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Coffee, Sunshine, & Design

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

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Harbor Bluffs Living September Sponsor Spotlight

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Published in "Harbor Bluffs Living Magazine" - October 2019

We are happy to announce All Your Decorating Answers—a Design Q&A Column that will start in the November issue. Please email your design questions, challenges, and photos to [email protected] We will reference our answers with photos and ideas, and only use your name and photo with your permission.

Designer Tips for Selecting Paint Colors:

1. Palette—Start with a reference piece that has most of your colors—from a pillow fabric, to a piece of art, or lamp. For your neutral background color...

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Harbor Bluffs Living September Sponsor Spotlight

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Published in "Harbor Bluffs Living Magazine" - September 2019

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50 Shades of Grey

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Published in "Harbor Bluffs Living Magazine" - September 2019

The grey palette started its fad six years ago and continues to grow in popularity. However, focusing solely on grey tends to feel institutional and cold. When “Enhancing the Space” and preparing to sell your home, we suggest adding hints of color to harmonize and pull together the floorplan. Grey likes hints of orange, navy, yellow or red.


The energy behind orange:

1. Originating in ancient Indian thought, orange is the color of the second, Sacral Chakra, which enhances emotions of joy, connection, and creativity. 

2. Orange represents optimism and new adventure.

3. Orange is reminiscent of being at home, freshly baked pumpkin pie, and birds of paradise.


Remember, just a hint of your feature color is all that is needed to bring great joy and balance to your home.


(“Colors That Sell” excerpt taken from “Enhance the Space” Home Enhancing Course by Marya Flurnoy, starting January 2020. Preregister now.)

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Are You Ready to ROCK?!

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Published in "Harbor Bluffs Living Magazine" - July 2019

Although they’re incredibly trendy now, the fascination around gems and stones isn’t new. We have always been

in awe knowing about the several hundred rock and gem varieties, and the science of how they’re formed. Dating

back to the Egyptian culture and beyond, gemstones were incorporated in jewelry, sculptures, and furniture.


Today, interior design inspires the placement of gems and geodes in our home accents and furniture. Placing an Amethyst geode in an entrance foyer, or creating a conversational piece with an Agate coffee table brings a magical effect to the room. We are also adding gems to our kitchen knobs and pulls, bottle openers, napkin rings, and tray handles. I refer to it as “the jewelry of the home.”


Besides the shiny, sparkly appeal, the stones are known to carry soothing and relaxing properties. For instance, the Rose Quartz is known to bring relaxing and gentle inspiration. The brilliant purple Amethyst is quoted to assist in meditation and eases sleeping disorders. The Agate stone is known for its protective and grounding qualities.


The Babylonians and Egyptians were on to something in appreciating the science and nature of gemstones. And today, we can still “Rock It!” by adding gem accent pieces and furniture to our décor.

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Everyone Deserves a Little "R+R"...

Remodel + Refresh = Beach R+R Evolution

Published in "Harbor Bluffs Living Magazine" - June 2019

Now that boating season is in full effect, and guests are calling from near and far to spend the weekend at your Florida beach home, you’re probably considering, “How can I make my open floor plan as gorgeous as my dockside views?” My reply is, it’s as easy as one-two-three! Good design is about blending, complementing, and “Enhancing the Space”.

ONE – Create a blended palette that carries itself from your new kitchen, into the existing furniture you have in your living area. For this design, we selected a chevron pattern with blue, white, and grey. The grey supports the existing black in the custom TV unit and dining table, while the white and blue complement the new shaker cabinets and island. Reupholstering the dining room chairs, bar stools, and designing custom cornices gives a layered effect.

TWO – Bring the new feature color to the opposite sides of the space. This will automatically bring balance to the room. Above, you’ll see a dreamy seascape wallpaper, enhanced with airy blown glass plates. By adding new accessories to the pieces you already love, you can create a totally refreshed feeling in your design.

THREE – Add a large accent to the center of the space to ground the core. Luxurious shags are in vogue, and a adding a complementing color pulls the entire floor plan together.  

Another key element for a designer look is the custom window treatments. In this home, notice the gathered sheer panels draped over the grass cloth cornice, perfectly cradling the window view. Voilà! The completed space complements, blends and flows. The new luxury beach theme has a refreshed and relaxing feeling that you and your guests can enjoy!

