How to Create Your Perfect Bucket List

by Debra R. Northup Presented by Prestige Auto Sales The term “bucket list” has been around for a very long time but it wasn’t made popular until the movie with Morgan Freeman titled “Bucket List” came out a few years ago. The term derives from the old saying, “kicking the bucket” which is a polite […]

Taking Control of My Health – A Personal Story

Taking Control of My Health My Personal Story, by Sharon Wick (Published in Matters of the Home, Volume 2, No. 3)   20 years ago, my health was suffering in many different areas.  My carpal tunnel syndrome was very painful. I was wearing huge wrist bands and was told I would need surgery every year.  […]

Photos of Our Trip to Belize

These are just some of the photos from our recent trip to Belize.  

Warning! Don’t Make the Same Mistake About Belize That I Did!

My husband and I took a way-too-short trip to Belize last week just to check out the real estate market, and boy was that ever a mistake!  There is too much beauty there and way too many things to do to make the trip for just 3 days. It was more spectacular than I could […]

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 […]

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: […]