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Thursday
Dec042014

PANTONE Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

To coordinate with today's announcement of the PANTONE Color of the Year 2015, Kravet has put together  a  collection of paired fabrics in PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala. From textured neutrals to vibrant patterns and prints, this collection offers immediate options for clients interested in seeing how this color may be incorporated into their homes.

As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I am happy that Kravet has made this fabric collection available through the Miromar Design Center in Estero and look forward to sharing it with my clients. Stay tuned for more options for using this color!



According to Pantone, the impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala allow the color to be used alone as one grounded statement color or as a hearty accent to many other colors. This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals including warmer taupes and grays. Browns are a natural fit with Marsala - from beige, terra cotta and camel to deep delicious chocolates. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible to amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range. Marsala pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics.

For more than a decade, the PANTONE Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Source and photos: Kravet.

 

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Read these tips and sort through the confusion of when to splurge for your home and when to save.

Is it time to hire a professional? Check out my suggestions for working with a professional in the Fort Myers News-Press.

Monday
Nov242014

Have yourself a merry little (or large) Christmas tree

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and the Christmas tree lots are filled with trees looking for good homes!

If I had my way, I would have a tree in every room. As it is, I always have one large tree, a small office tree and some even smaller smaller trees that are part of vignettes that include an antique, objects from nature or some design element in my home.

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

That's why it was such a treat for me to spend Sunday afternoon at the final day of Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. Created by area designers and businesses, the trees were,  well, spectacular. As were the table creations, gingerbread houses, ornaments and holiday rooms.

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

This year, I have encouraged my southwest Florida decorating clients to keep their holiday decorating simple. Gathering your most cherished Christmas pieces together rather for a display rather than covering every surface, makes for much more relaxing holiday home.  For tips for holiday decorating like a pro, read my article in the Fort Myers News-Press.

Photo of gingerbread house at Orlando Museum of Art

Love this idea for an advent calendar!

Photo of advent calendar at Orlando Museum of Art

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

Photo of Christmas tree decoratiosn

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Related posts:

Decorate like a pro this holiday season

Searching for Christmas

Holiday entertaining with ease

 

If you need tips for holiday decorating that works with your decor, call me!

Read these tips and sort through the confusion of when to splurge for your home and when to save.

Is it time to hire a professional? Check out my suggestions for working with a professional in the Fort Myers News-Press.

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 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. 

 

Want to know when to splurge and when to save?

Call me. Let's talk about creating Spectacular Spaces in your home!

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 gathered 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

 

Photo of sofa at Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Need a new sofa?

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 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!

 

Want to know when to splurge and when to save?

Call me. Let's talk about creating Spectacular Spaces in your home!

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