Florida Room!

I recently learned of Douglas Elliman, a global real estate firm.  They were looking for bloggers to design inspiration boards for the “Florida Room” to inspire buyers that are looking for Florida Property.  You can check out their current listings here.  DOUGLAS ELLIMAN
For those of you that don’t know what a Florida room might be, they are also sometimes called a 3 season room, patio, lanai,  or outdoor living space.  Here in Florida, most of them are screened in, making it nicer to enjoy without the mosquitoes eating you alive.
I designed a Florida Room Inspiration Board that remains true to my brand of frugal friendly and DIY.
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Large DIY Projects:  Think about your space, and how you’d like to use it.  Whether you have a large space and can fit a dining room table and chairs, or just a smaller table with a bench, these items can be affordably found at thrift stores, and even alongside the road.  I suggest painting these finds with outdoor house paint to hold up against the elements.  Paint is a quick and cheap way to make items look fresh, matching, and custom.
DIY Crafts:  Traditionally a Florida Room features the ocean and sea worthy elements, but I’m going to tell you that it doesn’t HAVE to be.  I think you should make it whatever your little heart desires!  Olddesignshop.com has lots of free vintage graphics and images to download, and you could easily get them enlarged to make a statement piece of art, or print out your own in smaller frames.  Paint small bottles with a school glue and food coloring mixture to give ordinary glass that coveted sea glass look.  Or you can purchase Martha Stewart’s frosted glass paint in any shade to match your decor.  Did you know that you can dye play sand to give it a matching look too?  Just use your food coloring and mix mix mix away.  You can also do this with epsom salts!  Nestle candles inside pickle, spaghetti and other interestingly shaped jars (after you’ve washed and dried them of course.)  Give your outdoor space a romantic and cozy feel by using some holiday lights.  This hula hoop chandelier is an easy project to create a focal point and some lighting with a wow factor.  Simple wrap with matching ribbons or lace, use fishing line to hang, and use icicle lights to create a chandelier to match your tastes.
Easy Nautical Elements:  A Florida Room doesn’t have to look like your brought the beach home.  You can get some rope at a craft or hardware store and use the internet to learn some sailing knots.  Frame them in a shadow box, use the knots to tie back curtains, or wrap around accent pillows like shown.  Even more simply, fill clear glass jars with rope to stagger about.  Maybe you’re a bit more quirky in style, like me, and you dream about the whimsical, mythical world of mermaids, and sunken ships.  Why not create a mermaid garden, or purchase cheap coral and other aquarium charms from Walmart.  Use your trusty paint to give everything a cohesive look, and if you’re like me, accent with some glitter!
Collections:  I believe every space should be you.  If you have collections, make sure they overflow out to your Florida Room space.  This would be a great spot for your seashell collections from vacations, but don’t forget less likely collections like the beautiful colored glass pictured above.  Even a small shelf with a few select pieces would make a big impact on your patio.  Keep in mind that they elements may be coming in, depending on the structure of your space.  Don’t display anything that could be ruined by rain, heat, wind, and sunshine.
Other ideas:
This is your space, and you should love it.  Florida Rooms don’t have to look like you live in Florida if that’s not your thing.  Maybe you love pink (like me).

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This room design gives a beachy feel with no blue or green in sight, and the artwork could be easily swapped out for other decor options.

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Maybe you want a reading nook, and have the enclosed porch to display your book collection without ruin.  A sunroom would make a quaint and quiet library.
And of course, if the beach, water, and pastels aren’t your thing, and you long to be in the lush forests far from the beach, you can create a green oasis in your outdoor space.

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Always select plants that are right for your area, climate, and amount of sun.  Here you can see zero sand and surf in sight, but the space still feels like an outdoor escape.
The most important thing to have when you are designing a space is an open mind.  I challenge you to go thrifting and find items that you gravitate towards.  Ask yourself how you can change these items to fit your Florida Room and the kind of space you want to create.  The possibilities are endless!
On Wednesday, I’ll show you how I used very simple, frugal, design ideas to make our screened in porch into a nice little entertaining and relaxing spot.
(This is NOT a sponsored post and I was not paid by Douglas Elliman.  The ideas and inspiration on the board are completely my own.)

 

Party Planning: June Vision Board

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This month I bring you the June Party Planning Vision Board for my go to image of a June Picnic.  Father’s Day is June 19th, but this party would fit for any reunion, gathering, or birthday party too!
What is a June picnic without the old fashioned nostalgia of red and white checked gingham?!  Plates, cups, napkins, and additional boxes for snacks to carry around are adorned with the cheeky pattern.  I also added some red chevron, polka dot, and striped bamboo cutlery to the mix.  Plastic hot dog containers can also hold small packets of condiments, hand wipes, or the packets of individual sunscreen at the bottom left hand corner of the board.  These are nice for guests that may have forgotten their own sunblock.
Keep small children entertained while eating by allowing them to play with picnic sticker play sets, and afterwards big kids and little kids alike will love to play or watch some lawn games like large tic tac toe, or chutes and ladders.  Keep the game going into the night by using the ring toss both in the day time, and night time with the addition of glow in the dark necklaces.  These are great for guests to wear too.  Don’t forget to light up your outdoor party at night with these solar light lawn markers, and send guests home with a hamburger key chain to remember their party with you!
If you use my vision board for your blog, or inspiration for your own party, please give me credit, and I would love to see photos of your actual shindig!

 

Frugal Living Tip

In my effort to constantly find frugal living habits, I try to look at everyday items in a new light.  Years ago, makeup was such a luxury and expense that most women would never dream of throwing out a lipstick tube before scooping out the last little bit.  I rarely finish a lipstick because I’m always trying out the newest pink color, but I do scoop out my chapsticks.
This got me wondering what else I could squeeze a little more out of.  I’ve often heard of cutting the toothpaste in order to get the last little bit.  My favorite eyebrow pencil, elf instant lift brow pencil, is a product I often find myself going through rather quickly.  I always panic when I get to the end of one, even though I like to have a few on hand as a back up.
So last time I got to the end, I began investigating how the packaging was put together.  I surmised that there was a little more product inside the base, much like a lipstick tube.  To my surprise, the top portion of this retractable pencil came off with minimal effort.  Look at what I found!

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As you can see there was a tiny bit more in there, and that tiny bit actually got me through another full week of use.  I encourage you to take a look at your products once you think they are used up, and see if you can get that little extra bit out.  Have any of my loyal readers discovered any ways to get more use out of a product?  Please share!

First Monday Quote

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Today is the first Monday of the month and this is the second month I am doing my inspirational quote to get you going.  This quote came from Pinterest, and I couldn’t find the original source.  Today, think back on all the times that you have been rejected and think about how it may have lead you to something better.  You’re still standing, it made you stronger.  It made you fight harder.  It made you think up a new plan.  It made you make a great connection.  Whatever it was, think back and reflect fondly on those “rejects” today.