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20 Oct 01:57

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

by Marc Chernoff

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clear vision again.

Last night I had a long conversation with my wise, 71-year-old dad about living and growing through adversity.  One of the last things he said before we got off the phone resonated with me so much, I wrote it down:

“It’s been my experience that most people aren’t truly happy until they’ve had many reasons to be sad.  I believe this is because it takes all of those bad days and hardships to teach us how to truly appreciate what we have.  It builds our resilience.”

Honestly, I don’t think it gets any closer to the truth than that.

Not every day is good, but there is something good about every day.  It takes a strong person to see the positive on down days.  The key, I have learned, lies in letting go.  It’s about realizing that, except for your own thoughts, there’s nothing that’s absolutely in your power.  Knowing and accepting this gives you the ability to cope effectively with life’s constant stream of little tragedies – an aptitude we call resilience.

Ultimately, you can fight life, you can do nothing but complain about what you’re missing, or you can accept everything you have and put it together to create something worth smiling about.

So with this in mind, here are some good things to keep in mind when you’re having a bad day:

  1. The right attitude is the one thing you need right now. – What you focus on changes everything.  Don’t look back when you know you shouldn’t.  Don’t worry about what you can’t control.  Don’t stress over unimportant things.  Be positive.  Seriously, the most underrated trait of all successful people I’ve ever met is positivity.  Your attitude directly determines how well you live your life.  You simply can’t live a positive life with a negative attitude.  Don’t let mental blocks control you.  Set yourself free. Confront your negativity and turn the mental blocks into building blocks. (more…)
17 Nov 02:13

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

by Marc Chernoff

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.  It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein

“This morning, nearly five years after my husband’s passing, a beautiful couple and their three kids knocked on my front door.  The man smiled and said, “Your husband was my heart donor.  He saved my life.  Not a single day has gone by that I don’t pray for him and think of you.  Thank you!”

This is the opening paragraph right out of an email I received today from a reader named, Colleen.  She goes on to admit that she couldn’t see any positive sides of her husband’s death, until she was staring at them on her door step.  “It doesn’t necessarily make things easier, but it certainly changed the way I think.  I feel like a small piece of my broken heart has healed.”

And the truth is, it happens just like that.  Although Colleen’s experience is unique, and somewhat extreme, at some point life slaps all of us with a good reminder that shifts our perspective.  Personally, I have been slapped with several of these reminders over the years.   And today, I want to pass a few of them along to you…

Reminder:  Have you checked out our book?  We just released a new bundle pack for “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently” which includes our eBook, audio book, paperback and bonus material on sale for a big discount.  Click here to check it out!

  1. Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now. – Circumstances will direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time.  Sometimes these circumstances knock you down, hard.  There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong.  And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t.  When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right.  Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best.  Because our most significant opportunities are often found in times of great difficulty.  Thus, you will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle. (more…)
23 Sep 14:00

Build a Modern Concrete Fire Pit from Scratch

by Kit Stansley on Workshop, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

There a many different ways to construct a fire pit, from a simple ring of stones to something with more modern aesthetic like this poured concrete version. While the project is labor-intensive, you can build it in a weekend for around $150.


14 Nov 08:00

Borderlands Of My Dreams: Tales From The Borderlands

by Alice O'Connor

Oh, don't fuss over the Xbox controller prompts - these are just press kit shots, y'all.

I don’t enjoy Borderlands. I find the core first-person shooting unsatisfying, and I don’t enjoy how its action-RPG side augments that with boring incremental skills and randomised weapons.

I do, however, dig the idea of a weird west planet on the outskirts of known space filled with chancers, treasure-hunters, weirdos, and gangs of murderers. That’s nice, that. And gosh oh golly, I have very much enjoyed watching the new trailer for Telltale’s episodic adventure game series Tales from the Borderlands. It’s got all the griftin’, cheatin’, sneakin’, and rootin’ tootin’ robot shootin’ I would want from a game set in that world. Come see!

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14 Nov 22:00

The Minions Just Want to Heat Things Up!

The Minions Just Want to Heat Things Up!

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12 Nov 13:00

Why You Should Hire People Who Make Typos

by Evil HR Lady

The best people for certain jobs may not have perfect résumés. Oh, sure, they’ll have the skills you need, but you might spot a “their” that should be “there” or vice versa. Many hiring managers reject such people on the spot. Research suggests that this may be a bad idea.

