Don’t Toss It, Re-Purpose & Re-Design It! Celebrating Earth Day, Everyday.

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White Owl Markets mission from the beginning was to re-purpose and up-cycle items for your home so not to add another footprint on Mother Earth. One of our all-time favorite ways to bring elements into your home that have purpose and meaning is with up-cycling, a.k.a. re-using/ re-purposing an item.  We up-cycle and re-design everyday in our store not only because it can create a unique look but also it keeps our business greener by re-using instead of throwing them away only to add to the already overflowing heaps of garbage we humans create.

Let’s be honest though, not everything we carry is re-cycled. We do have produced items from vendors as well as part of our home decor selection but our main focus is on the “Big Stuff” Furniture to be exact. It’s all about transparency as well.  Honest business practices.

No hidden agenda, just cool products at cool prices, period!

We love that a college student all the way up to a senior on a fixed income (and everyone in between) can shop in our store.

WOM is a company that prides itself on making things that are old look new again.  No particle board here, just good ol’ wood pieces that have lived decades before us and will live on decades after us if we give them a chance.

Not only can you save $$$ in your pocket, but up-cycling allows you to create something that is original and one-of-a-kind.  Yes, you may have to think outside the box a bit, but in the end I’m sure you’ll be happy with the result. (Pick-A-Color, We will paint it for you.)

Since up-cycling so many items, (over 3000 pieces in 2016) We feel we are contributing to a greener & cleaner environment while helping our customers create new atmospheres in their home.

It’s all about the feeling when you walk into our store and/or your home.  Our grandparents pieces can be re-hauled to bring a more current, modern look to our homes.  No waste!

And let’s talk green.  We offer all of this for fair and affordable prices.  We don’t feel you should have to pay alot! When you purchase from us, you will be greener without spending alot of green!

Stop in and see our assortment, It changes weekly!

Oh ya, and meet Zac too!

 

Pantone have released their 2017 colour trend predictions

2017 will be the year of Kale.

In lieu with tradition, Pantone have released the top ten colours for spring 2017, to coincide with various fashion weeks around the world.

Their predictions are usually pretty accurate – a keen eye can spot their list dotted throughout the spring/summer ’17 runways in a second – and last year they even hinted at what would be the colour of the year through their spring predictions.

This year, the list is decidedly subdued, featuring plenty of muted, earthy tones, including Kale and Hazelnut, with pops of primary colours like Lapis Blue  and Primrose Yellow.

Everything from fashion trends to interior design is influenced by Pantone’s predictions: case in point, one of their colours of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz, has been seen everywhere from furniture to shoes and buildings.

See entire list below:

Hazelnut

Kale

Pink Yarrow

Greenery

Pale Dogwood

Island Paradise

Flame

Lapis Blue

Primrose Yellow

Niagara

Do Opposites Attract? See These 11 Surprising Decor Matches

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The 3 Principles of Interior Design

Account for function, mood and personality in any decorating project with these pointers.

By: Shari Hiller and Matt Fox

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A beautifully decorated interior not only functions well but it creates a mood or a feeling and shows off the personality of the family that lives there. It’s attention to these three important ingredients — function, mood and personality — that ensures decorating success.

Before painting and rearranging, spend some time thinking about your family and how you live. Look through magazines for inspiration and pull out ideas or rooms that appeal to you. Gather things from around the house that make you feel good and study them carefully for color cues and perhaps a clue to the mood you’re looking for in your home. This is the beginning of a well-planned and decorated living area.

As for the rest, let’s start with function.

Function

Decorating is more than just eye appeal — it’s making a room really work for you. Here’s how to do it, element by element:

  • The focal point: Sometimes rooms have natural focal points (places the eyes travel to immediately upon entering a room) — a fireplace, a bay window with a view, maybe even a built-in bookcase. If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point, create one with a dynamic piece of art or a colorful area rug.
  • The furniture: Determine whether the furniture satisfies the functions you’ve planned for the room. If a piece isn’t working or if it’s too large or too small for the size of the room, get rid of it or trade it for something else around the house that may be more appropriate.
  • The lighting: Lighting should be selected for the functions of the room as well as for visual appeal. Every task will require either direct lighting from a lamp or indirect lights that simply brighten the room for conversation or TV-watching. Accent lighting — floor spots, track lighting or recessed spotlights — enhance texture, color and room details.
  • The furniture arrangement: Draw your room on graph paper. Measure and mark electrical outlets and switches, vents, windows and doors. Measure your furniture and place it in your floor plan. Generally, the main furniture pieces are directed toward the focal point, keeping the major traffic patterns open. Fill in with pieces you’d like to have that may or may not be available now. Be sure to balance high and low pieces as well as heavy and light ones around the room.

Image courtesy of Phillips Collections.

