April 20, 2015

Nora Butler’s Whimsical Seaside Illustrations

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 I found some delightful prints online done by Nora Butler
and knew right away that I'd have to include them in my blog.
Wait - it gets better.
I discovered that Nora has a shop - in Naples, Florida, 
of all places, where we'd soon be vacationing!
The coincidence was too cool to ignore.

Sure enough, we found Nora Butler Designs
in Naples' Crayton Cove, at 800 12th Avenue South.
Total beach charm, the shop was stuffed to the gills with
Nora's prints, figurines, clothing and note cards.
And as a bonus - I got to meet the artist herself.

Nora was blessed to grow up with Florida sand between her toes.
She developed both a talent for drawing and a love for the shore at a young age.
Her illustrations invite us to pause and look closer at what's within,
to take time to appreciate the details.


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"Fantasy Fish"

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"Palm Party"

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"Tropicool Crab"

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"A Night on the Town"

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"Dolphin Dream II"

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"Reef Rider"

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"Mermaid Music"

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Visit Nora Butler Designs in Naples,
or at her website here.


Also in Crayton Cove,
Lunch at Bleu Provence.



Images used with direct permission from Nora Butler.

April 16, 2015

Vintage Travel Posters by BLivingstons

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I love travel posters - vintage ones in particular.
Bold pieces of art, they'd be a fun addition to any modern decor.
Just perfect to conjure up memories of past travels,
or to keep those dreams of future destinations alive!

These are courtesy of BLivingstons. Take a look!


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Even one for our own City of Brotherly Love~

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Find lots more at BLivingstons on Etsy.




Images used with direct permission from Robert Livingston.

April 13, 2015

Lunch at Bleu Provence ~ Naples, FL

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Bonjour, mes amis!
Join me for an amazing Naples, Florida lunch at Bleu Provence!
Located in Crayton Cove, this charming French restaurant is owned by
Lysielle & Jacques Cariot, originally from Provence, France.
Sons Clement and Kevin join in the family business as managers.
The fare is prepared with in-season, organic, locally-sourced ingredients.
If you love wine, this is the place for you;
sommeliers are ready to help you select from a impressive list.
A pleasant, relaxing ambiance with a meal that was light and fresh,
absolutely delicious and very healthy!
Merci, beaucoup, Bleu Provence!


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Asparagus soup. Wow.

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The Superfood Salad was are-you-kidding-me delicious!
Quinoa, green beans, snow peas, mango,
green onion, aged Cabichou goat cheese, mint.

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Visit Bleu Provence at
1234 8th Street South
Naples, Florida 34102



April 10, 2015

Laura Frisk’s Woodblock Printed Animal Pillows

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Laura Frisk is the talented creator -through each step of the way- of these fun pillows!
She comes up with a drawing and carves it into wood.
Using eco-friendly ink (of course), she transfers the design onto fabric,
then sews it into a quirky pillow that's totally stuffed with charm!
Ready to add a pop of whimsy to your decor?


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How cool is this?
You can order your pillow to suit your fancy-
choose from dozens of colors of ink,
as well as the color of the fabric on the back!

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Laura also makes really big pillows...

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...and little ones with loops for hanging!

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Not only animals - here's a cute cactus!

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Find Laura Frisk on Etsy and Facebook!



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Images used with direct permission from Laura Frisk.

April 9, 2015

April Showers?

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Yeah, a bit pessimistic, but very true and so funny!
Let's ignore the frizz and laugh along with each other
through every one of these bad hair days.
And don't forget your umbrella.


(From Ford, of all things.)


April 8, 2015

Curated Color: Spring Green

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 The many shades of green, including emerald, kelly or lime,
bring forth emotions of harmony, balance and growth.
Experience these fresh, calming greens!



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Here's another Curated Color post:
True Blue