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Ruth Dyer
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Peaceful Retreat

We spoke last week about some of the classics and what makes something a classic, but what about style? Do you have a particular style and if you did are you able to title it? Webster’s dictionary defines style as a distinctive manner of expression, or a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed. So when planning a space or redecorating, it is beneficial to define your style to yourself or your decorator as clearly as possible.

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Timeless Classics

Have you ever asked yourself, what creates a classic? Webster’s dictionary defines a classic as; serving as a standard of excellence: of recognized value. Usually, when we think of classical things the Greeks and Romans come to mind or Beethoven and Jane Austin. All of the aforementioned people made contributions that permeate contemporary society to this day. The architectural contributions of the Greeks and Romans are the standard bearer from which all architecture began.

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A Cozy Place

I have only ever observed the difficulty of moving forward when a love one passes more than experienced it, so far in my life. However, the observing has taught me that each person handles the passing of a spouse differently. There is not a formula that fits every person or a specified time for grief. People move forward when they are ready and not a minute before they are ready in terms of re-defining a space. In the world of decorating, what was our house becomes my house and what was our space becomes my space and the transition can be very difficult and emotional.

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Eighties re-vamp

It was the mid-eighties and everything was great! The Golden Girls was a hot new sitcom, while Miami Vice was setting fashion trends for young men dreaming of being police on the beat in Miami. Webster’s dictionary describes a trend as a line of general direction or movement. In the mid-eighties to early nineties the trends in both fashion and home décor was to use the colors teal, pink, or mauve. Those three colors have through the years become an iconic symbol of South Florida and the eighties.

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A Good Recipe

I love to bake and my newest temptation is banana bread but not just any banana bread; it is mind blowing banana bread with cream cheese hazelnut frosting. This recipe is simple! I put one cup of sugar, one cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and one teaspoon of vanilla into the mixing bowl. I add one stick of softened butter and two eggs; then I blend it all together. Finally, I add two to three mashed over-ripened bananas to the mixture and blend everything until smooth. I place the mixture into jumbo cupcake molds and put them in the oven to bake for approximately forty-five minutes.

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Non-Existent Perfection

In the world of decorating, creative stagnation can and often does occur when the house stands divided. This stagnation of progress happens because one person likes one thing and the other person likes another thing. Since they cannot agree they go back to the drawing board, only to find one more item that they cannot agree to like.

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Lighten Up

In my experience, when people move to Florida they are seeking a lighter brighter look. After all, we are the sunshine state, so it goes without saying that things should stay fairly sunny and light no matter what your style of home décor.
I have observed in my fifteen years of experience, re-creating your northern home in Florida does not work over time.

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Updates to sell

When living in your own home it easy to become accepting of your homes flaws, but put the home on the market and the market will not be shy about pointing out those flaws. Years go by of living life happily in the home and all of the sudden golden oak cabinetry is out of style. When did bone colored appliance go away? In what year did hanging pot racks become unpopular and why is everyone getting black stainless steel appliances now?

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Wish List

New home purchases usually come with a list of the things the new owner would like to change in the home to personalize the space. There is the grand wish list and the cost of the wish list and the task of spending the wish list money wisely.

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The Power of Definition

My niece Regan does not like to be defined as a teenager now that she is thirteen. She argues that it sounds like a “generalization” and she does not want to be defined by age her group. At thirteen she is well versed on all things, just like most teenagers. She loves argumentation, sometimes just for the sake of argumentation, just like most teenagers. I see her testing her skills as we discuss current events of the day and she enjoys seeing the other viewpoint of whatever viewpoint is offered, just like most teenagers.

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