Archive for June, 2015

How To Look Professional So You Can Get the Job or Promotion You Want

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Part 1 – Eyes and hair

The old adage is, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This is very valuable advice. People will take you at your own reckoning of yourself. If your style says, “I have this handled and I mean business” then people are going to take you more seriously! This is even truer if you’re consistent about it.

In other words don’t randomly show up to work in an impressive outfit. People will likely just assume that you were feeling especially confident on that particular day, and then they will assume you will dress down again the next day. If you do go back to ho-hum the next day, then the message of ‘power house’ never really translates with any strong affect. Use our guide to upgrade your style and do it every day. Then watch those goals get attained faster than you thought they could!

  • Take the necessary steps to have clear, bright, white eyes. This one might sound odd, but people respond to you differently according to the alertness in your eyes. If they’re blood shot, red, and fatigued looking a coworker, client, or boss might get the message that you’re overworked and under rested. Which might mean that you can’t handle additional responsibility or a new project? Bright eyed and bushy tailed, as they say!
  • Give up the bun and ponytail and style your hair every day. Buns and ponytails scream, “Why bother?” It suggests that you aren’t attentive to details that make for an overall better impression and outcome. If you can’t be bothered to care about something as simple as messy hair, how is someone to know that you are capable of showing great attention to detail in your work?

Next read Part 2 – Pay attention to detail

The Positive Psychology of Color – Part 4: Natural Colors

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How to use color to convey in interior design

We are wrapping up our series on the psychology of color with this post about natural colors. In Parts 1-3 we discussed dark, light, and bold colors. Our feature series wouldn’t be complete of course without hues that remind us of Mother Nature. To review, we’ve been chatting about the ways that color affects the way people experience a space.

It is not imperative that you give this consideration when deciding how to decorate. But, if you want to create a space that has the wow-factor you experience when you enter a room designed by an interior designer, considering color psychology is highly recommended. Especially if you love natural color because you can create an exquisite space that feels grounded and lovely, but also invigorating! Enjoy!

Chartreuse – artsy, bold, trendy

Coral – life force, energizing

Dusty Pink – soft, subtle, cozy, dusky, gentle, composed

Earth Brown – earthy, grounded, steady, solid, rooted, wholesome, sheltering, warm, durable, secure, reliable, natural, traditional

Gold – rich, glowing, divine, intuitive, luxurious, opulent, expensive, radiant, valuable, prestigious

Mauve – wistful, sentimental, thoughtful

Neutral Grey – classic, corporate, practical, timeless, quality, quiet, neutral, logical, deliberate, reserved, basic, modest, efficient, dutiful, methodical

Olive Green – military, camouflage, safari, classic

Periwinkle – genial, lively, sprightly, convivial, cordial

Silver – sleek, classy, stylish, modern, cool

Sky Blue – calming, cool, heavenly, constant, faithful, true, dependable, restful, content, tranquil, reassuring, trust, serenity, expansive, open, transcendent

Tan – rugged, outdoor, rustic, woodsy

Tangerine – vital, fruitful, energizing

Taupe – classic, neutral, practical, timeless, quality, basic, organic, inconspicuous, understated, modest

Terra Cotta – earthy, warm, country, wholesome, welcoming, abundance

The Positive Psychology of Color – Part 3: Bold Colors

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How to use color to convey in interior design

Now that we’ve discussed both light and dark colors it’s time to step up the excitement and learn how to use bold colors to create a mood in a room! As mentioned in Parts 1 and 2, color has a dramatic effect on space. It influences energy, emotional response, and overall enjoyment. Perhaps you’re already savvy or perhaps this is your first exposure to this method. Either way, our series of guides to the power of specific colors is sure to aid in creating a space that you adore. If your goal is for others to adore it as well then all the better!

An important consideration is to think about the way combining colors changes things. For example, if you use just bright red and bright pink in a room it might feel energetic and festive, but after awhile that could seem like too much. So, try incorporating golden yellow so it also feels comfortable. You can control this even further by minimally using the colors that evoke stronger responses, and liberally using colors that are inherently mellower. 

