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My Top Tips for Styling Your Guest Suite

Friday, July 19, 2019

Being able to share my home with family, friends and loved ones is something that I cherish...and something that happens A LOT! So, when it's time to carve out a space for them that's both comfortable and functional, I have some go-to advice for you! Whether you've got family members flying in or close friends visiting from across town, nothing says 'Welcome to my home' like a well-established (and beautifully decorated) guest suite! It's time to show your guests a level of coziness that they can't get anywhere else. Here are my top tips for styling your guest suite.

Establish Your Theme

The first thing I always advise is to establish the theme of your home. For instance, if you've ever visited any sites like VRBO, you may have noticed that the guest suites all have creative names. 'Coastal Cottage' or 'Mediterranean Oasis' evoke a feeling of tranquility and relaxation...AND go with the theme of the home. Find the theme of your home and use it in the details of your guest suite. My theme is seahorses, so you bet that I'm going to incorporate these little cuties into my guest room!

Go Neutral

You want your guest suite to give your visitors that feeling of comfort when they're away from home. Do this by opting for a neutral 'spa' tone throughout. I like to keep this area clean and I don't want my guests being afraid that they're going to 'dirty up' the space. That's why I forgo rugs in the guest suite. Not only do they get dirty easily, guests will feel awful if they end up tracking in dirt. I never want my guests to worry when they're staying in my home.

I like to create a modern spa-like space in this area of the home. I put out white towels and toiletries in a cute basket under the sink. I also like to cluster shampoo bottles and tie them together with a bow to add that resort feel to the room.

Expert Tip: Remember how I said I never want my guests to worry? Opt for black washcloths, so that if they do end up getting something (like makeup) on the towel, it's less noticeable!

Keep It Comfy

Along the lines of keeping it comfortable, another way I like to make my guests feel right at home is by making the beds and adding a pop of color with the duvet at the end of the bed. That way, my guests can feel like they can use the duvet as a blanket if they desire. Another tip I have for you is to always have four pillows for your guests. Most people like to sleep with two pillows, so even if you only have two on the bed, keep two more in the closet...just in case.

I also like to include some pops of color throughout, and my go-to hues are blues, greens and earthy tones. These colors promote relaxation and to me, you just can't beat the look!

My Golden Rule

Finally, your guests need to be able to feel that they have room to move around in the space. This is why I like to keep the guest suite crisp, clean and free from clutter. My husband always laughs at me when I take a look at a space and ask if an air mattress will fit in it, in addition to all of the furniture. It's important that your guest suite is able to accommodate a King or Full bed with a dresser that you're able to open...AND have room for the air mattress. That's when you know the area is going to work for your guests.

I hope this has helped you design your guest suite, so that your visitors feel at home in their temporary space! After all, your guests deserve to have that relaxing resort experience in their home away from home. Create that for them with these simple tips!

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Heather's Summer Favorites: My Top Picks for Getting Your Outdoor Living Space Summer Ready!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Summertime and the living is easy! When it comes to styling your outdoor living space for summer, I have some incredible finds that will make it easy to sit back, relax and enjoy the warm summer months. From small accent pieces to furniture ideas, let me show you how you can transform your outdoor living space into something spectacular. Here are my top picks for getting your outdoor living space summer ready...

Outdoor Décor

To give your outdoor living space a pop of color, my go-to items are throw pillows. Pick a design that's fun and vibrant to give your space a feel for the season. My top picks for outdoor pillows include:

Not only do these items give you the pop of color that belongs in your outdoor living area for summer, they are durable, fade resistant and stain resistant. Don't be afraid to mix and match colors and designs. Your outdoor living area is a place where you can get a little crazy!

I'm also a big fan of wind chimes in the space for summer. Not only do they look amazing, the sound creates an ambiance that really works, especially on those long summer nights spent relaxing outside. My top choice is this Seaglass and Driftwood Chime. For me, it really gives the space an element of texture.