Mood

The mood or feeling of a room is created by your choice of colors, the style of furnishings, the amount of texture and pattern you choose and your accessories. Since there’s so much to think about when creating a mood, establishing a theme through the selection of an inspiration piece can make this portion of a decorating project much more fun and interesting. Here are the factors you need to address when setting a mood:

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  • The inspiration piece: The easiest way by far to decorate is to start with some source of inspiration. A decorative pillow, a favorite scarf and even a magazine photo are good places to begin. Select your inspiration piece wisely, and be sure it makes you feel good when you look at it. It’s the basis for selecting your theme, colors, patterns and textures.
  • Theme: Analyze your inspiration piece and develop a theme name for it. For instance, a needlepoint pillow with a botanical design on a black background may inspire a title like “formal botanical garden.” Be descriptive with your theme name and all sorts of supporting ideas will come to mind. Botanical prints, striped walls, greens and floral colors, formal fabrics and furniture, dark woods and black accents all fit this particular theme.
  • Color cues: Color should always support the theme. Many times, the colors that are most appropriate are found in the patterns and design of your inspiration piece. Generally, it’s best to choose three colors in a room: a dominant color, used for walls, carpeting and fabric backgrounds; a secondary color, found throughout the room in fabrics and accessories; and an accent color, used sparingly to give energy and excitement to the room.
  • Patterns: Stripes, checks, florals and plaids are just a few of the patterns to consider as you continue supporting your theme. It’s all right to mix patterns as long as you do three things:
  1. Keep the background color the same.
  2. Make sure all patterns share the same colors.
  3. Vary the scale or sizes of the patterns.
  • Texture: Too many smooth, shiny objects or too much nubby, rustic texture becomes tiresome. Use variety to keep the room interesting. Even a pattern can be used as texture. Many prints look dimensional and therefore add depth to a decorating scheme.
  • Furniture: Aside from being functional, your furniture plays an important role in supporting your theme. Some pieces may function well but their style or color may stick out like a sore thumb. Try to salvage it with slipcovers, tablecloths or paint. If it’s a lost cause, remove it from the room.

Personality

Here’s your chance to put your personal stamp on a well-planned room. Here are some strategies:

  • Accessorizing: Pictures, vases, pillows and area rugs are all integral parts of a great decorating plan. Generally, they should support your theme, but allow more flexibility here; an antique picture frame could add wonderful variety to a contemporary room. Accessories are located on walls, mantels, furniture, tabletops and floors; they can be paintings and photos or pillows.
  • Whimsy: This is optional in your decorating scheme, but it can counteract any sterile quality that may have been created by strictly following all the guidelines. A beautiful country sitting room may get some relief from a playful quilt placed over the fireplace.
  • The unexpected: Interest doesn’t have to be whimsical; it can simply be something unexpected in a room, like a brightly-painted ceiling.

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From Modern to Cottage Style; Interiors with a Splash of Turquoise And Aqua Add Exoticness

Turquoise is much more than another color from the gemstone lineup. Its many shades, hues and tones combine to paint a world of joyousness and glee. Just like the gemstone, the color is deeply ingrained in human history as one that brings peace, harmony and lasting happiness. Native Indians believed that this fallen sky stone had an ability to ward off evil and offer health. Similarly the color has been embraced by cultures across the world as one that energizes interiors while providing pleasure and serenity.

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No matter what your style, shades of turquoise can be woven elegantly throughout the home

Is The Lack Of Color “Boring”? We Say No Way!

Let me start by saying, I have always had an aversion to tons of colors in one room as a personal preference. My ideal room design is typically mono-chromatic with a hint of color in an accessory or in a fabric.  I have always felt that others thought it boring, LOL, but the minimalist in me has always liked a clean, simple design especially when you come home from a busy day.

I have had some great opportunities to “live outside the box” so to speak when designing my clients spaces.  I know some very colorful and artistic people and my ideal will just not fly with their design desires.  In this way, I don’t feel so BORING!!!

Here are some ideas on how to create a room or rooms with a simple, clean palette of white, cream, taupe, beige, brown & black without being, you know, Boring!

This first set of photos by https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.faranial  Henrik Bus Art House, shows a more urban, modern design.

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Our next set of photos show a more French Country/Romatic design.

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Here are some with a Classic Design

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Here we have a twist on modern and classic mixed.

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Ok, so I always say to my clients/friends “Don’t be afraid of Color!” When I say that I mean don’t limit yourself to bland surroundings.  Although these examples above are in LACK of color, it shows you can still have fun, be romantic, classic, modern, urban and even edgy without using a wild palette of color.

The most important thing is that you LOVE your surroundings.  Find your own space and taste and go for it.  If you follow your true self when dong anything in your life, you will feel great about it and your friends and such will see YOU come through in your design.  You can always contact me if you need a gentle PUSH!  🙂

Making our world beautiful one room at a time

Rande James, White Owl Market