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Wednesday
Nov132013

From the mat: taking a breath and letting it go...

My early morning Joyful Yoga instructor, Marti Dowman, was speaking directly to me this morning when she read this beautiful poem by Danna Faulds. 

Photo of a garden path

Let it go

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold:
the holding of plans or dreams or expectations –

Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide.
The choice to fight what is here before you now will
only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts
to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes
through your days whether you received it gently
or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders.
Take this on faith; the mind may never find the
explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward
nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry
you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams
or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of
rest and peace, and certain transformation.

It also made me think about a design client who is having a difficult time letting go of possessions from a past (not altogether positive) life as she enters into a new chapter with hope and optimism.

We are all holding on to something. A lost love, a dream, the past, possessions...it takes practice (and breathing) to let it go. And then, who knows what can happen. Something great.

 

 

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Saturday
Nov022013

Give your home a mini-makeover before the holidays


Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• November 2,  2013 

It’s the first Saturday in November and it's official, we are heading into the holidays.

That means most of us are beginning to take a look around our homes and beginning to make some plans for the coming season.

Whether your plans include lots of holiday guests and a home that is transformed into a Clark Griswold Christmas with reindeer prancing on the rooftop OR if you plan a quieter holiday with a minimum of fuss and decorating, most of us could use a mini makeover (for our homes) before we pull out the holiday cheer.

Photo of red door with wreathThis is a great time to give the front door a fresh coat of paint and red is perfect for the holidays! Or any day. Photo: Pottery Barn

As a Fort Myers Interior decorator who helps lots of clients with their holiday décor, I always suggest a starting with a clean and uncluttered slate before bringing more "stuff" into the home. Let's face it, having so much clutter around whether it's for the holidays or any time, makes us tired. Some of my quick mini makeover tips for a big impact may help you to have a more peaceful and balanced home this holiday season and beyond. And that's what we all want. Right?

Make an entrance. Start at the front door:  Clean the mailbox. Invest in a new welcome mat. Paint the door (try a new color). Clean light fixtures.

Give it a good cleaning: Do it yourself or hire a service for a thorough cleaning before decorating. Include washing all windows inside and out until they sparkle.

Photo of welcome matStarting at the front door, your mini makeover begins with a new welcome mat. Photo: Pottery Barn

Declutter: If you only do one item on this list, do this one! Remove everything from tabletops and counters. Store it all until after the holidays.

Lighting:Every home that I make over is light deficient! Think about increasing your lighting: Use wall sconces to fill in the dark spots in dining rooms, hallways, bathrooms, bedside. If wiring is a problem: no problem. Use the swing arm lighting. With lamps, think pairs. Basically, you cannot have enough lighting. Favorite to add quickly: Gourd lamps. They are inexpensive and come in great colors. Favorite source: Lampsplus.com

Living room: This is a good time to add new pillows and throws. 4-6 on a sofa is enough. Don't make it look like a pillow fight. Style your bookshelves with some upright, some horizontal, add pottery and photos along with space for some holiday pieces. For a dark corner in the room or hallway, put a tree in a basket and decorate with white lights.

Photo of Lamps Plus colorful lampsLamps Plus makes it easy to select lighting with Sherwin Williams and Pantone shades and custom-coordinated shades. Photo: Lamps Plus

Kitchen: No time for a complete renovation but you can make some quick changes in the room that is the main gathering place during the holidays. Find new containers for flower, coffee, sugar, etc. and buy a pretty tray to hold everything neatly together rather than spread around. This time of year, we all need more kitchen space. If you don't have an island, create your own with an antique or flea market table or purchase a metal table that you can also use as a corner bar. If you want to add some sparkle, change the cabinet hardware. One of my favorites: colored class knobs. A good source: restorationhardware.com.Give yourself an early present and add a colorful appliance. My favorite: the KitchenAid cheery red mixer from Williams-Sonoma.

Dining room:Create a holiday tablescape in the middle of the table that will work for meals and when it is not in use. Bored with your dining room chairs? You have time to spray them black and upholster with a fabulous new fabric! Set up a pretty bar with new accessories.

