Roderick’s Tips


“Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality on an accent wall”  Color AF-290 Roderick Reed on Benjamin Moore & Co.

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What’s Worth Celebrating? By Roderick Reed What a year. The never ending Presidential Campaign and election are finally over. Everyone feels the fatigue. There have been wars, terrorism, and climate disasters .Much news about shootings of and by police.  An escalating civil war in Syria. 2016 has provided an amazing assault on our senses with all the overwhelming news this year. Did we forget the surprising results of England voting to leave the EU? How do we face all this uncertainty in the world and still manage to be hopeful and content? The answer is to Stay Home. French Philosopher Blaise Pascal famously wrote, “All of humanities problems stems from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” I am not suggesting that we all send ourselves to a self-imposed solitary confinement. The “spirit” of his words reminds us that home can be a place comfort and renewal. I think people have forgotten that your home is a sanctuary where you can control the information you receive, or overhear, what you see, the music and even what’s served for dinner and there’s no tipping required! Be a little old school. Ignore all the media devices such Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. Instead read a paper book, listen to music or hear silence. Alternatively you may watch a little TV or cuddle with your wife in front of the fireplace. Make this the time to think of your home as a place of beauty and not simply the place where you hang your hat. Turn your home into a place of reflection and respite. If being home starts to heal your worn out “2016 state of mind” than what could better than to share it. Invite friends over and simply order a pizza. Or have a neighbor over and merely open a bottle of wine and look at the ocean we are so fortunate to have at our disposal. Having family and friends over brings its own set of complications. Opinions, misunderstandings and feuds bring their own set of headaches. Invite those people anyway. Distance never improved any of those situations. The bottom line is to rediscover your home. The money you save by not leaving your home to dine, dance or watch a movie may now be available to buy “that painting “ you love. Hang it and adore your evolving home environment. You may find your home is the coolest place that you could possibly be. Celebrate...

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Why do we like to look into the homes of others? There is a simple voyeuristic pleasure of course, other times we just like to be nosy. Millions of people read thousands of magazines and watch TV shows which give us a glimpse into the homes of others. Magazines like Architectural Digest take us inside gorgeous homes. TV shows like MTV Cribs etc. keep us and our appetites fulfilled. For centuries artists from Vermeer to Matisse have lovingly depicted interiors. The reason most people look at these pictures is the hope that some idea will spring forth that one can apply to their own home. Most don’t get around to it though even if you find the right inspiration. Still it’s fun to look into the home of someone you think you know like a celebrity and see how they live. The interior of one’s home and the way people live inside of their homes is a peak at someone’s soul. What kind of art do they have? Is it messy or organized, traditional or contemporary?  Do you have an artistic flair or maybe more of a dorm room style? How to make a House feel like a Home? Add lots of family photos. Frame them in harmonious frame styles. Maybe have a collection of photos at that are all ‘Funny” Add candle light – Tapers, votives or pillars. Use soy candles so that you don’t put toxins into your air. Texture and color– Add colorful throw blankets and pillows, area rugs. Stacks of books. Sheer curtain panels– Sheer curtain panels filter light and add a soft natural light to your room. Perfection– Avoid it. Don’t make it look to perfectly styled Your home reflects you, so what does yours say? Is it 1972 or 1987? It is hard to look at your house and realize it’s tired, but if you pretend your house belongs to someone else you will notice the things that are dated. Take away knick- knacks, pillows and art that is dated. Make dated kitchen and bath cabinets look more up to date by changing the hardware. Small changes like switching the hardware make a big impact. Plus it’s easy! 5 cheap, easy ways to refresh your home for Spring. SWITCH PLATE COVERS- Replace your ugly plastic switch plate covers with something decorative. For only a few dollars you can add some charming detail to your room. You can pick plates by theme. Kid’s room motifs etc. Switch plates come in metals, wood and printed patterns. Most hardware or home stores have an entire section dedicated to switch plates PAINT– Paint gives your home big...

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