10 Reasons Why You Should Play Games

Did you know that playing games is good for health? I think we can all agree that playing games is fun, but they are so much more! Are you looking for a way to connect with your kids, your spouse, or your friends? Are you stuck in doors and trying to decrease screen time?

Keep scrolling to find out some surprising benefits you get from playing games…

Photo: Sara Essex Bradley | Design: Susan Currie Design

1. Playing games increases brain function

2. It brings laughter and decreases stress

3. Boosts language skills

4. Creates friendships and strengthens relationships

5. Brings you happiness

6. Strengthens skills that can be used in the real world, like teamwork

7. Lowers blood pressure by releasing endorphins

8. Gives you a reason to unplug from technology

9. It teaches strategy and patience

10. Games enhance creativity and self-confidence

Photo: Sara Essex Bradley | Design: Susan Currie Design

Even if you don’t have a closet full of board games, try Charades, Pictionary, or download ‘Heads Up!’ or ‘Taboo!’ So pick a game and go play!

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Passion for Purple

In ancient times, purple was one of the most difficult colors to make.  It was created by squeezing the murex sea mussel, called ‘porphura’ in Greek.  Because of the challenge and expense to make purple, it became associated with royalty and power.

Saturated purple walls can make a powerful statement in an interior space.  So to tone it down, consider lavender which can be just as soothing as the plant’s fragrance.  A perfect solution since purple is believed to hold the power to heal.

Purple also was one of the trends featured at High Point this Spring.  Check out these great ideas for using purple.

Purple Passion

I love purple so much that I recently added aubergine draperies to my living room.  The old curtains faded into the walls and lacked contrast.

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Blase' Before with Plain Cream Curtains

The new deep purple draperies add color, interest and enlivens the space.

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And After...What a Difference!

 

Let me know about your passion for purple and how you might add it to your home.

 

Proud To Be Published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I am proud to be published in the June issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles along with my fellow designers who worked on the 2012 Inspiration House as part of the Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour.  So if you are out and about, please pick up the June issue or take a few moments to view the article online.  You’ll enjoy Clint Smith’s feature article “Inspiring Spaces.”   Thank you, Clint and hats off to your entire team who worked on this issue.

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