Outdoor Dining

Nothing completes a beautiful summer day in paradise like having dinner outdoors. The tranquil breezes and sea salty air are really unmatched, in my opinion. That's why I'll be enjoying dinner poolside many nights during the summer.

My top picks for outdoor dining items include:

These pieces are perfect for casual dining indoors or outdoors and are dishwasher safe, making clean-up a breeze!

Other Fun Finds

I always say don't limit yourself to just one design all year long. Dress your outdoor living space for the season to always keep it looking fresh. These adorable yard signs are perfect to swap out with the season or the holiday. They're fun little additions to add a hint of cheer to the space, no matter what time of the year you're celebrating.

Another one of my favorite finds are these urban knit poufs. They're made of a durable, rust-proof material, making them perfect for extra seating options in your space. When you're looking for furniture pieces for your outdoor living area, you need to find something that matches your style and can stand the test of the Southwest Florida elements. Not every piece will work in this space, so finding something practical and fun is a win-win! These poufs are comfortable, light-weight and compact, making them one of my favorite finds when it comes to getting your outdoor living area summer ready.

Styling Your Outdoor Space

Summertime is the perfect time to revamp your outdoor space, so have fun with it! Embrace the brightness that this season brings with these fun favorites of mine. Add a little texture and color to the space, and remember, don't limit yourself! Have fun and Happy Summer, everyone!

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Tips for Styling Your Outdoor Living Area

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Although we're lucky enough to have summer all year-round here in paradise, there's just something about it actually being summer that makes me excited to be outside, enjoying the balmy evenings and sea salty breezes from the Gulf. Now that summer is upon us, let's turn our attention to the outdoor living area. Outdoor spaces are hot, hot, hot here in Southwest Florida, and I'm not just talking about temperature! Here are my top tips for styling your outdoor living area.

Cozy & Colorful

Unlike the interior of your home, which is best to be kept in neutral tones, the outdoor living area is the space where you can really bring in the color. Bright pinks, fuchsias, oranges and yellows dominate the space, setting the tone for a cheery, happy atmosphere. The most exciting part about styling your outdoor living area is styling it for season. Don't think that you need to keep the same color scheme all year long. Switch it up and select corresponding colors to match the season, such as:

  • Fall: orange tones

  • Winter: greens, golds and silvers

  • Summer: bright colors, fuchsias, pinks, etc

Rotate through spring, summer, fall and winter décor, and don't be afraid to take advantage of those end-of-season sales at your favorite home stores. The key here is to freshen up the space and give it a new vibe for whichever season you're currently enjoying.

Natural Decor

As far as décor for this space, a big thing that I'm seeing a lot of lately are strands of big bulbs hanging above the space. This trend gives the outdoor living area some serious ambiance at night, setting the scene for a fun, relaxing evening in paradise. Since we live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, don't forget to add a beachy vibe to the space by incorporating natural elements, such as a tray of your favorite seashells to serve as a centerpiece for your table. These treasured little mementos not only serve as beautiful decorations, but they will bring a smile to your face thinking about the fun time you had collecting them.

Similar to the inside, try to keep the decorative items limited to a wood, a metal and a natural element to give the space depth and texture, but don't be afraid to be bold here.

Plant Life

Plant life can be incorporated into all areas of the home, but it's important to note that plant life outside must be living. You can get away with synthetic succulents inside, but outside, choose plant life that can thrive. My favorite thing to do in my outdoor living area is to pick a favorite tree, install some chicken wire on the base and attach my orchids to it. Not only will these beautiful plants begin to intertwine themselves through the wire and provide an exquisite presentation, they'll stay alive all year long.

Furniture Trends

When we first think of outdoor living spaces, our minds gravitate toward the wicker look; however, wicker is actually trending down these days. It's being replaced by wood and metal pieces, namely repurposed synthetic wood, which can be easily cleaned, maintained and requires zero maintenance. Keep it cozy by incorporating pieces that are comfortable and blend in easily with the feel of the space.

