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Pantone announced Living Coral as the Color of the Year so we set out to get expert tips on how to bring it into your home.

Each year the creative color geniuses over at Pantone analyze trends and announce a color that people will be turning to for their decor and fashion choices. Overcome by what they call “the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life” they see people seeking out solace and connectivity in an engaging way. They describe living coral as a visual representative of “our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.”

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

-Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the PANTONE color institute

Sally Kjos of GreyHunt Interiors had this to say about the 2019 color that will be seen throughout homes this year.

“If I’m being honest, I was a little surprised by Living Coral being [Pantone’s] choice; not because I don’t appreciate this vibrant shade but because I feel it was an already a been there, done that design trend- back in the early 2010’s. However, I do think that since desert-y (clay/terracotta) color pallets are on the rise, Living Coral is just a pinked-up twist to that. And because of that twist, I’m sure it will kick off modern and hot trends we haven’t seen before. “

Incorporating living coral into her own designs, Kjos says she would do so subtly by adding a velvet pillow “to richen its shade, giving it an even livelier pop.” And then going one step further by pairing it with a cheetah print for even more flare.

Todd Martz with Home on Cameron in Old Town Alexandria also sat with us to talk about the color of the year. Check out the video below and scroll further to see our picks for living coral home decor pieces.

So what are those extra pops we want to incorporate into our home to stay on trend in 2019? Check out our picks below.

How to incorporate the color of the year into your home decor

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Design 101: Home Decor In and Out List for 2019

Staying on trend can be hard. We took the guess work out of the equation when it comes to how to style your home this year. Area interior designers break down the home decor ins and outs for the year ahead and give tips on how to implement them in your home.

Sallie Kjos at GreyHunt Interiors breaks down her tips for 2019:

Each new year rings in a long list of new trends, and old one’s on their way out. However, since trends tend to circulate, I always am weary to say something is considered ‘out’ because we each have our own styles or something we love that we can still incorporate into our home. No matter it’s timely popularity. My advice—if it looks good, it’s in! And if you need help making it look good, hire a designer. Ha! So, here are the ‘ins’ to 2019’s trends I’m spotting. If you love them, try them.

Mixed Metals: I’ve had my eye on this one for a while and even incorporated it into my own home. Mixing metals breaks things up from being too ‘matchy-matchy’, leaving your space feeling monotonous. 

Design by GreyHunt Interiors | Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Texture is Key: Texture captures our attention by creating dimensions to a space, creating warmth and the opportunity to feel something. It’s the best way to juxtapose clean lines by adding texture with ornate decor, fabrics, and furniture for not just a good design, but a great one. Just don’t overdo it with the fur!! 

Design by GreyHunt Interiors | Photo by Christy Kosnic

Bye, Bye Bob the Builder: Builder grade is the most simplified way to ‘customize’ your home. Bob built for thousands, but you’re one in a million. So, it’s time to take hold of your individuality and ditch the out of date builder grade. You can either completely gut with a full ‘reno to really get customized. Or if you’re looking for a more inexpensive way to update, try making some simple swaps with your hardware, lighting, mirrors, faucets, maybe even a new face of paint. Trust me, even those small things can make all the difference. 2019 is the time to get custom and curated, baby. 

Design by GreyHunt Interiors | Photo by Christy Kosnic

The 5th Wall: Ceilings have gotten their own attention, especially when it comes to architecture, with those coffered or beamed overheads. But what about the majority that are your typical flat white? How can you give them attention? Well for starters, it’s time to think outside that flat white box and add actually utilize this blank canvas. For some easy interest, simply add a pop of color with some paint. And if you’re really ambitious, go for a wallpaper- as subtle or striking as you’d like. The 5th wall has no limits.

Design by GreyHunt Interiors | Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

How to winterize your plumbing and who to call when disaster strikes

Baby it’s cold outside! By now you should have winterized your hose bibs. If not, now is the time. Do this as the cold winds pick up and temperatures plummet outside. If you don’t, you may risk disaster striking in the form of a burst pipe and flood inside your home.

I met with Restoration 1 of Centreville owner, Georg Schwarz, to discuss how and why we should all winterize our home plumbing and what goes into curing a water loss. Unfortunately I had a pin-hole leak in a pipe in my basement back in May 2018 and Georg was on the spot with dryers, dehumidifiers, HEPA filters, and the tools to get the claim to my insurance company. All was covered and we are now fully restored.

Check out this video so you too can avoid a costly loss and, if disaster strikes, you’ll know who to call.

How to winterize your plumbing and who to call when disaster strikes

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How to winterize your plumbing with Liberty Plumbing owner John Sfreddo

In the words coined by Game of Thrones, “winter is coming”. There are special precautions every home owner should take in order to get ready for the dropping temperatures. I had a minute to chat with John Sfreddo, owner of Liberty Plumbing in Chantilly, and discuss what needs to happen in your home.

  • Drain and shut off the outside hose spigots
  • Be sure your sump pumps are functioning properly
  • For vacant properties be sure to fully winterize your home: shut off all water from outside of home, drain water heater, blow out the line, RV antifreeze all traps…aka call a plumber and get it done!

You can hear what John has to say here or contact him at or 703-263-0155.

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How to prepare your lawn for winter: Interview with Raul Berrios and RulyScapes

Fall marks the preparation for a great lawn the following spring. According to Raul Berrios, owner of RulyScapes, we have a few more precious days for aeration, seeding and top dressing. Raul and his general manager, Zach, joined me for an interview in the rain to discuss fall preparation and a wholistic approach to lawn creation and maintenance.

In western Centreville RulyScapes works with a developer to transform raw land into beautiful 5-acre green lots for residential homes. Take a look at this interview where Raul and Zach took an abandoned golf course and turned it into a lawn so soft you do not need to wear shoes! From bush hog, to to dressing, to seeding, weed control and leaf removal, RulyScapes makes unruly lawns ruly.

You can learn more about RulyScapes at