Color Challenge: How To Decorate With Orange – Peach-Faced Love Bird Inspiration

So you want a home that stands out, and you’ve chosen color as the method to your madness. Good for you! Color is one of the boldest ways to make a statement in your home and not everyone has the “decorating courage” to pull it off.  Sometimes, though, the best intentions can go terribly awry if you don’t carefully plan out how a strong color will be incorporated into your life. Although bold colors make for fantastic interior designs, they can feel like unwelcome, overbearing guest is they are allowed to run rampant without complimentary hues to give the room balance and focus.

It’s safe to say that the color orange definitely falls under the category ‘Very Challenging.’  It’s gorgeous and rich, but it doesn’t typically fare well on its own. Orange is kind of like a loud, crazy, vivacious friend. She’s a joy to have around and she makes life fun, but with no else in the room but you two, it’s easy to tire of her quickly! Prevent orange from being obnoxious by taking inspiration from the pretty Peach Faced Love Bird.

Notice how only about ¼ of the bird is the boldest color – the deep and vibrant orange. As the orange is rather dark, and could thus be too intense, balance it by using the warm yellow liberally. Yellow is a lovely choice for paint or furnishings, such as a chaise. Round out the color scheme with a neutral pink that will blend in naturally, especially when used for accessories. Then throw in an unexpected neautral by incorporating a subtle gray-violet such as the color that extends through the end of the bird’s wings.

People will be impressed by your unique choice and the gray-violet will add a touch of sophistication to an otherwise approachable and friendly color pallet. Once the room is complete, it will feel feminine, fresh and bright. So much so, that you just might find yourself on your way to the pet store…to buy a pet bird! Before you grab your keys and purse, though, tell us which animal is your favorite for design inspiration!

Floor Styles For Various Tastes

Flooring is one of the most important parts of the house. Because it often takes the brunt of most activities from mere walking to playing, it is important to carefully choose which material and style to use.


Fortunately, there are many flooring options available in the market. The homeowner can opt for different textures and colors depending on his preferred style.




In order to emulate the informal elegance that is associated with rustic styles, old wood planks that feature nail holes, knots, cracks, saw teeth and milling marks should be considered. These old or even salvaged planks give off a sense of aged grace.


Modern and Sleek


To complement a modern design palette, polished concrete floors can be used. Aggregates can be slightly exposed in order to introduce some accent. The shiny finish easily matches additional smooth surfaces within the room.


Seaside Escape


For those who live near the beach and for those who simply love the seascape, patterned and painted floors are a great choice. Stripes of blue and white, for example, can brighten up the room. Coastal motifs such as compasses, shells, and fishes can also be stenciled on bare wooden floors for a playful look.


Bold Retro


Retro is often characterized by bold and fun patterns. Therefore, when choosing the retro look, contrasting tiles placed in a checkerboard pattern is a great choice. Another is shag carpeting with fuzzy throw rugs.


Art Deco


Similar to the retro style, the art deco is also associated with black and white tiles. However, vibrant colors are added in order to make bold statements. The colors most commonly associated with this style are yellow and purple as well as tones of blue-grey. Metals such as gold, silver and chrome are also used in order to add some accent to neutral background colors. Tiles with rich curved and geometric patterns can also be incorporated in the floor design.

We are happy to help with any questions you may have about finding the perfect look for your individual taste.  Feel free to ask!

What Backsplash Can I Use With Ubatuba Granite?

Ubatuba granite is one of the most popular choices for kitchens around the country. It works with nearly every color of cabinet and style of kitchen, which is why people keep choosing it. Unfortunately, once they’ve chosen it or had it installed, they often end up asking the same question: What backsplash can I use with it? The answer is in the stone itself.

The Colors of Ubatuba

At first glance, Ubatuba appears to be almost black in color. A closer inspection will reveal, however, that this is far from the truth.