Typos are made because we’re so busy trying to convey meaning that we don’t always notice when we’ve made an error. We all know that it’s difficult to catch our own typos, but why is that? It’s because we already know what we mean, so our eyes read one thing but our brain translates it into the meaning that it already knows exists.

This, of course, means our readers have to extract our meaning without the benefit of being inside our head. Plus, they can’t see our facial expressions or hear our tone of voice as they can when we speak. This is why some people can give fantastic speeches and yet be awful writers.

To keep reading, click here: Why You should Hire People Who make Typos


10 Nov 01:46

9 Negative Thoughts that Push People Away from You

by Marc Chernoff

9 Negative Thoughts that Push People Away from You

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought.

In our line of work, Angel and I hear from hundreds of coaching clients and students enrolled in our Getting Back to Happy course every month.  Through this experience, we often see the same exact negative thinking patterns tearing otherwise healthy individuals apart.  And we’ve witnessed, firsthand, the devastation this negativity causes to their personal and professional growth, and to their relationships.

But let’s be honest, we all get our minds stuck in the gutter sometimes.  None of us are immune to the negative thoughts that creep up in the backs of our minds.  However, that doesn’t mean we have to succumb to them.  Whether your negative thinking is a common occurrence, or just a once in a while phenomena, it’s critical for your long-term happiness and success that you are able to recognize when you’re thinking negatively, and consciously shift your mindset from negative to positive.

Here are nine of the most common negative thoughts we see people struggle with, and some tips to get back on track:

  1. “I need to be exactly who they want me to be.” – Life offers you a priceless opportunity in every single moment to see and experience Who You Really Are.  Seize it!  Sometimes we get completely lost in trying to live life for others, trying to meet their expectations, doing things just to impress them.  Take a moment now and stop yourself.  Are you doing things because you truly believe in them?  Remember your own needs and goals.  Remember who YOU are.  Live, do and love so that you are happy too, because when it comes down to it, you can’t be true to others unless you are true to yourself first. (more…)
11 Nov 18:30

A Handy Resource For Electricians

27 Oct 13:30

Learn Unconventional Skills to Boost Your Value in the Career Market

by Eric Ravenscraft

Learn Unconventional Skills to Boost Your Value in the Career Market

You can't make it far in your career without a set of skills that make you valuable to an employer. To stand out from the crowd, however, be sure to also learn some skills that may not be taught in the curriculum everyone else is following.


29 Oct 11:30

Find the Right Bike Size for You with These Measurements

by Herbert Lui

Find the Right Bike Size for You with These Measurements

When you buy a bike, it's best to try them on for size. But you can get a good idea of what size to start with by measuring your inseam.


04 Nov 00:00

Develop Your Kitchen Knife Skills with This Free Online Course

by Patrick Allan

Develop Your Kitchen Knife Skills with This Free Online Course

If you're looking to really up your slice and dice game, this comprehensive online course teaches you essential kitchen knife skills, the best ways to cut different fruits and veggies, and how to take care of your blades.


08 Nov 21:00

Stop Overanalyzing Why You Might Get Fired: Just Do Your Job

by Dave Greenbaum

Stop Overanalyzing Why You Might Get Fired: Just Do Your Job

We all worry about getting laid off or fired at some point in our careers. We'll constantly look for clues to see which way the wind is blowing. If you stop reading into every action at work, you'll lower your stress. You probably aren't getting fired anyway.


04 Nov 16:00

That Freeze is for the War of the Roses

That Freeze is for the War of the Roses

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Tagged: dancing , twitter , school , reaction
05 Nov 18:30

Somebody Has to Do It

06 Nov 17:00

"Expelliarmus" Takes on a Whole New Meaning

06 Nov 17:30

Give Your Husband Some Credit

Give Your Husband Some Credit

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Tagged: cleaning , poop , pee , toilet , funny , g rated , dating
03 Nov 08:31

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

by joythebaker

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

This is me finding a solution to your Halloween candy dilemma.  It’s a problem, right?  I mean… how are we supposed to live surrounded by the mini Snickers bars?  It’s entirely distracting. Snickers breakfast lunch and dinner.  Let’s not talk about it.  Instead, let’s add butter and flour and disguise our Halloween stash into chewy sweet and salty cookie bars… all suited and booted for sharing and giving.

