Juliano Interior Design – Kristi Juliano

A Career of Beauty and Function Published in Matters of the Home, Volume 2, No. 3 Kristi Juliano’s passion for design began at a very early age. As the daughter of a successful home builder in Ocala, she was introduced to thefunction, aesthetics and trends of home design by her parents, Joe and Sharon Cangelosi. […]

Back to the Future at The Villages

When you have your ears to the ground at The Villages, you hear a common beat. Right now the beat is: “What’s going to happen when they run out of land to build on?” and “Where are all the people that work on new construction going to get jobs?” Well, if you look behind the […]

From Humble Beginnings

  As a soldier serving his country in The Marine Corps in the Vietnam era, Mike Scott  had no idea he was going to become the owner of possibly the most successful plumbing company in the State of Florida. But with a work ethic like no other and a mere $500 to start, that is […]


What are you really drinking in your tap or bottled water? With the bottled water getting more popular year after year, do you ever wonder why? Is it the convenience, or are Americans thinking that their tap water isn’t safe? Well, truth is, according to the EPA, all water has some contaminants. After all, tap […]

Seven Tips for Dressing Up Old Furniture

  Creating a new look from an old piece of furniture can be an afternoon project that will give you a focal piece for just about any room. It’s an easy task that can give your room a sense of style for very little money. Go to pinterest.com/mattershome and follow our Matters of the Home […]

Make your own masterpieces – freshly painted focal points for any room

(BPT) – Still love the overall design scheme of a space, but feeling a little bored? The best way to breathe new life into it – without revamping the entire area – is by creating a new focal wall. Instead of a decal, stencil or pricey artwork, make a statement that’s one-of-a-kind with a little […]

Bright and nonconventional colors bring adventure to home decor

(BPT) – When it comes to trends in interior design, the forecast through 2014 is looking bolder, brighter and more adventurously colorful than has been seen in a while. Up-and-coming palettes are earning descriptions including “youthful,” “vibrant” and “positive,” heralding the rebounding market’s ready return to color. Color expert and interior designer Barbara Schirmeister equates […]

Couples who design together, stay together

(BPT) – Opposites attract, and for couples who live together, compromising on personal style and design choices can be a difficult bridge to cross. Someone who wants a modern, contemporary vibe might not like the decor choice of someone who prefers a more traditional or rustic feel. What most people don’t realize, however, is that […]

Quick and Easy Furniture Transformation – Chest of Drawers

Spending a little time on Pinterest  lately, inspired me to try some projects of my own.  Looking around my house, I found a small, plain, wooden chest of drawers that I’ve had for over 15 years.  Its been sitting in my bathroom for most of that time, and it definitely needed to be refreshed.   […]

Paradise at Home -The Back Porch

By Nancy Deichman Originally published in Volume 2, Number 1 of Matters of the Home magazine – July 2013.  That getaway could be closer than you think! The most under-utilized space in your home could become a “staycation” for you any day of the week.  With a few touches to draw the eye and soft […]

Putting the Sizzle Back in Dining at Home

The Firetainment table has a wide array of cookware and recipes including a wok, a cast iron griddle, and much more. This is NOT your neighbor’s fire pit. It is a beautiful and interactively fun piece of furniture that you and your guests will enjoy for many years to come.

One day deal on Dyson DC28 Animal! -Expired

This deal has expired.  For the current amazon.com deals, be sure to check the box to the right side of this page. Get it quick before it sells out!  The Gold Box deal of the day is the Dyson DC28 Animal for 57% off!  Regular price is $649.99! Get it today for only $279 with […]

Save Money on a Zero Gravity Recliner – Expired

This deal has expired. For the current amazon.com deals, please see the right hand side of this page. Here’s another great deal you’ll want to get in on before they are sold out. A zero gravity recliner for 54% off regular price, with free shipping! If you bought one of these in the store you’d […]

Organic Gardening Information

Check out these great tips on organic gardening at home!

Firetainment – Not Your Neighbor’s Fire Pit

Make sure to call Bailey Industries for all your Firetainment questions.  They are the exclusive local Firetainment dealer in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties.  They can be reached at (352) 314-0577, or you can visit their website at www.baileyind.com . Imagine how much fun you’ll have with Firetainment!

30 + Uses for Lemons

♦ Clean your copper bottom pots with a paste of lemon juice and salt. Scrub with a pad and  rinse. ♦ Clean your plastic or wood cutting board with lemon and salt. Also removes stains. ♦ Add the peels to your garbage disposal and turn on to refresh. ♦ Clean your cloudy glass coffee carafe […]

Saving Money Matters – 12 Months of Deals for you and your home

Best Buys for the Home in a Calendar Year Although smart shoppers will find great bargains year round, here is a quick list of best buys for each month of the year. (July is by far my favorite with all home decor and furnishings at great prices). Be sure and shop some of our favorite […]

10 Pretty Pools for Small Backyards

Just because you don’t have much space in your backyard, doesn’t mean you have to give up on the idea of a swimming pool! With plunge pools and wading pools, you have lots of options. Summer’s coming on strong here in The Villages, so take a look at these ten hot pools for some cool inspiration: […]

Enter to win a Smart Home! From HGTV – Ended May 31, 2013

  (Contest Ended May 31st, 2013)   Have you entered this year’s HGTV Dream Home contest?  This year they are giving away a fabulous Smart Home located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.  You can enter twice a day between now and May 31st!  Go to HGTV Remodels or HGTV.com to enter.  You can even sign up […]