Cottage Style Reigns: Beach Getaway Inspires Creativity

On my recent trip back to the south I joined my best friend...of 47 years...on a quick trip to the Florida panhandle beaches of South Walton. A mere two hours from my home town of Tallahassee, it was an easy side trip. We'd been trying to plan a girls trip for many months and it dawned on us that one of the prettiest places in the U.S. was right in our back yard! 

Many refer to this area as "30A "since that's the name of the country road that stretches along Florida's Emerald coast. There are darling beach communities, shops, and restaurants scattered along this road. We stayed at an Airbnb in Watercolor, Florida which turned out to be the perfect choice!

In addition to walking on the white sand beaches of Grayton Beach, we explored neighborhood shops, ate fabulous Southern seafood, and had a blast getting creative at The Shard Shop, owned by the artist Mary Hong. I'd met Mary at Creativation, a trade show for the craft and needlework industry, back in January. Mary creates beautiful art by combining glass on painted surfaces and canvas. I'll have a full post on The Shard Shop later this week so stay tuned. It's a really cool place to create your own masterpiece.

From our beautiful airbnb condo, we could walk to the neighboring community of Seaside, FL. Seaside is well known as the location for the movie "The Truman Show." Seaside's pastel homes with picket fences make it an absolute perfect location for a designer like me who loves to be inspired with the "cottage look." The interior of our condo in Watercolor was furnished in typical beach fashion and even though it wasn't on the water, the beach was close enough to walk to in minutes. I loved the "peace sign" art in our condo since the peace sign is sort of a thing for me. It reminds me to calm down and rest, and remember that life isn't a race.

Best of all were the creative and unique art galleries and shops. There was, of course, a lot of southern-style fashion and decor, and fabulous restaurants where we ordered fresh seafood (and MY favorite—shrimp and grits!)

I was thoroughly inspired and renewed after our short trip and reminded that my heritage is in the South where a "Hi Ya'll" is a standard greeting and cute flip-flops are the norm!


Glass on Canvas: Create Your Own Masterpiece

Read more about my visit to The Shard Shop, where shards of glass, scraps and notions of all kinds are used on canvas, wood, or pretty much any other surface to create unique art.