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Timeless Design Tips: Spaces that Never Go Out of Style

Timeless Design Tips: Spaces that Never Go Out of Style

The most popular of home designs are called trends for a reason because they come in quickly and go out almost just as quickly as they came in. But if you are not interested in changing out the look of your home every few years, (and spending more money on home design) what can you do?

Here are some tips for using timeless décor and design in your home that will always be in style

This way you can spend fewer dollars and time on keeping up with the Joneses and more on relaxing and enjoying the comfort of your home.

Use the Trendy Items as Fun Accents

Keeping a classic and timeless overall look in your home does not mean you must ignore all of the...

Tripping Over Toys? Organizing Your Kids’ Toy Room

In a quest to keep toys from running amuck, many families dedicate a specific toy room. However, the question of how to organize it remains. Some simple strategies can help keep your kids’ toys organized, creating less clutter and stress.

First, determine which toys are the favorites — the ones they play with nearly every day. Maybe it’s the giant box of blocks or toy trains, or the dozens of plastic accessories that go with the play kitchen. Once you’ve found them, store them low to the ground so the kids have easy access.

Then, use bins, boxes, shelves or cubbies to store other toys; there are dozens of types, styles and colors from which to choose. Different types of toys can be stored in different bins, and you can tape a picture of the toy to each bin to make clean-up easy and fun for your kiddos.

Finally, for toys and games that are used less frequently, take advantage of vertical storage by adding shelves to the playroom and/or closet....

Declutter Your Home. De-Stress Your Life.

First, a cluttered or disorganized home simply makes it harder to find what you need, and more likely to misplace your keys or wallet — causing stress and wasting time. Studies have also found that simply being exposed to a chaotic or messy environment makes you more likely to overeat sweet or fatty foods, which can result in weight gain. Other research has found that if you find your home environment stressful, you’re more likely to feel depressed and to have higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that is linked to a higher risk of poor health. Chances are you’ll shed not only unnecessary clutter but stress and extra pounds as well, setting the stage for better overall physical and mental health. 

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Private Tennis Courts are Growing in Popularity

Like many other luxury recreational amenities, tennis courts have received a renewed amount of interest among homeowners and buyers over the past year and a half. As the unfortunate events around the world saw many luxury homeowners suddenly spending much more time inside their homes, luxury property buyers were interested in properties with larger full-service amenities. This has led to a surge in luxury homeowners adding items such as personal tennis courts to their homes.Private Tennis Courts are Growing in Popularity

For a certain amount of time before the pandemic, many people were looking for smaller more manageable properties, but as several people spend long periods of time in their...

Sanibel Lighthouse Rehabilitation Project


On Monday, June 17, 2013 the City of Sanibel will begin a rehabilitation project to the Sanibel Lighthouse and construction will continue through September 2013. The road leading to the Lighthouse starting just beyond the fishing pier parking lot will be closed for use during this construction project. The fishing pier and adjacent parking lot will remain open. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience while this important public improvement project is completed.
Anyone with questions regarding the Sanibel Lighthouse Rehabilitation Project is invited to contact the City of Sanibel Public Works Department at (239) 472-6397.



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Francis P. Bailey - Celebration of Life


??????The Celebration of Life for former Mayor Francis P. Bailey Jr. will be held at:
The Bailey Homestead
1300 Periwinkle Way
11 a.m.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Attendees are urged to walk, bike, and carpool. Bikers should follow the signs to the on-premise bike corral for bike parking.
Parking will be available at the following locations:
Matzaluna Restaurant - 1200 Periwinkle Way
The Jacaranda Restaurant - 1223 Periwinkle Way
Roadside City Park - 1380 Periwinkle Way
The Bank of the Islands - 1699 Periwinkle Way
Adventures in Paradise and Sanibel Taxi will provide shuttle services to the Bailey Homestead from the Bank of the Islands.
Handicap Parking will be at the Homestead. Please display your handicap placard & follow the signs to the area designated for special needs parking.
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In Honor of Francis P. Bailey & The Bailey Family

Francis P. Bailey, Jr., the remaining son of a pioneering Sanibel family that opened Bailey's General Store in 1899, died Saturday. He was 92.
Born in Fort Myers in 1921 to Francis and Annie Mead Bailey, the oldest of the Bailey boys went to boarding school and college in Virginia and served non-active duty during World War II before eventually returning to settle on Sanibel. He began working at the store when he was 27.
He ran it by himself for years until his brother Sam, who died in 2010 at 86, moved from Tampa to help.
Francis was active in the community, serving with the Lions club, where he sold Christmas trees, and donating the land that is home to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum....

Island Happenings!!

The Bell Team has over 26 years of experience in the Sanibel Island Real Estate & Captiva Island Real Estate Markets, you couldn't be in better hands. Call Karen Bell & The Bell Team for all your real estate needs. 866-472-7800 x 272/ 239-472-7800 x 272 / 239-851-0168...

The Bell Team has over 26 years of experience in the Sanibel Island Real Estate & Captiva Island Real Estate Markets, you couldn't be in better hands. Call Karen Bell & The Bell Team for all your real estate needs. 866-472-7800 x 272/ 239-472-7800 x 272 / 239-851-0168...

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The Bell Team has over 26 years of experience in the Sanibel Island Real Estate & Captiva Island Real Estate Markets, you couldn't be in better hands. Call Karen Bell & The Bell Team for all your real estate needs. 866-472-7800 x 270/ 239-472-7800 x 270 / 239-851-0168...