Bring your entry to life with the colorful beauty of spring!
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Spring is just around the corner! Time to sweep up the leaves and debris from winter and create a fresh, inviting entrance. Greet your guests and neighbors as we venture back into the outdoors with a dressed up front porch.
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Pots, planters or baskets filled with flourishes of life and color are a beautiful way to welcome the season.
Annuals and perennials are just starting to arrive, so visit your local nursery today and bring spring to your home!
Here at Coleman Homes, we want to make the selection experience easy and enjoyable for home buyers, and we’ve been working to make your online experience effortless, as well! That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve just completed the first step in what will become a complete makeover for our Coleman Homes Design Gallery website.
Visit our site at http://www.mycolemanhome.com/design-gallery-welcome/ to find a beautiful new homepage with improved navigation. Now, scheduling your tour at the Coleman Homes Design Gallery is as simple as the click of a mouse! What’s more, accessing features like our Lookbook, Design Blog, and Buyer Testimonials is easier than ever. The next phase of our website makeover will add and improve features and functions, making your online experience a dream come true.
Visit our site today, and look out for even more great changes to come. We look forward to helping you personalize your dream home!
Bring a bright burst of color to furniture — even fabric!
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The mild weather we’ve been having these past couple of weeks has me thinking about projects for spring. Last summer a friend told me about chalk paint. This versatile product lets you add a fresh wash of color to almost any finish, with no primer required. There are tons of beautiful colors to choose from, and for those DIY people out there, I’m told you can even make it yourself, though I haven’t had the chance to try it yet!
Here’s an easy at-home paint recipe, along with a few ideas for inspiration:
Recipe For Home-Made Chalk Paint
(adapted from clumsycrafter.com)
- Add 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris to 1 cup of paint (make sure to stir the Plaster of Paris well before using, to break up any clumps)
- Slowly add 1/4 cup hot water to the paint/Plaster of Paris mixture and stir well until smooth
You’ll have a beautiful matte-finish paint that is perfect for distressing/antiquing furniture or other pieces. Its texture is thin enough so that deep wood grain will show through. After you’ve finished painting, wait until the surface is completely dry, then lightly sand the edges with a fine sandpaper to distress. You can seal the paint with a finishing wax if you like.
Use Chalk Paint to Bring New Life to Old Furniture
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A fresh exterior and some new hardware can bestow swan status on almost any ugly duckling.
You Can Even Use Chalk Paint on Upholstery!
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If you’ve got an old chair that’s destined for the scrap heap, chalk paint just might give it a second chance. Just use a fabric medium like this one to soften up the material as you go along.
I hope these ideas provide you with as much inspiration as they do for me! If you’ve done some chalk paint projects in your home, we’d love to see them — please be sure to share them with us!
There’s never been a better time to build your dream kitchen with Coleman Homes!
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Join us for a Dream Kitchen Tour at Coleman Homes! You’ll enjoy culinary creations, wine tasting, live music, and the chance to tour beautiful kitchens that will inspire a vision for your own dream kitchen! You’ll also be entered into the drawing for a $3000 Culinary Gadget Package full of top-of-the line appliances for equipping your dream kitchen (drawing will be held March 19). For a list of tour dates, complete details, and to RSVP, please visit mycolemanhome.com.
Make a Home Cooked Meal That Only Takes Minutes!
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Do you fall victim to the “I’m too busy to cook!” dinner? Some days I do not feel like cooking, though I know that I should. Many times I just want to “tap out” and go out to eat — but home cooking doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious! I thought I would share one of my favorite, quick, go-to meals:
I usually pick up a package of stir fry beef at the grocery store, along with some fresh veggies. A bag of frozen stir fry vegetables or frozen broccoli and carrots will also work in place of the fresh veggies. You will also need a jar of stir fry sauce or a packet of stir fry seasoning. Do you have some instant rice on hand? If not, don’t forget to add that to the grocery cart! I like the frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s – you can just throw the bag into the microwave to steam.
When you get home, grab your Wok! Don’t have a Wok? Don’t worry, a large, deep frying pan will work just as well.
You will either need to prep your fresh veggies or pull the bag out of the freezer for prep. I like to steam my fresh veggies before adding them into the mix. I have a steamer for my microwave that is perfect for this. If you bought a bag of frozen veggies, the back of the package will offer directions for cooking. I steam the veggies so that they are tender, and then I can just toss them into the Wok without worrying about cooking time.
I add a tablespoon of oil (or sesame oil, if I have it on hand) to the Wok. Toss the meat into the oil on medium heat. Once the meat is browned (it shouldn’t take long, as the stir fry meat is thinly sliced) turn the heat down and then add the veggies and prepped sauce, either from the jar or package. Stir and leave on low heat. Prep your rice (or noodles) and serve.
Within twenty minutes, you’ll have a fresh and healthy dinner your whole family will enjoy!