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Refreshing Spring Updates for your Home

1 Lowell Management FINAL pix Spring

Spring is nature’s time for renewal and the ideal time to bring your home out of hibernation. Celebrate the season by adding a few refreshing touches from our list of favorite home pick-me-ups.

  • Awaken your senses with flowers and scented candles for an instant lift. Use them generously in the most visible and well traveled areas of your home
  • Reposition furniture to take advantage of natural light and outdoor views
  • Brighten the bath by accenting with colorful towels and accessories
  • Lift heavy area rugs to enjoy the natural flooring or replace them with indoor/outdoor sisal
  • Use color and bold pattern in your toss pillows, throws and accessories for a lively accent
  • Lighten the look of your mantel and bookcases by storing away heavy accessories to keep the space open for a visual breath of fresh air
  • Spice up the kitchen with cheerful pops of color in cookware, tableware and serving pieces
  • Relate your home’s indoor and outdoor color palettes for a seamless connection to the exterior
  • Upgrade your standard entry fixture with one that makes a memorable style statement
  • Add a ceiling fan to covered porch or patio areas to create your own gentle breeze
  • Gather attractive trays for portable outdoor service with easy clean up
  • Display summer themed collections and playful activity equipment to set the mood for fun
  • Select outdoor furnishings based on the way you want to use your space. A daybed, outdoor bar or fire pit benches may serve you better than the customary umbrella table with chairs

For inspiration, take a look at some of these perky finds! 

Happy Spring!

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Fashion Week Trends Inspire Home Decor for Spring

Just in time for spring, reports from Fashion Week are announcing the latest trends from the runway!  The desire to be surrounded at home by these same fresh style and color combinations is just natural. Fortunately the lag time that used to exist between fashion and home décor has almost vanished.  Here we translate the top designer looks to help you achieve immediate gratification when refreshing your home this spring with runway inspiration.
As you browse keep in mind the words of fashion leader Diane Von Furstenberg, “The most important thing, in both fashion and your home, is to know who you are and be true to that”
1 Nautical Trend
Nautical Chic
Utility and ease inspire this look that works so well for homes in Lake Geneva or any area to achieve the style simplicity of resort chic.   You can create the same nautical mood with non-traditional colors and stripes as reported on the runway by InStyle.  Introducing graphic stripes with creative color schemes is a stylish way to bring this trend to homes where the traditional blue/red/white theme doesn’t fit.  Detailing with accents that feature marine brass or shipyard riveting will further an authentic atmosphere.
2 White Hot Trend  White and Wood Project1
White and Wood
Nothing says warm weather like crisp bright white.  This season proper white was softened on the runway by Balenciaga with unexpected accents like gym shoes or deep leathers for a less serious mood.  We are taking the same approach in homes with the intentional contrast of interesting woods to highlight interior white finishes.  The kitchen above features Plato Woodwork cabinetry by Geneva Cabinet Company and uses natural walnut counters.  This introduces a bit of warmth and edginess to reduce the formality of otherwise traditional décor.
Opting for attention, bright yellow was featured on the runway by designers like Tory Burch. optimistic, yellow never fails to get noticed.  At small dose of bright lemon yellow in accessories achieves the effect, think daffodils.  Softer versions will create a gentle background for lively or traditional color schemes
Sunshine Yellow
Opting for attention, bright yellow was featured on the runway by designers like Tory Burch.  Cheerful and optimistic, yellow never fails to get noticed. At small dose of bright lemon yellow in accessories achieves the effect, think daffodils.  Softer versions will create a gentle background for lively or traditional color schemes.   Our country kitchen above uses mustard yellow as the perfect color statement.
4 Denim Project1Versatile Denim
Never far from the fashion front line, denim maintained its position as the go to fabric for casual comfort.  Creative washed finishes and tailored silhouettes ruled the runway in the Sonia Rykiel collection.  The application at home invites comfort and introduces a bit of street savvy style.  Upholstery and soft goods can reflect appealing washed finishes.  Even choosing a paint color in the range between pale chambray and dark wash will maintain the comfort connection.
5 FloralFloral & Gingham
Floral prints and gingham checks appeared in the Diane Von Furstenberg collection as well as many others. The key to this trend is the vibrant colors along with a stylized pattern approach. Bringing this idea home means introducing saturated color inspired by garden flowers. White is an important element in the success of this look, providing the proper context for the colors to breath.