Get Your Home Ready for Springtime with RF&D’s Foolproof Checklist

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Spring begins on March 20th! With only 4 weeks away, we created a foolproof weekly checklist on things you should inspect, clean and prep to get your home Spring ready! 

 

Week 1  (Feb 19th t0 Feb 25th) INSPECT 

1) Roofing shingles for weather damage.

2) Foundation vents for leaves and debris blocking the vents, preventing air circulation.

3) Smoke alarms and CO Detector for working batteries.

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Week 2 (Feb 26th to March 4th) CLEAN OUTSIDE 

1) Gutter.

2) Decks and patio furniture.

3) Driveway.

4) Windows & Doors.

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Week 3 (March 5th to March 11th) CLEAN INSIDE 

1) Sort through your closets for clothes, shoes, bags, etc. that you’d like to donate.

2) Vacuum & Mop entire house.

3) Clean out kitchen: Scrub stove and cabinets. Clean out fridge.

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Week 4 (March 12th to March 18th) PREP GARDEN

Prep your soil to help grow a lush garden. Healthy soil consists of weathered rock, organic matter, air, water and living organisms. 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Special: How to Create Your Bedroom Oasis

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Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and whether you celebrate it or not, it’s always a good reminder to not only express love to your friends and family, but most importantly to love yourself. What better way to love yourself than to pamper the place where you rest your head every single night… your bedroom.  We gathered a few simple ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a serene and romantic oasis.

TEXTURE: Layering a variety of textures is visually stimulating and it’s warm and comforting! Try layering your bed with knit blankets, soft linen and velvet throw pillows.  Waking up with your first step on a beautiful thick furry rug is also a pleasing thing to feel when climbing out of bed.

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SOFT LIGHTING: Low lighting is homey and romantic all year round. You can install a dimmer or purchase a lamp shade that will cast a softer glow. If you need a bright light for reading, try an overhead light that connects to your bed post or nightstand so the bright light is focused on your book and not the rest of your bedroom.

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WINDOW TREATMENT: Often windows in the bedroom get overlooked, especially when they already have blinds, but adding drapes really brings a room together. Do dark or light drapes, depending on how much light you want through once the sun rises.

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BOOKS, ART OR PLANTS OR ALL OF THE ABOVE: Some prefer to not display a bookshelf in their room because it either takes up too much space or they don’t want to be distracted while they sleep. But there’s nothing like a pile of books on the nightstand that cozies up a bedroom. 

Add a piece of art that you love, whether it is a painting or a sculpture, incorporating art that makes you happy is always a beautiful thing to fall asleep to and wake up to. 

Bringing in a low maintenance plant or a vase of flowers into your bedroom adds life into your space. Certain houseplants also help clean the air, like the Spider Plant, Chlorophytum Comosum removes pollutants, formaldehyde and xylene.

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The 411 on the 5 Decorating Essentials You Need for Your Home

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The 5 decorating essentials every home needs are rugs, curtains, art, lights and colors. We’ve listed several simple design tips you need to know when adding these necessities into your home:

RUGS: Make sure you purchase the right size. For your living room, rugs should anchor the entire room, not just the coffee table. Dining room statement rugs need to extend further than just the chairs. Bedroom rugs are not just for the foot of your bed, they should also cover the sides of the bed, anchoring down your nightstands.

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CURTAINS: Always use a curtain rod that is longer than your window (including window frame) so when pushed to the sides, your curtains don’t stack in front of the window. Many windows don’t go all the way to the ground, but this doesn’t mean your curtains shouldn’t. Longer curtains make your space feel bigger, especially if you have low ceilings.

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ART: Hang art at eye level. Don’t hang art way too high or too low, most art work looks best hung where the center of the art is between 57″-60″ (around eye level for most people).

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LIGHTS: Don’t limit yourself to just one bright light source, typically ceiling lights. Add a variety of light sources like floor lamps, sconce, table lamps at different locations throughout the room to add warmth and depth.

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COLOR: Many interior designers look to nature for inspiration. Not an expert with color combinations? Look out your window and see what nature is doing. Follow sunset hues or floral patterns or even a desert scene.

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Need more design tips or custom furniture?

Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design or call us at (510)652-5753.

2018 Furniture Trends

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From  furniture shows to glossy interior design magazines, here at RF&D, we’re constantly on the hunt  for emerging  furniture trends. We keep these in mind when buying our furniture, always making sure that we can offer you both cutting edge options and simple contemporary classics. 

If you need a little inspiration, here are the top furniture trends to look  for in 2018.

