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Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year: Viva Magenta

The world needs a splash of color in these historic times to symbolize the fortitude and spirit we’ve all gained over the previous several years. Because of this, Pantone has chosen Viva Magenta as the year’s color for 2023 to represent bold joy and vibrant anticipation.

Due to its energizing, empowering qualities, this hue is likely to give you a spring in your step. Pantone 18-1750 Viva Magenta is a red hue that gives a glimpse into a better future and exudes optimism and delight due to its ideal warmth-coolness ratio.

The breakdown from an expert

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of The Pantone Institute, “We chose this color because we felt that it was an unconventional shade for an unconventional time, something that could present us with a new vision. It’s a color that really vibrates with vim and vigor, that demonstrates a new signal of strength, which is something we all need for a more optimistic future.”

How to use Viva Magenta in your home

What are some ways that you may use this bold hue in your home? To help you decorate your area with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Viva Magenta, we’ve gathered a number of suggestions.

Viva Magenta storage

You don’t have to fully commit to a monochromatic concept just because you might wish to embrace the transformational qualities of magenta in your house. In fact, the ideal method to utilize this readily embraced color is to introduce pops of it through accent design.

Viva Magenta in soft pillows

You can let your personality shine through the decorative details in your home by using throw blankets and pillows, artwork, vases, flowers, and more while accentuating the hue that will be in style in 2023.

Go bold with color and pattern

Vivify Title in Bordeaux

This Vivify backsplash from Daltile features a woven pattern in a bright magenta hue that adds a distinctive style to any wall it’s placed on. Showcased in the color Bordeaux, this magenta-hued color is the perfect way to tie in Pantone’s 2023 color of the year into your space.

Daltile Sun Marsala

With its unique geometric pattern, Bee Hive Medley is the perfect eye-catching design to display in your kitchen or bathroom. Shown in Sun Marsala, this magenta-hued color adds a pop of vibrant color to your space.

Pantone’s chosen colors of the year often influence product development and purchasing decisions in all sorts of industries, including fashion, interior design, and product packaging. Have fun adding this vibrant pop of color in 2023!

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Solar Tubes vs. Skylights

Solar Tubes vs. Skylights: Solar Tubes Win for Low-Cost

You may achieve the natural lighting that skylights offer with solar tubes while spending less money and dealing with less difficulty.

A solar tube might be the best option if you’ve been considering bringing additional light into a gloomy corridor or kitchen. A solar tube offers plenty of warm, indirect light for a fraction of the price of a skylight.

Kitchen Solar Tube

How it works

A solar tube is a sheet-metal tube with a polished interior that has a diameter of 10 or 14 inches and is also referred to as a sun tube, sun tunnel, light tube, or tubular skylight. Light travels down the interior like a continuous mirror, maintaining intensity over the full length of the mirror. It brings inside your house the sunlight that is captured at the roof.

A waterproof plastic globe covers a solar tube on your roof. The tube terminates in a diffuser that resembles a porthole in the ceiling of a room below. The diffuser spreads the light in a bright, clean white glow after the globe collects light from the outside. The result is dramatic: People who have new installations frequently reach for the light switch as they leave a room.

What is Cost

When fitted by a professional, a light tube costs between $600 and $1,000, as opposed to over $2,000 for a skylight. Use a kit that costs between $200 and $700 to install a light tube yourself if you’re moderately adept and at ease working on a roof. A light tube doesn’t need new drywall, paint, or modifications to the framing members like a skylight requires.

How Much Light?

The smallest option, a 10-inch tube, is equivalent to three 100-watt bulbs and can light up to 200 square feet of flooring; 14-inch tubes can do the same for up to 300 square feet.

Popular locations for a light tube include any areas where constant indirect light is handy:

  • Hallways
  • Stairways
  • Walk-in closets
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry rooms

Roof pitch

The majority of light tube kits come with flashing that can be mounted on roofs with slopes ranging from 15 degrees (a 3-in-12 pitch) to 60 degrees (a 20-in-12 pitch).

Location

A globe mounted on a southwest roof gives the best results. Choose a spot requiring a run of tubing that’s 14 feet or less. A globe positioned directly above your target room can convey as much as 98% of exterior light. A tube that twists and turns minimally reduces the light.

A skylight is a great choice for getting natural sunlight and adding ambiance to an interior room in your home. A solar tube is an excellent approach for getting natural sunlight into your home in an energy-efficient way.

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Elevated Escapes: Home Design Trends

Elevated Escapes: Home Design Trends for 2023

Take your vacation with you. Many people now have wanderlust after only taking a few short trips over the previous two years. Yet clever designers have chosen to create an escape within the home rather than actually leaving the house to satisfy this craving. Many have accepted the idea that leaving the house is not necessary to have that breezy, rejuvenating experience since they still want to enjoy the comforts of home.

