Coeur d’Alene is a magical wonderland during the holidays.
The Holiday Lights is one attraction that make our city so irresistible. Here’s a quick video tour, from our friends at the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association:
We just LOVE Hibbard Construction’s Blog & Newsletter! Here’s another fabulous post by Tammy Henry, that we thought we would pass along to you – just in time for holiday decorating!
The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to crawl up into the attic and bring down those boxes of decorations. Many of us have been using the same decorations year after year, and some of those decorations may look a little outdated by now. If this is the case, you may want to update your decorations or add some new twists to your decorative flair.
Two trends in particular have been emerging, with very different themes and looks. One is a more sophisticated theme, while the other stays more traditional. Here are a few must-try trends that will guarantee a fresh festive look for your home.
Green and red might be Christmas mainstays, but your holiday decor doesn’t have to depend on these two hues alone. This season, look to more sophisticated versions of those classic shades with some other, more versatile tones. For the sophisticated theme, the colors are rich burgundies, deep golds, dark cranberry and hunter greens as color schemes. You can focus your holiday decor on just one color throughout or a mix of two or all four.
To really set a sophisticated scene, add a new tablecloth or table linens in these rich, elegant colors. Use solids for the placemats and a fun pattern for the napkins to add interest and depth. Salad plates in these shades mixed in with your standard china add a punch of color, while entertaining new stemware in festive, chic hues make a great accent for your holiday table.
Slip on slipcovers
One of the easiest ways to incorporate a seasonal theme throughout your home is with accessories. Use these colors in accent pillows on beds or sofas, cozy throws or blankets, vases, candles or decorative bowls filled with ornaments in your chosen shades.
Punch up the powder room
New towels in seasonal solids, patterns or festive trims carry through your look effectively. The powder room is one room your guests will use, so don’t forget about it.
Upgrade your drapery
Change your everyday drapery to your new color scheme. Fabrics like velvets or silks add a sense of luxury for the holidays.
The other emerging trend in holiday decor this season is sticking to more conventional decor elements. At its essence, this means reliving childhood memories and creating new ones for your family. To make your holiday decorating a more interactive experience, get inspired with these tips for getting tastefully traditional in your home this holiday.
Incorporate vintage decorations that have a homemade feel to give your decor a more traditional quality. Also think about using handed-down ornaments from prior generations to really add a nostalgic twist. “A few ornaments that were your great-grandmother’s, or other ornaments that were your parents’ allow you to share stories of past Christmas get-togethers.
Incorporate your cultural background into your decor this season. Using ethnic pieces reflecting a family culture creates a very personal, intimate feeling and pride of one’s heritage.
Do a decor swap
Consider swapping ornaments and decorations with family members who are far away and can’t join you for the holidays. This is a great way to warm up your space and make it feel like loved ones are close by, even when they can’t be.
Tie in toys
Vintage toys that remind us of childhood, like red wagons, Tonka toys, and old train sets, can be used as accessories or decorations. Ask your parents if they have some of yours or your siblings’ toys they have kept, or get a new train with the family that will eventually be used in a future Christmas with your grandchildren.
Whatever your tastes may be, there are a multitude of ways to update and create wonderful holiday decorating schemes on any budget. Get creative and have fun!
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Yes, this is a purely shameless excuse to share another picture of our adorable puppy, TRAKKER. This is him on the day we adopted him. OK…so he’s a bit bigger now than he was two months ago. We promise to share some more updated photos soon…but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one today!
Training Up TRAKKER:
We’re always looking for puppy training tips. Here’s an article we found that we thought you might appreciate, suggesting the value of exercise in curbing those pesky “annoyance” behaviors. Especially during the holiday season, when we have more on our “to do” lists, guests in our home, and dazzling decorations which may be irresistible to “puppies” of all ages, it might be helpful for us to be reminded of the powerful effects of exercise.
Written by: Sean McDaniel
Seattle Family Dog Training
Have you ever heard the old adage, “A tired dog is a good dog?” Well, a few years back we decided to put that adage to the test.
As a dog trainer for over a decade, I’ve never turned down a dog-problem. Consequently, I’ve seen just about every dog-related issue under the sun. There are perpetual debates over which training method is best and how to go about solving dogs’ behavioral challenges. Instead of pitting two training methodologies against one another, we thought we’d compare a group of dogs going through ‘obedience’ training and a group merely exercising regularly.
