The First “Must Have” of Eight for Your Winter Home 2013 – You’re Welcome!

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You don’t have to roll out the “Red Carpet” to make a great impression but you do have to make a great first impression! Your front door really does set the tone to the rest of your home sweet home!

My first must have for Winter 2013 is a fresh doormat! No matter if you are pinching pennies or have a bottomless budget you can make this happen!  I promise you, you want all visitors, family, friends and even your delivery person to actually feel welcomed to your home and not think … “oh well” when they set foot on your threshold.

Your home can be perfectly pristine inside but if your doormat is faded or unraveling your first impression may be a flop. Let’s not let that happen!  Here are a few ideas for all budgets:

Target‘s Mohawk Home Koora Circles: $9.99:

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Amazon $36.00:

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Frontgate‘s  Lion Crest Monogram Starts at $99.50 & up:

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I’d love to see your doormats!  Whether they are traditional, seasonal, DYI etc … show me and leave your comments below!

Cheers!

Cortney Bailey

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Pop – of – Paint!

Who loves COLOR?  I do, I do!!! Did you know that color can affect your mood, your friends’ mood and members of your family’s mood as well? How fascinating is that!?! (I will address this subject more-in- depth on another blog.) Therefore, it is very important when choosing the correct color of paint for your home, your wonderland, to make sure it affects you and your loved ones in a positive way.  Here are four tips to remember when choosing your pop-of-paint:


1. What type of environment or “Wonderland” do you want to create? Are you painting a small nook for your own “me” time or are you painting your dinning room or maybe a cheerful place for your kids to play?


2. If you already have invested in furniture and fabric, does the paint you want to use compliment them? Paint is much easier to change than buying new fabric and furniture.

3. Are you planning on painting an entire room or just an accent wall?  Consider this: a Hot Pink accent wall is easier on the eye and mood than an entire room painted Hot Pink! Sometimes painting just one wall is more of a statement than painting an entire room.

4. How will the paint you choose look as the light changes throughout the day?  I would highly recommend either painting large, think one foot by one foot, swatches of color on your walls or poster board and determine if you like the color in the morning verse the afternoon verses the evening light. Remember the tiny swatch on a paint color stick looks very different on a LARGE wall and the color will change as the light hits it.

All-in-all your choice of paint should reflect a piece of you.  There is no wrong choice when it comes to paint; that is why paint stores are filled with thousands of endless options.  Just make sure you take the time to dream of what environment you ultimately want to design because that time is much better spent than repainting a wall over-and-over!

Take time to Dream, Design and Dwell.

Cheers!

Cortney