Top Ten Reasons to be at the Festival of the Arts

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10. Relaxation

Now that the Festival is back at Bicentennial Park, there are plenty of places to stop and relax. Grassy lawns, tree lined walkways, park benches and plenty of shade. All that with the views of the skyline and our beautiful Civic Center.

9. Work Break

The population of workers Downtown has grown a great deal. If you are one of those Downtown workers, why not take a break from the everyday grind and venture down to the Festival? It is a great way to clear your head and fill your mind with new ideas.

8. Kid’s Events

The Festival is a fun event for all ages to attend. They do a great job of adding many Kid friendly events and even a Kid’s performance stage. Another great tent is the

7. Waste Free

This year with the help from groups like Fertile Ground, the Festival is looking to be Waste Free. Instead of trash cans they will have compost and recycling cans all over the park. This is all apart of their Go Green Initiative.

6. People Watching

Yes, there are many of people performing, but there are also those unique individuals you see every year. They have their own sense of style and personality. You can see families enjoy a day together or a human walking their best furry friend. Our suggestion, people watching is great while devouring a turkey leg.

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5. Volunteering

One of the best ways to spend time at the Festival, is the many opportunities to volunteer. Whether pouring a cold beer or giving balloons to a happy child, it is always a rewarding experience at the Festival. List of ways you can help.

4. The Weather

It has long been said, the Festival of the Arts always brings the rain. It seems the weather waits to drop all the rain during the week of the Festival. There is nothing more satisfying than going to the Festival on a day with no inclement weather.

3. The Music/Performance

Every year the Arts Council does a great job of putting together a performance list of local and regional acts. There is always something great to see and hear on the Festival stages. List of Performances with Dates and Times.

2. The Food

The Festival could also be called the Festival of Food with the overwhelming amount of choices. It is always a tough to figure out what you want on any given day. It is best just to go every day and try everything. List of food Vendors and Culinary Tent events.

1. The Art

The very reason for the Festival is never a disappointment. Local and Regional artists have brought amazing work to Oklahoma City since 1967. At the Festival you’ll be able to check out artwork from 144 different artists hailing from across the U.S. From mixed media to jewelry to photography. You’ll find beauty in every direction. List of Artists and their Medium.

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Top Ten Oklahoma City Events Happening this Spring

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10. Eats on 8th

Eats on 8th is a monthly, family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music on the third Saturday of each month from noon until 8:00 PM. There is no cost to attend.

9. Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops at the Ferris Wheel

Wanderlust Pop Up Shops will be an outdoor market that includes exhibitors that are artists, hand crafted artisans, boutiques, repurposed, vintage and unique local businesses. April 15th at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission.

8. Uptown Uncorked

Uptown 23rd District’s fourth annual fundraiser, Uptown Uncorked, is March 30, 2017 at the Oklahoma History Center. Come and enjoy our food and beverage-tasting event that features Uptown restaurants and merchants. The monies raised from the event support the beautification of medians and public spaces along 23rd Street, Uptown 23rd events and programming efforts, all of which help to improve the appearance and livability of Oklahoma City’s urban core.

7. Metro Family’s Kid’s Fest

MetroFamily’s Kids Fest unites families, businesses and service providers for a lively, full-of-fun event unmatched in the Oklahoma City area. April 1st, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

6. Midtown Walkabout

Saturday, April 22nd is the 3rd Midtown Walkabout! From 12pm to 7pm, Midtown merchants will be opening their doors and providing specials, discounts, and giveaways, in addition to live music, free face painting, and a free photo-booth. Get to know this cozy community the old fashioned way – a district walkabout.

5. ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently secured Guided By Voices, iconic indie rock band, as the headlining act at the eighth annual ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest Saturday, April 8. Additionally, the festival will highlight ACM@UCO student acts that have become regional headliners in their own rights. Acts include Space4Lease, Cutter Elliott, Grant Adams, The Lunar Laugh, Lincka, and Original Flow & The Fervent Route. A complete lineup of all artists, including additional national acts, performing at the festival with corresponding stages/performance times will be released at a date closer to the event.

4. Broadway & Brew

Broadway & Brew 2017 is THE EVENT of the spring! Join us in supporting Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma by drinking the best local brews and amazing local bites! May 11, 2017  from 6 to 11 p.m. at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

3. Open Streets OKC

Open Streets OKC will turn NW 23rd St. from Robinson to Western, including the Paseo Arts District, into a car-free space for biking, walking and more! April 2nd from Noon to 4 p.m. free and open to all ages.

