Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This Is How We Celebrate Fall In Florida

Steve and I just got home from a wonderful few days in Crystal River.

The weather was perfect for outdoor activities and the highlight of our trip was snorkeling with the manatees. 

You must add this to your bucket list!

  The manatees swim right under and around you and one came up for air right next to my head.  

After spending time with the manatees we headed over to the springs for more snorkeling.  The water there was as clear as bathwater. 

Shrimp salad served by the pool was the perfect lunch after snorkeling. 

The next day we rented a tandem kayak for a few hours.  It was so peaceful and the scenery was lovely.

Indian Mounds

It was a wonderful trip and we ate some of the best seafood either of us has ever had. 

Click HERE to learn more about the Manatee Refuge. 

Thanks for visiting.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Additions To The Pool

Hi everyone!

I know many of you are starting to decorate for Fall but here in Florida the temps are in the high 90s and we are still enjoying the pool.   Actually, the pool is solar heated so we use it pretty much year round. 

We have made a few changes to the pool area including new lounge chairs, umbrella, and cushions.  The most expensive change was replacing the screen on the pool cage.  Don't you hate spending money on things like that?

Thank you for your sweet comments on the Before and After pictures of the courtyard.  If you missed the post you can see HERE

I am looking for a wood table to replace this green one.

Three of our grandkids enjoying the pool. 

View from back of the house.

I appreciate you dropping by!


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Courtyard Before And After

It has been really hot here in Florida with LOTS of rain.  All this rain makes it hard to plan outdoor activities but it has kept our plants alive and thriving.

The enclosed courtyard is in the front of our house and visitors walk through it to get to the front door.  It is the favorite part of our house and the first impression for anyone dropping by.

Enjoy the tour.....

The pots are the newest addition to the courtyard.

window trellis, window arched trellis

I am trying to train the bougainvillea to cover the trellis.  

Are you ready to see what the courtyard looked like on the MLS when we bought the home three years ago?

The pink exterior has been toned down the doors painted. See the difference below.

This was the day we moved in and the only plant in the space was a small palm. 

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great week!


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Home Tour Part One

Thanks for dropping by and welcome to my Summer Home Tour.

Today I am sharing our home decorated for Summer and a few new additions to the family room.

 Enjoy the tour. 

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This architectural salvage piece was purchased recently in Melbourne, Fl.  We enjoyed the beach in the mornings but when the clouds rolled in we went antiquing!  We also bought a fabulous new piece for the courtyard that I will show you in Part Two.

This blue and white stripe throw is a new purchase from Groupdealz.

Lowes had these wonderful ferns on sale for $3.99.  I bought three a couple of months ago and they are all doing well.  I especially love this one in the antique olive jar.  

Dining Room

Those are new wood chairs and umbrella out by the pool.  New cushions are on the way.

Thanks for visiting and please check back for Part Two of the Summer Home Tour.  I'll be showing the kitchen, bedrooms and some changes to the outdoor spaces.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Polka Dot Flea Comes To Orlando

The Polka Dot Flea will be coming to Orlando June 9th and 10th.  My good friend Carol writes the blog The Polka Dot Closet.  Carol and her son are the ones responsible for this fabulous yearly vintage market. 

You will find many unique items and some of the best vintage vendors at the market.  

These photos from previous years at the Polka Dot Flea.

You can get more info on the market HERE.  

Hope to see you there. 


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