Blue Purple – contemplative, meditative, spiritual, soul-searching, intuitive, mysterious, enchanting

Bright Red – exciting, energizing, passionate, hot, dynamic, provocative, dramatic, powerful, courageous, assertive, impulsive, adventurous, spontaneous, motivating

Bright Pink – exciting, playful, attention-getting, high energy, wild, tropical, festive, vibrant

Bright Yellow – illuminating, joyful, hot, lively, friendly, luminous, enlightening, energetic, sunshine, innovative, aware, surprising

Ginger – spicy, flavorful, tangy, pungent, exotic

Golden Yellow – nourishing, buttery, tasty, sun, hospitable, comforting

Lavender – romantic, nostalgic, fanciful, light

Lime – fresh, citrusy, youthful, refreshing

Red Purple -thrilling, intense, exciting, dramatic, creative, expressive

Tangerine – vitality, fruitfulness, energizing

Turquoise infinity, compassionate, protective, faithful, water, coolness, sky, gemstone, tropical, oceans

The Positive Psychology of Color – Part 2: Light Colors

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How to use color to convey in interior design

In Part 1, we began our discussion about the psychology of color. Using color to expertly influence the way people experience a space is a very powerful tool. Have you ever visited a model home and been stunned by how serene the bedroom is or how welcoming the family room is? That’s because professional interior designers know exactly how to use color to create a room that makes you say, “This space is absolute perfection!”

Now you can give it try too, by using our handy guide to what colors mean. Have fun with it, and try to get creative by thinking of ways to combine colors for an overall effect. For example, rather than just choose light pink because you want a room to feel youthful, combine it with aqua so it also feels dreamy! The possibilities are endless, have fun!

Light & Medium Colors

White – innocence, purity, clean, new

Amethyst – restorative, protective, peaceful

Aqua – water, refreshing, cleansing, young, cool, dreamy, soft, light

Ivory – classic, neutral, soft, warm

Light Blue – calm, quiet, patient, peaceful, cool, aquatic, clean

Light Pink – romantic, affectionate, compassionate, soft, sweet, tender, delicate, innocent, youthful

Light Yellow – cheery, soft, sunny, warm, sweet, easy going, pleasant

Light Green – calm, quiet, soothing, airy

Peach – nurturing, soft, funny, delicious, fruity, sweet, fragrant, inviting, warm, comfortable, modest

The Positive Psychology of Color – Part 1: Dark Colors

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How to use color to convey in interior design

Have you ever thought about deciding the color scheme of your home based on the psychology of color? Certainly it’s perfectly fine to go with your favorite colors, but one of the great things about knowing how color affects the way people experience a space is that you can create an ideal setting.

This doesn’t mean you have to forego colors you love, but the meaning of color is so effective that it actually changes with the intensity of the color. For example, the color blue can be light, dark, bold, pastel, etc, and each of these is a little different. Selecting a certain shade allows you to create a very specific effect! Intrigued? Keep reading Part One – Dark Colors. Then check out our other blog posts that explain additional options!

Dark colors:

  • Amber – multi-cultural, mellow, abundant, original
  • Black – powerful, elegant, sophisticated, mysterious, bold, basic, classic, strong, expensive, magical, night, prestigious, stylish, modern
  • Brick Red – warm, earthy, established, strong
  • Charcoal Grey – reliable, responsible, accountable, conscientious, resolute, restrained, conservative, professional, classic, sophisticated, enduring, mature, business
  • Chocolate Brown – scrumptious, rich, robust, appetizing
  • Deep Blue – credible, authoritative, basic, conservative, classic, strong, reliable, traditional, service, nautical, loyal, confident, professional, clarity
  • Deep Purple – visionary, wealthy, royalty, prestigious, subdued
  • Dark Green – nature, trustworthy, refreshing, cool, restful, stately, mountains, hushed, woodsy traditional, reliable, money, prosperity
  • Foliage Green – natural, fertile, healthy, balance, life, growth, soothing, harmony, restful, restoration, lively, spring, renewal, lush
  • Teal – serene, cool, tasteful, sophisticated, confident
  • Vibrant Dark Orange – fun, whimsical, childlike, happy, glowing, sunset, hot, energizing, active, gregarious, good natured, spontaneous, optimistic, talkative, jovial, sociable, self-assured, persuasive, animated

Seven Dining Room Ideas We Love

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Dining rooms went kind of defunct 20 years ago when our modern lifestyles evolved into the ‘go-go-go’ that we’re accustomed to these days. But they’re making a comeback as people are starting to realize that there really is huge value in dining with good company. Wondering how to bring yours up to date so it’s a place you love? Check out these seven great ideas!

