Autumn has officially arrived. While we still have those pops of warm days here and there, most of us have swapped out our airy, barely-there summer wardrobe for a cozier look filled with silky cashmere and chunky cable knits. Just as your wardrobe shifts for the season, your home should also take on a more layered look that evokes a sense of coziness for the crisp days ahead… Introduce Earthy Hues || Burnt orange, mossy green, golden yellow… foliage-inspired tones that emulate the season will create a warming aura in your home. A new piece of artwork is a great way to incorporate these colors without negatively impacting your existing palette. Layer on Texture || Chunky cable knit blankets are having a moment right now and for good reason – it’s like wrapping yourself in a giant cozy sweater! Swap out those linen toss pillows on your sofa or bed for richer textures like velvet and chenille for a luxe look that won’t break the bank. Soften hard surfaces like dining chairs or entryway benches by draping a plush, sheepskin throw over them or place it on the floor beside your bed! Autumn Accents || Get creative with your autumnal décor this year. Adorn your home with “undone” floral arrangements in dark, moody hues that look as if they were freshly foraged from the wild. Give a subtle, classy nod to Halloween by creating a vignette of mini sugar pumpkins. These creamy white pumpkins are perfect for painting too so if you’re feeling crafty - paint some black for a witchy touch!
One could argue that there isn’t a direct correlation between color and emotional health, however think of a world without color… depressing, right? Color has been a predictor of many things before they even had names, from a person’s health/emotion to the changing of the weather. When designing your home it is good to research what feeling each color can evoke, but don’t base your entire design around it. It is important to choose the colors that speak to you and your personality. After all, your home is a silent expression of your individuality.   Nourishing Neutrals || Neutrals are a great base color for your walls, but they can be a little tricky! For a harmonious look be sure you stay within the warm or cool family. However, there are some neutrals that can fall under both categories depending on their surroundings. If you find that you picked a warm neutral for your walls but your furniture/decor is cool toned try adding a piece of artwork that incorporates both categories to achieve a cohesive look. White will make your room appear larger because it reflects light while light grey is known to promote clarity, making them great choices for any room in your home. Neutrals extend beyond your basic beige, white, and grey – those dusty pastels can be used as neutrals too! Pale blues and greens are nature’s neutrals and are often associated with serenity, novel for your bathroom or bedroom! Powerful Primaries || Bright colors create a visually dynamic space when used appropriately. You may love the color orange, but painting an entire room bright orange will make you feel as though you are actually living in one. Try integrating bright colors into your home with home décor or for a more dramatic effect, an accent wall. Create a sense of passion with pops of red in your bedroom or kitchen or evoke mystery and intrigue with a deep purple accent wall in your living room. Welcome guests into your home with a cheerful yellow foyer or spark creativity by adding an orange rug to your office. Just remember - less is more when styling with bold hues.
Blue & White || From nautical navy and white to chinoiserie patterns, this combo always looks fresh Certain color combinations have truly stood the test of time, none more so than blue and white. When it comes to interiors – outdoors, too – blue and white always looks fresh, cool, crisp and sophisticated. From bold, poolside cabana striped draperies to richly-patterned chinoiserie vases and ginger jars, this timeless pairing works equally well in solid blocks of color or intricate patterns. It's particularly strong in cooling down summer outside settings, but for warmth and zing, add orange, pink or yellow. And, you can use blue and white in any room – think of a guest bedroom covered in French toile de jouy (twal-duh-zhwee) fabric, the aforementioned chinoiserie vases scattered around a living room, or a serene bedroom with muted versions of blue with white for comforters, pillows, and window treatments. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. Sky-View Seats || It's not surprising…according to many surveys, America's favorite color is blue. It's almost never jarring, but calm and cool, though it does feel more energetic in saturated versions of navy, royal blue, and turquoise. And, it's readily available on upholstered furniture, from dining and accent chairs to upholstered beds, sofas and ottomans, as well as every kind of accessory. Metal or wicker outdoor furniture is often painted white, with classic navy blue cushions for an inviting summer look.   Coastal Connotations || There's nothing better than relaxing by the ocean, lake or pool. Blue sky, blue water, white sand – we're intrinsically drawn to these coastal hues because they are so prevalent in nature. And even though grey is an enduring color go-to, we don't long for a grey sky the way we do blue. You can create coastal vibes in any room using blue and white, especially if you mix in variations like cornflower, periwinkle or powder blue. Sometimes you can find many variations in one area rug that can act as a springboard for creating an oasis of calm.   Cool Accents || If you have a neutral-hued room, add some color with blue patterned pillows, and for porch, deck or patio, get them in Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics. For dining, set a table with blue and white patterned dinnerware mixed with cobalt water goblets, plus blue and white floral table linens for a fresh look. Typically, bathrooms are white, so towels and rugs with blue in them beautifully complement white tile and porcelain. Or, try painting a light blue ceiling in a white room for a tranquil feeling every time you look up. This technique is often used to great effect on porches, where Southern tradition says a "haint blue" ceiling will ward off evil spirits.
