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Spring Is Upon Us: Tips For Spring Cleaning

Posted on March 19, 2018 | 0 comments

We may soon be ready to roll out the grill and good times with friends, but...have we checked the "cleanliness situation" in our house lately? Winter generally wreaks havoc on the home with kids, pets, in-laws, etc. (everyone but us!) tracking everything imaginable indoors. Before we mass-text everyone to come over, it's time to get the crib looking good again!  (View Spring Cleaning Checklist)

FIRST THINGS FIRST

No matter what strategy you employ when tackling spring cleaning, it's hard to argue that the windows shouldn't come first. "They embody the soul of the home", as store co-owner/designer Don eloquently explains, and quite literally shed light on the entire situation.

"(Windows) embody the soul of the home."

Hopefully you have the swivel variety and can hit both sides from within, but if necessary, throw up a ladder outside and make it happen! You'll be glad you tackled this chore first, as everything done afterwards will look that much better, and you'll actually be able to see what you're doing.

In correlation with the "work from the outside-in" approach, it's always smart to start at the top and work down i.e. cleaning celing fan paddles, dusting chandeliers, and replacing lightbulbs. Wash woodwork, starting with crown mouldings, and walls if necessary. Use mild, biodegradeable detergent and warm water. Take up all the rugs and shake or clean accordingly.

"(Brighten) up the linens (by) soaking them in cool, clean water with fresh-squeezed lemon."

For brightening up the linens, Fiona suggests soaking them in cool, clean water with fresh-squeezed lemon (rather than bleach, which can be too abrasive and actually dull your colors). Another alternative method for cleaning your stainless steel appliances is olive oil -- it will easily remove grime and bring back the metal's luster.

PURGE: Out with the old, in the with new (maybe)

Purge--brings to mind a scary movie, right? Cue the loud music (or whatever gets you pumped), put your hardcore villain face on, and let's wage war against those poor, useless chotchkies--we're taking no prisoners (well, OK...maybe a few). Clear the clutter, rediscover your counter space, and try to adopt a minimalist approach. Once the tables, cabinets and shelves have been cleaned, put back or replace items sparingly. You and the family will feel liberated (hint: now you're the HERO!)

"Wage war against those poor, useless chotchkies!"

Another tip: Clean out the freezer or refrigerator of old or unwanted items. Be sure to leave drawer space for upcoming fresh farmer's market produce.

THE REST...PLUS, REFRESH!

Rather than bore you with too many details, we've compiled the most important tasks into one easily printable Spring Cleaning Checklist--including suggestions for refreshing your interior decor.

JUST A FEW OUTDOOR ITEMS

Distribute planters around the most visible sides of your home, and pot organic plants to protect the health of bees when pollination begins. When in full splendor, decorate the house with plenty of happy blooms. Plant a variety of herbs for color, aromatics and practical culinary usage.

"Pot organic plants to protect the health of bees when pollination begins."

If you've decide to fire up the grill, afterwards protect your charcoal from possible moisture (and April showers!) by keeping it in a cool, dry place such as the garage, tightly-sealed plastic bin or empty trash can.

DONE!

Now, kick back and relax before it's time to do everything all over again! 

Cheers,
Dwelling & Design

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring Tent Sale

Posted on May 04, 2017 | 0 comments
PRESENTS
DWELLING & DESIGN
SPRING TENT SALE
MAY 12TH AND 13TH 9AM-4PM
 LOCATION:
124 N. HARRISON STREET
EASTON, MD
 
Fabulous selection of furniture and decor from quality vendors. A sale you don’t want to miss!
 

Friday

Take 50% OFF regular retail prices

Saturday

Take 55% OFF 9am-12pm

and

Take 60% OFF 12pm-4pm

Sale includes TENT ITEMS ONLY.  
(Not applicable to merchandise at retail location.)

For more information 

410-822-2211 | info@dwellinganddesign.com

www.dwellinganddesign.com

www.caronnacollections.com

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The Inspired Palette: Healthy Eating

Posted on April 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Healthy Eating (Small)

Healthy eating is more than just the latest trend--it's become a full-blown way of life, incorporating select ingredients with exceptional nutritional benefits.