Ubatuba is actually a green granite that also contains numerous flecks of other colors including:

  • Black
  • Cream
  • Gold
  • Turquoise

Like all stones, no two pieces are exactly the same, so the colors you find in your counter may vary slightly. Yours may have more gold and no turquoise or it may have lots of blue and turquoise and very little black. So when choosing your backsplash, it’s important that you have a sample of your counter, not a showroom sample. If you have just chosen the counter, ask for a corner piece to be cut for you; if you are having it installed, request the sink cutout piece to use for this purpose.

Picking the Backsplash

Like any backsplash, your first step should be determining what you want the overall look to be. Do you want a simple subway tile backsplash for a Country kitchen, or do you want something more contemporary and show stopping like a honey onyx mosaic in a fan pattern? Take a look through some kitchen magazines for backsplash styles that catch your eye; don’t worry about what counter they are paired with, the idea is to get a sense of what you want.

Once you have a basic idea, it’s time to pay a visit to your tile showroom with your piece of Ubatuba. Speak to your design consultant or kitchen designer about the style you like, and ask to see what’s available in that style. Hold the Ubatuba sample up to the tile and try to find a tile color that matches one of the flecks in the stone – cream, gold, or turquoise usually. This will ensure that your new backsplash matches your counter perfectly, while also meeting your style needs.

We are happy to help with any questions you may have during the process of choosing your backsplash.  Feel free to ask!

Flooring Ideas For Seniors

You probably don’t give much thought to your flooring beyond how it looks in the home, and maybe how easy it is to keep clean. There are other considerations that older adults may need to make, however.

Very hard floors such as stone or porcelain can be dangerous in the event of a slip and fall. Some types of flooring can also be very slick when wet, and may not offer quite enough traction. Other types flooring may cause trips, such as older carpeting or throw rugs that roll up or wrinkle.

Therefore, older adults may need to consider changing out the flooring in their homes for types that are easier to navigate, as well as potentially safer.

Flooring Types for Older Adults to Consider

There is no one type of flooring that older adults need to consider.  Many styles, patterns and color choices can be found that will fit into a variety of different homes. Some choices include:

  • Resilient flooring such as vinyl or linoleum: When well maintained, these types of flooring are non-skid, not likely to cause a fall, and may be gentler on the bones of someone that does tumble. Both are also easy to maintain, and linoleum has some antibacterial properties as well.
  • Low-pile carpets: Older adults that use canes or walkers may also find a lower pile carpeting easier to navigate. When padded properly, carpeting can also help to protect against the impact during a fall.
  • Cork flooring: Cork is resilient and less likely to cause harm on impact. It’s also naturally antibacterial and easy to keep clean, as well as being non-skid.
  • Rubber Flooring: Another resilient and soft flooring to consider is rubber. Rubber floors are non-skid, easy to care for, and can offer some cushioning upon impact.

Stay In Your Home

If you intend to stay in your home as an older adult, be sure to give your flooring some consideration. Many different types of flooring are attractive and easy to maintain as well as being easier and safer to navigate; consider changing your floors and stay safe at home.

Fun Family Activities

You want to spend quality time with your family no matter what time of year it is. Don’t wait for a major event to occur to get together, and try one of these fun family activities instead.

Visit a Fire Station

You’ve probably driven past it a hundred times, but have you ever stopped to visit your local fire station? In addition to learning fire safety tips, your kids can get the chance to climb on the equipment, try on firefighter coats and boots, and learn more about the role the firemen play in your community.


If your family loves to hike or spend time outdoors, why not give geocaching a try? This is a fun activity where you and your family use GPS coordinates to find a hidden box or treasure. Take something from the box as a souvenir and leave something behind for others to find.

Visit Minor League Home Games

While a family’s worth of tickets to a big league game might be out of the budget, most major cities also have a minor league team who is just as much fun to root for, but for a lot less money.

Have a Picnic

Don’t forget about the simple joys of simply gathering outdoors to eat and spend time together. Consider going for a hike or to a local park for a picnic, and don’t forget to bring some balls, bats, and other outdoor toys with you as well.

