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.
“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