Outdoor Living in Paradise

We live in paradise...there's no doubt about it. That's why we should take advantage of our beautiful surroundings all year-round and style our outdoor living spaces to embrace that tropical, beachy feel. So, sit back, put your feet up and relax while you take it all in here in our Southwest Florida paradise.

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4 Things to ALWAYS Include on Your Bathroom Design Board

Monday, April 29, 2019

I LOVE bathrooms! Not only is this a space where you can relax and escape, you're able to incorporate natural elements with stylish design to create a tranquil oasis in your home. When it comes to designing a bathroom that will sell, I have some best practices that I keep in mind to help me design the perfect space that's not only functional, but beautiful as well. Here are my top four things to ALWAYS include on your bathroom design board.

Why Design Boards are Important

When you're creating a space in your home, you want to be able to have a clear vision, and the best way to do that is to create a design board, specific to that space. Think of this as a time for reflection. What do you want to accomplish in this space? By having a design board, you can find out which direction you want to go. Incorporate the following into your space:

  • Color

  • Texture

  • Wood

  • Metal

On your design board, you'll be able to have a clear picture of what blends with what, so that you can find the components that belong together. My key tip for you here is don't think within a box. It's kind of like thinking that you can't wear white before Easter. You can mix and match woods with metals. You can try something that you've never tried before. When you create a design board, you can see what will work together. You don't want elements of the space to be too matchy-matchy. Live a little here!

1. Consistency is Key

When designing your space, you don't necessarily need wood tones or metals to match completely, but you want them to be in the same family. My go-to practice is to pick two. For example, matte black and champagne gold can create a really sophisticated and high-end look in this space. You may want to choose matte black hardware with champagne pull handles in the tub. Tie it all up in a nice, neat bow by incorporating a light fixture that includes both colors.

2. Timeless Wins

A big trend for this year is open-concept bathrooms. This places the tub in the shower and loses the shower door to create a more open space. Although this can be functional, I say that this trend is solely dependent on personal preference. I always say that you need to do what's right for you in the space, and just because it's trendy now, doesn't mean that it's going to last. My advice...keep it timeless.

3. Don't Forget Elements of Texture

I think what people miss the most when they're designing their bathroom is texture. Add some elements of texture to the wall behind the mirror by way of tongue and groove designs or decorative tile. Wallpaper is making a comeback, but my advice is that if you want to use wallpaper in your bathroom, keep it limited to an accent wall.

4. The Right Decorative Pieces

Bathrooms need to be functional, so when you're trying to decide what decorative pieces to incorporate into this space, keep them functional. My go-to items are pretty glass jars that I can put necessities in, like q-tips and cotton balls. Not only are they pretty and elegant, they also serve a purpose. I also love to add in natural elements into this space. My favorites are bowls of shells, pieces of coral and candles. I like to create an indoor-outdoor feel in this space, and this helps me create this feel perfectly.

Your Bathroom Design Board

Your bathroom deserves to be your private getaway, nestled right in your own home! In creating a detailed design board of your styles and options, you'll be able to find the right look to complement the space. Remember, keep it functional and don't be afraid to think outside the box!

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Heather's Tips for Styling Your Kitchen

Friday, March 22, 2019

Stop and think about how much time you spend in your kitchen. If you're like me, it's A LOT! And that's why it's considered the most popular space in your home. Whether you're cooking dinner for your family or gathering with friends, the kitchen is always in the picture. When it comes to designing a kitchen that will impress potential buyers, you've got options, ranging from small design tweaks to major renovations. Depending on how you want to tackle this area of the home, I've got some advice for you. Here are my top tips for styling your kitchen.

