Monday, December 15, 2008

Grab a cup of cocoa and feast your eyes on this home!

Holidays times two.....

Another classic Hooked on Houses tour...check out the button above

to feast your eyes and soul on everything holiday!!
Merry Christmas from a Beautiful Florida home of a friend

and neighbor...
....so full of color and whimsy
and FUN!

You can't help but feel happy as you enter...
Always sunny and bright...

Original wood floors are scattered with gorgeous timeworn persian rugs...

Well used Wellies holding the giftwrap...love this!

Their banister is decked with antique silver
baby cups from her collection ... Awwww


The livingroom showcases tropical art beautifully with
Antiques...


The stockings are hung...

...along with an assortment of well loved, often read
Childrens Christmas books

Santa is getting ready...yep.


Cranberries in vases with candles inside
light the dining room table


I am truly in love with this shell chandelier...
In love I tell you...


The walls are painted a key lime green...
The kitchen is beautiful...blue willow platters
line a wall

The Family room....is ....well ,so family! And still more...as you take the winding path out the side door from the
kitchen...






















You come to the lovliest pool house...
and pool.....


















No snow in this clime...But tons o'Whimsy and fun!




















And boy do the locals sure know how to wear their color!!!

Another winding chicago brick path off the pool leads to a stunning guest
cottage, aptly named Sunshine Cottage check out the link...which they rent out...
Come on, you know you
wanna! Heck I wanna
An octopus of an old Live oak... protects this gem of a home
and it's amazing family of five....

ooooh...and their bevy of kitties....


Fa la la la la.....la laa la la!

89 comments:

Robin said...

Hi I came via Hooked On Houses (I'm Tour #60) and I love your house tour. Chistmas in the tropics usually looks so "out of place" but they've managed to creat a traditional feel in their home very well. Now could you send some of that weather up my way to New England?

Lina said...

Unique, cool, beautifully photo'd..
AWESOME! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

PEA said...

Your friend has such a beautiful house and I just love the way she's decorated it! Just gorgeous!! Merry Christmas:-) xo

angela | the painted house said...

I love the baby cup garland--oh my!

And that absolutely breathtaking live oak reminds me of home in Houston.

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

What an awesome home! Very classy with the wreaths outside..., and me too am in love with that seashell chandelier and wonder, bought? or do-it-yourself? Happy Holidays!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Fun! I never would've thought of it, but apparently I need to get some Wellies to put my wrapping paper in! Also loved the baby cups tied into the garland. What a great house!

Thanks for joining my blog party and giving us lots of beautiful and interesting things to look at, as usual. I always know I can count on you. -J :-)

photoqueen said...

WOW - what a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing!! (I clicked over from BooMama.)

Bridget said...

How kind of your neighbor to let you share her house. I might have to borrow an idea or two from her. Lovely home!

Lady of the Mote said...

How beautiful!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Wellies holding the gift wrap! I am so ripping off, er, borrowing that idea! ;-) And...someone just bought us fancy Scrabble as a gift, and I love the idea of using the tiles for "message displays" when the game isn't in use.

I love this house, and the ideas it's given me! Thanks to you and your neighbors for sharing.
- Laura

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a wonderful home, Linda! It's beautiful. Thanks so much.

anita said...

i felt like i was there!
so happy and fun..
thanks for the visit!

anita said...

oh, i meant to add...
shes my kind of girl w/ her
chambord and peligrino and vodka..all my favorites to
make the best yum drinks with!
happy-happy!

Visual Vamp said...

Whew!
That took a few cups of cocoa!
(With a shot of Kaluha).
Great post!
Thanks...
xo xo

Lisa said...

What a great house tour...and I had to smile at several things...like the scrabble "Merry Christmas"...reminds me of my mom, who loves to play. And the baby cups garland...NOW I know what to do with that pewter monogramed baby cup someone gave my firstborn...I just need about 20 more. ;-)

Lovely, CHARMING home and decor...thanks so much for sharing.

Cote de Texas said...

What a wonderful home!!! I love the facade - the inteiors are so cute too!!!

thanks SO much for your comment today.
Joni

Carey said...

Your friend has a beautiful home. I love the simple ideas...the cranberries and candles, the baby cups on the garland, gift wrap in the boots.

Thanks for sharing...
Happy holidays!

Wanderluster said...

I love the look of the Christmas decorations against the tropical backdrop... so unexpected and lovely! Thanks for the tour. And thanks for dropping by my blog :)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Thanks all! as usual, my pictures don't do it any justice at all...every nook and cranny is just full of love and fun!

Maya...She bought the GORGEOUS chandy...hubby isn't as fond of it...apparently. Men!

Anita...hee on scoping out the bar...good eyes! Have you ever tried a teaspoon or so of chambord in a glass of chilled white wine?? Ooops...getting side tracked!

