PANTONE 2015 COLOR OF THE YEAR: MARSALA. The Color Specialists have chosen a rich reddish brown they say will define consumers' mood in the coming year. The trendy tone is coming out in handbags, clothing, cosmetics, and, of course, home decor! Could you envision incorporating Marsala into your home?
What's your favorite holiday color combination? Do you keep it traditional with reds, greens and golds or try an unusual color scheme?
1. Downsize your decor
Not everything has t be put out. You might have loved sometime 10 years ago when you bought it for christmas but it might be tired and worn now, keep the pieces that you love and donate the rest. The things that don’t give you joy should be passed on to someone else who might enjoy them.”
2. Take time to donate
This is a great time of year to clean out the clutter to make room for all of the new items you will most like receive over the holidays. Plus this time of year there are some great charities in need.
3. Look at your home with fresh eyes
Take a step back and see your home for what it really is. Put away the items that are cluttering the space. Take a photo, sometimes you can see the bigger picture when you look at it with open eyes.
4. Consider hiring a professional
A professional can help see what areas really need the most help and make everyone feel more comfortable in the space.
Room of the Week: The homeowner, while keeping her traditional furniture, wanted to update the look of their bedroom with modern clean lines. The round sitting area had always been a problem for her and she wanted to transform it into an area where she and her husband could relax. A selection of cheery yellow and gray prints was the starting point...a graphic design for the bed shams, a gray and white link pattern for the bench, and a sunny yellow and slate floral pattern for the window valance. These new patterns and colors brought life to the former soulless atmosphere. The sitting area was addressed with a fabulous pair of unique Siamese chairs. Their slanted angles echo the curve of the sitting area. The homeowners love to relax in these comfortable chairs and enjoy sharing the view.
Guest-Room Essentials: Creating space for guests involves more than providing a place to sleep; it's an opportunity to make people feel welcome. Be sure your guest room has a bedside table, ideally one with shelves so your guests have extra surfaces to place their things. Extra bedding is also essential. Offer at least a flat sheet and a few blankets of varying thicknesses to cover your bases.