The two groups filled out preliminary assessments on their dogs’ traits and issues, and then took part in either six weeks of obedience training or six weeks of an exercise program. The unscientific parts of this experiment are the sample size and the variance in types of exercise. There were only 6 participants in each group and the exercising group each did different things. Some “exercisers” went for a run twice a day; other dogs ran next to a cycling owner, some played fetch, while some did a mix of activities. The “exercisers” were directed to do at least 30-45 minutes of exercise twice a day with one session happening in the morning. They slowly ramped up the amount and intensity of exercise over two weeks and most of the participants had some really good workouts going with their dogs for the last 3-4 weeks of the test.
All participants in the “obedience training” group had goods results with all of their issues, and their dogs’ improved in both obedience skills and what we would call “annoyance behaviors” such as: jumping up, digging, barking, chasing other animals, and general over-excitement.
Generally, the “exercise group” told us that their dog was much easier to live with during their new exercise regimen. They also told us that the people in the house experienced less stress due to not worrying about their dog’s “problem” behaviors as much.
So, did this experiment help map out the canine genome or discover a cure for hip-dysplasia – well … no. It was helpful to us though to show, in some more structured way, that the adage about a “tired dog being a good dog” really is true.
What does this mean for you? Well, it’s all good news. While there will be no shortage of issues left for professional trainers to help folks with; you might be able to take your first steps in solving some behavior problems today. Go for a long hike, a bike ride, a run (if your able) or play some vigorous fetch with your dog, and see if some of your dog’s “annoying” behaviors don’t start to wane for you too. By the way, there’s also a rumor out there that spending time walking, hiking, cycling and playing fetch with your dog is good for humans as well?
You can contact the author with comments or questions about this article and other dog-related questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Randy & Christy Oetken wish you a very Happy Memorial Day Weekend and would like to extend our deepest thanks to all our Veterans and their Families. It is our privilege to honor you and to remember your sacrifices for our great nation.
Thank you for your faithful service to our beloved country.
May God‘s richest blessings be yours this weekend and in the days and years to come!
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Date: May 28, 2011 – May 30, 2011
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This idea is from our friends at Hibbard Construction:
Fun and decorative, this is a great way to display your Christmas cards. Use two-inch wide ribbon with the wire in it. Tie a bow at one end and use a push pin or tack to affix the bow to the top of the window frame. Gently pull ribbon taught and using a push pin or tack secure the ribbon to the bottom of the window frame. As your Christmas Cards arrive, use a straight pin or staple to attach the cards to your ribbon.
A recent Windermere food drive produced such overwhelming community response that the Food Bank has approximately 100 turkeys that need to be given away as soon as possible.
If you know of someone who might need a free turkey, please call like a turkey:
- Please respond by 4pm TODAY (Tuesday)
- Pick it up from the CDA Windermere office, (TOMORROW) Wednesday the 22nd by 10AM
· Please remember to come pick it up on Wednesday morning because we do not have a space to store the turkey for you.
Please call or e-mail us by 4PM Today!
Here’s What Santa Likes, According to the National Association of Realtors and Zillow.com. But we’ve posted a few suggestions (after the Realtor.org Mag article…) that Santa should add to his Christmas Wish List! Daily Real Estate News | December 16, 2010 |
Rooftop Deliveries: Santa Rates the CitiesZillow.com crunched the numbers and determined the 20 top cities on Santa’s list.
According to Zillow, what makes Santa happy is:
· Percentage of homes with a fireplace (If there are fireplaces, there should be chimneys).
· Percentage of single-story homes (This presumes that Santa would prefer single-story homes so there’s less likelihood of a workplace injury).
· Percent of homes with children (Santa enjoys spreading cheer to all the good girls and boys).
Vintage 4620′ 4/3 Craftsman in Prestigious Historical Fort Grounds. Grace, Beauty, & Charm… all necessary ingredients in this creation. Architectually restored to preserve yesteryear’s beauty with all of today’s amenities.. Relax on the front porch & feel the tranquility as you gaze into the beautifully manicured grounds. Guest Quarters, shop & plenty of parking. Lake, park & downtown nearby. http://www.realestate-browser.com/viewdetails.php?nid=77398&mls=10-6537
Lot size (A bigger lot often means a bigger roof and more room for Santa to land all those reindeer).
The top 10 Santa-pleasing cities were:
1. Colorado Springs, Colo.
2. Wichita, Kansas
3. Los Angeles
5. Oklahoma City
6. El Paso, Texas
Source: Zillow.com, Whitney Tyner (12/14/2010)
BUT DOES SANTA KNOW THIS:
- Bing rated Coeur d’Alene as one of the nation’s 50 best vacation spots in July 2010
- Where To Retire listed Coeur d’Alene as one of the 8 Lake and Mountain Bargains!