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SPACES: Real-home redesigns with wall-to-wall ideas you can use.
VIRTUALLY VIBING ON PALM SPRINGS Designing the perfect long distance relationship.
PURPOSEFUL DESIGN Modern Scandy in all its glory.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON-PRINT PEW It may be the year of the dog but dragons are ruling this kitchen.
SUITE SURRENDER Sophisticated coastal living in Kelowna.
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FRONT DOOR DÉCOR Rethinking the wreath.
CRAFT TABLE: DIY? WE SAY Y-E-S!
POMPOMS ON THE WALL Colorful and easy wall décor.
HOT SPOT: Creative places and faces with unique POVs. WOOSTER BRUSHES At Home visits with this historic brush-maker.
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he start of a new season inevitably brings headlines about fashion trends, fitness trends and food trends – and we eat them all up, as adamant as we may be that we Do. Not. Follow. Trends. Yet, even the staunchest individualists find their worlds influenced by trends – and that’s not a bad thing if you can: 1) distinguish between trends and flightier fads and 2) understand why trends matter. Ongoing trends signal the general direction in which something is changing or developing. On the other hand, fads are hot and then they’re not. It’s the difference between elegant pendant lights and psychedelic lava lamps. Do trends matter? Absolutely. Take, for instance, 2018’s striking Color of the Year. It was expertly chosen based on observing global trends including pop culture, architectural design, fashion, fine art and even the current social and political climate. The expert eyes that choose the Color of the Year have a long-range vision. To them, it’s not about what’s in one season and out the next. And here’s why. Most people don’t paint their homes every year; in fact, it’s more of a five- to seven-year cycle. The chosen Color of the Year must be able to stand up in the years to come, not only in our homes but as it emerges in everything from automobiles to asymmetrical skirts. (Cue Miranda Priestly’s on-point diatribe on “blue” in "The Devil Wears Prada") If you’re still concerned about being a slave to trends, remember that you are in total control of which trends are introduced into your home. Stay on top of those that are relevant to you – whether it be rich, bold colors, natural building materials, rounded furniture or finishing accents that emphasize minimalism or maximalism. Go for those that enhance the feeling you want to create or bring together the exact look you wish to achieve. After all, any trend that moves you to refine your personal style as much as it inspires you to redesign your space is one worth following.
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WHAT YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE HIRING A PRO … and why a coupon shouldn’t be the only criteria for choosing your paint contractor! Certain painting jobs are too big, too complex or simply out of reach for the average homeowner. That’s when it’s time to call in a professional. While it may be tempting to do an online search for local painters, redeem a handy coupon or contact the last company to stuff a sales flyer in your mailbox – hiring a good professional painter requires some forethought and due diligence. Don’t reward your painting job to the first person to answer their phone. Seeking out a qualified, experienced and reputable contractor will save you migraines down the road. It is important to find a professional painting firm that will deliver quality from start to finish. A happy, satisfied customer should be their ultimate goal and upholding their reputation and workmanship should be essential to them. Start by asking neighbors, family and friends to recommend local painters who have recently completed jobs for them. Would they hire the same company again? Before making your decision, collect at least three quotes. A good contractor will visit your home before giving you a written cost estimate. This is a perfect time to learn more about their company by asking several pertinent questions: • How long have you been in business? This is not the same as “How long have you been painting?” so ask both questions. You should hire someone who has been in operation for some time.
• Who will do the work? The company owner may do the project estimating, but not the job itself. Ask whether employees or subcontractors will be assigned to paint your home and how much experience they have. This also opens the door to verifying their safe practices, licenses and insurance coverage.
• How much? You get what you pay for, which is why the lowest bid is never the only consideration in hiring a pro painter – just as the highest bid doesn’t make that company the best contractor. Instead of hiring on price alone, look at the bigger picture to see the value of what is being offered.
• What kind of preparation work will you do? Proper preparation is more than just providing drop cloths to protect floors and furniture. Will the contractor clean and prime the walls, remove switch plates and outlet covers, mask trim and mouldings with tape and otherwise prepare the area as necessary?
• Can you provide references? Don’t be shy about asking for multiple referrals – and they should be as recent as possible. Follow up by calling the names on the list and asking what it was like to work with the company: did they show up on time every morning and tidy well before leaving in the evening? How long did it take to complete the actual job compared to set expectations and did they charge the price quoted on the original bid? If there was a difference, ask why.
• What kind of paint do you use? Unless you work with an interior designer, choosing the wall color is up to you. However, find out what brand or brands of paint the contractor works with and if they have recommendations on other materials, colors or finishes that would work best.
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A FRESH COAT OF CURB APPEAL A vibrant, welcoming front door turns your home into the new kid on the block Let’s address your address. By that we mean taking a good, long look at how your house appears from the street. If you believe the exterior is in need of a refresh, there’s an easy and inexpensive DIY project that really packs a punch: giving your front door a facelift! No matter the color, your front door is more than a transition from the outdoors in. That’s why choosing a bright shade of “hello” elevates the appearance of your home and makes a bold statement amidst everyday surroundings. Paint your front door and get ready for the neighborhood to take notice. YOU WILL NEED: • Painter’s tape • Sponge • Fine grit sandpaper • Paintable filler • Good quality paint brushes
Choose moderate and dry weather for painting. You’ll have to keep your door open for a few hours, so pick a day when the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. Avoid windy days because of all the dust and debris swirling in the air. You should also have a temporary replacement to protect your house while you are completing this project. A heavy tarp, an existing storm door or even a large piece of plywood will deter insects, birds and other unwanted visitors. STEP 1: Remove the door and all of the hardware (wedge a screwdriver in the joints between the hinges and the hinge pin, then tap lightly with a hammer until the hinge pins come loose). Rest the door on a pair of sawhorses outside. Remove any remaining hardware, such as the door handle.
• High-density foam rollers • 1 quart adhesion primer • 1 quart satin or semi-gloss exterior paint see “Choosing a Sheen”
STEP 2: Wipe the door clean, then scrape off any blistered or peeling paint. Use sandpaper until the surface feels smooth.
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If there are cracks in the door, repair them by working small amounts of paintable filler in with a putty knife. Let it dry and then sand until smooth. Before priming, wipe away the extra dust with a damp cloth. STEP 3: Use painter’s tape to protect and cover anything you want to keep clean and free of paint, such as glass accents or windows. STEP 4: Priming prevents the door from absorbing moisture, smooths out the texture and keeps the paint from seeping in to the wood so don’t skip this step. Apply a coat of primer with a foam roller or a wide paintbrush. Be sure to cover the front and all the side edges. STEP 5: Once the primer is dry, it’s time to paint in this order: 1) Bevels, 2) Panels, 3) Center stile, 4) Rails, 5) Outer stiles. One common question is how to paint edges. When a door is painted two colors on either side, the two side edges get a different color. The hinged edge gets the exterior color when the door swings in. If the door swings out, the side with the knob gets the exterior color. STEP 6: Apply a second coat of paint for a smooth finish and truer color. Once the door is completely dry (it will no longer be tacky to the touch), the hardware can be reattached and the door reinstalled.
DOORSTEP PALETTES MADE TO POP • R ed – Feng Shui’s bold symbol of happiness, strength and positive energy. • B lack – The ultimate contrast color is as dramatic as it is elegant. • T urquoise – Romantic Tiffany-inspired color against an otherwise all-white exterior. • L ime Green – Greens, even lime green, pick up natural colors from the surrounding landscape. • Y ellow – An irresistibly sunny entryway hints at a home’s warm energy
CHOOSING A SHEEN The sheen describes the glossiness of your paint’s finish. For doors, choose a satin, semi-gloss or high gloss paint. Satins are more lustrous and have a greater warmth and depth than flat paints. Semi-gloss are slightly glossy, sleek and radiant, offer good stain resistance and are easy to clean. High-gloss paint is the shiniest because it has the highest light-reflective characteristics.
