Holiday Guest Prep Checklist

November 25th, 2015

The Holiday Season is fast approaching and we have a lot on our minds. With food prep, gift shopping, and party planning, on top of our everyday lives and responsibilities, the last thing we need to worry about is other people’s plans. But when you have a house full of guests on their way, that’s exactly what ends up happening. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your home is ready for your holiday guests without stressing any more than you have to.

The Priorities

1. Tidy up. Don’t stress yourself out trying to make everything perfect. Take a few moments to de-clutter, take out the trash, wipe down surfaces, and do the dishes. Clear counter tops and empty trashcans go a long way.



2. Make the bed. Switch out the sheets on the guest bed for a fresh, clean set and make sure there are spare blankets and pillows set out in case your guests need them. Make sure the room is tidy and put away anything that’s out of place.



3. Clean and restock the bathroom. While most guests won’t mind a little dust on the bookshelf, the bathroom is one place you should definitely put in a little extra time cleaning. Clean the sink, shower, tub and toilet. Wipe down the countertops and mirrors. Mop the floor and take out the trash. Restock toilet paper and soap and set out fresh towels.



4. Compile your house information. If you plan to lend your guests a key, put it on its own ring with a keychain to keep it separate from other keys. Write down your Wi-Fi password, emergency numbers and household instructions for your guests.



5. Stock up on essentials. Make sure you have plenty of coffee (or tea), and supplies such as creamer or sugar for mornings. Put out drink and breakfast items in one easy-access spot in the kitchen and show your guests where they can find them so that they can help themselves if they wake up before you.



6. Kid-proof your space. Is someone bringing small children? Of course parents should be responsible for their own children, but there are a few things you can do to make things easier on everybody. Move fragile items to higher shelves, store medications in a secure cabinet and lock cabinets or rooms you do not want kids getting into.



If you have time, stocking up on grab-n-go snacks like granola bars or fresh fruit will help keep children (and adults) content between meals. Provide a power strip for guests to plug chargers into if you’re running low on unused outlets. Grab a couple spare toothbrushes from the store in case someone forgets theirs. Light a scented candle to help you relax and to keep the air smelling fresh!

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Friday Favorites: Modern Bathrooms!

November 20th, 2015

Bathrooms are the place where you can decompress and get away from the pressures of everyday life. Design your own private, modern sanctuary with our favorite bathroom ideas!

Choose from 30 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas for Your Private Heaven from Fresh Home!



HGTV offers the latest and greatest Modern Bathroom Design Ideas to get your creative juices flowing!



Get inspired with 90+ Beautiful Designer Bathrooms by House Beautiful (they have a modern twist to any style bathroom!)



Not ready for a full bathroom update? Remodelaholic has simple and affordable upgrades to hold you over until you’re ready to remodel.


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Coles Supports the San Diego Humane Society

November 19th, 2015

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Lauren Coles on San Diego Made, San Diego Proud

November 4th, 2015

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Friday Favorites: Hardwood Flooring for Any Room!

October 30th, 2015

HGTV has 10 Stunning Hardwood Flooring Options to get you inspired for your homes new look!



Need help choosing the perfect hardwood flooring? Better, Homes and Gardens has the Ultimate Guide to Wood Flooring.



Hardwood is not only beautiful but it is easy to clean as well! Learn more the Benefits of Hardwood flooring from our Coles Blog!



Learn about choosing the Best Hardwood for your Kitchen Floor from Better, Homes and Gardens.



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Coles Celebrates 20 Years of e-cloth® with 20% Off Sale!

October 28th, 2015

Layout 1e-cloth® is celebrating 20 years of chemical-free cleaning with 20% savings! Chemical-free cleaning with e-cloth® allows you to achieve better results, in less time, using just water and an e-cloth®. This has the added benefit of reducing and even eliminating the use of household cleaning products that can be detrimental to your health.

As part of e-cloth’s 20th anniversary celebration, all Coles Fine Flooring locations will be offering 20% off their entire line of e-cloth® chemical-free cleaning products from November 1 to November 22.

