Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Where do you live?

I mean…

where do you spend the most time in your home?

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I spend my time in the lanai. It is a room that has windows on 3 sides and it is air conditioned just like the rest of the house but it stays just a bit warmer because of all of the Florida sunshine. It’s my favorite room in the house.

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And I use my coffee table.

It has everything I need right there on top but it looks pretty, too.

I got a surprise gift from my girlfriend Betsy at My Salvaged Treasures .

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It’s an Abalone shell that she surrounded with pretty rhinestones.

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And I found the perfect spot for it!

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The little card that stands up by my shell box came with some art I bought from Diane Duda Design.

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Oh, how I love her beautiful art!

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On the shelf below, I keep pretty things, too.

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I’m constantly changing things on this coffee table but I always keep my favorite things nearby. (candle holders and the shell mirror are both Thrift Store finds…as well as the old Bible)

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I’m joining Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday and Brenda at the Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday. Also linking with A Sheltering Tree!

50 comments:

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Hello from Michigan.

I love your very pretty sun room. it is great you can use it year around.

I have a sun room too that I am most anxious to open soon. I love this room and we spend every waking hour in it from Spring to Autumn. It looks out over my whole back yard and all its gardens. I also love setting in the sun room and listening to it rain on the skylights. VBG

Your shell decorated with very pretty rhinestones is very lovely and creative. What a very thoughtful gift and the card is very sweet.

Hugs Judy

Stacey said...

I can see why you spend most of your time in the garden room. The shells are gorgeous and I bet the sun is wonderful. We spend most of our time in the family room downstairs.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I love your lanai - it looks so comfy and inviting. That would be my favorite room as well.

I probably spend my most time in our frontroom. I have all my stuff piled around my easy chair. LOL. Sure wish I had your lanai tho.

Vee said...

Such a sweet little gift and a wonderful example of gilding the lily. So are you telling us that the warmest room of the house is where you like to be? My favorite room in the house is in the back away from any noises on the street where I can watch the clouds float by or putter redoing things as you do with your coffee table.

Elizabeth said...

I would spend most of my time in the lanai also! Its beautiful! I spend most of my time in my swing on the back patio!

maddyrose said...

If I had a room like your lanai I would be spending my time there as well. Love the pretty things on your coffee table and the table too.

Susan said...

Toss up...kitchen and my studio, next the family room off the kitchen, when I finally do sit down for the night! XOXO

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful oasis you've created, I can see shy it's your favorite room. I'm so happy your jeweled abalone shell found a perfect spot with all your other shells.

Diane Duda said...

I'm glad my little card found such a beautiful home. :) Thanks for the plug!
(I only have 3 sons. You win. :) )
xo
di

boopnut said...

I am visiting in Naples and oh, how I wish I could have met you! Love your lanai and your coffee table! The white Bible is similar to one my sister had.

Cozy Little House said...

I park my butt in this recliner. It's the only spot I can sit with my leg up so my ankle doesn't hurt. Also it's big enough for the dogs to sit with me. Abi usually lays at the end. And Charlie Ross has to have the throw over him next to me. He doesn't want to be seen I guess and feels safe there.
Brenda

PatC - All is Bright said...

OK - three things. I love the little round stitchery of the bird on your table; love the shell; and love Duda's art work too! Oh and your lanai - oops that was four! Can't count lol!

Enjoy your room

Hugs
pat

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Such a beautiful space!! I see why you love it!!

Simply Shelley said...

Its a wonderful room...I can see why you love it so. I don't have a lot of room in my home. Only 750 square feet. but most of the time I am in the kitchen/living room area. However I do spend a lot of time napping in my bedroom as well :) Blessings

Joanne said...

I would love that room too! I love my backyard. In the spring and summer I like to spend early mornings (before the kids get up) on my swing with a cup of coffee. I just love your shell collection...so lovely.
Blessings, Joanne

NanaDiana said...

I used to have a sun room in our next-to-last house and we lived there. I just loved it. I love that you have surrounded yourself with such pretty things....things that have special meaning to you. I hope you are sitting there right now- enjoying you day with your drink of choice. Blessings- xo Diana

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Love your sunroom. Awesome and cosy. Nice gift you got. How sweet of her.

Della said...

Your lanai is always so pretty and inviting! I would spend all my time in there, too :)
I used to spend all my time in my craft room, but recently decided to make some me time, and spread myself out some, and enjoy more of my home. I'll show you what I mean in a few upcoming blog posts ;)

Jane and Chris said...

I always thought a lanai was an outdoor gazebo type thingy. You learn something new every day...
Jane x

Laurie Mcknight said...

when ever I see shells I think of you, such a cosy spot you have surrounded by beauty!
Where do I spend most of time, ha ha, my nest is small, we sit looking out on the water most of time,

TheRustyThimble said...

Well I apparently live where this is this HUGE chance of very severe weather tonight, UGH I am coming to Florida LOL
when in my home my time is in my kitchen and not to cook but instead to create, the only place in my tiny abode that I can look out of a window and actually enjoy the outdoors!!

love your room
Hugs
Brenda

Zimbabwe said...