2. The Greatest ARTini on Earth

Allied Arts’ young professionals network – the annual ARTini fundraiser brings together local restaurants for a cocktail and small bites competition coupled with a silent auction of works created by Oklahoma-based artists. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts organizations that receive Allied Arts annual grants. The event will feature a vintage circus theme incorporating live performances from Inspyral entertainment, music from The Hot Jazz Group and Harumph, as well as a raffle, Kendra Scott jewelry pull, interactive photo booth and more!

1. Festival of the Arts

Since 1967, the Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring. The Festival is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts. The 2017 Festival of the Arts will take place April 25-30 in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. A variety of children’s activities are featured in the Youth Plaza and around Festival grounds. Arts for children and families include hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field for just $2. The Young-at-Art Mart is the children-only shopping venue with all artwork affordably priced for $5 or less. Families can also visit Face Painting, Pottery Place and Creation Station for more fun! For more information call (405) 270-4848.

Top Ten New Local Businesses in OKC

Coming Soon:

Bunker Club

The great people behind the Pump Bar in Uptown 23rd are already giving us another bar to fall in love with. The nostalgic 80’s born millennial will love this cold war themed bar. Set to open any time now, we will have to do more research and let you know all about it.

Ur/Bun Eats

If you love the food at Chae, you will probably enjoy a delicious Korean style bun from UrBun Eats. They will be located next door to the Bunker Club. Which will make a great combination!

Just Opened:

Esca Vitae

A new bakery concept for the Midtown OKC district, Esca Vitae will be located in the same spot Prairie Thunder use to have their bakery. Their soft open was Monday and it will likely become a favorite of the locals.

Rewind Retro Pub

Located in the Farmers Market District, Rewind is a pub with a food menu and plenty of old school arcade games. They are just opened last week and reviews have been pretty good so far. Take the whole family for a night of games and delicious food.

 


 

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10. The Laboratory

One word: Sneakers. The Laboratory is not the first speciality shoe store in the urban core of OKC, but it is the first to focus on athletic sneakers as a fashion statement. This small shop is located in the heart of OKC Midtown District and has a new neighbor in Insomniac Cookies. What could be better?

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9. Bone Dog Boutique

Deep Deuce now has a great place to pamper that furry friend of yours. Located at street level inside the Aloft Hotel, it is walking distance for anyone that lives in the apartments near by. It is conveniently next to the Deep Deuce dog park. They offer washing bays, toys, many types of food and an assortment of treats safe for your best friend with four legs.

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8. Yuzo Sushi Tapas

The newest kid on the Automobile Alley block is impressing just about everyone who sits down to their food experience. The saying, “You get what you pay for!” is a great way to describe Yuzo. It may have a higher priced menu, but it makes up for that with the taste and presentation. If you are a sushi fanatic this is should be your new favorite dining location. Try the Elotes, all I have to say is, you’re welcome!

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7. Wheeze the Juice

A child of the 90’s will more than likely get a good laugh out of this clever name. All kidding aside, Wheeze the Juice is not just another juice bar. They bring new flavors to life that you weren’t expecting. If you are not the juicing type, they also offer smoothies. We really love the Camp Anawana smoothie. It fills your stomach while also being filled with flavor. Located in the OKSEE storage containers in Deep Deuce.

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6. The Yoga Box

Yes, there are many great places around OKC that can give you the best Yoga experience. However, there is only one that offers up meal plans as well. The Yoga Box not only heals your mind and muscles, it cures your stomach of bland processed foods. Located inside of the 50 Penn Place building it also gives you a great opportunity to rest after a long session at Full Circle Bookstore.

5. Pritchard Wine Bar

A year or so ago there was a void in the Plaza District. A wine bar had closed and there were many looking for their new place to relax with a glass a wine. Pritchard Wine Bar has come to the rescue. Lovely staff and warm interiors make this a wonderful place to bring your closest friends and indulge in a great wine list.

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4. Silo in Farmers Market

A space with collaborators from JL Woodworkx, The Okay See and Brad Snider Photography. This is the retail location for those who love local craftsmanship and clever t-shirt designs. With the Silo opening in the Farmers Market District, you can now spend all day spending your local dollars in one location.

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3. En Croute

En Croûte is a restaurant, bar and fromagerie opening in 2016 in Nichols Hills Plaza. It is meant to evoke the comfort and leisurely lifestyle the team has enjoyed in the fromageries, cafes, and bars in European country villages, but with an American twist. It is the place to try something new and they will take you on a taste adventure.