 

 

Statement Storage : No longer are the days where you have to sacrifice style for storage. Statement storage brings in style, function and organization all in one!

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Warm Color : Earthy tones like reds, yellows and greens are taking over the neutral greys. 2018 is about rich colors, making a statement rather than being blurred into the background.

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Bold Seating : Designers are stepping away from safe neutral upholstery and going for more texture and dimension with colors and patterns. Seating shouldn’t have to blend in with the rest of your furniture, seating should help mold the atmosphere and and enhance the mood that you are trying to create.

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Geometric Patterns : Bold patterns are on the top 2018 design trend, but geometric patterns are designers’ fave. The key is to showcase the patterns in the right places and not to have too many which can cause a visual strain.

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Design Trends to Look Out for in 2018

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What’s the interior design forecast for 2018? From plants, to tiles and velvet furnishings, we gathered a few of the top interior design trends that you will see everywhere this year!

 

PATTERNED PLANTS: Calathea Lancifolia also known as “prayer plants,” raise and lower their leaves from day to night. The Calathea Rattlesnake has rich purple accents, adding color and patterns to your houseplant displays. Make sure they only get indirect sunlight and water lightly. Allow the top 2-3″ to dry out before watering.

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BRIGHTER AND BOLDER TILES: Subway tiles go with almost anything, but they are too safe for 2018. Designers are looking for more color and fun shapes and we couldn’t agree more!

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GEOMETRIC PATTERNS: Simple shapes are shaking up the scene, but Pantone puts geometric patterns on the top of 2018 Home Trends. It’s easy to incorporate geometry into your decor, from wallpaper, to tea light candle holders to throw pillows, there’s many simple ways to add this trend into your home.

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VELVET FURNISHINGS: While 2018 is finally embracing the velvet material, some may think that purchasing an entire velvet couch is a bit too much. Try velvet throw pillows or blankets and you will achieve the same look, without the long commitment and big spending.

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WOOD: Bringing in natural elements into your home is very important, especially because of the strong presence of technology everywhere. It’s good to have a balance of both in your home.

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SAGE: Make way light grey because Sage is in the building! Grey was a popular go-to for neutral wall color but Sage is paving the way for 2018 and making big splashes on every wall, bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens!

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2018 Color Trends

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2018’s color of the year is PANTONE 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET! Though it might be a bit bold for some interior design styles, it is the symbolic meaning of limitless desire that brings forth a creative energy for the new year.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute could have not said it more perfectly, “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way what is yet to come.”

If Ultra Violet is a little too much for your taste, try a few of these 2018 color trends that are paving the way for interior design.

Think, Berries: If you’re not totally against Ultra Violet, but looking for something a little more tame, try berry inspired hues. They’re inviting and add a lot of personality.  From bold reds to warm purples or plush pink, there’s a berry color for everyone.

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Black is Back, It’s Here to Stay: Whether it’s an accent wall or your entire hallway, black is edgy and chic. Pair it with white trim or with natural wood for an equally cozy and sophisticated design. If you’re not quite ready for the bold rich color, try a dark purple tone for a softer impact.

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Keep it Earthy with Olive Brown: You can’t go wrong with dark earthy colors. It’s elegant and homey. The warm undertones can be matched with both traditional and contemporary styles.

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All You Need is Some Sunshine: Yellow inspires, brings energy and light into any space. It can be a gold-ish tint or mustard yellow, the sunshine-inspired hue is perfect for any home office, living room, or kitchen.

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Spread Peace & Tranquility with Blue-Green Vibes: What better way to end your day by going home to a quiet and calming space. The Blue-Green trend promotes simplicity and a relaxed, mellow nature. The color can be found mostly in bedrooms or living rooms with a coastal theme.

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Cleaning, Decluttering and Organizing

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A New Year means a fresh start, so let’s begin with your home. Just thinking about cleaning, decluttering and organizing your entire home can be a bit overwhelming. We listed a few tips below on how to successfully tackle this project:

Focus on a room. Take at least 2 to 3 hours out of your week or weekend to focus on a room. Do not try to clean and declutter your entire home in one day. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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Buy Bins, boxes and baskets AFTER cleaning and decluttering. This way, you will see what type of containers you really need.

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Complete each task, before tackling a new one. Donating or giving to a family or friend? Throw it in the car right away and make arrangements for dropping them off. If you keep it as a pile in the corner somewhere, it will collect dust and we will have to start this process all over again.

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4 Must Dos for Every Room:

Organize: An old coffee cup in the office or a jacket strewn on your desk chair? Tackle the surface first. Put away all the things that are not in their proper home.

