Remember the United Airlines television commercial that shows a montage of people coming off a plane and being greeted by family and friends? The tagline was “We know why you fly…” That concept inspired Feinmann’s complimentary showroom event series this fall called HomeCentric: Living Well in Your Home.
Our series of lifestyle events feature professional organizing tips as well as entertaining and decorating tips for the holidays. We invite you into our showroom and share our resources with you. In December we’re planning a mother-daughter tea to benefit one of our favorite charities: Compass for Kids (Thursday, December 6th, 1-2:30 p.m.)
Our first event was a Lunch & Learn held on October 2nd. Karen Buschini of In Its Place Organizing made some great suggestions and we’re pleased to share a few of these with you. Karen recommends when dealing with paper:
- Open mail over a trash or recycle bin. Immediately discard the inserts, unneeded envelopes and junk mail.
- Use the “touch it once” method. Make a decision and act on it.
- Go paperless and keep files on the computer.
- Have a file for each family member and/or activity.
- Have one basket for magazines, periodicals, etc. Toss back issues once the basket gets full (and only have one basket!)
- Set up a weekly time to deal with the action times and continue to purge old files.
Artistry Boston catered a delicious lunch and scrumptious desserts. One of our guests won the door prize provided by In Its Place Organizing – a $50 gift certificate to the Container Store. Everyone left with copies of Design New England’s latest issue, a Feinmann travel coffee cup and a gift from In Its Place Organizing.
Our own Kate Yurgelun gave a showroom overview and talked about how recent projects were put together with showroom samples. She spoke about hot trends in kitchens and baths. Here are a few of her thoughts:
- Define open spaces with columns, open shelving and patterned tiles in baths and kitchen spaces.
- Use varying ceiling heights and treatments to define spaces such as soffits with built-in lighting or dropped or tray ceilings.
- Built-in banquettes for eating areas.
- Quartzite countertops are a good alternative to granite because they are easy to maintain and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
- Concrete countertops are another great material choice.
- Contrasting color cabinetry is another hot trend. In a kitchen with white cabinets, a fire engine red center island creates visual interest.
- Open shelving is another trend that is catching on in contemporary kitchens.
- High gloss lacquered cabinets have become popular as well. They come in many colors but we’ve used white in several kitchens.
- Tiled mosaic backsplashes and tumbled stone are also popular choices.
- Oversized windows and wall cutouts that allow light to flow through spaces is another trend.
Whether you’re contemplating a home renovation or want to learn some great ways to entertain and decorate your home for Thanksgiving through the Super Bowl, join us for our next complimentary HomeCentric event in mid-November (date TBA). If you’d like to be added to our email invite list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.