I’m currently living out my retirement, for 2 weeks at least. The boyfriend and I packed away our winter coats, dusted off the bathing suits and hopped on a flight to sunny, warm southern Florida for a much-needed vacation.
I love Florida. Well, really, I love the Florida I see on TV: Dexter, CSI: Miami (up to a point), Nip/Tuck and Miami Ink...if you look beyond the rather rough and often killer themes of these shows, the Miami backdrop adds a certain inviting vibe I can’t quite put my finger on. The reality isn’t far off, either – the first time I went to Miami was 2 years ago, and I was blown away. Aside from the beach bodies and nightlife, Miami is a sweet mixture of Cuban influences in food, music and language with vintage cars on every street, and awesome 1930s Art Deco design.
This time around, we’re staying north of Miami, by a place called Stuart. The vibe is certainly different than Miami – the houses are a lot more modern Mediterranean-influenced (red roof tiles, yellow/red outer paint, low and wide floor plans, open concept with tons of windows for natural light), and there is a lot more golf-course living (preferred mode of transportation where we are? personal golf carts). Spending time here really makes me want to live in a warm climate at some point, if for no other reason than the home decor options.
When you’re in a tropical location, you get away with a lot of style choices you wouldn’t otherwise: bright blue outward shutters against white stucco houses, white furniture accented with oranges and yellows and blues, exotic interior plants like bamboo and exotic exterior gardens that include natural palm trees, ceiling fans with big wicker blades and open windows with billowing white curtains, boldly coloured walls (burnt sienna! blue tile!) with vintage posters hanging, and year-round, brightly accented patios for lounging and reading (ideally, beach side). There’s just something so calming, eye-catching and sophisticated about this “southern living” style of design and the vibe it gives off that makes me want to miss my flight home…at least for another week.