Archive for February, 2016

How To Keep a Potted Hydrangea in its Pot Long Term

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Hydrangeas are exquisitely beautiful flowering bushes, but they are demanding little dears! If you want to plant one directly in your yard it’s not such a big deal. You’ll only have to fuss over it long enough to let it grow a strong root system. At which point you won’t have to water it nearly as frequently. But what if you really love the way hydrangeas look in a pot, and you simply must have it as part of your newest garden design? Well, then, you will love this neat trick! Here’s how to keep a potted hydrangea potted without allowing it to become a daily nuisance.

Find a large pot that will allow it to grow. It will get much larger and it has an aggressive root system. It’s important that the pot has very large drainage hole. Place the pot in a flower garden bed or an area where there is bare soil. During the first year your hydrangea will function as if it’s potted indoors so you’ll have to ensure that you water it consistently. During the second year however, the roots will find their way through the drainage hole and begin growing into the soil. Now you’re in business. Your hydrangea is setting up permanent residence in its pot by way of easy access to the rich soil below the pot. With its roots now in the ground it will require far less watering. It’s also a cold hardy plant so you won’t have to baby it every time temps outside are bit on the low end.

All of the time and attentiveness you showed it in its early phase is now paying off.  Want to go on vacation? Pack those bags and send your hydrangea a post card. It’ll be just fine when you return as long as it’s not an exceptionally long trip. Hiring a neighborhood kid to stop by and water should suffice. In other words, if said teenager doesn’t exactly handle their responsibilities as you’d expect, you’ll still have pretty flowers when you get home.

So what happens if you want to move it? Well, it’s unlikely this will be a friendly encounter if you want to change pots. However, if all you want to do is move the location of the pot, you’re in luck. This is how you can keep a hydrangea potted. Simply cut the roots right below the pot and transplant it to its new location. Potted hydrangeas aren’t stubborn about change, and they’re even easier to move when they’re dormant. Voila! It has a permanent happy home and can move it around to your heart’s content.

The Best Bubble Bath with a Purpose

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Many individuals are on a quest to expand how they can incorporate coconut oil into their life.  Let yourself discover the best bubble bath. During my research I found that if you add 2.5 oz. of coconut in your bath, combined with Epson salt, it removes dead skin from your body and helps restore softness. Try this recipe for a wonderful bath experience.   

What You Will Need:

2.5 Oz Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Epson Salt

Lavender Baby Bath (Johnson & Johnson)

Directions:

Melt the coconut butter by placing it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, depending on the wattage of your microwave. A 1200-watt oven takes 35 seconds to melt. You want the coconut oil to be in liquid form so it will mix with the bath water and Epson salt.

Draw a very warm bath. As the tub is filling up add the lavender baby bath. You can use lavender oil drops if you like. But use the baby bath if you prefer the bubbles in your bath.

Add the liquid coconut oil and Epson salt to the bath water. Mix the solution with your arm before you get in.

Take this bath once a week for twenty minutes. The lavender helps you unwind and the coconut oil and salt will do the job of removing dead skin and softening your entire body. 

Make Romantic Breakfast in Bed

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Who doesn’t enjoy breakfast in bed? Everyone can appreciate being served in bed. Show your partner how much you love them by serving them a romantic breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day. Make sure all your bases are covered and find out exactly what you will need.

Get a cute tray! Shop for a cute tray that is big enough to serve at least a small plate, large plate, a drinking glass and coffee mug and a card or note. When shopping for a tray, look for one that can be used all throughout the year, so that you use it after the holiday. Trays with legs are nice for stabilizing the tray in bed.

Shop for a love inspired coffee mug. Look for a mug that sports a heart or romantic statement. Make your mate’s coffee or tea just how they like it. Maybe even spring for a fancier coffee or tea for this special occasion.

A small card that can be folded and placed on the tray is the perfect way to express to your loved one how much they mean to you. You do not even need an envelope, simply add a folded card to the tray. A smaller card is optimal for this application. Just quickly jot down a sentence or two that explains your appreciation for that person.

Make your partner’s favorite breakfast, hopefully one that does not include a bowl of cereal! If you are unsure, ask them casually about their favorite breakfast items. If you can, incorporate hearts into the meal. For example, heart shaped pancakes, cut fruit or toast.

Add a single rose to your tray right before you serve the breakfast. After serving them breakfast make sure you clean up all the mess you have made and put the dishes away. Make the breakfast worry-free for the person receiving it. A breakfast in bed is a way that anyone can express their gratitude for their partner. This gift does not have to be pricey, use your imagination and plan ahead!

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Using Rose Quartz and Serenity in your Seaside Simplicity Design Style

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naturally to those living near the ocean—Seaside Simplicity. Since Dolphin Carpet and Tile are located in Florida, we’re truly lucky to have the beauty of the ocean surrounding us. Pantone’s chosen colors of Rose Quartz and Serenity have been used for what seems like millennia by ocean inspired decorators. So, our question we’ll address today, is how to use these colors in a modern, fresh way. Maybe you already have these colors in your home and want a new look with the same colors—we’re here to help. Visit our website’s Design Center to learn more about the Seaside Simplicity style of decorating.

