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Wednesday
Apr242013

Lessons learned from the flying trapeze

A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, I flew on a trapeze.

I won’t say that it was completely done with “the greatest of ease,” but it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. 

Along with three colleagues, I was invited by Trapeze Federation to try out their newest location on International Drive in Orlando. It’s difficult to describe. It's a total body workout (they teach you what to do on the ground before you head up the ladder). 

You may remember Carrie Bradshaw in a Sex in the City episode, “The Catch.”She tries out the trapeze and gets to the last part and misses the catch. It is a hilarious episode.

I’ve always believed that every now and then I need a challenge of learning something new that's totally out of my comfort zone. This did it for me.

Photo at Trapeze Federation in OrlandoPracticing on the ground. I am going to reach how far to catch the bar?There are four parts and the great staff make sure that you have some degree of confidence before going to each new step.

The first step is just climbing up the ladder (30 feet). As trainer Efe Ilkay says, “It looks a lot higher when you are up on the platform.”

Platform?

If climbing the ladder (step two) doesn't make you cry, you (harnessed) step outPhoto at Trapeze Federation in OrlandoReady or not! on the platform and reach out (way out), grab the bar and swing! Yes. swing. Just like when you were a kid.

Step three, you repeat the swing and this time, hang by your knees. Step four, you repeat and this time let go and complete the catch with a strong trainer who makes it all look easy. And did I mention the net? The best part, falling into the net. Seriously.

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Saturday
Apr062013

Shedding light on illuminating a home

Need some help sorting out your lighting needs and how it all fits into your decor?  Check out these tips in my Home Inspirations column in the Fort Myers News-Press. 

 

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• April 6, 2013

"How to" books have been written about the proper way to light a home.

And yet, if you are like most homeowners, you have rooms filled with lamps, sconces, ceiling lights and chandeliers. Still, it doesn't seem to be quite right.

Photo of Addie Pendant from Ballard Designs

                                                 Addie pendants from Ballard Designs

The generously sized shade of this mouth-blown glass pedant light was inspired by a vintage jar. Hang it above an island, breakfast bar or work area for  casual style.

Lighting is much more than functional. It has become a major design element in our homes. It can add the pop that you need to accent a room or it can fade into the background. Done well, lighting can totally change a room. Either way, some basic tips will help to select the type of lighting that is needed and to make it part of your decorating plan.

What every room needs:

 

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Monday
Apr012013

A new twist on a classic: Brunschwig & Fils

Photo from Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils

Whenever Michelle Snyder from Kravet pops into the Estero showroom at Miromar Design Center, I know she will have something new that I will want to share with my southwest Florida clients.

And on this visit she delivered again.

This time it was the Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils. Some of the older designs were included and many have been refreshed to reflect a newer version. The enduring style of this collection reflects the inspiration and historical references for many of the patterns that bring life to this new collection.

The result: beautiful.

From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic country retreats in cottages and seaside homes, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wall coverings and furnishings have appeared for more than a century in the world’s most beautiful and iconic interiors.

Photo from Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils

And the tradition continues with bamboo trelis patterns, fresh colors and a new twist on old classics.

Photo from Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils

Photos courtesy of Brunschwig & Fils.

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Monday
Apr012013

Selecting the right white

It seems simple enough. Selecting a beautiful white for a kitchen or bathroom. Until you are standing in front of a zillion white swatches in the paint store.

Believe it or not, white can be the most difficult color to select. As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I promise that if you are not careful you will end up with pink, blue or yellow undertones. Not a pretty look if you are hoping for a true white. Or if you are looking for soft and creamy. Or crisp and sharp. Or cool white. Or soft white. Oh, my!

Photo of white living room

                                                            Pottery Barn

White is one of the most essential paint colors in any decorator’s palette of go-to colors. And while white can be incorrectly considered boring or plain, this color is anything but with its vast nuances and subtle tints. Done correctly, white gives a look that is soothing, sophisticated, and classic.

Photo: Benjamin Moore.Favorite Benjamin Moore whites:
• True white: Decorator’s White, Super White, Snow White
• Ivory white: Atrium White, Navajo White
• Grey white: Dune White
• Grey-Green: White Wisp

Follow these tips to make sure you select the right white for the room:
• When you are selecting swatches, hold them against a sheet of white printer paper to help see undertones.
• Before painting: test on a board.
• Move the board around the room at different times of day to see how it changes in the light.
• Live with the color for a few days before making a final decision.

 

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