And the Wellies...and the scrabble...so her!!

Thanks all for looking, for posting!

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

I live in Punta Gorda so we enjoy the same weather for Christmas! I love that house! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!
-Kim

desiree@lookiloos.com said...

What a great tour. Thanks! I love the pool house and the wellies for wrapping paper great idea. I used to live in Florida....I miss it!

Gigi said...

That was an awesome tour of a fabulous house! Thanks for sharing it.

sandra/tx said...

Linda, that was fun! So many great ideas. I love the ornaments in the big, glass jar, the wrapping paper in the wellies, the silver baby cups on the garland, and the Christmas greeting spelled out with Scrabble tiles. Fun!

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Very nice and festive! Thanks for the tour!

Michelle said...

Can I live there? What a beautiful home!!

Whitney Caroline Designs said...

Messages with Scrabble tiles - LOVE!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Wishes for a Merry Christmas
- Whitney

Sandy Toes said...

Okay..your home is truly beautiful! Just beautiful...do you take guests? hee hee!
-sandy toes

Pat said...

WOW!! I want your house for Christmas!
Pat

maya said...

every time julia hosts a party, i come to your blog and i think, "she has the BEST friends!"

really, truly a beautiful home, done up right for Christmas.

texasdaisey said...

What a beautiful yet comfortable home. The kind of place I would love to walk barefoot in. Ahhhhhhhh. Now I am relaxed. Debbie

Alisa said...

Hi there - I too came via the Hooked on Houses tour. Two years ago my husband and I moved from FLORIDA to NORTH CAROLINA due to a job transfer. He is a FL native and we lived there for quite sometime. Seeing your pics makes me a little homesick but we've managed to adjust to the new climate here in NC. Check our my tour - http://colorsofchristmas.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

I love your neighbor's home. It's all just so happy, cheery, and comfortable. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Ms. Tee said...

Linda, you always have the *best* tours ever! :)

What a fun, happy home - how great that you get to visit it often!

I also love that shell chandelier - so unique!

Becca and Adam said...

your house is just gorgeous! I want to be there right now :-) thanks for having us - merry Christmas!

imjacobsmom said...

Cute ideas throughout! The baby cup garland, the mantel, the "wellies" with the giftwrap....Robyn

Ma'dame French said...

I'm with you I lOVE the chandelier!! So many pretty things and I loved the Scrabble letters how fun! French;)

Laura said...

Oh my, this is one beautiful home. What an absolutely wonderfully decorated house! Love it.

Joyce said...

Linda- you captured the feeling with your beautiful pictures!
I love the well worn Christmas books, the wellies and scrabble pieces to be taken out of the closet to be used as props. The locals so know how to dress! I love the bright colors!
A very beautiful home! Oh and yes the shell chandelier is out of this world!!

JanMary said...

Beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

Love using the welly boots for the wrapping paper.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

Mango Gal said...

So pretty! It looks like one of those wonderful homes that have built character over the years. Love the wellies!

Sharon said...

One of the best house tours ever. I might just copy the scrabble thing with "merry christmas"!^^ Great elements of decor featured. Thanks for sharing& happy holidays to you and your family:)

Carol said...

What THEY said. Beautiful! The Wellies and the baby cups are awesome ideas.

Merry Christmas!

hthr said...

What festive decorating! i love it! We moved from FL to TN 3 years ago and FL decorating is just soooo cool & fun! Merry Christmas!

Cammie said...

beautiful home...and your blog header really makes me want to be in Florida right now

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Linda, what a positively fun & festive home in FL all decked out for Christmas. So not like FL at all, but a gorgeous home. Thanks for sharing, I loved it all & those kitties are just too cute.

Thanks for playing in my house tour!

Eloise said...

I think you know me well enough to know that if I lived in Florida, I would want my house to look EXACTLY like that one! Thanks for sharing.

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

WOW, what beautiful colors! Love your decor - The bundle of joy is due in January ;)

S said...

What a beautiful home, I want to move right in!

vicki archer said...

What about the scrabble christmas greeting - love it.
Gorgeous post and fab tour, thank you. xv

honeysuckle said...

Lovely Christmas decorating! I love the silver cups on your garland! Merry Christmas!

DILA said...

I smiled when I looked at the pictures. What a happy place to live in. A fantastic house and a beautiful garden. Tell your friend that she has done a marvellous job with the decorations.

/Dila

Chris said...

I don't even know where to begin. The CHARM in that house! The three little stools by the window? Oh my! As 6 more inches of snow is falling on us right now, I was a little perturbed to see such a gorgeous pool area. :) What an adorable (and well decorated) home! Thanks for the tour!

Christi said...

Love the cards hung from garland and the scrabble letters spelling Merry Christmas!!!
So original! :)

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

What an amazing home! I love all the little touches throughout. I especially love the scrabble letters. What an awesome idea!