Volunteer in the Community

You don’t have to focus on yourselves to have fun as a family; there are plenty of ways you can have fun while also helping others. Plant a community garden, volunteer in a soup kitchen, or help clean up the local park.

Try New Foods

Give going out to eat a new twist by going way out of your comfort zones for some truly exotic foods. Introduce the kids to a variety of different cuisines, and experiment as a family.

Study a Star Chart

If you live in an area where the stars are visible at night, consider investing in a star chart to study together. Look up the various constellations and see what you can find with or without a telescope.

No matter which activity you choose, make sure that your family does something together out of the ordinary.  These are memories in the making!

Activities Inside for Bad Weather Days

Although the summer season can bring beautiful days, not all are suited for the outdoors.  Rain, wind or days where the thermometer can’t even keep up with the heat index can drive families indoors for the day.  With everyone stuck inside together, the time can run very slowly without activities to keep the kids busy.  Below are a few time fillers to enjoy together.   


Cooking as a Treat


No matter what your kids ages, cooking is a special treat.  Select a recipe that will reward everyone at the end.  Marshmallow rice treats, cookies or simply a mixture of dried fruits and nuts in a trail mix are wonderful to munch on during and after the cooking time!  Grandma’s favorite recipe can be a great way to continue the baking tradition in your family or go off the beaten trail with “Kitchen Sink Cookies”, allowing kids to use their imaginations.  Any ingredients can be added to a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe to create a one-of-a-kind treat that no one will forget! 


Crafts from Pinterest


Have you ever taken a cruise through the crafts available on Pinterest?  The posts on this site are a craft-lover’s dream.  Ask your kids to browse through a few boards or take to the computer screen with them and find a craft suited to their ages.  The kitchen table can be converted into a temporary craft headquarters while they create their masterpiece.  Depending on the length of the activity, this can last a couple of hours to an entire day!


Indoor Games


Charades are a great way to pass time with a small group indoors.  Not only can the laughter be a wonderful distraction, but also there is no set up, cleanup or items to purchase!  Board games can also be a welcome time filler during a bad weather day.  Snacks, blankets and pillows make this activity a super special treat around the kitchen table or in the middle of the living room floor.


Movie Time!


A movie day can lighten a gloomy day quickly!  Rather than taking everyone out to a theater, homemade popcorn, a sweet treat, PJs and cuddling together can pass the time while bringing everyone closer together.  Movies can even be shown in a theme – black and white movies, musicals or movies from a particular decade are fun to watch as a family.


With so many options for a bad weather day, you may find that rainy days can be the most fun! 

Hardwood Spotlight: “Hickory Fall Canyon” Solid Hickory by Bruce

Harwood flooring decisions can be very overwhelming! There is so much to consider. To get started, we recommend learning the difference between species and style. The species is the wood as it naturally occurs, and options include red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or pecan . Each species has graining and texture that is uniquely its own. Style options are dictated by the species. Aesthetics (designs and patterns,) performance (maintenance and durability,) and cost are all style considerations that vary according to your wood of choice. Another important style consideration is color. Color simply depends on which part of tree was cut to make your floor’s wood planks. Keep in mind that there are also finish options when making your purchase and this of course influences the final color of the floor. Option one is “unfinished” and it allows for customization when you’re ready to stain and install. Option two is “prefinished” and it is much easier to work with when designing an interior. There are style differences that are dictated by cutting. The appearance of the graining is a result of the way it is cut.   If it’s “rotary cut,” the graining pattern is visually larger and bolder. If it’s “sliced cut,” the pattern is more uniform. 

