Last month I went down to Florida to work on a client project. We ended up finishing early so I rented a boat for a day to do some fishing and goof around. The boat was, well…a boat? My client’s executive assistant, myself, my drapery installer and my client’s houseman got on the boat with raised eyebrows, a couple of quick prayers and some bait and we hoped for best.
Here are some pics from the day…
This is my first catch of the day….
A Bonnethead shark! Doesn’t it look ferocious?
This is how it looked out of the water…
Believe it or not this thing was three feet long…a baby! Quite the fighter though and I was more than a little relieved to throw it back in. Sorry universe…sorry Bonnethead. We ate most of what we caught for dinner: sea trout, triple tail, whitefish, something something and something else something.
I can’t talk about the sea turtle I hooked. All I can say is that it was a giant mistake and I’m super sad and it lived, (hooked its cheek) and I’m writing another check to the Sea Turtle Center as soon as I get done with this post…
We pulled up on a federally protected island with a bird sanctuary….It was lovely!
I have never seen so many horseshoe crabs…it was nesting season and this one was trying to get ashore.
Baby horseshoe crab? If there are any experts out there, please let me know! Nice sun burned feet. (At least the gel manicure held up).
Looks like a Corona ad.
I love Pelicans! They have ancient roots in Christian and Egyptian symbolism but I think they are cool for their absolute grace when flying in formation over the beach and precision when diving to catch their dinner.
Apparently I have had a long love affair with Pelicans…check it out. Me at the tender and totally awkward age of fourteen.
If I could say anything to this girl I would tell her that her braces will eventually come off, her colt legs will soon match the rest of her and mousse will be invented in about four months…oh and that guy from Algebra is a straight up jerk.
Sunset on a Florida key…
So here’s why we went…we installed some drapery in one of the condos that my client owns. She entertains guests quite a bit and this condo was purchased for overflow guests from the main house across the way. Most of the bedding was purchased at Target and Restoration Hardware and the furniture came from Crate & Barrel and Wisteria. Great sources for inexpensive furnishings and I often use them for second homes (or in this case third homes).
The drapery are custom made (by my workroom in Charlotte) in a crinkle sheer and we corner mounted the rods with custom made rods and hardware. This is one of the guest bedrooms.
I work out of town for several clients across the country. Some are Charlotte clients who have second homes and some are clients from another state who I have the privilege of working with. I like to be on all of my out of town installations so we ship items and then fly in to install everything.
Here is the family room. This client loves sheers and we put them in every room in her main house across the road. The nice thing about sheers in a sunny climate like Florida is the ability to have light come in without the scorching heat. The blinds provide privacy (although this condo is on a very private stretch of water) and more light control.
These sheers are mounted on connecting custom rods so my client can cover certain parts of the windows (the windows run all the way across) and still get a water view.
It’s a very cozy condo for guests!
Interestingly, I have been seeing the “Sea Life Trend” everywhere. I spotted quite a bit of it at High Point Market in Spring.
A coral chair from Currey & Co:
A beautiful faux malachite and coral handled secretary from Currey & Co.:
Coral mirror and console at Currey & Co:
Silver shark jaw at Arteriors:
Coral chandeliers at Arteriors- which also come in red:
Want the Sea Life look?
How about a tea set from Anthropologie?
A tufted rug from Anthropologie:
Michael Aram Caviar Dish from Bloomingdale’s:
Shell serving platter from Neiman Marcus:
A coral branch knob from Anthropologie:
I leave you with this….my bin in the security line at the airport. Yes!
Hope your week is wonderful!
Thanks for reading,
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