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DO MORE... BEAUTIFULLY Life can be unpredictable. Perhaps a food fight breaks out in the kitchen, your dog develops an affinity for licking the walls, or the kids return from a spontaneous mud volleyball game. You need a paint strong enough to handle everything life can throw at it. That’s why we made Avalon the most durable, washable wall paint we’ve ever made.
Avalon provides an incredibly durable and long lasting surface ensuring the original appearance will last longer so you’ll have to paint less often. Avalon outlasts competitive products after repeated scrub cycles making it the best choice for your home.
Avalon resists common household stains from penetrating into the paint film making it extremely easy to clean. Most stains effortlessly wipe away with a clean cloth and water ensuring your paint continues to look great. Avalon excels at stain resistance compared to other brands.
Avalon is incredibly easy to use allowing you to quickly finish your project and make it look great. We created a revolutionary new base called Ultra White Base. It is exceptionally white ensuring colors have incredible depth, vibrancy and clarity. You’ll notice the difference. Ultra White Base also has truly remarkable hide allowing you to paint more surface area with no additional effort.
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THE 60-30-10 RULE OF DECORATING ANY SPACE Pull together the perfect color scheme with this timeless formula Shhh! We’ll let you in on the little secret behind those swoon-worthy rooms as seen on TV, magazines and décor websites. It’s as simple as 1-2-3, or more accurately, 60-30-10. The reason your favorite spaces look so elegantly harmonized is that they are professionally pulled together using the 60-30-10 rule of design. The color scheme has been divided into percentages: 60 per cent is the room’s main color, 30 per cent is the secondary color and 10 per cent is the accent color.
Let’s look at it another way. The 60-30-10 rule is like a well-tailored business suit; 60 per cent of the ensemble’s color comes from the jacket and pants; 30 per cent is the dress shirt; and the final 10 per cent is the jazzy necktie that gives it that certain little je ne sais quoi. If you understand the rule, then you’ll understand the principle behind decorating any room. It will also help you to collaborate and communicate with your interior designer to create the look you want. 60/THE MAIN COLOR: In a living room, this would include the walls and perhaps an anchor piece of furniture like a large sofa. This unifying color is the foundation for the room and it serves as a backdrop for what else will come into the space. 30/THE SECONDARY COLOR: In general, this color appears half as much as the main color. Think window draperies, accent chairs, painted furniture, lighting, linens or perhaps a single accent wall. The secondary color’s job is to support the main color in a complementary way and yet, look different enough to set it apart and create interest.
Can you break the tried and true 60-30-10 rule? Why, of course. There are ways to break the rule and still strike a balance by going 6030-5-5 or even 30-30-20-20, you rebel, you! You can also play with a monochromatic color scheme, applying the 60-30-10 rule to varying shades of the same color. While some rules are made to be broken, keep in mind that they are also helpful when we need a bit of direction. That’s certainly true in decorating. If you’re unsure about introducing bold hues or striking balance in your space, the 60-30-10 rule is definitely the key to color confidence.
10/THE ACCENT COLOR: This is where the real fun comes in. You’ll likely find the accent color from artwork in the room or from a large fabric print, such as an area rug, and use it to choose throw pillows and other decorative accessories. Remember, a few bold choices can have a big impact.
DIAMOND VOGEL PAINT CAN WORK WITH YOU TO CHOOSE A 60-30-10 RATIO THAT WILL BRIGHTEN AND BALANCE YOUR ROOM USING CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY COLORS.
TOUCHING UP IS (NOT) HARD TO DO How to spot paint scratches, marks and dings without repainting the entire room It happens. In the rush of daily life, walls in high-traffic areas of the home get scratched and scuffed. With a bit of time, patience and procedure, you can touch up those marks and keep your walls looking fresh and smooth. Before you start in on the six-step process below, remember that the ability to touch up a painted surface depends on the gloss and color of the original paint product, whether it is alkyd (oilbased) or latex, as well as the length of time it has been on the surface. The experts at Diamond Vogel Paint can help you do the job right. Step 1: Clean the wall surface Dirt, dust and grime build up can affect paint adhesion so it’s important to wipe down your wall before beginning. Using a sponge, lightly clean the work area with a mixture of mild detergent and water. Step 2: Repair divots and dents Premixed spackling compound can fill in any dents, nail holes or deep scratches that have accumulated on your wall. Before applying, smooth the surface with a fine-grit sandpaper, then use just enough compound to fill the hole or crack. Wipe away any excess with a damp cloth and allow it to set (this takes a few hours) before lightly sanding it again. Step 3: Prime the area To ensure proper paint adhesion and color blending, you must prime the repair area before painting. If you skip this step, the touched-up spot will stand out from the rest of the wall surface. Apply the primer just to the repair area and allow it to dry completely.
Step 4: Use the same paint It’s always wise to store leftover paint so that you can use it for making repairs. In fact, your touch-up paint should be from the original can – otherwise, matching colors could be mission impossible. If that’s not possible, return to your paint store and ask for the same brand, color and finish (flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, gloss). Bonus tip: Alkyd paint loses 30% of its gloss after a few months, making new touch ups appear too glossy for several weeks – even if from the original paint can. Generally, latex paint makes touch ups easier because the paint’s age does not affect gloss or color. Step 5: Use the same application tool If the wall surface was originally painted with a roller, use a roller to touch up the paint finish. Brushes and rollers will leave different surface textures, making necessary repair jobs quite apparent. Step 6: Inspect once dry Let the paint dry before doing a visual inspection. You will want to see how it looks at different angles as well as in both natural and artificial light. Remember, even though you know where the patch is, visitors will not be able to spot it once the paint dries and ages.
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The perfect white is an ongoing debate in the design world, which will likely go on indefinitely. If your seeking a white that’s not really white and is subtly touched with a hint of blue-gray Illuminating Experience hits the nail on the head. It adds just enough cool contrast against a truly white trim selection and allows the walls to be a quiet back drop for all the other elements in a room to sing. Let’s face it, there’s really no upstaging a pretty pink sofa and the juicy palm frond wallpaper in this fab living room. Besides, an Academy Award for a supporting role sparkles just the same as one for lead actor!
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In Baum’s "The Wizard of Oz" novel, Dorothy’s magic slippers were first penned as a pair of silver pumps. Interesting that, for the movie, they were changed to ruby red. Gilbert Adrian, MGM Studios’ chief costume designer knew that a pop of red would stand out vividly against the yellowbrick road and who are we to argue with the logic of Technicolor history. Those slippers played a central role in the film just like the pop of beautiful red fabric, Party Time painted wooden chairs and bold accessories do against the neutral but stalwart Ocean Crest in this movie-set worthy kitchen. It’s just like Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”
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Above: A beautiful crisp white that’s not too bright and is equally at home covering trims, doors, ceilings and the walls. A trick often taken from a designer’s playbook is to swathe an entire space in a single color. Reducing contrast between walls, ceilings and trim leaves site lines uninterrupted and makes rooms feel large and airy. Execute that trick in a simple white with no undertones and you'll bounce natural light around for days! Familiar with the leg lengthening bonus of wearing a nude shoe and the added benefit that they go with everything? Cyprus Spring is the decorista’s workhorse akin to the fashionista’s staple that should be in every gal’s closet. Left: Ask any designer for their top five whites and we’d be willing to bet Cotton White is in the mix. As faithful as the day is long with a slightly cool undertone, it’s the color choice commonly used in art galleries and museums everywhere. And with good reason; it contains a little gray, creating an off-white option that doesn’t lean in the direction of any particular color tone, but remains soft and comfortable. Classic, crisp and clean. Light and bright. Fresh and airy. Coupled with the gray washed-wood tones, over-sized stone tiles and natural materials in this gorgeous coastal home Cotton White proves once again it is the white with which you cannot go wrong.
