When you think of fall and Thanksgiving do you often think of turkey and pumpkin pie? I know it is not always easy for a vegan or pescatarian to fit in during the holiday family meals and keep traditions. But the pumpkin pie is one easy way to have your pie and eat it too!
According to Reverend Alan Rudnick there are some people who think that Halloween is an evil day. But it started as a Christian day to prepare for all Saints Day (November 1) the term Halloween from its beginning had nothing to do with any pagan or evil beliefs. The Christian festival All Hallows Eve morphed into our current word Halloween.
Professor of philosophy at the Christian Biola University John Mark Reynolds helps us understand how Christians can reject the evil undertones of Halloween. Christians have the right to reject (the pagan) interpretation. (Same as the pagan holiday-Christmas) My Neighbors celebration of Halloween as a pagan festival does not require me to lose All Hallows Eve because of course, it is an actual historical memory of what Halloween is.
When diagnosed with Lymphoma and fatty liver ten years ago, I was in a panic because I believed what traditional medical doctors do about cancer that it is a death sentence. Once I found out it didn’t have to be I had hope. So I took my health out of the Doctors hands and into my own. And it was very empowering.
Sometimes there is the client that just needs a little help with their home and they don’t have a large budget. These can be very rewarding and appreciating clients because they have already tried to do their home design on their own and know that they have failed. They really appreciate a designer’s knowledge and expertise.
This client had already attempted the design of their new home on their own and they were very unhappy with the results and called me to help them.
Living room before:
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to decorate for the Christmas holidays by using some decorative items you already have and a little planning. You can start looking for pine cones in the parks where you go to play with the kids or to work out. Once you have collected a bushel of pine cones you will be almost ready to decorate.
The festival of the Trees is the season’s much anticipated 10th annual event for adults and children, December 2-14 in Palm Beach Florida at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, where more than 25 trees are professional decorated each year by local designers, artist, and florists.
This was my first year at the event and decorating a tree, which was Needlepoint Design, sponsored by Mrs. J. Simpson Dean, decorated by me Katheryn De Wolfe of De Wolfe Interiors with the help of my daughter Lindsay Walker and her friend Sarah Cullison. With over 130 handmade needlepoint, cross-stitch, and antique spools decorating the tree.
This year’s event theme is Celebrating Design through the Decades, shows the changing styles of design through the decades, sponsored by Sentient Jet. From the Stone Age to the 50’s, 60’s and 80’s, it’s wonderful to see each designer’s Interpretation of what that time period was all about. Each designer tree is sponsored by local area businesses, and designers volunteer their time and talents to decorate the trees. Continue reading
I love fall in south Florida, because the weather is getting cooler less humid, and of course I love decorating for fall. Neighbors come out of their houses more when it cools off and it’s nice to get out in the garden and do some gardening.
I also love to create holiday and seasonal decorations that can be reused year to year in a new way while not having a storage problem to store all my decorations. I know some people who rent storage units just for their holiday decorations even though they have large garages.
Custom built-ins can offer many decorating solutions that prefab furniture cannot, and can add beautiful design features to your home.
- More storage space than ready-made;
This home office is in a small home and a small room and the owners needed a lot of storage for samples for the business. We would not have been able to get the amount of storage needed if we went with ready-made furniture. There are file drawers under the window seat that doubles as seating for the room. When the work day is done it can be used as a den for watching TV.
One of the best ways to add enhancement, resale value, and curb appeal to the exterior of your home is by choosing the right paint colors.
As a licensed Interior Designer, the biggest mistake I see homeowners make when selecting paint colors for their home is that they don’t take into consideration the style of the house, type of roof and the roof color. The money can be well spent if you pick the right colors for your home, or a costly flop if you choose the wrong colors, bringing down your home’s property value as well as your neighbors’.
Photo: Elsie de Wolfe
After reading about Elsie de Wolfe life, I amazed the similarities not only in our last name but in our design philosophies. And so much of my own design style was unknowing influenced by Elsie, such as a love for French furniture and Louis XV antiques, leopard prints, trompe l’oeil, slipcovers and painted furniture. I should not have been surprised as Elsie has influenced so many designers since 1907 when she decided to change the dark and gloomy Victorian standards of interior design, opening up a new standard of design that is still in practice today.