Suit and boot.  That’s what we do around here.

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

Let’s meditate on the simplicity of this recipe.

Ok… that’s enough, we’ve got cookie bars to get in the oven.

Think of these cookie bars as a giant press-in chocolate chip.  Buttery, crisp around the edges, filled with an obscene amount of candy.  You know how we do.

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Eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract are the usual suspects.

We’re blending molasses into granulated sugar to deepen the flavor of the cookie bars.  That hint of base bitterness is just the ticket.

Yes… there’s still hella candy.

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Whisked eggs, butter, and vanilla meets flour, sugar, and leavening.  Stir stir!

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The batter will be rather thick and glossy.  That’s right.  Stir in a handful of candy and press into the pan for baking… but not before adding like waaaay more chocolate.

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Baked up chewy and golden.   All the candy, baked in bars, for sharing (and caring).

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

12 bars

Candy Bar Cookie Bars


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped Halloween candy
  • coarse sea salt for topping


  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 9x13-inch baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving two flaps hanging over the edges of the pan. Grease and flour the parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate small bowl use your fingers to work together sugar and molasses until no molasses clumps remain and the sugar is tinted a light brown. Add the sugar to the dry ingredients and stir.
  4. In a separate medium bowl whisk together melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Mixture will be thick and glossy.
  6. Stir in a scant 1 cup of coarsely chopped candy.
  7. Use your fingers to evenly press the dough into the pan. Top with the remaining chopped candy.
  8. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before slicing into bars. Wrap individually and store at room temperature for up to three days.
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28 Oct 16:02

10 Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room

by Shelley Little
modern kitchen blue wall 10 Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room

Painting can actually be fun when you know how to do it properly. We share the many steps to make your painting project turn out perfectly! Image Source: Gace K Design

Are you living with boring white walls, but hate the thought of painting? Painting is often a task that homeowners dread. However, it is one of the most inexpensive ways to improve the look of your home without too much effort.

Paint colors can dramatically change the mood and interior design of your home. Paint can make a statement with splashes of  bold color, or it can be a soft backdrop to a more muted interior. Either way, painting is one of the easiest and least expensive tools in the interior design world. However, there are a few things you should know before you paint—things that will make your job much easier. You never know, you may actually enjoy painting after reading this.

Here, you will discover 10 things you should know before you paint, that can turn dread into success quickly:

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Learning how to properly paint can make your projects turn out beautifully. Follow the preparatory steps—don’t skip the details! Image Source: Pearl Design 4 U

1) Prepping a Room Does Make a Difference

It is a known fact that painting is much easier when there is nothing in your way. This means empty out the room, or at least as much as possible. If you are painting your living room, move large furniture pieces to the center and cover them up with old sheets or drop cloths.

Although it seems like an unnecessary step to wipe the walls down, it is a very important step. Whether you can see it or not, there is buildup on the walls of dirt, dust, and oils from your hands. Removing this debris prior to painting will allow the paint to adhere to the walls.

You should also fill in any nail holes or cracks with spackling, as well as tape off adjacent walls, window trim, and light switch or outlet covers. Use drop cloths, newspapers, or a roll of paper to cover the floor.

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It’s very important to prep a room before you paint. This includes movie all the furniture/covering it, and filling in nail holes. Image Source: Miller Design

2) Test the Paint Color

It is very difficult to determine how a particular color will look on your walls, and with your lighting. If you have a color in mind, it is a good idea to buy a sample.

Allow the paint to dry, observing its color in both daytime and night. This will give you a true idea of what the color will look like on your walls.

If you are unsure of the color, purchase a few samples and do the same. You might be surprised at what colors you actually like, and even more surprised at how what you thought was your favorite color on the swatch looks terrible in your home.

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Be sure to test out the color swatches before you commit to a paint color. Image Source: Terra Telms

3) Painting a Room – Allow Color Into Your Life

Color can be overwhelming for some. However, do not let a fear of color make you choose white, off white, or beige.
Trying a few different colors will allow you to create a specific feeling in the room.

For instance, dark colors add texture and depth to the space. This is particularly true if the room is very large with high ceilings.  On the other hand, if you have a small room, such as a guest bath with no natural light, brighter, lighter colors can really open up the space and make it feel much larger.

Essentially, don’t be afraid of color—experiment to see what works—you may be surprised!