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We went out in search of some new front door dĂŠcor and came back bursting with a fresh take on wreaths.
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This beautiful wreath will make a statement in any season. We collected a bucket of driftwood from the beach (about 100 pieces in total). Armed with a wire wreath form and a glue gun, we assembled this beauty in an hour. Try substituting birch twigs or other sticks to create your own version!
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This living breathing beauty is a real stunner! Soak a Sphagnum moss wreath base as per the package instructions so that it is thoroughly soaked. Make holes in the moss with a dowel or your fingers to insert your succulent bases and then secure with greening pins. Work with your wreath laying flat and allow the moisture from soaking to evaporate and your plants to â€œrootâ€? a little before hanging.
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This squishy departure from the wreath makes for an easy DIY project that will use up a bunch of scrap yarn
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First, attach a picture hanger to the back of a round wooden form. We used screws, and depending on how long they are, they might poke through. If that happens the points will be covered by the pompoms so don't worry! We made pompoms using home-made cardboard forms but you can purchase pre-made pompoms or special forms from a local craft store. Trial the final design by placing the pompoms on the wooden form prior to gluing them so that you can get an idea of the overall look. That will give you a chance to move them around, once they're glued they're not going anywhere. With a generous amount of hot glue, adhere the pompoms so they are touching and covering the entire wooden form. Once it is covered and the glue has cooled, you're all set. Now just hang it up! We went with a pretty pastel color palette but in the case of pompoms approach your project with an open mind. You can always use a different shape or even a letter for the form, get creative!
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Foss brothers turn box of bristles into Wooster brush company
t was like a version of A&E’s “Storage Wars” when Adam Foss took a chance on a mystery box at an auction of unclaimed freight in Ohio in 1851. The 29-year-old had just made a whistle stop in Cincinnati as he was travelling from Pennsylvania. He decided to bid on a crate that, once opened, revealed a shipment of hog bristles that came from China. Not having a clue what to do with a case full of hair that grows on the backs of hogs, Foss continued on to Wooster, Ohio along with his curious purchase to visit his older brother, Samuel. Upon arrival, Adam Foss unveiled the interesting auction item to his sibling. The men mulled over what to do with the material before agreeing it would serve as the crowning glory for their handmade hog bristle paintbrushes. They immediately began the assembly process in Samuel’s basement and sold them door-to-door throughout town. Fortunately, they didn’t get the “brush off” as their product was a hit. The Wooster Brush Company began to gain traction. “Word got around that these brushes were quite something,” said Tim Yates, Communications and Multi-Media Manager for the 167-year-old company, its name paying homage to the town where the applicators made their debut. It didn’t take long for Adam and Samuel to transfer their operation out of the basement and into a shop on East Liberty Street in Wooster. “They expanded their door-to-door sales throughout Ohio, and things just continued to grow from there,” said Yates. Soon, the Foss brothers were attracting a loyal following in other States, with customers in Michigan and Indiana. Despite the increase in production, the two were still making and selling their paint brushes themselves in addition to being the owners. After moving a few more times around Wooster and adding to their workforce, the company relocated to a spot on Madison Avenue in 1909. That way, they would be strategically situated close to the railway. The building has expanded several times over the years and now has over 800-thousand square feet of shipping, administrative and warehousing facilities.
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While the company could have looked to other cities to operate out of, the headquarters were not going anywhere. “It’s a testament to the loyalty the business has always had to the community,” said Yates. “And, if you were to do an aerial shot of the roof, you would see all of the seams where the add-ons were made,” he chuckled. “It’s quite impressive.” Where you won’t find seams is on a surface that has been touched by a brush or roller manufactured by Wooster, promised Yates. He said they strive to ensure anyone who picks up one of Wooster’s tools is successful with that tool and that it will do the job right the first time. “Maybe you can get away with painting the dog house in your back yard with just any brush or roller that you don’t mind throwing out,” he said. “But I don’t think that’s what you want to depend on when redecorating your elegant dining room.” Wooster has continued a tradition of ground-breaking development gaining a reputation as a top application innovator, creating more new products than any other high-quality applicator manufacturer. “We pride ourselves on the high quality of our products,” he said, noting the company designed one of, if not the most, popular style of paint brushes on the market - the Angle Sash Brush in 1937. “During World War II, there was a trade embargo with China which meant no access to the hog bristles,” said Yates. “Instead of throwing up their hands, the innovative Wooster team got to work and became the first to collaborate with DuPont in 1941 to develop nylon brushes.” “Our products were the first to be used by the military. For a time, we even manufactured army cots when we needed something to make.” The commitment the owners and employees have had to the brand and the products they produce during Wooster’s extensive history is evident. The operation currently employs over 580 people with an average of 15 years of service, which includes those who run the distribution center in Reno, Nevada. One long time employee says the people she works with are all made to feel important no matter what their role may be.
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“Many people have been with Wooster for 25, 35, 40 even 50 years which says a lot about the work ethic and friendly environment the Foss family began when the brothers were scratching their heads wondering what to do with that hog bristle,” said Yates, himself a nine-year employee. “Even during recessions, wars and the housing crash of 2008, not one person ever lost their job. There’s been an employee profit sharing program since 1917, and ours was one of the first five companies in the country to do that.” Adam Foss would pass away in 1907 at the age of 85. Since then, Wooster has had only nine presidents. William S. Fagert took on that role in 2010 after having served with the company for 25 years. From its founders selling product door-to-door to having an online presence with “how to” videos on its website and social media such as YouTube, Yates said Wooster has been able to “keep up with the times” while continuing to stay true to their core values. Those in the Wooster Brush Company family believe that what’s in their heads and their hearts, the pride and the desire to succeed, will keep them going strong. “The Wooster Brush Company story is a perfect illustration of the American dream,” said Yates.
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VIRTUALLY VIBING ON PALM SPRINGS How one designer made a big splash in a tiny room without ever stepping foot in it Text: BARBARA CHABAI Design: MICHELLE GAGE Photography KYLE SMITH BORN
The dino print above the mantel (made from a photo Natalie took) keeps watch over a garden of desert-native potted plants that add natural greenery and springtime freshness.
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o-Cal jetsetters take note: the perfect desert oasis to tipple your gimlet may just be in a swanky little living room in Jersey City, NJ. This playful, Palm Springs-inspired space was designed by Michelle Gage Interior Design as Gage’s submission to the One Room Challenge, a twice-yearly event that tasks designers with completely transforming a space in six weeks. It was kismet that Gage knew the ideal client to pitch on the intense challenge: pink-haired cocktail consultant and blogger Natalie Jacob. “Natalie and I first connected on Instagram and I loved her awesome personal style,” Gage recalls. “So I told her about wanting to participate in the challenge and asked if I could design a room for her. As luck would have it, she was moving into a new home so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.” Having just returned from a trip to Palm Springs, Jacob suggested doing the room with a breezy, vintage vibe that reflected the quirkiness of the desert city she’d fallen for. Gage ran with it. “We went for that vibrant, in-your-face side to Palm Springs – the bold, saturated colors with more than a touch of eccentricity,” Gage says. “The great thing about having Natalie as a client is that she is not afraid of color or prints. That opened the door for us to explore a lot of design options, but in the end, what we each envisioned for the room was totally in sync with one another.” The fact that Gage lives in Philadelphia, 100 miles away from Jacob, was not a deterrent – the pair agreed to a virtual collaboration. In fact, the designer never once stepped foot in the space. Jacob sent photos and dimensions to Gage, who then drew up the floor plan and developed a design to fit the small, narrow room. One was the long-distance art director, while the other acted as the production assistant, receiving orders, unboxing items and putting them in their designated spaces. Among the first elements they incorporated into the decor was a weirdly-cute image that Jacob took at the Cabazon Dinosaurs roadside attraction (it now serves as fireplace art), as well as a pale pink sofa. “Natalie really wanted a pink sofa and I really wanted it for her, so we started with that. She owned a few pieces she wanted to incorporate into the space, such as a large vintage credenza, so we used it to fill the wall and provide some storage.” A wall mural called Calathea Leaves brings together the room’s fabulously vibrant palette. Pink martini anyone? The Lucite and brass bar cart was a welldeserved indulgence and a nod to the homeowner’s creative cocktail-design business.
