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Letter From The Publisher: Local Home Makeovers

It happens at the end of every year—we begin our search for our “Before and After” makeovers of rooms by local interior designers to inspire you to start a makeover project yourself. And every year it never fails—we get too many amazing rooms to publish. Start by taking a look at our real-life makeovers. These rooms that were once bland or tired places are now beautiful, functional spaces. As you flip through the pages, gather ideas for what could work in your home and within your budget. See how local designers, including Patty Downing, Jennifer DeMeo, Jill Shevlin and others create relaxed yet elegant areas for their clients. Local designer Mary Washer had the opportunity to convert an old bank building and a barbershop into a one-of-a-kind restaurant. This was the ultimate designer challenge. What was the biggest task? Taking an old money vault and making it into a private dining room for parties. Our biggest makeover is yet to come. At Witham Field where an old ordinance building from the Army once stood is now going to be home to our new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. We are so lucky to have this article from Ike Crumpler to educate our readers on how this facility overcame several obstacles to finally break ground late last year. Currently, flights must clear customs in Fort Pierce or Palm Beach International. Our new facility will be dedicated to local aviation and boating, and will make international travel a lot easier for tourists and residents who come into Martin County. Global tourism can have a huge impact on our local economy, and we will now have a safe and convenient place for these travelers to check in. We hope you enjoy our local makeover issue. Please always know we are open to having you share your stories of any kind. Soon, we will begin our planning for next year’s issues. I have enjoyed your letters and love getting your comments on how much you love our magazine. I have always said that I can never have enough eyes on the streets, and I mean it. Our goal is to keep the readers connected to their local magazine and that starts with you telling me what you want to read about, so keep those letters coming!

“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create a fantasy.”
– Juan Montoya