Sunday, July 5, 2015

LIVE.LOVE.LAKE...and July 4th

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 From flowers to flotillas, 
and landscapes to tablescapes,
summer has always been full of fun activies and exciting events. 
This summer has been no exception, so far!
Just like in years past, my flowers are blooming and bursting with color!
My flower wall boxes have excelled, especially since getting so much rain in the month of June.

My front porch is pretty basic, with a few upgrades, including two flower hangers with purple mini-pansies(a Mother's Day gift from my hubby.), a sign "LIVE, LOVE, LAKE", on my door, and... original "fairy garden"
 turned "fishing lodge",
 is now a beach scene! 
On the lakeside, we put up a low fence to keep our little doggies from taking off when they want to spend time outside.

My dining room table got a new "summery" feel, as well. Fish and anchors take the floor as themes in this blue and white setting. 
I used some old and some newly purchased decorative wares. The fish plates and blue-rimmed cups were purchased at Kohl's. I also got the blue-handled silverware set and napkin rings on sale at Walmart.

The anchor tablecloth, fish dish, and multi-colored "sea-glass" were found at Meijer.
My table is ready for summer guests!
Just in time for the July 4th holiday!
A lake bbq lunch...
...followed by a flotilla parade...costumes and all!
Taking the grandkids tubing on the lake...
...followed by roasting marshmallows on the campfire!

Even our littlest family member is enjoying this day of outrdoor fun and relaxation!

As summer moves ahead, may you find time to...

and may you have

f Ann I
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend in Review!

Just had to share a few pictures that I snapped this past weekend...
We went to a wedding of the daughter of a good friend on Saturday.
Friends for more than 45 years!!
My friend's daughter and her new hubby. What a fun day!!
My friend's newborn grandson, Abraham. Her oldest child just became a dad a few weeks ago!! So sweet!!
And on Sunday, we went fishing with my 78 year-old mom. She taught me to fish when I was young and did the same for my son when he was just a toddler!!!
Mom, with a bluegill.
My hubby also caught a small Catfish.
I'm so thankful for the blessings of each day!!!
May you have a wonderful week ahead!!
And may you have

f Ann I
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb

Friday, June 26, 2015

I'm Falling For "The Seaside Style"

J.S. Smolian had always had an intense connection to this part of the Gulf Coast. The sugar white sand. The turquoise blue water. He loved the way this place pulled his family together. The magical way it connected them. He loved watching his grandchildren become brilliant beach castle architects. He loved watching his children become themselves again.

In fact, he loved it so much that in 1946, he bought 80 of its acres...mostly undeveloped land, dense with live oaks and scrubby brush, barely navigable but for a couple of dirt paths. J.S. had a vision for the acres. A dream, really. His plan was a summer camp. A destination he could share.

In 1978, J.S. deeded the 80 acres to his grandson, Robert Davis, who shared his grandfathers dream.

Over 30 years after J.S. first acted on his dream, Robert realized his own. It was the dream we all have for life itself. Simple. Beautiful. Graceful. Elegant.
...It's the Dream of a Simple, Beautiful Life
Read more about SEASIDE - HERE

What is The Seaside Style?
If theres any one unifying element of Seaside style, it is town co-founder Daryl Davis, whose simple, good taste comes naturally and shares easily from the character of the town itself to the wares sold in its shops. "You could say the style is in the air. Its hard to define, but youll know it when you get there."

The architecture of Seaside extends beyond its roof lines and materials. Beyond its styles. It is the vision of a small town, much like the countless ones dotting the pre-WWII landscape.
Designers describe it as recreating traditional neighborhood of 1920s. "Old way, New town.

Much like the old world European villages, where a person could stroll anywhere she wanted to go for anything she needed. Where everything is within easy reach.
Where walking(or bicycling) is the most popular pastime.
Where people linger longer in the market to chat. Or stop by front porches for afternoon visits
Seaside boasts pathways inviting you to curl your toes in the sugar sand.
dip your feet in the water

search for iridescent shells
or build masterful castles.

Imagine a day solely dedicated to gazing at blue water colored by vibrant swaths of turquoise.

Part of the magic of Seaside is that it is a town and much more. It is charming and romantic, beautiful and graceful, diverse and ecclectic, authentic and unpretentious, alive and vibrant.

Seaside Fashion
I love "The Seaside Style" clothing and decor! This is the official lifestyle brand of Seaside, The collection includes clothing, accessories, spa, gifts, books, toys, and pet items that reflect the style of Seaside; simple, timeless, comfortable and fun. Read More

Seaside style portrays a look and comfort of fashionable clothes in natural fabrics that move seamlessly from your weekend bag out to dinner.

It includes the faithful pair of flip-flops that goes with

Cover-ups, hats, and swimsuits are also definitely a daily necessity.

Some days call for an outfit that can be thrown on when running out the door 10 minutes late and still feel put together

While others require knowing style and sophistication.

From cabanas and canopies to beach towels and blouses, a classic stripe never goes out of style.

I love shoes, belts and jewelry, but there is something special about a great bag.

Simple Silver for everyday pretty,.

Comfy cushions and plenty of available light ensure this porch will be used day or night.

Decking your living room seating in light fabric is a great way to keep clean.  Look for accent paints and fabrics in colors ranging from aqua to deep blue.
The soft oceanview chair that lures you in for a quiet afternoon with a good book

Noted as possibly being "the most astonishing design achievement of its era." these are just a few of the reasons that I'm falling for "The Seaside Style."
Watch this fun video that gives you an idea of what I mean

(All photos were taken by various people in or near Seaside, Florida)

May you have

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“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb