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Red, yellow and green rooms

Colour has always been important – from natural warnings in primitive times to mood enhancers in modern homes.

Ever since man understood fiery red meant danger and those purple berries were poisonous, colour has been associated with moods and feelings.

Religious artists used colour as a form of shorthand – people looking at a stained glass window or a heraldic coat of arms would have instantly known blue equalled contemplative faith or green meant hope. Even saints were associated with different colours.

The colours used to decorate rooms in a house can affect the occupants’ moods. Find out why:


Associated with: danger, passion, energy, warmth, adventure, optimism
Best for: dining rooms as it promotes sociable and lively feelings, and stimulates the appetite
Pitfalls: it can be overpowering and lead to headaches. Either vary the shade, paint one wall red, or use it for accessories only. Don’t use red in a baby’s room
Red room
Red rooms


Associated with: love
Best for: bedrooms as it can be peaceful and restful. A hot fuchsia can introduce passion
Pitfalls: can be appear to be very girlie and sickly sweet. To counteract this, introduce hints of dark charcoal or black
Pink room
Pink rooms


Associated with: stability, reassurance, warmth, and is thought to aid digestion
Best for: living and dining rooms
Pitfalls: might keep the occupant awake when used in a bedroom. It can make a room look smaller because it’s an advancing colour, so make sure the room gets plenty of light
Orange room
Orange rooms


Associated with: nature and energy, calming and restful, balance (halfway between red and blue) security, stability
Best for: bedrooms, living rooms
Pitfalls: too much green is thought to make people too complacent or too laid back. Inject some red or orange to counteract these feelings
Green room
Green rooms


Associated with: calming and soothing; promotes intellectual thought; believed to keep hunger at bay; loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, contemplative, prevents nightmares
Best for: bedrooms, bathrooms, studies
Pitfalls: can look cold and unwelcoming. Make sure it doesn’t look too chilly by choosing a blue with a warm undertone
Blue room
Blue rooms


Associated with: sunshine and energy, stimulates the intellect
Best for: kitchens, dining rooms or north-facing rooms
Pitfalls: not very restful for a bedroom. Yellow is thought to enhance feelings of emotional distress
Yellow room
Yellow rooms


Associated with: spiritual matters – suggests the misty area between the sky and heaven, feminine
Best for: bedrooms and bathrooms to create a stress-free sanctuary
Pitfalls: can be insipid. Liven it up with black or silver, or both
Lilac room
Lilac rooms


Associated with: creativity, fertility, joy, but also magic, evil, death and sex
Best for: bedrooms
Pitfalls: can be overpowering
Purple room
Purple rooms


Associated with: security, stability and very practical
Best for: living rooms
Pitfalls: introduce a livelier colour for mental stimulation such as green or blue
Brown room
Brown rooms


Associated with: death, eccentricity, drama. It’s a non-colour that absorbs colour and reflects nothing back
Best for: using in moderation

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Lowe’s donates over $9 million to help keep homes safe and affordable in Charlotte

Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Little said.

Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.

“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.

Some of the Charlotte hometown projects supported through the donation, according to Lowe’s, include:

? $1.67 million to Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region to support home repair, new home construction and two new apprentices for its apprenticeship program. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat Charlotte Region has moved 26 families into newly completed homes.

• $1.33 million grant to the city of Charlotte for its Safe Housing Home Rehabilitation Program in the Beatties Ford Road Corridor to help with home repairs. It also helps older residents age in place and low- and moderate-income families be able to stay in their homes.

• $1 million to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation to create the Lowe’s Technology Lab at the new main branch offering technology help and classes.

? $50,000 donation to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation’s Connect for Tech program to help close the connectivity gap for local students during the pandemic.

• $200,000 in gift cards to Charlotte Center City Partners for artists to maintain the Uptown Black Lives Matter and Beatties Ford Strong murals. More than 120 small businesses in South End and Uptown also received gift cards for personal protection and sanitizing supplies and to make repairs to adapt to new opening procedures.

Lowe’s also announced $55 million in grants this summer with the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to support minority-, women-owned and rural small businesses nationwide.

Since July, over 35 small businesses in Charlotte have been awarded more than $725,000 in grants.

Lowe’s has more than 2,200 stores and 300,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week, Lowe’s announced $100 million in bonuses for hourly workers on Friday, raising it’s total commitment to workers and communities since the start of the health pandemic in March to $775 million.


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Little White House office highlights four homes

Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Little White House office is showcasing four homes, two of which will be held open this afternoon.

