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Trend Alert: Adding Summer Blue to Your Home

Posted by Andie on August 30, 2013

Even though summer is on it's way out, it doesn't look like the color blue is going anywhere just yet!  Interior designer, Kyle Shuneman, said, "The punchiest, on-trend blue I've seen is a mix between a navy blue and royal blue.  It's a true blue without any green hints."  A simple way to bring pop's of one of 2013's "It" colors into your home decor?  Think lamps, picture frames, rugs pillows, art-- or get really crazy and pick up a new piece of furniture or paint a blue wall!

 

 

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Mixing Patterns

Posted by Andie on August 27, 2013

bedroomI love combining patterns in home decor, but it can be pretty tricky to make things look just right.  You don't want to be too "matchy matchy", but you also don't want things to be so random and "thrown together" that it looks bad.  The goal is to combine patterns that will coordinate nicely while creating a healthy contrast.  

 

According to "Interiors: An Introduction", in order to achieve successful pattern combinations, there are four points that should be evaluated:

 

1. The Placement of Emphasis

Minimize pattern conflict by giving importance to one pattern over another by using a greater amount of one pattern or a larger scale of one pattern than another.

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2. The Character of the Pattern

When patterns are used in the same room, the character or styles need to be in sync with each other.  Don't mix patterns that are completely different in style or else it will look like you're trying too hard, or you didn't try at all.  

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 3. The Color Scheme

A closely related color scheme is pleasing to the eye.  Generally speaking, combine patterns that contain exact, similar, or compatible hues, values and intensities.  Make sure everything is a fit, because if the colors in the patterns you combine are close but "off", it won't look right.  Remember, color is king!  

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4. The Scale of the Patterns to be Combined

Pattern, scale, or size can be similar when combining patterns if the style and the colors are compatible.  However, when there are too many patterns with the same scale, they often conflict and compete with each other.  Varying the size or scale of the patterns by using a large pattern, a small pattern, a tiny pattern, etc. is a great way to break things up to create visual interest and unity.  

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Raspberry Desserts

Posted by Andie on August 23, 2013

A few weeks ago my mom, sister and I drove up to Bear Lake (a little resort town in Northern Utah) to spend the afternoon.  Most people would probably make the three hour drive to go boating, waterskiing or swimming on the beautiful freshwater lake.  Not us.  You see, our top priorities for the day were to eat fresh raspberry shakes, and pick up some of the town's famous home-grown raspberries!!  Oh my heavens, they were so delicious.  Even traveling through the windy canyon that left us all a little car-sick was worth it for those berries!   

 

 

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We are definitely in the middle of raspberry season here in Utah, and I'm loving every minute of it.  While it doesn't get much better than popping a fresh raspberry in your mouth, I'm also a huge fan of any type of raspberry dessert.  Here is a small roundup of some of the raspberry treats I'm dying to make before raspberries aren't in season anymore!.......

 

  

 

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What are your favorite raspberry desserts?

 

 

 

 

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Want a FREE Gift from RC Willey? Take This Room To Talk Blog Survey!!!

Posted by Andie on August 20, 2013

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Trend Alert: Upholstered Headboards

Posted by Andie on August 16, 2013

Let's say you're one of those people who don't want to invest in an expensive bedroom set because you get bored quickly.  But you also don't want your room to look like a cheap college dorm room!  You like to keep things minimal and simple when it comes to furniture in the bedroom, and you don't want everything to match!

 

Sound like you?  If so, I'm pretty sure an upholstered headboard is the perfect solution to your furniture dilemma!

 

Upholstered headboards are a hot commodity in the design world right now. They can add texture, color & charm to a bedroom while acting as a beautiful & interesting focal point.  You can be daring and go with a busy, lively pattern, or keep things simple with a nice neutral.  And the good news?  Fabric headboards are usually less expensive than buying an entire new bed, so if you're ready for a change after a few years you probably won't feel as guilty about replacing it!  

 

Check out our upholstered headboards available online, and stop by an RC Willey store location to see more!  

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 Don't you love the look of an upholstered headboard?

 

 

 

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White Sofas and Kids: Do They Mix?