Most of my time is upstairs in my office with a velux window. I have my computer, sewing machine, artist's easel and paints all up there. Keep well Diane

AntKaybe said...

I don't have a lanai but I have the next best thing - a shady screened in front porch. That's where you'll find me.

20 North Ora said...

A sunroom would be wonderful - especially in Florida! Love that shell - it is just magical!

Judy

Olive said...

Diane, I would be in the lanai too. I love windows and sun too. I love my kitchen because I bird watch there. In the summer I love the deck and patio because of the flowers. You will enjoy knock out roses. They are so easy. I kill other roses but have 15 knockouts and two climbers. Betsy's embellished shell is beautiful. Enjoy your evening, Olive

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I would love your sunroom also. We have a screened porch we enjoy spring and fall with summer usually being too hot! Love that Shell, Betsy is such a sweetheart and so talented!! Your shell collections are fun!

hugs, Linda

Linda Walker said...

Your room looks very comfy and so inviting! I can see why you spend a lot of time there! I spend most of my time in our 3 season room, sunny, airy and air conditioned if needed! Love your shells!
Linda

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Well I "live" in my living room. Since painting and redecorating a few years ago I actually love being in here! It only took me 18 years to finally decorate things in my 'style'. I'd love a lanai -- yours is so inviting and cheery! WOW-- love that shell Betsy sent you -- she's so talented!

Alessandra said...

I didn't know what a lanai was, is it a Polynesian word?

Sounds like a lovely room to spend time!

Ciao
Alessandra

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Spend most of my time - when I'm home in front of my computer in my messy office OR outside in the garden.

DearHelenHartman said...

I always feel relaxed after visiting your blog. It's better than a hot toddy. Really groovin' on the shell with the rhinestones.

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful, Diane! If I had a lanai, I would spend a lot of time in it from June through September.

I spend most of my time in the kitchen right now because my sweet Bridger can't make the two steps down to the living room and I feel sorry for him. So i take my laptop into the kitchen so he can still be near me.

Life Images by Jill said...

what a beautiful room - no wonder it is your favourite. Thee windows! I would love it for food photography!
Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog the other day.

Debbiedoo's said...

I could totally see why this is your favorite room.It is so cozy and all that Florida sunshine streaming in is so relaxing.

Angela Moore said...

May I ask how old is your bible sitting on the table? I have one like that that grandma gave me oh well, almost 50 years ago.

Sharon Calvert said...

Hey, Diane ... your coffee table display brought a smile to my face right away when I spied something 'familiar' ... how sweet!

I'm hoping to create a special place to spend more time by revamping a former free-standing 'workshop' into a 'studio/garden shed.' Otherwise, I confess that too much of my day is taken up by staring at the computer. That's gotta change!

Warm Southern Hugs back at you ...
Sharon in Alabama

Linda R said...

What a wonderful gift. I just love how she decorated that abalone shell. Your coffee table looks wonderful. What a wonderful room to hang out in.

Happy Wednesday..

Hugs~

Catherine Holman said...

That would be my favorite room too!
Hugs!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your lanai is so cheerful, so I can see why you enjoy that room so much. I really need help with coffee table vignettes. Our coffee table always looks crappy, and if I ever create something pretty on it, Mr. Art @ Home complains if he can's see over everything to the TV! :D

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

It looks like a wonderful room to spend time in. I find myself spending time on our front porch at our new home, when the weather is nice. Are you heading up here this summer?

Shannon @ A Cozy Place Called Home said...

I can see why you love that room. It looks so sunny that it would make anyone happy.

The room I'm in most is our guest room because that's where my desktop computer is. However, I am redecorating my own bedroom. I can already see when I get finished with it, that will be my favorite room of the house.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

It looks very comfortable! I love the shell mirror!

koralee said...

Your room is lovely! I wish I had your shell collection..it is amazing.

sissie said...

Hi Diane,
I don't blame you for hanging out in that lovely room. I love shells and love collecting them. You have such a pretty collection and I like how you have them displayed.

My favorite hangout is my bedroom.
I love proping myself up on the bed with my lap top and blog hopping!

Thanks for the well wishes on our house sale too.

hugs
Sissie

RobynFromSimplyme said...

Your sun room is just beautiful and cozy too. I'd spend a lot of time in there too and I just Love love love that shell box an mirror..

helen tilston said...

Hello Dianne

I can see why you hang out in this beautiful lanai and what an interesting table with so many treasures.

Hope your week is very special

Helenx

Donna said...

It looks like a great place to hang out!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

I love this room and would never want to leave! Hope you will come share at AMAZE ME MONDAY, link goes up Sunday afternoon!
Blessings,
Cindy

Cameron said...

You have such an eye for putting things together beautifully! So welcoming and cozy :)

BECKY said...

Hi Diane! For the past couple of weeks I've spent my time digging into and emptying boxes! Which will continue for quite a while.