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2. Loaded Bowl

Started from the food truck craze and has now added a brick and mortar location in the Farmer’s Market District. Great tasting food you almost forget is vegan. Sure, the menu says chicken, bacon and cheese, however their menu is vegan. Fresh flavors are at an abundance here and you will soon find your favorite vegan entree.

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1. Common Place Books

Before they have even finished their actual location, Common Place Books opened up in the OKC Midtown District with a ton of fanfare. With all the new technology we have in the world there is still something very satisfying about reading a book with paper and a cover. This is an intimate place to bring the family, especially the kids considering their new program called Books and Kids and Art and Stuff.

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Top Ten Music Venues in OKC

Jones Assembly – Coming soon!

 To say we have high expectations for this venue is an understatement. With the combination of Graham Colton and successful dining collective The Social Order, Jones Assembly will quickly be added to the list of places to see live music.

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10. 51st Street Speakeasy

After almost closing in 2015, the Speakeasy has had a resurgence with many types of entertainment to choose from. It has now become a great place for release parties and local acts to test the waters.

9. The Root in Paseo Arts District

 Now a pub and music venue, The Root has become a favorite for local underground acts in OKC. It has also a home to smaller traveling acts looking for an intimate environment. Captured! By Robots w/ special guest Plastic Smile will play on March 1st.

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8. Blue Note Lounge in Uptown

This old smokey bar is a regular for most of Oklahoma City’s music lovers. With a high set stage, everyone in attendance is able to see and hear all the music has to offer. From time to time you can catch a great band who loves the feel of the Blue Note. Just remember to get there early, it will be hard to get in. Coming up in March you can catch Caleb McGee & the Underdogs,  FREAKABOUT w/ Laughing Falcon and Trap Queen and Bison Machine w/ Snowchild & CobraJab.

7. Diamond Ballroom

The Diamond Ballroom has been host to thousands of national recording stars crossing every musical genre for many years. This April you will be able to see acts like Stoney LaRue, Tech N9ne and Silversun Pickups.

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6. VZD’s on Western Ave.

 After closing for renovations many thought VZD’s was not going to be the same. The updates were needed and it is quickly returning into the intimate setting for a singer/songwriter or your favorite local punk band.

5. Tower Theatre

Now officially open to the public, Tower Theatre is destined to become a new favorite for small market tour acts. The Tower will also give OKC music lovers a local venue to see their favorite bands. No more long drives to Tulsa during a work week. Next up is local fan favorites Horse Thief with Special Thumbs on March 3rd.

4. The Criterion in Bricktown

The Criterion opened up the possibility for a new touring market in OKC. It was a needed venue that mid level acts longed for in the Oklahoma Capitol. Coming this April to the Criterion Billy Currington & Explosions In The Sky

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3. ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

A game changer for the City, ACM at UCO has brought great acts and great education. Not only do we get to see them play, they also put on Master Classes for those attending the school. Recent Classes by Ben Folds, Jim James and Jackson Browne. Need we say more? March brings Margo Price – Born to Ramble Tour to town and in July The Mountain Goats will rock Bricktown.

2. The Blue Door

The best listening room in Oklahoma. A place that happened by accident, the Blue Door has become one of the most important places to hear and be heard. Singer/Songwriters love playing this venue and it loves letting them. The Blue Door has hosted such legends as Jimmy Webb, Joe Ely, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, David Lindley and Tom Rush. It is likely it has already hosted future legendary songwriters. Early March you will be able to see Hayes CarllChris Trapper & Bobby Long.

1. Chesapeake Arena

The one place you can see the biggest acts in the World! The Peake has had the likes of Bruce Stringsteen, Dave Matthews Band and Carrie Underwood. April is going to be a month to remember at the Peake. Acts like Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tour & Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will make you want to keep up to date on all things the Peake.

 

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Top Ten Last Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day in OKC

10. Belle Kitchen – Valentine’s Macarons

Anyone can make a quick run to Walgreens and get the same old box of chocolates, but the true romantic will shop local for their treats. Belle Kitchen will have a small Valentine’s Day macaron sampler. It is said they have the best macaron’s in the city.

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9. Eric Johnson at VZD’s – Live & Acoustic

If your Valentine loves live music, take them to see an intimate show at an historic venue. VZD’s welcomes Eric Johnson, a world renowned electric guitarist who is releasing a rare acoustic album. This will be a show that will make a great memory.

8. Valentine’s on Broadway – Broadway 10 Chophouse

A four-course meal designed by the Chef with wine pairings to complement all courses. The atmosphere is already romantic, just think of adding a meal that makes your taste buds fall in love. Make a reservation now!