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Color can be fun, so don’t be scared to add some to your home. Even if you only paint one accent wall in a bold hue. Image Source: Irvin Serrano

4) Pay Attention to the Finish You Choose

Surprisingly, not only does the color matter, but the finish, or sheen, does as well. High gloss paint finishes are very durable and easier to clean, but the downside is they often highlight imperfections in your walls.

On the other hand, a flat paint finish will hide these imperfections. However, flat paint is more susceptible to damage.
In most instances, an eggshell finish is the best option.

It provides some gloss, is still easy to clean, does not highlight imperfections, and is not as easily prone to damage as flat paint.

elegant bathroom 10 Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room

Be careful to choose the correct sheen of paint. Bathrooms and hallways tend to need a more scrubbable, glossier sheen. Image Source: D Space Studio

 5) Paint Can Be Changed

After painting a square on the wall and observing it in different light you choose a color. However, you may discover that what looked great in a small section is too overwhelming once the walls are finished.

Fortunately, paint is an inexpensive option for making over a room and it can be easily changed. If you find that you do not like a color, you can easily paint over it.

In addition, if the color seems too overwhelming for all four of your walls, consider leaving one wall painted that color as an accent. You may find that a ‘pop’ of color is all you needed.

living room blue grey walls 10 Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room

Maybe the paint color didn’t turn out the way you hoped. Don’t stress it can be changed. Image Source: Sara Story Design

6) Determining How Much Paint You Need

There is nothing more frustrating during a painting project than running out of paint halfway through the project. Likewise, you don’t want to have too much paint either. Here is a handy paint calculator that may help.

There are a few things that will help you determine the right amount of paint. First, you need to know the square footage of your room.

Secondly, think about how many coats of paint you want to do. If you are priming the walls first, one coat might be enough, whereas two coats are often needed if walls are not primed.

pink and black room 10 Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room

Before you go to the store to buy the paint, be sure to measure the square footage of the room—you don’t want to buy too little or too much. Image Source: Nestarch

 7) Priming Saves on Paint

Speaking of priming, this is an important step in the preparation process. Primer seals the walls providing you with a base for the paint to adhere to.

After you fill in all the holes and cracks, primer becomes even more important. The primer will prevent flashing or a shiny spot on the wall, which occurs when paint is placed directly on spackling.

Primer does not, however, help you skip the step of cleaning the walls. Cleaning the walls is still a very important step, primer or not.

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You should always prime before you paint. It guarantees a great finish and allows you to use less paint. Image Source: Space Crafting

8) Brush Before Rolling

For many, the concept of brushing the corners before or after rolling the walls can be confusing. However, you must remember to brush before rolling.

Carefully use a high-quality brush to paint about an inch out from corners, the ceiling, and the baseboard. These are areas that a roller cannot reach.

Use the roller after brushing in order to flatten out any brush marks that have gone further out than the depths of the corner. This will leave you with a smooth flat surface.

navy blue walls 10 Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room

Brushing the edges and corners may be tedious but it is necessary when painting. Image Source: Becca Interiors

9) Prep Your Roller and Paint Brushes

Rollers are made from fuzzy material that puts more than paint on your walls. It is important that you remove any debris, such as loose fibers, from the roller.

You can use painters tape wrapped backward around your hand to do this. Press your taped hand onto the roller, and it will work in a similar manner as a lint roller.

You should also rub the dry paint brushes up against your hand and gently tug on the fibers. This will ensure that no loose fibers end up in your paint from the brush.

painted wall stripes 10 Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room

Always be sure to prep your roller and brushes before painting. You don’t want brush lint or bristles on your walls. And don’t forget to tape! Image Source: JH Interior Design

10) Spend Money on Proper Supplies

Aside from a good quality paint brush, you want to make sure you have all the supplies you need prior to getting started.
This will include roller extenders and a sturdy step ladder.

Roller extenders will help you reach higher walls without stretching your arms too high or standing on your tiptoes.

A sturdy step ladder will help you easily reach the top corners of you walls when brushing. Both of these items will keep you from overextending your body causing injury.

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Don’t skimp on the painting supplies. You need high-quality brushes, rollers, tape and a ladder. Image Source: Remodel With Saz

These are just a few tips that will making your painting experience much better than you could have expected! Follow these 10 steps and you will end up with walls that are painted to perfection!

