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April Showers Bring May Flowers

It is time to bring the outside into your home. Their certainly has been some rain in April and everything is blooming its vibrant colors of spring. So why not bring it into your home to add a sense of liveliness.

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Fresh flowers bring new life and energy to any space. Celebrate the return of warm weather with beautiful arrangements of spring flowers. Whether you decorate your table for a party, add a beautiful vase of flowers to your family room or small vase to a bathroom. Flowers bring a breath of fresh air to any space in your home. So set the table tonight for dinner and don’t forget the flowers.
Happy Spring!

Colors of 2015

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The Pantone Color Institute’s nine color palettes for 2015 were revealed at the 2104 International Home & Housewares Show, held recently in Chicago. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, and is also director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, presented this peek at what’s ahead for color in 2015. For Full Blog click HERE.

Eiseman’s presentation unveiled the nine color palettes for 2015, as detailed in a press release by the International Home & Housewares Show:
Style Settings: As high fashion is often a forerunner to styling for home furnishings in line, design, texture and color, this palette is all about pose, finesse and polish. The elegance of the purple family adds a dramatic interplay against the classic mahoganies, off whites, grays and taupes, along with Frosted Almond and Champagne Beige.

Abstractions: This palette releases the inner artist in each of us, Eiseman said. Just as in the formulation of abstract art, styling might seem randomly gathered, forming a mosaic of differing shapes, many of them geometric. Colors like grape and apricot, dahlia red, stonewashed blue, hazel nut brown and vineyard green come from equally disparate places, but when brought together create an artistic whole.

Botanicum: This palette is lifted directly from the complexities of flora and foliage, forming intriguing groupings filled with succulent shadings of green and grape and Café au lait, counterbalanced with dusty or smoky tones of blue and orchid.

Zensations: This palette engages and heightens the senses as it displays a literal “enlightenment” by taking the thoughtful, meditative qualities of the blue and blue-green family to another more visceral level by adding to the palette a compelling red, an atmospheric green and a sparkling silver and gold.

Urban Jungle: Eiseman said that this palette transforms rustic chaos into something “civilized” and sylvan, speaking more of big city living than that of a wild terrain. Rather than consistently rough textured, contours are smoother and colors a combination of both typical and atypical jungle hues. Warm animal skin tones are set against the modernity of deep blue-greens, a vibrant greenish yellow, plus black and white.

Tinted Medley: This palette is a harmonious composition of closely related warm tones with peach and pink striking the main chord. Bellini, Apricot Wash, Peach Amber and Macadamia are compatible blends while powdered roses and yellows underscore and support the perfect pitch of a rosy-taupe.

Past Traces: This palette honors history in the home as many of us are looking for some vestige of the past that is satisfying and reassuring. The look might range from gently worn to contemporized adaptations, with many color names like Pastel Parchment, Cameo Green, Faded Denim and Dusty Cedar.

Serendipity: The literal meaning of Serendipity is a “pleasant surprise” or “happy accident.” In the parlance of styling, it is the coming together of unlikely designs and unexpected colors. An outgoing orange engages cool eggshell blue, bright chartreuse is enhanced by a yellow gold and hot pink embraces a lofty scarlet, all under the watchful gaze or a Tiger’s Eye taupe.

Spontaneity: Irrepressible fun is what this palette called Spontaneity delivers. Just as the name implies, it is the stuff that spur of the moment, impulse buying is all about, with whimsical design and a unique “mash-up” of color mixtures a large part of the attraction. Happy hues of Sunkist Coral, Marigold and Cantaloupe are complemented by Kelly Green and/or “quieted down” with floral accents of Hyacinth, Violet Quartz, Winsome Orchid or Misty Jade.
All colors referenced above are included in the PANTONE FASHION + HOME color system, a component of the PANTONE Textile Color System®. Consult current PANTONE Color Publications for accurate color. PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. © 2014. All rights reserved.

Beat the Winter Blues

5 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Blog from Pottery Barn!

Anyone else feel those mid-winter blues this week? January has come and gone and so has almost February, and we’re just starting to realize how much cold weather we have left.

Have no fear — there are some incredibly easy and affordable ways to beat the winter blues until Spring arrives. Take a look at 5 of our favorites!

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1. Eat something sweet and sunny. The bright taste of lemon is an instant pick-me-up. These 27 delicious (and gorgeous) lemony dessert recipes (Hello, warm lemon pudding cake!) are a great place to start. (via Buzzfeed)

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2. Bring a little life into your home. It’s a fact — having a little bit of plant life makes even the dreariest day seem brighter. Create your own indoor jungle with this guide. (via Apartment Therapy)

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3. Play with pops of color. Just because it’s dull and gray outside doesn’t mean your home has to match. Paint one bright accent wall in one of your living spaces! Don’t want to paint? Try something temporary and super playful to brighten your mood, like this paint swatch wall! (via Poppytalk)

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4. Organize it! Clearing out all of the old junk from last year and starting with a blank slate is a lot of work, but well worth it, considering how it will make spending time indoors that much more enjoyable.  Use these expert tips to organize your home room by room.

