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I don’t know about you, but when summertime approaches, I can’t wait to get outside to enjoy some fresh air! With that being said, I would far rather be enjoying a backyard barbeque with family & friends, then doing necessary yard maintenance. Check out these tips & tricks for some ideas on how to free up your time spent on outdoor chores, so you can maximize your outdoor enjoyment this summer.


Nautical Inspired Nursery


Posted on June 01, 2017

Just recently I was told I would soon be a gramma, and my mind started racing with design ideas for the “Nursery”.  My daughter came up with ideas and I found products to fit.  A nautical theme was decided on, and I was off and running.  The room already had beautiful hardwood flooring, so we decided on a nice plush and soft area rug.  Wood on walls is a popular decorating trend, so we went with it, picking a distressed laminate for accent walls behind the crib.  Remember, just because it’s called flooring doesn’t mean it has to be installed on the floor.

Cat1 carries lots of different products that can be used for these accent walls, like vinyl plank, laminate, prefab wall panels and As-Is wood planks. It is amazing to see the transformation from a painted wall into a feature wall!!

Designer ~ Vicki

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Posted on May 01, 2017

With Spring finally arriving, our thoughts turn to being outside. It's been a long winter, and now it's time to check around your exterior and give your house some love--just as you would for the interior.

Have you thought about painting your front door? Take a step back...what does your front door and entry say about your house? Welcome-- or help!?!!

It's an easy change--a quick weekend job for any DIY'r.

Maybe you'll want to go for something bold--bright yellow is going to make a statement!  If your style is a little more relaxed, choose a soft grey-green, or one of the many beautiful shades of teal so popular right now. What accent colors do you have inside your home?  Tie those colors into your choice for your fresh new front door.

Don't forget to dress your porch, too. Tidy up those flower beds and pots.

Cushions and seating looking a little ragged? Invest in some new accessories. Mix vintage with new.

Treat your front entry as you would any other room in your house. Then sit back, welcome your friends, and enjoy some sun!

Designer - Stacey

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Spring is in the Air!


Posted on April 07, 2017

Yah!  – Spring has finally arrived (although it’s hard to tell sometimes when you look out the window).  I don’t know what it is about the change in the seasons but I always feel restless come spring.  Gotta get moving …liven things up a little.  I’m not alone as 'tis the season for Spring Cleaning. 

Time to bring new life into your home…open up those windows and let the fresh air in.    Nothing says spring like fresh new bedding, throw cushions or draperies. A fresh coat of paint always makes me smile.

Go outside (Lord knows we are lacking vitamin D).  Perhaps it’s time that Deck got a new face lift …Tufdek anyone?   How about artificial Turf?  Imagine never mowing again.  You can enjoy the cool glass of lemonade from your newly faced deck while watching your neighbors mow their lawns.   Ahhh …enjoying my happy place J

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Posted on April 03, 2017

Pantone Greenery

As we approach spring, I can’t help but reflect on the colour forecast for 2017. This year, Pantone’s colour ‘Greenery’ was chosen for the ‘it’ colour; this means you will see it popping up in home décor, consumer products, and even automobiles. Greenery is a very vibrant, granny smith apple, yellow-based green. A very bold addition to any space, this colour is probably best used in small doses as it is not for the faint of heart.
How can you incorporate this fun springy pop of colour into your space? My first instinct is to tell you to introduce this with accessories and interchangeable items around your home. Since this is a trendy colour, I wouldn’t suggest adding it in permanent installations (for example a bold lime green tile backsplash might not be the best choice because even if you initially love it, you might grow tired of it over time). If you are stumped on how to incorporate this invigorating colour into your home, stop by & see the ladies at Rave Designs- they have a ton of fun accessories in store, and have even more selection available by order. Stop by our showroom and then swing into Rave for some extra inspiration- your custom decor will leave your friends green with envy! 

Designer - Krista