Less Is More

When it comes to the kitchen, I always say that less is more. This area of the home is usually the space that we see a lot of clutter. Car keys thrown on the counter, mail piling up on the island, various items scattered about...the kitchen is where we put our clutter. My advice is to tackle the clutter and get rid of it. Have one place that this miscellaneous stuff is stored and make sure that it has a lid. That way, if you've got company (or potential buyers) coming over, you can tidy up quickly and easily. My go-to item is a decorative box that goes with the theme of the home.

Color & Style

When it comes to colors in the kitchen, the Golden Rule is never to have more than three colors competing with each other in the room. For example, if you have white counter tops and brown cabinets, you can only use one more color to tie into the space. You don't want multiple colors vying for attention here. This makes the space look messy.

Another effective way to accentuate the kitchen is with hardware and lighting. I always call this the jewelry of the home. The thing to always keep in mind is that there's a fine line between what is too much and what is just right. Choose hardware that complements the décor of the space and accent it with a fun light fixture.

Maximizing the Space

Depending on the level of renovation that you are prepared for, you can choose to maximize your space with slight tweaks or with some major upgrades. Slight tweaks with paint can really add some depth to the space. For instance, painting cabinets white can make them appear taller. If you're prepared for a little more, you may consider opening up the space (if it's not already open concept) and adding an island with more storage. Leathered granite on kitchen islands is becoming more and more popular, due to its durability. Removing soffits and taking cabinets to the ceiling can also help you maximize space. Remember, start by sprucing up what you have and go from there.

Helpful tip: Bar height is out! Instead, opt for counter height to create a clean, casual feel in the space.

The Heart of the Home

If you're going to invest in any part of your home, my advice to you is to invest in the kitchen. This is the place that everyone gathers in and the place where you'll spend the majority of your time. Remember these key tips for styling your kitchen:

  • Declutter the space

  • Incorporate no more than three colors in the room

  • Add flair with hardware and light fixtures

  • Spruce up what you have

No matter if you're designing a kitchen from the ground up or making some simple upgrades, keep these tips in mind, so that your kitchen impresses. After all, it's the heart of the home!

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Perk up Your Space with the Perfect Accessories!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Eeek! Where do I begin?” This is the question I hear the most when it comes to styling your home to sell… It's a lot to take in when you're getting your home 'show ready' so I wanted to start with some of the little accents that make a big impact on the space. From the rug selections that you choose to the accent pieces that you place on your end tables, there's a method to designing a home that will appeal to the most number of buyers. Designing your home is fun and exciting! Here are my top tips when it comes to choosing the perfect accessories for your space.

Decorative Clusters

You may think that decorative pieces are just placed in the room; however, there's a true method to what goes where and how much of it is in a room. For example, it's always important to use a mix of the following:

  • Metals

  • Texture

  • Greenery

  • Pop of color

When you're clustering your items on a table, keep these elements in mind. My favorite elements to incorporate into a space are coral and shells. Take a look at what's metal, what has texture and what you can take from the yard when you're deciding what items to place on a table. When you do this, you add some depth and life to the space and buyers just can't take their eyes away from your designs.

The Power of Odd Numbers

Another thing I always say is that you never want even numbered clusters. For instance, two items on one side of the table and two on the other. Instead, try for three decorative items on one side and two on the other, and always be sure that these items are never less than six inches apart. The thing is, when decorative items are less than six inches apart, they're then considered knick-knacks, which are more sentimental in nature and should be put away for showings. The goal is to not have your items less than six inches apart here to create that look you want for your space.

Timeless Color Combinations

Brushed gold is hot right now, which is why I'm loving it in a lot of the homes that I'm designing. My favorite thing is intermixing brushed gold with matte black to give that true timeless feel in the space. This works especially well in areas of the home, like the breakfast nook. Don't add too much brushed gold to the space though. It's meant to be an accent feature in the home. And because black will never go out of style, this is the perfect look if you want that timeless appeal in your home.