Homes will include rooms that are both indoor and outdoor and that are converted in the manner of beachy resort destinations. Romantic European villas use warm wood tones, brilliant light, and breezy linen drapes and furnishings.

Join the present and the natural world. People are moving toward practical sensibilities in lifestyle and usefulness. They become more aware of the need to be more tranquil and in the moment. Maintaining stability and harmony is still essential, but with a focus on the senses. This translates into using rare materials and natural textiles in home décor, such as terra-cotta, rough clay, hand-finished finishings, and glazed tiles made of organic materials. Natural elements serve as the inspiration for color schemes, and the desert motif has grown in popularity by incorporating soft hues like beiges and greys. These design elements highlight the beauty of the Southwest landscapes.

Olive Tree Home Design

The style also transfers to pleasant, tactile interior layouts that combine organic forms, arches, and irregular shapes to produce a warm, inviting appearance. The trend of environmental design will persist. In order to add an outstanding fixture and give the room a Mediterranean or rustic feel, consider bringing a full-sized tree to the kitchen. Olive trees are a popular home design trend choice in 2023.

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Tips to Get Organized In the New Year

Organize in Small Doses

Don’t try to reorganize your entire home in one day. We suggest picking one section of the house and focusing on that. Taking a break from decluttering will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Toss What You Don’t Use

When it comes to clothes in your closet, “if you haven’t worn it in a year, toss (or donate) it.” Similarly, you could apply this rule to other clutter on your counters or in your cabinets. All those nail polish bottles that you haven’t opened in a couple of years? Bye.

Use square or rectangular products over round product

To maximize storage space, choose square or rectangular organizing products instead of round ones. When you place round organizers next to each other, you lose the space where the organizer curve. This adds up, so get the most out of your space by sticking with square or rectangular bins, baskets, and containers.

Have a donation bag ready 

Keep a ready-to-fill donation box or bag handy in a closet or garage. When you try on clothes that no longer fit or flatter or items begin to fill up your cabinets, drop them in the donation bag. Don’t put them back in the closet or cabinet to sit there longer. Do a little purging as you come across things, have a designated place to put the unwanted items, take the bag or box to donation when it is full, and repeat all year long. Local charities will pick- up donations from your home. Sun Shine Children’s Home accepts home goods and clothing and can be easily scheduled online.

Sort ahead of time when moving

Boxes organizing

If you’re planning to move and feel you have too much stuff, then you can start sorting your belongings now to save time and money. Although you’ll spend some time upfront sorting out the excess (tools, clothing, kitchenware, linens, knick-knacks). You’ll not only save money on moving supplies and relocation costs, but you’ll save even more time with less packing and unpacking. Start with the kitchen and open cabinets and drawers to pull out utensils, pots, pans, mixing bowls, and small appliances that haven’t been used, and set the items aside for a donation – especially large or heavy items. Remember to start small and focus on one room or a drawer at a time and you’ll be organized in no time this New Year!

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Prepare for Freezing Overnight Temperatures

One of the benefits of living in the Sonoran Desert in the winter is only having to contend with a few nights of freezing temperatures. Even so, you will want to do a few quick and easy things to protect your home and foliage. These tips will allow you to sleep in your warm, cozy bed without worrying about what’s happening outside.

PIPES

Exposed pipes and outdoor faucets can be the source of trouble in freezing temperatures if not cared for properly.

  • Cover exposed outdoor pipes with foam insulation which can be found at your local hardware store.
  • Turn off faucets and cover them with foam insulation or a heavy blanket.
  • It’s recommended to have a professional winterize a misting cooling system to avoid broken lines in the Spring. Don’t delay and schedule your winterization. Call AZ Mist Systems for your winter maintenance visit.  (602) 908-7676

PLANTS

  • Bring potted plants indoors or place them close to the house for added protection.
  • Watering the roots can increase their chance of survival if they cannot be moved.
  • Cover plants and gardens with burlap, frost cloth or blankets, but never use plastic.
Snow on Golden Eagle
Snow on Golden Eagle

VEHICLE

  • If your car is not parked in a garage or under a carport, you can prevent frost and ice accumulation by covering the windshield with a towel, blanket or cardboard.
  • If your windshield gets covered in frost and you don’t have a scraper, an old credit card or gift card can be used to scrape it. Be sure it’s not an important card because it will take a bit of a beating.
  • Turn on your car and crank up the defrost, letting it sit for a while until the frost thaws.
  • NEVER pour warm or hot water on your windshield. Although it will not shatter, the water will seep into any cracks or chips. As it re-freezes, it could crack your windshield.

