4 Hairstyles To Wear in Hot or Humid Conditions

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Heat and heavy moisture in the air are no friends to spectacular hairstyles. Rather than lose the battle try one of these practical yet pretty styles!

  1. Slicked Back Braid Bun: This is the most no-nonsense option and it also looks quite chic. Apply a small amount of styling lotion to your hair, and then pull it back to the nape of the neck. Secure it with a hair tie. Braid the tail and wrap it into a tight, neat bun. Use pomade to control frizz and fly-aways.
  2. Braid Strip Ponytail: This is beautiful after you’ve spent a day in the sun and water at the pool or the beach. Section off a quarter of your hair on the left side of your head. Leave some hair out so you have tendrils to frame your face. Braid that section. Then pull all of the hair back into a low ponytail, capturing it all with a hair tie. Arrange the tendrils around your face to frame it. Pull out one small strip of hair to wrap around the hair tie and pin it into place with a bobby pin.
  3. Wet Braid Dry Ponytail: This is a great option if you’re going to be exposed to rain or wet conditions such as sitting near a swimming pool full of children. Pull the hair back to the nape of the neck. Use a firm-hold hair gel and run it throughout the hair from the hairline to the nape of the neck. Leave the rest of the hair dry. French braid the gel portion of the hair and tie it into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Let the tail remain dry and unbraided.
  4. Loose Low Bun Twist: This look works really well if you’re going to be in a lot of wind or doing physical activity. It’s supposed to look a bit unkempt so when stray pieces fall askew it will look as if it was on purpose. Simply brush your hair and pull it back at the nape of the neck. Twist it once so that it rolls toward your head. Then wind it in a circle until it forms a low bun. Pin it securely by using multiple bobby pins, but keep the hair loose and relaxed. 

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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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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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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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

Color Pallet: Rainbow Valley – Children’s Room

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If you’re the kind of individual who is no stranger to decorating her home, there’s a good chance you might be getting bored with the process. Either you’re out of ideas, or your usual resources, websites and magazines, are no longer inspiring you. Although they’re helpful, traditional resources for design ideas share one common drawback: the photos are always images of rooms in a home. After awhile, this is less and less compelling if you’re hoping to experience a new streak of genius.

 

Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of a room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. 

To teach you how to do so we are going to make a decorating list using the image above. We call it “rainbow valley” for obvious reasons and it offers wonderful inspiration for a room in your home. If you happen to be a novice, then you’re sure to love the bullet point presentation of the information because it makes learning this inspirational technique a breeze!

 

The color pallet: Moss Green, Royal Blue, Pink Carnation, Berry Purple

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all medium to dark saturation which means none of them are near the lighter part of the color spectrum, and because the tones have similar vibrancy they have equal presence. This means no one color dominates despite the fact that they’re all rather bold. 
  • The blue and green are pure hues found on the color wheel, so they are settling and predictable which makes them well juxtaposed alongside the specialty colors such as “pink carnation” and “berry purple.”

What finishes or textures would we suggest?

  • Dark brown wood – mix and match species; floors, furniture.
  • Cotton textiles – ex. curtains, table cloth.
  • Soft, fluffy rugs with high pile.
  • Plants and trees – indoor species or fake, evergreen, bonsai tree.

What rooms in the house might best benefit from this design inspiration?

  • We really love this design scheme for a child’s space because it offers the vibrancy that is often preferred in kids’ spaces, but it also looks more sophisticated than the primary colors that are more commonly used.
  • Artist’s studio, for obvious reasons. 

Tips For Painting Accent Walls

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Have you ever been interested in painting an accent wall but unsure where to begin? If you have been curious yet uncertain about using accent walls, allow us to make you feel more comfortable with the process. Accent walls add identity to a room without having to paint the whole space.  They are less likely to overwhelm a room, especially when using a bright or bold color of paint.

Do paint the whole wall. When choosing to paint an accent wall keep in mind that it stands on its own. Avoid partially painted accent walls. A partially painted wall works better when the entire room is painted in the same manner. An accent wall is a part to a whole; therefore the entire wall should be used.

Whether the desired look is bold or a subdued space, make sure the trim color works with the accent wall color along with the rest of the room or overall space. Remember it is part of a whole.

Don’t be afraid to place two accent walls with in a close proximity of one another. These can either use the same color, or use complementary colors.

For example if you want a relaxed room, choose soft sea foam green and use this color to paint two accents walls. If you are going for an edgier look, choose two colors that complement one another.

Colors that complement one another can easily be identified by looking at the color wheel and examining the way colors appear on the wheel in relationship to one another. Analogous colors are colors that lay next to one another on the color when (such as green, turquoise and blue).

Accent walls also have the added benefit of being easy to repaint if the color is not perfect. How many times have you committed to painting an entire room and been unhappy with the results?  Take advantage of these benefits and add some personality to any area in your home.

