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Monday
May272013

Quick Tip: Lighten up for summer!

Even though we don't have dramatic changes in the seasons in southwest Florida, this is a good time to reconfigure and make a few changes in your home to lighten things up a bit. Change is healthy (and pretty!).

Garnet Hill photo of accessories and colorful fabric

                                                  Photo: Garnet Hill.

A few tips for small summer changes that make a big impact:

• Eliminate what you don't need or use. This one alone will make a world of difference.

• Think about color. Maybe an accent wall that you have wanted to try. Or replace a color in a bathroom with a beautiful white and give it a spa look with all white accessories. Or add some color with a new set of towels or sheets.  Paint the front door a color that you have been wanting to try (blue, yellow, coral).

• Add beautiful fabric. Pillows, throws, linens, rugs. Upholster a headboard. This is the perfect time to replace these items with new and fresh. Plus, sales are everywhere!

• Rotate your artwork. Keep some of your favorite pieces and switch them out. I recommend doing this seasonally.  And while you are thinking about art, do some rearranging to give your walls an art gallery look. Hint: Less is more.

• Change is good. Maybe your taste has changed. Don’t be afraid to eliminate something that you no longer love and open a space for something new and wonderful.

• Don't love it? Donate it. This one alone will make a world of difference.

• Refresh. Paint all of your window sills and baseboards with a fresh coat of paint. Do this each spring and see an amazing difference for a few dollars.

Do something creative.  Start a collection. Go to flea markets and bring home an accent piece. Take a pottery course. Learn flower arranging. Rearrange the furniture. Wallpaper a powder room.

 

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Saturday
May182013

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Tips for a makeover!

If the mirrors in your bathroom have seen better days, it's time for a makeover and this one is very easy! And will have the most impact on the room for a few dollars.

Blue bathroom with white mirrorPhoto: Better Homes and GardensAs a Fort Myers-based interior decorator, I recommend this one change more than any for bathrooms that need refreshing.

And if your bathroom itself is looking  a little outdated and tired but you are on a budget,  replacing or redoing the mirror will make a huge impact in the entire room.

Face it, if your mirror is huge and goes from counter to ceiling it is time to update the look. Especially if it has watermarks along the bottom and sides.

Or maybe you have a medicine cabinet with a mirror that is looking worn, it is time to replace with a new one that has a more contemporary mirror.

And if you have a vintage-style bathroom, think about reframing your mirror with some of the easy and inexpensive frame kits that you can do yourself.

A few tips for small changes that make a big impact:

  • Purchase a kit from www.mirrormate.com. Select from more than 60 styles, frame any mirror, in any decor. This method is easy and affordable.  Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer! Produces immediate results. This is especially good if your house is on the market and you want to make a few changes that will make the room shine for prospective buyers.

 Mirror before         

Photo of bathroom mirror before 

Mirror after

Photo of bathroom mirror after mirrormate.com frame 

  • Replace a large mirror with two smaller mirrors. Favorites include reasonably priced framed mirrors from HomeGoods, Lowes or Pier 1 Imports.  You can find a fresh look for any decor. Also check out the metropolitan mirror with a shelf from www.potterybarn.com

Photo of Pottery Barn Metropolitan mirrorPottery Barn's Metropolitan mirror with a shelf.

  • A favorite is the contemporary pivotal mirror that gives a bathroom a fresh, designer look. One over each sink or just one over a smaller vanity with one sink.

Photo of Pottery Barn pivotal mirrorPottery Barn's pivot mirror.

If you are planning to redo your bath, remember, the mirror is the focal point and you look at it every day! So, for a few dollars and some creativity you can enhance the room.

 

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Sunday
May052013

Painted flooring: a fresh option for your home

Painted flooring seems to be all the rage. On porches, bathrooms, entire homes. If you are thinking about taking on this project yourself or having it done professionally, you may be interested in my Home Inspirations column this weekend. If you are wondering if this is right for your home, call me. As a southwest Florida interior decorator,  I have great sources and we can help you decide what works best for your home!

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• May 4, 2013 

It's an age-old technique.  And painted floors are beautiful. They conceal imperfections in a floor that has seen better days. Furnishings are highlighted on a painted floor. Geometric designs add drama.  A white or whitewashed floor is perfect for a beach house or country-style home. Painted on wide planks and the floor takes on a Tuscan look. Neutral tones work with contemporary or traditional. And a high gloss black or chocolate brown floor is ever so chic!


Photo of Benjamin Moore stenciled floorPhoto: Benjamin Moore.It's a fresh new look for a tired floor. It hides imperfections. It is a design element that you can create yourself and make it unique to your home.
 
Painted floors are low maintenance. Require little care. And painting a floor is far less expensive than putting in a new one. It takes “using what you have to a new level.”
 
Benjamin Moore’s Latex Self-Priming Floor and Patio Enamel offers a durable low-luster finish and no sealer required. For a more polished look, top it with a coat of water-based polyurethane. This makes it perfect for high-traffic areas since it adds a protective layer. There are many videos and tutorial available with detailed instructions on how to paint a floor yourself. One even describes it as “as easy as painting your nails.” While I don’t quite believe it is quite that simple, many do-it-yourselfers achieve beautiful results.

Photo of Benjamin Moore painted floorPhoto: Benjamin Moore. Featuring Benjamin Moore's 2013 Color of the Year, Lemon Sorbet, combined with Peachy Keen, Dark Linen and Thundercloud Gray. No special tools are needed.  It does take a few days to dry and some patience is required to complete the project. But it is fun and instantly rewarding. If you believe as I do that nothing changes a room as much as color, it goes double for painted flooring.
 
