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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!

Adding a Little Holiday to your Front Door Decor

It’s that time of year… And what better way to welcome guests to your home than with festive holiday door decor?!? To get in the spirit, we took a little walk – both literally and via the interwebs to find some fabulous holiday door decor to inspire you this Christmas season.

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Image via Ballard Designs

A festive Charleston storefront as photographed by Susan Currie Design

A festive Charleston storefront as photographed by Susan Currie Design

Image via The Creativity Exchange

Image via The Creativity Exchange

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Image via Home Decorators Collection

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Image via Lamps Plus

Garland, and berries and bulbs, oh my! But – one thing all these successful holiday doors have in common? Shades of green. It seems to be all about the evergreen here folks, so if you do nothing more, add a gorgeous wreath to your front door, like Susan’s Christmas wreath from last year (seen below) and carry on your merry way. Happy holiday decorating!!

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How to Decorate with Mirrors

Mirrors are an essential tool in just about every designer’s toolkit. They’re not just for use in bathrooms any more… Here at Susan Currie Design, we incorporate mirrors into so many elements of our designs, some which may come as a surprize to you.

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Photo by: Sara Essex Bradley | Design by: Susan Currie Design

We love using mirrors as tabletops! The offer a bright and reflective surface, ideal for showcasing a fantastic work of art or increasing the amount of light a tabletop lamp can put off.

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Photo by: Sara Essex Bradley | Design by: Susan Currie Design

We love propping mirrors up as opposed to hanging them and using them to create layers of framed art. This provides additional dimension and interest to a space.

 

Photo by: Susan Currie Design Styling by: Travis & Company ADAC

Photo by: Susan Currie Design
Styling by: Travis & Company | ADAC

Mirrored furnishings are another smart way to use reflective surfaces. They’re a wonderful neutral furnishing option and add sparkle and pizzaz.

There you have it, done the right way, mirrors are a brilliant way to add some brilliance into your home!

Hues of Blue

Our team was recently walking through ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) and as we explored many of the stunning designer showrooms one trend kept repeating itself – the use of the color blue.

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Nina Campbell by Osborne and Little for Ainsworth-Noah

While blue has never gone out of style, we’re certainly seeing a resurgence of this royal hue and we couldn’t be happier about it!

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William Yeoward by D. Guild for Ainsworth-Noah

So, take note of this trend that’s currently on spotlight…

By Susan Currie Design

By Susan Currie Design

And if you’d like some help introducing blue into your space, reach out to our team today!