Archive | December, 2015

5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

30 Dec

Now that it’s Winter, we are all indoors more often than not. We need to think about keeping our indoor air clean, which can be hard to do in colder climates. According to NASA, there are several houseplants that are superstars at
cleaning the air and putting oxygen back into your indoor atmosphere. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system.”
There are five plants that are relatively easy to care for, do not need a lot of light or water and are the best air cleaners, according to the NASA study.

1. Peace Lily- a relatively easy plant. It will work in low light situations and needs very little water.
2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum- usually associated with being outdoors in the
garden, this plant is a work horse when it comes to cleaning indoor air.PeaceLilyChrysanthemum

These first two plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene
and toluene as well as ammonia.

 

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3. English Ivy- again a plant that can thrive even if neglected.Snake_plant

 

4. Snake Plant- also known as “mother-in-law tongue” because of its sharp edges, it can withstand low light and a bit of neglect. Just check its water once in a while, in winter it may only need water once every other month!

 

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5. Red Edged Dracena- again can stand lower light levels, but may need to be fertilized a couple times a month during growing periods.

These last three remove all the toxins that the first two remove, except for the ammonia.

 

So whether you need to clean up the air in your home or your office, these are just five of the plants NASA recommends in helping prevent “sick building syndrome.”  There is a TED talk related to this clean air study that is really interesting.

Here’s to your health!

 

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To The Dark Side?

23 Dec

With all the hype surrounding Star Wars, we thought we’d have a little fun with it so…

Follow Us To The Dark Side….

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Dark colors have a bad reputation in general, and are rarely used in abundance in most homes. Let’s try to change that by pointing out the myths about using dark colors in interior design.
There is a myth that painting wall in a dark color makes a room look smaller, but that’s not always the case. When it comes to windows, size does matter; if a room has plenty of light coming in through the windows, using dark colored paint or wallpaper on the walls, with dark colored furniture can work just fine. Even if the windows are small and don’t let as much light needed to illuminate the décor, using more lighting in the space will fix the problem. Also depending on the shape of a room, some dark colors can give the illusion of depth, especially if we add sheen or add lacquer to walls.
DarkSide1Another myth states that a room that uses all dark colors will only feel depressing. We would have to disagree. If that was true, you wouldn’t see so many designers resorting to using dark colored walls as we’ve been seeing lately. There are so many interesting effects dark colors can add to a room; they add an elegance and luxurious touch, as well as being able to make a room look magically dramatic and mysterious.
But just in case, here are more helpful tips to master the “dark side” design. Choosing glossy, or lacquered dark paint on the walls instead of matte colors will make them look more interesting. If wallpaper is what you’d rather choose, pick glossy wallpapers, glittery ones, or a wallpaper with a 3d effect. Another helpful tip when using dark colors in a room is to add mirrors, lots of mirrors if possible, to minimize the “cave effect” associated with dark rooms.
So now you see, the dark side isn’t that scary after all.

 

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Calming Colors Can Change The Mood Of Your Home.

16 Dec

CalmingColors1These subtle hues will help you relax and de-stress.

The colors you choose to decorate your home add to its beauty and style, but did you ever think about how they can affect your mood and level of stress? Color is a factor in making your home a stress-free zone that relaxes you and elevates your feeling of calm.

 

To make your rooms a peaceful refuge, think ahead when you select your design colors:

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  • Select cool colors, such as blue, violet and blue-green.
  • Use soft, muted shades of almost any color, including powder blue, sage green, pale pink and gentle salmon.
  • Create a calm look with neutral shades, such as cream, ivory and pale gray.

Use calming colors for a variety of your home décor elements, including paint, rugs and carpeting, upholstery, bed linens and more. Looking for even more peace and harmony in your home? Focus on reducing the clutter and chaos; that will go a long way in helping you feel more relaxed and calm.

