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THE RIGHT WAY TO ROLL

e best way to apply paint using a roller

Applying paint on a wall using a roller may seem like an idiot-proof method, but believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to do it.

e first thing you need to consider is the type of roller cover you use. It may be very tempting to grab the cheapest option, but using a poor-quality roller can actually result in a poor finish, even if the paint you’re using is of higher quality, so don’t risk it!

To actually start the painting process, roll your roller in a paint tray filled with your paint and give it a couple of good runs through to make sure it picks up enough product. Be generous.

WHAT DOES ‘NAP’ MEAN WHEN IT COMES TO ROLLERS?

ONE THING NOT TO DO WHEN

In most cases, a 3/8-inch nap roller will be your applicator of choice; if you have a glossier paint, however, a 1/4-inch nap roller is best, and if your wall is textured or rough, you’ll want a higher one, such as a 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch.

Another item that’s great to have on hand is an extension pole. Normally, you would probably associate one of these poles with painting a ceiling, but using it on the wall as well allows you to paint from ceiling to floor in one steady motion, plus it removes the need for a step ladder which is always a bonus.

CLEANING YOUR DECK.

This is the prime season for getting your deck in shape to enjoy the outdoors. Getting all those old leaves, branches, old grass clippings and all the other yard detritus that builds up on your deck over the winter is the first step. Cleaning and re-staining will get your deck ready for you to enjoy and share with friends and family.

Directionally, you always want to paint from the top of the wall down with each pass overlapping the next by a few inches. Don’t push too hard on the roller while you’re painting — really, the roller and the paint should be doing all the work! If you put too much pressure on it, you’ll get heavy lines of paint on the wall and annoying little drips that cause more trouble than they’re worth. If you have to push harder to get paint off the roller then it is time to reload the roller.

So what is the one thing NOT to do while cleaning your deck? DON’T use a pressure washer to clean your deck! Not to say that you can’t use a pressure washer at all, but use it at low pressure only to rinse off the cleaning agent that you should use. If you use a pressure washer at a high enough pressure to clean off the dirt, mold and mildew, you are probably irretrievably damaging the wood surface.

SO, HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY DECK?

When you reload your roller with paint, start from an unpainted area and work your way back toward the wet area to make sure there is an even coat of color on all surfaces. If another coat is needed, make sure to wait until the previous one is dry before you start going over it a second time.

The best way to clean a wood deck is to use a wood cleaner that is specifically designed for that purpose. There are several products available that will clean a deck without causing damage to the wood and surrounding plantings. Defy Wood Cleaner is an oxygen bleach cleaner that is extremely effective at cleaning dirt, oil, mold, algae, and aged stains from wood. Following up with Defy Wood Brightener will neutralize the cleaner, brighten the wood to like new condition and open the pores of the wood to accept a new coat of deck finish.

OK, MY DECK IS CLEAN; NOW WHAT?

After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

The nap of a roller refers to the length of the fibres on the roller cover. Generally the rougher the surface, the longer the fibres need to be. So, for example, painting a stucco-covered wall would require a pile depth of 3/4 -1 inch, whereas a perfectly smooth surface would take 1/8 or 1/4-inch nap roller.

W H AT IF I H A VE MORE QUEST IONS?

The staff at Perspectives can help guide you to the right products and procedures to get your deck ready and beautiful for the outdoor season. Check our website for rebate sale dates on quality deck finishes including ProLuxe.

IF YOU’RE JUST ABOUT READY TO ROLL, POP INTO PERSPECTIVES AND SEE ONE OF THE PAINT PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ALWAYS AT THE READY TO LEND THEIR EXPERTISE — WE TALK NAPS ON THE JOB, BUT WE DON’T TAKE THEM.

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SPACES: Real home redesigns with wall-to-wall ideas you can use.

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ALL ABOUT BALANCE

New design features blend harmoniously with this L.A. home’s original architectural style

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COZY, CHARMING ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

A quaint home on a quiet street in the Chicago suburbs is an English countryside oasis for a busy family, thanks to Kate Marker Interiors

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RUSTIC, MEET MODERN

Tays & Co. Design Studios blends rustic warmth with modern vibes in this Minnesota lakefront cabin

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REIMAGINING SPANISH STYLE

A Spanish-style home in the Sunshine State receives a striking upgrade that seamlessly blends dramatic and vintage for a sophisticated space to live, relax, and entertain

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SPRING HOLDS THE PLACE BETWEEN THE

crisp apricity of winter and the abundance and fullness of summer. It’s the space between cozy throws and fireside games, winter boots and crunching snow, to the heat of the sun and a warm, gentle breeze. Spring awakens our senses with new optimism — the smell of freshly turned soil, laundry that’s been hung out to dry, and burgers on a sizzling grill. We welcome vibrant shades that lift our spirits — the return of rich green grass, bright red tulips, and freshly squeezed lemonade. And we turn our ears to the songs of the birds, squeals of children playing, and pitter-patter of rain as it hits the ground, washing away the winter and welcoming a new season.

As we greet spring, we also anticipate summer’s greatest adventures, whether a long-awaited road trip (PG. 72) or barbecues in the backyard with close friends and neighbors. These seasons give new life to our social calendar, allowing us to entertain outdoors and enjoy leisurely hours lakeside. We hope these pages inspire you to explore the exuberance of new life, whether it be rows and rows of ranunculus (PG. 24) or aisles and aisles of vegetation at your local greenhouse. Make space to savor both spring and summer and elevate your entertaining game and party portfolio with simple steps for a warm summer soiree (PG. 62).

No matter where you are — enduring the end of a long winter season or alive with expectancy for a refreshing arrival — our hope is that this issue will arouse joy for all that you have around you and an expectancy for all that is to come. Enjoy the season’s splendor with bright eyes, open ears, and warm welcoming hearts.

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We’re your local paint store. Each of us is part of a cooperative of over 1,700 independent, family-owned paint and decorating stores.

• Since 1960 we’ve built a network of retailers who believe in the entrepreneurial spirit, community, hard work, and determination.

By working together we’re able to thrive in an ever increasingly competitive market. Spending less time focused on the business of business and more time focused on you.

So next time you have a painting project or need decorating expertise, shop your local ALLPRO retailer.

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Whether you’re planning to sell or simply wanting to improve the space you’re living in, these simple DIY hacks can instantly bring up the value of your home while providing more functionality to its residents.

PROLUXE

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Storage is always an important feature that people look for when purchasing a home, and there’s nothing more attractive than a customized look that fits seamlessly with its surroundings. Take a trip to your local hardware store and create a built-in

another bedroom (so long as there is a window that meets regulation). You can use bookcases and tension rods to create any dream closet, all while staying within budget.

CREATE A PRIVACY FENCE

As much as new home owners fantasize about block parties and backyard BBQs with neighbors in their prospective new home, there’s no deterrent quite like open sightlines in your backyard oasis. Everyone values a little bit of privacy. Rather than waiting years for foliage to grow, build a privacy fence. There are a ton of cool designs and ideas on Pinterest that keep things simple enough to do with relatively little skill.

TEXTURE TUNE-UP

For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it’s also one of the most expensive areas of the home to renovate due to all the appliances and tilework typically required. If you’re not ready to invest in that big of a project, painting or re-staining your cabinets can be an excellent compromise.

CHANGE YOUR LIGHT FIXTURES

Challenge yourself to create one accent wall with texture on the walls. Installing a board and battan wall or wainscoting is a lot easier than you think, and it gives that extra boost of character that helps people fall in love with a space.

BASEBOARD BASICS

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Even though they are a relatively inexpensive aspect of an overall design concept, light fixtures can have a huge impact on the impression of your home. Updating old fixtures to more modern pieces can have a dramatic effect on increasing interest in your property. If you’re looking to save in this area while still providing an upgrade, try spray painting your fixtures in a matte black for a modern edge.

Collectively, in the design world we’ve moved away from skinnier, moulded baseboards and towards the flat, wider type. If you can, upgrade your home, but only if you’re able to do them all uniformly, otherwise it will appear disjointed.

WONDERFUL WINDOWS

After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

BUILD-A-BEDROOM

Have an office or den? You can instantly bump up the value of your home by installing a closet in it, transforming it into

W H AT IF I H A VE MORE QUEST IONS?

The staff at Perspectives can help guide you to the right products and procedures to get your deck ready and beautiful for the outdoor season. Check our website for rebate sale dates on quality deck finishes including ProLuxe.

Did you know that interior and exterior shutters are the only window treatments that add to the appraised value of your home or business? Shutters are available in a variety of custom styles and materials from companies like Hunter Douglas, Graber, Timber and more. Set up an appointment today for us to measure and quote on new shutters. Interior shutters can be installed by our professional finish carpenters.

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ONE THING NOT TO DO WHEN CLEANING YOUR DECK.

This is the prime season for getting your deck in shape to enjoy the outdoors. Getting all those old leaves, branches, old grass clippings and all the other yard detritus that builds up on your deck over the winter is the first step. Cleaning and re-staining will get your deck ready for you to enjoy and share with friends and family.

So what is the one thing NOT to do while cleaning your deck? DON’T use a pressure washer to clean your deck! Not to say that you can’t use a pressure washer at all, but use it at low pressure only to rinse off the cleaning agent that you should use. If you use a pressure washer at a high enough pressure to clean off the dirt, mold and mildew, you are probably irretrievably damaging the wood surface.

SO, HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY DECK?

The best way to clean a wood deck is to use a wood cleaner that is specifically designed for that purpose. There are several products available that will clean a deck without causing damage to the wood and surrounding plantings. Defy Wood Cleaner is an oxygen bleach cleaner that is extremely effective at cleaning dirt, oil, mold, algae, and aged stains from wood. Following up with Defy Wood Brightener will neutralize the cleaner, brighten the wood to like new condition and open the pores of the wood to accept a new coat of deck finish.

OK, MY DECK IS CLEAN; NOW WHAT?

After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

W H AT IF I H A VE MORE QUEST IONS?

The staff at Perspectives can help guide you to the right products and procedures to get your deck ready and beautiful for the outdoor season. Check our website for rebate sale dates on quality deck finishes including ProLuxe.

