10 Fresh Spring Color Combos That Will Revitalize Your Home

spring colorsSpring is the perfect time to give your home’s interior a fresh splash of color. But which ones to choose? There are so many great color combinations that will breathe new life into your home.

Add color to your home with a fresh coat of paint, as well as rugs, curtains, throws, blankets, pillows, and artwork.

Need some inspiration for your home’s Spring and Summer decor? Here are some stunning color combos from HGTV’s Must-See Spring Color Trends and 12 Spring Color Palettes to Inspire Your Decor.

ACID GREEN AND WHITE–This is a clean and crisp color combination that is saturated with vibrant color. It will reenergize any room in your home. Acid greens are characterized by intense yellow undertones. Pairing it with ultra-white creates a stunning contrast. Color Inspirations: Lime Green

LAVENDER, VIOLET, AND GREEN–Bring the outdoors in with these nature-inspired colors. Use the soft lavender colors like a neutral. When lavender is paired with the royal richness of violet, the blue undertones spring to life. Adding green to the mix creates a classic and fresh vibe. Green and Purple Color Scheme

SPRING GREEN AND GOLD–Spring green and gold strike the perfect balance of glamour and whimsy. Try pairing it with deeper shades of green (emerald/olive) or lighter celery tones.

NAVY AND WHITE–The crisp contrast of navy and white creates a classic nautical theme. Colors We Love: Navy Blue

SHERBET TONES–What can be more refreshing than mint green, sherbet orange, and white? Pastel Sherbet Colors Home Design Photos

BLUSH AND CORAL–Blush and coral are popular interior colors for good reason. This tone-on-tone approach is subtle in contrast, fresh, and fun. It can also be very calming and romantic on bedroom walls, window treatments, and bedding. Grown Up Blush

YELLOW, TANGERINE, AND GOLD–Add sunshine to your home by pairing bright tangerine with canary yellow and gold. The richness of the gold will act as a neutralizer between the two hues.

SALMON AND WHITE–Keep this striking color combo simple by pairing salmon with crisp white to let this pink hue take center stage. Salmon Walls Home Design Photos

GRASS GREEN AND HOT PINK–This classic combination can be fun or sophisticated. Add a sand color to tone the combination down a bit. Pink and Green Living Room Designs

AQUA, TANGERINE, AND WHITE–These bold colors will add fun and excitement to any room. Take Aqua to a New Level With These Unexpected Color Combos

20 Unexpected Color Palettes That Work

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10 Simply Splendid Non-Candy Items to Put In Their Easter Baskets

Easter basketEaster Sunday is nearly here.

Kids and teens alike look forward to the holiday tradition of searching for their Easter baskets.

When they do find them, they love digging right to the bottom to discover what goodies are inside.

Looking for alternatives to chocolate and candy? We’ve gathered some fantastic ideas for filling their baskets. Check out 50 Out-Of-the-Box Easter Basket Fillers and 50 No-Candy Easter Basket Ideas.

The Easter basket stuffers listed below are sure to please your children and teenagers for weeks and months to come.

spa items–scented soap, lotion, bubble bath, bath salts

beauty–lip balm/gloss, makeup, perfume, shampoo/conditioner

healthy snacks–fruit, crackers, trail mix, granola, sugar-free gum

hair accessories–hair bands, barrettes, styling products

mani-pedi products–nail polish, file/buffer, foot scrub, aloe-infused socks

books–perfect for your little (and big) bookworms; check out 100 Greatest Books for Kids and Teen Book Lists

movies–DVDs, movie tickets, popcorn, see The 50 Best Kids Movies to Watch as a Family and The Best Teen Movies

toys–playing cards, games, puzzles, miniature cars, action figures

sports–golf/tennis/lacrosse balls/baseballs, baseball glove, jump rope, shin guards

crafts–coloring books, sketch pad, crayons, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk

101 Kids Easter Basket Ideas

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5 Festive Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte

St. Patrick's Day celebrationsSt. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day from Landis Reed Homes.

Not Irish? Not a problem! Anyone can catch the St. Patrick’s Day spirit! Here are some fun ways to celebrate with your family and friends.

1. Dress up to get in the spirit. Wear green, color your hair, or even apply face paint to celebrate the day. Adults and children alike enjoy this annual tradition.

2. Make crafts and treats with the kids. Kids love creating holiday decorations and goodies, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

3. Get your feet tapping. Listen to the contagious rhythm of Irish Celtic music and watch the fancy footwork of Irish Step Dancers.

