Posted by Andie on May 29, 2013
I can't wait until I have a piano in my home someday. I'm excited to have time to play more, and also to make my kids take piano lessons, just like my parents made me. Most of the time I hated practicing as a kid, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it's a skill I'm grateful I have today.
It doesn't matter whether you have/want a piano because a) someone in your family plays, b) you hope someday someone in your family will actually play, or c) simply for decorative purposes. Whatever the motive, a piano is a beautiful and timeless investment and addition to any home.
Once you have a piano, make sure you consider carefully where to put it in your home. A few things to remember when it comes to the design aspect and placement of pianos:
- The curved side of the grand piano should face listeners.
- Make sure you consider humidity and temperature. Windows or heating/cooling vents can effect piano sound. For this reason, placing the piano on an interior wall is highly recommended if possible.
- Consider "live" and "dead" materials when designing a music room. "Live" = wood, and "Dead" = carpet. Wood will enhance the sound of the piano, and carpet will absorb it.
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Posted by Andie on May 24, 2013
Memorial Day weekend symbolizes the start of summer for me. And summer means relaxing in the great outdoors. Don't you think front porch swings are just so dreamy? I think they represent a slower-paced, easy going, carefree way of life. So get yourself a porch swing and say goodbye to being busy, over-scheduled, and run-down. (Do you think it actually works that way?) Simply looking at photos of porch swings calms me, so I can only imagine the possibilities if I actually owned one!
Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Go find a porch swing if you don't have your own, grab a pina colada and a good book, and relax the weekend away....
P.S. You should also hit up your local RC Willey to shop some of our fabulous deals!!
Posted by Andie on May 21, 2013
When I was a kid our next door neighbors had a couple of battery-powered kid's cars that made my heart sing! A cooler toy could not be found if you searched the world over. I still remember how amazing I thought it was every time I got to take a spin with my friend around the block in her barbie convertible. I thought I had died and gone to barbie heaven!
Well, this Kid's ATV might not have barbie plastered on the side, but I still think it's pretty darn cute! You can pick up your own little ATV through Memorial Day for only $39 bucks with a purchase of $499 or higher! (It's normally sold for $199 so that's a killer deal!) If my little boy were a few years older, I'd be all over reliving my childhood fantasy through him!
Since summer is so close I can almost taste it, I'm going to give two of you lucky readers your very own Kid's ATV! Simply become a follower if you aren't already, and leave a comment telling me what your 'dream toy' was as a kid! Two random winners will be chosen next Friday, May 31st. One entry per person please. Good luck!!
Posted by Alyssa on May 16, 2013
A line is the connection of two or more points.
Pretty obvious, right?
While the definition is simple, believe it or not, lines are quite complex! Did you know that lines can actually have a psychological effect on a room? Designers use different kinds of lines all the time in order to create a particular mood or ambiance in the room they are designing. Most interiors use a combination of lines, but often times one line will be planned to dominate in order to accomplish a desired effect.
So, let's talk about lines, shall we?
First, we have Straight lines:
1. Horizontal lines suggest a solid, harmonious relationship with the earth, and offer a sense of tranquility. Long horizontal lines can visually expand space, making rooms appear wider or longer. Lest you go overboard, remember that a room with too many horizontal lines may become boring and lack interest.
Horizontal stripes painted on a wall can help achieve the same effect.
2. Vertical lines lift the eye, mind, and spirit upward. They convey strength, stability, and security. They inspire awe and tend to diminish the significance of human scale. (This is why historically churches have always used vertical lines- to lift your eyes heavenward.) The use of vertical lines tend to make interiors seem higher. They are perfect in formal dining rooms, entryways, and formal living areas. Too many vertical lines may cause feelings of uneasiness or confinement.
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Next up? Angular lines:
1. Diagonal lines suggest movement, energy, and action! There is always something going on! Human interest is usually sustained longer with diagonal lines than with straight lines, probably due to the fact that the eye and mind are so stimulated. However, too many diagonal lines, particularly on a wall, can be overstimulating and tiresome.
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2. Zigzag lines are lines that proceed by sharp turns in alternating directions, forming a regular or irregular pattern. A set of regular zigzag lines is called a chevron or herringbone pattern. These lines can add energy, life and excitement to an interior. Too many zigzag lines might make viewers feel distraught or agitated.
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And lastly, Curved Lines:
1. Curved or circular lines provide relief, softness, and balance. They can give an elegant, human quality to interiors. A series of curved lines may give a rhythmic cadence to the room, suggesting graceful movement. Too many curved lines might be viewed as too feminine.
