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Home Décor Ideas for Spring 2014

As March 20, 2014 – the first day of spring – slowly approaches so does the need for an updated spring décor. Whether you have thought about totally redesigning several rooms in your house or simply just repainting a few rooms now is the best time to start. The sooner you complete your redesign, the more time you will have to enjoy it, so what are you waiting for?  Here are a few ideas to get you started and help inspire your new spring décor.

Start with Your Color Selection

Before you can start selecting paints, materials and patterns, fixtures, or other décor items, you must first choose the colors you wish to incorporate into your design. Since you are doing a spring redesign, you will likely want to incorporate bright colors that inspire as sense of warmth and fresh growth. So to help, here are Pantone.com’s top ten colors for spring 2014:

  1. Dazzling Blue
  2. Violet Tulip
  3. Radiant Orchid
  4. Celosia Orange
  5. Freesia
  6. Cayenne
  7. Placid Blue
  8. Paloma
  9. Sand
  10. Hemlock

After you have selected your color pallet, you can then move forward with your design. There are many design styles you can peruse and many different elements you can include. The important thing is to do what you like; after all you will be the one living there. Here are a few ideas to help make your design stand out in 2014.

Hot Ideas to Incorporate

  • Flowers – Accent your design by including fresh cut spring flowers
  • Raw Materials – Include furniture and tables that are made with raw wood, metal, or stone
  • Honey-Tone Woods – Lighten up your space with furniture made from walnut, oak, or cherry woods
  • Bring the Outdoors In – Incorporate earth tones and spring colors, as well as outdoor styled furniture to make the inside of your home feel like your back yard
  • Decorate with Copper – Incorporate copper design elements into your redesign, such as copper light fixtures, backsplash, cabinet hardware, and other accent items
  • Patterns – Select pillows, curtains, and other fabric elements that have rich patterns that match and accent your design style and colors

Enjoy Your New Space

Throughout the hard work of your redesign, it may not seem worth it, but once you finish your design you will have the satisfaction and pride of knowing that you created this new space. So once you have finished your design, feel free to sit back and relax in your new spring oasis, after all you deserve it. Oh, and you might want to plan an Easter dinner or other family and friend gatherings to show off your new space and be further rewarded for your hard work.

If you have any additional ideas or tips for a fresh spring décor, please tell us in the comments section below!

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Preparing Your Home for Spring

Although it is still snowing and cold, spring is approaching. After being bundled up inside for several months, most of us will be eager to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. However, the harsh winter conditions along with some winter time neglect may have caused some issues that will need attention. Therefore, it is important to go over your home to determine if any maintenance is required. From the interior to the exterior, preparing your home for spring will ensure you are ready to enjoy the warm weather once it arrives.

While it is still cold outside, prepare for spring by starting inside your home.

  • General Interior Maintenance: With all of the holidays and family gatherings, the inside of your home has likely incurred some wear and tear. Walk throughout your home and look for any issues. This includes: cracked or broken drywall, loose tiles or carpet, loose door or cabinet hinges, burnt out lights, broken ceiling fans, etc. If no issues are discovered, consider applying a fresh coat of paint to a few rooms, or start to redecorate for spring.
  • Check Interior Systems: Spring and fall are the two most important times to check your home’s HVAC systems – heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Look over your air conditioning and any water systems to determine if any maintenance is required. Even if everything looks good, consider giving them a “tune-up”, as a tune-up will be cheaper than an emergency repair call. Additionally, clean or replace any filters, and replace the batteries in any smoke detectors.
  • Spring Cleaning: Your home will also likely need some organizing and cleaning. As the decorations come down, be sure to neatly organize them for storage until next year. If any are broken or damaged, be sure to dispose of them now to save storage space and time. Also, be sure to neatly organize and store any cold weather items such as apparel, snow shovels, and sleds to make room for warm weather items. It is also a good time to clean windows and doors. Consider steam cleaning any carpet to remove salt and dirt that got tracked in throughout winter.