Store 12345 Smith St. Somewhere, Ohio Ask for ProLuxe finishes at: LOGO Cetol and are registered trademarks of AkzoNobel. ProLuxe is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. The PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. © 2016 PPG Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. A product of PPG Architectural Coatings. PROLUXE ™ . Proven.
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5 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DESIGN CONSULTATION

The initial design consultation of any project is always an exhilarating and often overwhelming experience. It’s difficult to know exactly how to communicate what it is you want out of your space, and that’s why we’ve put together a list gathered from the experts that will help you and your design team maximize your time and your space. These helpful hints will have you looking like the pro and will ensure your initial meeting is as productive and as seamless as possible.

1. FIGURE OUT YOUR BUDGET: Be honest about the amount of money you are able to spend on your project(s). is way you and your designer can have an open conversation about what is feasible and what may have to be accomplished at a later date. is gives you the opportunity to decide on a timeline to achieve all of your projects in a way that makes sense to you and your lifestyle. Additionally, this will help your designer prioritize where they need to try to cut costs, and offer materials/ideas accordingly.

2. OBSERVE AND (OVER)SHARE: e more you tell your designer about the space you’re looking to makeover, the more suggestions and ideas they might have to enhance your vision. Take note of these subtleties in the days leading up to your consult. Does the room get a lot of natural light at certain times during the day? Does it feel colder than normal? Your designer might have ideas on how to work with these natural elements of the room to have it functioning optimally.

3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK: We are living in the age where millions of ideas are just a few clicks away. Make sure you take advantage of this wealth of information and inspiration by checking out websites like Pinterest and Houzz to get a clearer picture of what you want (and what you don’t). Focus on everything from functionality to color; texture and print. You’ll be surprised how quickly your own ideas come into focus. e more research you

do, the better you’ll be able to articulate what exactly you want from your consult to the professional you’re working with, and the better they’ll be able to execute your vision.

4. NAIL-DOWN YOUR NEEDS: Make a list of your have tos: these are the things that are most important to you or certain functions you rely on. is can be anything from a “family control center” that helps keeps everyone in the household organized to a walk-in closet. Having your priorities clearly in order at the start of this process will help ensure the most important aspects of your home’s makeover do not fall victim to compromises in case you meet any unexpected road blocks. is also means deciding what aspects of your home (furniture, accessories, artwork, etc.) that you are willing to part with, and what has to stay.

OK, MY DECK IS CLEAN; NOW WHAT?

After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

5. BE OPEN MINDED: Of course, at the end of the day the designer understands that you are the one that will be living in your home, and therefore you get the last word, but it is important to keep an open mind. Remember the years of experience these professionals have under their belt and understand that they may bring some insight to the table that you may not have considered. Listening and being open to new ideas can ensure your space maintains a cohesive overall aesthetic that works in your home. Another way of saying this is trust your designer: trust that they will hear what you want to bring to life and find a way to make it happen.

W H AT IF I H AVE MORE QUEST IONS?

TALK TO THE DESIGN TEAM AT PERSPECTIVES TO DISCUSS WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DESIGN CONSULT AND MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR RENOVATION!

The staff at Perspectives can help guide you to the right products and procedures to get your deck ready and beautiful for the outdoor season. Check our website for rebate sale dates on quality deck finishes including ProLuxe.

perfectwoodstains.com For that flawless, signature finish, you need the trusted original: ProLuxe Wood Finishes. Stain Store 12345 Smith St. Somewhere, Ohio Ask for ProLuxe finishes at: LOGO Cetol and are registered trademarks of AkzoNobel. ProLuxe is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. The PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. © 2016 PPG Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. A product of PPG Architectural Coatings. PROLUXE ™ . Proven. Perfect. 049080sikk_ProLuxePrintAdTemplates_HalfHorizBrand.indd 1 2/26/16 4:31 PM ONE THING NOT TO DO WHEN CLEANING YOUR DECK. This is the prime season for getting your deck in shape to enjoy the outdoors. Getting all those old leaves, branches, old grass clippings and all the other yard detritus that builds up on your deck over the winter is the first step. Cleaning and re-staining will get your deck ready for you to enjoy and share with friends and family. So what is the one thing NOT to do while cleaning your deck? DON’T use a pressure washer to clean your deck! Not to say that you can’t use a pressure washer at all, but use it at low pressure only to rinse off the cleaning agent that you should use. If you use a pressure washer at a high enough pressure to clean off the dirt, mold and mildew, you are probably irretrievably damaging the wood surface. SO, HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY DECK? The best way to clean a wood deck is to use a wood cleaner that is specifically designed for that purpose. There are several products available that will clean a deck without causing damage to the wood and surrounding plantings. Defy Wood Cleaner is an oxygen bleach cleaner that
extremely effective at cleaning dirt, oil,
Following up with Defy Wood Brightener will neutralize the cleaner, brighten the wood to like new condition and open the pores of the wood to accept a new coat of deck finish.
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WOOD FLOORS

Wood floors provide warmth, beauty, and durability that can last for generations. One only needs to look at floors laid down hundreds of years ago that have withstood the test of time to see that this is true. The wood in floors such as these likely came from old-growth forests and can no longer be easily obtained. Refinishing these old wood floors, and even newer wood floors that need to be renewed, is much less expensive and disruptive than replacing the flooring.

Finishing, re-finishing, or maintaining a wood floor requires tools and products that are specifically designed for this purpose. Perspectives has the products and advice to help DIYers and professionals alike complete any wood floor project.

PREPARE THE SURFACE

Old nish should be removed by sanding. While there are places to rent the professional grade sander, this step is so important that we recommend hiring a professional to sand your oor.

REMOVE SANDING DUST

Sweep across the oor in both directions, then vacuum the surface and nish wiping with a tack cloth to remove all sanding dust.

APPLYING STAIN OR FINISH

Perspectives has several types and brands of products available, and our staff can provide information on all the products that best ts your needs.

inishing or re- nishing a wood oor starts out with the same

STAINS

Perspectives has stains from Zar, Minwax, and DuraSeal in a wide variety of standard pre-mixed colors. We are also experienced in custom matching stains to provide a custom look to your oor. Bring in a sample of the wood you want to stain.

FINISHES

We have traditional polyurethane nishes from Lenmar and Polo Plaz in Matte, Satin, SemiGloss, and Gloss nishes. Waterlox Tung Oil based nish is available in Original Sealer Medium Finish, Satin and High Gloss. Waterborne nishes from Lenmar are available in Matte, Satin, SemiGloss and Gloss in three different ProClear product lines – Pro, High Traf c, and Xtreme Duty. Bona Mega-1 waterborne nish is available in Extra Matte, Satin, SemiGloss and Gloss. Sealers are also available for both types of nishes.

MAINTENANCE

Keeping your newly nished oor maintained with the proper products will extend the life of both the new nish and the wood oor itself. Use products designed to maintain the type of nish that you have applied; be wary of “homemade” products that may actually damage the surface.

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makeup, there are appearance differences between the two types of nish. Polyurethane nishes add a slight amber cast to the color of the nished oor, as well as bringing out the color of the oor, whether stained or natural.

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ONE THING NOT TO DO WHEN CLEANING

Waterborne nishes are designed to be water clear and have minimal effect on the color of the stained or natural oor. For this reason, waterborne nishes are recommended over light colors of stain, such as light grays and pickled nishes.

OK, MY DECK IS CLEAN; NOW WHAT?

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This is the prime season for getting your deck in shape to enjoy the outdoors. Getting all those old leaves, branches, old grass clippings and all the other yard detritus that builds up on your deck over the winter is the first step. Cleaning and re-staining will get your deck ready for you to enjoy and share with friends and family.

Maintenance of a wood oor has become much simpler with the availability of products and applicators to keep your oor looking like new. Perspectives has complete oor maintenance kits from WoodWise, one of the premier manufacturers of wood llers and tools provided to the oor nishing industry. PolyCare / Craftsman Choice products from Absco, and Waterlox Floor care products are also available.

So what is the one thing NOT to do while cleaning your deck? DON’T use a pressure washer to clean your deck! Not to say that you can’t use a pressure washer at all, but use it at low pressure only to rinse off the cleaning agent that you should use. If you use a pressure washer at a high enough pressure to clean off the dirt, mold and mildew, you are probably irretrievably damaging the wood surface.

If you have a wood oor project in your future, let Perspectives help you complete your project on time and budget, for a oor that will last for generations to come.

After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

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SO, HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY DECK?

The best way to clean a wood deck is to use a wood cleaner that is specifically designed for that purpose. There are several products available that will clean a deck without causing damage to the wood and surrounding plantings. Defy Wood Cleaner is an oxygen bleach cleaner

The staff at Perspectives can help guide you to the right products and procedures to get your deck ready and beautiful for the outdoor season. Check our website for rebate sale dates on quality deck finishes including ProLuxe.

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Ways to get quickly reacquainted with what you’ve painted

It’s a no-brainer to store leftover paint for future touch ups. Yet, keeping track of all those glorious colors used on the walls is a simple but often overlooked task once a paint job is complete.

Perspectives keeps a computerized record of customers’ previous paint orders, which saves you time and the hassle of having to play “Guess the Color” when it comes time to reorder. It also gives you a head start at the paint desk if you need to rely on color-matching technology to mix up a batch of paint in the color and finish you need.

Yet, even with technology at our fingertips, cataloguing your paint colors, brand, and sheen the traditional way is still a smooth move. Try these ideas for keeping track of your previous paint choices.

STIR STICKS: Dip an unused paint stirrer or a Popsicle stick into the paint to make a color swatch. Write the date, name of the color, order number, finish (flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, etc.) and the room it was used in on the other end of the stick. en tie all of the stir sticks together.

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PAINTER’S TAPE: Record the paint brand, name of the color, type of finish, order number and date on a piece of painter’s tape, then attach it to the back of an electrical outlet cover or switch plate. For future reference, also jot down the amount of paint used in that space.

INDEX CARD: Paint a sample of the color on an index card, then write down the brand, name of the color, type of finish, order number and the room it was used in. Once dry, tuck your index cards inside a photo album with plastic protective covers. Voila: a handy and portable reminder of past paint jobs.

ON THE LID: Often, paint can labels get covered in paint drips. Use an index card to record the information you need along with a sample smear of color. Attach the index card to the lid of the paint can, securing it with transparent tape.

