Home Decor Inspiration: The Pantone Hotel

iStock_Samples-1024x856As the winter grey closes in, I’ve found myself searching for some inspiration to bring some light and a little brightness back in to my home. In Brussels, the Pantone Hotel just opened, with each room serving as a crisp white canvas to showcase pops of saturated Pantone shades. Designed by Michel Penneman and Oliver Hannaert, the colors range from “bright to subdued” to suit any guests. With this new, out-of-the-box hotel in mind, I’ve thought of a few ways to bring color into your home this winter to fight off the gloom.

1. Blankets and Pillows- Find a few small pieces to add to existing neutral colors in your home, but don’t go overboard. If there’s one color that you feel really good about, go with that.

2. Painted Canvas- Grab the kids or a group of friends and head to the craft store! Some of my favorite pieces of art came from smearing metallic and bright paint across a white canvas… have fun with it

3. Accent Wall- For a bigger change, visit the hardware store and pick a lively new color and paint one wall in your home as an accent wall. Pale Yellow or Mediterranean Blue are popular choices.

4. Dishware- Purchase new juice glasses, mugs, plates, whatever could use an upgrade and will brighten your day. It’s also fun to go to a local paint-your-own pottery studio and create your own!

Have fun with it!

4th Annual Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating Event

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Halloween is fast approaching, so get those costumes ready and prepare yourself for the sugar rush! This year, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce is holding their 4th annual trick-or-treating event for the little ones from 3-5 pm on October 31st. Last year, 68 businesses participated between the south and north ends of Mercer Island. Check their website this week for the updated list and map of businesses participating this year. Be sure to stop by Windermere MI, we love seeing everyone’s costumes! (and of course there will be candy galore)

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market: 10/11

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Happy Homecoming weekend, Islanders! This weekend also marks the last farmer’s market of the regular season, so head down on Sunday to check it out before it’s gone until summer! There is one special harvest market on the 23rd of November before Thanksgiving, so mark your calendars!

This Sunday at the market the usual food trucks and vendors will be there, so stock up on fall veggies that are in season. Visit the MIFM website here for a list of vendors, events, recipes and more! Happy Fall everyone!

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market, Sunday 9/14

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Good Morning, Islanders! Hopefully everyone is outside and enjoying the beautiful sunshine, and if not, I hope you’re watching the Husky game! This weekend at the market Caspar Babypants will be featured, playing his renowned music for the little ones. He has released over a half dozen albums with fun songs for the young and young at heart, and will start the show tomorrow at 10:30. A lot of the food trucks will be featuring kid friendly menu items, and of course there lots of ice cream to go around. Some of my personal favorites are Street Treats and Whidbey Island Ice Cream. Go check it out tomorrow, 10-3 pm!

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market, Sunday 9/7

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Hello!! Come check out the Farmer’s Market Today!!

Today’s topic: Nature’s on Tap -Back to School!!

Angela Carey and Yaamba Marimba band will perform today!! Come dance away!!

At the Children’s table with Judy: Little Red Hen needs help Planting her Wheat can you help???

 

 

Mark on your calendar for the next weekend at the market:

  • And on September 14, legendary local band Caspar Babypants will perform kid-friendly songs from 11:00am to Noon!!

 

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market, Sunday 8/31

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Hello!! Happy Labor Day Weekend! Are your kids ready to go back to school after this wonderful summer???

This week’s Title at the MI Farmers Market is: Get 5 a day – Fruits and Vegetables.

Over the next few weeks the MI Farmers Market is hosting a Back To School Days, with free live music from popular bands!! All patrons are invited to bring school lunch food staples to donate to the Food Pantry operated by the City’s Youth and Family Services Department.

This week’s band is the Jazz Connection.

At the Children’s Table with Judy: Flower Prints
Painting the colors of the market and using flowers for prints.

Mark on your calendar for the next couple weekends at the market:

  • September 7, Angela Carey and Yaamba Marimba band will perform from 11:00am to 1:00pm; come dance to their lively beat!
  • And on September 14, legendary local band Caspar Babypants will perform kid-friendly songs from 11:00am to Noon!!

 

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market, Sunday 8/24

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It’s a beautiful Sunday morning on Mercer Island, so let’s take advantage of the sunny weather while it’s still here! Looking ahead, the farmer’s market season ends in mid October, and then reopens for one Sunday in November before Thanksgiving. Mark your calenders so you don’t miss out!

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This week, as the transition into fall begins, I want to feature beverages that are loved all year round. The following vendors are all at the farmer’s market, and are definitely worth the visit!

Wilridge Winery: Known for being Seattle’s original winery, it is the oldest continuously operated winery since its opening in the 1980s. They have over a dozen wines to choose from and information on tastings and events here.

Middlefork Roasters: Raise your hand if you’re a coffee lover! This coffee roasting company has 6 incredible blends. So just when the kids are gearing up for back to school, you’ll have the caffeine you need to get through all the early mornings and late nights right there with them.

Piccola Wine Company: This winery is taking a new approach to their packaging, providing reusable and sustainable solutions. They have wine on tap, and 1.5 liter totes for portable ease! Check out their website here.

Shen Zen Tea: Everything is by hand. This tea label even hand throws their own line of pots and mugs on their own pottery wheel. The amount of thought and care that the two founders have put into their business is unbelieveable, and their tea is incredible. Check them out at the market or here.