Served by the Highland Park Independent School District, the custom residence at 7908 Hanover St. ( in University Park is offered for $1,699,000. It will be held open from 1 to 3 p.m.

This four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom home offers an open floor plan. A large family room with a woodburning fireplace opens to a kitchen with an island, custom cabinetry, a breakfast bar and a walk-in pantry. The primary suite has French doors that lead to the balcony. The backyard offers a covered patio, fireplace, built-in grill and pool. For additional details, contact Chris Hickman at 469-569-1106 or [email protected]

Located in Dallas’ Belmont neighborhood, the five-bedroom, 5½-bathroom home at 6032 Richmond Ave. ( is offered for $1 million. It will be held open from 1 to 3 p.m.

The traditional-style residence features a spacious open floor plan with wood flooring and high ceilings. The kitchen provides marble countertops and a walk-in pantry and opens to a living room with a fireplace. The backyard has a pool, spa, cabana and built-in grill. For more information, contact Paul Farrow at 214-641-9814 or [email protected] com.

The estate at 4720 Royal Lane ( in Preston Hollow is offered for $3.5 million. This gated home features a stone exterior with cast-iron accents. There are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four half-bathrooms and four woodburning fireplaces. The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and a spacious pantry. The primary suite has dual bathrooms and a well-equipped exercise room.

The resort-style backyard features a pool and spa, sport court, outdoor kitchen and brick gazebo. Additional amenities include a wine vault, elevator and separate guest quarters. For more details, contact Dorothy Bell at 214-906-4788 or [email protected] or Joe Gall at 214-957-5383 or [email protected]

The Tudor-style home at 6458 Tulip Lane ( in Preston Hollow is move-in ready. This residence features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, formal rooms and wood flooring throughout. The kitchen provides a six-burner Viking range, built-in refrigerator and large island with a vegetable sink.

The primary suite has a luxury bathroom, a spacious closet and bay windows overlooking the large backyard. Additional highlights include a guest suite downstairs, a media room, a study and a game room with a small kitchen. The property is offered for $1,650,000. For more information, contact Kay Weeks at 214-676-8230 or [email protected]

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Top Vancouver Realtor, Mahsa Babaie, Uses Her Interior Design Skills to Stage Homes and Impress Buyers

Vancouver has a costly and competitive real estate market. A homeowner cannot merely list their property for sale and expect to find a buyer for their preferred sales price. A successful sale can only be achieved with the assistance of a licensed realtor that has the right experience and skills in more than one trade.

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Mahsa Babaie is a top-selling real estate agent in Vancouver with her real estate company, Mahsa Babaie Personal Real Estate Corporation. She utilizes her interior design background to offer a concierge service to sellers that add value to their properties by staging, repairing, redesigning and improving the appearance of their homes so they can sell for more money. That way, buyers will be impressed and amazed when they step foot inside these homes and see how attractive and appealing everything looks.

“I work with all sorts of sellers and buyers from different walks of life,” said Mahsa. “The quality and standards of my services are consistent with every client. Budgets or circumstances are irrelevant. I’m a perfectionist, and I work hard to help my clients as best as I can.

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Mahsa was a professional interior designer before she was a successful realtor. She has extensive education, work experience, and credentials in the interior design industry. She has also taken construction and technology classes at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, so she has a lot of knowledge about the homes her clients buy and sell.

Together, these skills taught Mahsa how to increase the value and integrity of a structure from the inside out. During her interior design career, Some of her biggest clients were real estate agents who needed help staging their own clients’ homes. She made several connections in the real estate business while doing these interior design projects. Most of the relationships consisted of realtors, sellers, buyers and investors.

“It got to the point where my entire interior design career revolved around the real estate business,” said Mahsa. “I grew to love real estate so much that I decided to become a realtor myself rather than keep working for other realtors. So, I switched careers from interior design to real estate. Then I offered my clients something that other realtors were not offering, a concierge service of interior design, repairs, and staging, which boosted my number of sales almost immediately.”

Since 2015, Mahsa has worked as a full-time realtor. Her main areas of focus are Downtown Vancouver, West Vancouver, and North Vancouver. These locations have some of the wealthiest real estate properties in Canada. Many buyers come to her looking to upsize from downtown urban living to a bigger home to support their lifestyle or growing families. People trust Mahsa the most because of her charismatic personality and plethora of experience in real estate and interior design.

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Interior Design brings color to the Parade of Homes | Real Estate

The Housing and Building Association’s Parade of Homes started this weekend and continues today and next weekend, with eight homes that are available for online touring, and seven homes that are available for in-person visits. With the popularity of home remodeling shows from areas across the country, it’s easy to stay on top of home interior styles elsewhere, but the Parade is a great opportunity to see the styles that locals love.

