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

    Sunrooms and Conservatories

    Biophilic (meaning “nature-loving”) design is considered by many to be the missing piece in green architecture today. Derived in part from the life’s work of prominent American biologist E.O. Wilson, this emerging design discipline strives to move modern building practice into the same sustainable direction as the green building movement. But it goes further, seeking not only to minimize impact on planetary resources, but to actively improve human health, well-being and productivity. Today, many architects and designers are mining their intuitions for hints at what our collective human nature has been hungering for in the built environment. This Healthy Home series celebrates time-tested, rather than high-tech, strategies for turning your home into a biophilic paradise, starting with the biophilic benefits of sunrooms and conservatories...more

    [Author: Jess McBride]

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

    Elements of the Perfect Sunroom

    Sunrooms support leisurely living and increase square footage — often with lower construction costs than a fully finished room. If you're thinking about someday adding a sunroom or turning an existing space into a sunny retreat, here are some features to consider. And if you're not, maybe these photos will change your mind...more

    [Author: Natalie Myers]

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

    Blast De-cluttering Roadblocks Once and for All

    There is enough advice on de-cluttering and organizing to fill an entire wing of a bookstore, and a quick online search brings up billions of results. But if it were as simple as picking up a book and following the author’s advice, wouldn’t we all have perfectly organized, streamlined homes? Well, judging from my own experience, and from the experiences of the many Houzz readers who have chimed in with comments on the subject, there is a lot more to culling clutter than tossing things in a bin. Our relationship with our home, and the things in it, is charged with emotion — it’s not so easy to let go of things when something as simple as a rusted tackle box or a worn photograph can bring memories flooding back. In the past several months we have been exploring this topic, and some of the best tips from our conversations are pulled together in this guide.

    Below, find eight ways to move through your own mental and emotional roadblocks to work through your clutter, from the inside out...more

    [Author: Laura Gaskill]

  • 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]

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