~Custom Living by Darmeshia Guyton~

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Owner and Designer, Darmeshia Guyton

Coastal Virginia is no sleepy little piece of the world, it’s quite the opposite, the area is well noted for its luxurious beach homes. I had the distinguished pleasure of meeting one of the areas top interior designers today. The beautiful, soft-spoken Darmeshia Guyton, owner and lead designer of MeMe G Home Designs repeatedly captivates her TV viewers attention during her weekly segment, every Wednesday morning, filmed on the local TV program Coast Live.

“I love to help my clients bring out their decorating vision, one room at a time”  

Darmeshia Guyton with host April Woodard

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We sat down today for a quick blog interview, catching up with this savvy fashionable business owner in her own element, made for a very enjoyable dialogue, which I am certain you will enjoy immensely.

question: Tell us what do you most enjoy about home decorating?

answer: I enjoy helping my clients create their achieved look, especially those who are clueless when it comes to decorating. I enjoy being able to walk into a space, and sharing with the client the vision I can see.

question: Do you decorate commercial property, as well as, home decorating?

answer: Yes, I am a designer, which means I have technical expertise and background. I prefer small commercial properties, because of all the building codes involved. My heart leans more towards home decorating, because I can put more of my signature stamp on that type of property.

question: You are always dressed so beautiful, do you have a fashion stylist?

answer: No, I buy what I like, all the outfits you see on Coast Live, I purchase from an online store. Thank You, I am my own stylist, as you can see, I do enjoy looking my very best, (insert big smile).

question: Our readers want to know, what is your favorite room to decorate?

answer: That’s a hard one to answer, but, I would say a kitchen remodel from top to bottom. I love to work with a full gut job, kitchens are the easiest room to go into, and because the flooring will include extensive design work, the challenge is all mine.

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“Anyone can place a pillow, or hang a curtain, but a designer with passion, can change a room”

Darmeshia is a refreshing addition to the Coast Live morning program, from what I observed in the studio today, host April Woodard and Cheryl Nelson seem to all mesh together like a hand in glove. Being a part of a show that celebrates its people, places, and local events has to promote exposure, along with the highest level of creativity.

I would say with a great degree of certainty, Darmeshia Guyton has arrived. Impressive would be an understatement, when describing her unique talent. You can contact her business via her website, http://www.memeghome.com or MeMe G Home Designs via Facebook.

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: MeMe G Home Designs, Dakota Vibe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m a grown woman with Moods and Attitudes”

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Have you ever felt like a chameleon? If you are a woman, of course you have, based on the circumstances surrounding your day-to-day life. There are moments of loneliness, when the only thing you can do is to close your beautiful eyes, embrace yourself with positive affirmations, and secure your head space with self-love.

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Have you ever felt like a princess? I can personally answer yes, maybe even a vintage princess, one who knows he’s not coming into your life riding the proverbial white horse. No….he’s stepping to your world, fully confident of his capabilities to make you happy.

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Have you ever felt like the queen of side-eye? At some point in life, you will need to give them the business, and own every single glare. Remind your mental psyche that you are a grown woman with moods and attitudes.

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Bronze Magazine, photographer Shanal Belton

 

Call Her a Hidden Gem

 

nadine4Nadine Owens, CEO/Owner – My Brothers Keeper

Mothers are a special breed, we make many sacrifice’s in life, to assure that our children are afforded the opportunity to become self-sufficient young adults. But, just for a hot minute, place yourself in the shoes of an amazing queen, someone who has endured the unimaginable, yet she somehow finds the strength to forge ahead. I was first introduced to Nadine during our women supporting women’s meeting, we each shared our own version of inspiration, and personal triumphs. Her voice was soft-spoken, somewhat shy in nature, however, every syllable screamed of a mothers bravery.

“I am a mother of three adults with disabilities, who never gave up”

On February 21, 2019 Nadine Owens was presented with a certificate of recognition award, an honor bestowed upon her by Mayor Robert M. Dyer, of the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her non-profit community organization, Our Brothers Keeper is opening doors locally for any adult with disabilities to participate in life changing activities.

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Our Brothers Keeper, is the brainchild of its CEO Nadine Owens. We all know the challenges of being a mother of three, factor in the obstacles she may have faced along this journey. Caring for two autistic children, and one with severe anxiety, seems like a three person job, on any given day. Not having the resources available to accommodate her plan of care for her young disabled adults, motivated Nadine to create a resource center, where education, life skills, arts and crafts could be utilized. Make your own T- Shirt is just one of the wonderful craft classes offered at the center, along with many more to come. Women are out here making all kinds of magic happen, we salute these hidden gems for taking the imitative to support their community needs.

The “Voice of Hope Book” written by Nadine Owens, will be very instrumental in offering tools to parents of young adults with disabilities. Contact the resource center, located in Virginia Beach, Va., by calling 757-351-1310 during regular business hours.

“You are not alone”

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Nadine Owens

 

 

 

 

A Dream Girl’s Spectacular Sale

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The Double R Mansion as we know it has a NEW Name—Now known as the Double L Ranch.

Yes, the Suffolk Ranch Is SOLD. The luxurious historic mansion at Double L Ranch, located upon 32 acres of pristine privately owned property in Suffolk, Virginia, was quietly sold & closed on February 27, 2019 by Hampton Road’s very own Queen of Real Estate. This Harvard Graduate does not believe in being average. She will tell you that failure is not an option. Claudine Ellis is a top-notched real estate agent who is sought after around the world. Dream Girl of Real Estate, Claudine L. Ellis, CEO/Broker accomplished the largest residential property sale of her fifteen plus year career. Ellis can take credit for singlehandedly raising real estate values in the rural 23737 area as this was the most expensive home listing in Suffolk.

“This Harvard Graduate does not believe in being average”

Claudine is outstandingly talented and well versed in the area of luxury, residential, and commercial real estate sales. A million dollar home in Hampton Roads usually averages a year on the market from list to close, but our readership shouldn’t be the least bit surprised to know that this queen sold the mansion in record time—less than 90 days.

The mansion itself holds many special memories, as a premier event venue. I’ve heard about the first floor classic billiard room, theater room, and the exquisite white baby grand piano, captured in the lavish wedding portraits of couples from near and far.

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“Nothing speaks luxury like the alluring tone of a baby grand piano”

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Beauty, brains, and a savage beast at what she does, would sum up the challenges Claudine faces on a daily basis with her clients. What I admire most about this real estate professional is her ability to not judge her clientele, anyone who wants to purchase a home can contact her for a property showing, whether it be a huge multi-million dollar mansion, or a simple two-story traditional colonial. As a first time home buyer, you can attend one of her training sessions, affording you the knowledge needed to make a wise decision, based upon your family’s needs.

“In addition to a successful real estate career, Claudine makes it a priority to give back to and serve the community”

I personally support her non-profit endeavors, each and every first class charity event sponsored by DREAM DAP, Inc. has been a huge success, designed specifically for any Hampton Roads single parent seeking home ownership. The mission statement to help single parents with down payment assistance in purchasing their first home, should warm the hearts of any one reading this blog post. Congratulations are definitely in order, Claudine L. Ellis has made her presence known in the real estate world, as a million dollar agent, the one to watch, as well as, the one requested across the globe.

Written by: Dakota Somerville

Edited by: Claudine L. Ellis

Photo Credit: The Double R Ranch, Claudine L. Ellis