4. Enjoy traditional Irish food and beverages. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Irish soda bread

corned beef and cabbage

Irish lamb stew

Shepherd’s pie

Colcannon

Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Irish Coffee

cocktails 

Irish beer

5. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte. Enjoy traditional Irish music, dancers, pipe bands, drum bands, Irish vendors, and food and beverages at the annual parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival.

20th Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival, Saturday, March 19, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas 

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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Welcome Spring With a Garden Party

spring garden partySpring is Sunday, March 20, 2016. It’s time to take the party outdoors!

Garden parties can be casual or elegant. Above all, they are about spending time outdoors with friends and family, while enjoying refreshing beverages and delicious food.

Hosting a garden party for the first time? Don’t stress!

The steps to creating an amazing garden party are simple. Start with a deck, patio, or just a patch of green grass. Add tasty and easy-to-eat food and drinks. Then invite your favorite people and enjoy!

Check out the ideas below for your next garden party.

Party Decor–Let Mother Nature be your guide when decorating for your garden party. You don’t have to plant a garden, of course, but you can lavish your deck or patio with potted plants and put vases of fresh flowers on the tables. Want to have a party theme? A favorite flower, color, or even fruit is all it takes.

Seating Arrangements–Set up tables and seating areas so your guests have room to mingle outdoors. Provide a mixture of chairs and benches for comfort and versatility. Make your table settings as casual or elegant as you like. Read 50 Great Designs for a Garden Party.

Lighting–Will your garden party continue into the evening? If so, lights and paper lanterns will add light, ambiance, and fun to your festivities. String your lights around the perimeter from your pergola, trees, or deck/patio railing or roof. For more inspiration, check out 28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs to Brighten Up Your Summer.

Chilled Beverages–Make batches of your favorite drink to share with your guests. This signature beverage can be anything from sangrias to margaritas. Keep plenty of beer and wine cold in coolers or buckets filled with ice so guests are free to help themselves. Make sure to offer a variety of nonalcoholic beverages including iced water, tea, and lemonade. Check out the Cooking Channel’s Best Summer Drinks and Cocktails.

Finger Foods–We all love finger foods. The pure genius of them is that you and your guests are free to stroll, mingle, and socialize as you eat. Appetizers work well for outdoor parties because they are easy to prepare and you can often make them ahead of time.

crostini/brushetta

salads

dips

fresh fruit

antipasto

• cheese plate

sliders

24 Easy Outdoor Appetizers

Party-Ready Finger Foods

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9 Cozy Winter Fabrics We Love

winter fabricsGet cozy at home!

While you are waiting for Spring to arrive, wrap yourself and your home in rich, textured fabrics that are loaded with warmth and character.

Here are some of our favorite winter fabrics. Consider using some of these throughout your home.

wool–classic winter fabric; thick and durable; flame-resistant; a natural insulator; can be made into throws, pillows, and rugs

chenille–made from the special yarn with velvety surface and short thick pile; commonly made from silk, wool, cotton, rayon, acrylic, and olefin fibers; light reflecting qualities; use for cushions, bedspreads, throws, upholstery and even rugs.

cashmere–type of wool that is silky and lightweight; natural colors are gray, brown, white, and black. 

fleece–man-made fabric that is softer and lighter than wool and extremely warm

flannel–a combination of wool and cotton; provides lightweight warmth

velvet–incredibly soft pile fabric; often used as curtain panels and upholstery fabric; can be made from synthetic as well as natural fabrics like silk, linen, and cotton

sheepskin–warm, gorgeous, and amazing to the touch, a sheepskin rug is a welcome addition to a living room or bedroom; drape over a chair or bed for instant warmth and character. 15 Gorgeous Ways to Style Sheepskin

cowhide–use in your home decor as a throw or an area rug; cover pillows or an ottoman. How to Decorate With Cowhide When You Aren’t a Cowboy

faux fur–pile fabric engineered to have the appearance and warmth of animal furs; softer and easier to care for than real animal fur. 6 Ways to Fake the Warm, Fuzzy Feeling

The Best Places to Use These Fabrics in Your Home

  • bedding (flannel sheets, fleece blankets, and down comforters)
  • pillows and throws on sofas and chairs in the living room
  • rugs (sheepskin, wool) feel fabulous underneath your feet
  • drapes/curtains–velvet, suede, and wool curtains help keep rooms warm on cold nights

Decorate For Winter With Textiles

Textiles Glossary-Home Decorating Fabrics From A to Z

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7 Irresistible Winter Dishes That We Love

comfort foodsWinter is the perfect time to heat up your kitchen!

This weekend, why not whip up one of your family’s favorite comfort foods?