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Gage says the rose-quartz pink sofa, a modern spin on the button-tufted classic with flared arms, is her favorite design feature in the room because “I don’t think I’ll ever get another client that lets me put a pale pink sofa in their space.” Nestled up to it is a Moroccan-inspired leather pouf.
Rustic touches, including the folding chairs in the foyer, eclectic artwork from foreign travels and the family's harvest style table in the dining room, are humble reminders of their homegrown roots.
Exotic-patterned wallpaper of green, blue and pink palm fronds was the spot-on choice to tie together the room’s palette. A retro Lucite and brass bar cart, admittedly a bit of a last-minute splurge, is a touch of glam and a tip of the fedora to Jacob’s career as a mixologist. Accents that are “75 per cent new, 25 per cent already owned,” were thoughtfully layered to add color and texture after Gage mined budget-
friendly retailers for items such as the fringe throw pillows and teal table lamps. Jacob dug through her personal collection of one-of-a-kind travel souvenirs for distinctive pieces to adorn the corner shelves. Gage and Jacob brought Philly-based photographer and stylist Kyle Smith Born on board to help put the finishing touches in place and capture its Palm Springs essence.
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The eclectic mélange of inexpensive but visually intriguing pieces lining the shelves reflect the quirky, cheerful feel of the space. Many of the trinkets and tchotchkes in the collection are Natalie’s personal travel mementoes.
“Kyle has a great eye and we knew she’d bring something special to this project as a stylist and as a photographer. The room wouldn’t look like it does without any one of us. It’s a true collaboration and I think that’s what made it so successful,” Gage says. “Natalie is such a cool person and the room looks so much like her. Together, the three of us transformed the space and made it very much Natalie – unique, fun, quirky and colorful.”
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PURP OSE FUL DESIGN Bright, clean and clutter-free, this minimalistic home is inspired by Scandinavian style Text: Barbara Chabai Design: Jaclyn Peters Photography: Cadence Hays
A neutral color palette and an abundance of natural light allow the warmth of the oiled white oak hardwood flooring, custom-made floating cabinets and media stand to shine in the main floor living area.
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implicity and utility are highly valued in Scandinavian interior design. As a result, homes are pure and practical with clean lines that emphasize fine craftsmanship, warmth and serenity. So when Jaclyn Peters of Jaclyn Peters Design met homeowners seeking an airy, bright and clutter-free redesign of their 2,500-square-foot-home, she looked for some Nordic inspiration. “When the homeowner described herself as a minimalist, I immediately thought of the Scandinavian design style with its natural light, neutral colors and an intentional use of every square inch of space,” Peters says. Balance was an important factor in designing the main floor renovation, as Peters was charged with creating a look that was neither overly modern nor overly traditional, as well as being equally masculine as it was feminine. To strike the balance in the living room, for example, she played up natural light and a neutral palette over dazzling pops of color. “They have such beautiful natural light in that space that I chose to stay away from adding color because it would have been too visually distracting. Instead, I wanted to ensure that the eyes would move around the entire room without stopping at bold colors that would have been too punchy.” Letting the light and genuine materials, including white oak hardwood floors and timber support beams, do the talking allowed art from the homeowners’ personal collection to tell its own story. In fact, the stunning, handmade pieces of Inuit art are so fascinating that they served as the jumping-off point for the design of the rest of the room. The black-framed artwork is echoed in the black marble fireplace, oversized sectional and patterned area rug. The home’s neutral theme carries into the powder room’s black millwork and white fixtures, adding a glint of gold for shine, then continues to flow into the kitchen and dining area where the lighting sconces are subtly accented in gold amidst a pristine white backdrop. Clean and bright as per the homeowners’ wishes, the kitchen is also unexpectedly cozy and approachable. Classic white subway tile is masterfully aligned along the backsplash, flanked by handlefree upper cabinets and lowers outfitted with large, integrated black pulls. The heart of the kitchen is the multifunctional quartztopped island and bar stool seating, giving this family of five a place to eat, hang out or catch up at the end of the day. Peters added warmth and texture to the kitchen with floating white oak shelves, subtly reflecting the oiled hardwood flooring below. Arguably, the home’s most elegant feature is its largest and the one that speaks most eloquently about Scandinavian design – the staircase. Located just off the foyer, the formerly flared-out staircase was given a major makeover to update and streamline its look while opening up the surrounding space. Old spindle railing Opposite: Inuit art from the homeowners’ personal collection creates a stylish story. Above right: The powder room continues the Scandinavian design with black millwork and white quartz counters, adding more artwork as well as gold trim for sparkle and interest. Right: A major facelift was given to the grand staircase just off the foyer to create more floor space. White risers with matching white oak treads make the sleek black powder-coated metal railings and the timber support beams stand-out features.
The custom island, made from quarter sawn white oak, provides extra storage space as well as a handy spot for working, serving or gathering while entertaining.
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was replaced by a sleek, black powder-coated metal design and drywall posts were swapped out for new timber support beams. “The staircase is my favorite feature by far. This is a family that loves to entertain, so to be able to give them that immediate wow factor as soon as you walk through the front door was monumental,” Peters says, adding she was excited to collaborate with clients who shared her vision of purposeful design. “I really identify with the calming style of this entire space – white walls, black accents, warm woods and intentional décor. The homeowner was like a kindred spirit as we’re both of the mindset that we want to see our favorite things around the house and not just have things out for the sake of filling a space,” she says. “A year and a half later, they still absolutely love living in their home. It’s perfect for them.” Above: Classic white subway tile surrounds the family’s kitchen, anchored by a large island with quartz countertops and seating for five; industrial pendant lights hover above the casual eating area. Above Left: Two floating oak shelves add warmth and texture inside the kitchen’s crisp white space. Left: The white grid-style upper cabinet doors accommodate the handle-free, streamlined design while the lowers are outfitted with black pulls.
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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON-PRINT PEW
Family’s eat-in kitchen gets a modern makeover combining fire and ice
Text: Barbara Chabai Design: Square Footage Frankie Castro Photography:Valerie Wilcox
The banquette’s custom fabric, a pattern called Dragon in Pigmentos, brings the heat to cool surroundings.
Communication is key in a busy family, which is the reason for this handy message board crafted from recycled blackboard. The adjustable bronze sconce up top adds an old school touch.
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Ample storage space included built-in bookshelves where the homeowner, a book editor, could house her large volume of favorite titles.
he Chinese regard the mighty dragon as a potent symbol of energy and good fortune – and it turned out to be a lucky find indeed for the designer behind this custom kitchen. “I just happened to find this fabulous, fun red fabric for the island’s built-in banquette and thought it would make the perfect addition to the space,” recalls Frankie Castro, Creative Director of Square Footage Inc. “At first, the homeowner thought it might be too bold, but her two boys fell in love with the dragons and sold her on the idea. It’s a great way to bring a pattern into the kitchen.”
