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Comforting Color: Fill your home with balance and hope

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(Family Features) In the world of design, what’s old inevitably becomes new again, and a similar pattern is inspiring today’s on-trend color palettes for home decor. The latest styles reflect reviving and comforting colors influenced by heritage and romance, lending to a look that is familiar in an individualistic way.

With more people living their everyday, working lives at home, many homeowners are discovering the contentment that comes with slowing down. Often that means looking to the past to find comfort for moving forward.

Nostalgia serves as an emotional tool that delivers deep-rooted serenity and powerful healing properties. Looking to the past is often beneficial during times of uncertainty and can be an opportunity to bring styles and practices back to the present to create an appreciation of the past.

Whether living through the romance of rural lifestyles, the comfort of home or the nostalgia from far-off times, some of today’s most beloved design aesthetics celebrate the past, present and future while bringing balance, hope and comfort for you and your family to embrace.

Timeless Color

Using color to evoke feelings and emotions is hardly new but combining a carefully curated color palette with other design elements can allow you to create a look that pays homage to the past while breathing new life into your living space.

Reimagining classic, familiar tones allows you to achieve a design motif that is equal parts reminiscent and refreshing.

“The Vintage Homestead Color Collection offers an effortless look that reveals the importance of being hopeful to find stability and balance,” said Ashley Banbury, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams senior color designer. “Our 2023 Color Collection of the Year revives elements from the past that are perfectly paired with vintage, comfortable and classic colors.”

Blending Past and Present

Striking a balance between old and new can take many forms, as these styles show:

  • Heritage Revival: An interest in reviving the past is evident in design trends like a remerging appreciation of antiques and vintage elements, such oversized furniture and traditional shapes. To capture this style, your design should focus on contrasting old and new for a mix-and-match look. Ultimately, the aesthetic is a look that feels simultaneously individualistic and curated.

    A cohesive color scheme can allow the various elements to stand on their own while working in harmony for an intentional design. For example, the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2023 Color Collection of the Year includes a combination of familiar tones that have been thoughtfully curated by design experts who borrow color and design concepts from the past for a hopeful future and a sense of belonging. Hues like Poetry Plum and Hot Cocoa evoke warmth and depth, while moderate shades like Restrained Gold and Glamour offer fresh ways to incorporate mid-range neutrals. Meanwhile, soft tones like Natural Linen and Cool Beige offer subtle color for lighter, brighter spaces.
  • Mixing and Matching of Eras:A new take on retro design is emerging in which eras are blended and new and old furnishing work side by side. To get this look, you’ll craft a space that marries historical and contemporary design, celebrating both the old and new. To design for longevity, incorporate pieces that are ambiguous in era and stand the test of time.
  • Vintage Homestead:Reviving design elements from the past with mixed patterns, classic shapes and vintage decor adds up to comfortable and comforting design. With this trend, prints and patterns encompass a range of styles, reinforcing how interiors connect to fashion. Mixing classic elegance with sleek vintage shapes is refining the concept of polished comfort. To achieve the look, curate pieces in heritage shapes and patterns, along with retro accents. Be sure to incorporate vintage lighting and glass, as well.

A versatile color choice like Darkroom, the 2023 Color of the Year from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, is an alluring shade that is classic enough for heritage interiors but also modernly retro for a throwback-inspired aesthetic. It’s a neutral perfect for creating an eclectic yet modern look inside and out. Indoors, use it on the walls to offset more earthy brown and taupe tones in your furnishings and textiles.

Get inspired to combine the past with the present for a comforting design that’s all your own at hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com.

Crafting a Conservatory

Today’s homeowners are also increasingly interested in biophilic design and bringing the outdoors in, which prompts a conservatory aesthetic in home design. To achieve the look, design your space to make maximum use of natural light in creative ways. Incorporate large potted trees and statement plants that blur the lines between indoors and outdoors.


