My New Year’s Resolution

Not everyone makes New Year’s resolutions or if they do, by now have they kept them?  My perennial favorite is always to lose weight.  One of these days I am really going to get serious about this and quit praying for a tape worm!  But this year my New Year’s resolution was to finally get more tech friendly.  I don’t want to do just the basic things I wanted to become a whiz.  For Christmas I received an iPad and an iPhone.  I must say it is pretty embarrassing to call your 10 year old Grandson to find out what I did or what I shouldn’t have done and then I have to tell him to talk slow because it is “Mimi” he is talking to.  He has helped a lot but unlike me, he has always had a computer available and I did not grow up with one.  Now that is my story and I am sticking to it!!  One of the other things Jake has taught me is some of his favorite games.  He said not only will this iPad make my life easier but I will have more fun.  I guess at my age they don’t know that we can have fun!!  I caught on fast to some of the games and he was right it has made my life easier, but the fun part I am not sure about that.  He has got me addicted to “tap tap, skip bo, and free flow” games to start with. The problem is while I am supposed to be having fun my blood pressure is up, my nerves are shot, and I am not sleeping well because I know that tablet is over on my desk just waiting to be turned on!  I say “just one game” and when I say that, I really mean it but one turns into two and two turns into seven (just like chips).  I say “just put it down and step away from it, I am bigger than you are!” Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn’t but I am getting into this new technology.  Next I am thinking are motorized window coverings next? No one in my neighborhood has them and my high windows would benefit from them.  It is time to replace some of those window coverings anyway and I was thinking about Silhouette or Pirouette’s with PowerRise with Platinum Technology.  I would love to explain to the neighbors and my friends just how easy the remote works as I raise and lower and open and close the window coverings.  Who would have guessed I love this technology?  You don’t need to be a tech whiz or on the geek squad to own these wonderful coverings with the remote control (and this is fun!!!).   So as my Grandson Jake says, this will make your life easier and you will have fun!!

Sally’s Latest Charity Events

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A Captive Audience

Make a Wish

On Tuesday July 23rd, I spoke to a wonderful group of consumers in Grand Island, Nebraska. As I drove up to the store I saw on their billboard my name and the fact that my subject I was speaking about was the “10 Steps to the Perfect Room”.  The location was the Floor to Ceiling Store and their charity was The Make A Wish Foundation.  The weather was hot, the refreshments were cool but the audience was on fire!  We were all inspired by a Make a Wish recipient who went to Disney and she touched our hearts.  Her Mother spoke about the experience and what it meant not only for her daughter but also for the whole family.  Every Mother could relate to her comments.

After my seminar there were questions on bay windows, Pirouette’s, and cleaning products.  It was a very inquisitive group.

That evening $3,000.00 was raised to help other children and their families achieve their dream and are granted a wish.

A personal thank you to Hannah from Make A Wish Foundation.  You are most welcome and it is people like you who make my job a pleasure and a blessing!  Thank you to Floor To Ceiling as well for a great evening!!

Wow!

It was practically standing room only on September 23rd, in Union, NJ as Sally kicked off her fall series of Charity Events.  Hosted by The Decorating Store at Terminal Mills.  The event’s charity was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a cause close to the heart of the owner Nina Spinelli.  Sally chose a new grouping of fabrics to illustrate the “beachy” trend from Carole Fabrics.  The audience oohed and aahed as she unveiled the fabrics, paints, and Hunter Douglas Window Coverings for three rooms in her “imagined” home.

Various questions were asked about Hunter Douglas products and Sally also spoke on Child Safety.  October is Child Safety month but Sally feels so strongly about it and feels it needs to be talked about not only in October but every month of the year.  $1600 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis research.

 

Quirky Seating

It might be odd, but I have a quirky idea that might work for you.

Quirky seating

Quirky seating

I have always loved putting an odd chair in every room. What I mean by odd is: a chair that does not match the existing decor of the room. It could be an antique chair introduced into a traditional setting; it brings in some history. I might add a contemporary chair into a transitional room; it becomes a conversation piece. I might also add a colorful unique chair to a rather beige room, thus spicing the place up. You could even try putting an animal print chair in a floral room to add a whimsical touch.