Remember to take your time doing the tedious prep work—it pays off by making your painting project run more smoothly and results in a better paint job.

What room are you currently painting?

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31 Oct 20:45

Elegant Kasokudo Bonsai Planter Inspired by the Automotive Industry

by Lavinia

bonsai modern planter Elegant Kasokudo Bonsai Planter Inspired by the Automotive IndustryA striking fusion of form and function, the Kasokudo Bonsai Planter by designer Adrian Magu is as stylish as it gets. The product is an artistic representation of the developer’s interest for everything green and his work in the automotive industry: “Referencing speed forms and manufacturing processes used in transportation design, this piece juxtaposes movement applied to what is usually a static object.” The unconventional shape and elegant black-gray silhouette makes this unconventional bonsai planter fit perfectly in modern interiors with a twist.
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Other unique features of the product are highlighted by designer Adrian Magu: “The piece gives the impression of an accelerating form that effortlessly floats to house a bonsai tree, evoking a perfect balance of dynamic harmony. The latest manufacturing processes of the highly polished finishes of the planter and 3D-printed ‘mountains’ contrast to that of nature that usually takes many decades to grow, sculpt and form the gnarled bonsai forms. In all, a unique synthesis of cutting-edge precision with the imperfect beauty of nature.” Find this planter design as captivating as we do?  [Photography by Andy Beard]
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31 Oct 03:57

Coconut Quinoa Bowl

I'm looking at the photo I'm posting here, and realizing it looks like a good number of bowls I've posted in the past. But the photo doesn't tell the whole story, so I hope you'll look at it with fresh eyes. What you're looking at is a quirky, unique bowl of quinoa, with a couple of secrets. And the next time you have leftover quinoa (other other favorite grain) give it a try. You toast almonds and coconut in a skillet before adding crushed garlic. Then use the same skillet to flash cook a bit of kale, finishing it off with a dousing of lemon juice. Everything comes together in a bowl with avocado and salted yogurt.

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I brought leftovers to the studio, keeping the yogurt and avocado separate until serving. The quinoa mixture was happy in a wide-mouth jar. So, it has the potential to be a good on-the-go option, if you plan a bit. It's the sort of meal you want to have at the ready if something like this runs in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal and there are boxes to pack :) - many thanks for the highlight Charlotte.

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30 Oct 16:14

10 Color Theory Basics Everyone Should Know

by Tara Mastroeni
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Color choice defines a room. Image Via: Kati Curtis Design

Most of us aren’t interior designers by trade and that’s okay. Whether you think of interior design as an enjoyable hobby or a necessary evil that helps keep your home looking presentable, sometimes it can be tough to understand the industry lingo. After all, how often do you hear about Tertiary Colors, anyway?

At Freshome, we aim for our content to be accessible to everyone – no college degree required. So, today, we’re going back to basics. Gear up for a little Design 101. In this post, we’ll tackle color theory basics that every design enthusiast should know.

After you’ve read, make sure to store this link somewhere readily accessible. It’ll come in handy next time you’re not quite sure whether you’ve chosen the right paint color.

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Understanding color theory will make your design projects much easier. Image Via: Caitlin Wilson

1. How To Use The Color Wheel

Like trigonometry, the color wheel is probably one of those things that you learned about as a young child and haven’t thought of since. However, to really understand color, you may have to dust off some of that knowledge.

Simply put, the color wheel provides a visual representation of which colors blend nicely together. It removes all the guesswork, essentially. Most models are comprised of However, in theory, the color wheel could be expanded to include an infinite number of shades.

Don’t worry if you haven’t memorized the color wheel just yet. There are tons of ways to access it digitally. Paletton is a website that will let you create your own color scheme from the comfort of your computer screen and ColorSchemer offers the same capabilities in an app that’s available for iphone.

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The color wheel is paramount when understanding color theory. Image Via: University of Makeup

2. What Are The Basic Colors

We bet some of you read the last paragraph and went, “12? How are there 12 colors in the color wheel? There are only 7 colors in the rainbow. “ True. But, trust us, there are, in fact, at least 12 shades on every color wheel. Here’s how things break down:

  • Primary Colors: Red, blue, and yellow. Cannot be made from mixing other colors.
  • Secondary Colors: Orange, Purple, and Green. Can be made by mixing the primary colors together.
  • Tertiary Colors: The six shades that can be made from mixing primary and secondary colors.