Thanks to a few well-placed accents and existing artwork, the fiery red fabric of the bench seat is repeated sparingly but effectively in colorful pops around the room.
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Top: A wall originally separating the kitchen and dining room was moved so the homeowners could watch their sons play on their seasonal skating rink in the backyard. Above: Bronze pendant lights over the kitchen island are more differentiated than they first appear: each has a unique shade to cast an unusually attractive light.
The family originally had a wall separating their kitchen and dining room which they wanted removed to give them an unobstructed view of the backyard. A ravine flowing through their property is turned into an ice rink each winter, so the homeowners asked for a cozy spot where they could sit and watch their sons skating and playing outdoors. Upon moving the wall, the two rooms became one large, multifunctional eat-in kitchen where friends and family can casually gather and interact. Castro’s design vision included a tone-ontone palette of icy water-colored blues, bronze handle pulls and mismatched pendant lights “all intentionally a bit different to reflect our client’s eclectic taste,” she says. “I wanted the kitchen to be well curated so it has this real sense of discovery to it. That way, your eyes don’t see everything all at once – it might take you a while to realize, for instance, that the lights are all slightly different, or that the knobs and handle pulls on the cupboards don’t quite match. All of these layers add to the visual interest and the whimsy.” Once the dragon-fabric bench cushion was introduced into the design, Castro was able to incorporate more color around the room, most notably fiery red accents such as the refinished vintage chairs, cookery and the client’s diptych artwork. “The red pops of color keep the design fresh and fun,” she says. “I think color is really coming back into our everyday lives and the days of gray are thankfully gone, or going.” In addition to a view of the backyard, the homeowner had more storage on her dream kitchen wish list – more specifically, a place for the collection of books she has amassed in her profession as an editor and in her passion as an avid reader. Although a library is something of an unusual request for a kitchen, Castro made it happen by building rows of recessed bookshelves next to the banquette. “If you live in a space that really reflects your personality, you’ll always feel like yourself,” she says. “The homeowners feel that this kitchen reflects who they are and that it’s very personal knowing that no one else has a space quite like it.”
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SUITE SURRENDER Dreamy colors and streamlined design turn this space into a getaway from the everyday Text: Barbara Chabai Design: Crispin Butterfield Urban Theory Interior Design Photography: Rachael A Photography
he shores of Okanagan Lake provided wave upon wave of inspiration for this luxury master suite. Tucked away on a private cove, this seasonal home’s owners wanted to repurpose space to create a peaceful, lower-floor sanctuary that would allow them to enjoy the lakeside views. “We transformed the home’s dated family room and cramped guest room into a light and airy master suite to give the owners their very own oasis,” says designer Crispin Butterfield of Urban Theory. “They wanted to open it up and turn the space into a relaxing, spa-like retreat to reflect their surroundings.” The husband, who travels abroad for work, shared photos that spoke to his European-contemporary taste, which is clean, minimal and uncluttered in design. Among the inspirations was a turquoise mosaic tiled ensuite. Butterfield says the sea-glass blues helped to define the palette and served as the jumping-off point for the project. “I went looking to find the perfect tile to use as a feature wall in the walk-in shower,” she says. “The one we ultimately chose not only reflects the watery colors of the beach, its jewel-like sparkle adds a touch of glam to a space where every surface is intentionally soothing, calm and uncomplicated.” Formerly a dated and divided family room and cramped bedroom, this expanded master suite has been transformed into a refuge of tranquility. Gentle colors, sleek fixtures and sumptuous furnishings set the stage for relaxation in this soothing space.
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A chic sliding barn door between the bedroom and bathroom is the ideal solution in a limited space. Finished in a high-end texturized melamine, the hollow-core door is clad in the same material as the custom millwork on the vanity to mimic the look of reclaimed wood without any concern of contracting or expanding with temperature fluctuations.
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A combination of polished and matte glass and porcelain tiles in airy teals and soft white summon relaxation, complemented by the ease of streamlined fixtures and simple hardware. Natural-looking finishes, including a weathered wood-looking sliding barn door, his-and-hers-vanity with quartz countertop and lowmaintenance luxury plank flooring in the bedroom provide both texture and warmth. “Organic elements are a way of bringing lake life indoors without having to decorate with starfish and bottles of sand – it’s too literal an interpretation of a “beachy” theme when we are going for something much more sophisticated and subtle.” Creating more breathing room and a sense of spaciousness was a challenge in this small, divided space, but Butterfield overcame it by removing any unnecessary existing partitions except for the supporting wall between the bedroom and bathroom. Large floor-to-ceiling windows were installed to open up the views, which the homeowners enjoy from inside their comfortable quarters or outside on their walk-out deck. Although the traditional client roles were reversed when the husband took the lead in consulting the designer to select a palette and overall feel for the master suite, Butterfield says his wife was equally thrilled with the design reveal. “The key to giving them a spa-like experience at home was to keep things as light, bright and airy as possible; no clutter, no fuss,” she explains. “In this space, the sheer simplicity in design and incredible views are the wow factor.”
small plates Photography, Styling and Recipes by Brian Johnson
While small plates are typically seen more often during the holiday season â€” when parties are as abundant as the trays of appetizers served at them â€” there's no rule about relegating those tasty little tidbits to the winter months. As spring emerges, it's the perfext time to gather together and share some snacks that pack a punch with each bite. Chef Brian Johnson has developed these easy-to-follow small plate recipes which, while small in size, are big on flavor. Gomae, recipe on p. 60. S P R I N G 2 018
TUNA BITES 1 package wonton wrappers vegetable oil for deep frying ¾ cup of sushi grade tuna cut into small cubes 1 avocado diced into equally small cubes 3 green onions thinly sliced 2 tbsp soya sauce 1 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil ½ tsp garlic chile sauce sesame seeds to garnish Deep frying wonton wrappers: Heat oil in saucepan to 375°F Pull off one wonton wrapper and use a 2 inch round cookie cutter to press out circular shape. Drop into oil. Monitor as they cook quickly, usually under a minute, and remove from oil when golden brown. Repeat this 5 times.
Tuna Filling: Combine tuna, avocado and green onions into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine soya sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and garlic chile sauce. Pour sauce onto the tuna, avocado and green onion mixture. Mix gently until well combined. Assembly: Start with a 1 deep fried wonton. Spoon tuna mixture onto the wonton. Top with sriracha sour cream Sriracha sour cream In a bowl mix together ½ cup sour cream and 2-3 tbsp of sriracha sauce and juice of ½ a fresh lime.
GOMAE 1 9-10oz bag of spinach 1 avocado Gomae dressing: 3 tbsp sesame seeds 3 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp mirin 1 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp horseradish Add full bag of spinach to boiling water. Cook for 1 minute. Strain water from spinach and let cool. Squeeze excess water out of spinach. Roughly chop spinach. Dice avocado into cubes. For the dressing; toast sesame seeds. Once toasted, grind up sesame seeds in mortar & pestle or small food processor. Add ground sesame seeds and remaining dressing ingredients and mix well. Coat spinach with dressing and top with avocado.
LAMB KOFTA 1 ½ lbs of lamb Mix: ½ cup fresh bread crumbs 2 shallots, diced 3 cloves of garlic, crushed ½ cup cilantro ¼ parsley 2 tbsp oregano 2 tbsp mint 1 tbsp paprika 1-2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp salt and pepper 2 eggs beaten 1 package of mini pitas 1 cup tzatziki sauce 2-3 roma tomatoes, sliced 1 english cucumber, sliced To make the kofta, combine all ingredients into 1 large mixing bowl. Form into small oblong meatballs. Grill over medium high heat until cooked through.
