Color has a voice that can be visually noisy. Its hard to hear anyone if everyone is talking at once!

Do you hear what I hear? Yes, this is the title of a well-known Christmas carol. Oh yes, the sounds and smells of Christmas are loved by most of us bringing back sweet memories while our homes are being readied for this most wonderful time of year.

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3 Ways to Keep Christmas Decorating Simple

I do not know very many these days that are into very elaborate decorating for the holiday season the way we used to do it. Please do not throw your ornaments at me for this statement!

Of course, there are those that still go all out like Denise McGaha, Pam Kelley, and Courtney Allison do with their over the top, fabulous results! But this post is for the majority of us that have either chosen not to go all out or have given away or trashed a lot of their decorations.

Now I can really hear you roar! Let’s be honest here, how many of us really love getting out all those stored boxes, sorting, arranging, and then taking it all down and storing it again?

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Countdown to Turkey Day!

If you missed our last post on Healthy Holiday ideas we are sharing it again to encourage you to glance through these 10 tips, even picking one to try this holiday season will put you way ahead of most people. Check out the link here on these tips with fresh eyes and a positive mindset to see how Wellness can become part of your routines, holidays or not.

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10 Easy + Basic Tips for a Healthy Home

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My Top Tips for Healthier Holidays

SOMEBODY in your family or circle of friends has to make the first attempt at making healthier holiday meals happen. Why not let it be you? Watch this short video for some “secret” ways for you to be the one making the holidays healthier and happier.



So, my friends, here are some tricks, suggestions and secrets for making a healthier holiday happen. Be sure not to miss #3 for a very special, limited time treat!

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Does your home have any of these neglected spaces?

I wanted to share with you this vlog from our archives that I honestly believe is still so valid today in our housing challenges. Piggy backing on our last post, ”From Garage to Home, The Forgotten Space”, are more photos from different angles of  what Bob and I see entering into our home from the garage.

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Garage to Home – The Forgotten Space

Our Mud Room at Our Cypress Home.

As we prepare to leave our beloved Cypress, this month’s blog series highlights why our home, Cypress, delivers design features that truly elevate the quality of our living in a well designed home. Read on for how our home’s potential can impact WELLNESS in ways frequently overlooked.

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Loved Kathy Ireland’s Take on Wellness In Our Homes

High Point October Market was such an affirmation to me that WELLNESS in our homes is a hot topic, even with the beautiful  Kathy Ireland. In our interview at Nourison Carpet where her many designed area rugs are on display, she shared with me her perspective on WELLNESS in our homes.

In this recap of mine from market, there were many venues connected to WELLNESS. I will highlight only 3 starting with my interview.

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Aging With Beauty


“Talk about modifying a home for ‘aging in place’ and baby boomers recoil, in fear of mortality and, worse, ugliness. Now the design industry if filling this niche, stylishly”

Yes, this AIP trend is happening now. I am thrilled to be quoted in this wonderfully written and relevantly timely article in the Wall Street Journal, Off Duty section.

“Mitzi Beach, a CAPS designer in Wichita, Kan., and an expert in boomer lifestyle, points out that there are no Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) codes for residential properties, as there are for commercial properties. But one can fine AIP guidelines on the NAHB website,, and can find CAPS designers there and through the American Society of Interior Designers (”

Read full article Here.

The saying better late than never surely fits the huge trend happening in the housing and design industry today.  The saying that is also relative to this merging AIP (Aging in Place) trend is  trends “follow the money” and there is certainly big money in this market in product and design.


I am loving all this AIP press for the pure reasoning that this trend just makes complete sense. Stated another way, why would homeowners not consider preparing their homes for their future wellbeing? With the current wave of new products on the market now and those yet to emerge, homeowners can live a safer, more ergonomic life in their homes without compromising stylish beauty or contemporary aesthetics.  As this article affirms, there is currently surfacing a new boast worthy AIP statement for homeowner status. Another plus to this trending movement is the advantage homeowners gain by living with more functional storage along with the ease of simpler living. Again, I ask, who wouldn’t want these features?

Mitzi’s award winning accessible first floor guest bathroom. Even without a 5’ turning radius, many with special needs have functioned easily in our guest bathroom due to 3’ door opening, curbless shower, grab bars, comfort height toilet, wall mounted open sink vanity, ample lighting, plus many more features. …Read More
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I have ALWAYS  hated fluorescent lit rooms! However, I never truly understood all of the reasons why. Now I have even more of the science behind why! …Read More
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