With a new year upon us, it's a good time to take stock of your home space. If you have a dedicated home office – whether you work from home full time or just pay bills there – it may be time to reorganize and make a fresh start. Specific items to upgrade can include your desk, chair, storage cabinets, shelving and lighting. Ultimately, you want your space to function smoothly, but also energize you to do your best work. A Place for Everything || And everything in its place. Even in the Digital Age, there never seems to be enough storage. Depending on how you want your home office to function, you need some version of drawers, shelves or cabinets to store things like receipts, paperwork and supplies. A desk with versatile drawers or cubbies can be useful, especially if you don't want your work to be immediately visible to anyone entering the room. Sometimes a minimalist desk with a small writing surface and room for a computer monitor or laptop is all you may require. Style & Comfort || You can create a hard-working home office without sacrificing style or comfort. The space should be productive and inspire you with brilliant ideas, so don't feel compelled to stick with office grey or all neutral colors. If kelly green, royal purple or citrus orange get your creative juices flowing, go for it! Make sure you have an office chair that offers adjustable support, and if space allows, include an upholstered chair or sofa for break time or to seat visitors. Finally, good lighting is essential. Include a task lamp for close work, as well as sufficient overhead lighting, especially if natural light is not abundant. Personal Touches || Personalize your home office with framed family photos, favorite books, a glass-door cabinet of curiosities, or a mood board pinned with travel images, souvenirs and stickie notes. Strategically placed plants or a vase of fresh flowers clears the air, and a bit of office humor goes a long way… posable superhero action figures are totally acceptable!
If variety is the spice of life, you won't find a more colorful and diverse design mix than in Morocco. Often recognized for its extravagantly patterned tiles and popular ottoman poufs in every gorgeous hue you can imagine, Moroccan style encompasses so much more. Drawing from its blend of African Berber, Islamic, Spanish and French cultural history, the Moroccan look offers global sophistication using hand-crafted items infused with exotic details. If you don't happen to have an authentic riad of your own, you can still create the look and feel in your home Textiles & Accents || Moroccan rugs and poufs are the most popular items in home interiors, and are readily available stateside. Moroccan rugs come in every color, size and shape, and the soft, neutral-hued ones coordinate beautifully with boho-inspired rooms. You can easily hang a group of pierced metal lanterns in a bedroom, place a carved drum table in your living room or add striped spice-tone throw pillows to your sofa. As with any space, it's all about the mix. If you use too many Moroccan style items in a room, it might look like a stage set, which is fine if that's your ultimate goal. Colors & More Colors || Typically, we think of Moroccan color palettes as consisting of warm spice tones like orange, red, saffron yellow and versions of brown, but there are many variations originating from different regions of the country. Jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby are often mixed freely, and some traditional Islamic color palettes combine deep cobalt with turquoise, tan and white. In addition, many Moroccan rugs have a white or off-white ground with free-form, open geometric patterns in black or brown. Shapes & Patterns || From iconic Moorish arches and arabesque domes to hexagonal and octagonal wooden tables, Morocco is all about shapes... keyholes, fish scales, and intricate open lattice and trellis patterns are also abundant. In addition to amazing architectural shapes, many geometrics are prominent on tiles and textiles. For example, multiple layers of Zellige tiles are widely displayed in Islamic mosques, in a kaleidoscope of patterns and color combinations. They look similar to azulejo tiles you'd see in Spain and Portugal.