COUNT CHIPS: Hold on to your paint chip cards, taping them inside of a cupboard or drawer in the room they were used in. You’ll always remember where they are kept plus, if you move in the future, the paint chips will stay behind as a handy reference for the new homeowners.

OK, MY DECK IS CLEAN; NOW WHAT?

After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

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When an exact color match is needed, Perspectives’ expert color technicians can use their keen eye or turn to technology called a spectrophotometer. Hooked up to a computer, this device is able to measure color electronically by shining a light on a paint sample or an object that is the color you want to match. It takes an intricate reading of each wavelength of light reflected off the object, then calculates the precise amount of color pigments it will take to make as close a match as possible. The computer will then do the measuring and pouring of the paint formula.

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GETTING RID OF THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

8 Steps to Removing at Old Wallpaper

It’s hideous. We’re talking about that old wallpaper you inherited from the previous homeowners that’s been like an elephant in the room since you moved in. But you can’t ignore it any longer and now it’s time to give that ugly wallcovering the heave-ho!

Removing old wallpaper is not terribly difficult, although it does take some patience. Some wallpapers can be stripped dry, while others will require a few more steps to take it off the wall without damaging it further. Let us walk you through it.

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TOOLS YOU’LL NEED:

• Wallpaper scoring tool

• Sharp utility knife

• Broad putty knife

• Sponge

• Spray bottle

• Commercial wallpaper remover solution

OK, MY DECK IS CLEAN; NOW WHAT?

8 EASY STEPS FOR REMOVING WALLPAPER:

1. Cover the floor with a protective plastic sheet or drop cloth. Lift off a small section of wallpaper in an inconspicuous corner to test how much of a challenge removal will be. Fingers crossed that there is only one layer of wallpaper under there. If not, the job will take you longer to finish.

2. “Strippable” wallpapers are made for easy removal. Test if your paper is strippable by prying a seam edge loose using a utility knife and tug gently. Pull down at an angle, keeping both hands close to the lifting edge. If it comes off in one long sheet without adhesive residue, removal should be pretty straight forward. Hooray!

3. If the wallpaper does not come off easily, use a scoring tool to make tiny punctures in the material so that remover can penetrate the wallpaper surface faster. Be especially careful not to press too hard and gouge the drywall or else you’ll have to make repairs afterward.

4. Spray the remover solution on the area and let it soak in. You may need to apply it several times.

5. After several minutes, try stripping the wallpaper by hand. If the backing is left, it can be scraped off with a broad putty knife.

6. For particularly stubborn paper or multiple layers of paper, consider using a steam wallpaper stripper to make your job faster and easier.

7. After the wallpaper and backing are removed, spray the wall with the remover solution again and scrape off any remaining spots that were left behind. Wipe down the wall with a damp cloth or sponge several times until the walls feel clean. Slippery, slimy walls mean paste residue is still on the walls. Keep rinsing until there is no trace and let it dry for a few days.

8. If you are repainting the walls, be sure to sand them down with 80 or 100 grit sandpaper, then dust well before painting. is will allow the new coating to adhere better.

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After cleaning, allow the deck to dry thoroughly for at least one full day; two good drying days are preferred. Follow all of the instructions on the deck finish that you have selected, paying close attention to the application method and the square footage that each gallon of product is supposed to cover. Putting on too much finish, or putting on two coats when only one is recommended will result in the finish failing prematurely and possibly even peeling off. Putting on too light an application can result in the product not performing as expected and not lasting as long as it should.

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DIRECTIONS

Find your design. I made my own design that you can feel free to use, but really you can use ANY design.

Project your design onto the wall and trace it with a pencil. If you don’t have a projector, borrow one or consider purchasing onethey make for the best movie nights!

Go over your pencil lines with paint! I used a large paintbrush on the entire design so that my lines were always the same width.

Touch up any spots that need it.

That’s it! So simple and such a HUGE impact!

While I had a million ideas of how to fill this big wall above our coffee bar, I found inspiration photos and showed five options to my family. They didn’t really get excited about any of them, so I mumbled that I wanted to paint flowers on the wall, but that I would never actually do that because we weren’t planning on staying in this house for long. My family all immediately told me to paint the flowers! They convinced me that painting was better than putting holes in the wall – so I went for it and I’m so happy that I did!

This is your sign to paint the flowers if they make you happy –just make your home a place that you love. You can always paint over it!

Hopefully this will convince you that you DON’T need artistic talent to paint a mural! Why? Because you can use a projector!

P.S. This mural only took me two hours to paint!

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Move over, tulips. Step aside, sunflowers. So long, lavender. There’s another flower field that’s all the rage: ranunculus.

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The ranunculus fields in Carlsbad, California are one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world.

“I’ve traveled everywhere, and I don’t know if there is a manmade floral experience as impressive as The Flower Fields,” Fred Clarke, general manager of The Flower Fields, says. “There are some pretty nice gardens in Europe and the tulip fields [in the Netherlands] but The Flower Fields are truly unique. We’re on a slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean so it looks like a rainbow of color on the hillside.”

The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May. According to Clarke, the bands of blooms have multiplied in shades, starting in hues of red and yellow, and now encapsulating thirteen colors including picotee, a mixture of variegated colors.

“We have been breeding, selecting, and developing different colors over the years,” Clarke details. “So, every year, we select the plants, we let them cross pollinate, we harvest the seed, and then we plant that seed. And so, it’s quite a big farming operation.”

Once the fields are finished flourishing, the team digs up the corms (also referred to as bulbs) in June, levels the ground in July, and adds compost to the soil. They then form raised beds - three feet wide by 10 inches tall and install two drip irrigation lines on top of each bed.

“We are in Southern California,” Clarke shares. “You know the song, right? ‘It never rains in California.’ So, we use drip irrigation so we can be really efficient in our utilization of water. We put the water right where the plant is.”

According to Clarke, it takes about three months from the date of sowing until the plant starts to produce its first flower. “Then the plant produces blooms that we harvest for about a month.”

Every season, Clarke says The Flower Farm sells seven to eight million ranunculus stems and five million corms. Recently, the interest in the ranunculus has risen, with the flower trending just below roses and one of the most desirable flowers for bridal bouquets, arrangements, and as stand-alone stems.

“Our first harvest usually starts at the tail end of February,” he explains. “And then we’re open March 1 to Mother’s Day. And so, in March, April, and May is when ranunculus are being harvested and sold all around the country. In early springtime, the ranunculus are just beautiful. They have great color and they’re becoming really popular with florists these days.”

Known for its brilliantly colored, paper-thin petals, the ranunculus has origins in Asia Minor, another reason the flower is perfect for growing in the Southern California area, where it’s hot and dry in the summer and cool and wet in the winter.

The kaleidoscope of voluminous blooms, which has become part of Southern California’s local heritage, has a rich history, going all the way back to the 1920s. A Dutch florist named Luther Gage settled in the area just north of San Diego,

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planting ranunculus seeds he brought with him. Soon, Gage’s neighbors, the Franzee family, expanded their vegetable farm to include the ranunculus and the flower operation blossomed. At the current site since 1965, the colorful fields are a direct result of decades of cultivation.

Visitors eager to experience the radiant rows can visit The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in spring when the ranunculus are in peak bloom and ranch activities are in full swing. A regional tourist attraction as well as a national jewel, The Flower Fields features a variety of opportunities to eat, learn, relax, and enjoy – perfect for a day trip destination.

“We grow sunflowers; we have a five-acre field with sunflowers. It was a huge hit last year - super popular,” Clarke recalls. “They’re shorter cut flower varieties, so they grow about five feet high. Then we have blueberry picking every other Sunday. And we have a sweet pea maze - old fashioned sweet peas like your grandma used to grow. They’re super fragrant.”

In addition to the sea of sunflowers and one-ofa-kind sweet pea maze, guests are invited to take a wagon ride through the vibrant fields, stroll through the artist gardens and bird aviaries, visit the cymbidium orchid greenhouse and historic poinsettia display, learn from master gardeners at the demonstration garden, and wander and wonder in a butterfly garden that celebrates the butterflies that help make flowers bloom.

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For couples set on celebrating their wedding with rows of ranunculus, lush greenery, or an exquisite array of flower gardens, The Flower Fields offers special event venues available year-round. From an indoor barn to an outdoor pavilion, the setting is ideal for fundraisers, birthday parties, and work events.

“We have a big barn that we built as these barn weddings have been super popular,” Clarke explains. “We have a school program that will get 7,000 elementary school kids through the fields, usually 400 to 500 at a time - they come four days a week. They plant seeds and they learn about composting and saving water and recycling. They learn about bugs, good bugs and bad bugs. They go on a hayride; it’s a half day program for the school kids. Then we have musical events on the weekends, and we do after-hours wine tasting. There’s all kinds of stuff.”

For those unable to attend the activities or experience the annual array of color in spring, The Flower Fields harvests and sells corms from their horticultural site so others can create the color at home.

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Tips for Growing Ranunculus Corms at Home

Ranunculus are cool loving flowers which thrive in growing temperatures between 37-68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your growing zone determines when your corms should be planted. In zones 7-10, plant the corms in fall for late winter/early spring blooms. In zones 3-6, start soaking and pre-sprouting the corms in very early spring, about three to four weeks before the last frost. Then plant the corms in early/late spring when daytime temperatures are still cool and night temperatures don’t go much lower than 0 degrees.

FOR ZONES 3-6

PRE-SPROUTING

Submerge the corms under cool water and let them soak for four hours. Stir the corms every half hour and refresh the water. Placing your corms in a mesh or vegetable bag will help this process. After four hours, let your corms drain by placing them on a paper towel. Your corms should be much plumper and fuller.

PLANTING

Plant your corms with tuberous fingers pointing down in potting soil or high-quality growing mix an inch below the soil. The soil should be kept slightly moist but not over-saturated. Store planted corms in a cool place out of direct sunlight. They will start to sprout in approximately 10 days.

TRANSPLANTING

Once the corms show some roots, re-pot them into bigger pots, keeping the new leaves above the soil line, or transplant them to your garden if temperatures are above freezing. Plant the corms two inches deep and nine inches apart. Ranunculus can withstand a slight frost but should be covered if temperatures dip below freezing.