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7. Two for One at the Zoo

Valentine’s day lands on a Tuesday this year, so why not save some money at the Zoo. Two for the price of one admission on Tuesdays at the Zoo is fun for everyone. Especially if the kids will be joining you for Valentine’s day this year.

6. Dinner with Art for Dessert at OKCMOA

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe with a four-course meal and an elegant atmosphere. Reservations can be made day of and it comes with a Museum full of great modern art.

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5. Build your own

Valentine’s Day does not have to be the same old holiday it has always been. Nothing is more romantic than spontaneous planning, it will keep your favorite person on their toes. Grab a bottle of wine at Broadway Wine Merchants on Automobile Alley, pick up a pizza from The Wedge Pizzeria on Western Ave. and a night cap at Ludivine in Midtown. Roll the dice and mix it up.

4. The Plant Shoppe & Okay Yeah Co.

Is your Valentine a morning person that likes to head to bed early? Try coffee and breakfast at Okay Yeah which is located in the Plant Shoppe in Film Row. Not only can you get a yummy treat, you can buy a beautiful living gift for your most loved!

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3. Beer & Palette at Anthem Brewery

This is a perfect spot for those groups of friends with a majority of singles. Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a bummer to our single neighbors. Why not spend time with a group and share the love with everyone.

2. Traditional Wine & Dine with a Twist

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a great idea, especially if you are not the romantic type. Try something new or go somewhere you have never been. A great place to start would be the new 21c Museum Hotel. They have a great restaurant in the lobby called Mary Eddy’s, a modern art gallery and luxury rooms with a great view. A perfect place to wow your Valentine.

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1. An All District Valentine

First stop, Downtown to buy flowers from the Curbside Chronicle vendors. Bouquets will be available for sale in front of Leadership Square from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a long night, so grab a coffee at Coffee Slingers on Automobile Alley. Try a different place for each course. Start at Slaughter’s Hall in Deep Deuce and grab one of many tasty appetizers. Head to the Plaza for your first plate at The Pritchard who is new to the district. After that find a main course at Pizzeria Gusto in Uptown 23rd they have a great wine list. Take a short trip from there to the Paseo Arts District and indulge your taste buds at the Paseo Grill. Their dessert menu is one of the best in the City. Finish your night off in Film Row at Flashback Retro Pub where you can grab a night cap and some nostalgia for video game geek in all of us.

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Top Ten Ideas for Better Spring Cleaning

10. Make a List

Walk around the house indoors and out. Write down all areas that will need to be inspected, cleaned or fixed. After you have a good list, start to prioritize the list for the most important items.

9. Set a Schedule

Now that your list is complete and you know the most important items on that list, set a schedule. Make sure you do this by task and not by location. For example, there will be some areas where multiple items will need to be inspected.

8. Prepare your Cleaning Tools

Take out all of the cleaning solutions and the tools you use to clean with. You want to make sure that each task has the materials you need to inspect and clean. If you are missing some, make another list and go shopping.

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7. Declutter

It is likely that you have accumulated new items over the holidays. Sometimes that means old items in your house will no longer be used. Go through all nooks and crannies. Find the items that you haven’t needed or used in the last couple of years.

6. Toss out Expired Products

While you are decluttering, check all expired cleaners, foods, medicines, and functional parts that exist to make your home work. If they are expired, recycle or throw them away.

5. Inspect Roof and AC Unit

Spring cleaning is not just for the interior of your home. You will need to clean gutters, inspect the roof and update your AC unit so that during a hot summer, you know it will not fail.

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4. Start with High Traffic Rooms

Keep in mind when you are scheduling your tasks, make sure you start in rooms that are used on a daily basis. Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. There will likely be more clutter in these areas and will need the deepest of cleans.

3. Clean Ceilings and Walls First

If you are like most people you likely forget to dust off ceiling lights and fans. Always clean these off first. This way you do not have to clean an area all over again.

2. Give your Family Members a Job

Don’t go at this alone. Give your family members a schedule and a list of tasks to accomplish. Not only is this good for you, it helps teach everyone a new skill around the house.

1. Start Early

The earlier you start, the more ready you will be when Spring hits. This will leave you more time for the garden and yard when it starts to bloom.

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Top Ten Ways to get a Garden Ready for Spring

Every year it seems Spring creeps up on us and we are not prepared to start our gardens. Not this year! With the current weather giving us sunshine and warm temps, it would be the perfect time to ready your garden for Spring. Here are Ten ways to do just that.

