BICOASTAL COASTAL DESIGN!

I recently had the privilege of attending a presentation in Tampa by visiting Los Angeles celebrity designer, Mark Brunetz.  Mark is “an expert at conveying designs that are well-edited, timeless and distinctly comfortable.” (source: Design & Dine Event ad) He is most recognizable as the Emmy Award winning co-host of the reality show Clean House on the Style Network, seen in over 30 countries worldwide.  Mark has
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The Coffee Table…from Humble Beginnings to Star Status!

It was a humble beginning for the “low”-ly coffee table in the early 1900s.  But the coffee table has come a long way since then, evolving beautifully with the ever-changing design trends of the times.  Regardless of whether your home décor is traditional, ultra-modern, coastal or otherwise, the coffee table could be deemed as one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in the family living space today!            
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MORE DECORATING BY NUMBERS…

In part one of Decorating by Numbers, we discussed #1 Furniture Placement.  In this post, part two, we will focus on selecting the proper size and shape dining tables for your home as well as choosing and hanging the ideal light fixtures and chandeliers.                                           Designed by Ellen Grasso, HomeBunch.com How big or how small?  How long or how wide?  How high or low?  How close or how fa
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Decorating by Numbers

For the most part, decorating, like beauty, “is in the eye of the beholder.”  There are no hard and steadfast rules that MUST be obeyed when you are creating the living spaces in your own home.  It really all comes down to personal preference. Beautifully arranged living room Southern Living Magazine Having said that, I still find it helpful and comforting to have some guidelines available when pondering such perplex
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A Taste of the West Indies in Tampa, Florida

Coastal design at its finest is on display at the 2014 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home in Tampa, Florida. The home, now open to tour, is located in the beautiful South Tampa neighborhood of Beach Park. It was designed and built by Javic Homes, an exclusive member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program for the Tampa Bay and Sarasota, Florida area. Southern Living Magazine, published by the Southern
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“THE STATE OF YOUR BED IS THE STATE OF YOUR HEAD”… AND IT CAN ALL BEGIN WITH SOME FABULOUS SEASIDE BEDDING!

Think how it feels when you first enter a well-appointed hotel room at the end of a long day of travel or work.  Not only is the room tidy, but the neatly made bed is ever-so-inviting with its pre-fluffed pillows and luxurious, comfy looking, wrinkle-free linens just waiting for you to simply turn down, hop in, and rest the night away…hassle-free….aah. You can create that same soothing environment in your own bedroom
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ANIMAL PRINTS DON’T BITE!

Actually, animal prints are quite “friendly,” fitting in well with most decorating styles, including coastal design.                                                               Veranda April 2014Animal prints are highly versatile. As odd as it may seem, when used in moderation, they serve as a neutral in any room setting, working well with most colors.  Using an animal print design on side chairs, an upholstered be
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MYTH #5: I have to use the color blue if I want to do Coastal Décor.

Truth:  When you think about it, a seascape is so much more than just the varying shades of blue water and sky. Along with those features, is a landscape full of earthy tones derived from sandy, seashell-covered beaches, grassy sand dunes, misty harbors, wooden piers, and even towering cliffs, depending on the location. Paint manufacturers have embraced the diversity of coastal settings by creating colors that run th
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MYTH #4: Coastal Décor is just about decorating with seashells, driftwood, fish and so on!

Truth:  To many, the thought of coastal décor stirs up visions of seashells, driftwood, fish, oars, life preservers, and boat rope gracing every available wall and surface space! While it used to be more difficult to create a coastal inspired look without incorporating an abundance of these sea-associated objects, it is just not true today. Coastal design has come a long way! There are now many more options available
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