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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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5 Property Protection Steps to Weather El Niño

December 2, 2015 1:33 am

Wet weather is on the way for several regions that stand to be impacted by El Niño. If your area expects to experience the effects of this phenomenon, now is the time to prepare your home and surrounding property.

Dave Hoffman, owner of slope repair firm Groundforce Crew, Inc., says homeowners should pay special attention to slopes, drainage areas and sea walls, if applicable. Hoffman also recommends:

• Having candles and flashlights in your home in the event of power outage, which happened often during the last major El Niño. If power is typically out for a few days in your area, consider installing a generator to preserve food.

• Removing trash from drainage areas around the yard and cleaning out all storm drains. Clear out gutters on your roof, too, so water doesn't collect. 

• Bracing for heavy winds. Have your trees trimmed to cut down on wind resistance and falling debris. In addition, bring in your summer umbrellas and other lawn furniture that can cause damage if they become airborne.

• Picking up sandbags at your local firehouse, filling them with sand from the beach and having them ready if your property is prone to flooding.

Source: Groundforce Crew

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And the 2016 Color of the Year Is

December 2, 2015 1:33 am

Color, along with pattern and texture, are crucial elements in the design of a home’s interior. But in the coming year, the predominant color trend may not be a color at all.

According to the experts at Sherwin-Williams, alabaster—a flattering, natural white—will largely inform many interior design choices in 2016. At a time when homeowners are faced with excess and clutter, and may be overwhelmed by technology, alabaster will encourage time to relax and re-examine.

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being and an atmosphere that is pure,” says Jackie Jordan, director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white.”

A recent Sherwin-Williams study found nearly three-quarters of homeowners prefer alabaster’s barely-there undertones to plain white when selecting neutral colors for their homes.

If you’d like to incorporate alabaster into your home’s décor, consider pairing it with Scandinavian influences, such as sleek lines, copper finishes, marble and wood grain materials; adding it to a bedroom or nursery for a sense of healing and rest; using it alone in an entryway or home office; or contrasting it with bronze or gray in a spa-like bathroom.

Source: Sherwin-Williams

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