To assemble, put cooked kofta balls on the pita. Add dollop of tzatziki, 2 slices of tomatoes and cucumbers. GYOZA 1 ½ lb ground pork 4 oz water chestnuts 3 green onions 3 cloves of garlic 5 tbsp mirin 4 tbsp soya sauce 3 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp pepper 1 ½ tsp sambal 1 package of round gyoza/wonton wrappers Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Put approximately 1 rounded tbsp of mixture per wrapper and form into a dumpling shape Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a non stick pan. Place gyoza in pan until the bottom is browned. Add water to cover 1 cm of the bottom of the pan and cover. Let steam for 8-10 minutes. Serve with favourite dipping sauce, pine nuts, fresh basil and goat cheese.
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Finish off with bacon and parmesan shavings and some fresh ground pepper.
Parmesan cheese shaved with peeler into strips, approximately ¾ cup. Dressing ingredients: ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 1 tsp dijon mustard ½ tsp sugar Pinch of salt and pepper 4 tbsp olive oil Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together
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Buttermilk Fried Chicken
BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN 4 chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces Buttermilk marinade: 2 cups buttermilk 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp paprika 2 tsp pepper 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cayenne Cayenne maple syrup: 1 cup maple syrup 1 tsp cayenne pepper Heat up maple syrup in a saucepan. Stir in cayenne pepper. Remove from heat. Mix all buttermilk marinade ingredients together. Add chicken pieces and marinate 6-8 hours or preferably overnight.
Seasoned chicken coating 2 cups flour 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp paprika ½ tsp cayenne ½ tsp cumin Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Remove chicken from buttermilk and toss into dredge in small batches. Shake off excess flour mixture and set aside. Heat peanut oil in a deep stock pot to a temperature of 350°F for deep frying. Fry chicken in small batches. Approximately 4-5 minutes of deep frying per batch.
Use a favorite waffle recipe to make 8-10 waffles. Cut them into quarters and assemble quartered waffle as a base, top with chicken and drizzle with cayenne maple syrup. Sprinkle with green onions.
Brian Johnson spends his free time experimenting with flavors. Although he loves being adventurous with food, this selftaught cooking enthusiast truly appreciates a simple meal made of fresh ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Brian enjoys making soul-satisfying meals for his family and community of friends who happily clean their plates then ask, "When are you opening your own restaurant?" While that dream may someday be in the works, Brian's recipes continue to transform his kitchen into a chefowned eatery that gives his wife and three children the best table in the house.
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LANCASTER IS A VIBRANT AND CREATIVE COMMUNITY OF 60,000 AND YET, A TRIP HERE IS LIKE TAKING A VACATION BACK TO A SIMPLER, MORE
n 18th century Pennsylvania, whenever a horse-drawn freight wagon became stuck and needed to be pulled out of the quagmire along the Conestoga River, it was customary for the rescuing wagon to be given the bells off the rescued wagon. The telltale jingling signified a successful trip had been made – and thus came the expression “with bells on.” Such charming stories abound in historic Lancaster, Pa. The county, known as the home of the Amish in Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 2,700 miles of winding backroads connecting its small towns and leading through rolling farmland to the city of Lancaster. Truth be told, Lancaster is a vibrant and creative city of 60,000 and yet, a trip here is like taking a vacation back to a simpler, more hopeful time. Well-preserved and carefully protected from fast-paced living, Lancaster is steeped in American heritage (it was even the capital of the nation for one day in 1777 when the Continental Congress fled British forces that had captured Philadelphia) that makes it a genuine jewel of the state. Spring is arguably the very best time of year to visit the Red Rose City. The warmer weather brings more things to do outdoors just as the leaves and flowers begin to blossom. Downtown Lancaster brims with much to do this season, with its friendly, walkable streetscapes framed in 250-year-old architecture and an array of antique shops, boutiques and galleries beckoning locals and visitors to embrace its distinct art, culture, shopping and dining experiences. Once you’ve stepped foot in Lancaster, you’ll surely be back – with bells on.
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THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO GO, PEOPLE TO SEE For a truly unique shopping experience, browse Lancaster’s locallyowned storefronts filled with unique glass, rare books, collectibles and vintage items – or steer yourself toward any shop promising homemade treats along with crafts, toys, candles or one-of-a-kind gifts. Those seeking a shopping excursion of the 21st-century kind should check out Park City Center, the largest enclosed mall in South Central Pennsylvania, and Lancaster Central Market, the oldest, continuouslyoperated farmers’ market in the United States, or the Rockvale Outlets, boasting more than 100 stores and restaurants.
Longwood Gardens, with its 1,077 acres of immaculate greenery, intricate fountain systems and architectural grandeur, is one of the area’s most awe-inspiring attractions. In addition to the technicolored gardens, woodlands and meadows filled with the natural beauty of wildflowers, Longwood has numerous indoor and outdoor attractions to delight horticulture lovers of all ages.
Those seeking more kid-friendly adventure would be wise to cross the stone castle’s drawbridge into this year-round theme park, dubbed “Kingdom for Kids.” With 35 amusement rides, attractions, live entertainment and a tropical-themed interactive water play area, it’s little wonder that Dutch Wonderland was voted one of the Top 5 Best Kid’s Park in the World by Amusement Today magazine.
Indian Echo Caverns
Unleash your inner explorer and take a fantastic journey amidst geological wonders. History runs deep in this series of limestone caves, which were likely once utilized for storage and shelter by Native Americans, and later, by French fur trappers and miners of precious
gems. Guided cave tours take intrepid visitors down through the caverns’ passageways for an experience that has been millions of years in the making.
You’d be remiss if you didn’t stop to smell the rhubarb pie and countrybaked ham in Lancaster – in other words, take time to appreciate the Amish way. While this religious group eschews modern amenities in favor of simple living, they are open-hearted and welcoming people who enjoy meeting tourists and sharing insight into their unique lifestyle. Take a buggy ride; visit an authentic schoolhouse or barn; dig into some hearty Amish cooking; or discover traditionally-made gifts, souvenirs, quilts and home furnishings handcrafted from solid wood or wrought iron.
Many Lancaster County towns and villages are protected by volunteer fire departments, which need to raise funds to pay for needed equipment and supplies. One of the ways they do this is by holding auction-type sales in the late winter and early spring – when farmers are available before planting season. Since many of the items are sold outside in potentially mucky conditions, these popular community events have been nicknamed “mud sales.”
Lancaster County has more than two dozen covered bridges, setting the stage for an afternoon of romance and whimsy. In fact, these “kissing bridges” as they are sometimes called, attract many a couple to take a leisurely stroll, hand in hand, across to the other side. Each bridge has its own unique story, including the Pine Grove Covered Bridge, which was rebuilt in 1884 after being damaged by flood waters. The county’s only double-span, double-arch bridge is now much like true love: made to last.
One of the oldest inland cities in the U.S., Lancaster (locally pronounced “LANK-iss-ter”) was founded in 1730.
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INDEPENDENCE George Ross, who signed the Declaration of Independence, hailed from Lancaster. It was he who introduced his niece Betsy to George Washington, and, at Washington’s request, she created the first American flag.
CELEB STATUS Among the city’s luminaries: James Buchanan (15th President of the United States), Milton S. Hershey (founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company) Jim Furyk (PGA golfer) and Taylor Kinney (actor, Chicago Fire).
PEEP THIS Marshmallow peeps were first created and sold by Lancaster’s Rodda Candy Company. When the confections were originally made, the marshmallow had to be hand-squeezed through pastry tubes.
HICKORY TOWN German immigrants, known as the Pennsylvania Dutch (derived from “Deutsch”) were the area’s first settlers. At the time, it was called “Hickory Town,” although the name was later changed to “Lancaster” after Lancaster, England – the homeland of a prominent citizen.