Jen r. said...

What a beautiful home!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I always seeing you being a terrific blogger and commenting on other blogs I read. now, I finally have finally found your blog. :)
I love the decorations~absolutely adorable!
I hope you'll visit soon, I will have my last giveaway of December this Friday.

Kwana said...

That was so much fun. What a beautiful house. Love the Scrabble pieces.

pve design said...

Oh, I am so glad to have visited, swam and had a cup of lime-ade. What a sweet spot, full of love and heart.
I want to draw everything!

Mary Ruth said...

I have come by a few times to view this house. GREAT House! Having lived in South Florida for 13 years, I could feel the breeze as I looked at the yard pictures. I love the mix of colors too! Thanks so much for sharing! I'll be back to view what's new!

My Decor Style said...

GREAT home tour! It's hard to be Christmas-y in Florida without looking totally out of place. The Christmas decorations fit this home perfectly! Love it!

Kimba said...

Oh my glory! Who wouldn't love to celebrate Christmas in that house. It's stunning! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas,
Kimba

Cali Girl said...

so pretty and refreshing!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So pretty, so festive! I loved that wooden mirror! And, I have asked for new wellies for Christmas!!

KayEllen said...

Beautiful!!!
What a fun tour and Fab house you have:)
Blessing to you....Merry Christmas!

Cute kitties!!!

kayellen

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

OHHH from a Florida lover in landlocked Tennessee I loved this home. I especially love the baby cups and children's books ideas. The Scrabble tiles are too cute.

Beautiful, lovely home! I could jump in that pool now. With a margarita in my hand. ;)

Debbie said...

I feasted no doubt! Very nice post Linda and I'm so happy you took the time to post all those photos because they are amazing!

Blessings - Debbie

Rachel said...

What a beautiful home! You took great pictures to show off it's beauty!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Thank you for sharing your home. I love a gal who is not afraid of color.

The Decorated House said...

Hey Lady~
What a blast! I've been in so many homes like this over the years, but this one was still so much fun. I totally enjoyed the visit.
Thanks for the tour.
Donna

Fifi Flowers said...

This is a GREAT house inside and outside! Love the kitties too! Thanks for sharing!
ENJOY the holidays!
Fifi

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

You have a beautiful home! Pretty Christmas decorations too; I love the garland on the stairs.

Kimba said...

Hey there! I just wanted to let you know that I included this post in my Favorite Things round-up.

http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2008/12/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-things.html

Kimba said...

Aaaaaaand I just realized that already knew that because you left me a comment. ;-)

Holly said...

I love that house! The Christmas decor is fabulous...love the silver cups.

hello gorgeous said...

Beautiful! I loved it so much I did the Holiday Home Tour as well. Thanks for the idea.

Have a great Christmas!

Sassafras said...

Thank you for featuring my home, Linda. This whole blog, home tour thing is new to me. One word: MESMERIZED! I knew there was a wonderful world of women, homes, and thoughts out there, but I didn't know how to connect to them. Now I know...and I appreciate all the kind comments. I am humbled and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Amber said...

I am gobsmacked! What an absolutely PERFECT house!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Sassafrass...loving the name. Hee!

Thank YOU for allowing me to introduce you to the world of blogging...AND the world of blogging to you! Your home is beautiful....as is your heart!

Special thanks to all the great commenters and lookers...you have all been so warm and genuine and inviting...you all make it a blast!! Really, really.

Michie said...

What a beautiful house. I love the Merry Christmas scrabble tiles - simple and cute.

KarenB said...

To begin, I love your header photo. It's so beautiful. Your neighbor has a lovely, personality filled home. I love the silver baby cups, especially. Thank her for letting us in for a look.

Linda Lou said...

What an incredible home, so creatively decorated for the holidays, traditional, yet still retaining the tropical feel....all I can say is wow, I love it, thanks for sharing these great photos..Happy Holidays Linda!

Tamara Jansen said...

Your place is soooo delicious....do you ever do house swap holidays??!!

Have a very merry christmas :)

Kate said...

You have done a wonderful job decorating and your home is beautiful. Quite a difference in your Christmas weather and mine. Enjoy the sunshine and Merry Christmas!

becky said...

I love all the beautiful details -- they're perfect. Looks like the perfect tropical holiday getaway.

Happy Holidays!

Laura-in-ATL said...

This is my sisiter's house and seeing it made me VERY homesick. It's beautiful just like she is...inside and out!

Leigh said...

AMazing tour! Beautiful!

S'more of my Thoughts said...

That is just one of the most BEAUTIFUL homes I've ever seen! GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

visiting from Boomama's site

once in a blue moon... said...

LOVED the tour, how sweet that you share so much good stuff!

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