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Instant Mood Lifters for the Home

Friday, 09 March 2012 09:45
February may be the shortest month of the year, but for those of us in the Northern regions, it often feels like the longest. And now that it is March, the joy of the holiday season has worn off, as has the novelty of bright, white snow. What invited rest and reflection just one month ago now feels like a suffocating blanket of bleakness. There are some easy lifts we can add to our interior environment that will bridge the gray until the spring weather shoots life back into us. Start Spring Cleaning. I love to do my spring cleaning… Read more...

Do the Tangerine Tango

Friday, 02 March 2012 09:44
Ever wonder how designers know what is next? Luckily with all the technology tools available today, it is just as easy for West Michigan designers to stay on trend like big city designers. There is no longer any reason for the Midwest to be behind New York and California. One source we use at Allard Design to predict color trends is Pantone. Each year Pantone makes color forecasts for what the BIG color of the year will be. Pantone LLC is known globally for their expertise on color. “For more than 45 years, Pantone has been inspiring design professionals with… Read more...

3 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh Your Workspace

Friday, 24 February 2012 09:42
Whether you work at home or in an office building, sometimes your space just needs a little boost. I don't know about you, but I have "Spring Fever," and spring is the perfect time to refresh your work space. Here are three easy ways to brighten up your space without spending a lot of money. De-Clutter We could all stand to purge more often, and if you plan on spring cleaning, this is the perfect way to start your refresh project. If the thought of purging is overwhelming to you, try to stick to these simple rules: If it is… Read more...
Sherry Benedict, owner of Lynn Marketing, moved her business home twelve years ago. She wanted to be home with her kids, but still keep up with the evolving world of marketing. In the beginning, Sherry's "office" was a desktop computer in the living room–also used by the family. When she teamed up with her husband, owner of Lynn Consulting Group, they knew they needed a place dedicated to work. For moms and business owners alike, a home office is the solution to getting the kids on and off the bus while maintaining a career. With technology's blessing, business is mobile,… Read more...

What's Hiding Inside Your Kitchen Cupboards?

Friday, 10 February 2012 16:03
If you open your kitchen cupboards to a mess of baking materials, spilled cereal, measuring cups and, wait, what is that...? It's time to organize! Use these tips to get your cupboards in top shape. You'll save time in the kitchen, and you'll purge your cooking area of all things expired. First step: Empty your cupboards completely, clean the shelves, then start to organize items into groups on your counters/kitchen table. Keep food and cooking utensils separate. Keep food in cupboards closest to the refrigerator, and cooking materials in cupboards closest to the stove. This instantly divides your kitchen into… Read more...

What Are Your Backsplashes Saying?

Friday, 03 February 2012 10:12
Caked with bacon grease and the colors you chose ten years ago, your backsplashes are pleading with you, "Update us!" While this is not an excuse for you to sweep your messy walls under the rug, per se, it will give your kitchen a facelift and brighten your day too. Get started with planning. You will need: Tiles of your choosing A backer boardMesh TapeFiller CompoundScrewsScrewdriverSandpaperA pencilMeasuring TapeCaulkGrout Rubber Float Directions:Decide where you want to install your new backsplash, take measurements (length and height), then start with a clean wall. Whether that means a soapy sponge and a little elbow… Read more...
You know the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" Well now your guests won't judge your favorite, albeit hideously floral, couch either. All they'll see is a crisp slip cover, made by you. Follow these simple, do it yourself steps to make a slip cover and take a well-deserved seat. Your guests will too. Fabric First thing's first, pick out your fabric. Pay attention to the hues in the room where the chair will sit. PIck something that draws out the color of your walls and doesn't clash with other existing furniture. You can find inexpensive fabric at… Read more...

Combat Clutter with Baskets

Friday, 20 January 2012 16:11
A house of clutter fosters a mind of stress. Accessorize your home in style while organizing odds and ends. Using baskets of varying sizes, materials and color can accentuate your home's style while hiding away unappealing messes. Small baskets are perfect for holding trinkets and various desk accessories. Paperclips, pens, sticky notes, and business cards nestled into matching small baskets make any confused desk more orderly. As an added bonus, an organized desks helps to foster a more productive you. Carry this idea into your medicine cabinet. Group like-cosmetics together into small or medium baskets. Keep make up for everyday… Read more...

The Color Of…Your Walls

Thursday, 12 January 2012 13:51
Picking paint colors is, by far, the most fun part of the painting process. Once you’ve picked the color, it’s all drop cloths and rollers until the job is finished—but that doesn’t mean picking a color is easy. It’s a commitment of time, money, and wall space. How do you pick the right paint color? First things first, grab a color wheel or look at one on the Internet. The color wheel will help you decipher which colors look good together. Of course, the color family that you choose to explore is all about your personal taste. If you like… Read more...

Feng Shui Your Bathroom

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:08
Make your bathroom a sanctuary, after all, it is where we begin and end every day. De-clutter and fang shui your space, and you will find it to be a more restful and inviting room of the house. De-ClutterAccording to Kristine Lewis of Get Organized, clutter robs your rooms of chi, or energy. In the bathroom, this creates unwanted stress and discomfort while preparing for the day or for bed. Things to de-clutter include your bathroom's waste basket, empty product bottles, unnecessary accessories like extra soap dishes and cloudy bathroom mirrors. Let the engery flow when you clear your unnecessary… Read more...

 

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