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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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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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