Cleaning without household cleaners isn’t new. Families have been cleaning with natural cleaning methods by using lemons, vinegar, baking soda and natural soaps for generations. While it is not new, this is certainly not the “norm” for US households. The convenience of the spray and wipe mentality and endless print and television marketing has made this a way of life. The movement away from these dangers started with the eco-friendly brands that have less toxicity, but suffer from reduced performance. The introduction of advanced fibers in cleaning cloths has led to true chemical-free cleaning. Recent studies show that more than 40% of the population is aware of the dangers of household cleaning chemicals and are actively reading labels and seeking alternatives and 25% of them are very interested. When 25% of the population is doing something, that qualifies as a movement.

This year, e-cloth® celebrates 20 years of helping consumers and retailers clean chemical-free. Today, chemical-free cleaning is a worldwide movement. This movement is in the early stages in the United States, but has been going strong in the UK since 1995. e-cloth® is the worldwide leader in this movement. The reason for e-cloth’s leadership is the assortment of task-specific cleaning products that makes it possible to tackle the toughest cleaning challenges in the home with just water and a cloth. Different surfaces require different levels of care and each surface has a cloth that has been designed specifically for the demands of these surfaces: windows, stainless steel, bathrooms, kitchens, floors, and dusting. The cloths are reusable and most are guaranteed for 300 machine washes.

The e-cloth® brand has been enabling chemical-free cleaning in the UK since 1995 and in the US since 2008. e-cloth’s cleaning products work with just water to meet all cleaning challenges. e-eloth’s aim is to supply the most effective, healthiest and most environmentally-friendly cleaning system available at a good value to the consumer.

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Friday Favorites: Fall Home Décor

October 23rd, 2015

Fall is finally upon us! Here are some easy and fun tips to ready your home for fall season!

Centerpieces are a quick and creative way to add holiday spirit to your family table and home. Southern Living has over 80 Fabulous Fall Decorating Ideas.



HGTV shares their 60 Favorite Fall Decorating Ideas, like sprucing up your front door with pumpkins and gourds.



Choose from 21 Gorgeous DIY Wreaths to Craft This Fall by County Living to add fall colors to your interior and exterior.



Martha Stewart has a great video tutorial on How to Make a Pumpkin Centerpiece!


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2016 Color Trend Forecast

October 22nd, 2015

It’s that time of year again when the leading color forecasters, paint manufacturers and experts on design and color release their picks for the top shades for the coming year. Typically these selections vary pretty widely from across the board, but it seems this year they have universally agreed upon one emerging trend. Shades of white and off-white have appeared on four major paint brands color trend forecasts for the coming year.


Both Benjamin Moore and Glidden have chosen off-white hues as their “2016 Color of the Year,” while Sherwin-Williams and Behr are both showing and off-white in their 2016 color forecasts.


Glidden’s Cappuccino White is is a creamy white that works best with warm hues. Natural wood accents and warm gray vinyl paired with darker beige walls accentuate the creamy white cabinets perfectly here.



Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster is perfect for those looking for a white with a little more substance. Since it doesn’t lean too far to either the warm or cool side, it pairs easily with pretty much any other color making it the perfect neutral.



While white spaces can often feel cold and sterile, that is an easy thing to counteract if your space has interesting architectural details and charming furniture or fixtures. This room in Simply White by Benjamin Moore feels warm and inviting thanks to the cozy furniture and abundance of natural light. The exposed beams in the ceiling add dimension to what would otherwise be a vast white space and the lack of distracting brighter colors helps the wine barrel table and wing back chairs hold center stage.



Behr’s Ivory Keys in the kitchen creates a modern farmhouse feel paired with marble counter tops, subway tile and a farmhouse sink. Again, natural light works wonders in an all-white room, and the dimension introduced by the molding arched doorways goes a long way.


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San Diego Made San Diego Proud

October 12th, 2015

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Friday Favorites: The Ultimate Halloween Homes!

October 9th, 2015

Here are our favorite Halloween homes to kick off your Halloween night!

Creepy crawly spiders are a simple and budget friendly way to prepare your home for a night of scares!



Good Housekeeping shares 11 Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas.



Spooktacular haunted house! Add boarded windows to spook the Trick-or-Treaters this year!



Here are easy last minute DIY Halloween party ideas from Your Cozy Home.


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