From Pantone to Sherwin Williams to Behr the color curators have chosen what they anticipate to be the most popular hues for 2018. Ranging from deep and saturated to muted and serene there is certainly a color for every design aesthetic… Pantone: Ultra Violet || The most talked about color reveal of the year might be a tad too cosmic for your walls, but this invigorating hue can be great in small doses! Abstract artwork or an area rug are good ways to experiment with this bright color. Behr: In the Moment || This watery-gray hue evokes a calming vibe that would be great for a bedroom, a master bath, or any other room you want to turn into a tranquil sanctuary. Right at the crossroads of saturated and muted this tone works well as the neutral in the room. Sherwin Williams: Oceanside || A jewel tone that perfectly blends blues and greens to create a hue that is reminiscent of the serene coastline of your favorite beach. Whether you paint your walls with it or find a similar hue in an accent piece like a side chair or ottoman you can’t go wrong! Benjamin Moore: Caliente || This fiery red has purple undertones giving it a rich saturation that is a little more soothing to the eye than an orange-based red. Try it as an accent wall in your living room – this color really pops when paired with a cream or white sofa!   Pinterest: Sage || While Pinterest technically isn’t a color expert, it’s certainly the leading forum of inspiration for life in general and the most pinned color is sage. Step aside griege, because sage is stealing your thunder as the new neutral. Out of all the colors listed this hue has already made its debut in the form of walls, sofas, bedding, even kitchen cabinets!
No bar? No problem. Creating a cocktail corner has never been easier now that bar carts have become a home décor staple as opposed to a means of delivering room service in a swanky hotel. Compact enough to fit just about anywhere in your living space yet large enough to house all the essentials - now that is something to drink to! Whether you prefer it shaken or stirred these essentials are sure to please you and your guests. Toast to the Tray || Utilize a tray as a way of dividing space on your bar cart for a neat and organized look. Keep items like the cocktail shaker, barware, and glassware on the tray so when the drinks are made they are ready to be served with ease. Lively Libations || A well-stocked bar should include a base of gin, bourbon, vodka, rum, tequila, and if space allows, a single-malt scotch and a bottle of champagne. Pick your favorites or try: Gin – Hendrick’s; refreshing flavor perfect for mixing summer cocktails Bourbon – Four Roses; great for mixing or sipping Vodka – Tito’s; quality gluten-free option Tequila – Casa Noble; 100% blue agave and organic makes it good for margaritas or sipping Rum – Mezan XO; perfect balance of sweet and spicy In addition to the basics it’s also good to have: an orange-flavored cordial as this is a popular ingredient for many different cocktails, sweet and dry vermouth, bitters, tonic, and club soda. Infuse Personality || Personalize your cart with bar elements like bottle stoppers, a decanter, and a bottle opener that evoke your style and make a decorative, yet functional statement. Don’t forget the bar book – your trusty sidekick that will transform you from hostess to mixologist in one recipe!
Even if your interior spaces skew traditional, there are times when you want to modernize and lighten things up. Sometimes, too, if your spaces are vividly colorful or dark, you may want to tone things down. Here is where clear acrylic furniture or accents can mix beautifully with your décor. Subtle, sleek acrylic drawer handles, furniture legs or even an entire cocktail table made of gleaming acrylic can lift up a room.   Clear Benefits || In addition to having the look of glass without the worry of shattering, the benefits of acrylic include durability, easy care, and superior weather resistance, plus it comes in a variety of shapes and colors to make your room look unique. If your room is on the small side, an acrylic piece gives the illusion of taking up no space. And because of its see-through quality, anything you put on top of, say, a table, will draw attention to itself, making it look like it's floating. Acrylic is about 50% lighter than glass, but much stronger and more resistant to scratches. Its superior durability also makes it a fine choice for a porch or other outdoor space because sunlight won't harm its look or function. Also, in today's design world, you can find acrylic items in almost every shape and color. If you don't want all clear, there are pieces with clear tops and green legs or chairs tinted in blue, pink, purple, orange, smoky grey and more. Careful Cleaning Tips || Avoid cleaning acrylic with household cleaners because they often have harmful chemicals. Instead, wipe with a soft cotton cloth and some mild detergent. Avoid using man-made fabrics like polyester or rayon because their fibers can be abrasive. If you do find scratches, there are over-the-counter cleaning products you'll find online or at your local hardware store that you can use to make your items look as good as new. Cool Reflections of Style || As with any other design category or trend, use acrylic furniture and accents strategically. A room of all acrylic would likely look too unsettling in a lost in outer space way, plus you might trip over some pieces that aren't easy to see in certain light. Mixing a piece or two with items in other styles will yield the chicest look. For example, a wooden dining table surrounded by ghost chairs achieves an intriguing balance of cool and functional. Or, add a few touches of acrylic in a bedroom to lighten the mood.
