Everything is an island until it’s not.
I had to think about that for a minute. I thought about it in the context of interior design. “Until it’s not….” Is that what I do? Do I connect the individual islands of houses and blend them with other parts of the rest of the world? Do I connect the people with their homes and their lives then blend their personalities into the style of that space? Is that what a home is?
I strive to make a connection between the homeowners and their spaces by listening to what they want and designing the spaces to be within the boundaries of what I hear from their direction. But I like islands, so I find myself wondering if I can have my island and be connected also?
I want it all, an island to call my own, a place to disconnect from the technology that I would be lost without but want to scream and bounce off the walls at times. I want my home to be “me,” to reflect my personality, to say, “Hey you.” I want my favorite chair to hug me when I fall into it on the days that I don’t make it any farther before I collapse from it all when I come in. I want my home to be nice and “done,” something that says it’s good stuff just have fun but take care of it. I want to love my little island and I want it to love me back with an occasional early afternoon on the back side in the shade of the trees, and the smell of the woods and the sounds of the birds. Just loving my little island and all that it offers.
Then I want to turn around, put my feet up, find the remote, turn on the games, yell for the friends to come on out. Hand me some chips and dip, fire up the grill and let’s get this party started. I have had about all the solitude I can handle so let go Cowboys! I want my people around, the excitement of hanging with friends and hearing the hum and buzz and all that goes with that special part of life that connects my island to the rest of the world.
Yep, I want it all on my island that says “Welcome, come on in! This is my island and you’re welcome to disconnect or connect or let my island be for you whatever you need it to be.”
Think about your island. How is it connected? Is it you, does it lend to helping you connect to the part of the world that you enjoy most? Does it allow you to retreat, to disconnect and put yourself in a place that is your special place? Is it your special place? If not, we would love to help you with your island until it’s everything you want it to be.
Give us a call at Complete Interior Solutions, we’ll bring the sand!
While wearing something brand-new feels good, you know your LBD will always look good. Make yours new again with festive accessories and silver or gold shoes.
When in outfit-doubt, add something sparkly! Mix a sequin tank with casual pants and luxe leopard shoes and light up the night!
Show some tux love in a sharp tux jacket and pants or grab your black romper and layer with a white tux-inspired blazer. Add girly touches with a bold lip and major jewelry.
Ringing in 2015 with an intimate gathering at home? Play with proportion in a short sweater and a high-waisted long skirt that won’t look like you’ve tried too hard.
Have a style question or fashion dilemma? I would love to hear from you! Send me a message via Facebook at facebook.com/LantanaLiving or email me at heather@MrsStyleSeeker.com! Happy Holidays!
In the world of fitness, this time of year means tons of new faces and lives being changed. The new year magically pulls people to exercise and eating better. Are you feeling the pull yourself?
This is the year that many will lose weight and regain their health. Times are changing. People are realizing that obesity has gotten out of hand; exercise and nutrition is back in the spotlight.
The real food movement is taking the globe by storm as so many of us turn away from fast and processed foods and return to wholesome, organic and non-GMO based meals.
This will be the year that many people adopt a healthier lifestyle and drop the extra weight. Maybe even you.
Did you know that 88 percent of all New Year’s resolutions will end in failure? While millions of people will start gun ho in January with lofty goals for great weight loss, the reality is that most will fail. Here’s why:
They bite off more than they can chew.
In all the excitement of becoming a better person and transforming their lives in the new year, they make the crucial mistake of committing to too much. But reality soon sets in and they give up.
Want to be apart of the 8 percent who will achieve their resolutions? Then set realistic goals!
Instead of resolving to lose 50 pounds by June, commit to exercise 3-4 times each week.
Instead of resolving to give up all carbs, commit to bring healthy snacks to work instead eating from the vending machine.
Instead of resolving to drop three sizes in three months, commit to losing one pound each week until you reach your desired size.
Instead of resolving to never eat out again, commit to eating healthy all week and reward yourself with one meal out on the weekends.
Remember that the whole point of making a New Year’s resolution is to become a healthier, happier and more successful person. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Small changes done consistently will make a big difference.
In past articles, we’ve talked about sales trends and market forces, and the impact on pricing, inventory, home selection, and the like. But that looks at what’s already happened. Let’s now take a peek at Lantana in 2015, and beyond. And we can sum it up in one word: GROWTH!
