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I pushed open the sliding doors high on the seventh floor of our room at Hammock Beach, walked onto the balcony and looked out to the rolling ocean waves. The warm salt air filled my lungs and I could feel relaxation begin to flood through my body as I breathed in through the nose and out through the mouth. “Aunt Ruth! This is an amazing hotel room and I can’t believe I get my own bedroom and bathroom!”

Pretty in Pink

The shores of Florida in the days of James Audubon were filled with Flamingos in the wild but settlers and habitat invasion pushed them away to extinction in Florida. However, for the past 11 years, a small flock returns each year to the West Palm Beach water management district. Hopefully, the word will get out to others that it is great in Florida again and our shores will be filled with pink!

The Art of Display

When I was first married twenty years ago, I made it known somehow that I liked palm trees and pineapples; so then everything that I received as a gift from that point on had something with a palm tree or a pineapple. I think that is how the collecting process gets started and through the years I kept my favorite pieces and let go of the ones that I did not like. The way that items are collected through the…

Change is Good

I often hear that “change is good”, but what if the change is not good? I don’t like trying a new meal at a restaurant and not liking it. I don’t like getting a different haircut and crying when it is done. I don’t like getting low fat cheese by accident because I did not read the package!

True Blue

I clicked open my email and stared in fascination at the picture titled, “Endless Journey” the newest offering from Alan Maltz in Key West. The sky was the most beautiful cerulean blue met at the horizon by the clearest teal water, so beautiful it looked like blown glass. The sky was dappled with tiny puffs of white and running into the horizon there is a solitary dock that seems endless.

Budget Friendly Makeover

I have never had a customer say, “I have an endless budget.” Often, refurbishments of spaces are done on a budget but the customers are not sure what to get rid of and what to keep. Since my roots are in “Use what you have decorating”, I like to incorporate the old things that will still work for the new look and get rid of the things that will not work.

Light Bright and Less

Kitchen cabinets can be a huge conundrum for many. Do we decorate them? Do we leave them bare? Do we use greens? How much is too much and so on and so on? I will hear one client tell me, “I don’t like a lot of stuff above my cabinets”, and the next client I meet will say, “We should put some stuff up there above the cabinets, what do you think?”

Orange Pop

Frequent visits to my Grandmother’s house occurred during the summer months when we were free from the shackles of school. Her house was the quintessential “Cracker” model set back in a field on the side of highway 54, surrounded by orange groves in Zephyrhills Florida. We would run through the groves collecting navels and tangerines and reconvene on the sprawling front porch to eat our citrus treasures, while daring one another to try a sour kumquat off the tree in…

Sunset Colors

Cerulean Sky is a vast canopy as the sun begins its descent into the deep ocean. All eyes are on the swath of bright coral that fills the space between sky and ocean while a hot band of orange sits just above the water line looking as if it radiates out from the sun.

Living Large

Patio villas are perfect for our winter friends and anyone else who wants to live worry and fancy free! The Cabot Cove is 1190 square feet of efficient living. Some would say that is small but I would say it makes life easy! However, decorating them can be as big a challenge as a Gardenia or Lantana. The solution to a fabulous patio villa is to always rely on steadfast design theory to see your project through.

Bold Gold

Gold throughout history has been a sign of power and wealth; this metal of opulence and kingship has been stolen by pirates and found by the hunters of treasure. The symbol of winning is always a gold medal while silver is a strong second.
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