Posted by Andie on August 12, 2013

When it comes to living rooms I love a beautiful assortment of colorful, bright throw pillows piled on a plain white sofa.  It's gorgeous, chic and sophisticated without being too over the top.  This fresh, elegantly understated look is great for those of us who like to re-do and re-decorate often!  With a white sofa as the starting point, it's easy to incorporate different accessories that change the entire style and feel of the room!   

 

So.  Aesthetically, I'm totally sold.  Here is the big question though - Is this type of space doable with children?  I'm still fairly new to the whole mom thing, but I just don't know.....  Part of me thinks you could make it work, but then again I cringe at the thought of my little boy getting anywhere near a piece of white furniture.  You never know what's on those little hands.  Would you dare buy a stark white sofa with kids living in the house??  Can't wait to get your input!

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Yes, or No??

 

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Tips for Moving

Posted by Andie on August 5, 2013

Moving is probably one of the worst things ever.  I absolutely hate it.  Last month we moved for the fourth time.  Oh, and we've only been married for 3.5 years.  Every time we go through the hassle of uprooting I swear that we are going to stay put for a while, but oh how soon we forget the pain and horror and misery.

 

I've learned that all moves are not created equally!  There are several things you can do beforehand to make sure everything goes relatively smoothly on moving day.  Here are my 8 tips to having a successful move....

 

 

1. Get rid of your junk!  This is crucial.  The last thing you want is to spend time, energy & resources hauling your trash and junking up your new place right away.  Sounds ridiculous, right?  Start a month or so before your actual move and go through each and every room, closet, and cupboard in your home.  Be meticulous.  If you haven't used something in over a year, toss it or donate it.  You'll be SO glad you did this when you start with a clean slate in your new home.

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2. Look for free boxes.  I was shocked when I learned how much plain cardboard boxes can run you.  Some stores charge upwards of ten bucks for one box!  Don't waste your money.  Most stores have boxes that they are more than happy to get rid of, it just takes a little bit of effort.  Ask the store clerk, or drive around back and scout out cardboard only dumpsters.  We didn't have to buy one box for our move!

3. Eat up.  Use up as much of your food storage/pantry as you can in the weeks leading up to your move.  The less food you have to move, the better.  Put off doing any major grocery shopping until after you are settled in your new house- there's no sense in hauling boxes and boxes of food if it can wait a couple weeks!

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4. Number & color code your boxes.  This sounds a little tedious, but it's so worth it.  Keep a master list with the number of every box, and a short description of what's inside.  Doing this will help you keep track of everything, and make sure no box is lost in transit.  In addition, color code each box according to the room it will be going to in your new house.  This will not only help movers know where to set down each box, but more importantly it will help you as you start the unpacking and organizing process! 

5. Pack plates the smart way.  Who else loathes wrapping up plates in newspaper/paper/dish cloths before a move?  Now you don't have to do it!  Instead of spending time wrapping them up individually, simply layer foam disposable plates in between your glass plates, and voila!  The job is done!  Same protection, just so much easier.  

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6. Bag it up.  Keep it simple.  Don't mess with taking every item of clothing off of it's hanger, or carrying every single hanger out to the moving truck by hand.  Instead, look no further than the trusty garbage bag. Stuff your clothes into a garbage bag while they're still hanging in your closet, leaving the hooks out, and then you're good to go.  This makes it super easy to transport everything, and even easier to hang your clothes up in your new closet in 5 seconds flat.  

7. Utilize your suitcases!  Don't make things harder than they need to be!  Use what you have before you turn to traditional moving boxes.  Fill up all of your suitcases, decorative boxes, baskets, bags, etc. with linens, towels and clothing.  Easy peasy.  

  

8. Hire a moving company.  Do yourself and all of your helpful friends/family/neighbors a favor!  If it's in your budget, hire a moving company to come and haul away all of your big, heavy furniture.  Not only are the professionals skilled and trained when it comes to moving furniture without causing any damage, but they also know how to do it without throwing out their backs.  Trust me, this will be the best decision you could ever make.  

 

  

 

What are your tricks when it comes to packing up for a move?

 

 

 

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