We are often asked, “can a foolish fad design effect the sale of my home in the future?” There is rarely a simple answer to this question because what is one person’s fad is another person’s favorite. It is why white subway tile has been “in” for nearly the last decade; why wood-look tile continues to be the most popular flooring choice for Floridians; why white shaker cabinets are our best seller. But, if you’re tired of the same-old design choices, you can make a few that will likely help your resell value and buck the trend.
Play with tile:
Backsplashes and an easy way to add color, texture, and pattern – and they are easier to remove and replace as trends change. The most neutral choice would be a traditional natural stone backsplash. A slightly bolder choice would be a mosaic pattern with a few accent colors. The boldest option would be a tile accented by gold or silver in a loud pattern. Coupled with a more traditional cabinet and flooring, the tile can be a focal point that displays your personal taste.
Two-toned cabinetry is an excellent way to bring bold color into a space. The key is to choose colors that accent each other and keep the room’s feeling intact. In a smaller kitchen, you might select a dark cabinet for the base and a white cabinet for the uppers to keep the space feeling light and bright. In a large kitchen, using bold, deep colors to fill the space can help it feel homier. In a modern home where white is the word, using colored cabinetry can break up the space.
Stone accent walls in entry ways, around fireplaces, or heading up the stairs are an excellent way to add interest to a space. Adorning a space with stacked stoned, dark wood tones, or raised panel brick bring style and sophistication to a traditionally “boring” space.
We agree that considering your resale value is critical when making design choices. But don’t be afraid of fads, instead see how they might add to the value and choose them wisely.
by Kristy Robinson Manager & Esthetician; BodyBrite – St. Johns
1. Cleanse Your Skin
An excellent facial will cleanse your face thoroughly, which is not possible at home. The Esthetician understands your skin type and knows what needs to be done to keep it in good shape. He/she uses steam to open up the pores and cleanse your skin thoroughly.
2. Prevent Aging
Because you have only one face, you need to take care of it properly. Regular facials and face massages boost cell regeneration and promote collagen development. This gives you younger looking skin.
3. Rejuvenate Your Skin
With age, your skin loses its luster. That’s natural. Your lifestyle and pollution make it difficult for your skin to recuperate. Facials can help rejuvenate the skin. The therapist or facial expert uses various methods, products, and technology that help improve your skin texture.
4. Facials Help Detoxify the Skin
Your skin needs to get rid of the waste that accumulates on it on a regular basis. And if this is not done correctly, it results in breakouts. That’s why a skin detox is necessary. Apart from cleansing and washing your face every day, you need facials to detoxify it. Therapists use ingredients, such as antioxidant-rich creams, sea salt, herbal extracts, and oils, to make your face fresh and radiant.
5. Treat Acne and Acne Marks
When you squeeze a pimple (or acne), you run the risk of scarring. Acne marks can be stubborn, but facials can help you in treating them. Estheticians often use products containing salicylic acid to treat acne. Peels help reduce acne and the resulting scars. IPL Skin Rejuvenation is light therapy that can successfully treat acne.
6. Eliminate Whiteheads and Blackheads
Extraction is a crucial part of the facial. A skilled person uses the extraction tool to extract all the whiteheads and blackheads without hurting your skin. This is not possible at home. Blackheads and whiteheads clog the pores and make your skin dull. So, if your skin looks a bit bumpy, it’s time to go for a facial.
7. Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation is the process where the dead skin cells are gently sloughed off your skin’s surface. The cells die and tend to pile up on the surface (if not removed), making your skin rough and dry. Microdermabrasion or chemical peels that thoroughly clean the skin surface are the best option to remove the dead skin cells properly & reveal a healthy layer of skin beneath.
8. Tighten Your Skin
With age, your skin loses its elasticity as the production of collagen diminishes. During facial treatments, the professionals use chemical peels, IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Microneedling, masks, lotions, and creams that are enriched with botanical extracts that stimulate the production of collagen and reduce the signs of aging.
9. Boost the Absorption Abilities of Your Skin
This is another advantage of going for a facial regularly. It increases your skin’s ability to absorb other products effectively. You might be spending a lot of money on cosmetic products but find that they aren’t being absorbed by your skin. With regular facials, your skin becomes smooth and ready to absorb the products.
10. Get an Even Skin Tone
Worried about those dark patches on your skin, under eye bags, dark circles, and crow’s feet? Aging, too much sun exposure, and hormonal changes may cause too much melanin production, resulting in dark spots. Facials can even out those dark spots, giving you a bright skin tone and the estheticians know how to treat the delicate under eye area.
BodyBrite offers a monthly Smooth & Glow Monthly Membership that gives you complete freedom to try all BodyBrite services and look amazing at a fantastic price. For more information www.bodybriteusa.com/stjohns or visit us at 120 Everest Lane, St. Johns, FL 32225
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
904 325 3160
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