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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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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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'Retirement' Takes On New Meaning

May 21, 2015 12:48 am

Retirement is no longer synonymous with the end of working life, and expectations regarding retirement lifestyles are evolving, according to a recent Franklin Templeton survey. More than half of Americans are considering working during their retirement – and not simply out of necessity.

Nearly 20 percent of non-retired respondents say the most likely cause of a retirement delay would be because they enjoy working. The majority of respondents say if they were unable to retire as planned due to insufficient income, they would adjust their plans to delay their retirement. Given the same circumstances, the survey’s youngest respondents would likely keep working, as well.

While Americans are reasonably good at estimating their expenses at retirement, they tend to underestimate the impact of inflation, typically expecting retirement expenses to remain flat throughout retirement. Unfortunately, inflation can cause a sharp increase in expenses over even a 10- to 15-year period.

Looking at expectations in terms of their current income, over a third of non-retired respondents expect to live on an amount less than 70 percent of their current income. This may sound optimistic to some, but close to half of retired respondents report that they live on less than 70 percent of their pre-retirement income.

All things considered, the overwhelming majority of respondents who plan to retire are looking forward to it. When asked what they look forward to specifically, about a third of respondents say not working. Many look forward to pursuing hobbies or learning a new skill or subject, both of which could be explored through a new job or career.

Source: Franklin Templeton Investments

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