If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to decorating a colorful interior, one of these 12 is often a good jumping off point. Pick one and it will help you narrow down your selections until you settle on the exact shade that you love.

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Primary and secondary colors instantly brighten any space. Tammara Stroud Design

3. Changing Colors With Neutrals:

Once you’ve selected a basic color, it’s easy to create many different versions within the same family. All you need to do is combine that color with a neutral in order to make it lighter or darker. In interior design parlance, this is known as tint, shade, and tone.

  • Tint: The act of lighting a color by adding white to it.
  • Shade: The act of darkening a color by adding black.
  • Tone: Slightly darkening a color by adding gray.

Many artists recommend experimenting with color by mixing paints until you have a feel for how drastically neutrals will affect a color. However, if you don’t have access to art supplies, you can easily see an example of tinting and shading by going to your home improvement store and picking up a few of those sample color palettes.

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Create tints and shades by adding neutrals to your base color. Image Via: Hughes Design Associates

4. Understanding Color Temperature

You may have heard colors described as having a temperature. A dining room may be decked out in warm tones while your friend may have chosen a cool color to finish off her bedroom. These temperatures also describe where the color falls on the color wheel.

Reds, oranges, and yellows are often described as warm colors. They are typically more vibrant and seem to bring a sense of liveliness and intimacy to a space. In contrast, blues purples, and most greens are the cool colors. They can be used to calm down a room and bring a relaxed feel.

When choosing color temperature for a space, you should also consider the size. Using a warm color in a tight room could make things feel a little claustrophobic. However, using cool colors in a spacious room could leave things feeling stark.

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Use warm colors to encourage lively conversation. Image Via: Axis Mundi

5. Complementary Color Scheme

When it comes to color schemes, complimentary is the simplest. It uses two colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel. Typically one color acts as the dominant shade and the other as an accent. This means combinations like red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple.

This color combo is extremely high contrast, which means that it’s best used in small doses and when you want to draw attention to a particular design element. You could use it to make your powder room pop or to bring extra vibrancy to your home office.

If you choose a complimentary color scheme, you really need to embrace neutrals. They will provide a place for your eye to rest and keep you from becoming overwhelmed in the room.

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Use neutrals to balance out the high contrast of a complimentary scheme. Image Via: Katie Rosenfeld Design

6. Split-Complementary Color Scheme

If you like the idea of a complimentary color scheme, but are afraid it may be a little too bold for your tastes, split complimentary is a safer choice. To make this color scheme, you would first choose your base shade. Then, instead of choosing the color directly opposite of your base, you chose the two shades on either side of the opposite color.

Those two shades will provide a much needed sense of balance to the room. You’ll still get the visual impact of bold color, but you’ll be able to incorporate more of it instead of relying heavily on neutrals to calm the space.

Split-complimentary works best when you use your base color as the dominant. However, instead of choosing a saturated shade, try to focus on a color that is more muted. Then, go bold with your other two shades in the room’s accent pieces.

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Split-Complimentary color schemes are often calmer versions of their complimentary counterparts. Image Via: McCroskey Interiors

7. Analogous Color Scheme

The analogous color scheme refers to using three colors in a row on the color wheel. Typically, two colors will be either primary colors with the third shade being a mix of the two and a secondary color. For example, you could choose red, orange, and yellow or red, purple, and blue.

The key to using this color scheme successfully is proportion. Again, the 60-30-10 Rule comes into play. You’ll want to choose one color to be the dominant shade, one to support the dominant, and the third, most vibrant color as an accent.

Interestingly, you can also create a similar color scheme using neutrals. It’s typically referred to as a monochromatic color scheme. Simply choose black, white, and gray in lieu of brighter shades.

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Stay in one section of the color wheel to create a relaxing look. Image Via: Morosco Construction

8. Triadic Color Scheme

Triadic color schemes, sometimes also referred to as a triad, refers to using three colors with equal space between them on the color wheel. The three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) are a perfect example, as are the three secondary colors.

This type of color arrangement is often extremely bold. Since the colors are in such high contrast and pure hues are often used, you’ll most often see this scheme in children’s bedrooms or playroom areas.

When using colors that are this lively, it’s always important to consider the spaces that are nearby. You wouldn’t want to put two different triadic color schemes next to each other. That would be too busy. Instead, make sure that the rooms next to your triadic space are calmer and mostly neutral.

