Pantone's Color of the Year!

Pantone's Color of the Year!
"Living Coral"

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Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a passion for decorating! And, as a decorator and home stager who's helped many people transform their homes, I wanted to share my ideas and tips with others. Enjoy! My company's motto is: "Home Staging for Selling or Staying!"




Saturday, January 5, 2019

In Living Coral

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Pantone has announced the 2019 Color of the Year, and it is Living Coral. Pantone 16-1546 is a vivid, warmly saturated shade between pink and orange. While 2018 color of the year Ultra Violet focused on spiritual connections, the new color for 2019 definitely has a natural vibe.

The color experts at Pantone say “the shade communicates a vibe that embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE living coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

Pantone looks at a lot of different elements and influences to pick the color of the year, this year Nature was one of the leading elements in their choice. It is hard to not picture coral reefs and sunsets over blue waters when looking at this color. This color is vibrant, but also mellow, and really symbolizes the connection to the environment.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone color institute commented, 
“The annual announcement of color of the year seeks to provide strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone color institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands. Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral.  With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial, Pantone's Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

This year Pantone has created five different color palettes that feature Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral to help you bring this year’s color into your designs and illustrate the dynamic nature of this color within various combinations. You can see the color palettes here https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019-palette-exploration. By far my favorite of these palettes is Under the Sea. The colors in this palette call to mind the colors of the ocean and sea life.



Happy New Year and Happy Decorating!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Deck the Halls

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This past year my family room went through a major renovation. Furniture, colors, décor style and layout all changed. This left my Christmas Decorating up in the air since my first tree as a new family my tree has been decked in reds and gold. The decorations I have accumulated over the last 21 years are all traditional and worked with red and gold color scheme. Now my family room is a rustic modern space now with accents of teal and other shades of blue. The red and gold ornaments seemed too bright and lively for my calm relaxed room.

I found some great decorations for my rustic/ modern space, but if your struggling to match your Holiday Decorations with design style her are some tips:


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Rustic: 
The Rustic style is appealing because it has a connection to the past. Because of the natural overtones, rustic rooms often feel like an extension of the outdoors. Rustic style has unpretentious roots, organic textures and shapes, warm colors. It blends really well with the industrial style, both using metal, wood and other natural elements.

Rustic décor items are really trending at the moment, so this is probably the easiest style to decorate for. For this design you want to highlight natural elements and themes. Burlap, evergreen clippings and pinecones are the perfect accents for all your decorating needs. The rustic theme works well with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. The red truck delivering a Christmas tree is popular in décor this year.

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Coastal: 
Inspired by the ocean, coastal style evokes a light and breezy feel. Coastal style blurs the lines between indoors and out. Plenty of light, light colors, pale neutrals and natural materials. Although it is tempting to grab every beach themed item out there, go with more simple pieces that evoke the feel of the beach without hitting people over the head.

Dreamy blues and whites are the perfect color to decorate your Christmas tree, accent with silver pieces to give it a little sparkle. And bonus starfish are the perfect shape for the season.


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Traditional:
Traditional furnishings can hail from 18th century England, the French countryside or even India and the far east. From antique furnishings to floral fabrics, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap as fussy and out dated. The design style is all about comfort and familiarity. This style is characterized by soft edges, rich wood finishes and mid tone color palette.

The traditional Christmas decorations follow the same rules, the rich reds and vibrant greens that are associated with Christmas blend well with this style. Wrought Iron lanterns make great centerpieces or outdoor decorations.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sell Your House - Even During the Holidays!

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It’s that time of the year when we open up our houses to family and friends. Our calendars are packed, and our budgets are strained. But the Holidays don’t have to mean that you can’t put your house on the market.

Typically, there are fewer house hunters during the holidays, but the ones you get tend to be more motivated. Here are some ways to make your home appealing to those Holiday Buyers:

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1. Stage First: The most obvious first step to having an appealing home is to get it staged prior to decorating. Having a stager come in to create a warm and welcoming environment will create the perfect start to your Holiday Home. A stager can transform your home and make the best use of the space by de-cluttering and rearranging furniture.

2. Pick the perfect tree (or not): A Christmas tree in the right space can really show off a room, but in smaller spaces it might be better to skip it. You do not want to eat up precious floor space with a large tree. I know in my home I am always moving furniture to fit my tree and sometimes it can create a cramped space.

3. Decorate for your Décor: It is important to keep your space and your design style in mind when decorating your home. Having a cohesive design will help to accentuate your homes features. If you have a traditional style, then going with the classic red and green elements will work well. In a modern space, sleek white and cooler tones would be better.

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4. Keep it Neutral:  It is important to decorate your home to appeal to a variety of different people. You can do this with color, or seasonal accents, but it is important to keep religion out of it.

5. Lights: Don’t go overboard with the lights when decorating your home. Using white lights is better than using colored lights, the whites will give your home a simple, classic look. It is important that when decorating with lights to keep in mind the overall look. Make sure to hide extension cords or hooks.

6. De-Personalize: The number one rule for staging is to de-personalize, the same goes for decorating for the Holidays. Box up the greeting cards and the heirloom ornaments. It is also important to not overload the bottom of the tree with presents, keep it simple and uncluttered.    

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