I need a shower!!!

Oh my goodness! I know what I am adding to my Christmas List…

A MagicShowerhead
Check it out; colorful showerhead. They do not make claims about color’s healing effects or any of that “stuff” They are simply saying:
“Brighten your shower experience..MagicShowerhead transforms your everyday shower into illuminated water – in the color of your choice…
MagicShowerhead transforms the boring water into a colorful waterfall through regular showerhead. We are committed in producing a green product by using an innovative way to lighten up LED only with water pressure, which requires no electricity or battery…a variety of choices in colors to bring you different effects, we hope to re-invent your shower experience with MagicShowerhead.”

How cool is this? Okay,…yes, I’m a color junkie!

July 2010 Newsletter hot weather savings tips

In this issue July 2010
It’s a heat wave!
“These are a few of my favorite things”…

So…it it hot enough for everyone?
This newsletter contains some tips for helping to stay cool!
Also, a few of my favorite things can help in this heat too.

Wishing you a brightly colored day,
Mary Nolte

It’s a heat wave It’s a heat wave

We quite often think of insulating our homes and offices during the winter to save on heating costs. As we are experiencing here in NY, it is HOT!
Here are some tips for keeping your homes as cool as possible without cranking the AC to the max.

Tip # 1 – Window treatments and coverings – are usually thought to be for decoration, privacy and light filtering. Yes, to all of those important reasons but insulation is another major benefit of window treatments. If you have shades or blinds, keep them closed during the brightly sunlit hours of the day. if you can, close those drapery panels too. Even a light fabric can help to reduce the amount of heat that enters through the glass. Some Hunter Douglas window shades are even available for an energy saving tax credit! Contact me for more info or to schedule an appointment.

Tip #2 – Ceiling Fans – can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. Good fans make it possible for you to raise your thermostat setting and save on air-conditioning costs. Fans don’t use much energy, but when air is circulating, it feels much cooler. Even mild air movement of 1 mph can make you feel three or four degrees cooler. Also make sure you set the fan direction so you feel the air blown downward. When buying a ceiling fan, be sure that the blades have enough of an angle to move the air. See some fans below in the “A few of my favorite things” section.

Tip #3 – Appliances – should be used during the very early morning or after sunset. Almost all appliances produce some degree of heat. This laptop burns my legs sometimes! Break out the BBQ, microwave, slow cooker or eat more healthy raw salads to reduce the use of the stove or oven. Also, doing laundry, dishes, showering, etc. during the hot part of the day produces humidity making it feel more uncomfortable.

Tip #4 – Make a trip to the beach with a cooler full of your favorite refreshing beverage & don’t forget the sunscreen…maybe I’ll see you there!

ADDED SUMMERTIME INFORMATION – I just saw this on AOL and thought it was useful information to share about Outdoor Fabrics & their care…there are many beautiful outdoor fabrics available through Mary Nolte Designs. They are great for indoors too, particularly where durability and washability are of great importance.

“These are a few of my favorite things in July…

Of course a ceiling fan is one of my favorite things in July!
The following manufacturers with links make some of the nicer looking and nicely functioning (quiet, efficient, effective) ceiling fans in the marketplace showing a large variety of styles.
Minka Aire is just one company but if you view their catalog you can see a large variety of styles available. Some other manufacturers are Fanimation & Emerson Fans. Fanimation even has an Antique Fan Museum

It is a bit too hot, I need to go for a dip in the pool now. The next newsletter will have more, “these are a few of my favorite things.” Email us some of your favorite things, questions or comments to share with your fellow readers!

Pantone Color Of The Year 2010

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year for 2010:
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise

Turquoise Transports Us to an Exciting, Tropical Paradise While Offering a Sense of Protection and Healing in Stressful Times

CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 8, 2009 –Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise,   an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing. To read the full article click here.


In this issue
*Home Staging – how about staging your home for YOU, NOW instead of sprucing it up when it is time to sell?
*Working with Expressive Living Inc., Art Consultant. – Nancy
Dear Readers,
November already??? Time sure does pass quickly.
Go easy on the left over Halloween candy.  You do want to leave enough wiggle room for all the traditional Thanksgiving yummies, don’t you?  Just to get the subject of color in here, remember that wearing dark colors are slenderizing.

I had met Pat, a very nice  Interior Designer who has been keeping busy doing House Staging.  After speaking to her, I thought it would be an interesting and timely subject to include in this newsletter whether you are moving or not.

One of the best parts of being an Interior Designer is meeting the people involved with the job; both clients and vendors.  I would like to introduce Expressive Living to you.  Check out the scoop below.

As always, your referrals are greatly appreciated and the greatest compliment that can be received.

Wishing you a brightly colored day,
Mary Nolte

How about using some home staging techniques while living in your house.  The goal of Home Staging is to make it more appealing to the mass majority of people who are house shopping.  I suggest “Staging” your home to make it more appealing to the most important people – YOU, your family and guests.  What better time to get things in order, right before the holidays.  Enjoy and be proud of your home.

