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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Growing up in Washington County, Maryland, this has always been a special time of year marked by small town parades, family cookouts and picnics, the opening of swimming pools and the town carnival, but first and foremost, remembrance of those who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Though school usually isn’t out just yet, Memorial Day Weekend is often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer.

Memorial DayThere’s nothing like driving through the small towns of my childhood on Memorial Day weekend. There are countless flags waving in the breeze and people’s homes are decked out in red, white and blue bunting and décor. The smell of delicious grilled food wafts from people’s backyard gatherings and the Ferris wheel is visible above the tree line from the carnival at the town park. It’s like a glimpse into small town America, where everyone knows everyone and families congregate along Main Street to enjoy a parade with veterans, local marching bands, fire trucks and scout groups. The heart of the occasion is marked with a traditional wreath laying ceremony by veterans’ organizations and patriotic song.

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, shortly after the Civil War, to honor the mass number of casualties from both the North and South. During the war, it became common for women to decorate the graves of soldiers with flowers. The commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the veterans’ organization for Union Civil War veterans, proclaimed that Decoration Day should be observed annually and nationwide on May 30, 1868. There’s speculation that this has a connection to the number of beautiful flowers blooming this time of year. Memorial Day became the more common name for the holiday after World War II and was declared the official name in 1967.

Whether your Memorial Day celebration includes an extended weekend, time with family, or a traditional small town parade, I hope you will take time to remember the sacrifices of so many men and women. Have a safe and happy holiday!

The Midas Touch

Gold Home Decor

Gold is making a comeback! I first noticed it while walking through LOWE’S earlier this year. A gold-finish faucet on display caught my attention. It stood out among the nickel and chrome finishes in a regal sort of way. And that was just the first of many gold items I started noticing here and there.

Gold and variations of the color are being used more frequently in home décor, home accents and finishes. You’ll find some of the more traditional bright, shiny gold that comes to mind when you think of the color, but matte bronzes and antique finishes are soaring in popularity. Gold warms up and lends a touch of elegance to any space more than chrome or nickel, which have become the standards in recent years.

Popular faucet manufacturers like Delta, Moen, KOHLER, and Pfister are still offering standard silver finishes, but golden finishes are also available, just expect to pay a little more. Names like Champagne Bronze, Venetian Bronze and Oil Rubbed Bronze describe the finishes of these mostly matte, dark gold and bronze fixtures.

Incorporating gold accents into your home décor is an easy task that can completely transform the look of your space. Vintage gold and bGold Home Decorrass are making a huge comeback but as with home fixtures, you’ll find many different shades of gold available.

Gold can tie an entire room together while adding a touch of glamour.  It pairs well with any color scheme and looks especially good with neutrals. In fact, using gold with a neutral palette can create a very elegant effect. If it’s a dramatic look you’re after, just add gold to black or another hot color right now – navy. You can also mix and match different metals; there’s nothing wrong with silver and gold tone pieces in the same space.

If you’re more of a DIY’er you can create your own gold accents with home accessories you already have. Just use metallic spray paint to easily transform glass jars, furniture, wreaths, and more!  The possibilities are endless when it comes to giving your home the Midas touch!