What’s Your Color Story?

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While most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about colors, they affect us every day. Colors can influence our moods and  thoughts. Each color has a psychological value. Think about how certain colors make you feel; they can influence any emotion, from tranquility to anger. The book Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color by Moll Anderson explains that our feelings about color are deeply rooted and emotionally based on our personal lives.

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Moll, interior designer and life stylist adds that understanding why we love and dislike certain colors is key to exploring our own personal color story, opening us up to embracing the colors that will renew, revamp, and revitalize our home and life.

“I became interested in color when I discovered that it was not only a reflection of my mood, but my state of being. I looked around and saw I was living in black and white, and I realized I was hiding. In this book I share the transformational elements of my own journey with color to help you transform your personal color story.”- Moll Anderson.

Our color choices do matter, and the powerful effect of color is most evident in our homes, says Moll who is also an accomplished television and radio host and  has appeared on numerous other television shows, including Access Hollywood Live, Good Day LA, The Talk, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Dr. Phil. Colors

Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color motivates us to change our life by “clearing out the cobwebs of our past with COLOR”. The book offers thirteen color sections, which will help ignite your creativity and motivate you to invite color into your home and life. I recently read the book and loved it.

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We all have a color story!

Moll says we all have a color story. While reading her book I thought about mine, which, by the way, was the first time I truly thought about color and its connection to my life. The book’s journal pages offer a great way to learn your own color story.

I used to love vibrant colors. Red, purple, green, yellow, even pink. As a teen, I would knit sweaters in the most vibrant colors. When my girls were little, I dressed them in colors they loved. Pink and purple were high up on the list of favorite colors. Girls became teenagers and I began to turn my attention to more neutral tones (grey, brown, black). I wanted a strong yet  flexible foundation that my home’s color palette could be build upon.

After my divorce, I started craving lots of white, which I didn’t care for much in the past. Perhaps deep down I felt white represented a blank canvas, a clean slate, a fresh start for me. I needed my new home to be airy, white, bright, and clutter-free. I needed room to “breathe”, and neutrals help me accomplish this.

Some people may find neutrals boring and dull. To me, the virtue of neutrals lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down.

In the spring, for example, I like to add pops of yellow around the house. It’s like bringing in sunshine. Yellow is such a happy color, it feels refreshing and invigorating. Although yellow is such a cheerful color, I wouldn’t want it to be the main color scheme in my home. Pops of yellow will do for me.

Moll’s favorite and easy way to add pops of color is with pillows and flowers. With the use of vibrant, beautiful photos, Moll  includes simple color solutions, fabulous “Pop of Color” additions, and her personal color lessons and stories from her designs and life.colors

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Blue is a color I’ve always loved but never utilized much. Not really sure why. Blue feels calming and relaxing. It creates such a peaceful atmosphere.  When I see the color blue, memories of my childhood come back. I was seven when I first saw the ocean – the Mediterranean Sea to be exact. It was the most beautiful blue I ever saw. It’s where I tasted salt water for the first time and learned to swim. The color blue is definitely meaningful to me.
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I’d love to add pops of blue to my home. The classic combination of white and blue is something I inspire to have in my home. White walls, caramel leather couch, blue pillows, cozy throws and rugs, and simple lighting.

Reading Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color  has made me realize that my feelings about color are deeply rooted and emotionally based on my personal life. I never thought about color in that way. Frankly, I never really thought much  about color.

The Color of Giving

Along with her professional work, Moll is a dedicated philanthropist, focusing her energy on many deserving causes including UNICEF and the Boys and Girls Club. In her book, Moll talks about the Color of Giving. She describes it as the most beautiful rainbow made up of all the colors that fill your heart with joy. This is the Color of Giving.

What’s your color story?

Are you curious to discover your personal connection to color and understand how color makes you feel?

Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color  will be available in Target stores when it officially publishes on March 14. 2017. This book can also be purchased at www.MollAnderson.com, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and Books-A-Million, or anywhere books are sold online.

 

 

Ultimate Banana Bread

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Saturdays are usually super busy for me. It’s a day full of cleaning, shopping, doing laundry, mowing the lawn, and everything else. But, it’s also the day when I bake the most. Working two jobs, running this blog, caring for child, dog and house keeps me busy all week. I usually don’t get any baking done on weekdays. So on Saturdays, I like to bake breads, muffins or granola bars for the week ahead. I eat them for breakfast, take them to work or put them in my son’s lunch box. Doing some baking on the weekend, and have it ready for the week, really helps me a lot.

This past Saturday, I made a banana bread. Super simple, moist and so delicious. Since I’m a huge fan of sweet breads, I’ve tried lots of different banana bread recipes. However, this was my first banana bread using buttermilk. It’s the best banana bread I’ve ever made, and my kids agree. I could eat the entire loaf myself.

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I found the recipe on the Taste of Home website but I changed it a tad. I added two cups of bananas instead of one, reduced the sugar amount to 1 cup and the buttermilk to 1/3 cup.

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Banana Bread

Ingredients

2 eggs

1/3 cup buttermilk ( I never have buttermilk in the house so I make my own. Pour enough vinegar just to fill the bottom of your measuring cup. Fill the rest with milk. Let stand for ten minutes.)

1/2 cup oil ( I use canola oil)

2 cups mashed bananas

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup sugar ( Add an extra 1/2 cup if you like your bread sweeter.)

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

 

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients.

2. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until combined.

4. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and eat.

 

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DIY Large Letter Art

DIY Large Letter Art

Here’s a quick and inexpensive way to add art to your walls. This typography print is simple and clean… just what my 13-year-old wanted. And black and white is always a timeless, classic duo, don’t you think?

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I wanted the simple letter art to add a punch , so I went bold and big. Plus, I figured the piece will create a perfect shape for other prints or elements to align against, making this black and white layout very neat and organized.

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My son, Daniel, recently got a new bed, mattress, new sheets, comforter, etc., so I decided to update his wall art. He likes clean lines and modern design so he was happy with the large letter print.

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I went ahead and designed the large letter art in PicMonkey.

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If you aren’t familiar with PicMonkey, it is a free photo editing/design site. You can upload your photos, resize, crop, and enhance them. You can also add text, textures, color, etc. Or you can design posters, cards, business cards, even yearbooks with PicMonkey. It’s super easy to navigate, and offers a bunch of great design/edit tools. For a fee you can upgrade to Royal features but I find their free features offer plenty.  In PicMonkey I clicked on Design and then on Tt (text).

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PicMonkey lets you pick from a variety of fonts, colors and sizes. I chose the font Francois One. Play around and explore this site; it’s really fun. Once I had my desired layout, I saved it to my PC and uploaded it to the Staples photo/print services site where I chose an Engineer Print.

engineer printsThis service is pretty awesome as you can pick from various sizes, black and white or color. I chose 24″ x 36″. The print was ready within an hour and the total cost was under $4. Their 18″ x 24″ is only $1.79 (color is only $2.99). You can get a print as large as 36″ x  48″ for under $8.

I placed the print inside a simple poster frame I made a couple of years back. I painted it black, then stapled the print, along with a large piece of cardboard, to the frame.

Since engineer prints are inexpensive and easy to make (and teenagers like to change their mind a lot), I can switch out the wall art throughout the year. Maybe next time he’ll let me add some color.