A Floridian in Colorado: Sending Sunny, Dry Air Thoughts Towards Florida

I have Florida on my mind.  I was born in Jacksonville, Florida and spent my formative years (up until 7th grade) there.  I went to graduate school at Florida State in Tallahassee and I have relatives scattered around in various parts of  Florida.  My relatives are currently hunkered in and have not evacuated (they aren’t in the mandatory area) yet still, I am worried for them.  I’m also worried for the beautiful state of Florida.

“I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.”
Marjorie Kinnan Rawling

Florida is an easy joke: the weirdos that seem to be attracted to the state, the gators, the older people, the hanging chads – but it’s really a stunningly beautiful part of our country.  Much of Florida is dark, sometimes swampy and filled with pines trees, live oaks, magnolias, palmettos, sandy soil, swamps, orchids, underground springs, small lakes and life.  There’s a certain quiet that I find incredibly calming when you step off the coast and visit this “other” Florida.  It’s a quiet that is filled with the buzzing of insects and a lovely stillness that’s all it’s own.  It’s those other areas that tourists don’t usually venture into that I think about when I think of Florida.

Here are few design oriented “thinking of you, Florida” interiors and exteriors that remind me of “my” Florida.

cracker style farmhouse
This is from a 1930’s, Cracker-style Florida farmhouse. I love the slipcovers and all of the pine.  (Photo Source)
sleeping porch
Here’s a sleeping porch from the same home. (Photo Source)
sleeping porch
This is a sleeping porch at the historic home of writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (she wrote “The Yearling”). I took several school field trips here when I was young and her rustic home and her life made a big impression on me.  I loved the idea of a woman living alone out here and writing novels and the simplicity of the home is beautiful.  (Photo Source)
rustic southern farmhouse
Rawlings rustic kitchen in her Cracker-style farmhouse. Lovely, isn’t it? Change that red check to black and white, remove the ruffles at the windows and it could be a kitchen from today. (Photo Source)
florida farmhouse interior
A beautiful dining porch from an historic, 1920’s Miami farmhouse. (Photo Source)
old florida
I love it here – this is Wakulla Springs, the world’s largest and deepest freshwater Spring. (Photo Source)

“Somewhere beyond the sink-hole, past the magnolia, under the live oaks, a boy and a yearling ran side by side, and were gone forever.”
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings













2 thoughts on “A Floridian in Colorado: Sending Sunny, Dry Air Thoughts Towards Florida”

  1. Thank you Laura! We are stuck in that breathless interlude when you’ve done all you can to prepare for the storm, and all that is left is to wait. I love the photos of these Florida homes, and how well you described my Florida. I have relatives in Jacksonville and Alachua County. I grew up outside of Ormond Beach. The rivers, swamps and back roads were my playground.
    All the Best,

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