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Spring Green Envy

This time of year I always feel like I am waiting. I am waiting for the cool bite of the morning to go away and the cool chill that comes at night to stop. I am waiting to put my winter fleece blanket away and waiting to store my mini heater in the closet. I start the day in a jacket with the heat on when driving to work and by lunch I have the max cool setting on the…

Surround Yourself with Light Bright Florida

I snapped the glass into to place and moved the lever to hold the picture frame together. This was the final picture for the picture wall that I was creating for Regan’s new room. I stared at the picture and heard her voice from the back of my mind, “Aunt Ruth! I want to go swimming! Can we go swimming now?” She begged. “Please! Just a few more shots, these pictures are perfect!” I said and motioned her to walk…

Design Principles Create a Signature Style - Decorating Tips

Oh no! I thought as I did a mental assessment of my calendar. We are fast approaching March thirteenth and I don’t have Regan’s room done. Going to Disney for the weekend and Will being out of town for two weeks has put me a little behind on weekend time and I still have shopping to do for her new room. “Aunt Ruth, I am having a sleepover and I hope I will have my new room by then, with…

How to Achieve The WOW Factor in Home Decor

I could see the outline of ducks in greyscale landing across the lake and I had to go outside and see what was happening. I stepped out onto the porch and the crisp night air had grown cool so and  I was captured as I looked at the ducks landing upon the lake that had become smooth as glass and now looked like natures mirror reflecting reeds, newly planted trees and a cluster of palm trees at the far edge…

The Principle of Contrast

How do we know day from night?How do we know black from white?How do we know sun from moon? How do we know January from June? A simple principle we learn with time and life, This principle can bring great joy and sometimes great strife, At times it can be the greatest weakness and the greatest strength,But is something, through which all life is linked, For we only know the moon because the sun goes down,We only know a smile…

Sea Shell Inspired Guest Bedroom

Somewhere beyond the sea there is a siren who speaks to me.She talks of shells and sea trinkets galore and then she says she will be back with more. Of all the things she gives to me the greatest gifts are shells from the sea!Nautilus, Augers, starfish and more, I can’t have enough and I always want more.

Pink Home Decor Transformation

“I have my books already picked out!” Regan said and the air wooshed above our heads when we opened the door to the library. We were attending the book fair at Regan’s school and anxious to get in line. “What are they?” I asked.  “One about Taylor Swift and one about Justin Bieber and a princess makeup book!” she said so proud of her more mature book choices and ready, ready, ready to buy. We stood in the line that…

Getting Around Boundaries - Decorating on a Tight Budget

The air was cool and fresh, since everything was cleaned by the late afternoon rain. A light gentle wind rustled greenery and you could hear chimes in the distance making a Ting...Ting….Tong. “Shhhhhhh……now if you are going to drive this you have to be quiet.” I cautioned my niece Regan, as I knew I would be cautioning in low whispers the entire time.  I flipped the golf cart into reverse and ……BBBeeeeeeeeeeeep……..,

Palm Trees - Sun and Citrus

“You know when your Dad was a little boy, he was mad at his daddy and he took an entire shoes box full of marbles and shot them into the grove.” I heard the voice of my grandmother say as if it was yesterday. I reached into the drawer of the antique side board and pulled out the marble that had settled at the back of the drawer having been moved by the sudden jolt from opening. There beside it…

Imagination - Kids Room Makeover

“Second Star to the right and straight on till morning” the words of Peter Pan could be heard as our boat on the Peter Pan ride flew through the air and the chorus sang “You can fly,  you can fly, you can fly, you can fly!” and fly we did!  We flew straight on to Epcot from the Magic Kingdom and onto the ride Soarin. We flew over mountains and ocean and “thwack” we heard the crack of golf stroke…

Faux Crying Turned to Joy - Decorating Tips

“Did I just see you blink your eyes really hard?” I asked my niece. She blinked again trying to get tears to rise to the surface so they would trickle down her face to reinforce her argument. She sounded like she was crying but there was little visible evidence that she was that upset; as she said “But it is my turn to sit in the front seat and he rode in the front seat all the way here!” Again,…
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