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Author Kate DiCamillo’s Childhood Home Designed By Architect James Gamble Rogers II

You’re not going to want to miss this charming and distinctive home with great mid-century bones.

This wonderful vintage home nestled within the heart of historic downtown Clermont, FL, this home claims the notoriety of not only being the childhood home of beloved children’s fiction writer, Kate DiCamillo, but also the vision of the renowned 20th-century architect, James Gamble Rogers II.

A Bit About This Home – 1713 Sunset Drive Clermont, FL 34711

1713 Sunset Drive is truly a one of a kind home rich with culture and history. As you enter the residence you’re greeted with gorgeous hardwood floors with plenty of natural sunlight beaming through its windows. As you navigate to the grand living room you’re graced with a 17-foot long wall of built-in bookshelves and cabinets. The large dining area has plenty of room for those family gatherings and be sure to take note of the built-in china cabinets. And with an amazing amount of closet space (11 closets to be exact,) we doubt you’ll run out of storage.

Enjoy sunny Florida’s weather and sit on the front porch while enjoying a cup of coffee while glimpsing at the beautiful Lake Minnehaha. Located on a dead-end street in historic downtown Clermont, this home is privately situated on a large .36 acre lot amidst mature landscaping.

This amazing home rich with history and charm has so much to offer, it’s a must see to truly appreciate it and take it all in.

 

About Kate DiCamillo

Born on March 25, 1964, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Katrina Elizabeth “Kate” DiCamillo is an award-winning American author of children’s fiction novels. She’s one of six people to win two Newbery Medals, recognizing her novels The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and another in 2014 Flora & Ulysses (2013). DiCamillo was also named to a two-year term as the national ambassador for young people’s literature by the Library of Congress in 2014.

Suffering from chronic pneumonia as a child, a condition that prompted DiCamillo’s mother, a teacher, to move to Florida when she was five with her older brother. Her father, an orthodontist, was supposed to follow the family afterward, although he never did. Spending a lot of time alone in her bed imagining and observing due to her sickness, DiCamillo credits her sickly childhood as having shaped her as a writer.

Majoring in English at the University of Florida at Gainesville (B.A., 1987), she took on various short-term jobs before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1994 where she worked in a book warehouse and became drawn to children’s fiction.

Her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie (2000; film 2005), was published after a young editor spotted it in the “slush pile,” a publishing house’s collection of manuscripts sent unsolicited by aspiring authors. The novel—which relates the story of 10-year-old Opal, a girl made lonely by the loss of her mother and her arrival in a new town, and the mangy dog she finds in a supermarket—was praised for its gentle humour, the clarity of its writing, and the endearing nature of its young protagonist.

In DiCamillo’s second novel, Tiger Rising (2001), she again explored the life of a child beset by the loss of a parent. In it, two friends discover in the woods a caged tiger, and DiCamillo interspersed lines from William Blake’s “The Tyger” to help drive the narrative.

The award-winning The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread (2003; film 2008), DiCamillo’s third novel, is the story of a nonconformist mouse who falls in love with the princess of the castle in which his family lives.

Her other novels include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006), which features a conceited china rabbit that learns how to love through tragedy, and The Magician’s Elephant (2009), about an orphan whose quest to find his missing sister involves an elephant. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (2013), which concerned the adventures of a cynical young comic-book lover and a squirrel endowed with human abilities, won the 2014 Newbery Medal. DiCamillo also drew praise for Raymie Nightingale (2016), which centres on a young girl who, in an effort to get her adulterous father to return home, hopes to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition.

In addition to her novels, DiCamillo also wrote several successful series of chapter books. The first series began with Mercy Watson to the Rescue (2005) and follows the adventures of the exuberant toast-loving pig Mercy Watson. Later books in the series include Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (2006), Mercy Watson Fights Crime (2006), Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (2007), Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig (2008), and Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes (2009). Characters from these works later appeared in the Tales from Deckawoo Lane series, which included Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (2014) and Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package (2017). DiCamillo also published picture books, including La La La (2017).

britannica.com/biography/Kate-DiCamillo

About James Gamble Rogers II

James Gamble Rogers II (1901-1990) was one of the defining architects of Winter Park, helping to lend the community its distinctive character.Born in Winnetka, Illinois and educated at Dartmouth College, Rogers trained at his father’s Daytona Beach architectural firm until 1928, when he opened a practice in Winter Park.Over the next sixty years, his name would become synonymous with traditional residential architecture in the growing community. His style flowed effortlessly from French Provincial to Spanish Colonial. As his firm grew, Rogers’ work expanded to commercial and government projects, although his true passion was the human scale of residential dwellings.

http://www.casafeliz.us/james-gamble-rogers/

We’ve Come Full Circle

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Health Benefits of Positive Home Decor

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Health Benefits of Positive Home Decor

You began your day just before the sun—waking up to get in that obligatory half hour workout before starting your day. Heart pounding and breathless, you hop in the shower while your coffee brews. Hurriedly throwing some clothes on and trying to beat the clock, you fill your mug and a protein bar and run out the door. During your bumper to bumper drive to the office someone cuts you off and you slam on the brakes, spilling your coffee down the front of your shirt. After a few choices words and fumbling to find napkins, you manage to pull into a parking space and lug your work bag into the office, plopping yourself into the chair.