If doing it yourself is a little more than you want to commit to, the Wood Floor Company, serving  all of southwest Florida, has a beautiful hand painted wood line that can be customized to a homeowner’s exact specifications of width thickness, lengths, choice of engineered or solid with multiple color specifications. You can create a unique floor all your own.
 
Wood Floor Company Owner Tricia Pallack says that painted flooring is used in rooms with a shabby chic look as well as in contemporary homes.  She says some of her color choices include rich tangerine, flamingo pink, olde country white, robin egg blue.


Photo of paint choices from The Wood Floor CompanyColor selections from The Wood Floor Company in Naples. Or create your own custom color. 
“We use engineered or solid oak as a base and add a polyurethane finish. Cleaning is easy and we recommend an organic, all natural approach: one part vinegar to 10 parts water. Add essential oils in a squirt bottle. This works great for spot cleaning. Otherwise, just vacuum it lightly.”
 
And the best news: when you are tired of the color or look, the forgiving surface floors allows for the flooring to be sanded and refinished in a golden oak or another color.
 
Tip: If you are hesitant about jumping into this unique treatment, whether doing this yourself or having it done professionally,  try it in a smaller room like a bathroom or laundry room.
 
Painted flooring is a great way to simplify your home decorating. It’s beautiful, long lasting and affordable.  Give it a try. 
 
Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Her column, 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

Sources:
Benjamin Moore
www.benjaminmoore.com
855-724-6802

The Wood Floor Company
www.thewoodfloorcompany.com
239-992-9300

 

Want a home that makes you happy?

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Friday
May032013

When paint color is just not enough: wall coverings make bold design statement

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• April 27, 2013 

If you are like most homeowners, when you hear the term "wallpaper,"  you immediately think about scraping sheets of flowery pastels of the wall and then repairing the wall. Or you remember your grandmother's kitchen.  In other words, a thing of the past.

They began centuries ago as a way to protect walls and only the aristocracy could afford them. Wall papers meant that you had made it. Then for the past few years the allure faded.

Photo: Cole and Son and Lee Jofa.Today the term is "wall coverings" and many are not paper at all.  They have come a long way, have been totally reinvented  and done correctly, wall coverings can be a powerful design element in a home.  Murals that take you away, metals, crystals, grass cloths, hand painted papers, silver threads and anything you can imagine. There are even companies that allow you to design your own paper.

We now see them in design magazines and in model homes. Wall coverings are no longer backdrops. They are focal points and should be treated as such.  Pair the right combination of color and wall covering design and turn a blah room into a spectacular space.

With Pixers City Never Sleeps collection of mural (pixersize.com/wallmurals/city-never-sleeps) we see a  tribute to the great metropolises that for ages have inspired not only artists, but also most importantly, ordinary people. Pixers says: "The cities that are a continuous dazzle of lights and cacophony of noises, but still attract like a magnet."

Photo: Pixercise.You can have a view of Paris from your living room or have your office in a cafe. A jazz band in your TV room or wake up in Paris. The sketches are bold and sexy.  And best of all, you can  specify the size of the mural to fit your space.

You may want to give wall coverings another look if bold paint colors just aren't enough. If you want to do something that reflects your decorating style and personality in a big way.

 

Wall covering tips:

• Make an entrance.  Select a bold color for the front foyer and add a paper that accentuates the color.
• Powder room.  Designers love wall coverings in powder rooms. We/you can do something totally outrageous in this room.  Bling it up and make a statement.
Photo: Cole and Son and Lee Jofa• Laundry room.  Use your imagination and try a whimsical pattern.
• For the kiddies. Forget pastels. Select a wall covering that will grow with the child. Neutral backgrounds with playful patterns.
• Complement your furnishings. A modern print works well in a space with a natural and casual style. With neutrals  sofas and wood accent pieces, try a graphic pattern in a combination of colors.
• Maximum impact.  Select a wall with no windows and doors for wallpaper and paint the rest of the room background color of the paper.
• Nursery. Cover one wall with a modern animal print and paint the remaining walls in a gender neutral shade.
• Love the look but concerned about budget? Select the room's focal point to highlight with an eye-catching print. Then paint the walls in the background color of the paper. The best of both decorating elements!
• Afraid of wall covering commitment?  Pick a design that speaks to you and cover an accent wall.  Minimal investment until you decide how much you love it!                                                                                          

Photo: Ralph Lauren HomeAccording to Shauna Dennison, creative director of Cole & Son, (available to the trade  through the Kravet showroom in Estero)  popular designs continue to include traditional and classic patterns.  However she is seeing a move towards "larger scale, bolder wallpapers."

"This rise in murals and panel designs has in part been driven by huge advances in digital printing technology.

"We are seeing the rise of creativity in wall coverings... wallpaper has become a feature to build interior schemes around, rather than a background element. Large scale, whimsical designs are the conversational piece within a design scheme. The new Fornasetti II collection leads this trend with a series of striking theatrical designs that have been produced on wide widths giving the pattern repeats far greater space, creating a mural like quality."

At Ralph Lauren Home, the Textures Collection is filled with embroidery, damask and woven designs, natural seagrass, cork and scroll. These blend well against the blue-green shades that are the backdrop for southwest Florida homes. For details, visit the showroom in Miromar Design Center. 

Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. 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


Sources:Photo: Ralph Lauren Home.
Kravet (To the Trade)
Miromar Design Center
10800 Corkscrew Road
Suite 398
Estero, FL 33928
239-948-4422
www.leejofa.com

Pixers
www.Pixercise.com

Webster & Company
Miromar Design Center
10800 Corkscrew Road
Suite 348
Estero, FL 33928
239-498-9074
www.RalphLaurenHome.com