You may remember my SW Florida real estate tour this summer. If anything, that has ignited a goal…a longing…for life in Florida. It’s prime winter here in Arkansas, and it’s overcast, it’s cold, & I’m constantly bundled up like I’m living in an igloo.
Basically, I hate winter and all that it brings.
So I continue to long for my Florida bungalow. The quaint, airy characteristics of the typical bungalow full of charm and character draw me in every time. I drool every time I see one, and, someday, I’ll own one! [I hope!] Once I cross the Florida state line and my eyes gaze on the ocean, I feel like my anxiety, my stress, my worries evaporate. I mean, people in Florida can’t be stressed, right?
The bold and bright colors are so different than the Arkansas style which is why I love the refreshing style. Those Florida rooms/porches beckon an afternoon of good reading and cold iced tea…leaving this bitter winter & my worries behind. I understand now why there are so many snowbirds that flock south when the bitter cold hits.
Is it even possible to have a bad day when you start your day eating breakfast here? The open windows & doors are so desirable to me. It’s either too dang hot or too dang cold here for that. And what about the porch railing & curtains? Stunning! I feel like the architecture and colors are more daring and bold. In our typical suburban life, we’re drenched in taupe and gray cookie cutters.
I am a sucker for those Floridian shutters and that aqua is so coastal. The landscape and the corbels and shutter accents enhance the space. I mean, seriously, I wish this was part of Arkansas decor & landscape.
You know what I love about Florida homes that they do so well? They create more living space than the square footage of a home. They turn the outdoors into cozy, inviting living spaces since the weather is more conducive to that than the midwest. Each time I’m in Florida, I tend to gravitate to the Florida rooms, porches, and pools with a good book.
When you’re living in the Sunshine State, I imagine letting in as much sun inside as possible. Walls and walls of windows with a view of the ocean is pretty much my paradise. The smell of the ocean, the breeze wafting through the house, and warm sun filling the space, I mean really that is my paradise.
And the bungalow that started my obsession I think we all recognize. As a kid, I LOVED watching The Golden Girls. I was obsessed with their house, that fun bamboo furniture, and all those windows! Plus, I secretly hoped (well, still do) that I would retire to Florida and live with my own tribe of friends. That furniture is iconic Florida, and there’s something about that old-school decor that I feel like you can get away with in Florida.
I even found a some drool-worthy bungalows (or mansions) currently on the market. I just need a bigger bank account.
Anyone else a crazy Florida bungalow fan? Or, heck, even a Golden Girls fan? Let’s all just secretly hope for the day when we get to live the Golden Girls life.
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