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Publisher's Letter

Let The Stunning Photos In Our March Home Issue Ignite That Creative Spark

This is one of my favorite issues of the year—the annual Home Issue. Who doesn't love looking at gorgeous homes and brilliant interior design and getting inspired to make some changes—big or small—to improve your living space and your quality of life? The home industry is booming again and homeowners are investing in their nests—remodeling, building from scratch and redecorating with wild abandon. And who wouldn't love for professional interior designers to do an extreme makeover on their home?

Well, that's exactly what the owners of the former Fire Station No. 3 in the Old Northwood District in West Palm Beach received when they were chosen to be the American Red Cross Designers' Show House for 2016. Every year the organization chooses a fabulous house to overhaul and this year is no exception. The historic landmark, lovingly renovated into a four-bedroom modern masterpiece, gets another makeover when 14 talented designers bring new life to each room. Serendipitously, this endeavor benefits the charity's critical mission of assisting those affected by home fires. We have the honor of sponsoring the Show House this year and bring you the design inspiration and visions from eight of those designers in “Design Mood Boards." The home will be open for the public to tour from February 25 through March 26, so be sure to visit for some incredible inspiration.

Design inspiration can be found in art, nature, travel, home shows and best of all, from the Internet and design bloggers. Find advice, ideas and tips from the trade right at your fingertips! Blogs can help you avoid costly mistakes, show you how to DIY, showcase current trends, reimagine and repurpose existing items you may have given up on, and give you the vision to pull it all together. Finding a blogger you love is like finding a new friend—a really stylish, invaluable new friend—that you can milk for free advice! In “Designer Bloglovin,'” we do just that with local design bloggers who are happy to offer their insider tips, trend forecasts and trade secrets to help us curate the gallery of our lives.

Furniture is literally changing lives for veterans and their families with former True Treasures owner and acclaimed interior designer, Elena Johnson's new endeavor, Joint Mission. Having been in the interiors business for many years, Johnson, at 86, is on a mission to provide furniture and basic living essentials to lift up homeless veterans and their families. Now that's inspiring!

Five hundred feet of waterfront was the inspiration behind the two-year collaboration of Jupiter Island homeowners, with Onshore Construction and Dailey Janssen Architects, who brought their Palm Beach Mediterranean dream to life. After the decision was made to rebuild from the ground up, creativity was unleashed and their dream was able to become a reality. The amazing details, inside and out, evoke Old World European charm in a coastal setting. Featuring exquisite architectural detailing and appointments, including a walnut-tread staircase, reclaimed tile from a French chateau, 1930s ceiling beams, marble, coquina, Juliet balconies and a turret, this home is grand, yet still warm and inviting. Take a tour of this “Waterfront Villa” with us.

We hope this issue inspires you to take a risk, scale new heights, and live in surroundings that make your heart sing, and remember, sometimes you need to let go of the old to receive the new!