February always seem to linger on and the weather is up and down in temperature.The days are getting a little longer but it is dreary and the only color we see are the outside decorations lingering on the porch from the holidays. No need to despair. You can transform your home without spending a fortune. My wife is a Interior Decorator and I have heard her tell clients again and again that it is not necessary to spend a fortune with each season change just add a few well chosen pieces and voila!
1)Change the Color of Throws and Decorator Pillows:
Your home may have a monochromatic color scheme but somehow after the many shades of Christmas, it seems dull. No need to change the entire color scheme. Add a bold color to spruce things up, perhaps something from the Blue hues such as Teal or from the Red hues such as scarlet, bright orange or watermelon.
2) Add a bold patterned area rug:
Even if your furniture has a pattern this can be a viable option. Mixing patterns and stripes is the look of today. Just be sure they do not fight each other. A small muted pattern or stripe on different furniture pieces can make them look brand new with a bold patterned area rug, pulling it all together. If the furniture is bold, chose a patterned carpet in a toned down look.
3) Paint the room or one wall:
If you are happy with the wall colors but the room just needs a pick-up, try painting one wall a bold color or go all in and redo the walls. If you are doing one wall, chose a color that complements the decor but makes a statement.
4) Chose some new Accessories:
We often have Holiday decorations or boughs on the mantle and with them packed away the fireplace looks empty.You may have to purchase a few new pieces but before you do that, search what you have. Clear glass jugs in assorted sizes can go a long way. Fill them with bright colors, shells, colored glass marbles, memorabilia from a southern holiday (those items are usually brightly colored, especially Mexican holidays). If you do not have anything that will do, try other peoples forgotten treasures like garage sale items or family and friends garages. If you buy new accessories,remember, they do not always have to be expensive.
5) Add some Greenery:
If you do not have a green thumb that is OK. There are plenty of silk plants available that can transform your look. Try adding a large palm tree in the corner and a few well placed overflowing pots beside the sofa on the floor in a grouping.
6) Property Lighting:
Subdued lighting is great for dinner parties or quiet relaxing evenings but check your light bulbs for burned out components and beware of high energy saving light bulbs. You do not have to sacrifice the look for economy sake. Light one of your large trees from the base with an economy spotlight on a timer. It creates a great atmosphere even if your are not in the room!
7) Permeate the home with a Favorable Fragrance:
There are a variety of fragrances available for those warming pots. Chose one that is inviting without having a heavy perfume odor. You may even like the ones that simulate a baking oven like Apple Pie or Chocolate Chip Cookies.
You are on your way to a whole new temporary or permanent look, the choice is yours. When Spring arrives you can go back to your old look if you like or you may just fall in love with the new look.
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Chatham-Kent Events Celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History month and it is only fitting, since Chatham-Kent is steeped in Black history, that there are several local events to celebrate.
First, it is important to note that Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden received the Harriet Tubman Award, Commitment to a purpose by the Ontario Black History Society. The award recognizes dedication to Black History preservation, programming and historical site stewardship. The society elevates the stories of African Canadians and how their lives help us to understand and appreciate their race, identity and their fight for freedom and how precious our individual freedom and that of our country is. to all of us. A plaque was presented to Beth Hanna, CEO of the Ontario Heritage Trust which owns and operates Uncle Tom's Cabin Site. The site commemorates Reverend Josiah Hensen, his tireless efforts as a abolitionist and his many contributions to The Underground Railroad and the lives of the many slaves who fled to this area fighting for their freedom.The site is an excellent source of history and one that would be a great stop to add to your adventures.
In addition to Rev. Hensen's original home,there is an Interpretive Centre, a visitors Centre and Museum with 19th century books and artifacts related to abolition and Hensen's Life. There are also educational films to view.The Underground Railway Freedom gallery features the geographic journey and history of enslaved people in the United States, from their path from Africa through slavery in the United States, and on to freedom in British North America. The gallery also exhibits the life and times of Josiah Hensen. The outbuilding include a sawmill, a smokehouse and even an 1850 pioneer church complete with Rev. Hensen's original pulpit.
The surrounding area was originally part of the 300 acres Dawn settlement where many fugitive slaves found freedom and free blacks settled. It was the largest of its kind in the 1800's. The freed slaves and their brothers made and changed history, helping to build our city and towns. Without their contributions Chatham-Kent would not be the community it is today.
Chatham-Kent Tourism hosted travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis in the fall of 2018. She wrote an article as well as an on-line tribute to Uncle Tom's Cabin which was recently released.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Buxton National Historic Site and Museum and the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum are also featured in the January/February edition of Canadian Geographic.
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is holding a workshop on February 15 to encourage the teaching of Black History. The workshop reaches out to educators and parents to encourage them to incorporate the history of African Enslavement into Canada in their grade 3 to grade 10 History curriculum. The site is also hosting "A Chatham-Kent Tapestry: A Visual History to 1950 by Jim and Lisa Gilbert" February 18.
The Thames Art Gallery is featuring a new exhibit through March 10 by Allyson Mitchell and Madelyn Beckles which focuses on Black Feminism. The Gallery will screen a National Film Board movie called, Sisters in the Struggle at the Kiwanis Theatre on February 15. On Family Day Feb 18 the Gallery will host a poster-making workshop from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. in Studio One. The participants will take creative action by visual interpretation of an issue they feel is important to them.
Bring the family to some of these great events and celebrate Black History month and Chatham-Kent`s past.
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