Gratitude, family, food and relaxation are all part of our favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions—and perhaps just as important to you too. We are grateful for our good health, good friends and the comforting family traditions that make us smile.

Our business customers and trusted partners play a huge role in our lives, and we are grateful for each of you. We want to wish you and your families a wonderful feeling of togetherness even if, in this unusual pandemic pause, you can’t share the holiday in person. We hope you can celebrate in some way that adds joy to your day.

We know we have the best customers in the state—or maybe in the country! You give us opportunities to do the work we love. And even though we’ve been in the business for decades, we learn even more about what is important to you as customers with every project. We are grateful for your painting and home improvement projects, big and small—and we are grateful to be part of your world.

We’re also thankful for our relationships with referral partners in real estate and the trades. These are the business owners we know, admire and trust, and we are happy to refer them to our clients when they need an electrician, plumber, realtor or other service provider. We love making the connections that benefit our clients whether it’s for an HVAC service or hanging Christmas lights to adorn the house and add joy to the neighborhood. Thank you for being part of our business and friendship circles.

As a family, we have many cherished Thanksgiving traditions, and we know that this year might require a few changes. One tradition will surely remain the same for all family members who are here. We’ll wake up to the heavenly smell of Harley’s “Fugio,” his special bacon and egg dish that his grandfather taught him to make. And we’ll have our delicious Thanksgiving turkey dinner, and, of course, we’ll see who can break off the larger piece of the wishbone to have their wish come true.

We’re sending positive vibes for all your dreams to come true this holiday season too. You have blessed our lives, and we are sending our thanks and heartfelt wishes for a wonderfully relaxing holiday!

If you’d like to give it a go, here’s Harley’s inherited, until-now-secret recipe for Fugio. Enjoy!

Harley’s Grandfather’s Fugio Recipe 

Make a batch of white rice (about 5 cups cooked).
Fry 8 pieces of Hickory smoked bacon and chop. 

4- 5 long-stemmed green onions
½ cup of yellow onion (you can also use sweet onion)
7- 8 mini-sweet peppers  Scramble 4 or 5 eggs, then chop them up fine in the pan with a spatula.
Mix all together in frying pan with 1 Tbsp soy sauce (we like Kikkoman).

Toss around over medium heat for approx. 5 minutes.
Serve and add additional soy sauce to personalized taste.

We love building relationships that create a community of treasured friends and clients. If you’d like to share one of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions, give us a call at (651) 765-0600. And, if you enjoyed this blog (and maybe the recipe), please share it with a friend who might also want to start a new tradition. Thank you!

Alpha Omega Decorating

Alpha Omega Decorating
(651) 765-0600
Serving the Twin Cities Metro

Perhaps you haven’t heard of the hole-in-the-wall syndrome (?). Quite likely, as we coined this phrase for projects we see as typical in late fall. You’ll understand the meaning in a minute.

It all starts with people in the north country realizing that there isn’t much time to get their homes in order before the snow falls and temperatures dip. We rush to do the final outdoor cleanup and put away equipment and patio furniture. Then, we prep the winter snow removal equipment and bring out the toys that make winter fun.

We see the panic set in when our clients start thinking about the indoor projects that have been neglected. Who has the time? And, who has the inclination to get on a ladder to manage repairs or paint? We know that some people love this type of work and relish the opportunity when the summer fun comes to an end, and we applaud you.

We also know that winter takes on a much sweeter tone when you have surroundings that warm the soul. If you’re dreading that cooped-up feeling and prefer a warm, cozy vision of reading a book or sitting by the fireplace, look around and imagine your view with warmer paint colors that will bring joy into your life.

Ready to make space for inviting family over to watch football or enjoy a good meal? Changing the configuration of your kitchen, possibly removing a wall or a few cupboards, can open up the area. Kitchen updates often take priority since we spend more time there when the weather turns colder. We can almost smell the deliciousness!

You can freshen up your colors or take on that ceiling project. Now’s the time to fix the stains or remove the “popcorn” ceiling texture in favor of a smooth or textured ceiling. Perhaps you’d like to choose a complementary color for the ceilings. It makes a pleasing impact! For your home office or study spaces, a fresh coat of paint can make your world brighter.

So, where did we get the hole-in-the-wall term? One of our favorite stories—and an example of what happens when we’re all so busy—is that of our client who was getting ready to move. It was all happening very fast, and she wanted the home to be perfect for the new owners. Personal items were being packed and all the nooks and crannies were cleaned.