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2. Flowing Lines are irregularly curved lines that move gently in a random manner. They provide a great deal of interest because the viewer is never certain where the line will end.
What's your favorite kind of line?
Posted by Andie on May 13, 2013
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Raise your hand if your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor kid knows more about working your smart phone, ipad, or television than you do.
My arm is up, what about you?
When it comes to knowing how to use technology, I'm a little slow. I have a plethora of technological devices around my home, but the problem is I know I'm not using them to their full capacity. I know the basics, and that's it. Whether you're like me and want to learn how to use your gadgets from the experts, or you're an early adopter in search of the newest technology on the market-- RC Willey is hosting a FREE technology class this week for you!!
When: Wednesday, May 15th
Where: Your local RC Willey store location
Time: 6:00pm- 8:30pm
Come and see the new Sony 4K Ultra HDTV (that doesn't mean much to me, but if you know technology you know this is a BIG deal)!! There will also be FREE food, prize drawings, and hands-on demos! Here are the demonstration topics that will be covered:
1. Sony (4K Ultra HD TV)
2. LG (Google/Streaming movies)
3. Samsung (How to browse the web on your TV)
4. SKYPE- Video chat
5. Sharp (gaming at it's best)
6. Bluetooth and NFC Audio Demonstrations (audio & headphones)
7. Apple TV and tablet demo
8. HP (get connected with wireless printers)
Make sure you stop by on Wednesday night! Just think how proud of you your child will be when you can work the television remote all by yourself!
See you then!!
Posted by Andie on May 9, 2013
This past holiday season my family decided to have a 'homespun' Christmas. We drew names, but instead of buying each other gifts like we normally do, we made them. It took a lot of planning, time, and effort, but it was so fun because all of the gifts given and received were truly from the heart. It was a Christmas we will always remember and cherish.
It's Mother's Day this weekend! If you still haven't found the perfect gift (or haven't had time to look for one yet), why not try your hand at something homemade? Nothing says 'I Love You' like taking the time to create something from scratch for your mom! Below is a roundup of my favorite cute, (mostly simple) DIY Mother's Day gift ideas I've found on the web. If you have a few spare hours this weekend, pick one of these projects and get to work! Your mom will be so impressed.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
Posted by Andie on May 7, 2013
Two of my very favorite movies in the whole wide world are Thoroughly Modern Millie and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. These movies have two major things in common: 1. They are both chick flicks. 2. Both movies present characters who have strange attachments to certain household products that they believe are the cure-all for illnesses and ailments, stains, and basically all of life's problems. In Thoroughly Modern Millie that product is Soy Sauce, and in My Big Fat Greek Wedding it's Windex.
While I love both Soy Sauce and Windex, I'm convinced I've found something even more miraculous! Ladies and gentlemen, I pledge my undying support and allegiance to my new favorite cleaning product.....Bar Keepers Friend.
Have you heard of this stuff? You know when you find a product that you love so much you just want to shout it from the rooftops for all to hear? This is me shouting from the rooftops. Originally I picked up a can of Bar Keepers Friend because I heard it did wonders when it came to cleaning stainless steel pots and pans. After scrubbing my pots with it, I was amazed and thrilled and ecstatic at the fact that they looked even BETTER than they did when we bought them!
But that's not all!
Since then I've used Bar Keepers Friend to clean my stovetop, eradicate intense hard water stains from my shower door (worked AMAZINGLY), and uncover white grout on my tile floor. The stuff is magic! Can't wait to keep discovering all of the wonders it's capable of.
So, I'm curious to hear what your secret weapons are.
What's your favorite household cleaning product?
*This is in no way a sponsored post- I just really like the stuff!
Posted by Andie on May 1, 2013
The color grey comes from two very different parent colors. Black is associated with power, formality, dignity, depression, elegance, mystery, evil, etc; while white symbolizes cleanliness, sanitation, purity, innocence, goodness, and light. Grey gets the traits of both black and white, making it extremely unique and complex.
Once I had a color theory professor who loved the color grey, and thought everyone should! He explained, "Grey is the guy you want to take you on a date! He makes you look and feel better about yourself, he's low maintenance, and easy!" Putting any and every color next to grey makes that color look so much better! Grey is timeless, practical, solid, and the perfect soothing hue to incorporate into any room in your home. Doesn't it make the colors it's paired with in these photos just POP?!
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