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You can take it with you!

My teacher always told me that I must learn to add in my head because, “You can’t carry a calculator everywhere you go.” Boy was she wrong! The IPhone settled that! Another untruth promoted by so many is, “You can’t take it with you when you go!” I don’t agree with that since I have personally witnessed and helped five customers this year, “take it with them when they go”. I know that you can’t take things to the great…

The Quick Change

There is a time in everyone’s decorating life when they look at their guest room and feel very overwhelmed. Often that happens when guests are on the way for a week’s visit. You think to yourself; “My daughter’s old bedroom set won’t cut it anymore.” As you prepare to get rid of that set you slowly realize after three consignment stores refuse it for resale; you will need to donate it after all. Before running out to buy a whole…

Collected Life

I drilled the anchor into the wall; it needed to be strong to hold this piece of history. I hung the newly framed sign from the historic and now gone, Iron Curtain and stood back to take it all in. The collection, the life, the story of one man displayed in this Gardenia bedroom for him and his family to see.

Spirit Free

“I wish some air would move through here,” I said in a soft voice to Regan. Finally, a breeze stirred the stagnate air and the crowd came to life as Winter the dolphin popped her head above the water. “Look there she is and Hope too!” my niece exclaimed with excitement. Hope rose up high using the great force of her tail to move across the tank as everyone clapped. If you don’t know about Winter, she is the dolphin…

Color Inspiration

When moving from a home with delineated spaces, an open floor plan can be a real challenge. Many homeowners have a plan in their mind of how it could work but in reality it falls short of looking finished. Each room serves a separate and distinct function but with no walls to divide the space, everything has to share a visual connection. Rhythm is the design principle we lean on to solve the puzzle of making it all work. In…

The Color and the Gray

I know that gray is a very popular color right now and many people are trying it on for size. For those of you who have, the realization that there are more than fifty shades of gray will become self-evident; when upon opening your door one day, you realize that the entire house and everything in it is a different shade of gray. Where did I go wrong, will be the question that nags at the back of your mind.

Be Our Guest

This is the time of year when everyone wants to be in Florida! The grandkids and family will be coming down to see you and escape the last chilly days of their northern abodes. Will you be ready? Have you always wanted to freshen the guest room but never knew how? Did you always think the challenge was too big? Guest rooms are easy to refresh and you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Looking Up

When you stand in your kitchen what do you see when you look up? How do the kitchen cabinets look and are you satisfied with the décor up there? I am often found standing in the kitchen with my clients talking about how we will dress the top of the cabinets and how much is too much?

Lantana Lovely

“Were Moving!” the excited voice said on the other end of the line. “We went to an open house this weekend and we bought it!” I cannot tell you how often I hear these words. It is true that many Villagers move several times and for my clients it is always fun! I love seeing how all the furniture and finishing touches from the old house work in the new house.

Coffee and Two Nooks

The smell of coffee fills the air as the expresso maker presses each pod into a foamy aromatic soup. Each press of the button fills my white cup with more of this amazing elixir. I am never disappointed as I run a knife through the foamy peaks and a heart appears; it’s like I have my own expert barista making cappuccinos just for me on command. Of the many joys in life coffee, a good book, and little nook in…

Luxurious Lanai

Growing up in Florida meant being outdoors! During the nights of summer my parents had to make us come inside and get ready for bed. There has never been a time in my entire Florida life that I have been excited to turn the clocks back for fall; but springing forward creates a sense of excited anticipation to get back that precious outdoor time. Soft breezes will rustle us through the short month of February and March will bluster leaving…
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