Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

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Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid
Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth 
Dec. 5, 2013 – Pantone today announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid as the color of the year for 2014. “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “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 for Interiors
Incorporate this color into your space with paint, accent furnishings, and accessories. Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and pairs beautifully with turquoise, teal, and even light yellows. It’s also a beautiful accent color to a neutral color scheme including gray, beige and taupe.
For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

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Spring Organizing! My Tips in the AR Democrat-Gazette

Check out my tips in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for springtime organizing, featured in the HomeStyle section (pages 1E and 6E) Saturday, March 24, 2012.

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Spring Forward

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Daylight Savings begins Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 AM, and ends the first Sunday of November. Remember to set your clocks one hour forward. You’ll lose an hour of sleep, but gain an hour of daylight.

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Forget Making New Year Resolutions

Forget making resolutions. Create an action plan, rather than a list of things you think you should do that will leave you feeling guilty for not accomplishing them.

When you create a plan of action – you plan for success.

1. Define a specific goal you want to accomplish.
2. Decide how you’re going to accomplish it.
3. Break it down into small, specific, realistic steps. (monthly, weekly, daily goals)
4. Track your progress and hold yourself accountable.

Wishing you happy and organized new year!

(image via See Jane Work)

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Honored to be a Guest-Blogger Today at Tobi Fairley’s Blog

I am honored to be a guest blogger today at the blog of Tobi Fairley Interior Design. Tobi’s blog is read in more than 100 countries worldwide; and she was selected as one of the ‘Top 20 Young Designers in America’ in 2009 by Traditional Home Magazine. Be sure to check it out! …


Post-Holiday Organizing with Suzi of Spectrum Organizing | 

With the holidays behind us and a sparkling new year ahead, it’s fun to spend this time imagining new possibilities for 2012, not only for our lives, but for our homes as well.

Take this opportunity to reevaluate your current storage solutions while gathering your holiday decorations to put away. Keep in mind that holiday items are only used a few weeks, but take up storage space 11 months of the year. Consider the following insights to improve the efficiency of your seasonal storage.

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1.  Wrap strands of lights around cardboard to prevent tangling and store in a sturdy plastic container. Extension cords used with the lights can be included in the same container to expedite next year’s holiday decorating. (image via
2.  Fragile keepsake ornaments can be stored safely in an ornament storage box by Snapware® which includes 3 modular stackable trays with dividers that separate and hold up to 48 ornaments.
3. Store long rolls of gift wrapping paper in a storage box that slides easily under a bed. (Iris Gift Wrap Box via
4.  Conveniently store sterling silver and silver-plated holiday ornaments and tableware in zippered bags or flapped pouches that prevent tarnish! They’re offered in a variety of sizes by SilverGuard and are surprisingly affordable.
5.  Shred leftover remnants of gift wrapping paper to cushion fragile holiday ornaments for storage. (image via
6.  Containers designed with straight sides can help maximize your storage space. They hold more in the same space than containers with tapered sides. Visibly label each storage container with a description of its contents for quick and easy identification. Make good use of those little silica gel packets found in your shoe boxes. Drop them into your storage containers to absorb moisture that may occur, especially in humid climates.

Some of your newly acquired gifts from the holiday season may require new storage strategies if you’re unable to find places for them in your home. While making room for your new things, there’s no better time to enhance the style and functionality of your closets and other storage systems.

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1. Slim velvet flocked hangers are only a quarter of an inch thick and designed to maximize your closet’s hanging space. The non-slip feature is a bonus. (image via Container Store)
2. Storing handbags in storage ottomans or a storage bench at the foot of your bed can free up valuable closet space and provide additional seating. (image via
3. Houndstooth upholstered storage bench (image via Elle Decor)

Regard your storage spaces as actual rooms. Make thoughtful choices in the details with lighting, paint color, and storage furnishings that coordinate. These areas include, but are not limited to closets for clothing, linens, and household supplies. Think creatively and incorporate labels as a design element. Labels help to ensure that items are easily found and returned to their proper places.

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1. Labeled roll-out shelves help accessories stay organized and easy to find at a glance. (image via
2. Shelf labels designate specific spots to store different categories of clothing in your closet. (image via Real Simple)
3. Linen closet shelf labels encourage family members to return items to their designated spots and stay beautifully organized. (image via

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