Monthly Archives: January 2015

Color Basics

Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

Marsala Pantone 18-1438 – The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.


“This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

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Home Improvement & Painting Tips

Is Restoration Right for Your Old Windows?

In many older homes windows were custom made of hardwoods. Hardwoods such as oak, redwood, and maple are all woods which, with proper care, can last hundreds of years. However, as the years go by older windows can become hard to open, rattle and drafty. The easy solution may be to replace the windows with new insulated windows. Expect to pay an average of $500-$1,000 per window for replacements placed inside existing and structurally intact window frames. Vinyl is less expensive, wood more expensive. Double and triple-glazed windows, or those filled with argon gas, increase energy savings but bump the cost to the higher end of the scale.

Affordable vinyl windows come in standard sizes which may mean losing window size in order to fit today’s standard sizes. With the less expensive vinyl windows, the vinyl may last a lifetime but chances are that the insulated gas component will not.  This means ~ 20 years latter you will be replacing the windows again.

However, replacement windows are not your only choice. Consider taking the green approach — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Older windows can be restored by simply refinishing the paint and replacing or repairing the pulley system which can make your window work like new.

Your old windows efficiency can be increased to achieve similar energy ratings to new insulated windows by installing an energy efficient storm window and proper weather stripping . Check out the Energy Miser Storm Window by The Burch Company.


Color Basics

Color of the Year 2015 – Benjamin Moore
Monochromatic colors feel right, right now. Try warm, cool, dark and light layers of the same hue. It’s one chromatic concept, gracefully flowing room to room.
Guilford Green (HC-116) is the color that ties this altogether, our 2015 Color of the Year. A neutral color that is a natural. A silvery green that works a wide range of color combinations – from neutrals to daring shades.

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Home Improvement & Painting Tips

Choose the Right Tool for the Right Job

When starting a repair job it is important to make sure you are using the correct tools. For example not all hammers do the same thing. A hammer is a tool meant to deliver an impact to an object. The most common uses are for driving nails, fitting parts, forging metal and breaking up objects. Hammers are often designed for a specific purpose, and vary widely in their shape and structure. The usual features are a handle and a head, with most of the weight in the head.


  • A claw hammer is a tool primarily used for pounding nails into, or extracting nails from wood.
  • An upholstery hammer or tack hammer is a lightweight hammer used for securing upholstery fabric to furniture frames using tacks or small nails.
  • A sledgehammer is a tool consisting of a large, flat head attached to a lever. The head is typically made of metal. The sledgehammer can apply more impulse than other hammers, due to its large size. It has the ability to distribute force over a wide area.
  • The ball-peen hammer is for heavy hammering and suitable for metalwork.
  • Rubber mallets are used when a softer blow is called for than that delivered by a metal hammer. They are typically used to form sheet metal, since they don’t leave marks, as well as for forcing tight-fitting parts together, for shifting plasterboard into place, in upholstery, and a variety of other general purposes, including some toys. It is the most commonly used mallet. Hammers