Beyond cinnamon and nutmeg

Beyond cinnamon and nutmeg

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to take those holiday boxes out of storage and dress-up the house. Every holiday season is the same. Ornaments and decorations collected over the years and displayed in the same way. And while we agree that family tradition and the ever-impressive red and green or blue and silver  are stunning, this holiday season we’re feeling adventurous. The beauty of decorating for the holidays is that it isn’t permanent, so you can be creative and try new...

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Not your grandmother’s table

Not your grandmother’s table

For decades the holiday table was seen as a formal affair, with a coordinated table-setting for 12 and guests spread uniformly along a rectangular mahogany table. Pa carving the turkey at the head of the table and Ma entertaining her guests at the other end, while the family dog waits ever-so-patiently for the first bits of the holiday feast to fall to the floor.  As lovely as that image seems, it’s not 1975 anymore and home designs, and its inhabitants, have changed. Homes aren’t coming equipped with...

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Falling for inspiration

Falling for inspiration

We know it may not feel like Fall right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make-believe. Take full advantage of the fun that Autumn brings and enjoy a Florida-style Fall that doesn’t include raking a single leaf or garden-destroying October frosts. Fall color palettes and Autumn decor add warmth to your home and get you in the pre-holiday spirit. Come time for Halloween, nothing is more welcoming than an entryway decorated with freshly-carved Jack ‘O Lanterns, haystacks, FSU colored...

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Pre-holiday dining prep

Pre-holiday dining prep

Oh, the stress of the holidays. House guests, preparing lavish meals for twenty, entertaining distant relatives, driving here, there, and everywhere. We’re breaking into a cold sweat just thinking about it. However, this holiday season will not be like the others… We hope. This year we are resolved to keep the anxiety out of the festivities and simply enjoy the time that we’ve got with each other. And since nothing is more stressful, in our opinion, than the BIG dinner, we’ve committed...

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Converting the recently converted

Converting the recently converted

Remember way back when you were feeling the affects of an empty house and suddenly had an extra space and simply nothing to do with it? We were there for you with tips on how to manage that Empty Nest feeling. But now that summer is here (not technically, of course, but it is Florida), and your college students are home for a few months and your relatives are heading south to enjoy the oppressive heat at our wonderful beaches and theme parks, its time to reconvert those converted spaces to indoor spaces with room...

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Last good day of the season?

Last good day of the season?

As the Memorial Day holiday creeps up on us from around the corner, many of us here in the south are already spending more time indoors for fear of melting on our beautiful patio. But in keeping in the spirit of this honorable day, lets spend what might be the last tolerable day of the season outside enjoying our friends and neighbors. Here’s what you’ll need to get your outdoor spaces ready for the fun. First things first. Pop outside and see what you’ve got for seating. Take special care on...

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