Happy New Year!
||Color of the Year
and How to Use It.|
Every year, Pantone announces a new Color of the Year based on tracked
trends and other factors. This year the color is Tangerine Tango, a
vibrant color that can inject immediate interest, energy and warmth in a
The color can have an uplifting effect, much like last year's
color, Honeysuckle, but with a more gender neutral feel.
does this mean to you? You'll be seeing more fabrics, accessories and
furnishings incorporating the color into their designs.
If you like
it, use it sparingly at first to test the effect it has in your room. For
many people, less is more when first using a bold color. Feeling
adventurous? Try painting a block of color behind a wall grouping such as
black and white photography.
Depending on your room's color
palette, slipcovering a few of your accent pillows with fabrics that use
the color in solids or patterns can be an easy energy transfusion. Cinch
up a fabric "belt" or "cumberbund" as an accent on a solid color pillow.
Recover seat cushions on dining room chairs. Incorporate salad plates
using the color to add zing to your tablesettings. Add a a pop of the
color using accessories that make sense in your room and blend with the
style. All are relatively quick, easy and inexpensive ways to rev up your
And if you aren't fond of the color? No problem. The market
won't be flooded with it-yet-and it may even grow on you over the next few
months. If not, there's always next year's color to look forward to!
If your New Year's Resolutions included getting more organized, you are
not alone. It's one of the most popular resolutions, so it's no wonder
that January is National organizing Month.
As an organizer, I work
with people to help them not only get organized, but find personalized
ways to keep them that way. No one method or system will work for
everyone. Outside influences have to be taken into consideration as well
as a person's lifestyle and time constraints.
and being organized is not Mission Impossible. Throwing out everything and
starting over isn't the answer. If you are a well meaning friend or family
member, your first impulse may be to do some version of a commando raid on
what you consider clutter. This can backfire on you. You may not be aware
of the significance or importance of papers or objects and you risk the
losing the trust of the person you may be trying to help.
type of organizing project you will need a plan that is simple, methodical
and flexible to meet the need. You don't need to spend a lot of money on
systems or equipment until you have assessed what it is you ultimately
need to organize, store or contain on a daily and long term basis.
Start with easy to accomplish tasks to prevent being overwhelmed,
keeping the big picture in mind. Take short breaks after a major
accomplishment but don't lose momentum. Make notes on a legal pad or in a
notebook (large enough so it won't get lost in the shuffle) of ideas that
come to you as you organize, such as, "need a place to put___ , have too
many___, need to use up____", etc.
Don't think of it as drudgery,
think of it as a new beginning, a game of discovery or an archeological
dig into the bast (even if it's the recent past). Think positively, listen
to music or a recorded book while you work and just get
(I'm including a link to an article from the Wall Street
Journal that is an eye opener for everyone who needs to get their personal
papers in order.)
Need help or an Organizing Coach? Contact me by
calling or clicking the link at the end of this newsletter.
||Assess Your Decor
Before Going to the Store|
Now that the holiday decorations are stored away, is your home feeling
a little bare? You may have the urge to rush out and take advantage of the
home furnishing sales, but first take a deep breath and step away from the
Take stock of what you have first. You may have
unrecognized potential in your accessories and furnishings. Check closets
and storage areas. You may find things that have been stored for years
that you've forgotten. Not possible? I've known of many clients who were
surprised with the things they rediscovered.
Once you've taken
stock, try these tips:
- Assess what you need and why.
- Don't shop out of boredom or desperation.
- It's a good buy if you can use it in more than one way.
- It's a good buy if you'd love it even if it wasn't a current style.
- It's a good buy if it's exactly what you've been looking for.
- It's possibly a good buy if you would buy it even if it
weren't on sale.
Buy with a plan, stay focused, take
swatches and color samples with you, make sure you know what the return
policies are and keep receipts in an envelope, in your purse, not in the
shopping bag where it might be lost.
Don't get overwhelmed and
don't settle for "good enough". New merchandise arrives at stores weekly!
Control and Surge Protection|
Electronics make our lives more productive and fun but the downside is
that they are dependent on a reliable power source. Surge protectors offer
the protection for multiple plugs but they are usually clunky looking and
awkward to position.
The Phillips Surge Protector pictured has a
main unit that plugs into an outlet and supports up to 6 appliances. The
white cover hides and contains the connections with a simple, sleek
design. A surge protector is also available for your TV and its
electronics. For more information , please click on the link
Here's a multi purpose organizer that could solve a lot of storage
issues in a home.
You've promised yourself that you would make
crafting and present wrapping easier this year, but you don't have the
storage space for more containers. How about using wall space?
organizer shown uses vertical space that is often overlooked and it can
accomodate craft, gardening, sewing and other supplies. It can be
repurposed in a laundry room for extra storage; the ribbon rail could be a
place to dry hand washables. Think of the ways it could be used in a
Click the link below to see more about this style and
Many homeowners are turning to remodeling to reshape their home to fit
the way they live. Awkward floor plans, dated designs and worn fixtures
can give way to functional and stylish spaces that make life easier and
more enjoyable while increasing the value of the home.
remodeling is on your list of home improvements this year, check out
Better Homes and Garden's "15 Tips for a Successful Remodeling Project" by
clicking on the link below.
We can all use a little imagination and fantasy in our lives and to
that end, I'd like to invite you to view a collection of fantasy rooms and
buildings that I have put together and add to from time to time. If you
aren't familiar with Pinterest, it's a wonderful way to compile ideas of
Please click on the link below and see it and all of my
design and cuisine boards. You can comment and like any of the "pins" on
the various boards and even follow me as I add ideas to them.
||Cell Phones for
If you received a new phone for Christmas or know someone who did and
would like to donate your old phone to a good cause, consider Cell Phones
Please click on the link below to read more on the
project and to find out how you may help. The link also has a free cell
phone data eraser to use before donating your phone.