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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 entry decorGetting a jump on holiday shopping.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.

Sunday
Nov162014

Good stuff: At Renningers Antique Market in Mount Dora

It was a beautiful weekend at the Antique extravaganza in Mount Dora.

Photo of Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

The first of the season, it's my favorite time of year. Hundreds of dealers from all over the country gatheredPhoto of Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora and for three days acres of rolling hills are transformed into a treasure-seekers paradise. As a Fort Myers interior decorator, it is a great chance for me to search for unique pieces for my clients (and myself!). You never know what you will find and if you don't stumble upon something to take home, there is always the extravaganza in January and February.

I noticed a lot of earlier-than-usual holiday decorations while I was in Central Florida. It almost seems as though people are looking for a little  cheer. Maybe to counteract the mean-spirited election and all of the bad news.

This Mount Dora event always signals the beginning of the holiday season and I can't wait!

Related posts:

Finding a holiday treasure in Mount Dora

Simple Pleasures

I knew this would be going home with me!

Saving a vintage piece from the trash heap

 

Photo of Moai at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

I really wanted to take him home!

 

Photo of sofa at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Need a new sofa?

 

Photo of budha at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

The hot hot hot accent piece!

 

Photo of antique doors at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

What's behind door number three?

 

Photo of vintage luggage at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora Great decor pieces.

 

Photo of church windows at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Stained glass windows with pretty blue accents.

 

Photo of chairs and stuffed animals at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Hoping for a good home!

 

Photo of Santas at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

A Santa gang!

 

Photo of snowmen at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Rival snowman gang.

 

Photo of Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Something for every style decor!

 

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Monday
Nov102014

Antiquing at High Point Design Market  

Photo of Wrenda Goodwyn at the High Point Antique & Design Market

Fall is the season for antiquing so I began my annual trek of all things vintage and gorgeous at the High Point Antique and Design Market.

To summarize: it was pure bliss. I could have spent a month there. 

This favorite venue of the world's hippest retailers and leading-edge designers features exquisite antiques, vintage pieces (my favorites), original works of art and one-of-a-kind finds.

Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

As a Fort Myers interior decorator, for myself and my clients, I love to use vintage pieces as accents. It's a little tricky to incorporate these pieces and at the same time keep your home from looking like grandma's house or a flea market.

Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

A few tips when decorating with antiques:

Use an antique to anchor your room.

Don't be afraid to paint to give the piece a modern look.

Avoid a cluttered look. Minimal is best. Don't surround the piece with lots of other "old" things.

Pair old with modern.

Update upholstery with a gorgeous, contemporary pattern.

Create a backdrop for the piece. A corner with artwork. A vignette that shows off the antique.

Just a few of my fun finds:

 Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

Photo of High Point Antique & Design Market.

Want to know when to splurge and when to save?

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

 

 

Sunday
Nov092014

Design forecast: Fearless, bright, bold and brassy  

 

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• November 8, 2014

Photo of Mid-century modern dining with pedestal table, chairs and bookcase, all in hand-rubbed porter finish. Stanley Furniture.Mid-century modern dining with pedestal table, chairs and bookcase, all in hand-rubbed porter finish. Stanley Furniture. Photo: Wrenda Goodwyn At High Point Market in North Carolina, along with 75,000 other buyers and designers from all over the world, I did my best to cover 11.5 million square feet of space that provide dazzling displays of thousands of new products.

This home decor mecca is Disneyland for designers. It takes place for one week each fall and spring. With so much to see that it's easy to find yourself on visual overload. In addition, there are opportunities to meet famous designers, take courses from experts and there are lots of opportunities to meet your favorite television personalities (my design crush: Tom Filicia). There is even a seminar that teaches you how to navigate Market, as it is called, and to make the most out of your time.

Photo of books from High Point MarketLots of creative uses of books. Photo: Wrenda Goodwyn.

But who has time for that course with all of the spectacular showrooms waiting with beautiful, pretty things. The temptation is to just take the plunge with your to do list. And so I did.

As a Fort Myers interior decorator, this is where I go for design inspiration, to look for new ways of creating beautiful rooms and to shop for my clients who are looking for something new and fresh. Whether it is an eclectic piece to be used as a focal point in a room or for to shop for furnishings and accessories for an entire home.

Photo of pretty and popular apple green accents with neutral tones.Pretty and popular apple green accents with neutral tones. Photo: Wrenda Goodwyn.

