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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Beach Houses

Every morning and evening when husband and I go for our walks we pass this Beautiful Beach Home on St. Andrews Bay.  It overlooks the Bay and has a pier off to the side (which you can barely see in this photo) that displays a spectacular view.  (Oh to look out to this view every morning and evening!)

Beach House on St. Andrews Bay
I thought it would be fun to decorate the inside of this house so I decided to select some photos that I thought would be really pretty for the inside.

Very pretty and "blue"
Love the coral table and stripped throw.  It adds a nice "pop" of color and oh what a view!
I have to admit these shades of blue speak to me but I think the addition of some other complementary colors would break up all the blue.

Pretty banquette 
 I like the simplicity of this bedroom
Great look for a guest room
 A private hideaway...A great room for young adults....writing in their journals and peering out the window.
So, what do you think?  Which room is your favorite.

A visitor??
You never know who might come for a visit.  LOL

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fab Items from West Elm

I'm a fan of West Elm and on recently visiting their website found some really cool items.  I love the cool colors in the first image especially the turquoise bottle and the navy blue and white mix of pillows, poufs.  I think poufs are a really nice addition to any room not only for tired feet but also as an extra seat too. The bird pillow and navy cotton velvet pillow with the metal hand hammered nail heads are my favorites and I have to admit I purchased them.  You can visit their website to view "what's new" here:  West Elm

Pretty shades of blues, greens, and clear bottles

Midnight blue cotton velvet pillow with decorative metal grommets  ( ordered this one)

Love the design and colors in this pouf

Mineral colored wallpaper...such texture

Sweet colorful birds...I ordered this one too!

Denim Pouf
Adorable rocking birds
Another indigo and white designed pillow

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Shell Island

Last Wednesday, we decided to take a tour of Shell Island. Shell Island is a very natural environment, which means there are no concession stands where you can buy food or drinks, no restroom facilities, and no picnic tables, trash receptacles or shaded pavilions.

The western portion of Shell Island is part of St. Andrews State Park, and the two are divided by the St. Andrews Shipping Channel (known to locals as "the pass"). The eastern portion of Shell Island is property of Tyndall Air Force Base.

If you want to get technical, Shell Island is not an island at all, but is now and historically has been a peninsula. However, the efforts of man and shifting sands have changed the designation back and forth over time. It became an island when a shipping channel was developed to establish a more direct shipping lane between Port Panama City and the Gulf of Mexico. The majority of the bay's outflow of water also soon followed this route, and the original eastern outlet gradually filled with sand and turned the island back into a peninsula. However Shell Island may be an island again soon if what's known as the "East Pass" or "Old Pass" is opened up again by dredging a channel.

In its history, Shell Island has seen Native American settlement, the arrival of Spanish explorers, and even pirates! More modern efforts at development have usually been quickly undone by hurricanes, including a zoo that was once located in what is now state park owned land.  You can read more information on Shell Island here (Shell Island).

I took a few photos of the area from the tour boat.  It was a beautiful sunny day with the seagulls lining all around the outside of the boat waiting to be fed as the boat took off with "cheetos corn curls" that the first mate handed to us to feed to them.  One seagull snapped one right out of my hand.  Unfortunately, husband left the movie option on and some of the photos turned into movies which for some reason we cannot download onto my blog so these are the images I took after we found out the landscape photos were movies and I changed the setting.  All are from the boat.  I hope you enjoy them.

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