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Your Home = Your Story

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Tell Your Story ~ Love Your Home

Published in "Harbor Bluffs Living Magazine" - May 2019

The interior space of your home creates the perfect opportunity to express your style and share your story. In this Indian Rocks Beach home, I had the pleasure with working with clients who lived in many Asian and European countries abroad. Placing furnishings and art from a client’s "story" is a designer’s delight. Every piece had a pleasurable memory that we enhanced and brought to life. New carpeting created a light, plush contrast with their furnishings that are rich in color and history.

We reupholstered the sofa and loveseat in a deep blue patterned fabric that gave the room a "POP" of contrast with the sumptuous, detailed furniture. I encourage my clients to use treasured pieces that hold wonderful memories of their travels. We created a floorplan and implemented a color palette that enhances the details of the room, and accentuates their gorgeous bay view.

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The "Enhanced" Guest Space

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Florida's Second Living Room - The Great Outdoors

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7 Tips for Living "Inside-Out"

Published in "Harbor Bluffs Living Magazine" - March 2019

1. This is the space where you can create an area to entertain, throw parties, and even have weddings. Use it wisely when creating the floor plan. Think of outside seating to watch the big game, cafe tables for outdoor dining, or a large dining table for the dinner party. Are there areas that can be cleaned up to create more space? How would you like to use your outdoor living room? Create space for games, cornhole, or miniature golf.

2. Consider where the sun shines and when. If the only space for the living room is in an open area with bright sunlight, consider building a cabana adorned with outdoor drapery fabric that is “sun-sational,” weather-resistant, and protects from bugs and harmful UV rays! Also available are solar shades that can be installed outdoors.

3. No place for the TV? A custom weather-resistant TV cabinet just might be the answer.

4. Remember, not all outdoor furniture is alike. Look for aluminum framing to ensure the resistance of rusting, and outdoor weatherproof cushions and fabric. Crypton® Outdoor fabric is one that we frequently use for outdoor sectionals. If a partygoer spills a drink, it simply beads up and wipes away.

5. Consider furniture made from cement, teak and bamboo to last.

6. Too hot? Consider misting sprays, fans and an outdoor portable AC unit.

Too cold? Choose from large selections of fire pit-coffee tables, an outdoor fireplace wall, or tall portable heaters.

No place for a kitchen? There are discreet ways of including outdoor refrigeration, coffee tables with ice bucket inserts, and outdoor console tables with gas stovetops.

7. The most important key to successfully creating an outdoor living room is asking yourself, "How do I plan on using it?" which will help dictate where to put the kitchen, seating, dining, and activity! Consider calling a designer for a space-planning session, that will assist you with budget, selections, and visioning the final results.

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For the Love of...

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For the Love of Design

February 14th, 2019

One of my favorite design projects was a Rutenberg open floor plan home in Seminole. The completed design is a perfect example of eclectic style working beautifully. Interior Design is more than form and function—more than color and style. Rather, it’s about how individuals experience their space, and how it plays a role in the way they interact with their families, in day-to-day life, work, play and entertaining. How we express our interior space effects how we experience comfort—physically, visually and internally. The Internet and HGTV has introduced an abundance of interior ideas and “how-to” guides that can be confusing and overwhelming. Intentionality in how we choose to fill our space is a priority for complete and exceptional design...

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"Two - Zero - One - Nine is MINE!"

Refresh, Recharge, and Reorganize Your Home

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...

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Happy Everything!

 Nov. 2, 2018 

Christmas Open House - Sat. 12/8

Wine and Design   2-7 PM

Our Christmas Wine and Design Open House on Sat. Dec. 8th features Caroling Karaoke 2 to 4 PM

Wine, refreshments, and snacks will be served. Join our Silly (or Ugly) Sweater (/T-shirt/Costume...) Contest!

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 7PM.)

We will be collecting teddy bears for the homeless children of RCS Grace House all week! 

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RCS Grace House Teddy Bear Drive

Thank you for all who contributed to our successful week-long stuffed animal drive, donated to the homeless Children of RCS Grace House.

We love spreading holiday cheer for all to hear with our Christmas Caroling Karaoke sponsored by Skye & Star!

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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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Bluffs Business Association

Creative Design Team was delighted to host our November 2018 

Bluffs Business Association Networking Event & Mingle, which we coined our "Biz-Giving Celebration", where we acknowledged the outstanding 

contributors within our wonderful community.
We are so grateful to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, and 
to Village Inn Restaurants for catering our delicious Gourmet Tastings.

Creating a Man Den

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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...     (Click here to continue reading.)

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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.)