BLOOMING

Ranunculus will start to flower approximately three months after planting. To keep them blooming, cut the ranunculus at the base of the plant. Continue to give the plant consistent water and ensure the soil is well drained.

ENJOYING

Florists love ranunculus because they have a long vase life. Display your stunning stems for up to 10 days.

RE-USING

Once these beauties have stopped blooming and the foliage has died back, pull the corms out and allow them to dry in the sun. Store the corms indoors in a dry location over the winter in order to restart the process the following spring.

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Balance was the name of the game when renovating this gorgeous craftsman-style home. Kelly Martin Interiors took on the challenge of balancing new design features and the home’s original architectural style, along with the homeowners’ distinct preferences. The result: a bold, clean vibe with charming accents.

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When Kelly Martin first met with the homeowner couple, they had been living in the small craftsmanstyle home for about a year. Their collaboration started out modestly, with an initial plan to redesign the kitchen—which needed a substantial makeover. “The original kitchen was falling apart; it was in terrible shape, including the appliances,” says Martin. “It all needed to be ripped out.”

Located in a West Hollywood neighborhood in Los Angeles, the home sits alongside others also steeped in history and character. “It’s now a fun, trendy, walkable area with great restaurants and shopping. It’s urban but still has that quaint neighborhood feeling,” says Martin, who originally started out on the build side of the design industry before opening Kelly Martin Interiors in 2014.

Though the kitchen remained the biggest priority, the project soon expanded into the rest of the home. Martin looked to marry the couple’s distinct tastes while keeping the design elements true to the house’s architectural style. “One person was a bit more classic in what they liked and the other was a bit more industrial in their style,” she says. “Some of the classic, clean elements [represent] half of the couple, while a lot of the iron, more

The earthy chairs perfectly complement the jewel-toned ceramic tile on the fireplace. A vibrant vintage rug grounds the rich colors and pulls the room together.
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masculine features catered to the other half.”

Because of the nature of the construction and craftsman style, the rooms were starkly divided. The only living space was a tiny living room at the front of the house, with a guest bedroom right beside it. To create a larger living area, they decided to tear down the wall between the two rooms. “They lost a guest room but essentially gained a more casual living space, including a cozy reading nook next to the fireplace,” says Martin.

The overall tone of the project’s design came from an unexpected place: a colorful ceramic dish set. “When we were talking about the design, the couple said, ‘We have these beautiful dishes from our wedding.’ That kind of set the tone because we wanted the design to feel a little bit earthy but also a little bit classic. That was one of the things that inspired me.”

As part of the creative process, Martin looked for ways to improve upon some of the home’s stunning original features. “Generally, I like to take a walk through the house to see what they already have. I tell [the client] to point out what they really love and what they’re embarrassed about,” she says. “From there, I can get a sense of their personality

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While backsplash tile remains neutral and timeless, the cabinet color adds a dash of drama. A complementary cookbook nook adds interest as well as a place for favorite recipes and easy-to-find cutting boards.

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and their lifestyle […] so I can pull things they’ll really love and be excited about.”

Two features they opted to keep: “the boxy, clean, craftsman style to the molding” and iron doors leading onto the back patio, which were previously sliding doors. “The homeowners love the free airflow when the doors are open. They entertain a lot, so we wanted to make sure they still have the [pathway] from the patio to the kitchen,” says Martin. “We preserved the opening but made it better.”

Though they originally wanted a blue kitchen, Martin convinced the couple to consider an alternate color scheme for the focal point of their home, landing on a shade of green. “I think it was really a blessing in disguise, because they ended up being more excited about the deep green,” she laughs. “I wanted to make sure the green we chose had some subtle blue undertones to it, so it did end up a bit more on the cooler side.”

To create a crisp, clean look throughout the home, Martin went with a versatile and clean white for the walls and trim. She gravitated toward bolder, deeper—but grounded—tones for pops of contrast, featured on items like the kitchen cabinetry. “There was some play between the clients and me about how to keep it deep and rich without going too moody,” she says. “The rest of it kind of fell into place because we had to find ways to let that be the anchor and let everything else be kind of airy around it.”

The couple’s taste in art also influenced the process, with the homeowners adorning the walls with several new pieces of artwork, like the commissioned painting above the fireplace. “Art

Natural elements, such as cool stone tile, play happily with warm wood tones and metal bowls.

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is very inspiring to me,” says Martin, who also launched her own custom furniture collection, ATELIERxKM, in 2020.

With the design kicking off in winter 2019 and a projected construction start date of March 2020, the team faced an unexpected—and massive—hurdle that ground the project to a halt: the global pandemic. They delayed construction until June 2020 but continued to face supply issues. After many setbacks, the last piece they were waiting on—the range—was finally installed in October 2020.

The couple, who had been living in the house through the construction and the pandemic, breathed “a sigh of relief and excitement” upon the completion of their new home, citing the end result as well worth the wait. “In comparison to what they had before, it was a complete turnaround,” says Martin. “They were so happy to cook and entertain again.”

The homeowners opted to bring the outdoors in and vice versa with lots of vibrant plants and iron doors that prop open leading to the back patio.

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COZY, CHARMING ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

The Illinois-based Kate Marker Interiors sought to create an oasis for a busy family. Marking a fresh start for the homeowners, the quaint home can easily fit right in with the rolling hills of the English countryside — even though it’s located on a quiet street in the Chicago suburbs. We’re taking a look at this striking home that seamlessly blends modern and rustic.

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Design: Kate Marker Interiors | Photography: Stoffer Photography | Text: Andrea Danelak

After graduating from design school, Kate Marker worked as a merchandiser for several years before deciding to branch out on her own. Beginning her solo journey in an upstairs home office, she has since grown Kate Marker Interiors to a team of about 12, including four designers. Now principal designer, Marker is known for her fresh, timeless looks that uniquely reflect each client’s personality.

One of those clients wanted to make a fresh start in a quaint home on an overlooked corner lot, located on a quiet street in Barrington, a suburb of Chicago. Marker’s team had previously worked with the builder, Grand Traditions Homes, so when the homeowner approached them about the project, they recommended the two join forces.

While the ground hadn’t yet been broken, the floorplan was nearly complete. A large family in tow, the homeowners sought to create a functional space that made everyone feel welcome and considered all of the children’s styles and needs. Their main criteria: functionality for a busy lifestyle.

“They knew they wanted an English style or influence—sort of an old-meets-new [vibe], like it could be a house on the English countryside,” says Marker. “We went with authentic, moodier materials but also a farmhouse-fresh look.”

With no existing architectural elements to preserve, Marker’s team took the opportunity to start from scratch. The homeowners gave them free reign on the design—with some must-haves like a breakfast nook, where they could sit down as a family, and an open family room and kitchen.

A reclaimed wood ceiling breathes history and warmth into an otherwise crisp, clean entryway. Unique light fixtures and a colorful rug add a sense of whimsy to the welcoming space.

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To kick off the creative process, the team started planning the plumbing fixtures and cabinet design, looking for inspiration from photos the family shared and possible color palettes. “They wanted darker cabinet colors for a timeless look, as well as brick around the fireplace. They also wanted reclaimed wood on the island, ceiling and in the entryway hall,” says Liisa Gent, design communication manager at Kate Marker Interiors. “We needed to come up with some of those materials and identify the architectural finishes for certain areas.”

The juxtaposition of rustic and modern led to a striking combination of textures and colors. In the kitchen, the team landed on a multidimensional cabinetry color that appears grey in some light, and green in others. “Everyone was all about the white kitchens at this time, so this was a very refreshing and grounding colour. That color, mixed with the wood tones, is a bit masculine but then [it’s paired with] the more feminine counter stools. The lighting fixtures were just the icing on the cake,” says Gent.

The fireplace, too, seamlessly blends the two genres for a refreshing take. “Instead of painting it, we used limewash on the interior and exterior of the brick fireplace. It was more authentic to the actual stone and that way, we could control how much color went on,” says Gent. Tying into the kitchen and reclaimed wood features, the rustic mantle boasts decorations like an antique-looking mirror for a pop of personality. “It’s those final little touches that make a house a home,” Marker adds.

To maintain a classic look, timeless elements were built into the home, including large windows that flood the space with light and stunning stone flooring. The builder also incorporated an “X” motif throughout the interior as well as on the exterior, seen on the window shutters and cabinetry.

“If you choose the right authentic materials, you can bring in pattern in subtle ways and it can still look very timeless,” says Gent. “Having a clean, classic foundation is never going to look dated. You can bring in more personality with the finishings and accessories.”

To that end, the homeowners’ personalities were most exemplified in the dining room, which was driven by their style preferences. “There were formal lines in the table and chairs, whereas they wanted it

While wall colors remain neutral, textiles offer personality in spades.

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to be more casual in the family room,” says Gent. “Their master bedroom is also softer, muted colors—very relaxing, as they wanted a bit of an oasis—while the rest of the house is a little more saturated.”

For an extremely personal touch, the homeowner chose to incorporate a bird motif to honor and remember a close family member who had passed away. “Birds reminded her of her brother, so she wanted to integrate an homage to him,” says Gent. They applied soft, subtle bird wall coverings in the powder room and found pillows with a bird motif for the master bedroom.

After an 18-month process, the homeowners were thrilled with the end result, the comfortable, accommodating open floor plan meeting their vision. “They were very grateful to have everyone together and a space to call their own. Though it’s an open floor plan, there are kind of quieter, more compartmentalized spaces,” says Gent. “They loved their bedroom the most—it felt like such a sanctuary for them with their busy lifestyles.”

Farmhouse modern meets English countryside in this new build that features timeless landscaping and classic exterior colors.

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RUSTIC, MEET MODERN

Design: Tays & Co.

Photography: Spacecrafting Photography

Text: Andrea Danelak

Laura Tays of Tays & Co Design Studios faced a unique ask when designing a new cabin: balance traditional rustic and modern looks for an inviting, retreat-like feel. We’re taking a look at the Minnesota lakefront property that brings the outdoors in—with stunning results.

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Picture yourself in the early morning, the rising sun peeking out above the tops of the trees. Steaming cup of coffee in hand, you gaze out the window to the expansive lake in front of you, its waves gently crashing against the shore. Thanks to Tays & Co. Design Studios, that’s the reality for one couple, whose collective dream was brought to life by founder and principal designer Laura Tays.

