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24.04 20140

Design Color Forecast 2014

Spring is a time for renovations, renewal, and rejuvenation! While there are many fashion trends going around, one of the most exciting is a focus on color! In past years, money was tight. That seems to be easing up for a lot of people, at least somewhat. That means neutrals like beige are becoming less and less popular. At most, these neutral colors will serve as a base backdrop to more exciting splashes of interesting color. Here's one of my design projects to give you an idea of how you can blend neutrals with bright colors to make the most of your current look while capitalizing on new colors for something fresh and new.

Blues are featuring heavily in design I'm looking at all over the web. From turquoise to navy, blue is making a big comeback. If you've always wanted a nautical theme, soft blues can be just the thing. Even a few accessories can make the difference in your interior design:
  And of course, there's the Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid! radiant-orchid-pantone   This color is bright, vivid, and springy! It's perfect for this time of year. I'll have to figure out ways to work it into projects that are coming up. What colors inspire you? Are you ready to give your home a spring makeover, or just add a few dashes of color here and there?

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18.04 20130

Gardening!

The plants are starting to wake up and come to life again! This time of year is amazing because of the transformation that the world undergoes. Everything that looked so dead is now becoming bright and cheerful. Planting your own garden is a great way to participate in the miracle of spring. fiddleheads

Some of us don't have a lot of room, but we can still bring a lot of healthy plants into our lives with container gardens. Don't be fooled, these little gardens can yield a surprising amount of produce. Apartment dwellers and those with small yards can still have some green in their lives with a little creativity and effort. After you start eating fresh herbs or tomatoes that you grew yourself, the stuff you buy in the grocery store seems a little lackluster and boring.

Container Garden

Others have the room to completely overhaul their yards into fabulous landscapes full of beauty and vegetation! This garden looks like it would take a lot of work, but imagine if this was the view from your kitchen window. I'm sure this gardener has an enormous sense of accomplishment after putting together such a picturesque kitchen garden.

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There are so many ways to enjoy plants, and now is a great time to get started. We are beginning to learn that something as simple as getting out into the fresh air and digging some dirt is good for your health!  Even if you don't have a good space, there are NASA studies that prove that growing houseplants can improve the quality of the air you breathe. Beauty and a quality of life increase. How can you beat that?

gardening pots

I hope this inspires you to go out and get some fresh air and dig around in the dirt. It's a fun hobby that can scale with your budget, land, and free time. Start small, and see what works for you. Experiment, and don't get discouraged. Sometimes it takes a little time to figure out what your soil and lighting conditions need, but eventually you can have a beautiful, natural exterior to your home that you can be proud of. I even have some pots and accessories available at my design business, so that your interior . Give me a call or write a comment to see what ideas I have for you!

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