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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Have You Ticked the Boxes on this Holiday Safety Checklist?

December 23, 2015 2:09 am

While it’s no secret traffic incidents spike during holiday travel periods, it is lesser known that a majority of accidents occur in the homes of those celebrating locally, too. Whether you’re hosting holiday celebrations at home or heading to a party elsewhere, it’s important to remain vigilant about safety amid the festivities, urges the National Safety Council (NSC). Tips to consider include:

• Never use lighted candles near trees or boughs.

• Add an extra barrier to fireplaces, as glass panels can reach several hundred degrees within minutes.

• When cooking, wash hands, the sink, utensils and anything else that touches raw meat, and only use sharp knives.

• Make sure your fire extinguisher is up-to-date and your smoke detector batteries are new.

• Gift safely. Understand the dangers associated with coin lithium batteries, which come inside many toys, TV remote controls, watches and even musical holiday cards.

• Be aware of how much alcohol you are serving, and make sure party guests who are drinking have alternative transportation.

• Buckle up, even on short drives.

• Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free.

• Safeguard medications from teens and young children while visiting others or hosting guests in your home.

Source: NSC

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2016's Top Paint Color Palettes for the Home

December 23, 2015 2:09 am

New Year, new color.

Nothing transforms the look of a room like a new coat of paint—especially when the color is both on-trend and timeless.

“We believe a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways for people to change their homes for the better,” says Valspar Color Strategist Sue Kim. “But with so many colors to consider, it’s nice to have a little help on the often stressful color selection journey—even when looking for the right shade of white. Choosing a white for doors, trim, ceilings or even a wall can sometimes be harder than choosing a color, so we are simplifying that this year by highlighting four of our most popular."

These varying degrees of white complement Valspar’s color palette picks for 2016, which are:

“Comfort Zone” – Busyness has replaced leisure as a status symbol. Schedules are filled to the brim, we’re all constantly plugged in, and lines are blurred between work and leisure. This palette offers an antidote to this fast-paced lifestyle, with a selection of soft, calm colors, such as fallow brown and powder blue, that balance and restore the mind, body and spirit.

“These muted mid-tones counter-balance busy living are perfect for creating a restful, yet stimulating environment to unwind, relax and recharge,” says Kim. A chalky white blends quietly with these comfy colors.

“Simply Perfect” – The movement toward simplified living inspired this palette of versatile, stylish grays, such as dim gray and silver, that work well in any setting.

“There’s no question that gray is the dominate shade of the decade and today’s default neutral,” Kim says. A clean white is the perfect accent for any of these go-to grays.

“You Do You” – Different is the new normal. Going against the grain is encouraged and applauded, often with the phrase “you do you.” It’s a mantra leading to this trend palette of expressive and uplifting zingy brights, including coral pink, bondi blue and arylide yellow.

“Generations Y and Z are fueling a broader acceptance of individuality, challenging stereotypes and standards of beauty,” says Kim. “These confident, inspired hues encourage you to express yourself in a full color anywhere you’d like whether it be a full room, an accent wall, trim or furniture.” A pure white anchors the boldness of these brights.

“Good Company” – Most of us have high demands for transparency, integrity and authenticity—the fair trade movement and farm-to-table organic food trend are prime examples. This trend is interpreted in this palette, a collection of rich, familiar and enduring artisanal shades, such as camel brown and viridian, inspired by heritage and handcrafted products and materials.

“These deep, pigmented colors evoke a connection to our heritage. We trust the tried-and-true and that is why they are so welcome in our homes today,” says Kim. A linen white embraces the natural richness of these tones.

Source: Valspar

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