Open floor plans - They are more popular than ever; it keeps spaces light and airy, and people are focusing on spending time together making the most out of this tech-driven society.
Bringing the outdoors in and vice-versa - Using multiple sliders/bifold patio doors and lots of windows allowing for more natural light and expansion of the living area.
Quartz countertops - Yes it’s man-made, but the choices are endless and the maintenance free qualities are very appealing even though it is on the more expensive side.
Accent walls - Some designers say they have had their time, but I saw a lot of ‘feature walls’ with shelves, brick, tile and panelling from bedroom and bathroom walls to TV walls and everywhere in between.
Wood floors - A lot of people are opting for vinyl (wood look) floors for their value and comfort, but you can’t beat the real thing, especially for resale, and depending on the vinyl it can sometimes cost just as much! The tones of wood are more on the lighter side, which look great and airy, but who knows how long this trend will last? So if it’s not your forever home I advise to stick with medium tones - again, it’s classic.
Master bathrooms - Builders are replacing shower/tub combos with separate walk-in showers, and free-standing tubs, making it the focal point.
Smart technology - Installation of Smart home technology is becoming more popular with added safety/security cameras and energy efficient features such as lights turning off when you leave, and sprinkler systems and thermostats being accessed while away at the touch of a button.
There also seems to be a lot of mudrooms off the garage, large walk-in pantries, and lots of little nooks, window seats, and under the stairs hide aways.
Whether you are building a custom home or renovating an existing one, I hope you have fun with your selections!
by Kelly Wissinger
Changing Spaces Jax
Home Staging & Redesign
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Spring is not only a good time to have a good old fashioned ‘spring clean’, it’s also the perfect time to freshen up the home with a simple Redesign. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, adding a few updated accessories, or changing the layout, you can give your home an uplifting new look and fall in love with it again.
There are lots of new trends on the home front from modern farmhouse (my favorite) to eclectic; whites and grays (yes, they are still voted the best) to bold colors, and everything in between.
For a simple Redesign you can start with a new color palette. Usually, the bigger the space the bolder the color, but nowadays it’s about thinking outside the box. It also depends on your personality and what you want to feel when you walk in the room; relaxed, energized etc.
Add some new accessories; metal sculptures and mirrors allowing the light to bounce, a few pieces of artwork, some new pillows, and some vases with greenery - welcoming spring.
Change the layout of your furniture. You can downsize on the amount of furniture to make the space feel less cramped; bring the furniture away from the walls into the center to make it feel more cozy and intimate and more of a conversational space.
Gone are the days of matching side tables to coffee tables, repeated metals throughout the space, and having a coordinating bedroom suite. Don’t be afraid to mix styles and materials. Combining old and new, such as a modern dining table and chairs with a vintage buffet, creates a clean-line appearance but adds a touch of character; along with mixing woods, such as a darker stained/painted bed with a raw distressed chest.
Mixing metals, such as brushed nickel hardware on kitchen cabinets with a wrought iron pendant over the island creates a timeless look. It’s not only fun to mix, it brings texture, visual interest and the look of years collected.
This is just a handful of ideas and whatever Redesign you choose, simple or complex, I hope you enjoy it!
A contestant's perspective on an time-honored St. Jonhs tradition
by Mikayla Lindenfeld
The word “pageant” has earned itself an unfortunate reputation. Most people tend to think of a “Toddlers and Tiaras” situation, or a bunch of grown women in ball gowns clawing for the crown. However, over the last few months, the Miss Bartram Trail Scholarship Pageant has taught me and the 27 other girls that participated in it exactly what a “pageant” means to us.
When we first started practices in October, there was a clear division among the 28 girls. We stuck to our own little groups, with some girls sitting all on their own, and we didn’t even know each other’s names. Speaking up during meetings felt forced and judged. As the date neared, more pageant-related activities came up. One of the activities included a dinner and a sleepover, which the majority of us were nervous for and a few of us were even dreading. The reality? Memories and friendships were formed that could never be broken. Between karaoke at midnight and waking up to see the sunrise on the river in the morning, these girls were finally starting to feel like sisters.
The next month was spent as living proof of the pageant’s theme: “‘Bee’ your best self!” Girls supported other girls, hyped them up, helped them pick their outfits for the pageant, prepare for the interview, and get ready for the big day: April 13th. We learned so much about each other that we never would have known otherwise, from philanthropic work to the reasons behind our favorite animals.
Before we knew it, the big night had arrived! We practiced every day after school until late at night during the week leading up to it. Girls cheered for each other at the practices and helped each other through any difficulties that might have put them on edge. When the final night came, we knew exactly what to expect. During the show, there was an excitement in the air, and everyone cheered on the other contestants. According to Julia Perry, a contestant in the pageant, “I’ve never felt more confidence or more like myself than I did on stage that night.”
Carolina Balcita was crowned Miss Bartram 2020, and the support she received from the other contestants after receiving her title was unreal. She says that she “...truly felt the bond between everyone standing up on stage hand-in-hand, and I think that’s what the pageant was truly all about.” Everyone was thankful for the experience and excited for the ladies who received awards. The most touching must have been the tears that were shed after Rebecca Kerr had an award named after her due to her unmatched service at Timberlin Creek Elementary school over the course of the past few months.
Overall, the Miss Bartram Trail Scholarship Pageant instilled confidence in all 28 girls and helped them form real friendships with real incredible young women. Personally, the pageant has led me to the realization that, when given the tools, I can empower myself and help other women to follow the pageant’s theme and “bee” the best version of ourselves possible.
Featuring Bartram Trail High