It has been some time since I have been able to sit down and post on my blog and I have missed the creativity…in fact I have missed all creativity from working in my studio, to photographing, to cooking.

This is due to a new chapter in my life.  After spending many years in the South Florida area, I found myself longing  for the simple pleasures and joys of a small town.

 The move has taken several months as I also moved my art studio which will now be within my new historic home.

 I truly am a small town spirit, choosing little local stores or boutiques any day over a big department store..or small antique shops over large chain furniture stores..or buying food and veggies at a local green market instead of the grocery store.

I did much exploring in the central Florida area and I found the perfect place for me.

It is a quaint little town called DeLand . 

It is historic and fabulous, unique and special.  It has such an eclectic range of people, art and cuisine!  The town college is Stetson University so there are also lots of young, fun college students around.

I have so many favorite things about DeLand, but one of the best is that I can walk around the corner to The Athens theatre which is a small, sweet, beautiful and historic theatre.  I plan on taking in many shows here…

DeLand’s courthouse is beautiful and I ADORE hearing the clock chime on the hour…I think it is such peaceful touch that one can only find in a historic town.


This is a before photo of my new home.  It was built in 1912 and has charming features such as the original wood doors, floors and windows.   It even has a sweet little storage house in the back.

I was thrilled to learn that the home was originally owned by a very well known local artist named Brenda Star.  I was blessed to be gifted with some of her original water color paintings from the previous owners.   I will frame them to hang in the house for always…. 


 It will bring me great joy that my studio will be in the house now.  Maybe it was meant to be and Brenda’s energy will delight in the fact that another artist, me, creates within the bliss of this special place.

Here is a sneak peek at the way I am transforming the house.  I changed it’s colors to soft shades of blue and white and am putting up a pretty fence and starting a garden.  One of the things I am most excited about is the swing that will adorn the front porch!  It is being made out of a shabby chic headboard!



I look forward to many beautiful years and memories in this home which  I have named “The Cozy Castle”…. I will share more about it’s transformation and the wonderful events and pleasures  that this sweet town of DeLand offers! xoxo