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Publisher's Letter

This March, We Explore A Historic Stuart Home And 9 Stunning Room Renovations

It happened while I was visiting Anne (Krueger) Stimmell one day. We were conversing about the purchase of a real Highwaymen painting. To own a Highwaymen painting was a dream of mine. Anne had one for sale, so  I bought it and then the stories started, the tour began, and the reminiscing followed—from her and from me and our childhood memories growing up near the famous Krueger House. Its story is great to tell our readers who drive by the home on a daily basis or visit it during the annual Woman’s Club’s “Holiday Home Tour.” But the best stories were the ones Anne and I talked about  while sitting on the back porch. Radie Belle Krueger (wife to Karl) used to tell a story about a Seminole Indian uprising, caused by the desecration of a Seminole Indian chief’s grave. During this time, the Seminoles who traded with the Kruegers, and/or camped on the banks of the creek, told Annie Krueger that if there was trouble, they would come kill her quick, so she wouldn’t suffer. Evidently, it was not unusual to scalp someone while they were still alive, therefore the Seminoles were doing Annie a favor. From that day forward, we are told that Annie kept this axe by the back door for protection.

To photograph this home, we chose the architectural imaging services of Ron Rosenzweig, who took amazing pictures of the home.

Ron also shot a new home in Jupiter Hills that graces this month’s cover.

I spoke with the homeowner, Jane Kilcullen, regarding her beautiful residence, and she wanted to give so much credit to her designer Joy Ross Dabill and Village Architects along with Edgewater Homes.

Kilcullen and I spoke about the use of coral in many of the rooms throughout her home, and she said that it just felt right using the corals and greens to make the place fresh and current. Read about this undertaking of tearing down the home to rebuild from the ground up.

Since I am a fan of remodeling, we did our annual before and after piece, which I love. We got a great new batch this year, and we hope you love the talent of our local transforming designers. I hope they give you many new ideas for that out-of-date room you have been thinking about redoing.

Also, we have some new sections in our magazine this month. Our new "On the Cover" page will give you a peek at some behind-the-scenes details and additional items regarding our shoots and products. We also have a new fashion writer, Jodi Belden from Elle magazine, working on our "Trending Locally" page, and she will be assisting on some fashion shoots in the future. Additionally, we have a new logo on the top of our pages to better define what’s editorial and what are advertisements. The "Things We Love" page includes our personal picks of items and events we suggest in our area.

We are also practicing bringing you some historical pieces and redesigning our look—we hope you enjoy it!

Have a great St. Patty's Day and enjoy your March in paradise!

Food for thought: The bones of Tom Tiger, a captain of the Florida Seminole, were stolen in 1907 and offered to the Smithsonian. The Cow Creek band of Seminoles threatened to take revenge on the surrounding white settlers if the remains weren’t returned. St. Lucie County Sheriff Dan Carlton tracked down and returned them.