Chalkboard Paint & Trends 2014


The Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint (308) is a latex paint, tintable to any colour, that turns virtually any interior surface into a chalkboard. It is easy to apply, dries in a matter of hours to a durable eggshell finish, is easy to clean and fully washable. It also is formulated to minimize any lingering odours, making it ideal for a child's playroom, bedroom or even the kitchen as a message centre for shopping lists and household reminders.  Jackie Morra has decided to use chalkboard paint in her Urban Living home as the backsplash for the kitchen.  See a variety of colours Jackie has choosen that are great in an urban space frrom Benjamin Moore colors and various ways to use different types of finishes at this year's National Home Show Urban Living feature.

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Eco Inspired - Repurpose, Recycle, Reclaim, Renew

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I love the fact that so many people and companies within the decor and building industry have become more eco-conscious, using recycled, re-purposed materials, reducing their carbon footprint and reducing harmful processing practices in manufacturing. Describing this rapid and necessary change as a "trend" within the industry is a misnomer however. Calling the shift in environmental awareness a trend would seem to indicate that it is public opinion that is leading the way and perhaps companies are doing this because it is the latest style and they can ultimately increase sales by marketing themselves as environment friendly.

In reality, the fact that the world has become more in tune with the concept of being "green" is out of necessity. It has become more and more apparent that our natural resources are not infinite and that acceleration of extreme climate change is ever present. That means we, as a global community, are forced to make these changes whether "trendy" or otherwise out of inevitability rather than choice. I'm glad that thinking green is here to stay and that many individuals and industries are doing their part to champion the cause as it requires a collective effort for everyone to do their part.

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Hallway Organizing for Function & Decor

By having multi purpose storage solutions like this entryway hallway built in unit you can have a place for various items around your home that will make them more accessible and still look aesthetically pleasing. Your home will look less cluttered and be more organized says decorator Jackie Morra of Jackie Morra Interiors.

Use this built in idea for your mud room or hallway for seating when putting on your shoes, drawer storage that opens up for easy access to gloves, hats etc, storage of eveyday items for the entire family when heading out the door in any season.




Decorating 101 Tips

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Less is more and if you don't love it live without it is Jackie Morra\s mantra for decor and life. De-clutter each area of your home to make rooms look more spacious and balanced, as it will provide a sense of order and calmness. 


Purchase quality items that you love and know you will have for a longer period of time such as furniture, rugs, and artwork. 


Accessories add a finishing touch to any room, which makes it feel like home. Cushions, candles, family photos and treasured pieces help create a unique style for each person. They are also less expensive and easier to change over time. 


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