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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Revamp Your Home with Double the Color in 2016

December 7, 2015 1:42 am

Planning to revamp your home next year? Draw color inspiration from “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz,” the colors selected by world-renowned color authority Pantone for 2016. When paired together, “Serenity,” a wispy, blue-gray, and “Rose Quartz,” a pale, coral pink, meld into a palette that embodies tranquility and inner peace.

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

In the home environment, these shades encourage relaxation, whether they are paired together or with other tones. An ideal choice for rugs and upholstery, “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz” also work well in paint and for decorative accessories. Coupling solid and patterned fabrics, throws, pillows and bedding in these colors provides a comforting respite and feeling of well-being in the home. Incorporating texture enhances the duality and kinship of these hues.

“Serenity”- and “Rose Quartz”-colored kitchen items and tableware, as well as home accessories like candles, decorative bowls, vases and florals, add subtle color accents while contributing to a welcoming and peaceful space. To complement these color choices, translucent, glazing, matte and metallic shine are key finishes.

Source: Pantone®

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Three-Peat: Mortgage Rates Still Low

December 7, 2015 1:42 am

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate continues to decline, this time for the third consecutive week, according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). On average, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) stands at 3.93 percent.

“Treasury yields ticked down three basis points after weak manufacturing data,” explains Sean Becketti, chief economist for Freddie Mac. “In response, the 30-year mortgage rate dropped two basis points to 3.93 percent.”

The 15-year FRM, according to the survey, averages 3.16 percent. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averages 2.99 percent, and the 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averages 2.61 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac

 

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