The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 66 HOME DÉCOR Relocating to a new city involves more than just a new place with new people — it's a total lifestyle change that comes with a fresh living space. Think of your new apartment or home as your creative canvas. It's just waiting to be splattered with color, texture and personality. Unfortunately, when moving to a new city, there's already too much to worry about with packing and becoming familiar with the surroundings. So let us help you with the décor. Here are some tips and suggestions for local haunts to visit to help you get started. A new space, especially if it was previously owned, deserves a fresh paintjob. According to color experts, purples and lilacs, milky blues, and neutrals paired with jewel tones are all the rage. A reliable go-to is Pantone's color of the year, and this year there are two: Rose Quartz (a blush-like pink) and Serenity (a tranquil blue). If wallpaper's your game, consider playing with natural surface patterns — we're talking wood, stone and brick — retro geomet- rics, metallic and matte prints, and sweet pastels. New Spaces Call for Inspiration BY ALYSSA LAFARO Anderson Paint & Decorating and Upstate Color Center in Easley both carry paint from Benjamin Moore, while Martha's Fabrics and Interiors in Spartanburg carries Thibaut Wallpapers. One of the best parts of moving to a new place includes digging through the cobweb-ridden, used-to-be treasures. Some will make it into beat-up boxes, while others find their way into the local landfill or charity drive. It's inevita- ble you'll fill up your new home with new things. "Out with the old, in with the new," you'll say. But maybe the answer really lies with the old. Instead of throwing out those sentimental items, why not reuse them? Repurpose an old suitcase — a sturdy one from the mid-1900s — into a cabinet, shelf, or side table. Transform old picture frames into serving trays by painting the frame and placing a modern, patterned print inside. Upcycle old mugs, bottles and bowls into light fixtures. Place an old bike on a fresh-painted wall and call it art. Be creative and really use your imagination here. For inspira- tion, check out Greenville's makerspace meetings, held Monday nights at 6 p.m. at 2 North Main Street.

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