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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!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beautifully Tropical....

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I love collecting beautiful pictures of decorating ideas, which includes furniture, paint colors, accent pieces, artwork, and outdoor design ideas and keep them in a folder on my desktop.  I am always looking for the unique. Living in a sub-tropical environment, though my number one love is the desert southwest, I am still a beach and tropical girl at heart,  kind of a mix bag of what some people call two entirely different styles.  I believe that the two blend beautifully together, especially when it comes to colors, textures and even furniture.  Oh yeah, and throw in my love for mid-century modern and Hollywood Regency, I am all over the place.  I am by no means an Interior Designer, but I have very strong beliefs that anything goes as long as it’s what you love and it makes your home, “your home”.   I believe that if you love it, and, if it makes you happy and comfortable, that is what truly matters.  Though I must say, I think Interior Designers, Architects, Landscaping Architects and Artist, no matter their craft, are some of the most creative people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with in my career, they have such a wonderful zest for life, and greatly appreciate their talents and will always welcome their advice, as they obviously know much more than I.
As I go through so many wonderful Blog sites and see the great creativity in each of them, I recognize, many feel as I do.  Not even in magazines have I seen so many sweet, beautiful and creative ideas as I do when reading these Blogs.  When I come across a site and see something that just hits me, and I think, how unique and beautiful…”why didn’t I think of that”?  And it may be something that I would love to do in my own home, but change it up a bit, or keep it just as I saw it.  I believe that it comes from real individuals and we have the honor of seeing the outcome of their ideas.
My husband and I have been working diligently on our home the last few months.  Though our home is only 20 years old, and when we purchased it 15 years ago, it was ideal.  We made only a few changes such as paint colors, changed up the landscaping to become more tropical, and remove the main living area’s carpet and replace with wood flooring.  I have totally enjoyed everything that we’ve done, but now that I got started, I can’t stop, seems as though each weekend, we are doing something new.  My goal, is to have everything complete before the holidays arrive…mind you, I said that is my goal, and it’s a big one, so I know I must be realistic to ensure it is done correctly and high quality, it will take time, but that is the fun part.  I’ve added several beautiful photos that I’ve collected mostly through Tumblr and Flickr, where permission is given to copy.  Though these are not my photographs I feel they all have something so unique and beautiful in each of them, that through color, style, etc., great ideas come from.  And during these summer months, they evoke feelings of the tropics, peacefulness, relaxation, comfort and in some cases a great escape to a place we may have traveled or experienced in our past that brings back beautiful memories.  By adding pieces that we may have collected on our travels or sweet gifts from family and friends, is just a perfect touch to add to your home d├ęcor.  I know those pieces in my home are the most precious parts of what makes it my family’s home.
I would love to hear from anyone that is doing any re-decorating in their own home, changing up their landscaping, or anything creative you would like to share even in photography.   And…I hope you enjoy these beautiful photos and maybe they will help spark an interest for you to do something new that brings even more happiness to your lives.

Simplicity, Tropical and Elegant

Love the Hollywood Regency Attitude

The blue door with the bright red hibiscus is perfection

Cannot be more tropical with such a warm homey feeling

Gorgeous Teal with that Hollywood Regency Look, and love the dogie chase 

A Great Combination of the Desert Southwest with Tropical


This is Just Perfect in Every way Possible


Beautiful Mexican Style Fountain and the Perfect Outdoor Living area, and What a View


Beautiful Combination of Colors and Relaxed Atmosphere

Wow!!!!


This is Just Perfection of a Mid Century Desert Modern Home - Love the Chandelier

Some would say very British Colonial Interior with a touch of Key West.   I say...can I come and stay for the Weekend.

Mid Century Modern with a very Contemporary Attitude

This was featured as Mid Century Modern...Just Love the Colors