Saturday, February 9, 2019

Red - Hot or Not?


Red is an intense color that brings out strong emotions in people.  It can create feelings of excitement, intense passion, love, strong desire, longing but it can also create feelings of anger, rage and be a sign of danger !

When I think of the color Red, it makes me feel strong, energized, excited & confident.  Wearing Red like a "power suit" with a bold Red tie or a sexy Red dress makes a statement of someone who exudes confidence and power.

You can find Red used in common phrases and sayings like:

"Paint the Town Red" - meaning have fun, celebrate & party !

"Red Carpet Treatment" - being pampered and made to feel special like a VIP.

"Seeing Red" - to be come angry with heated emotions

"Red Flag" - a warning signal, danger proceed with caution

Red is used to symbolize LOVE from Red Hearts to Cupid.....that little Devil !

One thing for sure, Red is never boring and a little Red can go a long way in your home.

A couple of big Red Chairs or Red wall art in your living room can make a bold statement.

Using Red accessories like Red Canisters, Vases, Towels, can add a little fire to your Kitchen.

Red curtains in your Bathroom can set the mood for romance....even if you are alone.  When the light comes through the window creating a soft Red glow, light some candles and take a relaxing bath with a glass of Red Wine and your favorite romance novel and feel the passion grow.

Experiment with the color Red this Valentines Day and see what feelings Red brings out in you!  Maybe surprise your loved one with a beautiful Red Ruby?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A "Hygge" Kitchen - Creating a Cozy Kitchen

A customer told me about the word "Hygge" - meaning cozy.

How can you incorporate a hygge-like feeling in your kitchen you ask?

The true spirit of hygge is about creating a space that feels cozy and inviting, so whether you're cooking, socializing or simply going about your every day life, you feel comfy and cozy in your kitchen.

Think soft lighting.  Dim the lights and light some candles!

Think about alternate lighting to bring warmth into your kitchen.  Add some natural lighting by adding a sky light (if possible) or pulling back curtains and adding sheers to your windows to let natural light flow into your cozy space.

Also, introduce a soft color pallet into your kitchen.  It doesn't have to mean repainting or a total remodel.  By adding a few accessories like vases, plants, place mats and napkins you can create a warm inviting place to spend time with your family and friends.  Throw a blanket over one of your kitchen chairs so it will be handy to snuggle up in while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. Be sure to keep things simple though, the idea of creating a hygge kitchen is minimal and simplistic finishing touches.

You may want to add "natural" elements and bring nature inside!  Use a branch or natural wood to hang your dish towels or hang your pots and pans.  Using natural stone or bricks for a backsplash will introduce different textures and neutral colors into your kitchen while adding beauty and a feeling of peace and tranquility.

"The kitchen is the heart of the home".  Create a calm, serene atmosphere not only for cooking, but for entertaining and spending time together with your family and friends.