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8 NE CESSARY ACCE SSORIES TO MAKE THE JOB E ASY By Erin Lebar
When it comes to painting, there are a handful of items that should be on your shopping list beyond the usual primer, paint and brushes. These add-ons will not only make the painting process a lot less painful, but will also contribute to an easy-peasy clean-up, which means you can enjoy your freshly updated space sooner rather than later. Anything that makes the post-paint mess easier to handle is a necessity in our books! Take a peek at the eight essential items you should have on hand when starting any paint-related project â€” you never know, a few of them may even be laying around your house already.
1. DROP CLOTH: A drop cloth is essentially just a large piece of tarp or fabric used to cover your floors or furniture to protect them from any paint drippings. There are lots of different options in terms of materials — canvas drop cloths are thick and heavy, and are great for catching any big spills (this might be your goto option if you’re a bit of a klutz and are anticipating a few big spills along the way), while plastic is more lightweight and easily movable. But, if you have any old sheets laying around the house, those will work just as well! 2. RAGS/PAPER TOWELS: Painting is a messy job no matter how steady your hand is, so it’s always a great idea to keep a set of rags or a roll of paper towels within arms-reach just in case any spills or drips come up (or trickle down). This is another chance to make good use of fabric that would otherwise be heading to the garbage — old T-shirts, towels or ripped-up tablecloths are ideal for this. 3. TAPE: For a professional-looking, super-sharp finish, painter’s tape will be your best friend. Not only will it protect woodwork and mouldings, the feeling of ripping it off to reveal the cleanest, straightest line is one that can’t be beat. There are many options when it comes to choosing a painter’s tape that’s right for your project — there are specific tapes for different surfaces, such as drywall, glass, or wood, for example. There are also different widths and even shapes, if you’re after a neat wall design. 4. GLOVES: Getting paint all over your hands can be an absolute pain to wash off later — not to mention it can also really irritate your skin — and the best way to avoid the hassle is by rocking some rubber gloves while you work. A simple pair of all-purpose rubber gloves will do the trick, but make sure you get the right size; if they’re too big, it’ll be hard to hang on to the brush or roller, but if they’re too small, you’ll likely be pretty uncomfortable and end up taking them off.
IS M O RE EXPENS IV E PAINT WO RT H T HE PRICE? It is common to have sticker shock while shopping for paint — with prices ranging from $30-$60 per gallon or more for goodquality paint, it’s certainly an investment. But don’t be tempted to cut your costs by using cheaper product; in the long run, you’ll pay more for that decision. Expensive paints, which are often quite thick, provide the most even coverage possible in the fewest number of coats. Cheaper paint is often thinner, which means more coats will be needed to get the same effect, thus more paint must be purchased. In addition you will need to spend more of your time applying those extra coats, and as Benjamin Franklin once said, "time is money." Cheaper paint also won’t retain its color as well over time, so you’ll need to touch it up, or maybe even repaint the room or wall entirely, in just a few years — that’s more money for supplies and more of your time out the window. Another thing to consider is the spread rate of thicker paint is generally much better, meaning you’ll be able to cover more area with less paint. In the short term, it may seem like saving a few bucks per gallon is a no-brainer, but in the long-term, you’ll be shelling out much more to make up for the difference in quality.
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5. MASK: If sanding or spray-application is in your future, have a mask handy. It will protect you from inhaling dust and fumes, and other more dangerous substances such as mold and lead dust. There are many different kinds of masks that range from your basic dust mask all the way up to a heavy-duty gas and vapor respirator, and which one you’ll need depends entirely on what substance you’ll be working with. Protecting your respiratory health is important, so do a bit of research and make sure to get the right product for your protection. 6. ADJUSTABLE EXTENSION POLE: One way to reduce the physical labour of painting — otherwise known as standing on a ladder in a very uncomfortable position for an extended period of time — is by adding an extension pole to your tool kit. Most poles are made of wood, metal or fibreglass and come with a threaded tip that allows a roller or other tool to be attached to the end. And with an adjustable model, you’ll be able to tackle any surface — be it floors, ceilings or anything in between — with ease. 7. SCREWDRIVER: You’re probably wondering why on earth you’d need a screwdriver to help you paint, but it’s more a tool to help you get to your paint. A flathead screwdriver makes an excellent paint-can opener if used in the correct way. To try this out for yourself, place the flathead between the lip of the lid and the rim and gently break the seal by pushing the handle down. Then, work your way around the circumference of the lid and pump the screwdriver up and down slightly to pop it open. Do a quick slide around the circumference with the flathead one more time to get the lid off and you’re good to go! Doing this incorrectly could damage the rim and make it hard to reseal the paint can later, though, so take your time and be careful.
8. PLASTIC BUCKET: It’s always good to have an extra bucket around for mixing and measuring, and the ones made specifically for DIY projects often have measurements on the side to make it easier to keep track of proportions. Also, having a lidded container that’s easier to reseal than a typical paint can will help keep paint fresh and clean.
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Color Palette Personality Quiz
Whether you run right for red, go bananas for yellow or would love a pop of purple, your instinctive color preferences say a lot about you and your personality. Color is the most impactful decision you can make when redecorating your home, and sometimes it can be hard to narrow down all the options, especially if you havenâ€™t yet decided on a mood for your space. But, if you are in the midst of a major home refresh and have lost your color path, fear not; At Home is here to help! Weâ€™ve created the Color Palette Personality Quiz that, in just ten questions, will lead you to the hues you should be embracing and tell you what those colors say about your personality.
What is your ideal vacation spot?
A. DESERT CAMPING IN MOROCCO
B. ALLINCLUSIVE TROPICAL RESORT
C. MACHU PICCHU
D . PA R I S
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Which musician understands your soul?
Which dish has your mouth watering?
A. S P I C Y CURRY
B. S U S H I
C. H E I R L O O M BEET SALAD
D. S T E A K WITH ALL THE FIXINGS
A. BEYONCE B. JONI MITCHELL C . J O H N M AY E R D . F R A N K S I N AT R A
#4 You’ve been sent your favorite flower arrangement — what does it look like?
#5 What is your spirit animal?
C. BUNNY D. DOG C.
Which famous work of art would hang over your mantle?
Which mirror reflects your personal style?
#8 FA L L
What season do you wait all year for?
Which bookshelf blows away the competition?
Which drink calls your name during brunch with your pals?
A. BLOODY MARY
B . C U C U M B E R W AT E R C. FRUIT SMOOTHIE D. MIMOSA
Mostly As: Warm and Adventurous
Mostly Bs: Relaxed and Tranquil
You like to take walks on the wild side in both your color and life choices. You are drawn to bright reds and oranges, rich golds and coppers and won’t shy away from a saturated accent wall in any of those shades! People who love these fiery colors are energetic, assertive, confident and active, are full of passion and intensity and make great leaders. Not to mention, these warm colors are also linked to danger and excitement, which explains your adventurous side!
You love for your home to be your oasis, so you lean toward colors such as cool blues and purples. Lovers of water shades are deep thinkers who are secure in their lives and full of dignity, but you also tend to be a bit on the cautious side. You are deliberate in your decisions and committed in your relationships. You are also likely an inquisitive and creative person, driven by new ideas and fuelled by excitement. There’s a good chance you’re also analytical, and excel at mathematics and other logic-based activities.
Mostly Cs: Earthy and Casual
Mostly Ds: Classic Neutrals
You love nature and spending as much time as you can in the great outdoors; greens, browns and creams are your palette of choice. These colors are associated with soothing emotions and freshness. Those who lean toward green tones are often quiet peaceful, and controlled, and are focused on relaxation, peace and comfort. You are in a helping profession, such as a teacher, nurse or social worker, and you enjoy lending a hand to others as much as you can. You like to eat healthy and keep active, and find happiness in that.