Then, an unpleasant thought hit. She had forgotten about the garage wall. The garage was not very deep, and, as she drove in, she purposely hit the wall with the car—every day—to make sure she had the two inches of space behind the car. Now, there were some generous cracks and a conspicuous hole as you drove into the garage. How to fix it when the clock is ticking, and you need to move?!

Yes, we received the call for help. Our client knew she didn’t have the time, tools or skills to fix this faux pas. While she was out of town preparing her new home, she loved the photos we sent her: removing the damaged Sheetrock, squaring it up with insulation in full view, installing the new Sheetrock, taping and mudding, second coat of drywall compound, sanding and two coats of paint. We expertly patched and painted the area in time for the new owners to be impressed by the home—and the condition of the garage walls. Incredibly satisfying!

You too can avoid the last-minute, hole-in-the-wall syndrome by setting your goals and working toward completion. Whether your project is a large makeover or a small hole-in-the-wall job, we are cheering you on and wishing you a beautifully pleasing oasis. And we’re always happy to help if you’d favor a rescue team!

We love helping people find and enjoy fresh colors, a new ceiling finish or a smooth wall. Give us a call at (651) 765-0600 if you need help and inspiration. If you enjoyed this blog, please share it with a friend who might also need a little inspiration to tackle their own to-do list. Thank you!

Alpha Omega Decorating

Alpha Omega Decorating
(651) 765-0600
Serving the Twin Cities Metro

What a beautiful time of year in Minnesota! The feeling of happiness seems to travel with the fresh air. If you’re like us, you are enjoying the initial wave of color as autumn makes its entrance. Honestly, it just makes you smile to be outside—to view a magnificent tree in all its glory or a single scarlet bush sparkling in the sun. Or maybe your favorite is the blue sky, amazing sunset or the water lapping gently on the shore.

Perhaps this year, we have double appreciation for nature and all its beauty after spending more time under covid restrictions. Whatever the reasons, we’re grateful to be living and working in such a gorgeous environment. As painters, we’ve spent a lot of time outdoors working on exterior updates that make people feel happy about their home and its curb appeal.

This time of year, we start hearing more about homeowners’ visions for the interior of their home. And often, it’s the color that gets people excited—just like it does outdoors. Color has an incredible effect on your mood and motivation. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to change your surroundings and upgrade your outlook.

With fall colors adding cheer to our daily routines, we find many people wanting to bring some of that nature-inspired goodness inside. Color choices are plentiful—rich with the warmth of the sun and as generous as the vibrant shades of the season. Whether you like the earthy, natural tones or the crisp, brighter hues, there’s a color for you.

Here’s a taste of some of this season’s favorites: Sea Salt, Amazing Gray and Divine White, also Latte, Reflection and Drift of Mist. There’s also Gingery, Fine Wine and Aurora Brown. Or, you might like Acacia Haze, Kingdom Gold or Eider White. And, there’s Butter Up, Enigma and Whitetail. Or how about Rockwood Amber, Dancing Green or Red Cent? Or, you could opt for Spiced Cider, Wickerwork or Mountain Stream.

Choices, and more choices. Combine them and enjoy them! It does make you wonder who creates the names for all these delightful colors.

While you’re taking steps a little slower to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us, you just might want to create some of that comforting relaxation for yourself and your family. Making changes in paint colors can make your rooms feel new, fresh and splendid enough for a staycation or a work-at-home oasis.

As the breezes get cooler, you might feel like curling up with a good book or a feel-good movie. With new, calming colors, you’ll be able to do just that. Smile and take a deep breath. Feel grateful. It’s the season to slow down a little, take some time for yourself and count your blessings.

Paint can work wonders for your disposition and your stress levels. It can also energize you. It all depends on the room—and you get to choose! Many people have an affinity for certain color palettes and have no trouble deciding. Others need another set of eyes, and we are happy to provide that guidance for our customers with a free color consultation.

With our years of experience, it’s sometimes easier for us to visualize colors that will work well with your décor and the purpose of the room. Give us a call at (651) 765-0600 if you need help and inspiration. We’re here for you. In either case, enjoy your fresh, new colors and all the abundance they provide for your life.

We’re wishing you a beautiful, color-pleasing start to each day. If you enjoyed this blog, please share it with a friend who might also need a nudge to paint their world with colorful goodness!

Alpha Omega Decorating

Alpha Omega Decorating
(651) 765-0600
Serving the Twin Cities Metro