Monday, June 18, 2012

Dreaming of Florida...

I have mentioned that my grandmother, Isabelle, was from Hypoluxo, Florida. In fact, her father, James W. Porter, a Dade County Commissioner, was a founder of Palm Beach County and owned 160 acres on the west side of Dixie Highway.  I found some interesting info about him in the the Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, and Hypoluxo records I will share later.  This is the house he built there from wood that had been washed ashore from shipwrecks. Obviously, my love of reusing old wood is in the blood.

James W. Porter

I have always loved the family history, and since we live on the land he bought here in North Carolina for a summer place, I am particularly fascinated. My grandmother had several homes in Florida and would frequently take things from her house here, and exchange them for furniture and accessories from there. I always remember her changing slipcovers, bedspreads, etc., in the summer for a different look. I really wanted to get the feel of the summer, mountain house but with things they might have brought with them to the mountains. It all started with the color blue and some vintage prints from Florida I had.

My grandmother had this collection of shells and coral that she had found, so I brought them in for this vignette. She is with my great grandmother in the photo. 

I added some of my grandfather's books, the feedsack lampshade, and some of her collectibles inside the cabinet. 

Here is a before at, don't get me wrong, I LOVE this shade of red too. Red Foxx by Kilz and it is not too bright, not too orange and no purplish undertones. 

I'm so in love with this color. I searched and searched for the exact shade I wanted and finally settled on "Secluded Guestroom" by Colorplace at Walmart. I have used this paint before, and it used to be made by Sherwin Williams, so it is good paint. I did not even have to prime over the red, which is unheard of...and it's $16 a gallon.  

This was a big change for me, but one I LOVE. I never would have thought I would ever have light blue, but now I'm noticing that so many people are using it everywhere. I'll eventually show all the changes:-)

I hope to be back to more regular blogging and more regular visiting you all next week. We are super busy playing/leading worship basically every night, but that's what we love and we are so excited to be doing it!


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  1. Pam - @diy Design FanaticJune 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I love hearing about your family history Anita. I always wondered how your family ended up in Western NC mountains. I love your vignette with the shells and coral.So pretty. My grandparents had a beach house in Hermosa Beach, Calif. and I remember all the large abalone shells they collected.

  2. Baby blue here at Far Above! That is a big change, but I am sure the reveal will be beautiful. xo

  3. Family history is so fascinating. My parents were both born in Florida but both of their parents were immigrants. I love the color you chose. I'd love to see if it would go in our master bath. Thanks for sharing your little bit of Florida history.

    Jocelyn @

  4. I'm such a huge fan of rooms that are inspired by a story or family or (even better) both. This is beautiful.

    And thanks for the shout out on the paint. I need to save all the money I can.

  5. Elegant EconomiesJune 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I grew up in Lake Worth blessed you are to have such a wonderful heritage. Love your new paint color.

  6. Anita muy bonito se ve el color azul, algo marino y refrescante. Me gusta mucho como puedes obtener la historia de tu familia, eres muy dichosa al tenerlas en tus manos. Saludos

  7. Family history is always interesting to me -- I am a history buff. How great that you have photos and momentos to go with that history. I love your blue -- so serene :)


  8. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLRJune 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Anita, I can't wait to see all of your changes! I only have one blue room...the guest room. It is such a soothing color. I just love reading all of your posts about your heritage! It's wonderful to see how you incorporate it all into your home!

  9. PAINTORDIG.blogspot.comJune 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I have never heard of HypoLuxo before! How nice to still be living on family land. I am like you I usually don't like blue, but I do like this color.

  10. Anita I love this new wall colour. It is so pretty and your new decor looks wonderful with it. I can't wait to see the rest of your changes. I also enjoy reading about your family history. It's so interesting. Blessings, Pamela

  11. Your blue is so pretty. A lovely shade! Your vignette is wonderful too!

    Have a great week.

  12. I love that you have so much available from your family history. That is amazing in itself. Shipwreck wood... amazing!!! It is in your blood!!! I can't wait to see the whole room. I am so in love with blue after I painted my laundry room that color in Charleston. I will have it somewhere here and I am thinking maybe the master bedroom! We will see. I have to find places for the massive amounts of stuff that we have first!

  13. I love your post Anita, as you know family history stories are my favorite, you have documented your heritage so beautifully. Our porches, the ceilings in our beach home and town homes in Charleston are painted similar blues.You have done such amazing and creative genius decorating....I love the fabrics. Been praying for your music vocations.Hugs, Emelia.

  14. Creations By CindyJune 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I love history such as this! Love the ideas you had there with displaying those pictures and such. I have some of my grandparents and great grandparents that I need to do the same thing with. Love this post. Everything is so beautifully displayed. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. Linda @ Life and LindaJune 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Anita, you always have the most wonderful posts. Sharing your family's history is so special. Treasure the memories.

  16. Pinky at Designs by PinkyJuly 21, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    I am so glad I clicked on this post!! I am thrilled to learn about the WALMART paint!!!!! WE will be doing alot of painting in the new house so this is GREAT ifo! Thanks so much. I love that shade of blue. I may be doig a guest room in blue and this shade would be perfect. Thanks again. XO, Pinky