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Blogging about design ideas, concepts and news while drinking coffee as the sun shines.

January . Re-fresh . Re-start . Re-balance

Jan 1. 2019

2019 Refresh Forecast by Marya Flurnoy

Ready to refresh, recharge and reorganize your home for 2019?

2018 has been a bustling year in the local design world, with refurbishing and new construction occurring at every turn. The entire industry is doing the same—many manufacturers are reinventing and re-purposing furniture styles and themes. So, what is the Refresh Forecast for our Florida homes in the next year?

1. Neutral is still in; gray tones are being mixed with beige—“greige”. We are finding that bringing warmth to the gray brings balance to the space. Adding splashes of color is definitely in. I recommend allowing yourself to feel for your favorite color flavor, or as I call it “fave-lor”. Take a day to observe how you feel in different interior environments. Use your “fave-lor” in throws, accent coffee table pieces, and in your art.

2. Natural is in now more than ever. Live edge tables, driftwood accents, and natural wood trim and interior wall-scapes. Natural scrim fabrics add flowing life to window fashions. Cotton and linen have cozy, environmental options for bedding. We are not just becoming a society that cares about our planet, we are already there.

3. Simplify and magnify. From furniture styles to floor plans, we are moving towards contemporary, clean, simple lines. Whether you have a traditionally themed interior, mid-century style, or beach casual, the trend continues in simplifying our interiors, as it reflects our lifestyle. Once your home canvas has been simplified, we can magnify accents that we love.

4. Get inspired by nature. Most of us do not realize just how much nature is and can be an inspiration. In my recently published book, Enhance the Space with Nature, each home featured shows how nature inspired the interior setting and flow of the floor plan. Look to the sky, ocean, plants and stars. Find motifs, textures and colors that appeal to you. When you add touches of personal inspiration to your home, there is a pleasant energy about coming home to your space. The added bonus? Being with nature uplifts and recharges our physical presence.

5. Get with the program! Get motorized! Yes, today everything is motorized and programmed into Alexa & Google Home. From pop-up TV units, to lighting, to motorized draperies and shades. After equipping countless clients with motorized décor, I have noticed an interesting trend. Though there is resistance at first when showing products that are programmable and motorized, a definite shift occurs after the installation. Homeowners love it because it’s affordable, keeps things tidy and organized, makes life easy, and increases the home value.

As we go into 2019 with open hearts and minds, it is easy to forget about the planning and preparation of our homes. Once you look within to discover how different interiors excite you, recognize the vision of your dream environment and “fave-lor”, and simplify your current space, you may be surprised how quickly it is to go from "talking about" design and remodeling to "seeing it” into completion.

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Happy Everything!

 Nov. 2, 2018 

Christmas Open House - Sat. 12/8

Photos with Santa  - Tea and Cookies - 2-4 PM

Wine and Design - 6-8 PM

Our Christmas Wine and Design open house on Sat. Dec. 8th features photos with Santa 2 to 4 PM

Tea and cookies 2 to 4 PM

Silly (or Ugly) Sweater (/T-shirt/Costume...) Contest all day

Prizes include "Design Bedroom Refresh"

Custom Painting by Marya

Design Goods Basket

Restaurant Gift Cards

(You do not need to be present to win. Winner announced at 8PM.)

Wine and food tastings 6 to 8 PM

We will be collecting Toys for Tots Christmas gift delivery all day! 

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Happy Thanksgiving and Experiencing Bliss

November 1, 2018

 Many reason to be grateful!

   (Bringing in Sunshine)

Being in Bliss is a state of mind and a place of neutrality.

We all know that the holiday season can bring in extra energy, tasks and events. Even the "good" stresses and excitement seem to fill our days.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I reflect on my gratitude for the simplest things in life. It brings me to a state of bliss. And from that state it seems to make it okay when the turkey is burnt, or the oven breaks down, or the guest list increases to 10 more an hour before dinner. I just start counting the blades of grass with appreciation. The feeling of bliss is easy to get to. The day is always pleasant.

I like to experience thanksgiving everyday. It certainly gives us a lot to smile about.

Wishing you a Bliss-filled Thanksgiving,

From Marya

and all of us at Creative Design Team

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Creating a Man Den


November 1, 2018

 I love my Men's Den!

The first thing to understand is the difference between a “man cave” and a Men’s Den. The cave is a place for solitude and privacy, where your man goes to chill in his overstuffed hunter green recliner, unbothered. The Men’s Den is the modern answer to that cave. It’s a space that men are excited to invite the guys into for the game, or even invite us in for a movie night.

With new innovative design paired with the hottest bells & whistles, the Men’s Den has a sophisticated feeling. It’s a space he loves and is proud of.     (Check out Harbor Bluffs Living's December Issue for the full article!)

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How it All Started

February 14, 2018

As any designer would share, we encounter different clients with unique needs and individual lifestyles. It makes life interesting. 

In my early career, I started noticing and feeling energy in the spaces that I was designing. Nothing "woo woo" here. I would simply get a sense about the space.

For instance, a home where empty nesters lived felt happy and sad. Happy because the family grew up together and had fun together, and now all the children are gone to college.  So the sadness was legitimate and certainly understandable. How was I to let my client know that the reason for her wanting to redo the house, was because the energy of sadness was over shadowing a perfectly happy and beautiful space? I didn't. 

I simply suggested we move some the furniture and replace the area rug, small accessories and living room window treatments.  I told my client that we could always come back and replace all the furniture after she gets a feel for the new pieces that we were replacing.

Fast forward, after final installation.  My client's words, "Marya I cannot believe how gorgeous and absolutely beautiful my house looks! And it feels so happy! Thank you!"

Though I would like to share the glory with a solution as simple as staging, I did a whole lot more.  It include Feng Shui, energy clearing and prayer. Yes, prayer. I wanted for my clients to only know the truth about their home and their family. That growth and change is mostly what life is about.  And that's a good thing.

Shortly after this project, I coined and now trademarked the term "Enhancing the Space" and "Home Enhancing". It's evolved into a book and we are offering certified classes.  I am grateful for what my interesting, and unique clients bring to me.  In every home there is an energy and heartbeat that can always be felt.

Making a Splash 

March 18, 2018

Thrilled that one of our projects made a splash in House Trends Magazine. 

Jamco Unlimited was featured for their the transformational kitchen remodel while our team designed the floor plan, color plan and theme plan.  It was amazing  to see how all components came together! Once we installed the furnishings and accessories the house became a home. This project was inspired by our beautiful Belleair Beach views, and our awesome clients sharing how and what they wanted their dream home to look and feel.     (Click here for a closer look.)