Any type of chair could work, so long as it’s different. It could even be a plain chair with an interesting cover or upholstery. It will become the unexpected and, thus, a conversation starter.

Get out of the matchy matchy and have some fun!

OOOoooohh… Shiny!

Duette® Honeycomb Shades in Opalessence Eclipse™

Duette® Honeycomb Shades in Opalessence Eclipse™

You don’t have to be a glamor puss to like shiny!

We could all add a little shine to every room- even cozy casual rooms can benefit from a little shine! Have you ever noticed how your eyes are drawn to those items with sheen? They flirt with the light and make sun-rays dance. Perhaps try giving a room some sheen with a brass, silver, mirror, or glass piece. These could be in the form of a picture frame, candlesticks, or a glass vase of flowers. Even window coverings can do this! Are you familiar with the Duette Opalessence?  It has natural mica in it that catches your eye, gives the window covering depth and dimension, and adds visual interest- making it a plus for just about any room!

Open Concept Living

I am a fan of the show Love It Or List It on HGTV. Described by HGTV “Love It or List It is a real estate and renovation show featuring interior designer, Hilary Farr and real estate agent, David Visentin. While designer Hilary attempts to win over the homeowners by renovating their current home, real estate agent David tries to find them the home of their dreams. Once all work has been complete and all potential homes have been viewed, couples must decide whether to love their homes or list them.”

Green, Spice and Gold color combination

Green, Spice and Gold color combination

At the start of every show the homeowners make a “wishlist.” I have discovered there is one “must-have” that seems to continuously reappear: open concept rooms. In many episodes, while remodeling the home in question, down come the walls leaving an open space behind. While it does make the home seem bigger, there is a problem that arises: where does one room start and the next one end?

When faced with this challenge, choosing paint and window covering colors can be issue. Do you paint all the walls the same color, perhaps a white or beige?  My answer is: NO! That’s boring!  You don’t have to do that!  Try using three colors in this space.  Let’s talk about using green, gold, and spice.  Picture green on three walls in the living room but a common wall, perhaps that runs from the living room into the dining room, paint the color spice. Then paint the other walls in the dining room the color spice. From there, the hallways and foyer could be a transitioning soft gold. Once painted, tie all of these areas together with the same type of window coverings.  It will give a continuity to the space and add a wonderful flow!

Pantone Color of the Year

I was right!

About 2 weeks ago I read that Pantone (a color regulation company) announced their color of the year for 2013. The color should be no surprise to readers of my blog; I recently talked about this “new” color in a post and have bought some apparel items in this gorgeous gem color (hint, hint) as well. I also love it in home décor!

Pantone Color of the Year 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2013

The color?  Emerald!  As Pantone describes it: “Lively. Radiant. Lush. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” It is a beautiful accent color and works well with many other colors from other gem tones to neutrals and more.

Try adding a splash to your home. Hunter Douglas has some terrific products to help accent in Emerald or act as a backdrop for this stunning color. Bring “elegance” and “harmony” home with Emerald!

I was a Late Bloomer

I was a late bloomer.

That sounds like a confession in a 12 step program meeting; for me, it is very true.

I was one of the youngest children in my high school class. I got through high school, then waited to go to college, simply because I wasn’t ready. I didn’t start dating as early as most of my friends and- sad to say- I had no style. I had no reference or education about design, partially because our home featured a beige, monochromatic color scheme and was very simple. My idea of home design, at the time, was adding rose bud contact paper onto my dresser. I laugh now thinking about that white background with little itsy bitsy roses on the paper. That was style?!

I was in my 20’s when I started to develop socially and mentally.  I watched how others dressed and started to pay more attention to my own fashion. The same was true of my home. I started to read decorating magazines and books (it is something I still do today while sitting at airports and on airplanes) and would tear out pictures of things I like to possibly emulate (with my own twist) later on.

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HunterDouglas.com Photo Gallery

I might have been a late bloomer, but you don’t have to be.  I am learning more about home design every day and I am, finally, very comfortable with my style.  I now enjoy helping others to find their decor style. There is so much more information and inspiration available – on design magazines, on websites (like Pinterest.com or HunterDouglas.com), and more. All of them are available to help you to gain some design self confidence. Need more assistance? Try the “Ask Sally and Jen” feature of HunterDouglas.com, I hear the people answering your questions are excellent!

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