2017 Pantone Color of the Year “Greenery”

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Want to add a little trendiness to your home without too much commitment?  Add green accents – accessories, lampshades, throws, and art will keep you up to date but can be easily changed without much time or expense.
Want to see more inspiration on how to infuse Greenery into your home – check out our Pinterest page –

Stress Free Entertaining Tips

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homegoods-candle-feature-image-12-e1478196295525-630x344With the Holiday season fast approaching, we at Staged & Styled hope that your home will be filled with love, laughter, joy, comfort and aromas of “feel good” food.

Nothing compares to having friends and family close sharing memories and looking forward to a new year.

If you’re anything like me, I tell myself every year that I am going to simplify things so I am not so exhausted by New Years. BUT, then I start looking at Pinterest and magazines and discover all kinds of new recipes and decorating ideas that, if implemented, will elevate me to the status of Holiday Queen of Hospitality 2016.

So in the spirit of keeping things simple, here are few tips that will help you host with ease:

1. Don’t over invite – Give guests room to mingle.
2. Do not block the view – use low, intimate centerpieces.
3. Cater to friends with kids – Hire a sitter and have a kids room.
4. Keep the color palette simple – pick two colors and stick to those as your theme.
5. Stick to recipes that are tried and true.
6. Break up the prep into daily tasks over the week prior.
7. Set up a simple bar with just a few bottles/types of wine and/or beer and maybe a signature cocktail.
8. Time together is important – pick the type of meal that will allow you time to enjoy your guests.
9. Pick one gift to give as a hostess gift and buy in multiples.
10. Call Staged and Styled for all of your holiday decorating and party styling needs!

Mixed Metals – Does That Work?

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 I received a call from a client a few weeks ago wanting to know if she could add gold accents to her “glam” kitchen.  This client had fashioned her kitchen after Kris Kardashian’s kitchen complete with black and white tile.
The client explained the dominant metal in her kitchen was chrome, but she had read that gold was a hot trend right now.
I explained that it was absolutely okay to mix metals in the same space.  The key is to have one metal type (chrome) be dominant and only accessorize with other metals (so in our example – gold).
 

 

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Is Gray On It’s Way Out?

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 My phone has been ringing off the hook this week with clients wanting to tackle home projects. The kids are back in school and life has returned to a more predictable pattern. Whether you have an upcoming event or just want to jazz things up for the holidays, September is a great time to begin.
In my opinion, there is no better tool for updating your home than paint! Paint can change a room dramatically in just a few hours.
Sherwin Williams announced on Monday their color of the year for 2017.
Introducing – Poised Taupe!
“Neutrals are shifting, ” Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin Williams told the Today Show.  “For five years everybody’s talking about gray – well, they’re warming up.  It’s like gray and brown had a baby, and it became taupe.”
So does this mean gray is out!  Absolutely not.  As Sue said, the gray trend has been around for the past 5  years.  Trends typically last for 10-15 years.  In my opinion, gray is classic which makes it timeless.  Gray is a neutral that plays nicely with a wide range of colors.
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End of Summer Bash – We Show You How!

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August is the month when families try to squeeze in that last minute vacation and the kids head back to school.
I haven’t met a person yet that is ready for summer to end, so between the vacation and the school supply shopping, let’s have some friends and family over for an End of Summer Backyard Party!
What do we need for our Backyard Bash?  A Venue, a Menu, Decor and Guests!
There is no better location for your summer soiree than your backyard.   Venue √!
Keep the Menu simple and easy by using produce from your own garden or fruits and vegetables you can easily pick up at the farmer’s market – salads, fruit and grilled chicken, steak or burgers.  Menu √!
Decor doesn’t have to fancy and fussy to be beautiful.  Cut fresh flowers from your yard and display in mason jars or pitchers.  Hang lights over your deck, on your patio table umbrella and/or in the trees.  Decor √!
Send out a text or FB message to friends and family inviting them to come over for some fun! Guests √!
To keep the party going, plan some life sized outdoor games that will appeal to all ages. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas.  Many can be made with items you already have around the house.
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/giant-outdoor-games/
Wrap up the evening with smores!  Set up a fire pit and a smore’s bar with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows in decorative containers. It’s the quintessential ending to any summer night.
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