Welcome WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Reno!

We are so excited to welcome two of our newest Franchise Partners: Alexis Pahang and Elise Bunkowski!

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Residents and business owners in the Reno area can expect to see their clean, shiny vans and friendly, uniformed painters as these two hit the ground running with their residential and commercial painting franchise.

We had a chance to sit down and chat with Elise to find out what made them say WOW! to WOW 1 DAY PAINTING.

Why we chose WOW 1 DAY PAINTING

For many years we had talked about owning our own business. When we started looking into different options, we remembered that we had used another company in the O2E Brands family (1-800-GOT-JUNK?) and had such a wonderful experience. When we found WOW, we knew it was a perfect fit. Taking an ordinary service like painting, and transforming it into an exceptional experience is something we are excited to bring to our community.

Our background prior to WOW

We met at UNLV where Alexis obtained his degree in Finance and Business Management and I obtained my degree in Finance and Economics. Alexis worked his way up in the banking industry and most recently was a Vice President of Private Banking for a major wealth management firm. He has been in the private banking/wealth management industry for the past ten years. I worked briefly in the banking industry and in 2007 we had our first son. Since then, I have been a stay-at-home mom.

Our passions outside of work

We love to explore and show our kids as much of the world as we possibly can! Even if it means trying a new restaurant one weekend or finding a hidden beach at Lake Tahoe the next. We take advantage of every opportunity we get to travel with our family. Our most recent trip to Vancouver was an amazing experience. Exposing our kids to different cultures is important to us.

Community involvement

We volunteer as much time as we can at the schools our children attend and their sports leagues. We are definitely excited to start reaching out to other areas of the community through our business. Teachers, law enforcement, and our military personnel are near and dear to our hearts and our business will allow us the opportunity to reach out even more to these members of our community.

Fun facts about us

Alexis was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. I grew up in Minden, Nevada which is why we moved back to the area five years ago. We have four kids, Landon (age 8), Jackson (age 4), Benton (age 3), and Gwendolyn (age 1). There is never a dull moment in our home with three boys and a girl. Add two dogs to the mix and it is never a dull moment. Our family always says its like visiting the zoo but we can’t imagine it any other way!

Why we love Reno

The summers are hot, and the snow in the winter is always fun. Lake Tahoe is one of our favorite places on Earth and it is just a short drive away. More importantly, it is the people that make this area wonderful. People are kind and generous here and always willing to support each other. Reno is known as “the Biggest Little City in the World” and it truly is just that!

What we look forward to most

The obvious answer is that we get to be our own boss, but for us it means so much more. We love that we have the opportunity to see our kids grow up and really be there for them. Also, we want to grow a company that values its people. The WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Reno team has some amazing talent and we are lucky to have them. It seems that quite often businesses forget to value those who matter and we get a chance to change that for our crew. Plus all of the ideas we have had in our minds for community outreach are finally becoming a reality!

We’re so excited to welcome Elise and Alexis to the WOW 1 DAY PAINTING family! Connect with them on their local WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Reno page here.

How to WOW in the Bedroom

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Turn up the Style Dial in the Bedroom

Whether you want to add spice or serenity, paint is a quick and easy way to transform your private chambers. Afterall, your bedroom is an expression of you, so it’s important. When it comes to creating the perfect boudoir, a little paint and a lot of imagination is really all you need. Go from drab to fab with these five painting tips, sure to inspire a great night’s sleep.

1. Paint a Ceiling Masterpiece
You don’t need to be Michelangelo to create a ceiling masterpiece. A striking ceiling is a quick fix and will give your bedroom the luxurious lift you’ve been wanting. Try a slightly darker shade than the walls to make the ceiling feel lower and the whole space more intimate. Yes, white ceilings look good, they’re safe and we love them but if you want to add some excitement that doesn’t include red walls or mirror balls, a daring ceiling paint will do the trick.

2. Glam up Your Headboard
Nothing speaks X-factor like a glamorous headboard. Think gold or chocolate tones but if that doesn’t sound like you, think upcycled wood with a sleek painted finish in burnt orange or lime green. Make sure you do the prep work to create a smooth clean surface first. A can of primer and a few coats of spray paint later and you will have the desired effect.

3. One Bold Wall
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This is not a boring bedroom. That’s what you can always say about a bedroom with a great accent wall. Painting one statement wall might sound risky in the living room but not so in the bedroom. In fact, your bedroom is crying out for color and this is a great way to go there. This is a one day painting job. What are you waiting for?

4. Bring Nature Inside
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If you seek more serenity, look outside for inspiration. Bring the colors of the outdoors in to create that peaceful, clean environment. Mix white and green contrasting walls, simple plants and casual wooden pieces to create that true nature-inspired look you’re craving. Connecting with nature has never been easier.

