Bring­ing dreamy Is­land decor home

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The be­gin­ning of the year is filled with fresh hopes and res­o­lu­tions. But I think most of us, as we pack away all the hol­i­day rib­bons and lights, long for a bit of a breather be­fore em­bark­ing on ex­cit­ing new goals. If you have the op­por­tu­nity to take a week away from kids, shop­ping and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, then grab it and en­joy.

If that’s not an op­tion, I rec­om­mend some arm­chair trav­el­ling to warm climes where re­lax­ation is the or­der of the day, ev­ery day.

The is­lands in the Caribbean are mag­i­cal des­ti­na­tions that have pro­duced the ba­sics of a de­sign style that is now a clas­sic. The roots of Plan­ta­tion Style — plan­ta­tion blinds, gleam­ing ma­hogany fur­nish­ings, and lat­tice de­tails stem from th­ese ar­eas rich in wood and bam­boo, hot sun, sparkling wa­ter and glo­ri­ous flora.

The el­e­ments of this trop­i­cal style can be trans­ferred eas­ily to homes any­where, and are sure to im­bue a calm mood. A bed­room is the nat­u­ral space to trans­form into your per­sonal Is­land re­treat; af­ter all, this is where dreams come alive.

I vis­ited Ja­maica with a group of friends re­cently and dis­cov­ered first­hand how the sunny nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment re­freshed and recharged us all. The bed­rooms at Sun­down Villa (uniquevil­la­sof­ja­maica. com) fea­tured the quin­tes­sen­tial ma­hogany four-poster beds and dressers.

The sim­ple pal­ette of the purest white mixed with sea and of ed­u­ca­tion or study be­cause you’re ea­ger to learn. You’ll also be ea­ger to travel be­cause you want to be in­tel­lec­tu­ally stim­u­lated by any­thing new and ad­ven­tur­ous!

This week: In the com­ing month, you have an urge to ex­plore your universe. Nat­u­rally, travel will take you to new places, new faces, new ideas and new ex­pe­ri­ences and this is what you want: ad­ven­ture! But more than that, you want to learn some­thing new be­cause you want to feel that you are ex­pand­ing your world and your ex­pe­ri­ence of life. No small or­der. There­fore, if you can’t travel, be a tourist in your own city. Go places you’ve never been be­fore. . sky blues helped to keep the room cool and invit­ing. I have bor­rowed the invit­ing el­e­ments of this style for bed­rooms seen on my TV shows, and they are al­ways a hit. Here are some tips for cre­at­ing your own Caribbean style on a bud­get.

A ma­hogany four-poster bed can be an ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion, but you can de­sign and build your own us­ing sim­ply carved will am­plify all your com­mu­ni­ca­tions with oth­ers while Venus at­tracts work-re­lated ro­mance. Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22) To­day: Artists and peo­ple who work in the arts, the en­ter­tain­ment world or the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try can get a lot done to­day. You have the en­ergy to do rou­tine mis­sion­ary work that is of­ten nec­es­sary be­fore a cre­ative pro­duc­tion or in clean­ing up af­ter­wards. Good day to teach chil­dren as well.

Sun­day: You will be happy do­ing all kinds of men­tal work in the next few months. You’ll be more at­ten­tive to de­tail than usual (if this is pos­si­ble) and you will want ev­ery­thing to be per­fect. You will plan care­fully, make lists, and what­ever you do, you will do it well. The only down­side is you might be crit­i­cal of oth­ers. newel posts meant for a stair rail­ing for the bed posts. We at­tached the newel posts to sturdy four-by-fours with epoxy glue. Ap­ply a red ma­hogany stain to the wood, and fin­ish with a high gloss var­nish. Make up the bed with white linens, an an­tiquelook lace bed­spread, and soft blue blan­ket.

Trans­form an old dresser in two ways. Paint it white and add at home.

This week: At the end of this week, as the Sun shifts into Aquarius, this will mag­nify your fo­cus on home, fam­ily and your do­mes­tic world. For the next six weeks, your in­ter­ac­tions with a par­ent could be sig­nif­i­cant. You’ll also likely spend time on home re­pairs and in­ter­ac­tions with fam­ily mem­bers. Partly this is be­cause you are start­ing to see how much love there is in your world. You will also be more aware of the beauty there is around you ev­ery day. This height­ened ap­pre­ci­a­tion of ev­ery­thing will trans­late into a lov­ing con­cern for fam­ily and where you live. small, is­land mo­tifs such as trop­i­cal flow­ers or leaves ei­ther free­hand or with sten­cils, and then fin­ish with brass han­dles. Or, cre­ate your own ma­hogany an­tique dresser with stain to match the bed.

Large, plank wood floors can also be stained dark, or paint them a pas­tel white shade and cover with a light­weight area rug. I al­ways think about the tex­tures of the ma­te­ri­als on a bed­room floor, since this is the room for bare feet. I like a soft, warm land­ing when I touch down in the morn­ing.

Win­dow coverings should com­ple­ment the style, start with plan­ta­tion shut­ters for an au­then­tic look. If more in­su­la­tion is re­quired, here’s an op­por­tu­nity to add Caribbean flair with a brightly coloured fab­ric hung from a rod in front of the shut­ters. For warm nights choose an over­head fan with palm frond blades.

Com­plete the look with paint­ings or posters of the beau­ti­ful flora and fauna of the is­lands and your hol­i­day has be­gun.

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Sun­day: Mer­cury is in your sign now and in­stead of stay­ing for around three weeks, it’s go­ing to stay there un­til March (for the most part). This will stim­u­late your de­sire to en­lighten oth­ers and talk to peo­ple. And yet, you will also want to ex­am­ine your own ideas and points of view as well. If you can travel, by all means do so.

This week: The Sun is in your sign for the next four weeks. This is the only time all year this will oc­cur, which means it’s your best chance to recharge your bat­ter­ies for the rest of the year. In ad­di­tion, im­por­tant peo­ple and favourable cir­cum­stances will come your way. Don’t take this for granted. Make the most of it. Se­cret love af­fairs will take place for many. All of you are keen to travel and ex­plore more of the world. Some will go back to school or take a course. Op­por­tu­ni­ties in pub­lish­ing, the me­dia, medicine and the law also ex­ist.

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