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

 Nov. 2, 2018 

Christmas Open House - Sat. 12/8

Photos with Santa  - Tea and Cookies - 2-4 PM

Wine and Design - 6-8 PM

Our Christmas Wine and Design open house on Sat. Dec. 8th features photos with Santa 2 to 4 PM

Tea and cookies 2 to 4 PM

Silly (or Ugly) Sweater (/T-shirt/Costume...) Contest all day

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 8PM.)

Wine and food tastings 6 to 8 PM

We will be collecting Toys for Tots Christmas gift delivery all day! 

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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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Creating a Man Den


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.     (Check out Harbor Bluffs Living's December Issue for the full article!)

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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.)