Freezing temperatures are now upon us. You’ll thank yourself for taking a small amount of time to prepare for it.

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Misting System Winterizing

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Your outdoor misting system has been working hard to keep you cool all summer. Now that temperatures are finally starting to drop, however, it’s time to shut the system down for the season. Simply turning off the water isn’t enough to keep your misting system in good shape for next year. Standing water can damage the pipes in winter temperatures, and the pump system can sustain damage as well without some general maintenance.

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Why your misting system needs professional seasonal maintenance

The most significant risk of skipping winter maintenance on your outdoor misting system is damage from frozen water. As water freezes, it expands. So, when there is standing water in the pipes in your misting system, it can cause the pipes to burst on those cold nights when temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, standing water poses a risk for mold and mildew growth.

Another important aspect of seasonal maintenance is keeping the system clean. Replacing filters will keep the system spraying clean, odorless water. A technician will keep the pump in peak condition by changing its oil. While you may be tempted to take on winterization as a DIY task, it is ideal to call a professional. This is recommended because a professional technician can thoroughly inspect the system and make any necessary repairs. Furthermore, professional maintenance will be in line with warranty requirements for your system.

Don’t delay and schedule your winterization today. Call AZ Mist Systems for your winter maintenance visit. (602) 908-7676

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Staging That Gets Your Home SOLD

Your home might be beautiful. Maybe it is immaculate, stylishly appointed, and highly upgraded with the finest materials and features. Yet unless you are one in a thousand, it is not “staged’. Staging is intended for two audiences: the camera and the potential buyers.

Let your home speak to buyers. Your home speaks to you, but what is it saying to your potential buyer? Our homes are personal, yet how we live is not how we sell. Our homes represent who we are. The goal of staging is to make the home speak to everyone else in a compelling and positive way.

The personal photos, the too-tall centerpiece, the overstuffed China cabinet, and the bookcase filled with Arizona Highway magazines – these are all treasures to be sure, but they serve only to sidetrack a buyer from the task at hand.

Clutter may suggest your home doesn’t measure up! Clutter is the perpetrator of distraction. More importantly, though, clutter may be sending a message that you don’t have enough space.

Here are a few tips for what to do BEFORE the staging process begins:
  • De-clutter. De-personalize the space and remove unnecessary items and furniture to make the home feel larger and cleaner.
  • Relax the bedroom. Make this space feel serene and decluttered. Remove unnecessary items from the closets to make them feel larger.
  • Bathroom spa. Place toiletries out of sight and learn to use baskets for your daily needs so they can be neatly tucked away each morning.
  • Finishing touches. Proper lighting, neutral paint tones and freshened cabinet faces improve the look of your home so that buyers feel like it is move-in ready.

The reality is, the moment you commit to marketing your home for sale, you need to commit to transforming your home into a place that potential buyers can easily picture as their home. Let us help you “emotionally detach” and get the process of selling your home underway.

Here are some top reasons to stage your home, according to the Home Buying Institute:
  1. Staging increases the likelihood of a sale.
  2. Staging gives the impression of a well-maintained home.
  3. You get a head start on packing!
  4. Staging helps you justify your asking price.
  5. Staging makes the house seem larger…really!
  6. Suddenly, every room has a purpose. (Buyers should never have to guess the purpose of a room!)
  7. Staging helps buyers see themselves in a home.
  8. Staging puts your house above the competition.
  9. Buyers will have a favorable first impression.
  10. You get the buyer’s agent on your side. (It makes their life easier!)
  11. A “Must-See” home will bring in more buyers.

Staging is not a do-it-yourself sport. Our stagers can often work with what you have, rearranging and reallocating all your belongings, to present the property in its best light. Often this means reallocating some of those belongings to the garage, so please be understanding!

Only a third-party specialist can bring the neutrality and objectivity needed to accomplish the goal. Your daily routine will be turned, at least temporarily, on its head, but if selling your home in the shortest amount of time and for the most money is your goal, it is necessary!

The Sonoran Home Team provides every level of staging necessary to get your home SOLD!

Whether it’s just some rearranging and depersonalizing that is necessary, or whether your home is vacant and requires complete staging, we have what you need. Our experts can help you create an exceptional viewing experience to get your home sold. So, let us help you create the “buzz” you need to sell your home quickly.

For more information about the staging services we offer our clients, call us at 480-837-1331.

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Water Pressure Regulators Protect Your Pipes

Nobody wants to wake up to see their home flooded because their pipes burst from high water pressure. This is why Water Pressure Regulators are absolutely invaluable for every household, especially in areas where water pressure is known to fluctuate. If your neighborhood’s water pressure is too high and your regulator is too old, there’s the risk of a burst that can cause expensive damage.

