The Results Are In: 2017’s Color of the Year

The results are in! Pantone Color Institute forecasters have announced “greenery” as the color of the year for 2017. Their description of the color is “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.” There is a growing movement to protect nature and this is what the color represents. Urban planning, lifestyle and architecture are embracing this new shade as well as home decorators.

This shade of green evokes emotions for people returning home to take a deep breath and relax. It symbolizes the early spring, when all signs of winter have passed with its drab hues of browns and grays, and bright green, healthy new grow emerges from the ground and the trees.

Using Decor to Help Get Your Baby to Sleep

Babies and young children require a lot of sleep. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that infants get between 12 and 15 hours of sleep a day, with toddlers needing only slightly less than that. Without this all-important sleep, children become fussy and nearly impossible to console, leaving their parents grasping at straws as they try to find a solution.

Unfortunately, sometimes little ones refuse to sleep, even when the adults in their lives know they need it. The older a baby gets, the more likely they are to fight sleep, and the less likely they are to get enough sleep-hours in each day. Because the amount of sleep a child gets directly affects their mood, their ability to absorb information, and in many cases, the parents’ ability to get some shut-eye of their own, putting the baby to bed sometimes becomes the primary focus on a day-to-day basis. 

The Farmhouse Kitchen: Crazy, Fun Kitchen Theme Ideas

There’s one crazy, fun kitchen theme that has been around for decades. Sometimes it’s wildly popular, at other times it’s only for die-hard fans, but it never disappears completely. We’re talking about the perennially popular rooster and friends. Yes, friends, because once you’ve added a rooster you’ll need some hens and chicks so that your little ‘kitchen chicken’ family is complete.

Of course, once you’ve got chickens in your kitchen, you just might find that a cow (or three!) have moved in, too. And then the pig salt & pepper shakers show up and it’s official. You have a farmhouse kitchen!

We’re not saying that’s a bad thing, either. After all, there’s a reason kitchen ‘livestock’ have been popular for so long. They evoke the warm, slower-paced, family friendly feeling of a farm even in the hustle and bustle of a city. Just like an old-fashioned farmhouse sink and bead board wainscoting, your kitchen livestock will tell the world that your kitchen is a cozy, unpretentious place to gather with family and friends.

How Roller and Screen Shades Can Get You Through Hot Summers

Depending on where you live, you are probably in the midst of another hot summer. Here in Missouri, temperature heights above 90 are a regular occurrence, which means homeowners and professionals anywhere are beginning to look forward to cooler seasons.

In the meantime, though, we all have to make good of what we have, which means enduring long and hot summer days. We have only two suggestion for you that could make the heat of summer just a bit easier to bear: roller and screen shades.