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How couples can decorate together

Sharing a home with someone you love can be wonderful. But decorating together isn’t always easy, especially when your tastes aren’t the same. If one partner loves filling every space with mementos and the other is clutter-averse, who gets their way? It can be hard to find good compromises when[…]

Old Town home a quiet retreat in an historic district

Cindy Marlane Rhoades has quite a life story. Raised in northern California, she acquired a doctorate degree in sociology and a University of Oregon professorship. Ready for a change from academia, she was in her early 30s after sailing in the Bahamas and making her way to the Ocean Reef[…]

OIRF offers 60th anniversary March Home Tour

Old Island Restoration Foundation ties the bow on its 60th anniversary celebration of home tours on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14. But in closing its last tour of the year until December 2020, the uniquely interesting homes always presented during home tours on Fridays and Saturdays are being enhanced with[…]

Annual ceramic stars and certificates of excellence

The 39th Preservation Awards Program, held this year on March 7 at the Truman Little White House, honors owners, architects, craftspeople and others for exemplary property preservation efforts. Sponsored by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation, all of these properties will receive a Ceramic Star and Certificate of Excellence: • 1104[…]

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Outside of the home itself, remodeling is typically one of the largest investments you can make as a homeowner. While some projects can be tempting to tackle yourself, many larger-scale projects may require hiring a qualified professional. Because remodeling your home is a big undertaking, it’s important to take steps[…]

Home is where the art is

Born in Tel Aviv to an English father and a German Holocaust survivor, Jane Dawkins came to this country in 1975. First visiting Key West in 1985, she “just knew Key West was where I belonged.” Twenty years ago, Dawkins and her husband made the move from New York state.[…]

A Love Story: OIRF February Home Tour

Old Island Restoration Foundation’s February Home Tour — Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) and Feb. 15 — is nothing short of a love story: love of family, love of travel, love of Key West, all equate to love of home and hearth. Almost everything in the five private homes, open from[…]