Rug Selections

Simple is always better when it comes to your rug selections. I always say that if you're going to go with a patterned rug, it should be a large pattern. If the rug pattern is too busy, it limits you on what you can do with the furniture and pillows in the room. So, if you're going with a simple rug, you can do more with the furniture by way of patterns, colors and designs, but if you're going with a busy rug, you'll need to keep your furniture and pillows simple in design.

Accenting Your Space

The right pieces provide the right feel in the space, so don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone when it comes to choosing accessories for your home. Try elements that you wouldn't normally choose and see how they add a unique feel to the room. Most importantly, enjoy this time and have fun with your choices! Accent your space and create a timeless appeal in the home!

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Tips for Styling Your Great Room

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The moment you walk through the front door can say everything you need to know about a home. Did you know that it only takes 30 seconds for buyers to decide whether or not they want to buy a home? 30 SECONDS! Not only do I agree with this wholeheartedly, because I've seen it with my own eyes, the way your home looks when your buyers first walk in sets the tone for the entire home. Being in real estate for 16 years, I know the moment my clients want to buy a home, simply by watching the look on their face. This makes the Great room one of the most important, if not THE most important area of the home, so taking the time to design the perfect space is crucial. Here are my top tips for styling your Great room.

What Makes this Room Unique?

I always say that you never have a second chance to make a first impression and nothing rings truer than that when a potential buyer first walks into the Great room. One of the main components of a warm and inviting Great room is character. Buyers want dimension when they walk into the space and they want more than just an empty canvas to look at when they're trying to envision themselves there. The Great room is unique, because it needs to be able to capture the buyer within seconds. Simply needs to impress.

Adding Character to the Space

The look and feel of the Great room needs to satisfy all senses. Texture and color reign supreme when it comes to satisfying a potential buyer's senses, but it's important to tread lightly and not go overboard. You'll need to aspire to the broadest range of buyers, so keeping your neutral color on the walls is preferred. Add in your pop of color to the accessories that complement the room. A popular approach is taking the color from the front door and blending that color into the interior of the home. A good rule of thumb is to never have more than three colors in a room.

Blue appeals to most buyers. I believe that this comes from the love of the ocean. Anywhere from a light turquoise to navy and all variations in between, having blue accents helps to add that wow factor to the space. Incorporating natural elements into the room also helps to create a relaxing feel. Try adding in natural items, such as:

  • Coral

  • Shells

  • Pine cones

If you're wanting to blend your furniture more seamlessly into the room, but new furniture isn't in your budget, my go-to is a white throw. Simply add this comfy element into the space and watch your buyers envision themselves wrapped up on the sofa, relaxing with a glass of wine.

Other Helpful Tips

Your home needs to be styled to sell. Think about how much money we spend on hotel rooms. Do you know why we spend so much? It's because we love the crispness and clean feel of these rooms, and that's what buyers want to incorporate into their homes. One of my most important tips is not to remove everything in the home. Leaving something personal in a subtle way can help buyers envision themselves living in the home. It can also help with your negotiations if buyers can see exactly who it is that they will be working with on the transaction. Make your buyers fall in love with you and your home!

Finally, remember how I mentioned character? How can you add character to this space? Make this space look more than just a box with sheet rock. Add in dimension with faux fixtures and floating shelves to add that warm, inviting feel to this important room. Money for character needs to be well-spent, but it perfectly sets the tone for the entire home and can make the difference between a potential buyer wanting your home or deciding that it's not right for them.

You hold the key to your home's future and it all starts from the moment your buyers step into the Great room. Wow your buyers and show them just how amazing this home is, and help them envision themselves there.

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My Favorite Home Design Trends for 2019

Friday, December 14, 2018

As I'm getting ready for the New Year, I'm getting excited for all of the new home design trends that are springing up and I can't wait to share them all with you! From floor to ceiling, homes are getting quite the makeover, and it may not be what you think. There are surprises galore for 2019, not only on the inside of the home, but the outside as well. As we prepare for another beautiful year, let's talk home design. Here are my favorite home design trends for 2019.