We can't help but notice that many of the popular "super-foods" at the forefront of this movement aren't just good for you--they're amazingly colorful as well!  We're officially inspired.  Hence, we've assembled a palette of refreshing shades motivated by some of the foods that everyone and their gym trainer are talking about.

 

Organic Green

 

1. Avocado | Organic Green (6732) by Sherwin Williams

Color: So we know that green is all the rage this year (Pantone's Color of the Year: Greenery).  This particular shade is a little more laid back, leaving you feeling calm and confident, yet still willing to tackle a bit of adventure.

Food: Avocados are surely one of the cornerstones of a healthy diet.  Their mild flavor profile makes them extremely versatile in how they can be used.  We can't really think of anything with avocado that isn't good for you.  Quite literally, the perfect food.

 

Exuberance

2. Sweet Potato & Turmeric Root | Exuberance (17-1349) by Pantone

Color: A brand new color for Pantone in 2017, featured in their Fashion + Home Color Guide.  Contemporary yet rustic.  Reassuring, strong and steadfast.  Instantly bring warmth, depth and coziness to a space.  An excellent choice to pair with animal prints or themes.

Food: Sweet potatoes are ranked right at the top of the "healthy food" chart, packed with fiber and charged with all of the right vitamins to fuel a productive body. Turmeric root (the ingredient that makes ground Cumin yellow...but more beneficial in raw form) is another magical food with an ever-growing list of health benefits, including kidney and cognitive functions.

All White

3. Coconut | All White (No. 2005) by Farrow & Ball

Color:  Our favorite white from our favorite paint manufacturer, Farrow & Ball.  Soft, clean and illuminating.  We love how true this color is, showing no hints of green, blue or pink that a lot of other whites display. 

Tip: Please don't use those "generic" whites already stocked on the shelves!  You'll appreciate the results of making a more educated color decision, even when it comes to the basic colors.

Food:  We're pretty loco for coconuts.  Coconut milk lattes, coconut cream & curried dishes, coconut water...you name it!  This should be in everyone's diet on at least a weekly basis.  Shredded coconut is great when mixed with granola, too. 

 

Rococco Red

 

4. Pomegranate | Rococco Red (18-1652) by Pantone

Color:  Bold, juicy and ripe with possibilities.  Keep things fun and colorful by pairing with pinks and oranges.  Nicely contrasts with black or white, and compliments natural-finished materials.  Reds are great for areas where people tend to congregate, as they promote conversation and appetite.  On that note...

Food: Amongst the healthiest fruits on the planet, the seeds so densely crammed within each pomegranate are full of more nutrients than you might imagine.  If you don't have the patience to dissect them by hand, go for the juice instead!

 

Dust Pink

 

5. Salmon & Melon | Dust Pink (2013-40) by Benjamin Moore

Color:  Warm and dreamy.  Vibrant without being too bold.  This family of colors is easily incorporated into coastal-themed decor.  It also pairs well with greens and earthy tones, thanks to its terracotta-like qualities.

Food:  We like these foods because they're light, yet filling and nourishing. Nothing like a fresh slice of cantaloupe with breakfast, or refreshing midday snack.  And whenever we're having salmon as our entree, we just feel like we're doing something right! 

 

Golden Orchards

 

6.  Egg Yolk | Golden Orchards (329) by Benjamin Moore Classics

Color:  Warm, golden rays of sunshine.  We guarantee you'll feel the happiness that this color radiates.  This is one of those colorful neutrals that pairs well with so many things.

Food:  Egg yolks (contrary to more recent beliefs!) contain all of the right fatty acids, so long as they are sourced from chickens raised in a stress-free, healthy environment.  Skip the grocery store, and connect with a neighbor or local farmer doing things the responsible way.  Mutually beneficial for everyone involved--chickens included!