A Water pressure regulator, which is often called the “pressure reducing valve” (PRV), is the main line of defense for a home from the often intense water pressure of your neighborhood’s main water line.

According to the Home Maintenance blog “The Spruce,” most plumbing fixtures in your home are intended to operate at about 50 pounds per square inch. Much of the time, municipal water mains push water into homes at up to 200 psi!

In Fountain Hills, the average water pressure in your main line depends on which water reservoir tank serves your neighborhood, leading to a lot of variation. As water lines age, they are subject to further inconsistencies and even ruptures.

As stated in this 2020 article from the Fountain Hills Times, EPCOR and the town have been cooperating to renew the town’s water mains for several years now. However, water line inconsistencies continue to this day, making the need to have a healthy water pressure regulator even more important. If you have an old regulator at your home, a rupture in your own plumbing becomes even more likely.

As part of your annual home maintenance, have a plumber check to see if your water pressure regulator is still in good condition. Installing a new regulator typically only costs about $550 and doing so can save you thousands of dollars in potential damages.

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5 Easy Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades in a Weekend

Kitchen cabinets are a significant expense. If your cabinets are in good condition, but you want to get a fresh look, here are some easy upgrades you can do in a single weekend.

SWAP HARDWARE

In a single hour, you can make a big impact on the look of your cabinets by changing the hardware. Find a new style that still looks great with your cabinets and get a fresh look.

CUSTOMIZE LOWER UNITS

Make your kitchen easier to use by retrofitting a cabinet or two with some pull-out drawers. Do you have an awkward corner cabinet? Add a lazy Susan to make it more functional.

CUSTOMIZE DRAWERS

Make jumbled and over-filled drawers a thing of the past. Add drawer dividers or trays for better organization. While you are at it, get rid of gadgets and utensil you no longer use. You will love the tidy feeling.

ADD SOME FUN

Whether you have open cabinets or not, adding removable wallpaper, contact paper, or fabric to the back of the inside of your cabinet creates a pop of fun. You can even add it to the outside sides of your drawers for more kitchen fun.

LIGHTING

It is easier than ever to add under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen. This provides extra task lighting and a soft ambience in the evening after the overhead lights have been turned off.

A quick cabinet upgrade does not have to cost much or take a lot of time to achieve. And it only takes a single weekend to freshen the look.

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Create a Cozy Outdoor Living Space

While we wait for the hot summers to shift into the lovely cool season, many of us are dreaming about spending more time outdoors in our yards. Who doesn’t love having breakfast and coffee on the patio and evenings around the fire pit with family and friends?

We’ve rounded up some tips for creating a cozy backyard space under the stars. Some of these can even boost your home’s value.

  • Create outdoor “rooms”. Turn your backyard into an extension of your home’s interior. This can expand your living space and give you more options for entertaining. With the improvements in weather-resistant outdoor furniture, it’s easier to create outdoor living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. For optimal comfort, design these spaces like you would your indoor rooms.
  • Porcelain pavers. Continue the floor from indoors right out to your patio. Porcelain pavers are durable, easy to install and bring the look of the indoors to your outdoor living space. Porcelain is frost-proof and impervious to water penetration.
  • Lighting. Use the same approach to lighting in the backyard as you would inside your home. Choose dimmable lights, create task lighting, add ambient lighting, and don’t forget some pretty twinkle lights in trees or under pergolas. Remember to consider dark-sky-friendly fixtures
  • Outdoor blinds/shades. Choose water and mildewresistant outdoor curtains for function and aesthetics. Shade screens are helpful for blocking the unwanted sun. Consider electric shades that can be raised and lowered with a touch of a button. Sail shades are also a popular choice to permanently shade a specific area.
  • Fire pit. Enjoy our beautifully protected night skies while gathering around a fire pit to roast marshmallows and tell stories. Every budget has unique options, including fire pits that use glass or stone for a more decorative appeal. Be sure to locate them in an open area away from structures. Some town codes require permits, so do your homework first.
  • Potted plants. Placing potted outdoor plants in your patio living space creates a soft blending of indoor and outdoor ambiance. Choose plants with varying heights and textures and use pots of all shapes and sizes.
  • Gardens. Raised vegetable and flower gardens can give you the experience of growing your own food in yards that have the space. Even small spaces can hold a vertical garden mounted on a patio wall with herbs and flowers.
  • Water feature. There is almost nothing more relaxing than the sound of a small waterfall or fountain. Be sure to get the plumbing and electrical right to save money and to keep it safe.

With our long season of mild outdoor weather each fall and spring, functional and cozy outdoor spaces are prized by Arizona homeowners. Boost the value of your home while extending the indoors into the outdoors.