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Saturday
Dec062014

Naughty or nice? Check out these ideas for your holiday list!

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• December 6, 2014


It’s the season when it seems that we must take a gift everyplace we go…lunches with friends, holiday gatherings, office parties. And we do our best to avoid that last minute adrenaline rush on the way to an outing and grabbing anything we can find in the neighborhood drug store and wrapping it in the parking lot.

And then there are gifts for teachers, the hairdresser, nail techs, the mailman and the list goes on and on of all of the people that we want to show our appreciation with a “little gift.”

One simple solution of course, is to select one signature item (I do this for lunches with my girlfriends) and give that to everyone. And for specific groups of friends, that works, but let’s face it, most of the time it’s just not that simple!

For every business person on your list: The Kate Spade silverplate “Let’s do Lunch” business card holder. At $20, it’s a nice little gift that is just a bit sassy and sleek.

Photo of Kate Spade business card holderPhoto: Kate Spade.As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I love to give gifts that are for the home. Something pretty or something that is personal and comfortable. A few of my choices this season…and some that may lesson your stress level and concern about your budget, include:

Holiday napkins, napkin rings and pretty guest towels: no one buys these for themselves, everyone loves them and it’s nice to refresh each year.

Photo of Pottery Barn guest towelsPhoto: Pottery Barn.

Photo of Pottery Barn Santa napkinsPhoto: Pottery Barn.

Photo of Tory Burch in Color bookPhoto: Kate Spade.Books for the home: this is one of my favorites and everyone knows what to buy for me! My favorite this year is the bestseller, Tory Burch in Color. Inspired by people, places, things and ideas, the book is organized by color, each one brought to life through images of her collections and travels; how she entertains; style icons; the works of artists, authors and interior designers she admires; and the advice of business leaders. This is a treasure for interior design lovers on your list.

 

A gift of pure comfort: the ultimate in luxury, a faux fur throw makes an indulgent and beautiful gift.  With a sumptuous plush feel and texture, it is perfect for lightweight winter evenings.  Remember: this is faux fur!

Photo of Pottery Barn lux fur throwPhoto: Pottery Barn.

The best gift ever: Ladurée Macarons. Everyone loves these famous, Parisian treats so it is a good choice for anyone on your list!  Decadent. 

Photo of Laduree McaronsPhoto: Ladurée.

Picture frames with a little bling and a thoughtful photo of you with the person from a previous time or event.

Photo of Pottery Barn picture frames Photo: Pottery Barn.
Holiday candles and scents. Perfect for a party gift.

Photo of Pottery Barn cancles and scentsPhoto: Pottery Barn.
Happy shopping! Happy holidays!


Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Home Inspirations appears the first Saturday of each month. Visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail wrenda@spectacularspaces.com. For more decorating tips and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog

 

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If you need tips for holiday decorating that works with your decor, call me!

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Is it time to hire a professional? Check out my suggestions for working with a professional in the Fort Myers News-Press.

Thursday
Dec042014

PANTONE Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

To coordinate with today's announcement of the PANTONE Color of the Year 2015, Kravet has put together  a  collection of paired fabrics in PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala. From textured neutrals to vibrant patterns and prints, this collection offers immediate options for clients interested in seeing how this color may be incorporated into their homes.

As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I am happy that Kravet has made this fabric collection available through the Miromar Design Center in Estero and look forward to sharing it with my clients. Stay tuned for more options for using this color!



According to Pantone, the impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala allow the color to be used alone as one grounded statement color or as a hearty accent to many other colors. This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals including warmer taupes and grays. Browns are a natural fit with Marsala - from beige, terra cotta and camel to deep delicious chocolates. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible to amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range. Marsala pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics.

For more than a decade, the PANTONE Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Source and photos: Kravet.

 

If you need affordable decorating advice that works with your decor, call me!

Read these tips and sort through the confusion of when to splurge for your home and when to save.

Is it time to hire a professional? Check out my suggestions for working with a professional in the Fort Myers News-Press.

Monday
Nov242014

Have yourself a merry little (or large) Christmas tree

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and the Christmas tree lots are filled with trees looking for good homes!

If I had my way, I would have a tree in every room. As it is, I always have one large tree, a small office tree and some even smaller smaller trees that are part of vignettes that include an antique, objects from nature or some design element in my home.

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

That's why it was such a treat for me to spend Sunday afternoon at the final day of Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. Created by area designers and businesses, the trees were,  well, spectacular. As were the table creations, gingerbread houses, ornaments and holiday rooms.

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

This year, I have encouraged my southwest Florida decorating clients to keep their holiday decorating simple. Gathering your most cherished Christmas pieces together rather for a display rather than covering every surface, makes for much more relaxing holiday home.  For tips for holiday decorating like a pro, read my article in the Fort Myers News-Press.

Photo of gingerbread house at Orlando Museum of Art

Love this idea for an advent calendar!

Photo of advent calendar at Orlando Museum of Art

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

Photo of Christmas tree decoratiosn

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Related posts:

Decorate like a pro this holiday season

Searching for Christmas

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If you need tips for holiday decorating that works with your decor, call me!

Read these tips and sort through the confusion of when to splurge for your home and when to save.

Is it time to hire a professional? Check out my suggestions for working with a professional in the Fort Myers News-Press.

Friday
Nov212014

Simple pleasures: A late fall roadtrip with my best friend

My father always said, "there are no friends like old friends." He didn't mean old as in ancient. But as in friends that have known you for a long time. And he was right.

Friends quote

Source: Curly Girl Design

My friend Connie and I met when we were 18, in college in North Carolina and became best friends right away. We have been through happy times, moves, transitions, sad times, children, divorces, marriages and everything in between. We know each other's  deepest secrets (like the time the state police gave us a ride back to our college dorm when we missed our ride in Raleigh), dreams and wishes.

It seems like we have known each other forever. And that is why, when we get together, we pick up right where we left off. And it's always fun.

Friends quote

Source: Curly Girl Design.

When I visited a couple of weeks ago to take a late fall roadtrip in North Carolina, we were looking for the changing of the leaves, some great shopping, visiting our old college and seeing some sights. And we did all of that. But the best part was enjoying the comfort and good times that can only come from a longtime friend. 

Photo of quaint downtownFall in one of my favorite downtowns, Apex, North Carolina.

Photo of free library in Apex, NCTake a book. Return a book. One of my favorite ideas ever. For details on how to start one of the little libraries, click on the photo.

Photo of Apex, NC signMoney magazine says its #9 in the U.S.

Photo of vintage decorHopefully the airline will not weigh my bags!Photo of holiday decorI can make this!

So, as we head into Thanksgiving next week, I am most thankful for the friends who have been placed in my life and have made me part of their extended families.  And for all of the years we have shared. And priceless memories. Some of which will never be revealed!

                                                         Photo of Wrenda and Connie 

                                                        Forever friends, Wrenda and Connie. 

 

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Time to hire a professional? Read my tips for working with an interior decorator in the Fort Myers News-Press.