We have been covered with a new, thick carpet of white all over our section of Vermont.  On a sunny day, it is beautifully bright and clean.  On a cloudy or snowy day, it can feel so cold and sad.  How can you bring more color into the winter landscape?  Here are some tips, from easy and temporary to a bit more of a commitment.

A quick, easy and fragrant fix is to pick up some flowers.  Spring colored tulips and daffodils are showing up at the market.  Fill even a few small vases and place around your home.  For more of a lift, there are  blooming hyacinths and primrose that have been forced for the winter.  Mass a group of these colorful plants in baskets or bowls and place on your dining table or window sills for a glimpse into Spring.Along the same lines, search out fresh scented candles.  Keep a candle on the kitchen counter and light it while cooking or cleaning up.  It is a great way to erase the odors trapped in our houses for the winter and provide a soft glow.

Another simple pick me up is to search out new, fun and colorful dishtowels or kitchen throw rugs.  These items tend to become a bit tired over time, and a refresh is a great way to bring color into your home.  Along these same lines, new pillows and a throw are another speedy update.  A popular solution is to have a collection of seasonal pillows and throws that you can change out as the mood or season suits you.  A ski house may call for a Nordic theme in the winter and change out to a woodland theme in the summer.

Lastly, in the big commitment category, there is a new paint color.  Perhaps you have been toying with the idea of an accent wall, or the powder room needs an good overhaul.  This is an opportunity to try a risky color or step up to a faux finish.

Margie Beckwith- Design Consultant
rk Miles- Manchester Center, VT

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Dreading holiday entertaining this year?  Dragging out the same old tired decorations?  We are all looking for that new and all-important quick update before the holidays.  Big or small, there are a variety of projects we can take on for a quick and easy fix.The good old standbys are still ring true: add some new pillows and throws for a splash of seasonal color.  Jewel tones and autumnal colors can quickly change a room over to warm and cozy.  A new rug for your entry or mudroom can easily update the space as well as catch muddy footprints.  Another use for a colorful rug is as a table runner and then highlight that by incorporating seasonal produce into table and mantle decorations.  Also, don’t forget the importance of scent to invoke warm memories of past holidays.  Beautiful scented candles do double duty, they cast a lovely light and smell wonderful.If you are up for a larger project and are tired of looking at the same old blank space behind your stove or between your cabinets, consider filling the space with Aspect metal tiles or Facade metal panels.  The tiles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  The panels resemble the stamped tin ceilings and wall panels found in old houses.  Both are simple to install, cover up a multitude of problems and add a lot of drama for the effort.Whatever you are doing, be sure it has the stamp of your personal style.

 

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Fab Funiture Rehab
January 3, 2013 // Category: Paint & Decorating


One of our favorite things we like to do in the Paint dept is to resuscitate old furniture. An easy an inexpensive solution can be found with spray paint and wallpaper. In this situation, we had a simple wood table that had previously been painted cream. We wanted to find a way to make the table coordinate with some brown wicker furniture. Rather than try to figure out a way to faux paint wicker, we went to one of our favorite wallpaper vendors, Thibaut. We found a terrific match in the Texture Resource book (www.thibautdesign.com). This book is all heavy-duty vinyl wallcoverings in great textures resembling grass cloths and wovens. You can order oversized samples for $5 and $10 depending on the size you want. The first step was to lightly sand the table to insure a smooth surface. Next, we used a good solid brown color, Espresso, from Rust-Oleum to paint the table.TIPS FOR SPRAY PAINTING:
We like to use a spray trigger as it allows for better control of the spray action (you can find these at our Paint & Decorating Department- just ask!). Use several light coats allowing the paint to dry between coats. Use a razor to cut off any mistakes or glooping of the paint. Quick drying spray paint does not require more than 15-20 minutes to set up, so this will move quickly.The next step is to make a template of the tabletop by placing the table on the reverse side of the wallpaper and tracing it. Use the template to make the perfect fit. The template is then placed on the wallpaper for tracing. Cut out the wallpaper and check the fit on the tabletop. When you have a good fit, use a spray adhesive to adhere it to the tabletop. That is all there is to it.The whole project took about one hour and cost approximately $34!

Table: $10 at auction
Spray paint: $4.79
Wallpaper sample: $10
Spray adhesive: $8.99

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Welcome to the rk MILES Blog!
November 9, 2012 // Category: Latest News


You know rk MILES as a leader in providing building supplies and materials—but we are so much more! So born is our rk MILES Blog. We want to offer insights into not just the products we offer (though we love to show off the latest and great tools, gadgets and trends) we also want to share with you some fun and some FUNctional tricks of the trade, insight into special services we offer, educational links, building science trends, best building practices, and much more! We also want to hear from you—what would you like to see? Let us know- and in the meantime, happy reading!

 


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