B O H E M I A N F A R M H O U S E The joyful expression of family Double-height square white columns frame the front of the stately, two-story red-brick house that sits nestled at the end of a long driveway deep within almost five acres. The front yard drowns in the cool shade of formidable oak trees, their broad branches girded in Spanish moss, the leaves creating a dome overhead. After parking my car, I followed the red-brick walkway to the home’s formal entrance, my shoes crunching on a layer of fallen twigs and acorns. I had been contacted by the owners, Matt and Courtney Wade, about collaborating on the renovation and redecorating of their family’s Lakeland home and was ready for just about anything — except what I found when Courtney greeted me at the front door. The joy in this house is palpable. Matt, Courtney, and their youngest daughter were in the midst of decorating for what appeared to be a special celebration of some kind. Streamers and tissue-paper decorations were being tacked to ceilings and walls, and kids were playing in a tidal surge of chaos from room to room. As it turned out, though, they were decorating just because their six-year-old daughter wanted to celebrate. There was no special occasion, just the happiness that comes with family, home, and special places like this one. I immediately knew this was going to be fun.
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