pantone 2015 marsala

Meet Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

Pantone, the color forecasting and choosing company, have picked “Marsala” as 2015’s color. Color experts predict it will appear in clothing and home design trends this year. Pantone describes it as a “robust and earthy wine red.” I see this as a welcome improvement over last year’s “radiant orchid” that was way too bright and […]

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choosing low or no voc paint

The Lowdown on Low & No VOC Interior Paint

Low VOC interior wall paint claims to have low or even zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you’re concerned about the environment and being “green” or healthy or paint that doesn’t smell for days after application, should you fork over the extra dollars for these paints? Despite the claims, there are no paints without any […]

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clothes as home decort art

Using Clothing as Artful Home Decor

Using clothes as art in home decor adds instant personality to a room. Take that favorite outfit that is hidden out of sight in your closet and turn it into art! It’s easy and inexpensive. In the photo here, I took a vintage formal dress of my Mother’s and hung it from a mirror. I […]

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fall lantern with gourds tabletop decoration

Fall Lantern Tabletop Decoration with Gourds

This is about as simple as a fall tabletop decoration gets, yet it’s elegant as well. I took an IKEA lantern (or use any lantern you like) and filled it with gourds, surrounding the candle. I finished it off by tying a bit of straw on the handle. You could also use or add mini […]

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