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It’s been raining here for the last few days and we all know the saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’. Well, here in DC, I think its more like ‘March showers bring April flowers’. I am so thankful for the rain knowing that we can finally expect Spring to pop up very soon, and I am so excited!

Now is the time (if you haven’t done so already) to get to that Spring cleaning list. I’m sure you already have set some bags aside for your community garage sale but Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be just for your home. There are many other ways to declutter your life and begin to feel refreshed and ready for the next season. Here are a few quick and easy tips to get you started.

Declutter your inbox. Remember all those retail store email lists you were added to over the holidays because you needed to be the first to know about the after-holiday sales? What about those random emails you have been receiving from companies you don’t even know? Spam? Junk? Pay close attention over the next few weeks to unsubscribe to the emails you really don’t need. Decluttering your email inbox not only reduces the stress that may come with ‘reading too many emails’ but it also will reduce the temptation to unnecessary purchases, saving you a few pennies this Spring.

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Declutter Social Media accounts. Some days I feel like I cannot keep up with everything going on in my newsfeed and it starts to stress me out. But then I ask myself, ‘do I really need to know everyone’s business’. Start with Facebook and Twitter to unfriend or unfollow accounts that just don’t need or deserve your attention. Then move to other accounts that you don’t check as often yet still cause some level of stress.

Declutter your car. messy-car-interior-mdnIt seems pretty simple but you would be surprised what you will find in your car since the last time you cleaned it (probably last fall or earlier). Crumbs, trash, receipts, oh, and hey there missing glove that I lost in November! Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your floor mats. Exposure to the winter weather, especially salt, can cause damage to the carpeting (and your flip flops) over time. Trust me, your fresh pedi will be very thankful!

How are you decluttering your life to gear up for Spring? Share your thoughts with us below!

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Well hello there! I cannot believe it has been over 2 months since I have posted here. I sincerely apologize! The last few months have been nothing but busy busy brainstorming business ideas, working with new clients (the work keeps coming and coming which is a beautiful thing but sure makes it difficult for a one-woman show) and life has so many new things happening (more details on that soon).

Anyway, I wanted to give a quick plug for a seminar I will be speaking at THIS SATURDAY!

 

Love Your Home

This is a series of events hosted by a local realtor team, Jason and Kendra at Keller Williams Realty. I love working with realtors especially this duo and I am excited to be a part of this event!


 DEETS

When: Saturday, March 29th

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Location: Teaism (Old Town Alexandria)

Cost: $12 (includes tea and pastries

I will be sharing tips and tricks on how to truly love your interior space. Whether you are in the process of purchasing a home, have already purchased a home and looking to renovate, or selling your current home, you will not want to miss this seminar.

Love Your Home Info

Interested in attending this seminar? There are 3 ways to RSVP:

Email: jak@jasonandkendra.net

Phone: 703-350-4731

Online: jasonandkendra.net/community

Space is limited so jump on it fast!

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It was announced on December 5, 2013 that Pantone’s color of year for 2014 would be none other than Radiant Orchid. I will admit, this came as a bit of a surprise to me because I did not see it much last year. According to the press release,

“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Radiant Orchid is a beautiful color when it comes to interiors. It’s a statement color that can go far when used in the right application. Mix rich and soft hues in artwork and accessories to create a bold focal point

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Select a color palette for your living room, bedroom, or powder room. Mix

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Radiant orchid is a color that compliments olive quite well and pairs beautifully with teals, yellows and turquoise, especially in textiles of stripe, geometric, or floral patterns. I am also loving the pairing with mint green- a beautiful, soft, feminine look.

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Rich + bold wallcovering will definitely catch the eye.

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I will be excited for the perfect client that I can incorporate a little (or a lot) of Radiant Orchid into their space!

Stay tuned tomorrow as we dive into the other colors Pantone introduced for Spring 2014! trust us, you won’t want to miss these beauties!

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When it comes to your dining room selecting the dining table is only half the battle. Having the perfect dining chair can make a whirl of difference and can completely transform the mood of your dining room. The shape, color, finish, material, and comfort level are all key components when looking for the right dining chair. The right combination of the above characteristics can say so much about your personality and style. When it comes to creating a specific look in your dining area, consider these tips.

Mix it up. If you have a rectangular table (which may or may not come with a leaf for extension), consider mixing 2 styles of chairs. I like to suggest an armless chair for the sides of the table and a heftier arm chair for the ends. This gives a more formal, sophisticated look to your space.

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Consider a bench! Again, if you have a rectangular table, maybe a bench on one side is ideal, especially if you have a smaller dining area. It allows for more space and is perfect for the kids! You can add a cushion for more comfort or leave alone.

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Think about versatility. If you have an open floor plan and entertain a lot, you may want to consider opting for dining chairs that can be used in your living or family room when entertaining. Look for fabrics or styles that will compliment your other seating.

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Add your own personality! Your dining room is the perfect place to showcase your design style. Don’t be afraid to jazz it up with fun fabrics, bold colors, or a unique design. Look for inspirational spaces on Houzz, Pinterest, or retail catalogs.

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What look are you trying to achieve in your dining room this year? Share your thoughts with us below!

Today’s pinspiration is a fun and simple design solution and a look that anyone can achieve. There is something about hanging artwork in the kitchen that draws me in. I don’t know about you but the kitchen is where I spend a lot of my time. I will admit, one of my passions is learning to cook new recipes. Head on over to my Foods that Make My Mouth Water Pinterest board to see what recipes are in the queue.

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If you have some wall space in your kitchen, try creating a vertical artwork display like this one. You can mix and match frames and artwork but try to have a consistent theme.

If you have an art display in your kitchen share your tips below! We would love to hear what you have done with your space!

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