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John F. O'Hara
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Summer Reset: Colors and Ideas to Refresh Your Home

July 1, 2016 12:48 am


Summer’s here, and with it comes the desire to embrace the season through the décor in our homes.

“This time of year offers an opportunity to create your perfect summer oasis by bringing sunny shades from the outdoors into your home,” says Nathan Fischer, design expert with Ace Hardware. “Use the time and creativity summer offers to experiment with fun, colorful hues and tackle new projects to give your home a much-needed refresh.”

Fischer, along with fellow Ace design experts Katie Reynolds and Julie Richard, list these summer colors to try:

• Red is having a moment! Pair deep reds with frosty neutrals—the combination will make a big impact in any room. Mix in red as an accent table or planter.

Beachy blues never seem to go out of style. Use them in bathrooms, bedrooms or on woodwork for a year-round dose of summer.

• Bright shades of creamy orange and punchy purple will bring your home to life. Use cheery-colored accessories in frequently-used spaces, such as the family room or office.

To take these on-trend colors to the next level, incorporate these five elements, says Fischer, Reynolds and Richard:

• Layered Design
• Organizational Storage
• Room-to-Room Cohesion
• Statement Pieces
• Warm-and-Cool Juxtaposition

How will you embrace summer in your home?

Source: Ace Hardware
 

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Is It Time? When to Replace Common Household Items

July 1, 2016 12:48 am


(Family Features)—A lot of household items have a shelf life—even ones you wouldn’t expect. Do you need to replace any of these in your home?

Mattress – Studies show mattresses more than eight years old can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as contribute to body aches and pains. Replace your mattress every eight years to ensure you’re getting a healthy night’s sleep.

Microwave – Microwaves last 10 to 12 years on average, but this lifespan varies based on use. Replace your microwave if the heating time starts to take longer than usual.

Pillows – Your pillow collects debris—just like your mattress—that can affect your sleep. Aim to replace pillows every two years.

Refrigerator – Is your fridge walking instead of running? If it is more than 15 years old, or no longer cools to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it may be time to replace it.

Smoke Detector – Hear a chirping sound from your smoke detector? That may be a sign that it’s time to replace the unit (not just the batteries).

Toaster – Toasters become temperamental as they age. Six to 8 years is the recommended maximum amount of time you should wait before replacing your toaster.

Vacuum – Is your vacuum losing suction power? Replacing the belt or filter will only extend its lifespan for so long. If your vacuum is older than eight years, it is time to replace it.

Washer/Dryer – Is it time to close the last spin cycle? Washers and dryers both have a lifespan of about 10 years old—any older and it may be time to buy new machines.

Source: Mattress Firm
 

Published with permission from RISMedia.


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