I could smell fresh bananas and see the left over peel just lying on the counter of my newly cleaned kitchen. Accompanying the peel was a cracked egg shell and my very cute pooh bear honey pot. The pile of fresh food detritus was lying beside a white bowl containing a gelatinous mixture, so I knew that my niece had been busy in the kitchen! “Aunt Rooooth!” my niece said with an emphasis on the “OO”. “Please, tell me you have oatmeal! I am making a face mask and I need oatmeal!”
My niece and I communicate by Face Timing when she has become bored or she wants something! So on a recent Face Time session I noticed that her room was beyond disarray and looked alarmingly junky. I told her that it looked as if she had stood in the center of the room and thrown things at random. She informed me that she liked it that way and that “she” was one of those messy organized people. I replied by letting her know that the term messy and organized were opposing ideologies. “If you are truly organized your room will look organized,” I said but at this young age she is not convinced.
They often sit unnoticed in silent isolation. They awake from their deep slumber to the aroma of turkey and their walls ring with the happy laughter of voices. They have a short and hectic holiday life but like a bear seeking hibernation, they fall back into their state of peaceful sleep with the turn of the calendar year. I think dining rooms are often the neglected souls of our home but in an open floor plan a neglected dining room can ruin the entire space.
The wind chime sang a high operatic burst that I could hear from the back of the house. It was calling me to “come and see something”, but what? I opened the door and wind rushed in to embrace me like an old friend. It pulled me onto the front porch and I felt it all around; the first flip to fall. The time when the heat breaks with the setting of the sun and a palatable freshness fills the air making everything seem light.
“This will be my last Halloween!” my niece Regan announced. She is a tween and on the precipice of becoming a teenager. For her swansong All Hallows eve character she has chosen to be a Corpse Bride. She has selected for her special night, a fashionable ripped and dirty wedding gown. Grandma has created her a special tiara that makes even the most undead corpse bride come alive with sparkle and gleam. Her shoes will be tattered wrecks of strappy sequins with one broken heal to help her limp about the streets. She will collect her candy in a most complementary extra dirty white Prada clutch that cannot be pried from her cold dirty hands.
Many of our seasonal friends are shocked to discover, upon moving to Florida for good that Florida summers are often hot and muggy! If you are reading this, you more than likely have just endured your first Florida summer. If you are a permanent resident, congratulations, you made it through another hot one.
Pink wings tipped in black moved against an azure sky. My eyes scanned the view above and I wondered if they were deceiving me or was I the luckiest girl in the world? I have been raised in Florida from the age of four and have traveled from tip to toe never seeing a flamingo in the wild and here above Tampa bay I was seeing a flamboyance in the sky. I fixed my gaze with excited determination to watch them until they dissipated into the sun soaked horizon. In nature a gathering of flamingos is called flamboyance but what about in the world of decorating?
In Design the term focal point is used quite often but have you ever wondered what it really means? The focal point is simply the wall with the greatest visual emphasis. The wall that usually receives the most visual emphasis is the largest wall in the room. Everything else in the room such as smaller walls and furniture should visually support and work to achieve harmony with the focal wall. When you properly establish a strong focal wall, the room falls into place like a puzzle.
Search articles on the internet about updates in the home and there you will find written in black and white one re-occurring theme; update the kitchen. A potential buyer sees an out of date kitchen and the dollar signs start blinking, warning them to move on to another home or ask for a deep discount due to all the work they will have to invest. An updated kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank, if you re-face instead of replace the existing kitchen...
It is no wonder that Hawaii, which means “Land of the Gods” is as close to paradise as it gets. To this day when I think of think of Hawaii it is an island with flowers in bloom bursting with scent and such a variety of color. The sunsets in Hawaii were some of the most amazing that I have ever seen and I was raised in the sunshine state.