 

Your first step will be to give away or sell anything you feel is outdated, worn out, or just not needed. Allow yourself a time to live with less, while you shop for updated items to complete your new look. Have patience as you look for just the right items, furnishings, art and textiles. Take time to decide if you’ll go more modern, more traditional, or if you’ll stick to your current style. With this time in your space with fewer accessories and furnishings, you’re likely to get a clearer picture of what bigger changes to make; wall color, flooring, lighting, etc. Then you can fill it back in with items that will go with any big changes you make.

When you’re ready to buy new accessories, art, upholstery, throw pillows and lamps, think about not only the color scheme, but the interplay between darks and lights. Your overall look will be more dynamic if you include some darker tones paired with the lighter pastels of Serenity and Rose Quartz. You don’t want your rooms overwhelmed with all pastels. If you lean toward darker tones, add touches of pastel. If you lean toward the pastel, add touches of dark in the same or similar colors.

Notice in the image below, how the dark and light blues and greys work well together, and the pop of pink adds extra interest:

 

For an updated seaside look, go for a neutral pallet with the bigger items like furniture, and accessorize with the Pantone colors. The ocean and seaside surroundings offer unending inspiration that can be translated into home décor.

Most importantly, be sure to express your personality in your space and enjoy including what nature has to offer to make your home a unique and comfortable daily retreat.

Let us know in the comments if you enjoy decorating in this style and if you’ll be using the Pantone colors this year. Happy redecorating!

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Using Rose Quartz and Serenity in your Traditional Décor

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Today we continue our series on redecorating using Pantone’s colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

We’ve already talked about the styles of Zen and Urban Chic. The traditional or classic style of decorating is by far the lushest of the three, including lots of texture, pattern and color through upholstery, rugs, drapery, and varied furnishings.  We love the traditional style, because the aesthetic defies all trend, yet is enduring through the ages.  If you enjoy these colors, you can add touches throughout your home to include them, or you can do an overhaul, yet still remain classic. The pastel family of colors have always been included in the tradition of decorating, in big or small ways.

If you’re in the mood for a change in your space and you love traditional décor, you’re bound to have fun with these colors. Rose Quartz and Serenity look lovely with both gold and silver accents, they pair well with darker colors, and blend beautifully with lighter schemes as well.

If you like a luxe version of traditional like the photo below, you can see how either color can easily be used in this space:

Or, if you lean toward a casual traditional style like this image shows, you can see how easy it would be to add touches of either color to this look. Simply replace the plum with either color, or use either color alongside the plum:

 

When you begin shopping to incorporate these colors into your spaces, look for some of the following, with either touches of the colors, or use them in a big way:

  • Reupholster your current chairs or buy new
  • Use classic patterns like damask, matelassé or chinoiserie
  • Oil portraits and landscapes
  • Tufted headboards and bedding
  • Lamps and lampshades
  • Throw pillows
  • Drapes
  • Antique Tea Sets
  • Sculptural Accessories

 

We hope you enjoy dreaming about how to use Rose Quartz and Serenity in your home. Visit our website’s Design Center for more ideas and inspiration and to read more about the traditional style of decorating.

As always, we’d love to hear from you in the comment section. If you enjoy the traditional look, do you plan to use these colors, or do you already use them in your home?

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Using Rose Quartz and Serenity in your Urban Chic Décor

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Welcome to our second post in a series about redecorating your home using this year’s Pantone Colors. Today we are going to talk about incorporating Rose Quartz and Serenity into your Modern, Contemporary and Minimalist Décor Styles. We like to call these combined styles, Urban Chic. Visit our website’s Design Center for more description of this style and read about other styles.

Generally, the Urban Chic style includes clean lines, little clutter, neutral color palettes, and low simple furnishings. Due to your dislike of clutter and limited color palette, incorporating these two colors into your décor could be challenging. So the first step is to decide how much you love these colors and how committed you want to be in using them.

I LOVE these colors! I want them all over my house:

Since you love these colors, a good place to add them in your home is on your floor and walls. Look for floor options such as carpet or area rugs in your style that include these shades of pink or blue (the photo above is Mohawk Added Pizazz in New Dawn) and definitely start shopping for a couple large scale artworks that includes either color. Adding an accent chair or side table would also be a fun way to use the colors. Another way to include these colors is by changing out your dinnerware. This way, you can see your new favorite colors every day when you eat!

In the room pictured below, notice how the pop of color in the art, adds vibrancy to the black and white color scheme in the room.

 

I LIKE the colors, and want to use them for a season, then move on:

Due to your Urban Chic sensibilities, you might not have many knick-knacks around to switch out with the new colors. If this is true of you, one great way to add in accent colors is by changing the pots for your houseplants. If you don’t have houseplants, start shopping and look for pots with the minimalist shapes you like, in the Rose Quartz or Serenity hues. House plants are great in any style of home. If you do have house plants, we admit, it’s a major pain to switch out their pots, but the result would be worth the effort if you find a few pots you love. Also look for throw pillows at your favorite stores, kitchen towels, unique vases and fresh, light pink flowers for your kitchen table.

 

We hope this helps get you started on the fun project of updating the look of your home. How do you feel about the colors of the year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!