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5 Ways to Love Shades of Red

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  We think red and pink at this time of year. Why not throughout the year?

Here are 5 ways to live with and love shades of red beyond just this one day.

  1. Start small and enjoy shades of red in simple pleasures like food:

Think about it, except for Valentine’s Day there are not a lot of red foods. OK beets, which are great, by the way, and healthy too! Use these following ways and tools that help prepare your food and drink — the basics of pleasure — to feast your appetite most hardily on shades of red.

Who doesn’t love Red Velvet — cake that is?!

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Red velvet treats via Bakerella

Use Red Velvet plates on which to eat your red velvet treats.

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Red velvet plates via Pinterest

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Red Shaker via Pinterest

Use a red shaker to make this perfectly pink cocktail.

 

Surround yourself, if you so desire, by bringing red into the kitchen, quite literally, with gorgeous shiny cabinets.

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Red kitchen cabinets via Better Homes & Gardens

 

2. Accessorize your interior with pops of red.

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Red painted mirror via Pinterest

 

You can use red patterned fabric if you don’t have a metal frame bed to paint.

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Red Pattern Fabric Headboard via matchbookmag tumblr

Or punch up your already popping color with red accent pillows.

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Red Accents via Pinterest

Instead of red, step down a shade to bright pink.

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Pink Bedroom via Houzz

 

3. Go big, go bold with walls of color:

New Orleans designer, Anne Holden shows the dramatic effects of red in this powder room featured in Southern Accents.  The red lacquered walls are divine and create a traditional elegance.

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Go dramatic or go simple. Designer Marjorie Skouras delights in her own living room by adding funky, statement-pieces to spice up a perfect red.

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Want to add texture? Try a Red Colorwash on the walls or Faux Padded Harlequin repositionable wallpaper, making it easy to apply, remove and even reuse.

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Casart coverings Red Harlequin temporary wallpaper Formal Room

Casart coverings Red Harlequin temporary wallpaper Formal Room

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4. Add shades of red color outside and accentuate your garden with pops of color.

Even if you do or don’t have a garden, sitting outdoors is a way to relax and red chair provides some style.

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Red Metal Chair via Pinterest

If you’d like to enjoy this view with your Valentine, use a bench to be colorful.

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Red bench via Be Colorful

 

5. Get out wearing red and pink. You’ll feel sultry, seductive and undeniably striking.

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Red Dress via Pinterest

 

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Fuchsia Wrap Trench via Pinterest

 

Well, there’s only one more thing to do, enjoy a Happy Valentine’s Day!

(and dance with your Red Shoes on too, thanks to David Bowie)

 

Seeing Parking Chair Red Instead of Pink

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

As you may know, we had some snow recently in the DC area. We’re not accustomed to blizzards here and the entire area shut down. It was a welcomed break from the usual hectic routine. We were all forced to slow down, which is a good thing. We were still digging out our cars after a week and there is little remnants of the snow but memories of it linger, like the humor in parking-in-the-snow etiquette.

Some were seeing red when they worked so hard to dig out their parking spaces, just to have someone else take it.

Parking Chairs seemed to work initially for reserving spots.

There was understandable anger but it is a public parking space afterall. Someone will have to do the work to clear it and it’s going to be you if your car is stuck in it and you need to move it. Had this parking take-over happened in a private driveway, well that would have been completely different and the stranger car should then have been towed.

However, this is quite a human phenomenon. There is even a Parking Chair Wikipedia Page.

Snow-shovelers with public parking were getting very creative with their space-saving techniques and seeing red with these chairs, while trying to desperately reserve their spots.

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via wusa9 news

Tugging at your heart strings with a Teddy Bear that could “turn.”

You could always go hi-tech with these remote controlled parking space savers. Did you even know these existed?

Parking Space saver via Aliexpress on casartblog

via Aliexpress

Of course space takers were giving some of their own.

 

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from last winter via Izismile.com

If there is another snowstorm, here is a little practical advice for how to dig out your car with a smile.

You may also want to remember that when it gets tough fighting out there in the snow, try to approach it with humor and think “Pink” — love and sharing — Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

This is a favorite seeing-red, parking-saver below with what appears to be an out-of-place table and chairs set in hospitable Southern style, so lovely, welcoming and nice with multiple people attending but so “bless your heart” if you even attempt to move this table. 😉 Who would have guessed that saving a parking space could be so stylish.

What Will You Choose Stuff vs Experiences?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Just want to alert you that this is a quick post as we’re prepping for what is supposed to be an epic blizzard this coming weekend and we’re hoping to get this scheduled in the queue in case we lose power.

Although a short post, it should give you something to ponder long after reading.

The question is, “What will you choose, stuff vs experiences?”

There was an interesting article recently in the Washington Post stating that retailers have been noticing a 3 % drop in consumers spending on material goods. More often experiences that involve doing something, like going out to eat and travel are being purchased over material goods and Millennials are the drivers for such purchases.

This is not to say some retail items have been “hurt” in this purchasing shift. Certainly technology goods and even automobiles remain robust, but it’s the $150 cashmere sweater or the expensive leather handbag that were given as examples that are being re-thought over experiencing a gourmet meal or a new dining adventure.

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A lot of us can relate to having too much stuff. It seems like at the start of the each new year, ways to organize and store it all (along with plans to get in shape) are top priorities. In fact, if we get snowed in on the East Coast, we may start to feel stir-crazy with all our surrounding stuff, especially if it is not put to good use and just becomes visual clutter.

Storage ideas from Lunchinabox as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Storage ideas from Lunchinabox

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The article goes on to state that retailers are looking for ways to broaden their shoppers’ experience; therein, the ability to customize is coming into fashion. For instance, Nordstrom has added customizable footwear in their stores.

Customizable shoes by Nordsrom_casartblog

Although the article seemed to imply that this is bad news for retailers, we at Casart coverings don’t think it’s bad news for boutique retailers — those who specialize in customization, unique and personalized products. This type of purchase, rather than one that may be mass-produced, as just another item, can give the experience one may be looking for.

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The ability to personalize your space, do it yourself (DIY) and invite others to share in the ambiance you’ve created is the experience of community, quality of life and enjoying life with others. It’s more than just showing off your interior décor as stuff, it’s about connection, sharing your personality and inviting others into that shared experience, perhaps with a get-together over cocktails and or dinner and one that may even be prepared by all the guests attending. This type of experience actually saves the cost of an expensive meal and affords the opportunity for many experiences by creating a space that you enjoy. Using self-adhesive wallpaper can help personalize your space easily and conveniently. Even more practical than traditional or other types of wallpaper, is that you can remove and reuse Casart wallcoverings, so you can change your space seasonally or whenever you want.

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Casart Birds & Birch temporary wallpaper

 

Custom Casart temporary wallpaper for John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon's Madcap Cottage_casartblog

Custom Casart wallcovering for John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon’s Madcap Cottage

Now, if this is in fact an epic blizzard for the decade — one that will rival the last big snowmageddon of 2010, then we may very well be welcoming a shared meal with a neighbor or two — and looking forward to it!

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Blizzard 2010 street scene_casartblog

Wishing you warmth and happiness and bliss that the downtime of a blizzard can bring.

If you are in this snowstorm’s path, please be safe and hope you enjoy.

Here’s another “blanket of white” to consider.

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