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John F. O'Hara
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9 Ways to Color Your Summer at Home

June 22, 2015 2:03 am

Featuring hues reminiscent of languid summer days and breezy seaside vacations, this summer’s hottest color trends run the gamut of eye-catching bolds to grounding neutrals, say Ace Design Experts Katie Reynolds, Julie Richard and Nathan Fisch.

All three Design Experts recommend implementing this season’s color palette in small ways to avoid an overly-trendy look. For example:

• Paint your kitchen island for an updated look that’s easier than repainting your cabinets. A classic neutral, like a subtle gray, will pair nicely with most woods and finishes.

• Classic stripes continue to be a staple in many homes. Try painting them on a pair of oversized outdoor planters in a sunset-inspired combination of apricot orange and shrimp pink.

• If you’d like to incorporate one of this season’s pastel trends, such as peach, but are afraid of pulling it off, try balancing it with a complementary hue like classic navy.

• Graphic patterns and details are an easy way to make a big change. Add a pop of color stenciled in a chevron stripe on drawers of a basic white dresser with a Camellia blossom pink.

• Layered warm neutrals never go out of style and work equally as well in open floor plans or cozy nooks. Try using a darker neutral on the walls and ceiling, such as vanilla, and furnishing with a paler hue, like linen, for a fresh feel.

• Try a fun color pairing for a guest or kids room by painting a focal window wall in a brighter green (think green tomatoes) and then adding a muted green (think moss) on the window base.

• Deep blues and indigos like navy and blueberry are great go-to colors for a monochromatic color scheme inspired by the ocean. Simple and natural accents like stone top tables, linen or woven window coverings polish the look for a clean aesthetic that won’t fade over time.

• Combine a warm neutral, like honey, with a blush pink in a nursery or girl’s room for a soft look reminiscent of the flowers blooming outdoors.

• Shiplap wall paneling, featuring horizontal, overlapping wooden boards covering the walls is the perfect way to bring a nautical feel to any space. Try painting the wood in a crisp, snow white to make this architectural detail the feature focus.

Source: Ace Hardware

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5 Ways to Stay Active in Summer

June 19, 2015 1:57 am

(Family Features) Staying active in warmer months is always a challenge. Despite the best laid plans, life can get in the way – you may skip a gym visit to go to the beach, or miss that workout class to lounge by the pool. To avoid veering off track this summer, get moving with these tips.

1. Find ways to beat the heat. Don't let the summer sun be your excuse to stay indoors on those extra hot days. Set your alarm early to get your morning run or hike in before afternoon temperatures rise. Seek a refreshing, cool workout, such as water aerobics at the gym or paddle boarding at the lake when the temps are soaring.

2. Find motivation in all forms. Seek the help of like-minded individuals who also want to establish healthy routines. Look online for health and fitness blogs from others who can share their own journeys toward better health. Or, invest in a wearable fitness device for a personalized experience.

3. Establish a summer schedule. With kids out of school, it can be easy to fall into a more laid-back routine. Fight the urge to turn on the television and create an active schedule with your children. After dinner, have a family walk around the neighborhood or plan for weekend outings to your favorite local nature preserve.

4. Schedule a walking meeting at work. If sitting in an office is part of your daily routine, make a point to be active. Need to go over some items with a co-worker? Avoid booking the conference room and plan a walking meeting outside or around the building. Getting your heart ate up and taking in some fresh summer air may be just what you need for successful brainstorming on the job.

5. Plan for an active vacation. Don't let travel plans justify inactivity. Use your vacation as an opportunity to get moving and create new, healthy experiences. Visiting a historic town or city? Check out walking group tours to sightsee. Hitting the beach? Try beach volleyball, surfing or strolling beside the water every night. No matter where your travels take you, you can always find a way to be active.

Source:
MyMiraFit.com

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