Blue Atoll

7.  Water | Blue Atoll (16-4535) by Pantone

Color:  Can a color be both relaxing and energizing at the same time?  Well, this one is.  The perfect shade for creating a cool 'island-vibe' or giving a contemporary refresh to traditional coastal and oriental themes.

Food:  We can't think of too many natural blue-colored edibles, so we went with the all-important H2O.  Always stay well-hydrated!

Summary:  For a boost of energy and inspiration, give one of these foods or colors a try (or both!).  Here's to a colorful life--full of health and happiness!

 

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Right Around the Corner: Tips for Spring Cleaning

Posted on March 01, 2017 | 0 comments

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
We're pretty sure we're not the only ones loving these warmer temperatures! And what makes the situation even better? Spring really is right around the corner. So we think now is the perfect time to embrace the warm rays of sunshine and get an early jump on our favorite season!

"Now is the perfect time to embrace (those) warm rays of sunshine..."

WAIT A SEC... 

So we may be all inspired, energized, and ready to roll out the grill and good times with friends, but...have we checked the "cleanliness situation" in our house lately? Winter generally wreaks havoc on the home with kids, pets, in-laws, etc. (everyone but us!) tracking everything imaginable indoors. Before we mass-text everyone to come over, it's time to get the crib looking good again!

FIRST THINGS FIRST

No matter what strategy you employ when tackling spring cleaning, it's hard to argue that the windows shouldn't come first. "They embody the soul of the home", as store co-owner/designer Don eloquently explains, and quite literally shed light on the entire situation.

"(Windows) embody the soul of the home."

Hopefully you have the swivel variety and can hit both sides from within, but if necessary, throw up a ladder outside and make it happen! You'll be glad you tackled this chore first, as everything done afterwards will look that much better, and you'll actually be able to see what you're doing.

In correlation with the "work from the outside-in" approach, it's always smart to start at the top and work down i.e. cleaning celing fan paddles, dusting chandeliers, and replacing lightbulbs. Wash woodwork, starting with crown mouldings, and walls if necessary. Use mild, biodegradeable detergent and warm water. Take up all the rugs and shake or clean accordingly.

"(Brighten) up the linens (by) soaking them in cool, clean water with fresh-squeezed lemon."

For brightening up the linens, Fiona suggests soaking them in cool, clean water with fresh-squeezed lemon (rather than bleach, which can be too abrasive and actually dull your colors). Another alternative method for cleaning your stainless steel appliances is olive oil -- it will easily remove grime and bring back the metal's luster.

PURGE: Out with the old, in the with new (maybe)

Purge--brings to mind a scary movie, right? Cue the loud music (or whatever gets you pumped), put your hardcore villain face on, and let's wage war against those poor, useless chotchkies--we're taking no prisoners (well, OK...maybe a few). Clear the clutter, rediscover your counter space, and try to adopt a minimalist approach. Once the tables, cabinets and shelves have been cleaned, put back or replace items sparingly. You and the family will feel liberated (hint: now you're the HERO!)

"Wage war against those poor, useless chotchkies!"

Another tip: Clean out the freezer or refrigerator of old or unwanted items. Be sure to leave drawer space for upcoming fresh farmer's market produce.

THE REST...PLUS, REFRESH!

Rather than bore you with too many details, we've compiled the most important tasks into one easily printable Spring Cleaning Checklist--including suggestions for refreshing your interior decor.

JUST A FEW OUTDOOR ITEMS

Distribute planters around the most visible sides of your home, and pot organic plants to protect the health of bees when pollination begins. When in full splendor, decorate the house with plenty of happy blooms. Plant a variety of herbs for color, aromatics and practical culinary usage.

"Pot organic plants to protect the health of bees when pollination begins."

If you've decide to fire up the grill, afterwards protect your charcoal from possible moisture (and April showers!) by keeping it in a cool, dry place such as the garage, tightly-sealed plastic bin or empty trash can.

DONE!

Now, kick back and relax before it's time to do everything all over again! 

Cheers,
Dwelling & Design

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