These time-tested favorites are loved for a reason. These dishes look and smell wonderful. They also taste best when shared with family and friends.

The best part about many of the dishes listed below is that they can be prepared ahead of time or placed in a slow cooker to simmer throughout the day. To complete the meal, serve with warm breadbiscuits, or cornbread and a salad.

Soups/Stews–This is what your slow cooker was designed for. Place your meat, vegetables, and seasonings in the crock and set the controls to low. The time you spend preparing this in the morning is well worth it when you get home at the end of the day and dinner is ready. If you are going to be home while your soup or stew is cooking, simply place your ingredients in a large, heavy-bottomed pot and simmer all day long. Our Very Best Soup RecipesClassic Homemade Soup Recipes and How to Make the Perfect Stew

Melted Sandwiches–This is gooey deliciousness at its best. Grilled bread, melted cheese, and savory meats and vegetables make these classic sandwiches unforgettable. 10 Great Sandwich Melts

Casseroles–Make-ahead and bake in the oven. Casseroles have everything all in one dish. Place meat, vegetables, and spices in a large casserole pan. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. Many busy families like to make two of the same casserole and stick one in the freezer. Try these Comforting Casserole Recipes-Food Network.

Pizza–Making your own pizzas couldn’t be easier and is a simple way to please everyone at the table. Make several pizzas to keep a hungry crowd happy and satisfied: cheese, vegetarian, and meat lovers are just a few of our favorites. The combinations are endless. 50 Easy Pizzas-Food Network

Pasta–Boil a large pot of water. Cook and drain the pasta, then add your favorite sauce, fresh herbs, meat, and veggies. Top with grated cheese and serve with fresh bread and salad. Pasta Main Dish Recipes

Roasts–These are great weekend meals that the whole family will enjoy. Check out these recipes for beef roastspork roastsroasted chicken, and Roasted Autumn Vegetables.

Desserts–Homemade piescobblers, and crisps will warm your kitchen and smell amazing. How about creating a make-your-own sundae bar at home? Scoop ice cream into bowls. Set nuts, crushed cookies/brownies, whipped cream, cherries, and your favorite sweet sauces on the kitchen table or island. Let kids and adults alike create their own unique desserts. Making them is almost as much fun as eating them. Topping Ideas for an Ice Cream Sundae Bar

101 Best Classic Comfort Food Recipes-Southern Living

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How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug For Your Home

area rugsThinking about purchasing an area rug for your home?

Great idea! Area rugs are a great addition to bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. They offer a lot of attractive qualities, including:

  • warmth
  • comfort
  • character
  • color/design
  • quiet

Before purchasing your next area rug, consider these important factors.

texture–A rug’s material determines whether that rug will withstand heavy foot traffic, dirt, and spills. Fiber options include natural and synthetic.

  • cotton: natural; durable; soft; wide range of colors
  • jute: natural; soft; use in low-traffic areas
  • nylon: synthetic; strong and resilient; use in high-traffic areas; conceals and resists dirt and stains; available in many colors
  • polyester: synthetic; easy to clean; plush feel; great for living areas
  • olefin: synthetic; easy to clean; resistant to moisture, mildew, stains, and sunlight; colorfast
  • sea grass: natural; easy to clean; use in high-traffic areas
  • silk: natural; high luster; soft; best in low-traffic areas
  • sisal: natural; strong; coarse texture; for high-traffic areas
  • wool: natural; strong, soft, thick; resilient and static-resistant; use in high-traffic areas

size–Most home design experts agree that an area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall. In the living room, select a size that will allow at least the front legs of couches and chairs to be on the carpet. For your dining room, choose an area rug that is four feet wider and longer than your table so that the chairs will remain on the carpet when pulled out. Here are some common sizes of various area rugs. How to Choose an Awesome Area Rug No Matter What Your Space

  • scatter rugs–2 x 4-feet
  • runners–2 x 8-feet
  • accent rugs–3 x 5-feet or 4 x 6-feet
  • entire room–5 x 8-feet, 6 x 9-feet, 8 x 11-feet, 9 x 12-feet, and 10 x 13-feet

placement and function–Knowing where you are putting the rug will help you determine the type of rug you need and want. What is the purpose of this rug (color, warmth, safety, noise reduction)? Does the rug need to be durable, decorative, or both?

color and pattern–Since an area rug makes a big impact on a room, many interior decorators suggest choosing your area rug before selecting other design elements, such as wall color, pillows, and other accent colors.

cost–Most home decorators will tell you to purchase the highest quality rug you can afford. Cost is determined by a rug’s size, materials, and construction method. Larger carpets cost more than smaller ones. Synthetic materials are typically less expensive than natural fibers. Handmade rugs are more expensive than those made by machine.

rug pad–A rug pad helps extend the life of your rug by keeping it securely in place and providing extra cushion. It also helps protect your flooring by keeping moisture and spills from seeping through the carpet to the floor below.

