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Thursday
Dec052013

Have yourself a merry little Christmas tree

I love Christmas trees.

If I had my way, I would have a large 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.

That's why it was such a treat for me to spend an afternoon at the 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, ornaments and holiday rooms.

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.

And while decorating, don't forget to declutter your decorations. It's a really nice feeling to take a box of no-longer-used ornaments to a local charity to know that they will go to give another home some of your holiday spirit.

Meanwhile, check out some of the fun trees and beautiful vignettes that I found at the Festival of Trees. Maybe you will come up with an idea or two.

Happy Christmas decorating!

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Sunday
Dec012013

Beachcombing: a color palette from nature 

It's a misty, foggy, coolish day in southwest Florida. But since any day that you can walk on the beach is a good day, I headed out early to start December on a positive note.

And I found this beautiful piece of driftwood. It's deeply embedded in the sand (and attached to an embedded tree) so it won't be going home with me. But I was fascinated by the color palette. The Fort Myers interior decorator part of me is always looking for color palettes for my clients!

The browns, sandy beiges, pinks and whites of the shells, wood and barnacles once again demonstrate how nature always gets the color scheme right. 

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Monday
Nov182013

Travels: escape to the past in historic Mt. Dora

Here I am back at work today but I spent some time in historic downtown Mt. Dora this weekend when I took a break from the antique extravaganza at Renningers.

Photo of Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora, FLPhoto taken at the Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora

There's a lot to love about this quaint little town that I have been going to for many years whenever I need an escape or a break back to a simpler time. 

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Sunday
Nov172013

Simple pleasures: a treasure around every turn at Mt. Dora antique market

I think it's my favorite time of year...the first antique extravaganza of the season...acres and acres of antiques and treasures scattered throughout the rolling hills of Renningers Antique Market.

Rennigers Antique Market

It also means a stroll through quaint Downtown Mt. Dora. Seeing good friends. Looking for treasures under other treasures. It means the holidays are coming soon. And it makes me happy to know that there are two more markets to look forward to in January and February. 

Many times I have written about rescuing a tossed aside and forgotten piece from this market and how I bring it home and repurpose it for myself or a client. This weekend, there are 1,400 dealers from all over the country selling everything from primitives to old coke machines.

The November show also means the beginning of the holiday season as many of the dealers bring out vintage holiday decor and I always come back with lost of new  ideas. And this year's show (which runs through 5 p.m. today) was blessed with perfect Florida weather.

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