Master bath: Your sanctuary during the holidays! My best tip: Use a real rug (not a bathroom scatter type rug) in front of the sink. Looks great and will make you happy. Hang hooks on door for towels. This is a good time to invest in oversized towels in a bright new color. Same for candles.

Photo of luxurious bath towelsInvest in luxurious, oversized towels to give your bath a spa feel during the holidays. Photo: Pottery Barn

Guest bath/powder room: Invest in a sparkly new light fixture or chandelier. If mirror need to be replaced, think "oversized." Favorite source: Home Goods.

Master bedroom:No better time than now to invest in new bedding. You will thank yourself when you fall into bed after a day of holiday frivolity! And to add a nice design element: paint the ceiling. A favorite: Benjamin Moore Opal Essence. Gives the feeling of staring up at the sky and is very restful.

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

 

Want a home that makes you happy?

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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
Oct132013

Travels: Treasures from the beach 

My recent trip to one of my favorite places in the world, Mendocino, resulted in two amazing finds. Perfect for someone like me who loves to take beautiful things and repurpose them!

It was way before sunrise when my husband went out to hit the beach in the headlands to see what had washed in overnight. A trip down the driftwood stairs to the beach and you are really in another world. This beach is one of our favorites. It is filled with beautiful driftwood that we use for his artwork.

 

Photo of Mendocino

Photo of driftwood and shells on Mendocino beach

Photo of artist Joel Halberstadt on Mendocino beach 

And today was a really lucky day. He found this beautiful abalone shell just waiting for me to take it home. It now holds the jewelry on my dressing table and is a real (and beautiful) treasure.

Photo of abalone shell

But that wasn’t all...he found a piece of abalone on the beach that is just perfect for a necklace. So with the help of Peggy McTeague, artist and owner of Wildchild Galleryin Matlacha and Lindy Holt of Silvery Lane Studio,  I was able to turn it into a beautiful one-of-a-kind necklace. Something that I will always treasure as much as my memories of Mendocino.  

Photo of one-of-a-kind abalone necklace 

 

Want a home that makes you happy?

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

Monday
Oct072013

Just arrived in Estero showroom: Kravet's Sarah Richardson Collection

Sarah Richardson fans will be so happy to see that Kravet has launched a new collection of fabrics from the popular Canadian designer and star of HGTV’s Sarah’s House and Sarah 101. Kravet has worked with Richardson to create a collection of fabrics that builds on her signature style with a series of complementary palettes that allow homeowners to layer, experiment and create their own vision of comfortable elegance.

As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I like the simple and uncomplicated way these fabrics allow for personal creativity and mixing things up.

Photo of Sarah Richardson fabric

I spoke with Amy Jimenez, Kravet's showroom manager this morning and she says the collection just arrived at the Miromar Design Center and being unpacked as we speak. If you have a new project coming up, call me and let's schedule a preview! 

Richardson began her career in design as a behind-the-scenes prop stylist and set decorator for television. Her relatable style and award-winning talent has allowed her to transition into the spotlight as a host, designer and producer of multiple series for HGTV. Richardson believes in an inspiring and practical approach to design. “My goal is to bring luxury and beauty, authenticity and creativity to everything I do. I have designed this collection to empower people to create a home they love,” she said. By combining creativity with well-honed skills, Richardson is able to produce unique, quality products with a dynamic, original flavor.

Photo of Sarah Richardson fabric

Photo of Sarah Richardson fabric

The new collection features classic designs infused with fresh inspirations and Richardson’s signature style. With modern feminine prints and balanced by textural solids and versatile wovens, the fabrics exhibit stylized floral designs and easy-to-use small-scale prints. The variation within the collection supports Richardson’s philosophy that every fabric should be able to be mixed and matched to create an easy and relaxed ambiance. Fabrics from the line span a variety of color palettes that are anchored in serene blues, foggy greys, warm oranges and buttery yellows.

Photo of bright orange flowers

 

 

Want a home that makes you happy?

Call me. I can help!

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