Designing with Decorative Concrete

Designing with Decorative Concrete

Have you ever sat on a concrete garden bench and appreciated its beauty and durability? Landscapers long ago discovered the many advantages of concrete as a building material: It’s inexpensive, flexible, easy to work with, and results in a product that’s solid, eco-friendly, and versatile. Most concrete is made from a mixture of ballast rock (sand, stone, and gravel), cement, and water. Even better, it’s entirely natural and can be molded into just about any form. Over the past decade, concrete staining and finishing processes have evolved and concrete has been invited into our interior spaces. Builders are using concrete...

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Home Seller’s Guide to Kitchen Island Shopping

Home Seller’s Guide to Kitchen Island Shopping

In today’s home, a kitchen island serves many purposes beyond mere food preparation. Part dining table, part buffet, and a whole lot of heart, the design and function of the island depends on the size and shape of your kitchen, how you intend to use the countertop and base, and the decor and color scheme you plan to develop. As you search for the perfect kitchen island for revamping your home before it goes on the market, we bring you a few hot picks for 2018 to stay on trend and budget!

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What Your Entryway Says About You

What Your Entryway Says About You

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Our homes are reflections of ourselves. How you design your entry, naturally says a great deal about you. Did you realize that within your décor style, you are also setting the tone for your guests’ experience, merely by opening your front door? Whether it’s your desire to create an entry that is, playful, intriguing, dramatic, or even classical, it’s your color palette more than any other single element that sets the scene. The colors and color combinations you select, inform your guests on how to feel and how to...

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Pantone Evolution – Infographic

Pantone Evolution – Infographic

Since the turn of the Millennium, Pantone™ has kept a steady finger on the pulse of the global zeitgeist. What do they feel? The steady beat of change - tracking shifting trends across fashion, entertainment, art, film, technology, jewelry, politics and more. Unveiling more than just color, the Pantone Color of the Year has emerged as a force for both reflecting and shaping global consumer culture. Now 17 years and 19 colors later - as 2016 famously awarded the top spot to two colors - we have enough information to put our antennae up and try to detect some patterns. While no single...

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Insight from The Blonde Abroad’s Professional Organizer

Insight from The Blonde Abroad’s Professional Organizer

We met Jen Robin,  a professional organizer from Life In General, summer of 2016. She was working with international traveler extraordinaire, The Blonde Abroad who just happened to select some beautiful wallpaper from York. After getting wind of the project, we asked for her perspective of the project - to talk us through the process from beginning to end, to see how a professional organizer takes on a project and to see how she integrated the tropical wallpaper.  Here is Jen's story... Kiersten and I had met through mutual friends awhile back and when the situation arose that she wanted to re-do...

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Black Friday Shopping 101

Black Friday Shopping 101

Black Friday is a great time to find deals on Christmas gifts, home decor, lighting and many other products. However, going to the mall on this busy shopping day can be a real drag. Why ruin your Thanksgiving dinner and following Friday by filling it up with stressful trips to overcrowded stores, when you could instead stay home and find great Black Friday deals online? Here are the top six tips to help you win Black Friday in 2016: 1. Save Time Online retailers have made it possible to complete a checkout whether its on your smartphone or tablet in...

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5 Earth Day Tips To Share With Your Friends

5 Earth Day Tips To Share With Your Friends

The environment was mostly a non-issue in politics — until Senator Gaylord Nelson made it one in 1970, that is. Concerned about the state of our planet and future damage that would most likely occur, Senator Nelson sought ways to make the government take notice of these important issues. He found success by tapping into the student anti-war movement and infusing the protesters' energy into the environmental cause. His plan was a success when Earth Day was formed, and today people all over the globe celebrate the importance of protecting our planet. Although there's a lot of talk of environmental concerns...

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7 Simple Home Office Ideas for the Work-at-Home Mom

7 Simple Home Office Ideas for the Work-at-Home Mom

In today’s digital age, many companies are offering their employees the flexibility to work from home. With new technologies, no longer are we confined to our cubicles during the day. While working from home offers great flexibility, it also comes with great distraction. Here are 7 tips and tricks for the work-at-home mom, or really any person working from home, to stay organized, on task and relaxed while working from home. 1. Keep it Simple De-clutter and get organized and productive at home. Whether your workspace is a dedicated office, a corner of the kitchen, or simply the end of the...

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How to Wash Your Pillows

How to Wash Your Pillows

You regularly wash your pillow cases and sheets every week or two, but what about the actual pillows? Some people assume that just washing the sheets is enough or that pillows can't be washed, but neither of these assumptions are true. Like sheets, pillows can become smelly, full of dust mites and just simply dirty! While you don't have to wash them weekly or even monthly, you'll find that washing pillows twice a year is enough to keep them fresh and clean. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Check the label Not all pillows can be machine washed,...

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