By now, you know about the many benefits of indoor plants – they help purify the air, reduce stress and background noise, and improve your mood, in addition to being naturally beautiful. You can also add life to your space with other naturally occurring items like coral, seashells, petrified wood, geodes, plus textured fibers like macramé, abaca, jute, grasscloth and sisal. Adding these natural elements brings earthy textures to your décor, and increases the tranquility of your space. You can use these elements in subtle or big ways, and they work especially well in casual, boho-inspired interiors. Fish tanks and fountains optional.   Natural Found Collections || You can easily add natural beauty to your home by gathering your seashell or beach rock collection, putting it in a woven basket, and placing it next to a group of plants. A branch of coral is another classic touch, often displayed atop glass coffee tables or on book shelves. Other shore items like starfish, sea urchins and sea glass are inexpensive, readily available collectibles that can be gathered in groups or scattered randomly to charming rustic effect.   Furniture & Rugs || There are plenty of ways to use natural elements to make a bigger impact. In addition to natural wicker, rattan or rope accent furniture, you can complete a seating group with an eye-catching geode-topped accent table or tree stump table that's anything but cookie cutter. Each one will feature unique variations in color, pattern and shape. Ground your space, inside or out, with an environmentally-friendly natural fiber area rug that's both resilient and easy to coordinate with most design schemes. Accent Pieces || Geodes in their organic form can be striking, and appear in many gorgeous colors, including purple, blue, pink and green. Arrange them inside an open clam shell for an artful presentation. The aforementioned coral makes a great decorative accent, maybe on a tray with other objects or under a glass cloche. A natural woven sunburst mirror adds coastal charm when placed above your dresser, or use it to embellish a bare wall in an entranceway. Finally, if natural elements aren't your favorite décor go-tos, framed botanical prints work especially well in a formal grouping on your wall.
Spring is in the air, which means summer is not far off! Now is the best time to start getting your backyard ready for epic gatherings that last until the stars fill the sky and the moon shines bright. Even those hot and humid days lead to cooler evenings – warm your outdoor space with a fire pit that is so hot its cool… Ambiance || Determine the ambiance you want to create. Do you want your fire pit to be the place guests flock to after dinner? If so, then consider a low fire pit that pairs well with outdoor sofas, poufs, and cushy chairs. Is your backyard space limited? You can still create an inviting retreat by opting for a fire pit table! Fire pit tables offer the same inviting ambiance with enough space to enjoy a delicious summer meal. There are even high-top styles that are perfect for an urban setting! Placement || Though most portable fire pits have guards and/or safety features, it is still important that you are mindful of where you place yours and how close the seating is. Be sure to leave at least 4ft between your home and your fire pit/fire pit table. Do not position it under an enclosed overhang. For low-profile fire pits, it is best to position the seating around 2ft away from the flame. If you have a fire pit table, it is okay to pull seating in since there is usually 8-10 inches of table space between you and the flame. Extras || Complete your backyard retreat with decorative elements to enhance the ambiance like string lights, outdoor plants, or a rug for an added layer of cozy! Have blankets handy too since some nights will be chillier than others. While campfires naturally fuel good conversation and laughter, games will also help to keep the party going well into the night!