The experts say that the Grand Valley is typically a few years behind the rest of the country when it comes to home interior design choices, but one thing is consistent with local design preferences regardless of whether a home was designed in Tuscan style back in 2006 or in modern farmhouse in 2020: rustic never quite goes away, and it’s not uncommon to see the outside brought inside with textures, colors and materials during the Parade of Homes.

“Western Colorado is more nature-oriented,” said Courtney Carrigan, interior designer with Porter Homes. Although the Porter Homes Parade entry has tile flooring throughout the house, wood flooring remains a popular choice for most people, whether it’s hardwood, engineered wood, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl plank (LVP).

Sitting on the edge of Colorado National Monument, the Porter Homes house on Broadway features quite a few wood accents, even though none of them are on the floor.

“The biggest feature in the great room is the 16-foot tall ceilings with the timber beams,” Carrigan said, adding that the outdoor kitchen and the front entryway also feature great ceiling detail with wooden beams and tongue-in-groove looks.

“Rustic is more regional,” Carrigan said, “timber beams are a trend everywhere; it goes with the farmhouse look, but it will stick here in western Colorado because of our proximity to the mountains.”

Neutral colors are still popular for permanent features, but greige, tan, charcoal and taupe are being added to the white, black and gray palette to make a home feel warmer and more inviting.

The Maves Construction Parade home is similar to last year’s Parade home, with a warm, contemporary look.

“The walls are light taupe,” said Marge Csikos, with MAC Design Studio, the interior designer for the Maves Parade home. “I’m not a proponent of white walls unless someone is hardcore, super contemporary. A little color on the wall is better.”

The Maves home also has some nice, bright pops of color, which is a trend that’s being embraced by many right now. Look for the teals and blues in the office and bright, happy colors of orange, green a blue in the downstairs bedroom.

The Lopez Construction home also has several punches of color, including an bluesy accent wall in the kitchen and a bed wall that combines color and texture.

“I’ve used accessories and artwork from local artists,” said Kendi Sisak of Design Works Studio. “We have really wonderful artwork by local artists. They’re very kind and generous, and I’m excited to display their artwork.”

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James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss’ Los Angeles Home’s Fall Decor

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The season just changed, and so did the decor at Raquel Leviss and James Kennedy’s Los Angeles apartment. The Vanderpump Rules couple, who live together with their pooch Graham Cracker, have been showing off their progress as they deck out their house for fall. And by now, the space looks about as autumnal as a pumpkin spice latte tastes. 

In her Instagram Stories, Raquel has been sharing the decor installation —and it’s clear that she and James are feeling the Halloween spirit. The duo has an illuminated pumpkin and miniature witch cauldrons along the windowsill in their living room, and a corner table by their TV has a spooky little ghost and another prop pumpkin. 

Elsewhere, a trio of owls hovers over a “Trick or Treat” sign, and yet another pumpkin-themed installation features a glass and ceramic version of the festive gourd. (There’s also a sign that reads: “Pumpkin Patch.”) And finally, new string lights on the bedroom ceiling will make Halloween night glow spookily bright. 

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Garden Club of Fair Haven Beautifies 3 Habitat for Humanity Homes

RUMSON, NJ – In the latest community service initiative completed by the Garden Club of Fair Haven, the nonprofit recently completed the beautification of three Habitat for Humanity homes in Monmouth County. Over the course of three years, the club designed, funded and installed landscaping and gardening projects for families in need.

To execute the large-scale initiative, The Garden Club of Fair Haven implemented a committee of talented members to design specialized landscaping in preparation. Garden club members, landscapers, volunteers and Rumson-Fair Haven High School students cleared the lot, cut the gardens and planted trees, scrubs, plants and bulbs and added additional arbor and fencing.

The Garden Club of Fair Haven was recognized by the National Garden Club for the massive project and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.

The first house to be completed is in Rumson, with the other homes located in Long Branch. Plant materials were donated from Harry Cross Morganville Flower Farm alongside personal monetary donations and plants dug up from members’ personal gardens.

“Under the leadership of club’s president Beth Ruda and her design committee of Lynda Vaccaro, Lee Davidson, Sara Swijter, Lynda Griffith and her work committee of Kathryn Rose Storti, Paula Thorogood and Gume Monticito the project was brought to beautiful fruition for a family in need,” the organization wrote in a news release.