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Recycle: Paper, plastic or glass put it in a recycling bin.

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Trash: Grab a trash bag and throw out everything that belongs in the trash. Time to shred old bills or mail and finally throw out that one sock with no pair.

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Donate: Clothes, shoes, furniture, whatever you can donate to a charitable organization or person.  

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Ring in the New Year with Wallpaper

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Let’s ring in the New Year with WALLPAPER! It’s coming back with bold colors and beautiful patterns. If you’re a renter, like many of us, no need to worry you can still join in on the fun!

We gathered a few genius ideas on how to use wallpaper other than on your walls:

Desk or Vanity Table: Removable wallpaper is great for desks or vanities that need a pop of personality. 

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Refrigerator: Apartment kitchens are often dull and boring, but you can spice up your fridge using removable wallpaper. Whether it’s a solid burst of color or a retro pattern, your kitchen will look hip as ever. 

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Dressers: Turn your plain old dresser into a fancy one! Line the interior and exterior with adhesive wallpaper. 

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Bookcase: Bookcases are the perfect thing to wallpaper because they already take up a majority of wall space, so adding color and patterns is like enhancing your wall without all that messy paint. 

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Framed Wallpaper: Can’t decide what you want to cover with wallpaper? Try framing samples. Gather a few samples of wallpaper that compliment your space and frame them! It’s an easy and affordable way to add charm to your home. 

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No Fuss & No Sweat New Year’s Eve Party

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First, give yourself a pat on the back for throwing a successful Christmas party! Don’t take off your hosting hat just yet because New Year’s Eve is only a few days away. We gathered a few helpful tips on how to throw a No Fuss & No Sweat New Year’s Eve Party.

Food: Snacks & Desserts. Unless you plan on throwing a dinner party, only provide snacks & desserts. If your party starts at 9, your guests will know to eat dinner ahead of time. Frozen appetizers or party trays are the simplest way to go. For desserts, a variety of cookies & cupcakes are always a good idea.

Drinks: BYOB. Tell your guests to bring their favorite drink of choice, but provide champagne for the toast.

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Decor: Luckily, Christmas decorations can roll over. All you need to add is more glitter and sparkle. Party streamers and anything gold and silver will do! Provide New Year’s party hats, party poppers, and horns for your guests. Simply throw them in a box or table at the entrance and your guests will go wild.

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Games: Plan a couple of games to play while waiting for the ball to drop. New Year’s Eve Party Games. 

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Music: Make a playlist with tons of variety and definitely music to dance to. If you’re not big on making a playlist, ask your friend who you know will absolutely love to (we all have one). 

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HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! FROM ALL OF US AT ROCKRIDGE FURNITURE & DESIGN.

Last Minute Holiday Party Tips

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Throwing a last minute holiday party?

Don’t you worry, we gathered a few helpful tips on how to throw a simple and stress free holiday party.

 

Quick Cleaning: No need to scrub every single corner of your home. Swiffer the main rooms of the house where your guests will be mingling. Tidy up the guests bathroom and surface clean the kitchen counter tops. If you have furry babies, vacuum the hairs off of the upholstery. Dim the lights, turn on the twinkling lights, fire up the candles and BAM let the party begin!

 

 

Winter Wonderland Decorating: If you don’t already have a plethora of Christmas decorations in your home, stick to green and white. It’s easy and elegant. Twinkling lights and white candles are a must. Arrange eucalyptus and pine leaves in white vases or mason jars for your table’s centerpiece or sprinkle them around your home.

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Simple Menu: A classic roast chicken is always satisfying. Throw a chicken and vegetables in the oven and you got yourself an elegant meal. Or you can have a taco slash burrito bar. It’s easy and fun, especially for those picky eaters. Did anyone say pizza? A variety of pizza pies with a side salad and your guests will love you. Take the pizzas out of the box and arrange them on your fanciest serving trays.

Keep the bar also simple. Bring out the punch bowl and make one giant mixed drink that you know everyone can enjoy. Provide a few bottles of wine or champagne and bottles of sparkling water on the side.

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Smells like Baked Cookies: Welcome your guests with the smell of baked goods in the oven without the fuss of actually baking. Simmer a cinnamon stick, a pinch of nutmeg and cloves in a small pot or tea kettle and your house will smell homier in just minutes. Of course, you’ll eventually have to explain to your guests that there are no homemade cookies.

 

 

Eat, Drink and be Merry from all of us at Rockridge Furniture & Design!