You spend your day doing whatever it is that you do—make phone calls, send emails, study charts, schmooze people into purchasing something from your company, draw up contracts, write blog posts or articles. The list of responsibilities you may have can go on and on. And so, your day crawls by and the afternoon draws near. You make that drive through rush hour traffic to the grocery store to find food for dinner. After waiting in line behind an obnoxiously loud woman talking on the phone while letting her toddler scream in the cart, you shuffle back to your car with bags in tow. Finally, you get to go home.

After such a long and strenuous day, as most are, walking into your home can either be an addition to your anxiety and stress, or it can be a place of tranquility and rest—a place to breathe easy and relax. I’ve known many people who try to convince themselves that their mess and clutter is a kind of organized chaos; it’s how they are comfortable living and what makes them feel at home. However, science and psychology have proven that there are actual health benefits to a clean and organized home, as well as health benefits to the types of things that you use to decorate your home. Studies have found that people who describe their homes as cluttered, messy, or disorganized had a higher likelihood of being depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed whereas people who described their homes as restful or relaxing were just the opposite.

Truth be told, there are few things in life that feel better than an organized, clean, and uncluttered home. And so, when deciding on the items to keep and decorate your home with, they should only enhance or add to those feelings of rest and relaxation. There are numerous kinds of décor that you can add to your space that are not only beautiful to look at and pleasing to the eye, but that promote health and happiness as well.

There have been studies conducted on negative ions being emitted into the air and the way that they can affect the human body in regards not only to health, but also to mood. Positive ions are carbon dioxide that have lost an electron. Don’t let the term positive fool you, when surrounded in excess by these ions, they actually appear to have a negative effect on the body, leading to tiredness, anxiety, impatience, lethargy, irritability and have even been linked to much bigger issues such as asthma and depression. Negative ions, on the other hand, are a molecule that gains a negatively charged electron and they attract particles in the air such as dust, bacteria, mold, and the like. They attach to such particles and pull them to the nearest surface and out of the air.

The Power Of Himalayan Salt Lamps

And so what do these ions have to do with home décor? Certain natural substances can be used as decoration that will purify the air, as well as create an atmosphere rich in negative ions. Himalayan Salt Lamps are one such substance. Not only are they a hydroscopic substance that will absorb the water in the air (and whatever particles may be found in those water molecules) and act as an air purifier, but it also produces a plethora of negative ions, which will help to make you feel more awake and energetic and can promote productivity and boost your mood.

Tranquility With Indoor Waterfalls

In addition to Himalayan Salt lamps, small indoor waterfalls can also act as a negative ionizer while at the same time purifying and humidifying the air in your home. Not only does it offer the benefits of cleaner and purified air, but it has the added benefit of drowning out otherwise annoying background noise, which can help to calm and relax our already constantly thinking and moving minds.

Purify Your Air With Indoor Plants

Which leads to just a few more pieces of home décor that can improve your mood, boost your energy, and make you feel altogether happier. It’s no surprise that bringing the outdoors in can help to reduce anxiety and ease stress. Indoor plants, cacti, and succulents will, without a doubt, improve the quality and the cleanliness of the air in your home. Not only that, but their mere aesthetic presence can create a quick change in a person emotionally, as well as stimulate them physically.

Brighten Your Day With Floral Bouquets

Along those same lines, brightly colored floral bouquets can work wonders, ranging from increased happiness, emotional connection with others, compassion, creativity, energy, and improvement in problem-solving with a decrease in depression, anxiety, and negativity. It is recommended to keep such bouquets in places that you often spend time—in your kitchen, bathroom, and even on your bedside table, so that they are the last thing you see when going to bed, and the first thing you open your eyes to in the morning.

Meditate & Enhance Memories With Your Sense Of Smell

Last, but certainly not least, appealing to your sense of smell can have exponential effects on your body and mind. Our brain connects specific smells to specific memories and so incorporating scents into our homes can actually help with our ability to remember things, as well as make such memories appear more vividly in your mind’s eye. Furthermore, mood can also be changed when inhaling certain scents. Lavender, chamomile, and pine are all scents that can help to calm and relax the mind and body, while citrus scents, peppermint, and eucalyptus are all scents that can help to energize you.

I think that we can all agree that in a world full of aggravation and frustration, a world of disagreement and segregation, overwhelming stress and ever-growing anxiety is constantly knocking at our doors. We have the opportunity to turn our homes into something we love and adore stepping into every day, a place where the tension of our day can melt away. Incorporating any one of these pieces of décor is such a small and incredibly easy way to help ease stress, even if it is just the smallest amount—every little bit helps.

And Now Back To You

Have a home décor tip that helps you reduce stress? Let us know in the comments below.


We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Contact:
Tania Matthews Team
info@TaniaMatthewsTeam.com
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Ste. 109
Clermont, FL 34711
407.917.7190