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5. Treat yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury! Take an hour to give yourself a little spa treatment — we love this easy avocado face mask. (via Sincerely, Kinsey)1. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

New Year, New You, New Kitchen-Wilmington Magazine Jan-Feb 2015

What a better blog than an article written about Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors in the Wilmington Magazine for January/February 2015!  We could have not said it better!  Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Posted On January 3, 2015

By CHRISTINE HENNESSEY

It has been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. (It’s also been said that a clean kitchen is a sign of a wasted life, and to that we say: no comment.) Originally carved out for the sole purpose of preparing and serving dinner, kitchens have spent the last few years enjoying a quiet (and mostly clean) evolution. They’ve become a place to serve and share meals, a space where parties inevitably gather, a comfortable spot where children can complete homework assignments and help mom and dad with the cooking, and the backdrop for important conversations and lasting memories.

If your resolutions for 2015 include an updated kitchen, there are plenty of professionals in Wilmington who can help get the job done. This is especially true for spaces that don’t seem to offer an easy solution—the longer we stare at them, the more issues we see. A professional designer, on the other hand, is trained to transform those problems into possibilities.

To help illustrate such possibilities, we asked a few local designers to share a project where a fresh and unique approach saved the day, and the kitchen. We hope they inspire you to see you own space in a new light.

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Alice Evans has been the owner of and designer for Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors since 1997.  When a recent client approached her with not one but two problems, Evans dove right in.  The first issue involved the client’s height.  Shorter than average, it was difficult for her to see over the kitchen’s pass-through into the dining room, or to work comfortably at the counter tops.  The other issue was that the kitchen was designed with one chef in mind, but in practice there were many cooks in the family, her husband, and their two teenaged children were all interested in the culinary arts, which made it difficult to prepare meals as a family.

Evans tackled the first problem by lowering the pass-through so all family members had a clear view of the dining room, regardless of height. As for the workflow problem, Evans deftly redesigned the kitchen island. On one side, chairs were placed catty-corner rather than in a line, making conversations more convenient. On the other side, the countertop was lowered for easier food prep, and the oven and the refrigerator traded places. Finally, five-star meals for this family were a cinch.

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There’s nothing quite like an abundance of natural light in a home, which is why this client was disappointed with her dark and dreary kitchen. She came to Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors, hoping Alice Evans could find a way to invite sunshine in and provide a view of the great outdoors despite the lack of windows.

While the idea of knocking down a wall might scare off some designers, Alice Evans had a secret weapon—her husband, John Evans, who just happens to be a builder. Together they designed and built a pass-through from the kitchen to the dining room, which conveniently faced the dining room’s large sliding glass doors. By moving the sink under the pass-through, the client is now able to enjoy the new view—and the sunshine—while washing dishes and preparing meals in her bright, light-filled kitchen.  910-763-9870; dynamickitchens.com

 

Best Gift Wrapping Ideas with Style by Chanel Dror

We could not say it bpom-pometter than this blog from Pottery Barn’s Chanel Dror-blogger about crunch time and getting it all together.  If you are styling your kitchen why not keep the style going with what you give this season. Read on for all the wonderful Best Gift Wrapping Ideas!

It’s crunch time, you guys! There’s definitely a feeling of holiday frenzy in the air — traffic is crazy outside and people are totally frantic. If you did your holiday shopping in advance, then you’re likely sitting pretty right about now, and you might even have the luxury of spending the next week leisurely wrapping presents. Personally, I kept things simple this year and opted for solid black wrapping paper with twine and a classic gift tag, but there are so many possibilities for creative ways to add flair to your presents. We rounded up 15 of our favorite ideas, and they’re not to be missed. Click through, and be sure to let us know how you plan to wrap your gifts this year… Click here for the entire blog

 

14 Ways to Decorate your Holiday Table

House Beautiful has a great blog on decorating your holiday table.  Thanksgiving is fast approaching and what a great time to start planning your festive feast and look of how it will be presented.

Little tricks hbx-holiday-dinner-table-moss-1207-lgn– from hand-written place cards and unique table settings to using unexpected color – can help make for a memorable meal during Thanksgiving and the holidays. By Sarah Yang-House Beautiful-for full article click HERE.

 

Enchanting Halloween Decorating Tips

Good Housekeeping this month has a great blog on 11 Enchanting Halloween Decorating Tips!  Check out all the pictures and ideas they came up with to spruce up your home during this ghostly time.  Enjoy!  Click here for all the tips:  11 Enchanting Halloween Decorating Tips!

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Seasonal Decorating

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Root Vegetable Pot Pie and Pumpkin Spice Lattes:  Waiting on Martha’s Favorite Things About Fall
Waiting on Martha’s founder, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by the mantra that “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” We couldn’t agree more. It’s this reason, among many others, that we’re featuring her In the Spotlight this month featured in Pottery Barn.  Found at this link: Pottery Barn Blog

What are three simple ways you like to change your home decor for fall?

Switch up your pillows and blankets. Incorporate a cozy throw and a few different seasonal pillows and you’ll change the whole mood of your bed and couch.

Invest in a place setting change. I love shifting my place settings for autumn with seasonal dessert plates, napkins and placemats.

 

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The Kitchen Table: How to pick the right one!

As we design kitchens it is the kitchen table that ultimately will become the centerpiece of the kitchen itself. We found a great article on tips on buying kitchen tables. Read on and you will discover how to buy that perfect “kitchen table” that suits you the most. The article is written by Emily Lloy and found at this link http://www.overstock.com/guides/tips-on-buying-kitchen-tables.

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How to set the perfect table! From Pottery Barn

Designing Kitchens is what we do best and once a kitchen is completed it is time to enjoy cooking in it and especially eating in it. We found this great “How to” from Pottery Barn that we wanted to share with you all.

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