Monday, March 28, 2016

The Colors of Spring

Hey guys, a few months back, Pantone released their top 10 colors for this spring! Check it out here: Top 10 Colors: Spring 2016 For you non-designers out there, Pantone is a company that makes colors that translate across multiple platforms as accurately as possible. Basically, when you print at your ink jet printer at home, chances are that a color will look differently than that same one does on a website, or on a phone, etc. This is because each technology uses different techniques to display that same color, so inevitably, there will be differences in hue/tone of that color on each platform. Pantone seeks to solve that issue. So, in effect, they are a reliable source when it comes to any news about colors. And this season, Pantone has billed the trending color palette as transformative; one that isn't tied to "masculine" or "feminine" colors. As you can clearly see, there are brights, neutrals, and pastel colors that all seem to work together.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sweet 16


March Madness is soon to be reaching it's peak! The NCAA College Basketball Tournament has been underway for a while now.. are you watching your bracket? Well it's time for those 16 teams to go head to head to see who will advance to the "Elite Eight", then the "Final Four" and ultimately, the Championship Game, which is set for April 4th. Here's what a simple Google search will give you if you haven't been keeping up (I think it goes without saying that our money will be on Iowa State to take down Virginia in their game tomorrow night!):

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How To: Tackle Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning may seem like a daunting task. Or maybe you don't do "spring" cleaning, but rather keep things as clean as possible weekly/monthly. There are a ton of resources out there that provide a complete checklist for you to print out and go through, so a little bit of Googling will find you many options. But most of them are for home owners, i.e. this list from You can glean which elements apply to you. If you live in an apartment, there's an easy way to go about it.

Just think of it as cleaning for move out. That way, you'll know what lies ahead of you and can plan accordingly by working on one room at a time. Talk to your roommates and figure out who will take on what responsibilities. Make sure to grab any missing cleaning supplies you will need from the store beforehand. You can never have too many paper towels! If your roommates happen to be leaving over spring break, and you stay behind for whatever reason, this is a chance for you to take a couple hours here and there to get some major cleaning done. Then you've got some leeway for when everyone else gets to cleaning (might not be till move-out), but at least you can say, "yeah I cleaned all that last time, and that, and that too...". Important parts to clean during spring:
  • Bathroom(s) - mirrors, toilets, showers, floor, counters, rugs, and even vents & drawers. If you clean out the drawers, you can throw away anything old and used, and when you put stuff back in you can decide how to arrange each drawer to make things more organized. Maybe your (or your roommates') toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving stuff, etc. always get left on the counter. Well, this is a good time to talk with them about their habits -- make it clear that it will make everyone's lives easier, especially down the road when the next major cleaning will need to be done.
  • Kitchen - counters, sink, stove/oven, fridge (inside, behind), floor, cupboards/pantry, microwave
  • Living Room - vacuum, dust furniture/decor/shades/light fixtures, move furniture out and vacuum those areas, vacuum between chair/couch cushions
  • Your Room - dust all furniture/shades, vacuum, change bedding, pick up/organize closet, desk, etc.
  • Anything else, like taking out the trash, dusting fans/ceiling fans, picking up clutter, washing hand towels, walls, etc.
Again, it's no reason to get overwhelmed, especially if you have a free weekend or two, roommates to help, and/or a couple days of your break. After all is said and done, your place will look better, be more organized, and will give you more of a reason to love where you live :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Modern Architecture in Iowa

Since spring is around the corner, what better time to plan a road trip than now? If you're interested in art or architecture at all, or just want to take a nice drive through our lovely state of Iowa, here are some neat places to look at! We've compiled some of the most interesting modern buildings/architecture throughout Iowa. Most are still around to our knowledge. They are certainly a blast from the past, and include some awesome Frank Lloyd Wright designs.

A couple notable ones:

Stockman House - Mason City, IA
from Karen M. Carr on Pinterest

Info on the Stockman house can be found here:!stockman-house/c1xp8 You can schedule a tour of it in Mason City!

Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel - Mason City, IA

Info here: Recently restored, you can now stay in an historic landmark in the middle of Iowa.

Dahl House - Des Moines, IA

Designed by architect Ray Crites, known for his work on C.Y. Stephens auditorium, and McFarland Clinic in Ames, IA, this house is like a time capsule to the 1960s. It was built for the owner of Dahl's grocery stores. (unfortunately, the Dahl's chain declared bankruptcy in 2015) The house sold most recently in 2008... but who knows, maybe it will be for sale once more. You know what they say; "everything old becomes new again".