You hear it all the time – drink at least 3 liters of water per day for ultimate hydration. Many of us are guilty of consuming far less water despite all of the health benefits and it’s partially due to the fact that water is just so… bland. Shake things up by infusing your water with your favorite fruits and herbs! Some of our favorite combinations are… Cucumber + Lemon || Detoxifying and energizing this concoction will help decrease bloating and provide a dose of vitamin C. Watermelon + Basil || Subtly sweet with an expected twist, sipping on this infusion will make you think you’re at the spa! Ginger + Peach || Spicy ginger is mellowed out with the sweet nectar of peaches; this blend is great for digestion and is packed with anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberry + Mint || Sweet with a refreshing kick; for optimal flavor tear the mint leaves in half and give your bottle a little shake! Pineapple + Jalapeño || Suffering from allergies? This spicy sweet fusion will help clear your sinuses while boosting your immune system thanks to the vitamin C packed pineapple. Cherry + Lime || This candy-like combo is chock full of antioxidants. Be sure to halve each cherry and remove the pits before enjoying! Grapefruit + Kiwi || Kick start your metabolism with this zesty pairing! Grapefruit is a known metabolism booster and is loaded with vitamin A & C and the slight bitterness is cut by the sweet kiwi. Hosting a party on your patio? Choose a few of these infusions and design a hydration station nearby your dining set or outdoor sectional so sips are only a step away!  
Outdoor Furniture Care Extend the life of your outdoor furniture with these tips. Care and Maintenance for Outdoor Furniture All-Weather Resin Wicker: Cape May, ScanCom All-weather wicker is durable, resistant to sun fading and impervious to the effects of water and humidity, making it ideal for outdoor use. Clean all-weather resin wicker furniture with a mild soap and water solution, wipe dry. Remove debris—like trapped leaves—from getting caught in the weave. Decomposing leaves can cause discoloration. All-weather resin wicker should not be subjected to intense heat. Therefore, do not place resin furniture too close to a grill or a fire. All-weather resin wicker furniture should be stored in a sheltered spot over the winter months. Ipé: Jensen Leisure Ipé is naturally a uniform brown color. Keep in mind that all outdoor wood furniture will turn gray when exposed to sunlight and the elements. This occurs as ultra violet (UV) light bleaches the wood. To preserve the original color of Ipé, we recommend using the Ipé Aftercare Kit. Please note: the Ipé Aftercare Kit should only be used after the original finish begins to lighten in color (after approximately 2-3 months of outdoor exposure depending on your local weather conditions). Step 1: Apply Penofin Pro Tech Brightener Before using any Penofin product, eye protection and rubber gloves should be worn. Cover the ground under your work area before starting. Empty the packet of Penofin Brightener into one gallon of clean water and mix. Wet the surface with a garden hose and sprayer. Using a plastic pump garden sprayer or brush, apply the solution liberally. DO NOT ALLOW THE SOLUTION TO DRY ON THE SURFACE. Mist occasionally and agitate with non-metallic stiff brush for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Step 2: Apply Penofin Verde Oil Finish Apply one coat and wait 15-20 minutes, thoroughly wipe the entire surface with a nap-free cloth until the wood feels dry to the touch. Please note that any excess oil left on the surface will congeal and result in a tacky finish. Following this treatment, apply Penofin Verde once per season (tabletops and other horizontal surfaces may require a second application). Remember that the wood surface needs to be clean and completely dry before applying the Penofin Verde. Depending on weather conditions, a single application of Penofin Verde should be dry to touch and ready to use within 24-48 hours. Please note that outdoor cushions or other fabrics should not be allowed to remain in direct contact with the recently finished surface during wet weather, until the finish has been allowed to completely dry and set (approximately 1-2 weeks depending on local weather conditions). Teak: ScanCom Teak is one of the hardest of all wood types, resistant to rotting and the effects of weather. The natural color of teak is honey-brown with a polished look that comes from its built-in reservoir of teak oil. Within 9-12 months of exposure to the elements, if left untreated, teak will age to a silvery-gray color. Jordan's teak maintenance kit provides products for cleaning and maintaining teak furniture. To retain the natural brown teak color, a regular application of teak sealer that contains UV protection is recommended. Atmospheric changes and changes in humidity can cause "checking" on teak furniture. Checking is characteristic fine cracks in the wood's