From Trendy to Timeless

When we think of modern, contemporary homes, we think minimalism. It seems as though intricate details have gone away, replaced by clean lines and basic details. The things is...these flip flops between West Indies and modern designs are all cyclical. As time goes on, these designs that we're seeing in homes today will be out of style, replaced by something different. We're starting to see a shift in home design trends to a more timeless appeal. Homeowners want their homes to stand the test of time, instead of being outdated every couple of years. When it comes to trendy versus timeless, timeless is pulling ahead.

Wood Detailing is Making a Comeback

Remember when homes used to have wood details throughout? You may not see that too much these days as modern design trends have minimized many aspects of the home. Timeless and cozy, wood details give a home a much more comfortable and inviting feel. We'll start to see more homes incorporating crown molding and ceiling details, such as wooden beams and tongue and groove designs to add character back into the home. Modern minimalism seems to have taken away some of our home's uniqueness, and it's exciting to see it coming back.

Shiplap has also seen a soar in popularity, mainly due to HGTV's influence on many homeowners, looking to add an updated style to their homes. We've seen smaller wood planks used in shiplap in the past, but expect to see wide planks popping up in homes. Using wide planks and tongue and groove designs create a less cluttered look in the home, while adding in that aspect of uniqueness that seemed to have been lost.

Tile Upgrades

Let's not forget about flooring! One of the hottest home design trends for 2019 is luxury vinyl tile. This special type of flooring is increasing steadily in popularity in many homes, due to the fact that it is completely waterproof and shows no grout lines. Homeowners are also opting for bigger tiles. New 48 x 24 inch tiles are taking center-stage this coming year. Homeowners and designers are brick-laying these throughout the home and are opting for a more neutral palette.

Focus on Curb Appeal

Last, but certainly not least, more homeowners are focusing on the landscaping of their property, including a combination of artificial turf and pavers to add more curb appeal to the home. Expect to see:

  • Angled pavers

  • Driveway detail

  • Backyard AND front yard oasis

  • Porches and conversation areas

Homeowners are realizing the importance of connecting with their neighbors. In Southwest Florida, I think this is due to Hurricane Irma's effect on us as a community. Having to band together, it helped us to see the beauty of community and reconnect with each other. Many homeowners are now incorporating front yard conversation areas, so they can mingle and stay connected as a community. Landscape design is definitely coming front and center in the New Year.

Fun Tip: Leave those Christmas lights up! Have you wrapped your Royal Palms in twinkling lights? Keep some of them wrapped in your backyard area, so you can create an outdoor oasis to enjoy all year-round!

Home & Design

The New Year is showing us all kinds of exciting features to include in your home. Bringing timeless design back, along with outdoor living and more details throughout the home are just a few trends to follow in 2019, and I can't wait to see what's next!

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'Tis the Season for Giving, So Let's Get Moving!

Friday, November 30, 2018

The holiday season is wonderful in so many ways. Enjoying family and loved ones, decorating and giving back are just some of the things that I enjoy the most. That's why the Let's Get Moving campaign is so near and dear to my heart. Let's Get Moving is not only a moving initiative, designed to get you up and moving your body, it's also a way to give back to the community and to truly help those who need it the most. 'Tis the season for giving, everyone! So, Let's Get Moving! Here's how my journey began...

An Idea is Born

About a year-and-a-half ago, I began a journey with a national charitable organization. Through this organization, my goal was to decorate one house per quarter to help a family in need. Unfortunately the program ended, and I found myself seeking, yet again, for a way to help my community. Then, one night, it hit me. Let's Get Moving. Thankfully, we live in one of the healthiest and happiest cities in the country, and what better way to celebrate this AND help others than by creating a moving initiative? Let's Get Moving embodies the whole concept of teamwork and helping others, and I knew that it was something that was destined to be impactful.

And So It Begins...