A growing market means a healthy market, and that translates to projected equity improvement as the market continues to mature. We’ve already seen an upward trend in sales prices in Lantana after the past three years of renewed market viability, and I just don’t see anything in the immediate future that would derail that.
Lantana is in a coveted position right now for both new and resale homes. When I started here almost 10 years ago, other real estate agents in neighboring Flower Mound and Highland Village might have said, “why would anyone go all the way out to Lantana?” Of course, that was when FM407 was a two-lane country road, the widening of 2499 wasn’t complete, and the Shops of Highland Village was a business plan.
Eventually the major retail developments at 2499 and 407 were completed, and agents and buyers began to realize that Lantana was closer to this intersection than more than 50 percent of Flower Mound residents. Then, the 407 widening project was finished, followed by an invigorated retail and dining climate at Bartonville Town Center. And now, the nearby Kroger Marketplace is slated to open in the spring of 2015, in addition to several businesses recently opened or soon to open on 407 between Copper Canyon Road and the curve.
Interestingly, what also helps spark interest in Lantana are other housing developments to the west in Argyle and west Flower Mound. They actually help potential homebuyers and real estate agents to consider Lantana as part of the “core” of the southern Denton County area, joining larger towns like Flower Mound and Highland Village. In other words, we are no longer “out there.”
Forestar Group, Lantana’s developer, and homebuilders know this, and that is why new home growth in Lantana will continue, spelling out opportunities for existing Lantana residents on a number of fronts. First, new home construction creates broad interest in a community. Model homes draw a lot of potential buyers to the area, many of whom will fall in love with Lantana but opt for a resale home instead. They also create an awareness across the metroplex of a community’s existence and appeal. Second, as each new phase opens, pricing typically moves up, and resale homes have been known to rise on those coattails. And third, new homes offer a wonderful choice for existing Lantana residents who need or would like a different home but have absolutely NO desire to leave the community. This may be one of our biggest benefits, as in my experience, roughly 75 percent of sellers in Lantana end up purchasing and staying in Lantana. There’s no shortage of choices for those buyers, either. For example, as busy as the market has been, builders got ahead of that curve and have 38 inventory homes on the ground either ready to go or in the process of construction. And for those who prefer to select a lot, plan and build from the ground up, there’s an estimated 287 lots to choose from between now and the end of 2015. They are listed bwlor, in alphabetical order by subdivision. And this list does not include other Lantana projects, like the Reata subdivision, slated for the land north of Tanner Parkway and east of hole 16 of the Lantana Golf Club, or the planned 60-foot lots (builder TBD) in Phase B of the Garner neighborhood, home to the new Adkins Elementary School. Nor does it include any of the land north of Bandera at the furthest end of Lantana Trail. When Lantana reaches completion, we will have gone from our current occupied property count of roughly 3,000 homes to approximately 4,000. Forestar is estimating that a complete build-out will occur in five to seven years. So, why did I say we are in a coveted position? Well, just look at us: All grown up, but with room for more growth. And I can’t find a community anywhere else in the metro area that can deliver the amenities, value, and desirability of location that can be found in Lantana. That’s why my wife and I decided years ago to make Lantana our long-term place to be, and we’re now in our third Lantana home. There’s just nothing like it, and we see that only getting better!
With Thanksgiving around the corner, November is a month to reflect on those things for which we are most grateful. Of course, I’m thankful for all the happy smiles I see on a daily basis, but even more so, I am happy for those who help us maintain those smiles. I think we could all agree that it is a good time to show thanks to those wonderful people that we have the pleasure of seeing at least twice a year…our hygienists!
There is nothing more rewarding than establishing a good relationship with your hygienist, and it is very easy to take for granted all the wonderful work your hygienist does for you. Your hygienist is so much more than someone who just cleans teeth. Hygienists are well-educated oral healthcare providers who are constantly focused on your oral health and dental needs. They strive to pass on their education to their patients with oral hygiene instructions that will improve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
With meticulous effort, hygienists not only care for your teeth and gums, but always do their best to make your dental experience as pleasurable as possible.
So next time you make your regular dental check-up, make sure to give your hygienist a big THANK YOU!
Dr. Matt is a practicing dentist at Country Lakes Family Dental and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.