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Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Adding Orange to Your Fall Color Palate

Adding Orange to Your Fall Color Palate

Nothing says fall better to me than the color orange. A nice shade of burnt orange makes me think of spiced tea, plaid, and [someone else] raking leaves. Fall officially arrived on Saturday. I have yet to see pumpkins on front porches, but here are some fun ways to add a pop of orange in your home to beckon in the season. Some ideas are short-term and easy to do, others fall into the category of home renovation. First, the easy ways to add orange to your color palate. Plant some mums. Spray paint an otherwise boring grey filing cabinet or piece of furniture. Favor some bright orange dishware. Toss some vivid orange pillows on the sofa. If you know how to knit (or want to learn), you can make a simple basketweave blanket for the end of the bed (knit a set number of stitches, purl the same number; reverse on other side). Or you can knit a simple wreath with a contrasting band of orange. For some...

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Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Del Ray’s Kaleidoscopic Doors

Del Ray’s Kaleidoscopic Doors

If you’re looking for inspiration for a new front door color, well, look no farther than your own neighborhood. There are so many colorful options to chose from in Del Ray, each creating a cheerful entrance to your home. The color of your door also has deeper meaning in the world of Feng Shui. A red front door means welcome so it’s not surprising you’ll see a lot of red hues around the neighborhood, including these in cherry and pumpkin.    Just as the concept of “going green” evokes a sense peace and care for natural elements, green doors symbolize peacefulness, harmony and renewal. The yellowish tint to the chartreuse door on the left adds a hint of wisdom and whimsy.    Like flowing water or a bright sky, blue suggests abundance and a rich purple symbolizes positive energy and new opportunities.    I don’t know many people who want their home to look exactly like their neighbor’s, but when you live in the world of the boxy brick rowhouse, it’s hard to stand apart....

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 | 5 comments

A Bold Blue to Tie It All Together

A Bold Blue to Tie It All Together

There is definitely a mixture of stuff in my house — hand-me-downs, thrift/antique store finds, IKEA and Crate and Barrel purchases, craft projects, a few things found in the garbage, lots of kid toys. That sounds like the perfect recipe for a cool, eclectic look, but I have a hard time pulling it off. Recently, this room has really gotten me down. Even when there aren’t toys scattered everywhere, it just doesn’t feel right. It needs something to bring it all together. I didn’t want to get rid of any of my stuff (I love it all and each piece has a story), so I decided paint was my best option. Afterall, HGTV is always telling me the easiest way to transform a room is through paint. I must listen to my mentors. But my paint track record is not good. The room has been painted three times in seven years — first mustard (which lasted four years), then two shades of beige painted within a week of each other (I’m still getting slack...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 | 1 comment

Organization Inspiration from the Color Wheel

Organization Inspiration from the Color Wheel

Melvil Dewey would certainly not be proud, but we sure are: check out how local resident Liz Cherry organized the books in her home by color. Here’s how Liz tackled this project: “When I set it all up, I separated all our books according to color and then added them to the shelves starting with red. I try to leave space between each color so when I have a new book to add I can slot it in. That said it’s definitely more of a pain to add in the red, orange and yellow books! I keep white and black at the end because so many books come in white and black. It’s much easier to add a new book to the shelf when it’s at the end of the color spectrum, but I do get excited when we get a book in a bright shade of green or purple.” Liz keeps her three-year-old son’s books on the bottom shelf. For easy access and the sake of her own...

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