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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Designer Tips for Making Your Summer Party Pop

May 22, 2015 2:48 am

With summer on the horizon, many of us are currently planning our summer parties. However, there is quite a distance between wanting to throw a great summer party and actually pulling it off. So we'll look at some of the big challenges summer party hosts may face.

When it comes to planning a summer party, lifestyle expert Ceci Carmichael recently told blogger Candace Rose Anderson that people avoid entertaining because they just think it’ll be so full of stress and they’re not going to have a good time anyway.

Carmichael's best advice—plan ahead. That means two weeks out get your list all set, get your menu all set and then along the way take bite size chunks out of it so that the day before you aren't walking a tightrope between vacuuming and cooking at the same time.

Party planner to the stars Mindy Weiss (StyleMePretty.com) advises aspiring party hosts to mind these tips:

Freshen up with Color: Don’t be afraid to add pop to your party with bright colors. Purchase a fun, colored table runner for outdoor tables and a set of patterned napkins for a fresh look. Include a few brightly colored dinner plates alongside basic white dishes. That simple pop of color adds excitement to the table.

Plan a Picnic in Your Own Backyard: Surprise your guests by setting up an outdoor picnic area. Spread multi-colored throws, blankets even large quilts on your grass and add bright colored pillows. The “eclectic look” is in! Place fun trays on the blankets filled with guacamole and chips or bottles of water and glassed bottled soda pop.

Light up the Garden: Lanterns placed throughout your outdoor area are always noticed! They can hang from gazebos or line the walkway into the party. These lanterns use battery-powered candles as an alternative to regular candles… they’re gorgeous and are safe too!

Invest in a Bar Cart: Freshen up your bar by adding a bar cart to the area where your guests are gathering. The bar cart can be filled with alcoholic drinks for the party goers, or for an outdoor family event try beautiful pitchers of lemonade or iced lavender hibiscus tea. Recently, I took my bar cart and filled it will fun desserts that the guests could try at their leisure.

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7 Best Paint Colors for a More Soothing Bedroom

May 22, 2015 2:48 am

According to a Sherwin-Williams survey, three out of four consumers say their bedroom needs painting – but they want to be sure they choose a wall color that soothes and promotes more restful sleep.

The paint company suggests that a black painted ceiling in a room with soft beige walls encourages a good night’s sleep. They also provide tips for seven other color choices most likely to accommodate rest:

Soft Gray
– It’s not as neutral as most people think, but it pairs beautifully with accents of driftwood or metal, and a gray shade with undertones of violet is quite soothing when accented with metallic colors.

Pale Pink or Coral
– Too much pink can give your bedroom a Barbie’s Dreamhouse look, but soft pastels in either of these soft, warm hues reflect light and pair beautifully – and restfully – with white or gray accents.

Deep Forest Green
– Works best in a room with lots of natural daylight or in north-facing rooms with filtered light. Pairs well with light wood furniture and brightly colored bedding.

Burnt Brick Red –
Keep it a deep, warm shade for a pop of color that is elegant, flattering to skin tones, and surprisingly restful at night.

Dusty Aqua
– This coastal shade favorite is both masculine and feminine, bringing the essence of nature indoors and creating a spa-like feel in the bedroom.

Light Cocoa Brown
– A down-to-earth brown with a gray tint can make for an intimate, enveloping space. Add cream accents for an especially calm, serene feeling.

Light Harvest Gold
– The wrong gold can be too energetic for a bedroom, but if you choose a gold color a couple of shades lighter than you think you want, you will find it both restful and sleep-inducing.

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