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I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Most pictures were found on Bing

Summer has arrived….and it arrived in all its glory here in Florida, temperatures in the upper 90’s, we all still want to be able to go into our backyards and enjoy the sunny days and breezy evenings. My entire backyard is covered in Saltillo (Mexican tile), except for about an 8’ perimeter around the whole back yard, which houses a variety of palms, plumeria, heliconia, large bamboo, and other tropical plants and flowers. And in one end we have a 10 person in the ground spa; it’s large enough that we use it as a wading pool or just float on a nice comfy raft. Though the tile is made of natural clay from the desert, it doesn’t get that hot, even in Florida temperatures. But nonetheless, it still get’s warm back there during the summer months, so any feature that we can put back there for shade and aesthetic value is welcoming. You can look at any design magazine from the desert southwest, Southern California and of course here in Florida and they will feature some beautiful cabanas and patio umbrellas, which seem to be growing in popularity, probably due to the fact, there are so many different colors and styles to match anyone’s taste. My favorite cabanas are the black and white stripes, they just epitomize the “Old Hollywood Glam Era”, and the black/white combination invokes a cooling effect. I’ve added pictures of some I thought were very pretty. And…the fourth of July is just around the corner, what a better time, if you already don’t have them, to get some for your backyard parties. It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the summer and keep as cool as possible!


  1. Gorgeous photos. I'd love to sip a tropical drink under any of those spots!

    It's been HOT HOT HOT here and today has been very wet. We had what my grandmother used to call a "gully washer" this morning.


  2. I know exactly what you mean. We were in Sarasota over the weekend, and it was 97 degrees, and of course...humid! You're lucky that you have rain...we've had one 20 minute rain in about 2 weeks...and we need it!