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  • 27 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Your Total Home Organizing and Decluttering Guide

    Take it slow or be a speed demon — this room-by-room approach to organizing and storage will get your home in shape no matter how you roll.

    Take advantage of the new year and give your home a fresh start. We’ve compiled some of the best cleaning and organizing guides from Houzz, room by room, to help you start off the year with a clean slate...more

    [Author: Vanessa Brunner]

  • 25 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Questions to Overcome a De-cluttering Roadblock

    Let’s face it: For many of us, de=cluttering is really hard. First you have to find the time. Then you must make difficult decisions about what to keep and what to let go. Next you must figure out what to do with everything, whether that involves storing, selling or donating. And finally, you must follow through on your plan.

    These tasks can be overwhelming, so it’s no wonder that many of us at some point hit a de=cluttering roadblock. And that’s OK. If you are letting go of something, you have to be emotionally ready to make that decision. If you’re not, you may find that certain items keep going into the “maybe” pile. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you can’t decide about a specific belonging. In my experience as a professional organizer, these questions often help my clients break through their de=cluttering block...more

    [Patricia Lee]

  • 22 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    When to Paint Your Home Yellow

    Thinking of making your home's exterior color evoke summertime and sunshine? Then consider yellow. Ranging from soft and earth toned to more electric and brash, yellow serves a home's exterior well. Whether they're set off by winter's snow and gray skies or summer's green landscape and blue skies, yellow homes make their presence known.

    I find that the color yellow is best used for traditional-style homes. From the more ocher yellows of stuccoed exteriors on Tuscan villas to the bright, almost neon palette of some 19th-century exteriors, yellow keeps a home warm, welcoming and cheerful.

    So let's leave white to those most rational and platonic of home styles, such as colonial and modernist, and explore using some joyous yellow...more

    [Author: Bud Dietrich]

  • 20 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    How to Mix Furniture Styles on the Patio

    Is your outdoor dining table in good condition but your chairs have seen better days? Can you keep your table and get new chairs? Is it OK if they don't match? Or, would you like to add another piece of outdoor furniture to the sitting area you have already but it is not the same finish, or even material as the rest of what you own? YES! As a decorator, I am always encouraging my clients to mix and match furniture pieces to create a more personal setting. There are simple ways to handle this. Let's see how some pros mix their outdoor pieces beautifully...more

    [Author: Shoshana Gosselin]

  • 18 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year Looks Optimistic in Landscapes

    A splash of sunny yellow in your outdoor space might be just the ticket to lift your mood. This year, the Pantone Color Institute has come out with two selections for their annual Color of the Year: Illuminating, a bright, citrusy yellow, and Ultimate Gray, a neutral granite-gray. While the color combo hasn’t been everyone’s cup of tea for interiors or fashion, it works well for home exteriors and gardens.

    Think of a cheerful yellow front door against gray siding, yellow blooms alongside cobblestones, lemons ripening in a gray winter garden or even the flash of a goldfinch flitting through the landscape. Need convincing? Take a look at the following nine ways to adopt this color trend in your garden...more

    [Author: Lauren Dunec Hoang]

  • 15 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Will These Soothing and Rich Paint Colors Define 2021?

    As 2020 winds down and everyone looks ahead to what the next year will bring, it’s a good time in the home design world to check out paint brands’ picks for 2021 Color — or Colors — of the Year. Pantone recently unveiled its selection, a sunny yellow and mid-gray duo, so let’s see what other colors we might see more of in the coming year...more

    [Author: Jennifer Ott]

  • 13 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Say Hello to Minion Yellow, Pantone’s Newest (and Happiest) Color

    What do singer Pharrell Williams, the movie franchise Despicable Me and global color authority Pantone have in common? Well, if you’ve seen the first two films in the series, then you probably know that Williams wrote and sang several tracks for the popular animated flicks (including the toe-tapping, Grammy Award–winning song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2).

    But how does Pantone fit into the picture, you ask? Look to the launch of Pantone’s newest color, Minion Yellow, a sunny shade inspired by and named after the lovable, kooky creatures from the series, who will return to the silver screen later this year in a Despicable Me spin-off movie, Minions...more

    [Author: Natasha Saroca]

  • 11 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Pantone Picks an Uplifting Combo for Its Color of the Year 2021

    For only the second time since its first Color of the Year announcement 20 years ago, the color standards management company Pantone Color Institute has unveiled not one but two colors. Illuminating, a bright sunshine yellow, joins forces with neutral, grounding Ultimate Gray as Pantone’s dual selections for 2021 Color of the Year.

    Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director, says Pantone selected these colors to “highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one.” ... more

    [Author: Jennifer Ott]

  • 18 Dec 2020 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    The Case for Simplifying Christmas Decorations

    “Honey, I wanted to let you know I’m going through my Christmas things and getting rid of everything other than my favorite ornaments for the tree.” This was my 76-year-old mother speaking, the woman whose unspoken motto has been “More is more” when it comes to many things in life, and especially to decorating at Christmas.

    “After I sort through things, you and Torey [my sister] and the kids may take whatever you want. I’m donating the rest,” she said.
    “That’s great,” I said, not needing to think about it even for a moment. Still, I was curious. “What prompted this?” She sighed. “Taking it all down about did me in last year, and I realized even the fun part, the decorating, had become a chore.” ... more

    [Author: Alison Hodgson]

  • 16 Dec 2020 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Ways to Decorate With Outdoor Christmas Lights

    As anyone who has untangled a snarled string of lights or come up 5 feet short on the roof-line can attest, the process of hanging holiday lights is more complicated than it looks. A satisfying result depends both on having the right products on hand as well as proper installation. Let us help take the guesswork out of your holiday light setup this year with tips from lighting professionals, including tricks for hiding cords, the best lights for tree-wrapping and how to evenly hang lights along the eaves of your home...more

    [Author: Lauren Dunec Hoang]

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