January Newsletter 2012

CREATE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

The outward appearance of your home is the first impression your house makes on any visitor. Before your guest has the opportunity to get a glimpse of your fabulous interior décor, opinions are shaped upon pulling up to your curb. To maximize your “curb appeal,” here a few things to consider:

Take a look at your home from the curb. Does it feel welcoming? Is it a place that beckons you inside? Do you notice anything that jumps out at you and seems out of place? What is your overall impression?

Here are a few specifics to bear in mind when attempting to put your home’s best face forward:

Siding
Replace or fix siding that is out-of-date or in need of repair.
Roof
Make sure the roof is in good shape and attractive.
Driveway and Sidewalk
Repair cracks and clean any dingy areas.
Landscaping
Update the landscaping so your home doesn’t look old. Make sure your plants are healthy and attractive, and remove all weeds.
Windows
Repair damaged windows or replace with new ones.
Shutters
Keep them in good condition by repainting or replacing. Make sure that the color and style of your shutters is in harmony with the overall appearance of your house.
Porch
Keep your porch clutter-free and well-lit, and it will be very welcoming.
Front Door
The front door makes a huge impact on your curb appeal. If your door does not look new or fresh, replace it. If you don’t need the screen door, remove it. Screens detract from the home by hiding your beautiful door. Screen doors also are prone to very noticeable deterioration.
You only have one chance to make a good first impression. So when planning your overall interior design, don’t forget to put some time and energy into your exterior design, as well.

COLOR OF THE MONTH: TANGERINE TANGO

Looking for a burst of adrenaline? Add a bit of 2012’s Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango.

Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango as the color of the year for 2012.

This vivacious, spirited reddish-orange provides the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Energize your interior with Tangerine Tango-patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads, frames, or candlesticks in this hue will add big impact to any room. For an unexpected pop of color, incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances or electronics. Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of liveliness in the kitchen, entryway, or hallway.

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