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The boldness of a triadic scheme makes it the perfect choice for a kid’s room. Image Via: Wen-Di Interiors

9. Tetradic Color Scheme

After the triadic scheme, things get a little more complicated. We’re moving on to balancing four colors in the space. The tetradic scheme, also sometimes referred to as a rectangle scheme because of the shape it makes on the color wheel, focuses on using two distinct pairs of complimentary colors.

In this scheme, color temperature plays a very important role. Try to make sure that you choose two warm colors and two cool colors to fill the space rather than an odd number. Using an even amount of both will help bring balance to the space.

It’s also important to vary how we view the colors. Look for patterns that fall within your color scheme and don’t hesitate to mix them among your solid pieces. If you use all solids, the room will seem overly saturated, but too many patterns will clash, so focus on choosing one or two to help break up the space.

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Balancing warm and cool colors is essential in a rectangular color scheme. Image Via: John David Edison Interior Design

10. Square color scheme

The square color scheme is very similar to rectangular in both number and name. It uses four shades, but instead of focusing on opposing pairs, the colors are evenly spaced throughout the color wheel.

No matter which colors you choose, this scheme will be comprised of one primary, one secondary and two tertiary colors. Vary the intensity of the four colors by making two shades more neutral and two a little bolder.

Again, similarly to the tetradic scheme, you’ll want to pay attention to achieving an equal number of warm and cool colors. But, rather than giving equal attention to both color pairs, you should pick one shade to dominate the space and use the other three as accents.

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Mix patterns and solids to add visual interest. Image Via: Rachel Reider Interiors

Sometimes interior design lingo can seem like its own language. No one could blame you if talking about furniture, layouts, and décor, makes your head spin. There are so many terms! In an effort to make design accessible to everyone, we’ve revisited some color theory basics. Use this as a guide before starting your next project and you’ll be able to navigate it like a pro.

Did we miss any key color theory topics? Are there any other design fundamentals that you’d like us to explore? Let us know in the comments.

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28 Oct 16:00

How do They Take Photos of Rock Climbers? Like This!

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Snape Kills Vader in One of Those Cars, Right

Snape Kills Vader in One of Those Cars, Right

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Tagged: cars , clever , spoilers , g rated , win
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This Flowchart Tells You When to Worry About Anything

by Melanie Pinola

This Flowchart Tells You When to Worry About Anything

Stress can be terribly damaging . Although it's normal to get stressed every so often, much of what we worry about doesn't come to pass. This illustration could help keep things in perspective.


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How to Overcome the Fear of Sharing Your Writing in Public

by Leo Babauta

How to Overcome the Fear of Sharing Your Writing in Public

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23 Oct 14:38

Creamy Vegan Herb Salad Dressing

by joythebaker

Creamy Vegan Herb Salad Dressing

Consider me an occasional fan of tofu.

My parents were early adopters of tofu.  Remember back when health food had as much cheese and potatoes as tofu?  Sure… there was the weirdest brown rice ever, but we covered it in cheese and sauce and all was right with the world.

Nowadays, I’m an occasional tofu enthusiast.  Count me among the few who just realized that you can make a delicious dipping and salad dressing from TOFU!  Did you know this?  Were you keeping it from me?

This thick dressing is creamy, satisfying, and doesn’t read as tofu per say… not that that would be a bad thing, but you know what I mean.   This dressing is more Ranch in distinction.  Herby, bright, and almost so good you want to rub it on your face (which is weird).

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Into the food processor with silken tofu.  Firm silken tofu is key!  It blends up super smooth and creamy.

Add fresh parsley and fresh basil for bright and herby elements.  Lemon and vinegar for a necessary mouth-pucker.  Garlic for spice.  Salt and pepper for balance.  Olive oil for because we’re luscious.

Creamy Vegan Herb Salad Dressing (2)

Creamy and smooth, herby and bright vegetable dip!  It’s a delight and the fact that it’s made from tofu and not sour cream is such a bonus!  To our health!