surface. Checking will not negatively affect the use or the lifespan of the furniture. Teak furniture can be left outside year round. If desired, teak furniture can be covered, but the cover material should "breathe". Teak can also be stored in an unheated space. Care should be taken not to move teak from outdoors to a heated area as the drastic change in temperature and humidity can cause damage. Envirowood Made from recycled plastic, Seaside Casuals employs their patented “Envirowood” for all of their outdoor furniture. This high-performance material does not require sealing, will not splinter, and resists fading. For regular cleaning, wash with a mild soap and water solution. Do not pressure wash. To maintain the stainless steel hardware, especially in direct coastal areas or when exposed to salt water, regular rinsing with plain water is recommended. Use of caustic cleaners and harsh chemicals is not recommended. Cast Aluminum Furniture Cast aluminum furniture is lightweight, repels rust and stays cooler to the touch. Powder-coated painted surfaces are scratch and fade resistant. Frames should be cleaned with a sponge and a non-abrasive soap. Dish detergent should be avoided as it can leave an oily residue. Spills should be wiped with a damp cloth, using a mild soap and water solution. Abrasive cleaners should be avoided. Wet cushions will dry faster when placed on their sides to drain. Cushions should be stored in a dry area. Keeping furniture covered when not in use helps keep it cleaner (think birds flying overhead, or messy trees). Be sure furniture is dry before covering. Store cast aluminum frames in a sheltered area for the winter. If the furniture has foot caps, remove them to drain excess water before storing. Be sure that all cast aluminum furniture is dry before storing to prevent damage from trapped water freezing and expanding. Do not store cast aluminum frames upside down, as many frames are designed to drain excess moisture in the upright position. In coastal areas, salt may accumulate leading to corrosion. If used in an indoor pool area, chlorides may accumulate. Regular cleaning as described above will remove the deposits and protect the finish. Outdoor umbrellas: Treasure Garden, Tuuci No umbrella, regardless of size or weight, should be left unattended in the open position. In windy conditions, it is recommended that umbrellas be closed, removed from their base, and stored, or laid horizontally. This will reduce the risk of damage to your umbrella, furniture, and other property. Fabric canopies can be cleaned by brushing away loose dirt and debris, hosing off with water, and cleaning with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution (water should not exceed 100° F). Rinse thoroughly to remove soap; air dry. Be sure that the parasol pole is firmly attached before opening parasol. Remove all packing materials—exterior and interior— before assembly. Umbrella ribs must be separated by hand at least 6” out from the pole before opening the parasol. Check bolts on base plates (Tuuci) regularly to ensure they are fully tightened. All umbrella bases are for use on flat, stable surfaces. To ensure stability of your umbrella, please observe proper placement, and use sufficient weight (base). Steel or cast iron bases should be kept clean. Remove dirt by cleaning with mild soap and water. Never leave bases standing in water. To keep your bases looking their best, you may wish to store them indoors when not in use for an extended period of time.
Thanksgiving lends itself to a sensory overload in the best kind of way. Every sense is awakened from the sounds of autumn leaves crunching beneath your feet to the savory scent of a home cooked meal to the overwhelming feeling of joy that comes from being surrounded by loved ones. Embrace it all by setting your Thanksgiving table with the look and taste of the season… Maple Bourbon Apple Crisp anyone? Foraged Finds || Pepper your table with earthy elements creating an organic look that is effortlessly cozy. Look for the unexpected when curating your table décor like mini pumpkins in dusty green and white, golden ferns, and weathered branches. Infuse warmth with pillar candles surrounded by a base of fresh moss. Finish the look with linens in moody hues like deep cranberry or rich forest green. Maple Bourbon Apple Crisp || An unexpected twist on a classic favorite... Ingredients 5 apples - peeled, cored, and sliced. Crisp apples (like Empire) work best for this recipe. 3/4 cup real maple syrup 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon of bourbon 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 1. Place apples in an 8x8 inch baking dish and toss with maple syrup and bourbon. 2. In a separate bowl mix flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly and sprinkle evenly over the apples. 3. Bake for 35 minutes until the top is golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
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