If you can't find it here, it doesn't exist. Not that every showroom can be covered. Despite the miles that I put on my new, sensible walking shoes. So take a trip with me as I offer a peek at a few of the amazing, edgy, stunning new trends that I saw at Market. You will soon be seeing these in your favorite retail spots and magazines.

Trends
The market spotters were predicting "bright, bold and brassy," and that sums it up perfectly. Home design has taken a turn that is not for the faint of heart. Fearless decorating with bright tones and accessories that don't take themselves too seriously.

Brass and gold continue to be very important in home décor----not shiny brass or gold but wonderful antiqued and textured gold as well as brass with a natural patina.

Photo of Currey & Company chandelier.Bold and sassy! Photo: Curry & Company.

Lighting
The jewelry of interior decorating, lighting is the hottest accessory and it takes center stage in every room. Never has lighting been prettier with more sparkle and bling! The choices are stunning. Think gold.

In the Currey and Company showroom, a showstopper in itself, each piece hanging from the ceiling looked like a sparkling gold bracelet twisted into arty shapes.

Photo of Currey & Company Orli Chandelier of Wrought Iron finished in Contemporary Gold Leaf.Orli Chandelier of Wrought Iron finished in Contemporary Gold Leaf. Photo: Currey & Company.

Wrought Iron with contemporary gold leaf and brass are popular finishes. And the dazzling La Mer Wall Sconce of wrought iron, shell and glass is a perfect accessory for a sophisticated coastal look that blends beach-inspired design with a traditional or contemporary look.

Photo of La Mer Wall SconceLa Mer Wall Sconce. Photo: Currey & Company.

Color
As we said, bold and fearless! Lots of blues including navy, indigo, robins egg.  Red is also trending in sofas and accessories along with corals and pinks. Orange, jade, teals and that beautiful apple green are everywhere.

Furniture
Lots of soft curves that soften the silhouette of a chair or sofa and add visual interest. Canopy beds are trending with a breathtaking, modern new look. Blending antiques with almost any style as an accent piece. Reclaimed/distressed pieces. Driftwood. Lot of gold and brass tables. Table bases and coffee tables have emerged as artwork with sculptured designs. Bar carts are the rage with lots of gold and glass. Ottomans in bold patterns and jewel tones.

Photo of Coastal Living Retreat by Stanley FurnitureCoastal living retreat. Photo: Stanley Furniture.

Photo of wooden coffee table at High Point MarketCarved wooden coffee table. Photo: Wrenda Goodwyn.

And with furniture, it's all about customization. Changing the shape of a leg, an arm or a cushion, even changing the dimensions of a piece to fit a unique space, offers choices like never before to the consumer.

According to Kravet, premiering its new furniture showroom at Market, a lot of designers today are embracing an updated traditional look, which could mean a tufted sofa with a slim track arm, or a comfortable arm chair with sleek details.

Photo of Kravet Denham Chair.Kravet Denham Chair. Photo: Kravet.

There is a resurgence of the chaise lounge, and they are popular in today’s interior design schemes. With regard to pattern and color, Kravet embraces a bright bold fabric statement on furniture, however many designers are choosing upholstery that is durable and neutral, which is a great investment for the life of your furniture, and your room.

Brass and bronze occasional tables  were everywhere with some of the most popular at Vanguard Furniture to complement the extensive furniture collection that is popular with southwest Florida homeowners because of its personalization options. And furniture is painted every color imaginable!

Art and accessories
So many fresh, new choices here. Artifact decor is hugely popular as an accent. Buddha's in every color are a huge accent piece with all styles of decor. Books have taken on a huge role in artwork and accessories serving as a focal point and covered in papers and fabric. Glass is seen in bold colors and shapes.

Photo of buddha at High Point Marketopular budha's incorporated in all styles of design. Photo: Wrenda Goodwyn.

Rugs
Bold and exotic. Intricate patterns. Lots of metallics. Washes and patinas create a soft look.  Viscose yarn is used with pearlescent shimmer to add dimension to neutral tones. Easy care with custom sizing, beautiful indoor/outdoor selections.

Photo of Company C rug.Blue Bye You. Photo: Company C.

Summary: Have fun with the latest trends and don't take your decorating too seriously!

Photo of a ceramic duck

 

For more details on trends and other fun sightings at High Point Market, visit www.spectacularspaces.com/blog or call Wrenda Goodwyn at 239-949-1808 or wrenda@spectacularspaces.com