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7 Ways to Reduce Energy Bills During Summer Heat

The summer is when we see homeowners strategizing about how to keep their homes cool and comfortable while sticking to their household budgets,

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The summer is when we see homeowners strategizing about how to keep their homes cool and comfortable while sticking to their household budgets,

 (Family Features) With temperatures forecasted to run at least 2 degrees higher than historical averages across more than half the country, according to projections from AccuWeather, heat waves may lead to soaring air-conditioning bills this summer.

“The summer is when we see homeowners strategizing about how to keep their homes cool and comfortable while sticking to their household budgets,” said Michael Williford, HVAC service manager at Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. “We work with customers to keep their current HVAC systems running smoothly or upgrade to more efficient systems, which can make a huge difference in their utility bills. In addition, there are many other ways homeowners can keep their energy costs down during the hot summer months.”

Consider these smart, practical, cost-cutting tips for dialing down your energy bills.

Service HVAC Systems Regularly
To ensure the best cooling performance and efficiency possible, find a licensed contractor to keep your heating and cooling system well-maintained and serviced throughout the year. There are some tasks many homeowners can handle on their own, like keeping outdoor units free of debris and changing air filters. However, bringing in a professional 1-2 times a year for maintenance and to ensure proper function of ductwork and electrical components is also essential.

Use Appliances During Non-Peak Hours
Rather than using stoves, ovens and clothing dryers in the afternoon hours, consider doing so early in the morning or late in the evening. Peak time for many electricity providers is noon-6 p.m., meaning using appliances that heat up your home outside of this timeframe when conventional heating and cooling systems are likely running full throttle can help lower energy costs.

Upgrade Your Systems to an Energy-Saving Heat Pump
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) incentivizes homeowners who opt for energy-efficient HVAC upgrades, including qualified heat pumps, which can boost seasonal energy efficiency ratios and increase efficiencies. For example, Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps provide more energy-efficient cooling that may equal cost and energy savings as well as a reduced carbon footprint for homeowners. These systems are equipped with inverter or variable-speed technology that allows systems to automatically ramp up or down the required amount of energy depending on the room’s capacity. Although annual savings vary, some homeowners can save as much as $1,000 per year by switching to an all-electric heat pump.

Fire Up the Grill
When temperatures soar, use the grill for cooking to help lower energy usage and save on air-conditioning costs. Alternatively, toaster ovens, air fryers and slow cookers use less energy than larger conventional stoves or ovens. Get creative by cooking a pizza in a chiminea or smoking favorite meats as alternatives to using your oven.

Stop Cooling Empty Rooms
One mistake many homeowners make is forgetting to adjust their temperature settings when leaving the house. Whether you’re headed to the beach for the weekend or just headed to work for the day, blasting the air conditioner in an empty house can result in unnecessarily high utility bills. Multi-zone, all-electric heat pumps like those from Mitsubishi Electric allow homeowners to set the comfort level and adjust the temperature in each room, so you don’t have to waste energy cooling unoccupied rooms. With a smartphone app, you can even adjust the settings remotely.

Install a Smart Electric Panel
Installing a smart electrical panel alongside an all-electric heat pump enables homeowners to monitor and control energy consumption on-site or remotely using a smartphone for better overall efficiency and utility cost savings.

Harness the Sun’s Energy with Solar Panels
According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the amount of sunlight that strikes the Earth’s surface in 90 minutes could power the world’s total energy usage for a full year. Investing in solar panels can help decrease energy bills and increase your home’s sustainability. Additionally, some utility providers and government entities, including the IRA, offer incentives to help reduce installation costs. Plus, solar-sourced power pairs well with all-climate heat pumps, which require minimal electricity to operate.

Find more ideas to dial down energy usage (and bills) this summer at MitsubishiComfort.com.

