous breakable ornaments, because those ornaments will all end up trashed. Let’s all give ourselves a moment and choose to skip decorations that simply do not mesh with our current life stage.

Prioritize
Since we’re going to skip certain decorating tasks, next up is prioritizing. Think about the decorating that really matters to you. Is it the tree? Focus on that. Will you be traveling out-of-town on Christmas and your tree will die? Spend your time decorating elsewhere in the home. Or decorate the two rooms in your home where you spend the most time (family room and kitchen, for example) and skip the rest.

Get Help
Shared hands make light work—so find extra hands to help you. Even if your spouse, sibling, parent or friend is also not named Martha, enlist them to help you. Crack open a nice bottle of wine, make some sipping chocolate or buy some local craft beer, put on holiday tunes and make the decorating more fun with some social time.

Remove Obstacles
Don’t try to decorate your home on a Thursday night when you’re supposed to take Susie to hockey, Johnny to Scouts and you have a board meeting. You’ll drive yourself nuts! Wait until you have a nice chunk of time set aside, put the kids to bed if they’re small and remove pets if necessary to reduce stress.

“Good Enough” is Good Enough
Again – is your name Martha? Is your last name Stewart? If not, remember that good enough is good enough. We all know (and tend to ignore) that the holidays are not about stuff. This time of year is about fun, family, friends, faith, and the wonders of life. Skip what causes you stress—so that you can focus on the joy.

 

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

What makes a good home office? If you are one of the thousands working from home and you would like to spice it up, turn your home into a work-friendly environment with these tips.

  • Feeling blue. Blue is associated with the title of being the most productive color. Known to evoke mental clarity, blue will bring a sense of calmness while keeping your mood light. Blue is the perfect non-stimulating, relaxing color that is required to help you maintain focus during highly demanding projects

People tend to be more productive in a blue room

  • Orange goodness. Orange accents may be distracting for jobs requiring intense concentration, but is an asset for creative fields. Orange inspires enthusiasm and creativity, keeping you motivated during the day. Paint an accent wall with this vibrant hue or use orange office accessories to boost your mood.

Inspire creativity with orange

  • Mother Nature. Breathe easy with an office plant. These natural air purifiers bring a touch of the outdoors to your secluded space.
  • Let there be light. In a home office, you have the power to choose different light sources rather than glaring fluorescent. Take advantage of natural light when you can, but choose lamps with soft bulbs when that is not available. Be aware of monitor placement in regards to windows in order to avoid glare.
  • Keep it personal. Bring in elements that make you happy. Family photographs, your favorite books, travel souvenirs, are all welcome. Create a space that feels part of your home, not separate.

Keep yourself motivated and happy with these home office tips. This is your home, you have the option to personalize the room to suit your comfort and needs.

 

What tips do you have to create a welcome home office environment?

 

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

 

 

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Via-Kate Smith of Sensational Color on Pinterest

 

Sometimes using colors that you may not consider to be very “you”, can bring out a side of you that you didn’t know existed! Try something different, like color on your ceiling! Bold wallpaper! Painted designs on an accent wall of geometry or filigree!

So paint outside the box… or paint like there IS no box!  And have fun with it!

~mg

If you have a basic item in your home that is still in good condition such as a carpet or sofa and you can’t afford to replace it here are some suggestions on how to update your color scheme.
You can approach this dilemma by finding a pattern that has your current color in it and has new colors alongside it in that pattern. Taking those new colors you can introduce a new wall color or accent items such as pillows.
Let’s say you have a blue sofa in good condition.

Add a pattern with the blue and several other colors in it.

Now you have several colors to use in the new color scheme.

You can also use a new piece of art to create a color scheme. In this illustration we are using a red chair as our starting point.

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Shown here is artwork with the current red and new colors.

New accent colors can include the following hues and white or light blue could be a good wall color to show them off!

This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

~mg

 

 

 

Scuffs, chips, and nicks – quick fixes to get your home ready for guests

December 12th, 2012 |  Author: ColorGuild

How is it that scuffs, chips and nicks can stay hidden, completely invisible to the naked eye, until you decide to have guests over? As soon as the RSVP’s start showing up so do all of those imperfections; the scratch on the coffee table, the nick in the banister, all of those scuffs on the kitchen floor. If you’re looking to take care of these tiny little eyesores before holiday guests arrive, here are some quick fixes that will leave your home scuff, chip and nick free!

 

Cleaning scuffs off of linoleum floors

Wash away scuff marks by rubbing them with a sponge or soft brush (nothing abrasive) and a solution of dishwashing detergent and water. You can also rub a pencil eraser over scuff marks to make them disappear.

 

Removing scratches from wooden surfaces

For scratches that have penetrated beyond the finish, try rubbing a pecan or walnut gently across the surface of the scratch. You’ll fill the wood naturally, quickly and cleanly – and the natural oils in the nut will ensure that it lasts.

 

Make water rings disappear

White rings, caused when water vapor penetrates into a finish, can be removed by wiping them gently with a cloth barely dampened with denatured alcohol. Go light on the denatured alcohol though, too much can actually dull the finish on your wooden surface.

 

Unstick that sticky drawer

Drawers that stick can often be remedied with wax. Rub an old candle along the runners and the guides inside the table or cabinet.

 

 

 

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

 

 

Author: ColorGuild

As a child, Halloween meant candy, dressing up in costume and staying up past my bedtime to go Trick-or-Treating. But now, as an adult, it’s the rich history of the holiday that fascinates me. Halloween originate in a time of superstition, magic, reverence for the dead and Celtic tradition – elements that have come together to create hauntingly beautiful holiday from which to draw design inspiration!

 

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

 

History tells us that to commemorate the event, the Celts wore costumes and the unbleached beeswax candles used in the various ceremonies of the festival were orange in color, while the ceremonial caskets were covered in black cloths.

 

Over time, the holiday evolved and spread throughout the world. It has become more commonly associated with things like Jack-O-Lanterns, bags of candy and scary costumes but you can still see elements of the holiday’s origins in modern decor. From the use of orange and black to the dark and mysterious aesthetic, here are some of our favorite  Halloween-inspired rooms.

Apartment Therapy

Elle decor

Coto sud

Ciolino House by Greg Natale

http://www.gregnatale.com/index.php?id=3&gid=68#68

~Melanie Gibbs via Color Guild

 

Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown.

Our dads do a lot for us – and they deserve to be honored on Father’s Day and everyday! If your dad is the type who would appreciate a great “man cave” retreat this Father’s Day, you’ve come to the right place!

Man Caves, on DIY Network, offers these tips for getting started on your man cave:

  • Pick an object (pool table, jukebox, picture) that you like and will make part of the room as your inspiration in choosing the overall look and color of your man cave.
  • Make a list of all the materials you will need to accomplish the build. If you’re working with a budget, make sure to leave yourself a 10-15% allowance for miscellaneous or unforeseen costs.
  • If your build requires plumbing, electrical or HVAC work, contact licensed professionals for their input or services. Don’t tackle something you’re not comfortable with.
  • Ask friends and family to help with the build. Try to get people with some building skills so that they might help you direct your plan of attack.

Whether you have a large space or a small space to devote to a man cave, one of the first things you’ll want to do is get a fresh coat of paint on the walls. This will give you the perfect backdrop for your man cave theme, be it sports, hunting, fishing, music or cars!

Please Note:

This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.  Visit www.colorguild.com for more information.