In March the Myriad Gardens will put on a Gardening School at the Devon Energy Auditorium. This is always a great refresher course for those who love their gardens.


 

10. Clean up Garden Area

There will likely be a lot of dead leaves or plans and whatever else the Oklahoma winds blew into your garden. The earlier you are able to clear debris, the more likely your bulbs and plants will start popping up again. This allows you to see them and will keep you from stepping all over their early progress.

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9. Prepare Garden Tools

Gather all your garden tools together and start cleaning them off. This may take a little time for extra scrubbing. You want them to have a clean surface. Any old dirt or rust needs to be cleaned away.

8. Set up Composting Area

After setting it up you need to start adding your lawn clippings, coffee grounds and fruit/vegetable peels. A good compost soil will help the garden be more absorbent and need less water.

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7. Plan out what you want to grow

It is best to know where you are putting each plant. The location of the plant can make or break their growth rate. Plenty of sun for the ones who love a sunny day. A little shade for those who don’t.

6. Order Seeds

After you know what it is you want to plant and where you will plant them in your garden, start ordering those seeds.

5. Prepare Soil

You will need to break up the hard resting soil. Take a rake and start to level off the soil. When the soil is loose and has plenty of room, it helps water and nutrients penetrate to the seeds.

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4. Prune shrubs and trees

If there are any trees or shrubs in the garden area, prune them back if they will keep the new plants from growing properly. This is also a good time to look for weeds on the edges of your garden. You will want to remove them so they do not bother your new plants.

3. Make a schedule for when to harvest each type of plant

Before the perfect warm day, you will want to plan out your harvest. Find out best conditions for each plant and schedule those dates in order to get the best growth. Not all seeds need to be planted at the same time.

2. In small containers, start growing seeds

Some seeds need a longer period of time to grow, others will spring up fast. For those that need to start early, set up an indoor planting area near a good window with plenty of light. Use some soil in a small container and plant your seeds. When the time comes, you can easily relocate them outdoors in the garden.

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1. Now relax and wait for Spring

Your work is done, well at least until the warmth of Spring finally arrives. With our current weather pattern that may show up sooner than later. Watch those weather patterns closely and keep a calendar of important times of the year for harvest. Now go make some tea and relax.

 

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Top Ten Home Trends Coming in 2017

2017 is already shaping up to be the year we start talking trends for the spaces we live in. Making them brighter and more spacious. Finding new ways to use them to best benefit our lives. Adding organization and storage to the rooms that can be consider the control center of the home. 2017 we’ll see vintage styles used in a modern way to give our homes a feeling of nostalgia in our technically advanced homes.

10. satin brass

With the move to more white and gray tones in the major areas of the home, there is a trend back to satin brass finishes. This adds a much needed pop of color that gives the room a luxury look. It is a versatile color that goes with just about any color you want. It is used most often in the kitchen or a master bath.

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9. greenery – color of the year

Everyone is going green! With the Pantone of the year being “Greenery”, it will likely be the most popular bright color of the year. This color gives the sense of refreshment and revitalization. Something we all will need this year.

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8. voice activated assistants

Remember when we started calling our cell phones, “smart phones”? 2017 is the year of the Smart House! Multiple companies have started selling voice activated assistants that can help with the lights, electronics and alarm systems.

 

7. faux everything

Faux materials are becoming increasingly more popular to fit the budgets of a new homeowner. Everything from leather to fur and even a painted faux finish.

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6. hexagon tiles

2016 was the year of the subway tile. This year is all about the many different shapes you can use on your backsplashes, especially hexagon. Try shades of white and gray and ever marble.

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5. marble is back

Speaking of marble, it is back and finding a place in just about every room. From kitchen counters to bathroom sinks. Marble is big in 2017.

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4. utility room organization

With our ever growing busy schedules it has become very important to organize the control centers of the house. The Utility room has taken on more of a roll for a one stop shop. Washing, Drying, ironing, folding etc.

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3. hanging lights

Table lamps are no more, hanging pendant lights in the bedroom or living area creates a whimsical style. This option works especially well in small rooms where there’s no space for nightstands.

 

2. different shades of white

Balancing a white palette with creamy off-whites and natural linen hues creates a breathtaking look that can be rich with character.

 

1. kitchen storage upgrades

With a move toward healthier lifestyles, families are starting to get back into the kitchen to cook their meals. This calls for a Chef’s kitchen with tons of hidden storage. Sections of walls and drawers on drawers, but all with a sleek style.

 

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