The couple sought to retire to their lakefront property after they made the space their own. “This is their legacy property—their home away from home now that the husband has retired,” says Tays.

Located on a peninsula in Nisswa, Minnesota and surrounded by stunning waterfront views, the property marks a space where the entire family can gather, incorporating the landscape and surrounding elements wherever possible. Next to the main cabin is a property for the couple’s adult children, along with a rambler remodeled as a rental property and a new bar.

“The couple for whom we designed the cabin wanted it to feel like a lake cabin—without getting too literal,” says Tays. “The space is very textural, bringing the outdoors in. It’s warm and cozy but not too busy, with a lot of natural elements throughout the entire house.”

After tearing down the original structure, the owners intended to rebuild to their specific vision on the same lot. Tays took on the challenge of creating a design that was fresh, without feeling like a brand-new home. “A lot of thought went into all of the different elements to make the home feel like it’s been lived in,” she says.

Collaboration with the homeowners marked an integral part of the design process and its ultimate success. The husband-and-wife duo had different visions in terms

Rich textures, classic patterns, and natural organic elements combine to add a warm, inviting, lived-in look to this new build.

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of what they wanted to see in the space, so Tays kept the lines of communication open to ensure everyone was on the same page.

“The husband’s original idea was a literal cabin—very rustic—but his wife wanted it to feel a bit more modern. It was really two different styles getting married,” says Tays. “I think that’s what makes the home really unique. It’s also what brought the design to a whole new level when it was all put together.”

Tays incorporated her signature look into the design, integrating wood and stone elements to make the home feel lived-in and warm. The limestone-wrapped pantry in the kitchen—emulating a stone cave that has stood for years, the house simply built around it—is one of her personal favorites. “I always try to design in a way that keeps things fresh but still timeless, which won’t be dated in a few years,” she says. “I lean into design elements that will remain beautiful for years.”

She also stuck to neutral tones and rich textured elements to add to the overall warmth and prevent the home from feeling too stark. “We typically go for organic, natural looks and when you walk into a home, you can just feel it. It feels very elevated and inviting,” she says. “That’s what many people have gravitated toward in recent years—that fresh, light, airy feeling that is also warm and inviting.”

The end result sees the natural elements and textures complement each other for a one-of-a-kind feel. “Everywhere you turn, there’s something unique to see in each space, but it all flows from room to room.”

From the moment they enter the great room, guests are flooded with natural light and a sense of grandeur, thanks to the 10-foot ceilings and open concept design. Reclaimed wood is featured prominently through the home, lending to the

While wall colors remain neutral, countertops, backsplash tile, and flooring offer plenty of personality.

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organic feel. A striking feature staircase leads guests to a bonus loft upstairs, adorned with a shou sugi ban accent wall, a Japanese wood-burning technique that adds texture and depth. The home also boasts plenty of spots to cozy up with a book, including a sunroom and reading nooks.

While the design came together beautifully in the end, Tays encountered a few hurdles through the process. Attempting to incorporate the family’s wishes while staying within the property’s physical boundaries proved an interesting—but fun—challenge for the team.

“We had to stay within the same footprint, so there was a bit of struggle to make sure that we still included everything while following the size and capabilities of the space,” she says. Building a two-storey structure allowed for more square footage, which clocks in at just shy of 3,000 square feet. “It’s quite cozy when you’re inside,” adds Tays. “The tall ceilings make it feel bigger than it is.”

This marks Tays’ fifth time working with the same couple, who are thrilled with their new home away from home and are excited to build new memories with their family in the years to come.

“We put our whole hearts and souls into this property,” she says. “Throughout the process, I made sure that all parties were happy, and I feel most proud of that. In the end, the space was representative of both of them and their wishes.”

The two-storey home has plenty of bonus space, including an upstairs loft and sunny reading nooks.

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Nothing says chic like rich wood cabinetry and deep stone countertops.

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REIMAGINING SPANISH STYLE

Design: House of One Miami

Photography: Kris Tamburello

Text: Andrea Danelak

Miami-based design firm House of One took on the challenge of reviving a Spanish-style home in the Sunshine State, preserving certain existing elements while introducing striking custom features. We’re taking you on a tour of the completed redesign, which seamlessly blends dramatic and vintage for a result like no other.

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Traditional Spanish-style tile sets the stage for a glamorous, yet understated dining area.

Situated on the desirable North Bay Road enclave in the heart of Miami Beach, this Spanish-style home was already bursting with character when designer Brittany Farinas took on the redesign.

“The architecture of the home was the design inspiration,” says Farinas, chief executive officer and creative director of House of One. The Miami-based design firm specializes in one-of-a-kind, curated luxury residential, hospitality, and commercial categories and has launched several lines in wallcoverings, textiles, and furnishings, some of which have been incorporated into the residence. “Its bones really drove the aesthetics of the interior, material selection, and furnishing.”

In reviewing the floor plan, Farinas decided to honor the existing layout, modifying “50 to 60 percent” of what was in each space and blending contemporary and SpanishMediterranean styles for a moody, yet timeless, aesthetic. As part of their mission to design spaces that tell a story, Farinas and her team preserved some of the home’s original elements like the arches, crown molding, and flooring for a new-meets-old-world Spanish style.

Essentially broken into three different sections, the home features a private master wing, private guest suite, and common areas, such as the kitchen. The master wing marked one of the spaces Farinas most wanted to focus on.

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A veined backsplash and turquoise blue cabinets in the kitchen mirror the pool’s pristine aqua hue and rippling water.
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“We knew we wanted to really modernize that space,” says Farinas, who founded House of One over five years ago and now leads a team of five. To that end, she took advantage of an existing pair of structural columns to construct a magnificent double-sided fireplace that separates the main sleeping area from the sitting area, bearing the same romantic theme found in other elements in the home.

Paying homage to the homeowners’ shared passion for art—their collection displayed prominently—Farinas also added a personal touch above the fireplace, enlarging an image of the client and framing it specifically to the space. “We designed the fireplace to be able to hold that piece, and it turned out very well,” she says.

Adding to the dramatic feel, stone features make a statement in several rooms. To play off the vintage rose quartz slabs preserved in the guest washroom, Farinas sourced Calcutta vintage slabs for the kitchen countertops, also creating a custom vanity in the same stone for the powder room.

“Something I really enjoyed was selecting the new stone because I had to pick a stone that looks lived in and vintage, with an older feel,” she says. “These types of stones only apply to a certain aesthetic, and we tried to pick out different materials for a balance of old and new throughout the home.”

Another priority for the redesign was to maintain a sense of continuity and flow from the indoor to outdoor spaces. “We took a lot of the elements from the interior and brought them outside, such as incorporating metal elements from the dining table into the outdoor furniture pieces,” she says.

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Textures abound in this warm and modern abode, with stone features, wood tones, and soft shades of cream and beige.

A spectacular pool sits grandly in the corner lot’s backyard space, a favorite gathering place for visiting friends and family. “Everyone wants to hang out by the pool area,” says Farinas, who brought in a specialist to recreate a floral emblem in mosaic tile for the pool, a motif also embedded into a fountain. “That created such a focal point.”

Prior to beginning the project, Farinas walked through the space with the homeowners as part of her usual design process. “I like to talk about the clients’ plans for the house—how they will use it, whether it will be their forever home and so on,” she says. “I also hone in on anything they are unhappy with in the current design to understand them better. I want them to have a say about every single space.”

Farinas prides herself on developing close relationships with her clients, encouraging them to become creative collaborators to make the space their own. “We really focus on a bespoke design experience and on creating custom pieces like lighting and furniture for our clients,” she says. “They’ll receive the VIP service no matter the scope of the project. We want to give them a turnkey product.”

Given the age of the home, which was built nearly a century ago, Farinas and the homeowners knew they might encounter some surprises along the way. “We found some restrictions in terms of electrical and plumbing, but we knew coming in that would likely happen,” she recalls. “It’s very common for us—you can’t really anticipate what you’re going to find [in older homes].”

The added hurdles, however, didn’t delay the project. From initial conception through completion, the project took about eight months, with the homeowners eager to resume entertaining in their refreshed space.

“They were absolutely in love with it,” says Farinas. “The pool was the number one thing because it was such a transformation from what was originally there. It’s a great property and a one-ofa-kind project.”

Art is a simple yet sophisticated way to add a stunning elegance and personal flair to any room.

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Savor Summer

Recipes & Food Styling: Marisa Curatolo

Photography: Brian Johnson

Backyard summer dining steps up to the grownups table with gourmet twists on standard summer fare.

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Take your pulled pork sliders from saucy to sophisticated by serving them on a vintage tray or cake stand.
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three onion dip

Makes 1½ cups

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium white onion, chopped

1 tablespoon minced shallot

½ cup sour cream

½ cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon finely chopped chives

In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and shallot; cook until onions are very soft and golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

In small bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Add cooked onions and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chives, serve with kettle style chips.

roasted yams , brussels sprouts and edamame salad

Serves 6 to 8

1 medium yam (about 2 cups), peeled and cubed

2 tablespoons olive oil

Coarse salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1 leek, white top only, sliced

1 cup shelled frozen edamame

2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves

maple lime dressing

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon

1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400°F.

For dressing, in small bowl, whisk together all ingredients: set aside.

Add color to your outdoor dining table with vibrant roasted yams, brussels sprouts, and edamame.

For salad, toss yams with 1 tablespoon olive oil in small bowl. Spread on parchment-lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and roast 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

In same bowl, toss Brussels sprouts and leeks with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange on another parchment lined baking sheet. Roast, tossing occasionally, until sprouts are

tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring small pot of water to boil, add edamame and cook 3 minutes, drain and rinse under cold water: set aside.

To assemble salad, mix together yams, sprouts, leeks, and edamame. In a large bowl, toss with dressing and sprinkle with oregano.

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pulled pork with chipotle aioli and barbecue sauce

Serves 8

1 teaspoon ground paprika

1 teaspoon ground chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and sea salt

1 (3 to 4 lb) boneless pork butt (shoulder) roast

1 recipe barbecue sauce (see below)

1 recipe chipotle aioli (see below)

8 soft rolls

Mix together paprika, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, and pepper. Rub pork all over with spice mixture. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

Preheat one burner of a two burner barbecue to high; reduce to medium. Temperature should read 250°F to 300°F. Place pork on oiled grill over unlit burner. Close lid and cook pork for 3 to 4 hours and until meat thermometer reads 160°F.

