Introducing the 2015 Color of the Year

16 Dec

2015 Color of the Year

Coral Reef (SW 6606), a vivacious hue, is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015. Upbeat and optimistic, Coral Reef celebrates a time for renewal and is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can be used to liven up any space.

“Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary.”

Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.
Add Coral Reef to your home’s palette and watch creativity blossom. Here are some ideas on where to use Coral

1)Let the color stand by itself on a single accent wall or on your front door for a pop of color.
2)Paint a piece of furniture as a great accent piece.
3)Pair Coral Reef with Cotton White ( SW 7104) ,Black Fox (SW 7020) or other floral hues and lush greens.
4)You can relax this bold color slightly by pairing it with warm neutrals such as Sedate Gray (SW 6169) or buttery yellows like Hubbard Squash (SW 0044).
5)Driftwood, medium wood tones and metal finishes also complement its flower-garden hue.
For vintage quality that’s hard to beat, Coral Reef and aged matte brass make a perfect pair.



September is Mold Awareness Month!

12 Sep

Household Molds

Household molds are simply molds that are commonly found indoors. Indoor molds need constant a moisture and nutrient source usually from building materials to grow. It is normal for mold spores to found indoors as well as outdoors. Indoor molds can be found growing in damp places such as under the kitchen cabinet, window seals, basement, etc. Three most common molds that are found in households are: Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Penicillium.

Aspergillus is a really common household mold that is found everywhere. In homes, Aspergillus can be seen growing on damp walls. There are hundreds of species of Aspergillus known to man and out of those hundreds, possibly two are known to produce toxins that are possibly harmful to human beings. It is rare that Aspergillus is seen as a potential threat or health risk to healthy humans.  It may have an effect on people that have a weak immune system possibly due to HIV or AIDS. Aspergillosis is a rare disease where Aspergillus invades and grows in the lung cavities. Being an indoor mold, Aspergillus is the most common indoor spore that can be present in an indoor setting.

Cladosporium is also a common household mold usually found abroad. It can be observed as an olive green, brown, or sometimes even black colony. Cladosporium can be found in household potted plants. Cladosporium can also be found on other indoor resources such as: damp construction materials, paints, wood, and moist insulation inside of cooling systems. As an indoor mold it is more commonly found on floors, mattresses, rugs, and damp or possibly water damaged walls. Cladosporium most times isn’t a harmful mold spore to healthy humans.  Although in rare occasions it can be a risk faster to someone with an immunodeficiency. Cladosporium can cause problems for people with asthma. Skin and toenail infections are also health issues that can arise from Cladosporium.

Penicillium is another type of household mold that is commonly found. Penicillium is often found growing indoors on water damaged materials such as wallpaper, carpet, and plywood. Penicillium can generally be found growing on foodstuffs in homes that have been sitting for an extensive time period. When looking for Penicillium growth on food, it can be observed as a bluish mold growing on possibly fruit, bread, or cheese. Infections may occur in people having HIV or AIDS. In these cases, a human being may be vulnerable to having an infection of the ear, skin, or even the respiratory system. Penicilliosis is a disease usually found in patients who have HIV and also acquired an infection from Penicillium marneffei. All in all, Penicillium doesn’t pose as a risk to the typical healthy individual as an indoor mold.

No Need To Whine Over Growing Mold! Most indoor molds are not a major health risk to healthy humans.

What Can You Do About Unsightly, Smelly Mold?

How to clean up mold is a subject that anyone who has come into contact with mold is familiar with. However there are conditions that should be considered before clean up is performed. One of the first things that should be determined is who should perform the clean up.

To determine if cleanup can be performed yourself the EPA recommends that you take the size into consideration. If the area where mold is present is less than 10 square feet it is likely that the cleaning can be performed yourself. The EPA provides guidelines that should be followed if self-cleaning is to be performed. If the area is more than 10 square feet and/or has been exposed to a lot of water damage it would be wise to consult with a professional. If a professional service is chosen to perform the clean up be sure that they have experience cleaning mold. It should be noted that if the damage was caused by sewage or contaminated water the professional chosen should be experienced in cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminants.

When deciding how to clean up mold you should first make sure that all potential moisture problems are taken care of. Any leaks or water problems should be fixed immediately. All said areas should be well dried. It should be noted that in some cases even after mold is removed from an item its original appearance may not be restored. This is likely due to the mold deteriorating items as they grow.

What About Black Mold?

A small percentage of molds are harmful. Black Molds are known to produce very toxic mycotoxins. A mycotoxin is simply a toxic chemical produced by molds. These mycotoxins produced can be detrimental to the health of human beings. Molds in general can have adverse effects, but the effects of this genus are the worst known. The effects of exposure to Stachybotrys can span from an acute breathing difficulty to ultimately the death of a human being. Some initial symptoms of exposure can be: coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, irritated skin, sore throat etc. Exposure can also cause more serious health problems such as seizures, memory loss, infertility, and sometimes a miscarriage. There have also been cases where people have died due to excessive exposure.

Who Should Be Most Concerned About Mold?

Pregnant women and people with allergies, asthma, or immune deficiency issues. 


10 Moving Tips

4 Sep

1) Fill out a change of address form online.

Skip a trip to the post office! USPS makes it easy to change your address online – click here.

2. Back up all computers and mobile devices.

Who knows what can or will happen from one house to the next? Back everything up before you go to avoid losing important photos, documents and more.

3. Take photos of all your electronic hubs to remember where each cord goes.

Snapping a few quick pics for reference will save you tons of time when you’re ready to hook everything back up again.

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4. If you will be moving your refrigerator, unplug and defrost it two days before to avoid a stinky mess.

Clean everything out and pop open the doors so you can start fresh at your new place. Put perishables in an ice chest… or order pizza for every meal. icon wink 10 Moving Tips to Share with Your Clients

5. Tuck your knives inside potholders to protect their blades, your stuff and your fingers.

If you normally store your kitchen knives loosely in a drawer or on a magnetic strip, tuck them into oven gloves to keep them from scratching the rest of your things and dulling their blades.

6. Use trash bags to pack your hanging items. Bonus: unpacking is super easy!

Pull a trash bag over your hanging shirts, pants, dresses and jackets, leaving just the hanger hooks exposed.

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7. Pack plates vertically, like records (remember those?), and they’ll be less likely to break.

Packing this way reduces the pressure on the center on the plate, especially for those at the bottom of a heavy stack. This makes them less likely to crack as they are bumped and jostled about.

8. Wrap drawers and organizers in plastic to keep contents secure and in place.

Just unwrap to unpack, and save yourself hours of folding, sorting and general drawer Tetris.

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9. Pack books in rolling suitcases for easier transport.

Books are heavy. Put too many in a big box and risk broken cardboard and a back injury. But who wants to move a bunch of tiny boxes of books? The solution: roll your literary tomes to your new home inside a wheeled suitcase.

10. Call a locksmith to have your locks changed on the day you move in to your new place.

Safety first! There’s no way to know how many people the previous tenants gave a key to or who made copies while your new place was vacant. Change the locks just in case; some agents even do this as a closing gift.



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