 

CalmingColors3Just to play devil’s advocate … be aware that the mood you want to create may be different in the various rooms of your home. In rooms where you want to feel energized and productive, such as your kitchen or home office, you might want to avoid calming colors and instead select bright hues to raise your energy level.

 

Think ahead about your need for relaxation and a mellow mood before you select the colors for your interior design. Then sit back, relax and enjoy your home!

 

 

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Pantone- Color of the Year

11 Dec

There’s a first time for everything…Pantone2016-1
Have you ever noticed how certain colors seem to pop up each year in every aspect of design? That is largely due to Pantone, a company based in New Jersey that uses a color matching system for fabric, paint and plastics. Each year they determine a Color of the Year that we will see in fashion, interior and exterior, and graphic design. And it’s that time again! Pantone announces their trending color of the year…and a surprise it is! For the first time ever, Pantone has co-colors of the year. Meet Rose Quartz and Serenity:

Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, had a lot to say on the selection. “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

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What we find most surprising besides the two colors sharing the spotlight, is that they are 1) pale shades instead of deeply saturated colors like we have seen in the past, and 2) they are not a common pairing as we tend to look at these colors determining boy or girl. This is intentional with this forward-thinking explanation from the brand: “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”Pantone2016-3

 

You may be thinking, how do I incorporate these two colors into my home in a sophisticated way? What we suggest is start small if pastels are new to you. Start with using the colors as accessories instead of making them the main focus. Find a fabric and make a pillow or throw with it.

 

 

 

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Just One Mid-Century Chair Can Become The Centerpiece Of A Room.

9 Dec

This streamlined style from the 1950s and 1960s is new again!

Want a touch of the Mad Men era in your home? Just add one or two mid-century chairs!MidcenturyChair1

Mid-century design, also called mid-century modern, is more than 50 years old, yet it’s experiencing a renaissance today. That’s because this design style is timeless and distinctive. And although mid-century chairs add a modern touch, they go with most any other design style. They add a focal point to a room and are truly comfortable and functional.

MidcenturyChair2Mid-century chairs are characterized mostly by straight lines without ornamentation, and are often accented with a few graceful curves. Mid-century chairs combine expert craftsmanship with industrial design and manufacturing. They’re constructed from metal, wood, fiberglass, plastic and sometimes leather and fabric. They come in almost any color, but tend to be in black, white and tan. You can also go wild with 1960s colors such as harvest gold and avocado.

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Purchase true vintage mid-century chairs at auction, local antique stores or online. You can also buy re-creations of classic mid-century pieces from many brick-and-mortar stores and showrooms.

You don’t have to change your decorating style to add a couple of mid-century chairs. Celebrate “less is more” with the beautiful lines and curves of a mid-century chair or two.

 

 

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Eclecticism or Hodge Podge?

2 Dec

eclecticism1Have you ever been limited and confused as to what style you’d like to choose for a room in your house? Do you have an item that doesn’t quite fit in with all the other furniture?  That’s where you can get creative with eclecticism.

Eclecticism is characterized by an almost a total freedom of choice among historical styles. There are no specific rules established to decorate with an eclectic style, but according to Cruzine  eclectic style is a combination of styles in order to design an environment, which would have a great look, artistic taste, and a specific connective element, which would make the whole design look as one piece of work.

eclecticism6Grouping suggestions could be: different carpet styles mixed with an elegant classical chair in the living room; a sofa with a straw mat or an animal skin; colorful cushions in combination with a modern sofa; a table with chairs in different styles. By choosing eclecticism, you might also be able to put up those souvenirs from your travels, or a sentimental item that you’ve been holding on to not knowing how to display it. You’ll be able to add vibrant colors to a classic styled space and it will also give you the opportunity to mix between the styles of the west and the east.eclecticism2

There are many exciting and interesting ideas on how to collaborate your favorite pieces. Eclecticism can incorporate all the things you love. Do a Google search for eclecticism in interior design and you’ll find many incredible examples and inspirations.

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