My New Sofa & Hurricane Ian

If you are reading this on Tuesday, September 27, I am waiting with all of Florida to see where Hurricane Ian goes. The forecast is updated daily. Monday the prediction was for Ian to slow just west of Tampa, slowly weaken and then move into the Big Bend on Friday morning. Tuesday morning there is a Hurricane Watch for the two counties south of mine with the possibility of Ian landing there. There are always so many models no one really knows. Hurricanes can change course and surprise everyone. No matter where Ian lands, the west coast of Florida will be flooded with storm surge. Storm Surge  is the rise in seawater level caused solely by a storm. On Wednesday & Thursday we will see what Mother Nature does.

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Shopping For Modern Tropical Inspiration

Decoist says.

“Modern Tropical… involves clean lines, fresh palettes, and lots of greenery. The look is tranquil and chic. Rather than overloading beachy spaces with seashell collections and rattan furniture, the new feel is all about less-is-more decor. It’s simple, breezy, and naturally relaxing.”

In July I wrote about Modern Tropical Inspiration for my living room. I began to develop a plan for updating the space. I certainly like the description of clean lines, lots of greenery, and a tranquil space. I’ve been wanting to refresh my living room. Being eclectic I’ll just add a few touches of the modern tropical style I like.

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Fall Shell & Flower Arrangement

Living in Central Florida, I have touches of coastal decor in my home year round. Last spring I added pastels to my living and dining rooms. Summer I went with hot tropical colors.  For fall I am going rustic by adding texture with wood and burlap with lots of neutrals  and tans.  On www.beallsflorida.com,  I saw a bunch of faux shell arrangements using succulents and  on Pinterest, there are amazing shell and floral arrangements.  I don’t want to spend $30 or more and was inspired to try making an arrangement with one of my real conch shells from Key West.

 

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DIY Farmhouse Coastal Mirror

Back in 2008 when I had a booth at a flea market, I got a cheap mirror at a thrift store to hang in the shop.  It had a thin wooden frame which I painted white.  When I closed my shop, I put the mirror in the second bedroom.  It’s not a very attractive  mirror with its little frame.  Over the years, I’ve read all sorts of blog posts about people making a frame larger with wood, paper mache, etc. They were all rather complicated. So I kept thinking.

 

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