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Trend Alert: Brass Accents

Posted by Andie on June 25, 2013

With so many designers looking back to the 1970's, warm metals like brass are making a huge resurgence this year!  From light fixtures to staircases, bathroom faucets and coffee tables, brass is BACK.  I'm seeing it everywhere!  Use it in moderation and it's a surefire way to rev up your space.  

 

Marisa Marcantonio of Style Beat said, "There is a warmth brass gives an interior, whether it be a modern or traditional space.  The golden hue of the metal provides a subtle, elegant gleam.  It's having a comeback because it mixes well with other metals and its patina gets even better with age."

 

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What do you think?

Love that brass is making a comeback in 2013?  

Or do you think it should stay forever in the 1970's?

 

 

 

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Sleeping Under a Canopy

Posted by Michael on June 20, 2013

There's a popular myth that canopy beds came into existence in medieval Europe in order to keep bugs and rat droppings from falling through the poorly thatched roofs and landing on the bed.  It makes for a good story, but that theory is not completely accurate. While poor peasants did live under thatched roofs (and certainly dealt with the annoyances previously mentioned), they typically slept on straw pallets on the floor.  People that could actually afford beds at that time usually lived under roofs constructed from wood, clay tiles and stone.  Luckily for them, they didn't have to worry about things falling into the house.  

 

So why canopy beds?

 

Lord's and noblemen used canopy and curtained beds mostly for warmth and privacy.  While a Lord or lady had a bed to themselves, attendants and servants usually slept on the floor of their bedroom chambers for convenience and security.  With a curtained bed, Lords and ladies could keep warm on cold nights, and sleep in solitude.

 

Today, canopy beds are purely decorative in purpose.  Don't you think they are so dreamy?  I'm convinced if I had a canopy bed I'd sleep better.  They just seem so conducive to a peaceful, uninterrupted night's sleep.  

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Check out RC Willey's beautiful canopy beds!  

 

 

 

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Homemade Pesticides

Posted by Michael on June 18, 2013

I've never had a problem with spiders.  In fact, as a kid, if I ever found them in the house I would pick them up with my bare hands and take them outside to set them free.  No big deal.  Until today.  This morning when I got out of bed, I noticed something black out of the corner of my eye on the sheets.  Once my eyes adjusted to the light I realized that there was a huge spider CRAWLING AROUND IN MY BED!!! I may not be afraid of spiders, but finding one where I had been sleeping for the past 7 hours was a little disturbing.  (I had even washed the sheets last night, so go figure.)  

 

One of the 'joys' of summertime is that legions of bugs come out to harass the masses.  Whether it's ants, fruit flies, house flies, mosquitos, wasps, bees, gnats, or spiders- you're sure to be bothered by at least one of these annoying critters.  On the off chance that you live in a place immune from all of these pests, please tell me where you live:)

  

Some very wise women in my neighborhood alerted me to the fact recently that there are scores of household remedies when it comes to getting rid of said critters.  I'd love to know what your home remedies are!  Please share!  Here are a few I have learned recently.....

 

Household Remedies:

 

House flies: Poke twenty or more whole cloves into a ripe apple.  Set it on a plate on the counter of your kitchen, or in the middle of your picnic table.  Flies will disappear in no time.

 

Fruit flies: When you have a fruit fly problem and don't want to spray poisons in your kitchen, just take a bowl and fill it half full of water, drop two drops of liquid dish soap in it and dissolve without working up a foam, then finish filling the bowl with vinegar.  Set out on the kitchen counter and come back an hour or so later to find dozens of fruit flies dead at the bottom of the bowl.

 

Ants: 

1. Use half and half borax and powdered sugar as bait, set out on dish or paper on counter top or along trails.  Some ants eat protein, put both out and see which they go for.

 

2. Cinnamon will get rid of ants.  Sprinkle where ants are concentrated.  They hate it.

 

3. Clean countertops or trails of ants from their nest with one of the following solutions.  These solutions wash away the trails both visible and invisible that direct the ants to your location.  

  • Vinegar & Water (50/50 mix)

  • Cider Vinegar & Water (50/50 mix)

  • 1 Tbsp essential oil in water in a spray bottle (peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, witch hazel).

TIP: First determine if the ants in your house are after sugar or protein.  To determine which kinds of ants you are dealing with, set out jam/honey/syrup/sugar on paper or plate and peanut butter or bacon grease on another to see what attracts them. 

 

Once you've determined what they're hungry for, set out a few baits with their choice.