Transfer to cutting board, tent with foil and let stand 20 minutes. Using two forks, pull pork into shreds; place in bowl. Warm sauce and pour 1 to 1 ½ cups over meat; toss to coat. Serve on buns with remaining sauce and chipotle aioli.

chipotle aioli

¾ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons chipotle peppers, chopped

Mix together in small bowl. Cover and chill.

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classic barbecue sauce

Makes 3½ cups

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 cups canned diced tomatoes

1 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon molasses

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoons coarse salt

Heat oil in medium saucepan over low heat. Add garlic and onion; cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add rest of ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. With handheld blender, blend sauce until smooth. Store in refrigerator up to two weeks.

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HOW TO GET THE PARTY STARTED

planning is key

A successful gathering starts with simple, delicious food, a casual and warm atmosphere, and a pretty table set with fresh flowers. Spend some time organizing yourself the day before. Even if it’s just pasta and salad, a little planning will make the event/party go smoothly. I like to keep a small journal where I write down the menu, shopping list and serving pieces I will use. By keeping notes in one place, it allows me to check off lists. Your iPhone works great too, and you can take pictures of items you may want to purchase.

Hosting a great dinner party has more to do with creating a warm, and welcoming environment and having fun with your guests than an overdone table and lavish food.

table setting

Pick a color scheme. We chose blue and white with a hint of lavender. A good rule to remember is more than two or three colors can make the look busy.

Melamine plates are inexpensive and a great addition to the summer table. There is no need to worry about breakage and they are great to use in a picnic setting.

Rattan chargers or fabric placemats add texture and color.

what we used

1. Melamine plates, rattan chargers, white cotton napkins, cutlery

2. Candle holders, colored vases, monochromatic flowers

3. Ceramic and wooden bowls, salad tongs

additional items

Wooden cutting boards, lacquer tray, carafe, and glasses.

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the bar

Pick a signature cocktail and mix it in a decanter or carafe. Fill bowls with lemon slices or fresh fruit. Offer a choice of one red, and one white wine to guests.

menu

Try to have dishes that can be made ahead. Our pulled pork on a bun with chipotle aioli is perfect to feed a crowd. Leftovers can be wrapped and frozen for a quick weekday meal.

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toffee chocolate

bark with caramel sauce

Serves 10

40 saltine crackers

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons French sea salt

Caramel sauce

½ cup sugar

¼ cup water

½ cup 35% cream

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

In a small heavy bottom saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium-low heat until goldenbrown, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. Remove from heat and slowly add cream and butter (mixture may seize up). Return to heat and stir until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mixture will thicken as it cools.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and arrange crackers in single layer. Make sure pan is filled.

In medium saucepan, combine sugar and butter. Bring to boil and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over crackers.

Bake for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Return baking sheet to oven for 3 to 4 minutes.

Spread melted chocolate evenly over crackers and sprinkle with French sea salt.

Let cool in refrigerator 1 hour or overnight. Break chocolate into pieces. Serve with caramel sauce.

Pacific Coast Calling

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Text: Twila Driedger

Pack your bags, rent a convertible, and get ready to smell the ocean air, eat all the seafood, and experience everything that makes the Pacific Coast Highway one of the most iconic road trip routes in the world. From dipping your toes into the picturesque waters of Lake Crescent south of Seattle, to taking in the endless splendor of the Pacific Ocean, to lying on the surf-side beaches of Orange County, California, consider your itinerary complete.

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REWORKING THE ROUTE

While the stretch from Dana Point in Southern California up to Mendocino County is considered the official route, many travelers take in the incredible sights along the entire length of the Pacific Coast Highway – all 1,700 miles from Seattle, Washington down to San Diego, California.

START IN SEATTLE

It may be difficult to decide on your starting point, however, if you’re driving southbound, you’ll likely be escaping some rain in Washington and trading it for the warmth and sun of California. Plus, heading this direction will ensure you’re on the right-hand side of the road, an optimal spot for taking in the view of the coast.

JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER

When thinking about an ideal road trip, you probably imagine the tunes blaring, top down or sunroof open, and the wind in your hair. For weather that is conducive for Instagram-worthy Thelma & Louise-style posts, plan to drive between June and September so you have lots of sun during the daytime and stunning sunsets in the evening.

STOP & ENJOY THE STATES

A road trip is just as much about the journey as it is the destination. So, stop and smell the roses, sip Starbucks, and soak in everything the sojourn has to offer. These are our top stops along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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LAKE CRESCENT, WASHINGTON

Before hitting the open road of the Pacific Coast Highway, make your first stop outside of Port Angeles at Lake Crescent and take in the grandeur of Olympic National Park. For those extra adventurous, hike the majestic Mount Storm King Trail and experience the amazing views of the Olympic Peninsula.

Road trip tip: Swing by and check out Sol Duc Falls, a short trail that leads to one of the most stunning waterfalls in Washington state. It’s a small detour on your way to Highway 101, but highly worth it.

OCEAN SHORES, WASHINGTON

Eat your weight in seafood in this quaint little town on the Washington coast. While relaxing is the name of the game in this laidback beach town, activities abound. Choose from horseback riding, kite flying, or exploring the canals on paddleboard or kayak.

Road trip tip: Save room for sweet treats at Murphy’s Candy & Ice Cream Shop. Murphy’s offers more than 30 flavors of homemade ice cream and lots of fun taffy and candy.

DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL, OREGON

This foaming collapsed sea cave is one of the many natural wonders along the Oregon coast. A cavernous rock formation, the ceiling of the cave collapsed, likely due to the forceful waves of the persistent Pacific Ocean, leaving this popular and impressive phenomenon. The rock formation is too good to be missed, and easily accessible from Highway 101. Take the Devil’s Punchbowl Trail, an easy 0.8-mile trek from the parking lot to the viewing area to watch the tide rush in and out of this exposed crater.

Road trip tip: Keep your eyes peeled for whales who often come offshore to feed.

SAMUEL H. BOARDMAN STATE SCENIC CORRIDOR, OREGON

Cliffside views, secluded beaches, and sand dunes are on full display at Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor in southwestern Oregon. Stop and experience the splendor of the waves as they crash into the dramatic offshore rock formations. Road trip tip: Schedule your pitstop during the latter part of the day so you can watch the sun dip down into the Pacific Ocean to fully appreciate this magical location.

HUMBOLDT REDWOODS STATE PARK, CALIFORNIA

Drive through the Avenue of Giants, a 31-mile stretch of road through the dense redwood forest. The Humboldt Redwoods State Park features some of the oldest and tallest redwood trees in the world – up to 1,800 years old and 25 stories high – that have tunnels carved out of the trunks.

Road trip tip: Tunnel through the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree in Leggett, California.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

If you’ve never driven over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge or seen the iconic orange structure, join the more than 10 million visitors a year that add it to their itinerary. The tremendous 746-foot-tall towers and sweeping main cables can be viewed by car, bike, tour, or by hiking along one of the many trails across the bay in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Road trip tip: For history buffs, free walking bridge tours are offered twice weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) by San Francisco City Guides, a non-profit organization associated with the San Francisco Public Library.

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10 Road Trip Essentials

Navigation App - In addition to a good paper map, a navigation app will help keep you on the right track. It also comes in handy when you need gas, a rest stop, or some good grub.

Questions & Card Games - A little silence can be good, but when things get a bit too boring, have a list of random road trip questions to get the conversation going. You might want to throw a pack of cards into the glove compartment just in case you are stopped in traffic and have some time to waste.

Car Charger & Batteries - Keep your phone, laptop, and tech gear charged and ready for capturing every moment and connecting with people home and afar.

First Aid Kit - Pack everything from Band-Aids and headache meds to vitamins and ointment.

BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

To understand what is so special about Big Sur, schedule a full day at this national treasure and immerse yourself in the rugged and mountainous section of the Central Coast of California. This landmark boasts idyllic coastlines, an undeveloped stretch of road, beautiful bridges, and 5,000-foot mountains rising up from the Pacific Ocean.

Road trip tip: After navigating the narrow, twisting, and probably packed drive along Highway 1, stop for a cold drink and enjoy the captivating views at one of the very few restaurants along your route.

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Join the beautiful people, sunshine lovers, and surfers at this hip and hot spot just south of Los Angeles. After a long drive, you’ll be ready to play and splash in some of the best beaches in the OC. Capture postcard worthy pictures at Crystal Cove State Beach or take a dip at Corona Del Mar State Beach. While sunbathing, you can watch the yachts pull in and out of the harbor. Hoping to see some surfing? Across the harbor entrance from Corona Del Mar State Beach is The Wedge, a famous surf spot known for waves that tower up to 30 feet.

Road trip tip: If you’re on the south end of Crystal Cove State Park, get in line for the Shake Shack, a fun cliffside restaurant with the best views around and the tastiest milkshakes in town.

SAN DIEGO ZOO, CALIFORNIA

Top your road trip off with a visit to the infamous San Diego Zoo. From cheetahs and chimpanzees to penguins and pandas, view more than 650 species of animals in Balboa Park.

Road trip tip: In addition to the wonderful wildlife, the zoo is also home to a botanical garden, with more than 700,000 individual plants. It’s a stunning send off to an unforgettable journey.

Podcasts & Playlists - If you’ve ever searched through static trying to find a good radio station, you know how important it is to have a few of your favorite tunes downloaded. Not only does music keep your mood light, but the songs will be attached to meaningful memories down the road.

Headphones - When he wants to listen to the game and you need a bit of Adele, slip on your headphones, and say hello to a bit of space for yourself. Some higher-end headphones have noise canceling capabilities if you’d rather opt for peace and quiet.

Anything to Keep Comfortable - It’s a long drive, so comfort is key. Bring a cozy blanket, a neck pillow, and clothes that are breathable and stretchy.

Snacks - Nobody wants a hangry passenger. Load up on all your favorite and filling foods, including fresh fruit, nuts, and lots of water. Save the sweet and savory snacks for when you stop to stretch your legs and fill your stomach along the way.

Travel Mugs - Bring a thermos or travel mug that can keep your coffee warm and use it instead of disposable cups from gas stations and restaurants.