How to Pick an Area Rug

How to Choose the Right Rug Everytime

Picking the Perfect Area Rug

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8 Sensational Super Bowl Party Foods That Will Satisfy Your Guests

Super Bowl snacksIt’s finally Super Bowl Sunday! Are you ready to host an unforgettable party at your home?

Don’t stress about this year’s Super Bowl party. The recipe for success is really pretty simple.

  • Turn on the television.
  • Invite family and friends to help you cheer on your favorite team.
  • Enjoy delicious food and icy-cold beverages.

Don’t be afraid to show off your team spirit! Use your team’s colors for napkins, plates, and tablecloths.

Keep your serving style stress-free with a buffet. Guests can help themselves, which leaves you free to relax and enjoy the game. Slow cookers will keep your hot food items ready to eat throughout the entire game. Keep drinks handy in coolers or large buckets filled with ice. Set up containers for trash and recyclables to make clean-up easier.

What’s on your Super Bowl menu? Here are some of our all-time favorites.

pizza–Homemade pizzas are easy to prepare. Make a variety to please a crowd: vegetarian, meat lovers, and cheese lovers. Super Bowl Pizza Party-Taste of Home

sandwiches–Assemble before guests arrive or prepare a meat/cheese platter with sliced rolls and condiments nearby. 16 Party-Friendly Sandwiches for Your Super Bowl Bash

lasagne–Make this hearty dish ahead of time so all you need to do is bake it on game day. Serve with fresh bread or rolls and salad. The Best Lasagne Ever

chili–Make chili in the slow cooker. Set bowls, spoons, shredded cheese, and crusty bread nearby. Top Chili Recipes-Food Network

dips–Everyone loves to dip. Include cold ones like guacamole and veggie and hot ones like spinach and artichoke. 50 Game Day Party Dips-Delish

wings–No Super Bowl party is complete without wings. 20 Favorite Chicken Wings

sliders–Delicious little bites of heaven! 20 Slider Recipes-Taste of Home

tacos–Set up a taco station. Keep seasoned meat in a slow cooker. Stock a table or countertop with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, olives, cheese, sour cream, taco shells, fajitas, and your favorite sauces. Super Bowl Party Taco Bar-The Kitchn

50 Super Bowl Snacks-Food Network

25 Game Day Snacks Worthy of a Touchdown Dance

 

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Sweet Dreams! Learn How to Transform Your Master Bedroom Into a Restful Sanctuary

master bedroom updatesIs your bedroom a place of rest and tranquility? It should be. This is the one room in your home designated just for you, a place to relax and seek comfort from the hectic world around you.

Turning your bedroom into a relaxing retreat isn’t beyond your reach. With a little effort and creativity, you can transform this room into a quiet escape.

Follow the steps below to create the bedroom of your dreams.

CLEAN–Walk into an unkept bedroom and you will feel your stress levels start to rise. A clean room, on the other hand, is relaxing and inviting. Committing to a few daily chores each morning will help ensure that your bedroom stays clean and tidy. Make your bed, dust nightstands, throw dirty clothes in the hamper, and return clean clothes to the closets and dressers.

DECLUTTER–Ban clutter from this room. Simplicity is the key to peacefulness. Keep only essentials on your nightstand: a book, moisturizer, a beloved photograph, a glass of water, and perhaps a vase of fresh flowers. Send the kids’ toys back to their rooms. Keep bills, paperwork, and other stressors out of this space.

FLOORING–A thick, plush carpet is wonderful to walk on and also absorbs sound. Hardwood floors are warm and timeless, and will give your bedroom character. If you have wood flooring in your bedroom, consider having soft, thick area rugs on either side of the bed. Nothing beats the feeling of getting out of bed in the morning and sinking your bare feet into thick, luxurious carpet.

LIGHTING–Ideally, your bedroom should have three types of lighting: ambient (general lighting), task (for reading), and accent (for visual interest). Dimmers on overhead lighting and wall sconces create a warm, welcoming glow. Check out HGTV’s 12 Illuminating Ideas for the Bedroom. Use curtains, blinds, or shades to control the amount of natural light coming in to the room.

COLOR–Fill your bedroom with colors you love. Soft neutrals, warm and rich browns and reds, and cool blues and greens are all great choices. Need some color inspiration? See HGTV’s Best Colors For Master Bedrooms and House Beautiful’s 25 Colorful Bedrooms.