Let's Get Moving encompasses the idea of moving our bodies, and since one of my passions is real estate, moving homes as well. With all of the unique fitness facilities available, I just knew that these spaces would be the perfect pieces to the puzzle. Together with local fitness programs, we partnered to provide attendees with fun ways to get moving, all the while raising money for local charities. Starting out, my goal was to plan an event once per quarter, but through the popularity of the program with the local community and my agents' desires to organize their own campaigns as part of the Let's Get Moving initiative, we've well surpassed that this year, hosting a total of nine events...and the year isn't over yet!

Getting Involved

Being the amazing team that they are, my agents were excited to get on board with the program. Many agents have organized their own events, benefiting charities of their choice. Not only is this a fabulous way to take ownership and stand behind something, Let's Get Moving is a way for agents to get involved with the local community. Together, through this program, we've been able to raise $16,000 for local charities, and have been able to feature local fitness facilities through my partnership with FOX 4. Everyone benefits from this feel-good way to break a sweat and band together to help out our community.

Growing Together

Not only does the Let's Get Moving program help others, everyone involved grows too. Let's Get Moving starts with:

  • An idea

  • A passion

  • A cause

  • A mission

'Tis the season for giving. Let's give back to those who need it the most. Let's get healthier, happier and stronger. Let's Get Moving.



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A Very Beachy Christmas: How to Decorate for the Holidays Florida-style

Friday, November 30, 2018

Here in Southwest Florida, we have some pretty funny ways to celebrate the holidays. Instead of making snowmen and warming up by the fire, you may find us riding in a Christmas Boat Parade, hosting a picnic on the beach, or enjoying the artificial snow on Third Street South in Naples, Florida. Decorating the home can be unique as well! With all the special collectibles that we find on the beach, why not incorporate them into your holiday décor? Creating a beachy feel at Christmastime can seem almost effortless...and not to mention, fun! Here are my top tips on adding a beachy-modern touch to the home during the holidays…no matter where you live!

Styling with Shells

Seashells are in abundance on our beautiful beaches here in Southwest Florida, and it's always fun to collect them during our walks. My girls and I love to incorporate these fun finds in our Christmas decorations by constructing mini-trees out of seashells and donning starfish as tree toppers. What a fun way to showcase some of our finds from all of our explorations! You can also find shells at your local craft store.

Festive Tip: Hobby Lobby is my go-to place to find little Styrofoam trees that my girls and I attach our seashells to. They come in a variety of sizes, making them perfect to place throughout the house and in my girls' rooms.

Don't Forget Your Outdoor Living Space

We are fortunate enough to be able to embrace indoor-outdoor living with ease. Many of our homes have relaxing outdoor living areas that can be decorated to capture the essence of the holiday season. My favorite way to create a tropical “winter” wonderland is wrapping the bases of my palm trees in lights and matching my outdoor lanai to the beachy Christmas vibe in the home, tying in the entire beachy-modern feel all through the space.

Festive Tip: Love looking at Christmas lights? Victoria Park is the best community to enjoy all the beautiful holiday arrangements! Hop in the car, grab some hot cocoa (you may have to turn up the A/C to set the mood) and take a drive through this beautifully-decorated community.

Embrace Your Holiday in Paradise

Southwest Florida is simply paradise, which is why I love to embrace our area’s natural beauty when I'm decorating my home for the holidays. Remember, if you're looking for a change from the normal Christmas décor, try incorporating the following to create a holiday in paradise that you'll never forget:

  • Beach-themed accents on your tree

  • Mini-seashell trees

  • Light and bright ornaments

  • Light up your outdoor living area

Keep it bright, keep it fun and enjoy the season! The key thing to remember here is to embrace your inner style and have fun with it. The holidays are a time to reflect, spend time with loved ones and enjoy each other's company. Create moments together that you'll always remember. Find the look that speaks to you and don't be afraid to go against the grain with your decoration choices.



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