Emergency Car Kit - Be prepared for any situation on the road with items like a flashlight, jumper cables, oil, and antifreeze.

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No road trip would be complete without tasting the culinary offerings of the countryside. Make reservations and come with an empty stomach to the following establishments.

COASTAL KITCHEN IN DANA POINT, CA

Come for: The broad menu

Stay for: Jumbo lump crab cakes

PACIFIC COAST GRILL IN CARDIFF, CA

Come for: The ocean view

Stay for: Fresh sushi

BANDERA IN CORONA DEL MAR, CA

Come for: The massive wood-fired rotisserie

Stay for: The chicken

MARCHE MODERNE IN NEWPORT BEACH, CA

Come for: The Michelin stars

Stay for: Coq au vin

CAPTAIN JACK’S SUNSET BEACH IN SEAL BEACH, CA

Come for: The unlimited sides (salad, rice, & bread)

Stay for: Surf & turf combo with loaded baked potato

NOBU MALIBU IN MALIBU, CA

Come for: The celebrity sightings

Stay for: Wagyu steak

SEA SHANTY IN CAYUCOS, CA

Come for: The kitschy, vintage atmosphere

Stay for: The Shanty Pie, a mint chocolate chip ice cream pie with hot fudge & a chocolate cookie crust

WHALE WATCHER’S CAFE IN BIG SUR, CA

Come for: The glimpses of gray whales  Stay for: The shrimp scampi

BRIDGEWATER BISTRO IN ASTORIA, OR

Come for: The waterfront view under cute, covered pods

Stay for: The curried clam & mussel chowder

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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Laundry rooms are often ignored when it comes to tackling clutter and creating an organized space. They tend to be one cup chaos with a pinch of catch-all, lost socks, lint bunnies, and emergency cash pulled from the pockets of an unlucky family member. Considering the amount of time you spend doing the laundry, leveling up your space will make this chore more bearable. Try some of these tips to tidy and organize your laundry room so that some of those lost socks might meet up with their onceforgotten mate.

1. Put up a pegboard. Utilizing wall space for ironing boards, drying racks, mops, and irons gets them off surfaces or the floor and in a place where they will always be an arm-reach away.

2. Assign a ‘put-away’ basket to each family member with strict instructions that once complete, the basket must make its way back to the laundry room for the next batch.

3. Install a folding station. Not only will this help you corral clutter, but it provides a perch to match, fold, and stack those freshly tumbled items.

4. Hang a drying rod for your delicate items or workout clothes. Accordion racks are cumbersome and can be a hassle. Consider putting delicate items right on their hangers and leaving them to dry in your laundry room overnight.

5. Add some art. Give this functional room a bit of flair with art that makes your space as stylish as it is useful. Play around with patterns, color or any print that gives you either peace of mind or a bit of pep in your step as you toss items from one machine to the next.

Laundry rooms don’t need to look like a minimalist haven but spending some time creating a functional and organized space will breathe new life into the never-ending chore of separating, matching, and folding.

STORAGE CONTAINERS

TOSS PRODUCTS THAT ARE SMALL INTO EASY-TO-GRAB STORAGE CONTAINERS THAT COMPLEMENT THE OVERALL LOOK AND FEEL OF THE ROOM. DISPLAY THINGS LIKE LAUNDRY PODS, CLOSE PINS AND DRYER SHEETS IN CLEAR CONTAINERS, COLORFUL CANISTERS, BEAUTIFUL BOWLS OR ON TRENDY TRAYS.

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ADD LIFE TO YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM WITH ART CURATED ESPECIALLY FOR THE SPACE. A PUNCHY BLACK AND WHITE PRINT THAT FEATURES WASHING SYMBOLS, OR A BOLD COLORFUL GRAPHIC PIECE IS AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO ADD INTEREST, AND EVEN HUMOR, TO THE WALLS. OR INCORPORATE SOMETHING MORE UNCONVENTIONAL AND HANG AN ANTIQUE WASHBOARD. DON’T FORGET TO SET SOME FRESH FLORALS ON THE COUNTER OR A PLANT ON THE WINDOW SILL FOR THAT FINISHING TOUCH.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Sure, it’s a small space that not many people, especially guests, enter. So why not have some fun? Don’t shy away from color and patterngo bold and let your personality shine!

• Make yourself smile while doing household chores with cheery wallpaper that boosts your mood.

• Go bold with a geometric or mosaic patterned tile, a vintage throw rug over a classic floor, or a playful backsplash.

• Use a pop of paint on your cabinets. It’s not the kitchen so no need to be practical - energize your laundry room with a flashy fuchsia, an earthy green, or a beachy blue.

• Have fun with fabric. Use patterns and prints to add an element of interest to your small space. Drapes for the window or a fabric skirt for a sink or open shelf covers the clutter and infuses personality.

• Showcase your style with hardware that makes you smile. Just like jewelry you wear, the knobs, pulls, hooks, hangers, faucets – basically all the bits and baubles – can elevate the space and make it shine.

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COLOR OF THE YEAR 2023 RASPBERRY BLUSH 2008-30

Joie de Vivre

A vivacious shade of coral tinged with pink, Raspberry Blush enlivens the senses with an electric optimism.

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2023 COLOR TRENDS

Our Color Trends 2023 palette was chosen for its distinct presence and personality. Each of these eight confident hues offer inspiration and creativity, while encouraging a push beyond the traditional to experience truly exceptional color.

Bring individuality to your space and discover the transformative power of paint with sumptuous hues inspired by the bold strokes of modern art, the natural changes that occur in metal overtime, and the desire to express ourselves through color.

Wenge AF-180 Wengé Wengé Conch Shell 052 Caracola Marina Tofino Sunset CC-156 Crépuscule de Tofino North Sea Green 2053-30 Verde del Mar del Norte Vert de la Mer du Nord Cinnamon 2174-20 Canela Cannelle Raspberry Blush 2008-30 Colorete Frambuesa Tourbillon de Framboises Starry Night Blue 2067-20 Azul de Noche Estrellada Bleu Nuit Étoilée
Savannah Green 2150-30 Verde de Savannah Vert Savane NEUTRAL PAIRINGS | EMPAREJAMIENTOS NEUTROS | DUOS NEUTRES 88 ISSUE 13
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Wenge AF-180

A deep chocolate with hints of brown, black, and violet in its undertone, this enigmatic hue combines both comfort and drama. Warm and engaging, Wenge is ideal for amping up saturation in rooms with predominantly neutral walls or bringing balance to a space with a lot of color.

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Soft and ethereal, this light purple is grounded by a drop of gray. It emanates a soft spiritual sensibility, leaning into the softer side of our Color Trends 2023 palette. Appearing both gray and lavender, depending on the lighting, infuse a touch of color into any space with this engaging hue.

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RIGHT WALL: New Age 1444 & CEILING: White Heron OC-57 DERECHA: Nueva Era 1444 Y TECHO: Blanco Garza OC-57 DE DROITE : Nouvel Âge 1444 ET PLAFOND : Blanc Tourterelle OC-57 WALLS: New Age 1444 & CEILING BEAMS: White Heron OC-57 Nueva Era 1444 Y VIGAS DEL TECHO: Blanco Garza OC-57 MURS : Nouvel Âge 1444
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North Sea Green

2053-30

Sink into this saturated shade, which blends the relaxing vibes of gray-blue hues and the simmering pleasure of blue-green. Engaging and deep, this soothing teal has a delicate gray undertone that enrichens this moody hue.

Cinnamon

2174-20

A rich brown touched by orange undertones, this warm hue will have you questioning the very definition of a neutral. Cinnamon is an excellent bridge between neutrals and more saturated shades. If you find you’re looking for a bolder neutral, or a more neutral hue that still feels like a focal point, Cinnamon is the spice for you.

WALLS: Cinnamon 2174-20 CEILING: Etiquette AF-50 BOOKSHELF: White Heron OC-57 PAREDES: Canela 2174-20 TECHO: Etiqueta AF-50 ESTANTERÍA: Blanco Garza OC-57 MURS : Cannelle 2174-20 PLAFOND : Étiquette AF-50 BIBLIOTHÈQUE : Blanc Tourterelle OC-57 WALLS: Cinnamon 2174-20 PAREDES: Canela 2174-20 MURS : Cannelle 2174-20 WALLS, CEILING & TRIM: North Sea Green 2053-30 RIGHT WALL & WINDOW TRIM: White Heron OC-57 PAREDES, TECHO Y MARCO: Verde del Mar del Norte 2053-30 PARED DERECHA Y MARCO DE LA VENTANA: Blanco Garza OC-57 MURS, PLAFOND ET MOULURES : Vert de la Mer du Nord 2053-30 MUR DE DROITE ET MOULURES DE FENÊTRE : Blanc Tourterelle OC-57
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Starry Night Blue

2067-20

BEDROOM WALL: North Sea Green 2053-30

FAR WALL: Savannah Green 2150-30

CEILING: White Heron OC-57

PARED DE LA HABITACIÓN: Verde del Mar del Norte 2053-30

PARED LEJANA: Verde de Savannah 2150-30

TECHO: Blanco Garza OC-57

MUR DE LA CHAMBRE : Vert de la Mer du Nord 2053-30

MUR DU FOND : Vert Savane 2150-30

A radiant navy akin to the dark indigo of dusk, this inky color breathes romance into any space. Depth and dimension define walls painted in Starry Night Blue, a captivating hue with just a touch of violet in its undertone.

PLAFOND : Blanc Tourterelle OC-57

WALLS: Starry Night Blue 2067-20

PAREDES: Azul de Noche Estrellada 2067-20

MURS : Bleu Nuit Étoilée 2067-20

Conch Shell 052

A gentle pink reminiscent of sepia tone, this dusty hue brings to mind thoughts of dusk captured by a vintage film camera. Tofino Sunset may bring a blush to your space, but this hue is not shy. This comforting color balances out the bold vibes of this palette, appearing almost neutral alongside such striking shades.