  1. Replace the table setting after dinner. Pretty dishes, flatware, and place mats all make a dining room look more elegant and inviting. Rather than setting the table right before you dine, set it as part of the after meal clean up. Every time you pass by it during the day your eye will be pleased, and when meal time approaches the dining room will automatically seem comfortable and inviting. You’re going to set the table anyway, just switch up the timing!
  2. Invest in an exceptional overhead light fixture. Try an impressive chandelier for instance. More than any other space a dining area will feel most complete when unified by a main light source.
  3. Make sure that your floor is at its best.  Hardwood floors are wonderful for a dining room, but they do need maintenance.  Make sure your investment is working for you by having it cleaned professionally or replacing the floor to give your entire home a more elegant room. 
  4. Use bright colors. For some reason people tend to favor a reserved aesthetic in the dining room but that’s an outdated standard. If you want to get more use out of your dining space, then make it a cheery happy place where your family will want to spend extended time. Need a suggestion? Try lime, pink, blue, and black!
  5. When it comes to seating choose function over form. The bottom line is that sitting is what we do in a dining room. Skip the fancy uncomfortable chair, and opt for seating that makes dining a cushy experience.  
  6. Always feature a centerpiece, and keep it low profile. An attractive centerpiece makes meals feel more elegant and well thought out. At the same time, they can obscure the view from across the table which prevents ample human interaction at the table. Choose something that is short and wide rather than tall and narrow.
  7. Clean the china out of the china hutch and store it in a cabinet. Displaying china is rather out of date and it certainly doesn’t make for an interesting topic of conversation. Remove the glass from the doors and replace the china with a collection of family photos. When you’re dining with your loved ones, the space will feel homey. When you invite guests, they will enjoy perusing the photos while waiting on dinner to be served. 

How To Let Your Husband Be Part Of the Home Decorating Plan

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Let’s face it ladies, when it comes to home décor we want to be the queen of the castle! How many stories have your friends shared wherein the moment they tied the knot “his stuff” was the featured items at the next garage sale? While this is sure to illicit a giggle on your part, it isn’t necessarily realistic. When two people share a home they both deserve to love the space they’re in. However, combining styles can be the ultimate challenge if you have very different tastes.

  1. Begin by both agreeing to accept the idea of décor that is eclectic. Eclectic décor is by definition a unified representation of varied styles. If you both embrace the fact that things won’t look too polished or perfect you’ll be off to a great start!
  2. Come up with an agreed upon color pallet and keep it simple. Color is a great place to start with any decorating scheme, and when you’re combining styles it’s an easy base from which to work. This doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Find colors you both love and be creative. Just make sure you both know the plan and then if you go shopping separately everything you bring home will coordinate.
  3. Let him have fun with texture. Guys often like things with varied textures and there are endless design options that are beautiful and even elegant. A rough texture wood coffee table or a slick granite counter top would be great addition to any home and would also likely be his cup of tea.
  4. Try the long-trusted interior design ratio of 80/20. Designers agree for the most part that if 80% of a room’s design coordinates, 20% of it can be a bit of a free for all. How to divide this? Rather than 80% you and 20% him, try agreeing on 80%. Then each take a 10% creative license with the rest.
  5. If you still can’t quite agree to disagree a little, try dividing up the house. If he’s the king of the kitchen and you’re the dame of the den, divide and conquer!

Your Beach Bag

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It’s beach season and packing up your bag to catch some sun and enjoy the cool breeze off of the ocean is on everyone’s minds. Forgetting something at home can be disastrous if it is something like your sunscreen or simply annoying if it is that extra towel that you need at the end of the day. If you pack your bag with preparation in mind then you will have everything you need for the perfect beach day.

 

As was mentioned above, sunscreen is of the utmost importance. You will most certainly sweat off some of it and if you plan on getting in the water then reapplication is a must. The sun can be incredibly damaging to your skin so protecting it is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Be sure to grab facial sunscreen as well as sunscreen for your body so that you are fully protected. If you have thinner hair or an area of your scalp that is susceptible to the sun make sure you don’t forget to rub a little bit on the exposed part.

 

Next you want to think about your accessories. Sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes. Don’t forget to bring enough towels for everyone, but also bring an extra towel or two as well in case you need it. If you are going to want to listen to music bring a portable speaker that will connect with your phone or if you plan on reading a book or magazine stash that in your bag as well.

 

Finally, bring some bottled water and a few snacks for yourself. Although there may be places to eat along the beach, you never know when you will get a bit hungry or thirsty.  It’s nice to know that you have refreshments available if the need arises.

 

Now that your bag is ready to go, head out to the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather. Nothing beats a summer day by the ocean, relaxing and being outside!