Featured here is the “Hickory Fall Canyon” finish from the Legacy Manor collection by Bruce. This is an excellent choice if you want the warmth and solidarity offered by solid wood flooring, but you don’t want the floor to distract from the rest of the room. The variations in the wood grain are discernible, yet not too obvious. This is an excellent finish in room where you want the organic quality of hickory to compliment a clean, modern design. The seamless continuity of the planks works well as a backdrop on which to showcase superb furnishings. It can also add drama to the room, without seeming overdone. View it in a room with white contemporary furniture

Bruce hardwood floors offer premium hardwood in the largest selection of colors, styles, and finishes. All with a stellar quality assurance. Their hickory flooring options are ideally suited to a design motif that relies on the variations and quirks that are the memorable aspect of large grain wood cuts. Solid hickory is especially beautiful in homes that are inspired by the outdoors and/or located in areas that have a somewhat rustic aesthetic. However, if incorporated wisely, American Originals solid hickory floors can be a lovely complement to most any décor. The style can be coordinated with furniture and cabinetry, or it can provided stark contrast to any differing wood species and finishes in the room.

Do you have a modern space with hickory floors like “Hickory Fall Canyon?” Post a photo, we would love to see it! Learn more about it on our online catalog

Teen Parenting Survival Guide — A Guide To Removing Stains Part 2

No matter which of the makeup stain removal techniques you decide to use after reading our guide, you will need to be well versed in these 12 important pointers. They potentially apply to any of the specific techniques, including hairspray, lipstick, mascara and nail polish.


The 12 Commandments of Makeup Stain Removal

  1. Always read the cleaning and care label first! Ensure that the item is indeed washable. If not, take it to the dry cleaners as directed.
  2. Oils come out with degreasers.
  3. Waxes are removed with solvents.
  4. Pigments may require oxidizers and detergents to complete cleaning after degreaser and solvents have done their job.
  5. Rubbing should generally be avoided. It’s too vigorous and may actually set the stain.
  6. Blotting and dabbing are your fearless friends in stain removal.
  7. Exercise patience during the blotting, dabbing and cleaning process. Haste will very likely cause permanent damage.
  8. Whenever possible, test an inconspicuous area before applying the treatment to the entire stain. You can try it first on just the fabric to see how it reacts. Then try it on an area of the stain that is undetectable. Finally, put it to work on the visible affected area.
  9. If normal care instructions for the item include drying in a clothes dryer, do not place it in the dryer until it is completely clean. Typically the heat of a dryer will permanently set stains.
  10. Diligently check pockets for beauty products before washing a teenager’s clothing. Nothing destroys a whole load of laundry quite like a tube of lipstick.
  11. It is usually best to work the stains from the outside in so as not to spread them further.
  12. When instructed to perform the blotting or swiping process on a clean towel, flip the stain downward so that it can transfer to the towel. Also move it around to a clean part of the towel frequently. You may also need to flip it over repeatedly so that the stain can be transferred from both sides.


Now read Part 3: How to remove hairspray from your walls. Don’t forget to leave a comment here telling us the steadfast rules you follow to ensure makeup doesn’t destroy things in your home!

Teen Parenting Survival Guide — A Guide To Removing Stains Part 1

Ah, yes, the time has arrived for you to tackle the epic job of raising a teenager. There will be triumphs and disasters – some big, some inconsequential. Perhaps the best way to handle it is to remember your own parent’s advice, “Choose your battles.” If you engage in every altercation, the arguments will be endless. Save the serious talks for the things that really matter. In the meantime just clean up the messes as you go. 

One of the frustrations of raising a teenage girl is the mess that results from their new-found love for beauty products. Melted crayons and impromptu wall paintings are a thing of the past and are now replaced by pools of nail polish and streaks of eye makeup. Oh joy!

In this 6 part guide you will find advice on how to remove these pesky and stubborn stains from clothes and linens in your home. You can read the whole guide, or simply click on the topic you’re most interested in. In “Part 2” we will cover the 12 commandments of makeup stain removal. You should read this, and then reread it before using any of the separate techniques recommended for stain removal. The 12 Commandments are guidelines that may apply to any of the specific stains. In parts 3, 4, 5, and 6 we will cover: hairspray, lipstick, mascara, and nail polish.

These remedies might not solve all the riddles of parenting, but at least you’ll have one less argument. Better yet, teach your teen these techniques and ask her to clean up after herself!

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