5.05.2015

News and Style Notes From Florida

The last six days were spent in Central and Northern Florida seeing family and friends and attending our son's graduation from college.  Lots of happy occasions!  
But now I'm halfway into my journey home to San Francisco and am reminded about how big this beautiful country of ours is.

  And that fact also makes me a little sad...but determined to hold tight to my relationships wherever they may be (including my friends moving to Texas... eyes watering).
While in Orlando, I spent one night at Netta's beautiful home. 
I arrived early in the morning after dropping my husband off at the airport.  Isn't this cool how she added a little greenery from her garden?  She reminded me that I gave her the pitcher.



I love how Netta simply and elegantly displays precious items like her oyster plates and bone handled utensils.

Their son is away in college and I stayed in his comfortable room.


 While I was there, Netta took me out for lake cruise in her new Duffy electric boat.
With just the two of us, it was nice to have some quiet time to catch up. These electric boats are also really fun for socializing/small parties as I captured in this post.
We had a delicious shrimp salad lunch...
And enjoyed the views of the pretty homes on the lake.


If you live in Central Florida and are interested in owning a charming Duffy electric boat (way more stylish than a pontoon boat), contact Netta at annettaigou@mac.com.  Tell her I sent you!

In Tampa, Joy, Dorothy and I relaxed on Joy's dock watching the sun set.  Heavenly!


And speaking of the South...buy Kristy's book HERE.  I loved it!  It would be great for a book club.  I really want to start/join a book club in SF.
 Also, they are offering a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree to one lucky winner. To enter: Send proof of purchase of Dear Carolina (photos are fine!) to readdearcarolina@gmail. Every book purchased is an extra entry!


Congrats to Thomas H. Pickett!  He fills my heart with pride and laughter...and I'm glad he is coming back to California (even if it is Southern California).
Call a friend today and tell her/him you love them no matter how far away they live.  Thanks for visiting!!!

26 comments:

  1. Looks like a great time had by all!!

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  2. I don't know if I'd ever want to leave Netta's house - it's absolutely beautiful. And I think I need one of those electric boats for happy hour cruising (as soon as I get some water to cruise on...). Glad you are having a fun trip!

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  3. Congrats to your son on his graduation! Your trip to Florida looks wonderful. Can't beat shrimp salad and champagne on a beautiful boat :)

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  4. Congrats on your sons graduation....was he at Rollins? Such a beautiful town, Winter Park! Your friends house is stunning!!

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    1. He was at UF but I was near Rollins at Netta's house. Thanks, Linda.

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  5. What a special time with for your family and you know how we love Netta's house - her kitchen is amazing! Thank you so, so much for your support of Dear Carolina. This is one proud and grateful Mom - there is nothing quite like this blog community of friends…we're so appreciative, Mary Ann…

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  6. Loved this post! You guys all look great and I love Netta's home! You have the most creative friends!!

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  7. That trip catching up with dear friends and family sounds perfect, Mary Ann! Thank you for sharing your friends' beautiful homes.....gorgeous and so many pretty details like the bone flatware and the pillows in the man cave! (I just bought Kristy's book this morning.....can't wait to read it!)

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  8. I agree that we need to stay in touch with people who are no longer near us. It's so easy to lose touch and get caught up in the moment. I'm going back to NYC in a few weeks and will be seeing (and have made a huge effort) to see five of my friends from up North,most of whom I haven't seen in almost five years! Oh, yes, this is going to be fun!

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  9. That looks like such a fun and fabulous boat! Gonna look into this for our Maine place. And I love Netta's subway tiles

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  10. Mary Ann,
    What a fun getaway. Congratulations to your son! It's hard to believe they grow up so fast. I am so happy you sent out that little reminder to call your friends and loved ones. We all get so busy, but friends (and family) are the best!
    xo,
    Karen

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  11. Mary Ann, What an amazing time you must have had. Being at Thomas's graduation, I'm sure you were very proud. Then spending time with Netta in her very gorgeous home! I'm in love! Fabulous style and taste is something you both share. I would not have wanted to leave, but then you do have a very gorgeous home waiting for you in SF, and little Chief! You are blessed with friends in many parts of the world and especially blessed to be able to visit and share special times with them. Friendships, whether near or far, are things that we need to cherish everyday!
    Hugs,
    Gail

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  12. Your friends have the most stylish homes!

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  13. Mary Anne what an exciting and fun filled trip!! Congratulations to your son for a great accomplishment!
    Loving that electric boat!! Oh and I am so excited with the anticipation to read Kristy's new book!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Bunnies by Hunt Slonem

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  14. Hope you enjoyed Tampa. I really enjoy reading your blog. Go Gators!

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    1. Thanks Melly...Tampa is a beautiful place!

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  15. Such gorgeous homes...too bad the weather is so awfully sticky! And congrats to your son.

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  16. Congrats to the grad. I got a good taste of how beautiful/big our country is when I rode my bicycle all the way from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic ocean a few years ago. Jordan has done it three times!!!

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  17. Congratulations with a new grad! I have said it before, you have the most stylish friends. What a lovely home. I'm sorry about your friend moving away. That's never easy. Happy Mothers Day!

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  18. Mary Ann, congratulations to Thomas!!! What a gorgeous home! LOTS of decor to inspire me. Thanks for filling my morning with such beauty!

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  19. Congratulations to Tommy!!!! Wow! Such a great accomplishment. Sorry to hear your friends are moving but Texas is terrific and I think they'll love it! Hoping its close to Houston :)

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  20. How fun, all of it!! And a huge congrats to your son...a big accomplishment~!
    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

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  21. Hi Mary Ann, I have friends moving away too...I'm so glad your able to go visit..A lot of people are moving to Austin..I've never been there, but I would love to visit! I love what your friend has done to her home...thanks for sharing!

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  22. Having friends move is so much harder as you get older:( I am starting to hate change so much. That house is so so pretty.....she has perfect style! Glad you had fun and congrats on another graduation!

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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