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WALLS: Conch Shell 052 PAREDES: Caracola Marina 052 MURS Crépuscule de Tofino CC-156 WALL Conch Shell 052 PARED: Caracola Marina 052 MUR Crépuscule de Tofino CC-156 WALLS: Conch Shell 052 PAREDES Caracola Marina 052 MURS : Crépuscule de Tofino CC-156 91 SPRING 2023

Savannah Green 2150-30

A rich ochre, yellow and green undertones balance out this unique hue. Similar to gold leaf for your walls, Savannah Green is a statement-making shade that plays well with neutrals and saturated hues. Offering both whimsy and drama, explore higher sheens for a lustrous take on this sprightly color.

Raspberry Blush 2008-30

Colorete Frambuesa

Tourbillon de Framboises

Starry Night Blue 2067-20 Azul de Noche Estrellada Bleu Nuit Étoilée

Savannah Green 2150-30 Verde de Savannah Vert Savane

New Age 1444 Nueva Era Nouvel Âge

Noir Absolu NEUTRAL PAIRINGS | EMPAREJAMIENTOS NEUTROS | DUOS NEUTRES Color accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer color representations may vary from actual paint colors. La exactitud del color se asegura solo cuando se tintan pinturas de calidad Benjamin Moore® Las representaciones del color en pantalla e impresas pueden diferir ligeramente de los colores de la pintura real. L’exactitude des couleurs est assurée uniquement avec l’utilisation des peintures de qualité Benjamin MooreMD Les couleurs représentées à l’écran et sur les documents imprimés peuvent différer des couleurs en contenant. Colour accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer colour representations may vary from actual paint colours.

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WALL: Savannah Green 2150-30 DOOR: Onyx 2133-10 PARED: Verde de Savannah 2150-30 PUERTA: Ónix 2133-10 MUR : Vert Savane 2150-30 PORTE : Noir Absolu 2133-10 WALLS, TRIM & DOOR: Savannah Green 2150-30 PAREDES, MARCO Y PUERTA: Verde de Savannah 2150-30 MURS, MOULURES ET PORTE : Vert Savane 2150-30 Wenge AF-180 Wengé Wengé Conch Shell 052 Caracola Marina Tofino Sunset CC-156 Crépuscule de Tofino North Sea Green 2053-30 Verde del Mar del Norte Vert de la Mer du Nord Cinnamon 2174-20 Canela Cannelle Raspberry Blush 2008-30 Colorete Frambuesa Tourbillon de Framboises Starry Night Blue 2067-20 Azul de Noche Estrellada Bleu Nuit Étoilée
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Savannah Green 2150-30 Verde de Savannah Vert Savane Nouvel
New Age 1444 Era Âge Etiquette
Etiqueta Étiquette Onyx 2133-10 Ónix Noir Absolu NEUTRAL PAIRINGS | EMPAREJAMIENTOS NEUTROS | DUOS NEUTRES Color accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer color representations may vary from actual paint colors. La exactitud del color se asegura solo cuando se tintan pinturas de calidad Benjamin Moore® Las representaciones del color en pantalla e impresas pueden diferir ligeramente de los colores de la pintura real. L’exactitude des couleurs est assurée uniquement avec l’utilisation des peintures de qualité Benjamin MooreMD Les couleurs représentées à l’écran et sur les documents imprimés peuvent différer des couleurs en contenant. Colour accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer colour representations may vary from actual paint colours. Wenge AF-180 Wengé Wengé Conch Shell 052 Caracola Marina Tofino Sunset CC-156 Crépuscule de Tofino North Sea Green 2053-30 Verde del Mar del Norte Vert de la Mer du Nord Cinnamon 2174-20 Canela Cannelle Raspberry Blush 2008-30 Colorete Frambuesa Tourbillon de Framboises Starry Night Blue 2067-20 Azul de Noche Estrellada Bleu Nuit Étoilée Savannah Green 2150-30 Verde de Savannah Vert Savane New Age 1444 Nueva Era Nouvel Âge White Heron OC-57 Blanco Garza Blanc Tourterelle Gray Owl OC-52 Búho Gris Chouette Grise Etiquette AF-50 Etiqueta Étiquette Onyx 2133-10 Ónix Noir Absolu NEUTRAL PAIRINGS | EMPAREJAMIENTOS NEUTROS | DUOS NEUTRES Color accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer color representations may vary from actual paint colors. La exactitud del color se asegura solo cuando se tintan pinturas de calidad Benjamin Moore® Las representaciones del color en pantalla e impresas pueden diferir ligeramente de los colores de la pintura real. L’exactitude des couleurs est assurée uniquement avec l’utilisation des peintures de qualité Benjamin MooreMD Les couleurs représentées à l’écran et sur les documents imprimés peuvent différer des couleurs en contenant. Colour accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer colour representations may vary from actual paint colours.
AF-180 Wengé Wengé Conch Shell
Caracola Marina Tofino Sunset CC-156 Crépuscule de Tofino North Sea Green 2053-30 Verde del Mar del Norte Vert de la Mer du Nord Cinnamon 2174-20 Canela Cannelle Raspberry Blush
Colorete Frambuesa Tourbillon de Framboises
Night Blue 2067-20 Azul de Noche Estrellada Bleu Nuit Étoilée Savannah Green 2150-30 Verde de Savannah Vert Savane New Age 1444 Nueva Era Nouvel Âge White Heron OC-57 Blanco Garza Blanc Tourterelle Gray Owl OC-52 Búho Gris Chouette Grise Etiquette AF-50 Etiqueta Étiquette Onyx 2133-10 Ónix Noir Absolu NEUTRAL PAIRINGS | EMPAREJAMIENTOS NEUTROS | DUOS NEUTRES Color accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer color representations may vary from actual paint colors. La exactitud del color se asegura solo cuando se tintan pinturas de calidad Benjamin Moore® Las representaciones del color en pantalla e impresas pueden diferir ligeramente de los colores la pintura real. L’exactitude des couleurs est assurée uniquement avec l’utilisation des peintures de qualité Benjamin MooreMD Les couleurs représentées à l’écran et sur les documents imprimés peuvent différer des couleurs en contenant. Colour accuracy is ensured only when tinted in quality Benjamin Moore® paints. On-screen and printer representations may vary from actual paint colours.
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Neutral Pairings
Whether you’re looking for a trim to pair with one of our Color Trends 2023 colors, or testing the waters with an accent wall, this selection of neutral hues covers warm, cool, and neutral undertones so you can pair with the Color Trends hue of your choice.

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Color Year of the Raspberry Blush

Selected for its charismatic color, Raspberry Blush’s showstopping red-orange bursts with boldness. Consider it your inspiration for a complete room makeover. Pair this trendy hue with complementary patterns, textures, and accessories. A statement rug, a playful wallpaper, geometric shapes, and varied saturations bring the look together in a harmonious way.

Take a sample of the shade shopping as you select throw pillows, window coverings, even vibrant and eclectic wall or floor tiles that marry the motif and showcase your style. Let your imagination and creativity run wild as you allow this saturated shade to embolden you to take color to new and unexpected places.

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Raspberry Blush sets the stage for a bold and vivacious backdrop. Pair this crimson color with neutral hues in the Color Trends 2023 palette, including Etiquette AF50, White Heron OC-57, Gray Owl OC-52, and Onyx 2133-10. From a cool and eclectic dining room to a lively pop of color in your powder room or en suite, this rich coral is sure to make a statement in your space. Talk to the experts at your independent paint store to learn how to bring the 2023 Color of the Year into your home.

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WALLS THAT MAKE YOUR HEART GO PITTER-PAPER

When it comes to influencing your interior decor, your walls provide the greatest opportunity for adding significant impact. And while experimenting with paint color saturations, depth of tone, and types of sheen can deliver amazing results, nothing ups the design ante quite like wallcoverings. With nearly limitless options for incorporating pattern, color, and texture, wallpaper offers unique opportunities to make a statement with your space!

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NEUTRAL NATURALS

Decorating with natural fabrics, woods, and silhouettes is an enduring classic that never goes out of style. To elevate your organic look and add a dash of drama, consider adding a wallcovering that carries the theme up the walls. This example, with an undulating pattern inspired by anemones, delivers deeptoned drama without overpowering the other elements in the space.

GROWNUP TREEHOUSE

The success of this neutral room stems from the reversal of a tried-and-true design trick. A simple palette and clean-lined furnishings create a calm and serene space that acts as a neutral foreground to a knockout pattern that wraps every wall of the room with color and texture… proving that when a wall’s covered by a forest, everybody cheers.

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PLAYING DRESS-UP

Forget the lion and the witch - everyone will be too busy reading the look of this cleverly upcycled wardrobe! Utilizing wallpaper to cover damaged panels, cracked mirrors or drilled holes from old hardware is a brilliant way to breath new life into an old favorite, while maintaining and enhancing the charming character of the piece.

MIX & MATCH COLLECTION

We’re loving everything about this space: the subtle Asian vibes of the vintage rattan furniture and ginger jar lamp look sensational against a confident asymmetrical raindrop wallpaper. Strong shots of color, like the complimentary shades of green and fushia, are grounded by the strength of the pattern against a crisp white background.

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DRESS THE WALLS WITH FLORAL FOLLY

Famed Italian fashion house Missoni’s home collection includes fantastical over-the-top patterns; favorites like Oriental Garden, a bouquet embroidered in purple, pink, peach, and yellow-orange colors and grey shadows, brings the haute couture out of the closet and sends it right down the hallway.

FLOWER POWER

Design darling Rifle Paper Co. has done it again! Peonies and delicate buds in periwinkle and sage are tossed on a clean white background for a casual, optimistic feel. This modern take on traditional patterns with updated colorways, is particularly well suited to both midcentury designed spaces and the modern farmhouse look.

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FOR THE LOVE OF COLOR

“Simple, elegant, yet bold. You will die.” - Edna Mode

For decades, decorating fully embraced the layered mix of neutrals. Creams, greiges, and brushed cool metals felt modern and luxurious; the look was easy, and it worked everywhere. But now, as design swings back towards colorful spaces, the once-bold espresso feature wall just feels like it’s falling short. Bringing color back into our neutral lives is challenging, as is the fear of making a spectacular color misstep. How to break through? Embrace the power of paint. Choose a room and lavish the walls - all of them - with color: saturated, bold and rich. Grab a complimentary quart to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture. Nervous? Just channel Edna and repeat: “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.”

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MIDNIGHT NAVY 2067-10 KELLY GREEN 2037-30
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