5. Create the Well Traveled Look
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If you’ve been around the world and back, your room’s gonna show it. In the complex world of yard sale finds and souvenirs, keeping your room either sexy or peaceful is a daily challenge. Remove junk and showcase your best pieces with plain fresh white walls. That Moroccan throw pillow will thank you.

More Love for Your Bedroom
You don’t need to move house or buy new furniture. Start right where you are with a professional paint job that will leave your bedroom looking WOW long beyond Valentine’s Day.

Marie Fitzgibbon leads the Paid Search team at O2E Brands, parent company to 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 Day Painting and You Move Me. She enjoys the beautiful BC outdoor lifestyle. Ask her to go to Grouse Mountain with you anytime! Connect with Marie on LinkedIn

Your best yard sale yet!

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Have you made a resolution to de-clutter? To live a cleaner, more efficient and simple life? Well baby, it’s still cold outside…so stay in and get at it! Week by week, month by month, begin to gather up your forgotten, your ill-fitting, your ‘so last year’ clothing and appliances, and stock up for your greatest yard sale ever.

STOCKING UP

Slow and steady wins the race. One of my new favorites is courtesy of Miss Minimalist who says, “One a day keeps the clutter away”. This strategy will net you 152 items from January 1 until the dawn of June’s first warm breeze, and that is what I would call a strong start. Don’t forget to give each item a clean and tweak before boxing it up – that way it will be ready to go come sale day.

PLANNING

Oh, how I love to be prepared. To be prepared is to look calm, confident and like you’re having a great time. A person can better handle a little unforeseen duress if all the other bases are well covered.

You’ll need to save your date, mindful of holidays and local events so as to maximize your potential customer base. You may even need a permit! It won’t hurt to do a little sniffing around, check with your local city hall, or neighborhood council.

You’ll also have to spread the good word! Post on community boards at grocery stores, libraries, tennis courts and pools, not to mention the free virtual advertising boards like Craigslist, Facebook and the myriad of others available online.

It may behoove you to check out your competition before the big day. Hit a couple of sales around town to see what works well, and how people are pricing things. Get to know the game!

LEAD UP

A week or two out from your sale, take stock of your stock. Group similar things together, and price EVERY item.

Check out what you have and what you can borrow to display your wares. Tables, bookcases, clothes racks, anything to keep some of the product off of the ground. The ideal would be to set yourself up so it’s easy, even and pleasant for people to peruse and purchase.

And people will purchase! Have a good float ready. A good portion of this should be smaller change. Anywhere from 50 up to a hundred bucks worth would be well advised, depending on the size and price of your inventory.

ALMOST THERE

Mow the lawn, hose down the driveway, and start making some signs. Make them simple and make them sharp, so someone passing at 50km/hr can pick out your vitals.

Also, think about drawing out a rough floor plan of the sale. Will you put some bigger, hot ticket items out front to draw in the crowds?

SALE DAY!

Start with a good breakfast. Be fully set up and ready to go on the appointed hour. Lock your house, and keep your money on you at all times.

Bring out an extension cord, so buyers can test your old lamps, and set up a speaker to pipe in some pleasant tunes.

You’ve put such a great effort into drawing in your customers, so be ready to work hard, keep moving, but most importantly, enjoy yourself. It’s a yard sale, not a final exam!

Oh, and be a good neighbor. Take down your signs once your sale is over!

Guest Blogger Annelies Bertrand is a one time dedicated triathlete, now mother to three young boys. A world where everyday is an Ironman. Her winning strategy? Never. Stop. Moving.

Pantone colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity colors of 2016

At the beginning of every year, the Pantone Color Institute picks a new color that sets the trends in fashion, decor and interior design. For 2016, Pantone surprised everyone with its choice of two colors: Rose Quartz (Pantone code 13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919). The biggest surprise of all was that they paired the two together. According to Pantone, the choice was not random, but an expression of today’s society, where the interest in wellness and relaxation is higher than ever. Good news though – these two picks are versatile hues, in particular when it comes to décor and interior design, and both go well with a wide range of styles, from the most conservative to modern minimalist.

Pantone Colors of 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity blue

For Pantone, this nomination is a significant shift to the “softer” side, especially when compared to previous years when bold, vibrant colors held the top spot – remember 2014’s Radiant Orchid, 2013’s Emerald or 2012 ‘s Tangerine Tango?

The choice of the 2016 colors is, of course, symbolic. As explained by Pantone, it is an attempt to reflect the moods of today’s consumers, who are more than ever in search of life balance, calm and well-being. The pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity, commonly known as pale pink and baby blue, exudes calm and relaxation, like an antidote for the modern-day hectic lifestyles.

