Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 010518 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 5, 2018
Happy New Year
by Jeanie Tinch
resolution to give
your home a New
Year’s face lift.
tips should serve
you well as you
move towards an
new look for your
Start a file of magazine pictures of
rooms that you like. Even if you can’t
exactly pinpoint why you find a room
setting so appealing, by reviewing
your file, your decorator will be able
to quickly understand the feel that you
want for your home.
Involve your professional decorator
at the very beginning of your project.
Doing so will help you avoid the costly
mistakes that many homeowners
make. The most successful decorating
projects are those where the decorator
and homeowner are very candid with
each other regarding tastes, priorities,
budget, timing and goals.
Your first goal should be to design
your home to suit the way you and
your family actually live. Analyze all
the rooms of your home – are some
underutilized and some just exhausted
from use? Maybe it’s time to relocate
some activity centers and redirect some
Be realistic when determining
the amount you plan to invest in the
project. If you haven’t redecorated
in several years, you may need to
acquaint yourself with today’s pricing to
determine your budget range.
Resist the urge to repaint your
interior as the first step in your new
look. There are myriad beautiful paint
colors to compliment your final fabric
selections but painting your walls first
will severely limit your choices in fabric
selections. Color schemes should flow
smoothly from room to room, especially
in the adjoining living areas. This
means some detailed attention needs to
be paid early to the long-range overall
Forget matching sets of furniture
and mono-chromatic “safe” schemes.
A far more interesting look is a room
of complementing wood pieces and
companionable fabrics in exciting
Something slightly whimsical in
every room will ensure that your rooms
don’t take their new look too seriously.
Lamps, area rugs and other accessories
are all opportunities for a novel
touch to keep rooms feeling light and
welcoming. Use many different textures,
materials and surfaces. Combinations
of metals, woods, glass, woven reeds,
fabrics, ceramics and stone will provide
depth and interest to your decorative
Insist upon good lighting. A
well-planned room will have lighting
at varying levels and intensities
appropriate to the activity of the
area. Close attention should be given
especially to task lighting for activities
such as reading, dining, cooking and
This is one New Year’s resolution
that you and your family will be pleased
you kept for years to come.
Jeanie Tinch is an interior designer
on Sanibel/Captiva Islands. She can be
reached at email@example.com.
The Calendar Girls performed at the annual Whispering Pines Clydesdales Holiday
Open House in North Fort Myers on Sunday, December 20.
For information on hiring the Calendar Girls for events, contact Katherine
at 850-6010 or www.calendargirlsflorida.com.
The Calendar Girls pose with a member of the Whispering Pines staff
palette. She is a full-time artist, perfor-
mance artist and independent filmmaker.
Performing with paper, her Paper Grotto
Live sculptures become containers for
video, dance and music.
Living and working in Cape Coral,
Maldonado is the new department head
and ceramics teacher at North Fort Myers
High School for the arts and media.
Maldonado is currently working on
pursuing a graduate program in the next
two years while having the opportunity to
be in various shows around the Southwest
Florida area. Most recently, Maldonado
had the opportunity to co-present a Florida
Gulf Coast University research project at
the 2017 National Council on Education
for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference
in Portland, Oregon.
Spry’s paintings have been exhibited
in national and local juried art shows. She
graduated from the Phoenix Institute of
Technology with a degree in production art
and went on to study with Nina Conner.
Spry’s desire to pass on her passion and
love for the arts led her to teaching at the
Alliance for the Arts. She lives in Lehigh
Acres with her husband, son and two dogs.
Her first love is oils, and painting big and
in a juxtapose style.
Spry offers multiple classes throughout
the year, including Classical Painting and
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
For more information or to register or
classes, visit www.ArtInlee.org/Education
or call 939-2787.
Alliance for the Arts is located at
10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
For more information, visit www.ArtInlee.
org/Animal or call 939-2787 .
Vincent and Lucia by Jeff and Dale Ocasio
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Animal Life Exhibit
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