Mirror, Mirror

Cristina Formosa

Co-Authored by Carole Smith & Cristina Formosa

Creating a Home That Reflects You

Happy New Year to all our dedicated readers! It's a joy to connect with you each month and share insights on Miami’s vibrant real estate market. Your feedback and compliments have been inspiring, and we're excited to kick off the year with a message that resonates deeply with our philosophy of home ownership.

Renowned designer Ritch Holben once said, We are only stewards of our homes. Our homes often outlast us. They morph and flex. We adapt them to our needs and wants, but eventually they move on to their next residents who have their own needs and wants. Our responsibility is to protect our homes while they protect us, to build our memories, grow our families, and preserve our histories, knowing that the house you love so much will probably have a future without you.”

These words beautifully capture the essence of home ownership. We often get caught up in the idea of resale value and making decisions based on what the future owner might want. However, it's important to remember that while we are the stewards of our homes, they also serve as reflections of ourselves.

As experienced realtors, we’ve seen countless homes transformed into stunning reflections of their owners' personalities. The true magic happens when homeowners embrace the idea of creating a space that speaks to their unique selves. It's about infusing your home with elements that bring you joy, comfort, and a sense of belonging.

When you focus on designing and improving your home to be a reflection of yourself, you're not just creating a living space – you're crafting a sanctuary that nurtures your soul and tells your story. Whether it's through bold artwork, vibrant colors, or personalized decor, every element should speak to who you are and what brings you happiness.

So, as we embark on this new year, let's embrace the wisdom of being stewards of our homes and celebrate the opportunity to create spaces that resonate with our true selves. Let's prioritize building memories, fostering creativity, and cherishing the unique characteristics that make our homes a haven for our families.

Remember, times change, tastes change, and stewards change. But the essence of your home as a reflection of you will always remain timeless. When you do decide to sell in the future, partner with an experienced Realtor to help make simple changes that will segue your home from highly personal to mass market appeal.

In the meantime, here’s to a year of embracing our individuality and creating homes that are truly ours. Wishing you all a wonderful year filled with joy, love, and the warmth of home.


Carole and Cristina believe that our homes are an important part of our lives, giving us shelter, security, and a means of self-expression. Separate from the constraints of necessity, many homes are a microcosm for the things we hold most dear — family, memories, relaxation and sense of belonging.

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