The Garden Club of Fair Haven, which has served the community since 1951, pursues civic projects to benefit and beautify the borough. Past projects have included the replacement of the fence at the bird sanctuary, landscaping Borough’s Memorial Park and sponsoring local flower shows.

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Homes for tea garden workers

Mamata Banerjee has announced that homes will be built for over 3,500 workers of various tea gardens in the first phase of the Bengal government’s Cha Sundari project and jobs will be provided to more than 300 former militants and linkmen of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation.

The chief minister made the two announcements while holding a meeting in Siliguri on Tuesday to review different development projects in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts.

State finance minister Amit Mitra had announced Cha Sundari, a scheme to build homes for tea garden workers, in the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal earlier this year. A sum of Rs 500 crore was allotted for the project in the budget.

Speaking at the review meeting at Uttarkanya, the north Bengal branch secretariat, Mamata said: “We will initiate the project shortly and 3,694 tea garden workers’ families will be provided with homes in the first phase. Of these houses, 2,641 will come up in Alipurduar, while 1,053 will be built in Jalpaiguri. We want to ensure that all homeless tea garden workers have their own houses. The plan is to finish the project within three years.”

In the second major announcement, Mamata announced jobs for former KLO militants and linkmen.

“In total, around 300 such people who have returned to the mainstream would be provided with jobs. They are from different districts of north Bengal. Today (Tuesday), we are providing jobs to 130 ex-KLO activists. Another 161 would be provided with jobs tomorrow (Wednesday),” the chief minister said.

Mamata also announced Rs 5 crore for the Kamtapuri Bhasa Academy constituted by the state government for conservation of Kamtapuri (a variant of the Rajbanshi language).

She set aside another Rs 5 crore for the renovation of the Buxa Fort in Alipurduar district.

“The chief minister made a meticulous move to win back the support of the tea garden population and the Rajbanshi community through her new announcements. There are 12 Assembly constituencies in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts and a party that has the support of tea garden residents and Rajbanshis can win most of these seats,” said a political observer.

In the course of the review meeting, Mamata also laid emphasis on the distribution of land rights, yet another prominent issue in the Dooars.

“All those residing in refugee colonies will be provided with land rights. Work has already started and people would be provided with secured land tenures,” she said.

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Homes with a garden become the new must-have for buyers

Average property prices continued to fall across the country last month, with the property market more subdued than at any time since 2010, a report suggested today.

Nearly a third of estate agents and surveyors said they saw average prices drop in the last three months, marking the worst performance in ten years, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said. 

England’s property market having been unlocked on 13 May, although with lockdown restrictions on the market still in place across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Queries from potential new buyers and sales outlooks across the UK look ‘slightly’ better than they did in April, Rics added.

More than 80 per cent of insiders working in the sector surveyed said they think buyer demand for a home with a garden or balcony will grow significantly over the next two years as a result of lockdown restrictions.  

Price matters: A chart showing the impact of the pandemic on house prices so far

Price matters: A chart showing the impact of the pandemic on house prices so far

Green spaces in demand 

Nearly three-quarters of property insiders surveyed think demand for a home near a green space like a park will rise over the next two years, while 68 per cent believe properties with more private space and fewer communal areas will be top priorities among potential buyers.

The desire to get outdoors during lockdown has triggered a drop in the number of buyers looking for a home in a block of flats, the Rics said.

Nearly 80 per cent of estate agents think buyer demand for a home in a tower block will fall over the next two years, while nearly 60 per cent believe properties in urban areas which are very built up will also become less desirable to prospective buyers.

The majority expect no change in the desirability of homes near transport hubs, such as train stations and bus stops.

In demand now: Over 80 per cent of insiders working in the sector surveyed said they think buyer demand for a home with a garden or balcony will grow

In demand now: Over 80 per cent of insiders working in the sector surveyed said they think buyer demand for a home with a garden or balcony will grow

Simon Rubinsohn, Rics chief economist at the Rics, said: ‘There are already signs that those looking to buy a house are responding to the conditions created by the pandemic by seeking out properties with gardens or balconies and nearer green space.

‘These and other similar features are likely to increasingly command a premium over higher density urban locations according to respondents to the survey.’

New normal for viewings

The property market may have been reopened in England last month, but it has been turned on its head. 

In-person viewings are being carried out with social distancing measures in place, with some estate agents choosing to simply leave buyers to look round homes themselves while donning face masks.

Many estate agents have also been ramping up the number of online virtual property tours they carry out, even though it remains unclear how many will lead to cash on the table and a deal in the bag.

Rics’s survey for May found that a net balance of 5

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