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Beachcombing: a color palette from nature 

It's a misty, foggy, coolish day in southwest Florida. But since any day that you can walk on the beach is a good day, I headed out early to start December on a positive note.

And I found this beautiful piece of driftwood. It's deeply embedded in the sand (and attached to an embedded tree) so it won't be going home with me. But I was fascinated by the color palette. The Fort Myers interior decorator part of me is always looking for color palettes for my clients!

The browns, sandy beiges, pinks and whites of the shells, wood and barnacles once again demonstrate how nature always gets the color scheme right. 

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Travels: escape to the past in historic Mt. Dora

Here I am back at work today but I spent some time in historic downtown Mt. Dora this weekend when I took a break from the antique extravaganza at Renningers.

Photo of Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora, FLPhoto taken at the Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora

There's a lot to love about this quaint little town that I have been going to for many years whenever I need an escape or a break back to a simpler time. 

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Simple pleasures: a treasure around every turn at Mt. Dora antique market

I think it's my favorite time of year...the first antique extravaganza of the season...acres and acres of antiques and treasures scattered throughout the rolling hills of Renningers Antique Market.

Rennigers Antique Market

It also means a stroll through quaint Downtown Mt. Dora. Seeing good friends. Looking for treasures under other treasures. It means the holidays are coming soon. And it makes me happy to know that there are two more markets to look forward to in January and February. 

Many times I have written about rescuing a tossed aside and forgotten piece from this market and how I bring it home and repurpose it for myself or a client. This weekend, there are 1,400 dealers from all over the country selling everything from primitives to old coke machines.

The November show also means the beginning of the holiday season as many of the dealers bring out vintage holiday decor and I always come back with lost of new  ideas. And this year's show (which runs through 5 p.m. today) was blessed with perfect Florida weather.

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From the mat: taking a breath and letting it go...

My early morning Joyful Yoga instructor, Marti Dowman, was speaking directly to me this morning when she read this beautiful poem by Danna Faulds. 

Photo of a garden path

Let it go

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold:
the holding of plans or dreams or expectations –

Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide.
The choice to fight what is here before you now will
only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts
to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes
through your days whether you received it gently
or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders.
Take this on faith; the mind may never find the
explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry
you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams
or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of
rest and peace, and certain transformation.

It also made me think about a design client who is having a difficult time letting go of possessions from a past (not altogether positive) life as she enters into a new chapter with hope and optimism.

We are all holding on to something. A lost love, a dream, the past, takes practice (and breathing) to let it go. And then, who knows what can happen. Something great.



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