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With our upcoming winter season almost fully in bloom, I though it fitting to pay homage to the sight of our fair city when it gets dusted with the ever elusive white stuff… at night.  Total serenity.

Snow-Globe

Thanks for stopping by! ~mg

Best colors for 2013.

Color trends come and go, but if you’re looking for an update, these palettes will keep you in style and your home fashionable.

Color of the Moment

Emerald green simultaneously evokes a feeling of energy and the tranquility of nature, making it a diverse choice for Pantone’s Color of the Year. These nuances in the essence of green are relatable across the spectrum. The range in green hues are popular across the board with shades of chartreuse being a top pick.

Pantone Moroccan BlueFeeling Blue

Blue serves as the up-and-comer for 2013 and into 2014. The Mediterranean shade of Moroccan Blue is the color of choice. Complement it with ranging colors of blue for a look with depth. This will keep you on trend into the upcoming year as it is predicted Moroccan Blue will be the Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014.

Sunset Color Story

Pull from the sky to create this popular color combination of orange, pink, and red. The color of coral serves as the contributing factor to this theme’s success. Shy away from true oranges and true reds. Choose a shade between orange and pink to pick the perfect coral hue.

Grey Doesn’t Need to Be Gloomy

Grey isn’t new to the scene, but it has overcome it’s predecessor of beige. If you’re not ready for walls of bright and bold hues, grey can be used as the main color allowing you to take smaller risks with spots of color. If you live in an area with lengthy winters, shy away from grey with cool  undertones. Winter provides all the cool you need! Lean towards a grey/beige that still leaves you feeling warm.

If you’re questioning your color choices for an upcoming paint project or interior design update, you can’t go wrong with Emerald Green, Moroccan Blue, coral, or grey for 2013.

~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.