Creamy Vegan Herb Salad Dressing

makes about 1 cup


  • 6 ounces silken tofu
  • small handful fresh basil leaves
  • small handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • few dashes of hot sauce, to taste


  1. Place all of the ingredients, including just a bit of salt and pepper, to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.
  2. Pulse until incorporated, then blend on medium speed until smooth and well incorporated. Taste and season with more salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. You may also choose to add a bit more lemon or vinegar. It just depends on your taste. Blend to combine. Chill before serving. Serve as a salad dressing or as a vegetable dip. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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24 Oct 16:00

Literally Heavy, Literally Metal

Literally Heavy, Literally Metal

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23 Oct 13:00

5 Tips for More Successful Event Photography Using a Shot List

by Suzi Pratt

Company parties. Special galas. Nonprofit fundraisers. When someone asks you to shoot one of these events, you aren’t exactly leaping for joy, right?

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Corporate event photography can get a bad reputation among creatives, mostly because it sounds like an unglamorous style of photography. While it is true that many aspects of corporate event photos can be very rote, these events actually a huge advantage that can lead to even more creative expression. Here’s why: There is almost always a set structure and schedule to corporate events that rarely deviates, meaning it is incredibly easy to build a shot list to get your essential shots out of the way very quickly. That means you have more time on your hands at the event to get creative with the way you choose to take these shots. Whether you’re a budding event photographer, or taking on an event as a favor, use these tips to build an effective event photography shot list that will make your clients happy and maybe even lead to other photography opportunities with them down the road!

Fact: Most corporate clients will not know what kind of photos they need.

At least in my experience working with west coast corporate clients, most of them can’t give me a clear answer when I ask how many photos they need, what they need shots of, etc. While this may seem frustrating at first, bear in mind that this vagueness from your client gives you the perfect opportunity to shine by filling in the blanks for them, because in general, most corporate clients want the same types of event photos.

So what kinds of photos do corporate clients want?

To answer this question, put yourself in the shoes of the branding or marketing coordinator who put the event together. Often, their whole purpose to having you there to is capture images that show that they did their jobs right by properly setting up the space and making sure the people they invited showed up and had a good time. They want shots that capture:

1. Setup shots of empty rooms, trade show booths, promotional items, signage, etc.

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Be sure to arrive early to capture any event setup shots. It was someone’s job to put everything together, so he or she will definitely want images that show off all of the hard work that went into it. Generally, setup shots should be taken before guests arrive so that everything is still intact.

2. Candid and posed shots of VIPs or executives that are deemed important by the company.

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This can be extremely tricky because often times, you won’t have any idea who the company CEO or big wigs are, even if the event coordinator hands you a sheet with all of their names on it. The best way to handle this is to ask the coordinator ahead of time if there is someone from the company who can accompany you and point out their VIPs and executives on site. Don’t be afraid to ask for help so that you can get your job done right.

3. Closeups and wide angle shots of any speakers.

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As much as possible, get shots of speakers that include branding and signage somewhere in the photo. Also bear in mind that you will not always have a designated spot to shoot from, so bring a telephoto lens and prepare to possibly shoot from farther away. If you’re shooting from up close, make your shots quick so that you don’t block the view of guests.

4. Guests looking engaged and interested at the event.

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Try not to capture photos of people (especially VIPs and executives) making unflattering expressions or gestures. It can take some patience, but make sure you get images that indicate everyone was having a good time. If you captured any goofy expressions or moments, you might be able to submit them, but be sure to flag them as optional outtakes.

5. Shots that indicate the event was well attended, such as full room shots with lots of people.

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While it might still be valuable to include full room shots where only half of the seats are filled, you’ll want to pull out your zoom lens and focus in on larger clumps of people to provide shots that indicate the event was well attended.

The photos that corporate clients DON’T want

While event photography can in many ways feel like photojournalism, this is not the time to take too many images that are overly honest. Bear in mind that many times the photos are intended to be used for marketing purposes, so the last thing your clients want to see are ugly, unfavorable photos. Even though events might be poorly attended and the attendees might not be the most interesting people, it’s your job to make the event look and seem as fun as possible, even if you have to act like a hype person or stage photos to do so.

While there are many lessons and creative inspiration that can be obtained by winging it and thinking quick on the spot, professionals know there is generally more value to preparing ahead of time. One way to effectively do this is to think out every aspect of the shoot beforehand and great a comprehensive shot list. This will help you picture the finished shoot even before you step foot on set, greatly reducing any last minute issues that might arise, and giving you more freedom to take your necessary shots with creativity.

Do you photograph events? Do you have any other tips you’d like to share? You could also read 5 Tips for Special Event Photography here on dPS for more tips on covering events.

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