After preparing the inside of your home, then move outside to check for any issues.

  • General Exterior Maintenance: Walk around your home and examine all windows and doors, opening and closing them to ensure they are functioning properly. Examine any weather stripping and caulking they have to determine if anything needs replaced or fixed. Inspect your roof and siding to determine if any shingles or siding are broken, loose, or missing. Look for anything that might need repainted, such as doors or porch posts. Clean out all gutters and downspouts in preparation for spring showers.
  • Exterior Landscape: While outside, check for any downed tree limbs or other debris that needs cleaned up. Pressure wash sidewalks and driveways and determine if any repairs need to be made. Additionally, consider resealing them to cover any snow removal damage. Prepare for growing season by replacing any broken garden hoses or other gardening tools.

Preparing your home for spring is rewarding now and when spring arrives. It will give you something to do now to cure the winter time blues and once warm weather is here, you will be able to enjoy it doing the things you love. So stop putting these tasks off until next week and get started today, because warm weather is on its way!

If you have any additional tips or helpful insights for preparing your home for the spring season, please tell us in the comments section below!

5 Subtle Ways to Make Your Home Halloween Friendly

Pumpkin Decoration

Halloween is on its way! While large, inflatable yard decorations are all well and good, here are a few Halloween decoration ideas that won’t overshadow your home’s exterior.

1. Use Natural Decorations

Natural fall foliage and crops make great seasonal decorations for Halloween without looking gaudy. Buy some pumpkins or gourdes and accent them with beautiful fallen leaves for a simple, natural look. Jack-o-Lanterns are also a great way to modify natural elements, and your whole family will enjoy the pumpkin-carving process.

You can use your natural decorations inside or outside. Put some mini pumpkins and gourdes in a bowl on the coffee table, or place them on some scatter leaves near the front stoop. The simple elegance of nature will accent your home and give it a festive flare.

2. Create Cute Treat Bags

If you live in a neighborhood that is a big supporter of children’s trick-or-treating, show your Halloween spirit by creating handmade treat bags to pass out. There are an endless number of treat bag options you could create – one simple option is to purchase simple, small white party favor bags and draw cute or spooky ghost faces on them before filling them with candy. When children come trick-or-treating to your house, you can offer them each a unique Halloween bag unlike any other they’ve received.

3. Accessorize with Candles

Halloween is a great time to be a candle fanatic. By burning cinnamon, pumpkin, or harvest-scented candles, you can add a seasonal smell to any room of your home. For decorative purposeless, accessorizing with candlesticks of varying lengths will add a festive and elegant feel to any room’s mantel or tabletop.

To accessorize with candles more safely, you can also purchase battery-powered electric candles that look all the part of real candles, but with no open flame. Surround your electric candles with decorative leaves, gourdes or hay, and you have a great Halloween decoration that will look as good outside as it does inside.

4. Decorate Your Door with an Autumn Wreath

To both accentuate your home while showing your Halloween spirit, accent your front door with a Halloween-themed wreath. By purchasing a festive wreath that combines dark colors with brighter oranges and reds, you can show your holiday spirit in a way that won’t detract from your home’s exterior. Rather than sticking to just black and orange, adding deep browns and reds will maintain a Halloween feel, without being cliché.

5. Expand Your Traditional Pumpkin Carving

Jack-o-Lanterns’ are a traditionally part of Halloween that many families enjoy. This year, expand on your family’s love of pumpkin carving by creating Jack-o-Lantern gourdes too. Use large, autumn gourdes and hollow them out similarly to how you would a pumpkin. You can then cut designs and holes into the gourdes’ sides to give them an authentic, luminescent look. Placing a few lighted gourdes in with your Jack-o-Lanterns will add some variation to your porch decorations, making your Halloween accents look better than ever.

If you have ideas for more ways to make your home Halloween friendly, please tell us in the comments section below!

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