This year Fall took on a new meaning in Virginia after an
earthquake hit and Hurricane Irene sent torrential rain and winds our way.
It wasn't just the leaves that were falling but but also large branches
We can learn from every experience, and this month I've
included some products and services that are particularly appropriate to
check out following these events.
I hope that you and your family
were spared from any damage from the quakes and storms. They were
definitely a wake-up call for all of us to be prepared for when an
What a week we had last month! A 5.9 earthquake, an aftershock and
Hurricane Irene within days of each other. It might be expected on some
tropical island but not in Virginia, or other areas where these things are
rare or non-existent. People were caught off guard and unprepared.
Damage to furnishings and accessories can be devastating, and even
more so if they become dangerous projectiles whether broken or intact.
You may not have considered the need for products like
Quakehold! Museum Gel that can help secure collectibles and other
objects. Though quakes and severe storms may be rare, items on display in
your home can "travel" or topple over from vibrations caused by airplanes,
appliances, children playing and nearby construction. The peace of mind
that can come from knowing that your things are as secure as you can make
them when you aren't at home, makes this a decorating supply to check
Click below to lean more about the products and their uses and
more about ways you can help safeguard your home.
||Fall in Love With
You can easily bring the colors of Fall into your home by using fabric
accents such as decorative pillow slipcovers, table runners and place
mats. Nearly any room's color palette can be enhanced with seasonally
Fall colors are too somber, you say? Fall colors
and patterns are too trite? Go beyond the expected fall leaf patterns and
look at fabrics that mix versions of harvest colors with unexpected hues
such as turquoise, cobalt, eggplant, copper or terra cotta.
fabric shown is a very bright example of a twist on fall colors. It can
blend well with a collection of sunflowers, copper and terra cotta
containers, slate topped tables, pumpkins, pomegranates, artichokes and
Used as a table runner, it would make a table glow.
Slipcovering a couple of existing pillows would immediately add punch to a
room. For a little less impact, try a cumberbund effect by creating a wrap
for the center of a solid colored pillow, secured with Velcro tabs. A
little goes a long way with vibrant colors so it can be a very cost
effective way to change your room.
The beauty of selecting fabrics
that will harmonize with your existing decor, yet give it a different look
and feel, is the emotional and visual lift it can give a room.
Need help updating your decor? Read more about your options at the
end of the newsletter. For more about the pillow shown, please click
Do you have a small laundry room and need a place to fold laundry? This
compact desk can fit the need as well as hold supplies for mending,
provide a flat surface for pre-treating, drying and even quick ironing
touch-ups using a special table
In a family room or basement it could function as an
occasional game or project table. On game days or movie nights it can hold
snacks, paper napkins, coasters and more, folding up and out of the way
when not in use.
In your home office it can be the place to sort
incoming mail and to store less often used stationary, cards, stamps, and
other smaller office supplies that can clutter up drawers and desk tops.
The desk is a perfect place for temporary projects, sorting and
It might double as a nightstand and desk in a guest or
child's bedroom, too. It's available in the white shown as well as walnut
and black. Follow the link below for more pictures and information.
From Your Broken China|
When I was in Charleston this summer, I came across the company China
Baroque when shopping in the Market. The booth display was intriguing with
jewelry designs all created from the broken remains of once cherished
china dinnerware. The patterns and colors were so well preserved, and I
thought how wonderful that the loss of something special inspired the
creation of something so striking. One salvaged piece could be made into
several keepsakes for family members, for example. Meaningful repurposing
at its very best!
I had planned to share this company with you, and
no time is more appropriate than after the quakes and storms we have had.
Many people escaped damage to their homes, but china and collectibles were
broken. It may be difficult to discard favorite pieces, so this is one way
to preserve them that is personal and easier to keep and use.
course, the company also sells designs that have been created from
reclaimed and vintage china such as the pieces shown. See more examples
and learn about having custom pieces created from your china patterns by
clicking the link below.
ReStore at the Capital Home Show|
ReDesign With Restore returns to next weekend's 2011 Fall
Capital Home Show in Chantilly, Virginia. The popularity of the rooms
created by redesigners from the IRIS National Capital Area Chapter last
year inspired a national partnership between members of The Interior
Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS) and Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
thrift stores. I was excited to have been chosen as the lead designer for
one of the two rooms last year. The British Colonial inspired room is
This year, redesigners cross the country will be
creating similar designer rooms and displays to showcase the creative and
decorative possibilities that can be achieved using the ever-changing
inventory at the ReStore outlets.
Many people are unfamiliar with
the potential treasures to be found at ReStore and how they can be used to
create unique and cost effective decor. The proceeds help to fund the work
that Habitat for Humanity has done for communities across the country. Our
goal is to bring more awareness of the ReStores and demonstrate how
creatively repurposing furnishings and materials can achieve dramatic
results that are good for the environment, the community and your
This year's room is a Cape Cod inspired suite,
created from the ground up using flooring, furniture, lighting,
accessories and materials discovered at the local ReStores within the past
The show runs from Friday, September 23rd through Sunday,
the 25th. I'll be at the display next Saturday from 10am to 2pm and on
Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, so please come by and see how and what we have
transformed to create this year's room. You may pick up tips and ideas
that will be inspiration for your own rooms!
Click on the link
below for information on exhibitors, programs and buying discount tickets
||In the Event of an
Emergency: Life Doc|
Everyone knows that you save precious time by having all your critical
information ready in an emergency, but how many people actually
There are many systems and binders available. The one shown is
called Life.doc . The advantage of packaged systems is that they
have a "fill in the blanks" process to guide you through compiling and
organizing your information. Many come with CD's so you can store back-up
files as well as print and keep hard copies of your documents.
around to compare what different systems offer. You'll want something that
is simple, easy to use and covers the kind of information you need to
store and offers flexibility in updating or changing information.
Click on the link below to learn more about Life.doc.