There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing – light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick dark into the light.
– Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart
My home is my haven and reflects who I am. Home decor to me is not just what is fashionable or in style; I love to surround myself with things that speak of home, family, and faith. My style is eclectic as I find beauty in many styles. I love vintage and browse thrift store, flea markets and yard sales looking for treasures. I have several side tables that originally belonged to my maternal grandmother. I have quilts made for me by sister-in-law, paintings and drawings by my father, and a painting by a close friend in Ft. Lauderdale.
Today, I am sharing one of my favorite things, an oil painting by the late South Florida artist, Peter Cocuzza. I met Peter back in 2000 and was lucky to buy one of his paintings. He had been a successful artist for several decades and could paint most styles. The last years of his life he taught art to the clients of The Mental Health Association of Broward County. He told me that he loved inspiring others, and it was the most meaningful job he had ever had.
The colors in the painting remind me of the sea and Florida, and the design of the floral still-life also speaks of an Asian element which I love. At the time, I owned a larger home in Sunrise, Florida in Broward County. For some years, I had been trying to find something to put on one large blank wall. This painting totally changed that room.
When I purchased my current cozy home, I knew this picture would dominate the living room. I placed it over my futon which I decided to use as my couch. Living in Florida, a queen size futon is a God-send when all your family and friends up north come to visit. Originally when I purchased the futon, I had placed the futon in a second bedroom in my old home. I bought a hot red cover with Asian elements and decorated the bedroom around that. For my new home here outside of Tampa, I went with a lighter natural sailcloth look for several years with brown and aqua cushions. Recently I updated that look with an off-white cover and coastal pillow covers.
I do love pillow covers and now have others to change the look of the room with a simple change of pillow covers. There are also futon covers available in many shades and patterns, and many can now be washed and dried.
Spring is a perfect time for the coastal flavor. I am loving my lightened room and looking forward to other looks as the seasons change. Thanks for coming by.
Join me at the following Link Parties:
Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings-the heart of our home
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Do it big, do it right, and do it with style.
– Fred Astaire
I fell in love with Fred Astaire at an early age. Like many young ladies, I wanted to be dancing with him in Ginger Roger’s beautiful gowns. When I read this quote, I immediately saw him in my mind. Dancing, singing, and taking his viewers to a graceful, elegant place. He certainly did it big, right and with style.
Yesterday when I went to Tasty Tuesday farmer’s market, one of my favorite growers was not there. It is almost the end of April, and he is at home getting ready to close-up his garden and pack for his trip back to Maine. Jim is an inspiring man who loves to grow things and lives a lifestyle of harmony. He lives in Maine from May to October growing crops, canning and selling his produce and flowers. In October, he loads up his truck and arrives back at his home in New Port Richey, Florida. He then sells apples, pumpkins, and various produce along with his canned products from the summer while he plants his front yard for his winter crop. His lifestyle does not conform to society’s expectations but provides him immeasurable happiness. He lives to grow. Florida summers are so hot that little will grow. Maine of course is too cold in the winter. He travels, shares his crops and homemade products, and seems to have found a peaceful, calm place in the world.
His lovely spring bouquets and produce are gone, and I will miss his presence. Instead, I made a bouquet from snapdragons from a friend’s yard and purchased alstroemeria and pulled out my burlap table runner.
Temps in April were in the 80’s with a couple of days of 90. The amaryllis are struggling and the petunias are almost done. My white lilies will bloom in the next week, and I know spring will end soon.
Thanks for coming by and sharing my space with me.
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You have to trust your own madness.
– Clive Barker
We all have thoughts and feelings that do not conform to the march of the pack. As we continue to grow in life, we learn who we are and must trust our true inner selves. Be the best you can be and follow your intuition. The Creator has given you special gifts to use in your life journey. What works for you might be the worst for me. We do not have to agree on everything to be friends.
The beautiful red of amaryllis still fills yards in my area, bright red heads standing watch over gardens. I brought the colors in to the bedroom for a bouquet of colors – red amaryllis, snapdragons, and pink begonias.
This sweet bouquet is perfect for my bedroom and brings me great joy.
The beautiful red amaryllis seems to last longer cut and in a vase than it does left on the stem in the yard.
Here’s wishing you a day of sunshine and sweet bouquets.
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April has been a month of pink geraniums, purple petunias, pink sweet peas, blue hydrangeas and now red amaryllis.
The local farmer’s market has been a fun place this month. By the end of March, the fresh produce was beautiful and plentiful. Tables loaded with spinach, kale, lettuce, and other wonderful veggies invite you to come closer. Each vendor may also decorate their tables with tablecloths and flowers. Several of my friends for the last month have had a small jar of pink sweet peas by their produce. The lovely aroma is quite enchanting.
For the last three weeks, they have given me a bunch of sweet peas to take home. My kitchen window has been the home to the luscious little sweet peas. They don’t last long but are there to greet me for several days and brighten my day.
I made the striped curtains several years ago to frame the window and pull them back with white rickrack. The pink and soft green complement each other.
The old watering can was found in a local thrift store.
I have been in love with hydrangeas for years but did not consider them for Florida. This year’s potted hydrangea on the front porch has deepened my love and planted a hope that I can continue this plant in my yard.
For the last several days, my amaryllis by the front porch has been in bloom. When I drive up to my home, there the red heads seem to greet me.
I will enjoy them for the next week and look forward to what will bloom in May.