 

Homemade poisoned baits:

2 Tbsp boric acid (borax) mixed with one of the following:

  • Peanut butter or Bacon Grease 

  • 1 cup water- 2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup Confec. Sugar

  • Jam/Jelly/Honey/Maple syrup

  • 1 Tbsp Molasses & 1 Tbsp Yeast and 1 Tbsp Sugar 

Slather it on a piece of paper a plate or in a covered container with holes.  You may have to adjust amount of Boric Acid if they seem to eat up the bait like crazy, but are getting fat from it instead of dying.

 

Important: When baiting, resist the temptation to kill them when you see them so that they'll take poison back to the nest. You want them to live and take big juicy pieces of poisoned bait back to the nest for the rest of the colony to feast on.  

 

 

So- what are your tried and true remedies for getting rid of household pests??

 

 

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Trend Alert: Hexagons & Honeycombs

Posted by Andie on June 14, 2013

Every six months furniture designers, manufacturers, buyers & enthusiasts meet together at the North Carolina High Point Furniture Market, where up and coming design trends are forecasted for the coming seasons.  This past April, hexagon & honeycomb patterns were seen as a hot new trend at the market!  You can spot them in small furniture, lighting fixtures, rugs & textiles, flooring, and wallpaper!  I'm loving them.  What do you think?

 

 

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How to Take the Stress out of Family Photo Planning

Posted by Andie on June 11, 2013

There aren't many things in this world as stressful as getting ready for family pictures to be taken.  If you're family is like my family, they don't happen all that often, so any given family picture is usually immortalized on the wall for at least 5 years.  Isn't it great to know that if you looked horrible you'll be reminded for a very long time?

 

I'm always anxious for weeks beforehand trying to coordinate the perfect outfits for my little family.  You want everyone to look good together without being too "matchy matchy"- and that can be very tricky to do! Unless you're an expert, picking a color palette can be a total nightmare, especially since everyone has different opinions about which colors they like and dislike.  It can be totally exhausting.

 

We just had family pictures taken a couple of weeks ago, and I found a website called Design Seeds that saved us this time around!  There are beautiful photos of everything from a Siberian Tiger, a bowl of fresh raspberries, a charming street corner, to a beautiful field of flowers.  Alongside the photos are color palettes created from the colors in the picture.  It's amazing!  Simply find a picture you love, and BAM- you have a color palette created for you!  Perfect when it comes to planning outfits for family pictures, or for decorating your home!  Go check it out!!

Here are some of my favorite examples from the Design Seeds website.....

 

 

 

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Before & After: My Laundry Room Makeover

Posted by Andie on June 7, 2013

It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a few new pictures hung on the wall can do for a room.  A few weeks ago I decided that it was time to give the laundry room a little makeover.  My husband and I cleared everything out, stripped the old wallpaper, slapped on some paint, and BAM!  It's a completely different room, with a fresh, updated look!  I'd say the cost of $45 bucks spent on paint/supplies, plus a little good ole' fashioned elbow grease was definitely worth it!  My only regret is that we didn't do it sooner.

  

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AFTER:

I'm loving the mint color we chose for the walls- it feels so fresh, clean, and calm.  I just might want to do laundry every day now!  It's my new happy place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

 

P.S. Have one of your own room makeovers you'd be willing to share?  I'd love to get before and after photos and spotlight your work on the blog!  Email me!  andie@rcwilley.com

 

 

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My Latest Obsession PLUS Kid's ATV Winners Announced!

Posted by Andie on June 4, 2013

Working for a furniture company can be a very dangerous thing.  It's hard not to want to take a new piece of furniture home every single week!  Self-control is a MUST.  I see beautiful, new furniture all of the time, so in order for me to actually purchase anything it has to REALLY stand out.  It has to be something I can't live without.  

 

RC Willey just picked up a new line of furniture, and guys, I don't think I can live without this stuff!  Angelo Surmelis, the master designer behind Angelo:HOME created this line so that anyone & everyone can have a beautiful, cozy home at an affordable price!  The collection boasts stylish high end looks, hand crafted details, and gorgeous fabrics and patterns.  What's not to love??

 

Take a look for yourself at the full Angelo:HOME collection.  Here are some of my favorites.....

 

 

 

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 Aren't these fabulous?!

 

 

 

 

In other news, a big thank you to everyone who entered our Kid's ATV giveaway!  It was so fun reading about what everybody's dream toys were when they were kids.  Sounds like big wheels and barbie cars were hot stuff for a lot of you! Congratulations to our two winners, Caroline and Amy Miller!  Ladies, email me your information at andie@rcwilley.com so that we can get you your little ATV's!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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