talkDESIGN: February 2013

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100 Years of Florida Homes


In the past 100 years, Florida has seen many architectural styles incorporated into residential and commercial structures. Here are some of the most popular:

Georgian colonial (1700-1850)

Georgian Colonial style has a symmetrical shape, with large Greek style columns lining the front of the house. The foyer is typically in the center of the home, with stairs leading to rooms that are split by a hallway.

Victorian (1840-1910)

Popular in the 1880s after the mass manufacturing of trim became common, this style exists in many other forms. Elaborate trim, wrap-around porches, and multigabled mansard roofs are what make the Victorian style stand out.

Tudor (1890-1950)

This design style is known for its steep roofs, ornate wood framing and casement windows. Stucco exteriors, arched entryways, and diamond patterns characterize this type of design.

Prairie (1900-1920)

This style is defined by flat roofs, symmetrical lines and modest earthy materials such as stucco. Geometric brick patterns and extended roof ledges also help define this style.

Craftsman bungalow (1905-1930)

Emphasis on natural materials and craftsmanship, characterized by low-pitched roofs with deep overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, and decorative brackets.

Ranch (1930-1980)

Originally designed to bring the outdoors inside, ranch style homes are low-profile, humble-looking houses.

Mid-century modern (1933-1965)

Uses a post-and-beam design that eliminates bulky support walls in favor of walls of glass. Function is important as it targets the needs of the average American family.

Contemporary (1965-present)

A perfect style for entertaining, these homes boast open floor plans with large picture windows that allow nature to blend with the interior with an emphasis on natural light and scenery.

New urban (1981-present)

The first New Urbanist town was Seaside, built in the early 1980s. The most famous new urbanist town is Celebration, near Orlando, which was built by Walt Disney Co.

Be sure to check out the full article over at the Tampa Bay Times

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Spring DIY: "Terrariums"

This past Wednesday, our good friend Annette Joseph was on the Today show talking terrariums. In this segment, she shows Matt & Savannah how to create your own terrarium out of almost anything, including a cake platter, vintage tea tin, or a soup tureen!

Part nature and part decor, terrariums are a great way to bring the outdoors inside.

  • Clear glass container, bowl, jar, or vase
  • Rocks, pebbles, or recycled glass chunks
  • Small plants and appropriate potting soil
  • Activated charcoal (reduces fungi & odors)
  • Decorative sticks, moss, or accessories
  • A scoop or shovel, gloves, & scissors
  • Spray bottle or mister to water terrarium

DIY instructions
  • Fill the bottom of your glass container with a layer (1/2" to 2") of rocks or pebbles
  • Cover the rock/pebble layer with the activated charcoal (around a 1/4 cup)
  • Add enough soil that allow the plant's roots to grow (slightly deeper than the plant's pot)
  • Carefully break up plants, removing excess soil, and trimming long roots shorter
  • Create a hole in your soil and position your plant's roots inside (firmly press excess soil)
  • Add accessories to your terrarium (dried mosses, sticks, or vintage accessories, etc.)
  • Enjoy your very own DIY ecosystem, making sure to mist the terrarium on occasion


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