Here are some select tips taken from http://www.homebuyinginstitute.com/staging/
“Definition: Home staging is the act of preparing a home (and the contents of the home) for sale, with a special emphasis on presentation and appearance.
It’s important to realize that preparing a home for sale and staging a home is not always the same thing. …Staging a home for sale normally involves things of an aesthetic nature, such as design, organization and overall appearance (as opposed to mechanical or functional improvements).

*Keep the entryway open and free of clutter.  A bright entryway gives the initial impression of a warm, inviting home.
*Arrange the room in a conversational way, if it’s not that way already. Try different furniture arrangements until you get the best fit.
Let the room breathe. If it’s crowded or hard to walk through due to having too much furniture, remove some items and place them in storage.
*Choose a nice and warm paint color for the living room. Use neutral tones in this space. That doesn’t mean you are limited to beige.
Neutral” does not have to be boring.
You can liven up a neutral color scheme with colorful accent items, such as pillows and rugs. Color-coordinate these items for a professional and “put together” appearance.
*If you have a mantle, make sure it’s not overloaded with knick knacks. A couple of well-placed items (like a vase or flower arrangement) are all you need.
*Spend some extra time de-cluttering.
*If your cabinets are in decent shape, you can modernize them simply by updating the knobs and handles, or adding them if you don’t have any. The same goes for your kitchen and bath faucets, lights and other fixtures. You can make the entire space more modern just by updating these items.Stay away from brass fixtures – they bring the 1980′s to mind.
*Make bedrooms appear larger by limiting furniture to a bed, dresser and a couple of small items. Too much furniture makes a bedroom seem cramped.
*Invest in some new and luxurious bedding (comforter, sheets, accent pillows). You can take them with you when you move, and they will improve the look of the current bedrooms while it’s on the market.”
We are ready willing and able to assist in your “Home Staging” whether you are moving or NOT.  You will be amazed at the difference a few changes can make.

I had recently had the pleasure of working with Nancy Ganzekaufer of Expressive Living Inc. and her coworker along with my client, Lauren, to select artwork for her living room and dining room.  The search for the perfect pieces of art can be exhausting…then, thankfully I was introduced to  Nancy at Expressive Living!

Expressive Living Inc. works with design professionals, homeowners, and businesses on Long Island providing original oils, acrylics on paper, watercolors, fine art photography, giclees, prints, and custom commissionable paintings.
In addition, they assist in creating family picture walls and have a wall “re-staging” service that accommodates clients with existing works who need help with placement in a new home or a redesigned space.

Expressive Living Inc. always comes to you.  In addition to the 300 – 400 pieces of unframed art they carry, they have an abundant supply of art source books and catalogs and often work with local artists to satisfy all wall decorating needs and budget.

Nancy is committed to finding the artwork that perfectly suits your designs and your vision for the space.  They bring matting and framing to the location and make all the selections on site with you.  They then bring everything in for custom framing, and have an installer to get the work up on the walls.

Please view their website www.expressiveliving.com to get a better feel for the extent of their service.  The portfolio section is particularly interesting because it highlights recently completed jobs.  The photos you see here are from the job we worked on together.

Quick Links…
Kaleidoscope Color Consulting
More About Us – My color story
ASID – American Society of Interior designers
USGBC-LI – United States Green Build Council – Long Island
PDCA Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
SCWBEC – Suffolk County Women Business Coalition
Contact Information
phone: 631-368-5405
cell: 631-922-5405


Mary Nolte Designs | 11 Manning Drive | East Northport | NY | 11731


This past weekend was beautiful with (not too sublte) hints of the summer weather during Spring!  The USGBC-LI, which I am proud to be a member, was represented at numerous Earth Day Events this weekend.  I was fortunate enough to have volunteered to represent the USGBC-LI at the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park for their “Going Green” Earth Day Celebration. (The Green Expo was held at the sports complex at Suffolk Community College…inside!)   The Tanger Outlets have been built acording to LEED Standards and are awaiting the official LEED certification.  The surroundings were very beautiful on Saturday with the sun shining, mild breeze blowing and bountiful tulips in bloom all around the area.  Let’s all continue to honor Mother Earth and take good care of her.

BTW – United States Green Build Council – Long Island

What color Valentine are you?

Take the Color Association Valentine Quiz to see what color Valentine you are.
Here my Valentine Color Quiz Results;

You are Sunburst Yellow Valentine and the light you shed fills the hearts of those around you with warmth and joy. Your love of freedom and hunger for life is so evident that strangers that pass you on the street often can’t help but smile at you. Falling in love with you can make people examine their own level of happiness, not to mention if their sunglasses are working properly.

Thank goodness it sounds flattering.  Anyone want to be my Valentine.  You have to coordinate with Sunburst Yellow!