How To Make Your Acrylic Nails Last Longer

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There was a time when there was just one option for a manicure. That was….a manicure! Now we have lots of options. Gel, wraps, shellac, silk, etc. The upshot of these choices is that we can now get manicures that last much longer than the 3-5 days of the past. If you want the benefit of length, though, your options are more limited. This requires that tips be applied to your nails, followed by an acrylic overly. The result is glamorous but the upkeep requires that you revisit the salon every two weeks. Here’s how to make them last longer, and your money go further!

Supplies

  • Non-acetone nail polish
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • High grit grinding nail file
  • Fine grit finishing nail file
  • Rough grit nail buffer
  • Fine grit finishing nail buffer
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail brush

Technique

  1. Remove old polish from your acrylic nails. It is imperative that you use a non-acetone nail polish remover because acetone dissolves acrylic and your nails will deteriorate.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly, and use the nail brush to deep clean them underneath, between the nail and edge of the nail bed. (Bacteria builds up here.)
  3. Use the rough grit file to file down your nails to the desired length. You might be strongly tempted to cut them using clipper, but don’t. The acrylic can’t typically take the force of the clipper and you’ll crack or break your nail.
  4. Next, your goal is to buff down the bump where you would usually have a nail technician do a “fill” or “rebase.” You obviously won’t be able to achieve quite the same effect, but if you buff thoroughly the bump will be substantially reduced. Once you polish the nail the bump will be hard to detect.
  5. Soak your fingers in water a few minutes and then push back the cuticles. (Trim if necessary.)
  6. Use the fine grit buffer to smooth the surface of the nail so that it can be polished.
  7. Use the fine grit nail file to shape and smooth the nail tips.
  8. Wash hands again, and use nail brush to clean dust and debris from tops and under nails. Don’t put on any hand lotion yet.
  9. Apply a base clear coat to the nails and let dry.
  10. Apply two coats of nail polish color, and let dry partially. Although it’s more expensive, we advise considering nail lacquer instead of polish. It hardens to a stronger finish. It lasts longer and it will help keep your nails strong and crack free until you can return to the nail salon.
  11. Apply a clear top coat.
  12. Let dry for at least 20 minutes.

How To Apply Lip Liner and Lipstick That Lasts All Night

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Swiping on a quick swish of regular lipstick is easy stuff – especially because you can just reapply throughout the day as needed. However, artistically creating a desired lip shape and getting it to stay on for hours is an entirely different art! If you’ve tried lip liner with no success in the past, it’s time try it again with some new-found savvy. To ensure success while you’re learning, set aside at least ten minutes for the job. Once you’ve mastered it, you should still set aside five minutes because picture perfect lips are never accomplished in a flash. Since they last for hours though, it’s time well invested!

Supplies

Traditional tube lipstick. No glosses, sheer, matte, or other variations. Stick with the original.

Lip liner in the same shade as the lipstick. Spend a little extra on decent stuff so it’s soft and glides. Cheap pencils are nearly impossible to work with.

Transparent face powder. Loose or compact is fine, but you’ll need a small power puff to apply it and the compact comes with one included.

How To:

Start with clean exfoliated lips. If they’re rough use a warm wash cloth to gently massage dead skin off. Apply one thin layer of tube lipstick. Then use the pencil according to this pattern to avoid drawing something akin to a clown’s mouth:

First draw in the bow from the top to center. You’re essentially making a little X. Then, still working on the top lip, start from the corner of the mouth and trace to the top of the bow. Repeat on the other side. Now, do the same with the bottom lip. Rather than try to line it from end to end, start at the corners of the mouth and have them meet in the middle seamlessly.

Apply second, heavier layer of the tube lipstick. To set it, lightly dab it all over with transparent powder. Lips will now be slightly dry to the touch.

Apply a final layer of tube lipstick and lightly retrace the lip liner lines to clean up any unfinished looking edges

Done! Eat, drink and be merry for hours before having to touch up your lipstick!

A Quick Spill Guide

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Spills can happen any time, but they don’t need to stay!

By being prepared for spills before they happen, you can be ready to take action as soon as possible.  

Be sure to remember the steps below when spills strike!

1. Act Quickly!  

2. Blot liquids, scrape up semi-solids with a spoon and break up and vacuum solids.

3. Always pretest a spot removal solution on an inconspicuous location.

4. Apply a small amount of the spot removal solution to a white cloth and gently blot the spill from the outside edges to the inside (this helps keep the stain from spreading).

5. Be Patient!  Let the solution sit for a while and be sure to never scrub!  Blot only.

6. When the stain is removed or no residue shows on the cloth, rinse the area with cold water and blot again until dry.

7. Make sure to completely remove the spot removal solution to prevent soil being attracted to the area.  

If you need help knowing what solutions are best to use with specific spills, check out our Floor Care Guide.  You will find solutions for any stain you could imagine!