TEXTURE–Fill your bedroom with sensuous fabrics: luxurious linens, soft blankets, fluffy pillows, and a thick carpet or area rug. Surrounding yourself with these wonderful textures will help to create a soothing, calming atmosphere in your bedroom.

THE BED–You spend one-third of your day in bed, so make it count. Select a mattress that is comfortable and supportive. If you can’t replace your mattress right now, make it more comfortable with a new mattress topper. Check out this Simple Guide for Mattress Shopping from the Better Sleep Council.

STAY COOL–Studies show that we sleep better when our bodies are a little cooler. The best temperature for your bedroom is about 65 degrees, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

PAMPER YOURSELF–Fill a basket with simple spa items and keep it beside your bed. Include lip balms, lotions, emery boards, an eye mask, and a microwaveable rice or corn bag.

ENJOY–Now that you’ve created this beautiful new space, make the most of it! This is your private retreat from the rest of the world, so use it to recharge and refresh. You deserve it!

The Perfect Feng Shui Bedroom

Make Your Bedroom a Peaceful Retreat

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Get Your Kitchen Organized, And Keep It That Way

organized kitchenIf you love spending time in your kitchen, you know that having it clean and organized is absolutely essential.

Because it is one of the hardest working rooms in your home, it’s common for your kitchen to become cluttered and chaotic on a regular basis.

Is cooking and entertaining in an orderly kitchen an impossible dream? Whether your kitchen is large or small, it’s difficult to prepare delicious appetizers, meals, and desserts for your family and friends on cluttered countertops. It’s also frustrating to begin a recipe and then realize that you can’t find any of your cooking utensils, cookbooks, or ingredients.

You can have the functional, beautiful kitchen you’ve always wanted. We have some simple tips to help you reorganize your kitchen into the most efficient space you’ve ever had.

As with any organization project, the first step is to declutter. This requires a few simple rules that must be followed with dedication: Keep what you love and use. Discard items that are broken, unused, and unwanted.

Once the clutter is gone, your kitchen will be much easier to clean. Read How to Speed-Clean Your Kitchen for some great tips.

Now it’s time to organize. Make a plan to organize all items in your kitchen. Designate a place for everything and commit to putting them away when you are finished using them–every time!

  • Store items by use. Store all your baking items (measuring cups, baking soda, baking powder, yeast, chocolate chips) in a cupboard near the counter where you mix cakes, cookies, and breads.
  • Group like objects together. Store similar items together: platters, casserole dishes, coffee mugs, plates, bowls, glasses, etc.
  • Make storage space count. Use every inch of available storage in your kitchen. Walls and ceilings are the perfect place to hang items like towels, pot holders, pot racks, and other organizers.

Target the key areas in your kitchen:

  • cupboards—Start by emptying them out and wiping down the shelves with a damp dishcloth. Plates, dishes, and other cooking items that are broken or never used should be sold, donated, or tossed out. For the items you are keeping, place frequently used items in the front on lower shelves, where they are easiest to reach. Items that you want to keep but don’t use very often can be stored in the back on higher shelves. Use drawer and shelf organizers to help maintain order.
  • countertops—This is your most critical workspace, so keep them clutter-free and clean. Disinfecting your counters is a snap when you don’t have to move a lot of stuff.
  • pantry—Meal planning and shopping is much easier to do when your pantry is organized. Use baskets, wire/clear containers, and turntables to group similar items. For more information, see Real Simple’s Pantry Organization Checklist.
  • refrigerator–A messy refrigerator is a waste of your food and time. Check expiration dates and store items that need to be used first up front. Groups like items together: fruits and veggies, dairy products, kid’s snacks, etc. Keep a shopping list nearby so it’s easy to add items as needed.
  • island and tables—Keep them clear for food prep, eating, and homework.
  • recipes and cookbooks–Store them so they are easy to find and put away.
  • miscellaneous items–If your kitchen is home to mail, keys, phones, and your children’s homework, designate a specific place for these items or they are sure to end up on your countertops and tables. A built-in desk is ideal, but you can also use a wall-mounted organizer for keys and mail (one that includes a message board is great). The kitchen is a great place for doing homework, so create a functional workspace. Stock a basket with pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, and calculators that’s easy for kids to grab when they start their homework and put away when they are finished. Charging stations are available in wall-mounted and under cabinet designs.

Why Didn’t We Think of That? 18 Genius Kitchen Organizing Tips From Our Readers

Kitchen Organizing Tips-Martha Stewart

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