{friday finds: easy decorating tips for fall}

7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home This Season

Fall is marked by loss of daylight, as we glide from the equinox to the winter solstice. Seasonal decorating can help take away the sting of that loss of sunshine.

Here are seven simple tips to brighten and lighten for fall:

Welcome the Season

Wreaths made of gourds, colorful leaves, squash, twigs, pinecones and bright twine set the tone for the season. Using ‘found materials’ adds a personal touch. Welcome the season, as well as your guests, in fabulous fall style with a homemade wreath on your door.

Fall Decorations

Paint Your Pumpkin

Turn your favorite seasonal squash or gourds into ghostly decorations with a few strokes of leftover white (or any light color) house paint. These look great on your front steps for outdoor use, or your fireplace mantle for indoors. Consider stenciling your house number on a large pumpkin as a fresh way to mark your turf. 

Painted Pumpkins

Frame It

Take fabric or wallpaper scraps and cut pieces large enough to fit a medium-sized frame. Find a location on your wall that needs a boost of light and hang it!

Make It Sparkly

Trace a leaf on the side of a large terracotta pot. Fill in the leaf outline with durable glue, and sprinkle with sequins. Voilà – bright, seasonally appropriate color! If sparkle isn’t your thing, you can easily paint designs onto your smaller pots for a warm welcome outside your home.

Fall Home Decor

Don’t Give Up On Your Porch

Add throws, blankets and plush pillows to your wicker furniture and you can extend your front porch season. Nothing beats a sunny but cool day for a refreshing nap. Choose earthy fall colors to add warmth.

Switch Out Your Table Coverings

Change it up by switching to fall coasters with leaf or pumpkin prints. Table runners and napkins can be mixed and matched in solid fall colors or prints. A subdued tablecloth becomes the background for a colorful fall feast.

Chalk it up

Wall-mounted chalkboards are great for quick notes or schedule reminders. Add a festive fall border and orange chalk, and see if there is an artist in the house.

Chalkboard Paint

Get crafty, soak up the season, and most of all, have fun with your fall decorating this year!

WARNING: Decorating can lead to entertaining. Proceed at your own risk!

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{window treatment wednesday: best window treatments for sliding glass doors}

How to Choose the Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

From color schemes to safety, we spoke with Shannon Scarrella, manager of Hirshfield’s Window Fashions, to reveal the best way to determine the ideal window treatments for your sliding glass doors.

Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Long-Vue from the Sienna Honeycomb Collection

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{benjamin moore 2015 color of the year}

Benjamin Moore Identifies 2015 Color Trends

In mid-October, Benjamin Moore revealed its 2015 Color of the Year: Guilford Green HC-116, described as a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles in a seamless manner.

“We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”

At the same time, Benjamin Moore also unveiled Color Trends 2015, featuring monochromatic color designs and saturated hues for a balanced home. These trends include a curated palette of 23 colors featuring four gorgeous color families – green, blue, blush and berry.

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{friday finds: affinity® color collection by benjamin moore}

 

Tempest and Nightingale by Benjamin Moore Affinity

Tempest AF-590 and Nightingale AF-670

AF-260 Affinity Benjamin Moore Paint

Affinity Proposal AF-260

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Cloud Cover OC-25 and Anjour Pear AF-425

 

The color experts at Benjamin Moore know color and how to make it work in your home. The Affinity Color Collection (144 colors) will make your life easier when it comes to selecting paint colors. How, you ask? Affinity’s claim to fame is that all colors in the fandeck go with each other. This sounds like the perfect color collection for homes with open floor plans. Pick a color, any color, they all work together.

Here’s what Benjamin Moore has to say about the Affinity collection:

We have taken the guesswork out of selecting colors by carefully creating a palette where all of the colors share three basic traits which are attributed to color. Our Affinity Collection has taken 144 harmonious hues that were designed specifically to make it easy for you to create beautiful, perfectly balanced paint color combinations for every room—and create color flow throughout your home!

Begin your exploration of Affinity with this curated palette of 28 of the colors from the full collection.

It’s in everyone’s best interest to “test drive” your paint color with a sample pint or quart. Paint out an area and live with it for a few days to make certain this is “the color.”

Hirshfield’s carries the following Benjamin Moore fandecks:  Classic, Color Preview, Affinity, Williamsburg Color Collection, Color Stories, Candice Olson Designer Picks, and Perfect Pairings. Benjamin Moore’s historical colors appear in the Classics fandeck.

{wallcovering wednesday: when to go retro with wallpaper}

Retro is Relative

Your children might think of the 1990s as retro, while your grandmother is nostalgic for the 1930s. For you? Maybe the 1980s are more your style. So whether it’s the bold colors and psychedelic patterns of the 1970s, the delicate florals of the 1930s or tiny geometric designs of the 1950s you’re looking for, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

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{new minnesota law makes it easier to recycle paint}

What You Should Know About the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program

Starting November 1st 2014, a small change in how paint is sold in Minnesota will make a big difference in what happens to leftover paint with the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program.

Retailers will be required by the NEW STATE LAW to collect a small add-on fee and submit it to PaintCare, a non-profit created by the  American Coatings Association to help implement the new program. PaintCare will help manage the collection of leftover paint through newly established drop-off sites. Fees are based on container size, and range from $0.35 (larger than a half-pint to less than a gallon) to $0.75 per gallon and $1.60 for larger than one gallon to five gallons.

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{window treatment wednesday: window covering safety month}

Protect your Children from Window Cords

The statistics are frightening: since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

In an effort to keep young children safe, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the CPSC have teamed up to remind parents and caregivers that October is National Window Covering Safety Month. The campaign’s goal is to heighten awareness of the potential strangulation hazards window cords can pose to young children and toddlers.

In recent years, the window covering industry has redesigned its corded products and developed cord-safety standards. However, millions of older corded window coverings have not been retrofitted by consumers and many new parents are sometimes unaware of potential cord dangers.

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