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Thanks Mr. Chihuly: You made my day in Seattle!

Photo of glass flowers at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle

I knew this was going to be a great day.

The kind that people who live in Seattle never talk about. The skies were blue and the sun was shining.  l almost skipped to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition that’s located at the base of the Space Needle.

Photo of Dale Chihuly and Wrenda Goodwyn at Chihuly Art and Glass in Seattle With Dale Chihuly at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.This was a day that I had looked forward to since the exhibition opened a year ago.  Stained glass has always been one of my passions and I have dabbled in it for years.  Dale Chihuly pushes the envelope with his dreamlike pieces. You want to stare at them for hours and that’s what I did.

The centerpiece is the Glasshouse. A 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space, the Glasshouse is the result of Chihuly’s lifelong appreciation for conservatories. The design draws inspiration from two of his favorite buildings: Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Crystal Palace in London.


The installation is an expansive 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The perception of the artwork varies greatly with natural light and as the day fades into night. It is inspiring and captivating.

So after going through the exhibition(45,000-square feet of colorful bliss) twice to take it all in, I entered the Glasshouse and there he was: Dale Chihuly. It was my lucky day.  He was talking about how he did the installation. I met him and we talked for a few minutes.  He was gracious and had his photographer take a photo of us. He made my day in Seattle.

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Lighten up home decor with Lucite

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• June 8, 2013 


Kate Spade lucite heel.



It never fails. What you see on the runway is eventually going to make its way into home decor.

And just as Lucite heels and jewelry  are the rage in fashion magazines, pieces are again making an appearance in home furnishings and accessories. 

And just as the sparkle of Lucite in a heel has a modern, fresh look, you would not want an entire shoe made of it. The same goes for the home. Less is definitely more.  Use sparingly and you have a look.  Use too much and it can look cheap.

Ozzie Pancaro, owner of the Casa Italia showroom at Miromar Design Center in Estero, says the trend has been "gaining steam for the past two years and that it was seen prominently at the Milan furniture in April."

The Italian, contemporary design, he says, was used sparingly as accents such as "night tables, floating bases, with lighting, sideboards, panels and floating legs."

Most dramatic:  Casa Italia offers a 100% eco- friendly produced bed that is available in 32 colors of matte lacquer or it can be upholstered. It sits on a On Methacrylate base with LED lighting and gives the effect of floating.

Photo: Casa Italia, Miromar Design Center, Estero. 

And don't forget the 2002 classic Ghost Chair, designed by Philippe Starck. It now comes in colors, giving it a little less ghost and a little more pizzazz. It has an elegant, timeless look. Using a single piece of translucent injection-molded polycarbonate, Stark  created the one of the most recognizable chairs of the 21st century. Versatile enough for almost any space, it is often seen at events such as weddings  because of its comfort and durability indoors or outdoors. Fabric chair covers can be added for comfort and color.

Ghost Chair, designed by Philippe Starck. Photo: Casa Italia.

What is Lucite?
Lucite is the brand name for a clear, acrylic resin material that has been around since the early twentieth century.  It was first  used for commercial purposes but became a popular material for jewelry and interior decorating  in the 1950's.  Today it  appears in wall sconces, chairs, benches, tables, lamp bases and other home accessories.

Using Lucite in your home
Not a serious line of furniture, Lucite takes on a modern, almost whimsical feel. In other words, have some fun with it!

It is great for small spaces and does not take up a lot of visual space. For a small room it can be a good solution as it basically disappears and lightens up the space.

Lucite furniture is perfect for spaces where pattern, texture or paint color, are the focal point. The transparency creates a balanced look to the room and does not add unnecessary visual clutter.

Like the look but afraid of committing? Try a magazineKohl's lucite bistro set. rack, barstool or tray for a table.  Kohl's, Target and other big box stores feature accent tables, bar stools, bistro sets and a wide range of accessories.

Lucite combined with brass or other materials and designs can serve as a point of interest. And furniture manufacturers are also making Lucite legs as an alternative to wood to make a piece a focal point in a room.

 Photo: Casa Italia

It's eco-friendly!
Perhaps the best reason of all to consider Lucite in your decorating plan: it requires no cutting down of trees, no toxic glues are used and it can be recycled. It is also durable, making it usable indoor and outdoors.


Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Visit her website at Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail For more decorating tips and photos, visit

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Miromar Design Center
10800 Corkscrew Road
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Estero, FL 33928



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Tips for creating tablescapes: dazzling works of art for your home

 Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• June 1, 2013 

Accessories are the most important part of any interior decorating project. They are the finishing touch. They make your home. They are personal and reflect your lifestyle. But often it is a bit of a challenge as to exactly what to do with your accessories. Where to put them and how to arrange them. 

Pottery Barn photoPottery Barn's sawhorse console table is perfect for creating a themed tablescape with candles, mirror, flowers and treasured beach objects. Photo: Pottery Barn.

Tablescapes and vignettes to the rescue. They are the most creative, fun and cost effective way to add that perfect design element to your home.  You have seen them in magazines and in catalogues. And with a little planning and a few tips, you can create one of your own or have your decorator help you design one.  As a southwest Florida interior decorator, they are one of my favorite design elements to create. 
Photo of tablescape from Williams and Sonoma HomeBlues, whites and natural elements are the theme of this tablescape from Williams and Sonoma Home. Photo: Williams and Sonoma Home.What are tablescapes?
Creatively designed table arrangements that showcase a specific object or collection. In addition to tabletops, items such as bookshelves, coffee tables and mantles can be transformed into a unique tablescape. In addition, tablescaping can  include the placement of tables to create an appealing focal point within a given area, which is a great way to add interest to a room.

They can be themed, dazzling, all one color scheme or varied colors, subtle or nature-oriented. They should reflect your personality and decorating style. You can do one for every holiday and change them for each season. The sky is the limit in terms of creativity. They are a work of art. Your art.

Tablescaping emphasizes your personal touch through the use of favorite collections or  themes. Finding the perfect theme for your tablescape depends on personal preference as well as the current style of your  décor.  Objects in tablescapes do not  have to match perfectly but  they should complement each other to achieve balance.

Where to create a tablescape or vignette ?
You may have a dining room table that is just sitting vacant now that all of the major holiday are over. Perfect for a tablescape. Or a coffee table or end table that  has been gathering odds and ends. Or a buffet that is waiting for its next party. A fireplace mantle or a bookcase that needs a little pizzazz. Perfect for a bit of rearranging into a vignette.  And don‘t forget the nightstands in your bedrooms...each one should be styled with the objects that you love. A few books and a couple of your favorite (small) things. Voila! It makes all the difference.

Photo to Pottery Barn coffee table bench with tablescapingCoffee table bench from Pottery Barn is tablescaped with collections on a tray. Photo: Pottery Barn.

Tips for creating a tablescape or vignette
• Pick a location and measure the space that you will be designing.
• The location might be a table top that combines a piece of art on the wall with the elements on the table.
• Need ideas? Go through magazines and online catalogues. My favorites: Williams and Sonoma Home, Ralph  Lauren Home, Ballard Designs.
• Gather elements that you already have and arrange them. Take a photo.
• Come up with a theme based on objects that you love.
• Select different objects of varying heights. These can  include:  lamp, mirror, piece of art, books, collections, photos, vase of flowers, a beautiful tray.
• Leave some space on the surface.  Don’t let it become too cluttered.
• Less is more. Like jewelry, take off the last piece that you put on.
• Decide what you need and go shopping (with your photo and measurements).
• Finalize your arrangement.  Take a photo and send it to me. I will select a few and post them on my blog! 

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


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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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