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STM Daily News: Navigating the Entertaining Pickleball Documentary and 2 Night UFO Mysteries Unraveled

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Welcome to our latest blog post! Today, we explore a fascinating array of topics that are making waves in the world of news and entertainment. Join us as we delve into the captivating realm of pickleball with a spotlight on an exciting documentary featuring pro-Pickleball pioneers. We’ll also share some delightful news for Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works shoppers. And, last but not least, we’ll unravel the mysterious UFO sightings that have left people in awe. Let’s jump right in!

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Discover the exhilarating world of pickleball as we take a closer look at the documentary “Dreambreaker: A Pickleball Story.” Follow the journey of renowned host Mike Sleeves Sliwa and the pro-Pickleball pioneers as they navigate unexpected partnerships, fierce rivalries, and legendary athletes joining the game. Get ready for high stakes and riveting drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Section 2: “Unveiling Shopping Voucher Bonanza”
Attention shoppers! We’ve got exciting news for those who have made recent purchases at Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works. Find out how you can receive up to $15 off your next purchase through a special voucher program. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to snag some fantastic savings on your favorite brand-name products. Check out the details in this section!

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Prepare to be amazed as we delve into a mind-boggling phenomenon: UFO sightings over Arizona and parts of California. Explore eyewitness accounts, Reddit speculations, and the possibility of a SpaceX launch being the cause. Join us as we unravel the mystery and discuss the theories surrounding this extraordinary event.

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Unlock Your $15 Power Voucher: Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works Shoppers

“Attention Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works shoppers! Claim your $15 settlement voucher now! Limited time offer for eligible purchases.”

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Attention all Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and Bath & Body Works shoppers! We have some interesting news to share with you. If you made a purchase at any of these stores between May 10, 2021, and August 8, 2021, you may be eligible to receive a voucher for up to $15 off a single purchase at a future visit to any of these stores. How amazing is that?

Lynch Carpenter, LLP, a renowned law firm, has announced a proposed settlement with Bath & Body Works, LLC, and Victoria’s Secret Stores, LLC, regarding potential violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act during the relevant time period. While the defendants deny any wrongdoing, a settlement has been reached to provide relief for the affected customers and avoid the costs of a trial.

To be eligible for the settlement, you must have made a purchase at either Victoria’s Secret, Pink, or Bath & Body Works stores during the specified time period and received a printed receipt at the point of sale that displayed more than the last five digits of your credit or debit card number. If you paid with cash or a gift card, did not receive a receipt, received only an e-mailed receipt, or made an online purchase, unfortunately, you are not included in the settlement class.

The good news is that if you are indeed a settlement class member, you could receive a voucher worth up to $15 if you submit a valid claim form. And even if you made a purchase using My Bath & Body Works Rewards or a Victoria’s Secret branded credit or debit card and don’t submit a claim form, you will still receive a claimable voucher worth up to $5 automatically. More details about the vouchers can be found at www.FACTAClassActionSettlement.com. Just remember, the deadline to submit claim forms is July 16, 2024.

If you used your My Bath & Body Works Rewards Account or a Victoria’s Secret branded credit or debit card and take no action, you will receive a voucher as described above if the court approves the settlement. However, if you don’t file a valid claim form, you won’t receive a voucher. Keep in mind that by doing nothing, you waive your right to object to the settlement or participate in any other lawsuit against the defendants related to this case. But don’t worry, you still have options. You can choose to exclude yourself from the settlement or file an objection by July 1, 2024. The choice is yours.

Now, mark your calendars because the court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on October 24, 2024, to consider the approval of the settlement, as well as other important requests. This includes a request for attorneys’ fees up to $3,000,000 and $5,000 service awards to each of the named plaintiffs. If you have any objections, the court will take them into account during this hearing.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, visit www.FACTAClassActionSettlement.com, or if you have any questions, feel free to call 1-877-509-0275. Explore the website to get all the details you need, and don’t miss out on this chance to receive a voucher for your future shopping spree at Victoria’s Secret, Pink, or Bath & Body Works!

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