Thursday, November 17, 2016

November in the Islands

Hi everyone.

Steve and I just got back from a five day cruise to the Bahamas.  Living in Florida it is easy to take advantage of these last minute cruises and the prices are normally wonderful.  We booked the cruise on Friday and set sail on Monday.  It also helps that we live just over an hour from the port.

The beautiful private island owned by Royal Caribbean is one of our favorite stops on any RC cruise.  We were excited to visit CoCo Cay again.....perfect weather, beautiful water and a great cookout on the beach provided by RC.

I am just glad this little guy wasn't under our picnic table

It was a wonderful and relaxing trip!  I think a November cruise will be a tradition for us now.

Happy Thanksgiving



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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Preparing For Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is suppose to hit Florida in a few hours.  The shutters are up,  the courtyard furniture has been stored and the pool furniture was tossed in the pool. 

You may have seen the post last week about adding a Mediterranean look to the courtyard.  Well,  it is not so pretty right now. 

This isn't our first rodeo!

In 2004 we were living in our dream beach house when we had a direct hit from Hurricane Ivan.  All infrastructure was washed away, including the roads.  We had built this home four years earlier with all the upgraded hurricane codes and it still had substantial damage.  It took nine months of renovation,  then approximately six weeks after we returned home Hurricane Dennis hit us again. 

After the 2nd renovation we decided enough is enough and sold our home. 

I bet some of you are wondering why in the world would we eventually move back to Florida. Believe me when I say weeks like this one I wonder myself!  At least this time we are away from the coast living in Central Florida.

Please send positive thoughts our way.


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Friday, September 30, 2016

Creating a Mediterranean Courtyard

The last few weeks we have been working on the courtyard trying to give it more of a Mediterranean look.  We cleared out some of the wild ferns that had taken over, added pebbles and installed the new lions head fountain.  We purchased the fountain at Rennigers Antique Extravaganza.

The antique iron gate is from a 1920s Palm Beach mansion that was torn down. We added the gate to both sides of the french doors leading to the courtyard from the master bedroom.  The iron window guard reminded me of ones I saw while in Italy.   A little black spray paint was all it needed.

The courtyard really needs a rug to break up the large expanse of painted concrete floor.   I have had several outdoor rugs that never dry out and end up covered in mildew.   My next project is to paint a rug using the stencil I won from Cutting Edge via One Thousand Oaks.   I chose the Segovia Stencil since it looks similar to Italian tile.   This will have to wait until the temperature drops below 90 degrees!

Mediterranean courtyard, Mediterranean patio, lion head fountain

I have wanted an outdoor kitchen for such a long time.  This will soon become a reality thanks to plans found on Pinterest.  We already have a really nice and large stainless grill with side burners. This surround looks simple enough for us to build.  I would build it wider so there is more work space.   Can you believe this is faux stone panels and so easy to install.

grill surround, Mediterranean patio,  Mediterranean courtyard

Seating for at least eight people will be added to the courtyard in the near future.  Most of our entertaining happens in the courtyard and our current set just isn't large enough for all our guest. My dream courtyard would include this beautiful outdoor wicker sectional and chair  by Arhaus.

I'll keep you updated as we make progress with the courtyard.  Thanks for dropping by!


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Coastal Fall Decorating


I am enjoying seeing all of your Fall decor and home tours.  The temperature here in Florida is still in the mid nineties and there is not a hint of Fall pumpkins, fallen leaves or cooler weather. 

Things are so crazy around here that decorating for the season will be pretty minimal this year.  Hopefully,  I'll be able to pull a few things from the attic to give our house a small touch of Fall.  In the mean time I will share the last few years of Fall decorating.

2015 Coastal Fall Home Tour.  You can see the complete post 

2014 Fall  Your can see the entire post HERE

2013 Fall~ You can see the entire post HERE

Easy Velvet Pumpkin DIY

A Florida Fall 2012~ See Full Post HERE

 Fall 2011 (previous Home)~See Full Post HERE

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Monday, August 8, 2016

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Actually,  it was just a week ....but a wonderful, relaxing, lay on the beach and eat lots of seafood kind of week.

Of course I couldn't resist a little antiquing and junking too. 

Madeira Beach, Fl

Tampa Aquarium was a lot of fun.

 Our week wasn't over yet.

  On the way home we stopped at the Petite Fancy Flea for the semi-annual vintage market. It was a great market but way to crowded to get pictures.  My only purchase was this small silver trophy which I added a piece of coral.


The next day I scored this Pottery Barn confit pot (the orange one in front) for $2.00 and a brand new Brighton straw handbag for $5.00 at our local flea/farmers market.


If only every week could be this great!

I hope you are enjoying your Summer Vacation.


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Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
An Extraordinary Day

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