BRITE Magazine Fall Issue 2010

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HOME Dina Najjar has been living in Orlando since 2001 and loves the City Beautiful. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Central Florida in Marketing with a Minor in Mass Communications and her Masters in Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. She is a Realtor with Century 21 Capital Realty Group located in downtown Orlando, specializing in residential and commercial Real Estate sales and leasing. Her focuses are luxury homes and condos, short sales and foreclosures, and real estate investments. She is an expert in the areas of Downtown, College Park, Winter Park, Dr. Phillips and Windermere. Dina can be reached at (407) 492-5393 or Check out her website for your up-to-date Real Estate resources and Orlando event information:

Keep the Home Fires Burning by Carolyn Moor

Homes have a life, a ‘fire’ that reflects all those who live within its dwelling. Winston Churchill said it perfectly, “We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us”. If this is true, like Chartwell House was for Winston, what inner truth lies in our own homes? The ‘me’ in the word home should make this point loud and clear. Homes are always about me me me. Houses, on the other hand, pale in comparison. This is why we buy a house (use use use) and then turn around, gut it, design it, rearrange it and make it our very own creating a home (me me me). Before my client was unable to sleep after witnessing an awful drowning at work. She felt she was literally drowning herself in this ‘blue’ and uninviting bedroom. She had also recently broken off an engagement and had lost the desire to create any feeling of romance in her personal space.

In the end, we all ‘grow where we are planted’ in one-way or another…the key word here is “Grow”. We can choose to live organized or we can choose to live cluttered. Asking ‘why’ is part of your own personal journey. Ask yourself with all honesty, “Does this represent who ‘I was’ or who ‘I am’. Let go if it’s in your past and it doesn’t create a good memory, especially when life has thrown you a few curve balls like divorce or death. Surround yourself right now with things that evoke a feeling of living more alive; photos from vacation. Reflect and connect to something spiritual; family relics and heirlooms. Love yourself enough to find out what this means to you, live fully, then share that fire with others. Carolyn Moor decorates homes from a unique viewpoint with an emphasis on healing for her ‘niche’ clientele who have gone through a life adjusting, emotional experience like death, divorce or any real disappointment. Her own story was revealed through an objective camera lens on the Oprah Winfrey Show uncovering that she herself was living a life that was keeping her emotionally stuck in the past and unable to move forward. She needed a new story to live. After this profound experience, she started to ‘let go’ and ‘let God’ by combining all her professional design and personal experience to create Moor Alive Interiors. The goal is to create homes that feel more alive, focused on the future and inspire a “Grow where you are planted” philosophy. New surroundings, new story guided by someone who’s been there.

After discovering my client was missing ‘fire’ on her Feng Shui Element Test, we added red to the blue for passion resulting in the rich, warm color scheme. By adding black out draperies, a sound absorbing area rug, reducing clutter and luxurious, comfortable bedding, it created a romantic and relaxing space where sweet dreams could flourish. 31

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