Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press • September 2019
Fall arrives tomorrow.
Time to pick out a fall wreath for the door or flag for the yard. Even though we really don’t have a fall season it’s nice to mark the change. Then it’s on to Halloween. And Thanksgiving, although it usually gets lost in all the Christmas shopping.
While there is still time, let me wish you a happy 2020!
It’s the time of year when things start to move at warp speed and we wonder where the months went. And if you’re like most of my Southwest Florida home interior clients, you want to get a few things done before we slide into the holidays and then into season again. Yikes.
And because we’re still into what I call our “endless summer” with a couple more months of steamy, hot weather, you may be thinking that your home could use a little something right about now. Something new to make you love it again.
Don’t wait for “someday”
Make a plan now. Be intentional. Strive for curated look. Get motivated. Pick a couple of ideas (see list below) and decide how you want to implement them. Start now and you will have something done before you hang your holiday wreath on the door! Whether you spend a little or a lot, don’t wait. Time is flying by!
And if you need inspiration, call a decorator or designer. We have lots of ideas in any budget and promise that you will love your home again when we are done.
• Give your entry a new look with a dramatic color.
• Add a little glam to each room: a tufted sofa or a chaise lounge. Please, no brown! Pick a color that you love. Or a new mirror or a few glass accessories for some sparkle.
• Paint your front door. Add a new welcome mat that says something fun.
• Wallpaper a powder room. Something outrageously beautiful.
• Add some sparkle: a chandelier in the living room or bedroom (you really don’t need a ceiling fan in every room in the house). Or hang one in the master closet. It will make you happy every time you walk in.
• Display a collection. Haul out those ginger jars and fill them with fresh flowers.
• Soften the harsh, recessed lighting in the kitchen with a lamp on the counter or island. You won’t believe the change.
• Invest in hotel-style bedding. Don’t be afraid of white linens (always go for a high thread count). White sheets are so popular now and for good reason. Easy to care for and you can change your color scheme whenever you like.
• Hang something colorful in your laundry room.
• Change your drapes or drapery panels over the sliders. Make sure you hang them high: just below the ceiling or molding. And forget solid colors. Try a print or design.
• Delete what is no longer working in your home. I do this seasonally as things do tend to accumulate no matter how hard we try.
• Want color but afraid to commit to an entire room? Fine. Paint the ceiling that color that you have always wanted to try. Yes, the ceiling!
• Create a gallery-style wall with your favorite art.
• Need a new kitchen backsplash? Check out the new textured, handmade subway tiles. Spectacular!
• Add something velvet. Like a few new pillows.
• Oversized anything. Seriously. Not pretty.
• Purchasing a white sofa if you have children, grandchildren, pets, a husband, friends or anyone who will be sitting on it. Trust me on this one.
• Generic, mass-produced artwork. Leave the wall blank until you find some meaningful art or photographs.
• Slip covers for dining chairs. They never fit and always look tired.
• Trendy kitchen updates. White cabinets will always be in style.
• Renovating one part of an open floor plan. Because you can see everything, a renovation of a piece of the open space will make everything else look dated.
• Complicated outdoor spaces. This is where you will be spending some time as soon as the temperatures drop. Keep it simple and comfortable.
Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator, A.S.I.D. associate and gold member of the Interior Redecorators Network. She helps homeowners throughout Southwest Florida with timeless, affordable ways to create beautiful spaces and solves decorating problems. Her article appears the first Saturday of each month. For more information visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail email@example.com. For more decorating tips, articles and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog