Tuesday, August 26, 2014
For many years, I have sort of viewed back to school as a "New Years" celebration of sorts...new beginnings, a fresh start, a new season, you name it! It also makes me feel like it's time to get a bit more organized. Having just returned from vacation I found myself cleaning out my fridge, calling the carpet cleaner, then realizing it just can't be saved...so I called the carpet installer. You get my point, it's time to do a little "spring cleaning" in the fall! Take advantage of the good weather and get your deep cleaning done now. That way you can face Old Man Winter in the comfort of your clean and organized home.
Since I'm a girl who loves a check list, just so I can cross stuff off as I go, I loved this handy "Fall Cleaning Checklist" from +Real Simple . Click here to see the list!
Or, if you are a real go-getter, check out the very thorough checklist from +Lil Blue Boo ...it's the "Mother of All Checklists" Click here to check it out!
Plan to use the days with cooler temps to take care of your outdoor chores. Soon you won't need your hoses or outdoor furniture (insert sad face here).
If the task of deep cleaning your home seems a little daunting, do what my assistant is planning on doing. Pick one day per week to be your "deep clean" day. Then pick a room or an area to focus on and get it done!
And don't forget to take care of your car. Vacuum out all the beach sand, get an oil change, fill the windshield fluid, etc. You want your wheels to be clean and ready for all of your fall decorating finds!
Good luck with your fall cleaning! Check back next week for more design tips from +Mandeville Canyon Designs!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I have been lucky enough to get to work on several outdoor projects over the years. These are often times my favorite projects because I love the feel of the sunshine, but I also love the natural beauty and energy that surrounds us outdoors.
|Beautiful stone work at our recent pool project|
|Maple Sango Kaku|
Pool project "after" pictures:
So, I have tapped into one of my favorite local garden centers, Churchill's Gardens. If you live near Exeter and haven't yet visited them, you absolutely need to get there!
Here is some fantastic advice from Linda at Churchill's Gardens:
Now that it is later summer, people are often thinking that their gardens are looking tired. Often they are, but there are some things that you can do to keep them looking fresher.
Tips for Perennials
- Make sure they are watered if we do not get steady rain. When you water perennials, or trees and shrubs you want to make sure you are deeply watering so that the roots are really getting wet. This year we have had steadier rains and not the extreme heat, so plants are not so stressed as some years, but some rain has come down so hard and fast this year, that it has not soaked in.
- You do not want to be fertilizing perennials, roses, or shrubs at this point, as you do not want to push lush new growth that will not be hardy for the winter.
- What you can do though is go through your gardens and deadhead any gone by blooms, remove those gone by daylily stalks, etc. by cleaning up your garden it will not look so tired.
- As far as annuals go, keep regularly watering them and most importantly feeding them. There is plenty of summer left and you will be surprised that they often make a resurgence as the days get cooler if you are still feeding them.
- Use a liquid fertilizer at least once a week for plants in containers, and it does not hurt to feed several times a week.
- Keep them deadheaded and cleaned up and they will keep going for many more weeks.
Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, before school starts and fall brings us new energy. Soak in the sunshine and enjoy your yard!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
I can honestly say, the most common interior design question I get from clients, friends, family (even strangers in the paint store!) is how to choose paint colors. No surprise here, but I am a visual person, so I thought I'd share some of the color schemes I have used recently. Hopefully it provides you with a bit of inspiration!
|Sherwin Williams Scandia, Indigo, Cosmos & Icelandic|
I used these colors in a recent cottage by the beach that I designed. Since the cottage is rather small (less than 700 sq. ft.), I decided to use a monochromatic theme and then give each room a hit of color from the "other side". What do I mean by "the other side"? Well, I'm talking about the other side of the color wheel! Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered complementary colors. I love to use this treatment in a room when I really want something to stand out. The high contrast of colors creates a vibrant look, which I think fills a room with great energy! For this cottage, I chose orange to be my complementary color and I could not have been more pleased. Take a look at how wonderfully the blues & oranges play together!
|Sherwin Williams Paint|