Will you stick to your New Years Resolutions this year?

Every New Year we resolve to take better care of our bodies, our mental health, and our homes amongst other things. While we may need to make our number one resolution ~ Keep 2015’s NYE Resolution’s ~ we’ve also added to our list the following:

1) Keep 2015’s NYE Resolution’s
2) Organize each room + KEEP it organized always
3) Cross off those design projects we keep saying we’ll do
4) Travel more + let those travels inspire how we view our lives (and maybe our homes!) 
5) Donate things we don’t need / use any longer ~ it could make somebody else’s life better rather than sitting on your shelf in a closet. 
6) Find more inspiring stories to feature on ItsMoreThanJustPaint.com blog 😉 

If you feel like you’re in need of some serious home organization ~ give Tami a call and visit her website: LetsGetOrganized.Net to see services offered. If you’re in need of an interior design consultation and a professional eye, visit Nina at ABeautifulRoom to find a package that works for you and your home! Or if you simply have paint, wood flooring, screen or wallcovering related questions – come visit us in person at any of our Exeter Paint Store locations! Now in Exeter and Epping ~ new store opening in Seabrook early 2015!

If you know of anybody that you feel should be featured on the blog, please feel free leave us a note in the comment section and/or email itsmorethanjustpaint@gmail.com

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Interiors by Mandeville Canyon Designs

Reposted with permission from Renee at Interiors by Mandeville Canyon Designs, this blog post focuses on her Fall Recommendations to bring some sunshine into these shorter, darker, and colder days!

Keep an eye out for the future blog post Q+A with the local interior designer! And visit her page here to see more of her beautiful work! 

On Saturday it’s time to adjust our clocks and “fall back”. By now the trees are done showing us their beautiful array of colors and have lost their leaves.

Mandeville_Logo_circleonly Part of me dreads this time of year because it’s dark when I wake in the morning and it gets dark so early in the afternoon. For a girl from California who craves warm sunshine, this can very difficult. However, there is a part of me that loves the “snuggie-ness” of this time of year. Curling up under a soft blanket by the fire with a good book (or more realistically, my computer!) can’t be beat!

So what does an interior designer like me do to get her house ready for shorter days and long, chilly nights? Well, first I begin with a bit of a fall clean-up! And I don’t mean just the leaves outside. Take a look around your home and decide what your are done using for the season. By now you no longer need the lightweight jackets and flip-flops. Maybe it’s even your outdoor furniture (unless you can still use it to sit by your fire pit for a few more weeks). Sweep out the garage. Make room for shovels, boots and perhaps some sleds! Stack some wood, and if you live around me, get your generator ready for winter.

Inside, I like to change things up a bit with the onset of a new season. Simple ideas like changing out the photographs of my kids from summertime fun to pictures of them jumping in the leaves. I even like to change up my artwork around the house to something more fitting for the season. This way I don’t get bored with my décor, because it’s changing every season!Newfields Kitchen 6

I bring out lots of soft, warm blankets to throw on the couches and chairs in fall hues like  orange and red. Or, toss a fake-fur throw on the couch. On a chilly day, just the sight of a thick, plush fake-fur blanket is enough to warm the heart — and cuddling under it will certainly warm your toes! Faux-fur is classic and will never go out of style…just like snuggling!

Since orange is one of my favorite colors, I love to add pops of it all over my home. Right about now, I would love to be sharing a cup of coffee in this kitchen I recently completed with PK Surroundings in Exeter, NH.

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