You like the sophisticated and finer things in life, and playing around with a neutral palette to make your space feel both rustic and modern is right up your alley. Creams, grays and whites are linked with innocence, simplicity and a soothing quality; you are a generally peaceful person who likes to avoid conflict. You’re kind and patient, humble and accepting of others. You like to have a lot of different options to choose from, which would explain why neutrals are your thing, and you’re a good organizer and practical-thinker who always finishes what you start, which is a helpful quality for all these home updates you’re about to tackle!
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iamond Vogel Paint’s 2018 Color of the Year is Atmospheric Pressure (0587), a soft, lavender infused blue from their ColorEssentials Collection. “This introspective color represents the transparency we long for and brings mindfulness and peaceful reassurance to an untrusting world,” explains Sandy Agar-Studelska, Diamond Vogel Color Marketing Manager. “Atmospheric Pressure is a great choice as Color of the Year as it is on trend with consumers desire to create relaxing and uplifting spaces where they can ‘power-off,’ reenergize, and connect with family.”
Atmospheric Pressure is flexible for use in interiors, but also offers a refreshing touch of color for exterior settings. For interiors, this restful blue offers a shift from popular grays, but still speaks to our search for soft, ethereal color that is easy to use in open concept interiors or any space. Atmospheric Pressure can be paired with popular grays, charcoals, and blacks that have been a mainstay in accessories and furniture. It pairs easily with popular styles including mid-century, coastal, industrial chic, and modern farmhouse. For exterior settings, Atmospheric Pressure can be used as a great front door accent delivering feelings of calm and abundance that extend to their guests. For a second year, Diamond Vogel’s Color of the Year was selected based on votes from customers in a crowdsourcing event during the month of October. “Our customers rely on our color expertise for inspiration as well as delivering the color they demand. For those that specify color, they look to Diamond Vogel for validation of the color trends that are important to consumers,” according to AgarStudelska. “In deciding our pick, we took the conversation to our customers and asked for their help in selecting this important choice from four directional trend colors. The voting was very close between all our candidates, but Atmosphic Pressure emerged as the color that connected with our customers.”
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T HE O T HER CA N D I D AT E S F O R 2 0 1 8 COLO R O F T HE Y E AR W E R E :
0393 I NVI TI NG G ESTUREÂ A soft artesian hue that sets a relaxed tone of renewal and balance.Â This tranquil color pairs nicely with popular grays, browns, charcoal, and blues. Inviting Gesture is a great backdrop for easy living.
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0448 I CE FLO W Peaceful and serene…this soft green is a chameleon hue, retro yet modern. It fits perfectly with our desire for unhurried spaces. Pairs well with cream, chocolate, yellow, and popular soft pinks. Ice Flow’s translucent style fits easily with today’s light and uplifting spaces.
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0562 SULTRY CASTLE A foundational gray that connects us to authentic and timeless details.Â This modern gray offers warmth and harmony and is a great backdrop for daily life. Sultry Castle pairs well with most colors and offers easy, classic elegance.
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1138 IC NT ROMA HT NIG Healthy greens bring life to your space. Add Hooked wall hangings and knotted ropes are hip again. Embrace their textural appeal with
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For visual appeal and an interesting vignette make sure to create different levels for the eye. Use trays to contain items and books to add height so that items reach multiple planes.
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Rescue your outdated, damaged or mismatched furniture with chalk paint. A specialized furniture and home décor paint, that dries to a beautiful soft, chalky/matte finish. Its rich, thick formula adheres to almost any indoor or outdoor surface. There is little to no prep work required and for most projects, two coats will provide full coverage. Gorgeous results have never been so fun and simple! Complete your project with Chalkworthy’s Soft Wax which is specially formulated to enhance and add water protection.
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very good design starts with a jumping off point, some element in the room that suggests the direction from which all other decorating decisions are made. One of the best elements to start with is an area rug. A beautiful rug can garner all the attention in the room or it can be a quiet back drop to other elements that may be the points of interest in a space. From peppy, preppy stripes to hooked vintage designs, chevrons, spots and gentlemen’s plaids, the pattern choices are endless. There is also no dearth of options when it comes to selecting what your rug is made of. There’s a material for everybody and a place for every material. From wool to cotton and luxurious viscose to all natural fibers such as jute and grasses with some options being easy-care, washable wonders and others needing professional care. With cheap and cheerful options on the market, area rugs can be an inexpensive and easy budget-friendly way to update a
space or they can be a major investment. Whether or not you’re shelling out beaucoup bucks, you will want to get a grip. While safety is an awfully compelling reason to include rug pads under your area rugs, pads aren’t just about preventing you, your family members, your pets and your guests from slip-sliding away. They also protect your rug and beautiful floors from uneven wear patterns, and keep dirt, debris and moisture from damaging the rug’s underside or the underlying floor. Once you’ve got a rug underfoot inside we encourage you to turn your attention outdoors. Say hello to outdoor rugs of woven PET and polyester. Perfect for high-traffic areas indoors and out, and especially good in kids’ rooms and anywhere pets like to hang out, these manmade and often eco-friendly rugs are super low-maintenance and can be hosed off outside or thrown in the bathtub/shower for a scrub with an eco-friendly soap and a soft brush, then just rinse clean with fresh water and hang to dry.
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Inky indigo and warm and natural wood tones mixed with chalky white evoke a beachy vibe like nobody’s business! When using two rugs that can be taken in by the eye simultaneously they need not always be a perfect match. Sharing some common ground in terms of construction or color or pattern is often all that’s required to develop a cohesive look without being matchy-matchy.
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Sometimes one bold choice deserves another. Whimsical spots in pretty coral are a playful choice in their own right, add to them healthy doses of pink flamingos and palm fronds and youâ€™ve got pattern play in an enormous way. The trick to mixing a multitude of patterns is to be sure to pick prints that vary in scale.
Organic materials are incredibly soothing and calming. Relaxed living is the name of the game when adorning your floors with sisals, jutes or other natural fibres. Warm and natural tones in this seaglass colored rug are a great counterpoint to the soft and cool light gray on the walls. Sometimes opposites attract in the best way!
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Lacking inspiration? Throw open the doors to your armoire for some guidance. Taking a good look at whatâ€™s in your closet can reveal things you may not be aware of when it comes to your penchant for color. Take a hue cue from what is predominant in your wardrobe and pay attention to textiles. Are you a silky blouse, a pressed cotton shirt or a chunky knit? Have a favorite vintage scarf or handkerchief or perhaps a pretty patterned sundress that you love? Chances are repeating the color combination from your favorite garment will be a recipe for success when decorating.
Patchwork tiles have been taking backsplashes and floors by storm as of late. Patterned tiles are a great avenue to add character, charm and impact to a space. Todayâ€™s patchwork options are often available in mix and match patterns with an accompanying solid or two in the collection, so you can patch in as little or as much as you like. From modern to retro, bright to monochrome, Moroccan to Mexican and everything in between the possibilities are endless. You can simply choose one color and mix the patterns only or you could mix the colors in one pattern only, or go for the quilted gusto and mix colors and patterns. 1138 Romantic Night
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Whether your thumb is green or not bringing plant life into the home certainly has its benefits. Gorgeous greenery brings interest and texture to the decor and indoor plantsÂ clean the environment around them. Certain species come with added bonuses as well. For instance, Jasmine and Lavender are calming and good for sleep while an Aloe boasts tremendous topical healing properties. If you are a budding collector of house plants, succulents are a great starter option. Easy to grow and hardy, they tend to be survivors in various environments and with inexperienced caregivers too.
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