The 2016 colors balance and complement each other in a less traditional way, but blend beautifully, revealing a soft transition from the warm, gentle tone of the Rose Quartz to the cool and soothing Serenity blue.  Individually, Rose Quartz conveys reassurance, warmth and positivity, while Serenity, associated with the blue sky above, is a reminder  of relaxation and calm.

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When it comes to interior design, these softer tones are more likely to be accepted into homes, and are also easier to pair with a wide variety of colors. Pantone recommends pairing Rose Quartz and Serenity with mid-tones like greens, purples and rich browns, and gives a green light to pairings with all shades of yellow or pink. The best neutrals to complement the duo are cool tones of gray. If you are adventurous, go ahead and use hot brights as accents and add sparkle with silver combinations. For more combination ideas, head over to www.pantone.com.

Girl's bedroom in rose quarts and serenity blue

Adding Rose Quartz and Serenity blue to your home will produce a calming and refreshing effect.  In many instances, these colors, alone or in combination, are great for conservative tastes.  They are also excellent choices for antique aesthetics and children’s rooms. If you choose to explore the full potential of the two colors and their combination, don’t be afraid to incorporate them in every room of your home: Rose Quartz and Serenity are ideal for day rooms and generally small spaces, creating the illusion of a larger, airy space, while still being able to keep that cozy feeling.  

Conservative interior in rose quartz with armchair and coffee table

But it doesn’t have to be all about calm and coziness, and this is where their versatility allows for daring experiments. To make it fun, break the rules – combine these colours with bold prints, or simply contrast with blacks and browns. If your style is rather minimalist, associate one of the two colors with other light neutrals. For the ultimate “clean” look, pair with white.

With two colors, the possibilities are endless. It’s just a matter of time until the design and fashion industry respond by incorporating the two colors into their palettes and set the trends for 2016. Of course, you – the consumers – have the last say when it comes to including these colors into your lives. Go with the trend, create your own or wait for a new year.

 Any predictions for the color of 2017? Share below!

Anca Apostu is an email marketing specialist with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. When she’s not creating email campaigns, she can be found in one of three places: at home, playing piano, catching up on soccer games or reading about music; at a concert; or out for a walk in the woods.  You can also find her on LinkedIn.

Why Notters Build Businesses

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Let’s talk about the language we use when we talk about business. Let’s look at the words we use to address things like risk.

Comfort.

Change. Challenge.

Success.

How is our communication, and the words we use to communicate, dictated by preconceived notions of what is expected of us – particularly when we find ourselves conducting business?

For instance, how often is your communication determined by what you think is expected of you? From both others and yourself?

Take another moment and think about the following: we are often trai

ned tominimize disruption, not encourage it. At WOW 1 DAY PAINTING we’ve made it our mission to take on the painting industry and shake it to its core. Too often when discussing things like risk, change, and challenge we use words that are largely negative. On the flip side, when we talk about things like comfort andsuccess, we construct these things as positive and desirable.

And yes, success is a thing you want in your life. But success can also mean doing the same thing over and over again, never deviating from the course, or challenging the status quo.

Which leaves me to question: can success stop being success if your recipes and strategies do not support growth, adaptation, or change?

A number of years ago, my then-CEO challenged myself and a group of leaders to think about this construct. Part of his message was the idea that incremental gains are realized by the everyday processing and analyzing of facts. Quantum leaps are realized by paradigm shifts.

Think about that.

But first, think about the shift that needs to occur in the way we think and talk about business if we are ever going to get to that quantum leap.

As business leaders, the responsibility to get to this place rests with us, and in order to achieve this, we must make a change to the overall business discussion.

So my final question (I promise) to you is:

When was the last time you asked yourself, “Why not? Why can’t we do that?”

As leaders and entrepreneurs, we are daily bombarded by Nay-sayers, Can’t Doers and What-if’ers. Which again isn’t a completely negative thing. These people keep our feet on the ground and our systems running.

However, if you are not the one asking “Why not?” in your business, then who will? It certainly won’t be the individuals who believe that success is contingent on rote mechanics and comfort zones.

So in this vein, I encourage you to try the following:

1. Think of a dream for your organization that is such an aspiration that it seems almost crazy. A true BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Something for which the path does not seem clear.

2. Ask yourself, “Why not?”

3. Think quietly on this for a few minutes.

Don’t allow yourself to be a Nay-sayer. Move beyond the language and the reactions you have been conditioned to ascribe to this kind of goal.

Instead, use new words that will help clear a path to this result.

Disruptive innovation is daunting and scary, but the great thing is – it’s okay to talk about this.

I truly believe that “Why Notters” build businesses.

Do you?

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