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A Colorful Case of the Blues!

To my amazement, this summer my hydrangeas bloomed with full force. I wasn’t feeling very confident since I had just planted them at the end of last fall, but they looked healthy and the flowers had the most intense blue.

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There is something to be said about Hydrangea blue: it is not uniform but it runs the gamut from the pale to the almost purple. I love the medium blue and find it very inviting. Apparently, Designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz is also a fan. The Mondrian Hotel in NYC, which he designed, makes use of that beautiful blue to create a magic atmosphere.

If you happen to be planning a trip to the Big Apple, make sure you sneak in for a drink and soak in this magic blue that does wonders for the hotel’s ambiance.  Not only you will be surrounded by this sophisticated shade of blue; you will marvel at every small detail of its décor.

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I especially thought the bookcase display at the café was quite clever with its books grouped by the color of their jackets. This is something one can do at home and reap the rewards of a carefully staged bookcase.

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Another unusual feature was the use of many chandeliers to make a gigantic light fixture that sparkles above the bar area.

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At Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar, their main eatery, suspended glass shelves make the perfect display venue for glasses and jars. This is another wonderful idea that we can translate to home décor.

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A great way to make your home a step above the ordinary: Be bold and infuse unusual touches in your spaces. The world around us is a great laboratory of ideas. Make sure you take advantage of it by letting yourself be inspired wherever you go.  I will be on the look out for tips and ideas to share with you.

Here are some of our “blues” to enjoy:

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If interested in the above wallcovering, fabrics, or our other blue options, please contact a design consultant: 866-767-4868 or [email protected].

– Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane

Fourth of July DIY

Trying to think of a patriotic party treat to bring to the neighbor’s cookout? Want to get the kids involved in representing the red, white, and blue? These simple yet fun DIY projects are sure to get everyone in the American spirit this Fourth of July!

Patriotic Paper Lanterns

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Supplies You will need to make the Paper Lanterns:

-Cardstock in Red, White and Blue

-A ruler

-Scissors

-Star punch or Star Stickers

-A pencil

-Glue Sticks

-Festive Ribbon

-Stapler

Step One: Fold your cardstock in Half Lengthwise.  Then take your ruler and draw lines from the fold, leaving an inch from the end of your line and the edge.  Leave about .75 inch on each side.

Step 2: Have the kids cut on the line, stopping when the line ends, not through to the edge.  (This is great cutting practice)

Step 3:  Unfold your paper and then with the folded bumps on the outside, turn inward and attach at the top and bottom.  Then staple both the top and bottom a couple of times.

Step 4: DECORATE! Add festive stickers, star cutouts, ribbon, etc.

Step 5: Using ribbon or string, hang the lanterns for festive décor either inside your home or outside.

Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispy Treats

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Ingredients:

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 Bags, 10 oz – marshmallows

12 cups Kelloggs Rice Krispies cereal

Red and Blue food coloring

Instructions: Make 3 small batches – Red, Regular, and Blue. In large saucepan, melt 1/3 or 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Add 1/3 of the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add Blue, Red or No color to each third of the ingredients. Add 1/3 of the Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated. Transfer each mixture to a separate bowl.

Using buttered spatula or wax paper, loosely press each mixture into one 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Each of the 3 layers should be about 1″ tall. Cool and Serve.