a touch of blue

One of my favorite colors to work with is blue.  You’re probably like, “duh.”  I think blue is such a happy color – it’s the hue of a brilliant sky or glassy body of water.  It’s so organic and pure.  Plus blue has such a versatile quality and can easily blend in almost any color setting.  It doesn’t take much to add a hint of blue, even the presence of a soft blue lamp and paintings with murky blue skies, as seen in this charcoal bedroom, makes an impact.

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As we begin to experience the wisp of warmer air, chirps of birds, and peeks of spring buds in the trees, I can’t help but long to bring fresh blue indoors.  Infusing a little blue in your space is a great way to add a touch of spring.  Love this tailored blue slipcover and wallcovering combo via.

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I put together an inspiration board for you with a collection of soft blues, minty blues, and even a powerful navy stripe you can add into your bedroom.  Not all together, of course.  See which one of these you like best.

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1.  This chicken wire fabric brings in a casual graphic element and would be lovely paired with other linen pillows in shades of blue.

2.  The most beautiful floral linen print I’ve seen in a while.  Great for a lumbar pillow on your bed, a bench, occasional chair, or pair of upholstered x-benches.

3.  I adore this minty blue sconce for a classic touch on either side of a bed or reading nook…low inventory alert.

4.  What an adorable tufted robins egg blue chair – I would love to have this in a corner of my bedroom!

5.  A soft velvet pillow with pom poms can add a playful vibe to any chair or bed.

6.  These striped panels are a great way to add a preppy punch of blue in the bedroom.  And super cheap!

7.  This tranquil shade by Benjamin Moore is Quiet Moments #1563…the title alone makes me want to paint our entire bedroom this color!

9.  And this chic lucite tray with stand has been on my wish list for a while – would happen to look great against walls painted Benjamin Moore 1563 Quiet Moments.

8.  My favorite throw from Pizitz- comes in five colors.  It’s so thick, soft and surprisingly durable.  The herringbone pattern is gorgeous – you’ll have this throw for years.

10.  I could see this little lamp on a dresser or vanity for a soft blue touch.

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It’s been an action packed, nonstop two weeks – I’m really looking forward to chillin in my pj’s as much as possible.  As a mom of four, I’ve learned you have to embrace relaxation moments whenever you can, because the marathon schedule rarely slows down.

What are your plans to relax this weekend?

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SEASIDE beach vacation giveaway!!

In celebration of the blog’s 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and our upcoming Joffrey Ballet Concert Group Seaside performance, I’ve partnered with SEASIDE® to give away a luxurious 3-day weekend right in the heart of SEASIDE® during the weekend of the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group show.

Brace yourself, this is the mack-daddy of all giveaways.  I’m so excited to share it with you!  I can barely handle it.

Before I move on, let me just give you a glimpse of SEASIDE®, which is the award-winning new urbanist community nestled on 80 acres by the sea and voted “Best Beach on Earth” by Travel & Leisure Magazine.  The center stage you see below is where Joffrey Ballet Concert Group will be performing.  Don’t mind the turquoise water and deep blue skies ; )

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We are here to give you a SEASIDE® & Joffrey Concert Group weekend experience you will never forget!  Grab your smelling salts, because here are all the goodies included in the giveaway for one lucky couple or family:

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Aside from staying in this luxury condo for 3 days in the heart of Seaside, this giveaway is packed with the following gifts from the best of the best of our local businesses:

- a $500 travel voucher to Southern Airways, as well as transportation to and from the airport by our local Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine service.  For those of you who would like to travel like a boss on your way to and from Seaside for sun, sand, and the Joffrey Concert Group show.

– a $100 gift certificate to Bud & Alley’s waterfront restaurant, which has THE best beach view for sunset cocktails and dinner.  The food is outstanding – I love love love any of their fresh fish entrees and their martinis are to die for!  The view looks like this while you’re sipping your favorite beverage.

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– FIVE, yes I said FIVE varietals of SEASIDE‘s wine from their newly released label.

seaside wine label

Have you passed out yet?  Let’s take a mini tour of the sassy Seaside townhome our lucky winner will be staying in, compliments of Sunburst Beach Vacations, a wonderful company to use to book your next beach vacay.  

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Super adorable kitchen alert!  Oh one other important thing – this fabulous Seaside townhome sleeps up to six peeps.

“With a design inspired by the owner’s British heritage, this elegant townhome is situated on Ruskin Square in the heart of Seaside, surrounded by boutique stores, art galleries, and tree-lined green space.  The property is a part of the Sunburst Luxury Collection, a high service and amenity segment within Sunburst Beach Vacations that provides a 5 star luxury resort experience with all of the benefits…privacy, space and freedom…of a private home.”

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Natural light fills the kitchen, master, and living rooms, yet you’re tucked away with complete privacy and beautiful views.  I love the clean palette and mod touches.

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This rooftop deck has breathtaking views.  And is the perfect spot to enjoy your Seaside wine ; )

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You can see more pics of the Seaside townhome right here at Sunburst Beach Vacations.


*The quickest way – simply enter by clicking on Seaside’s FB page right here.*

You can also click below to enter to win, although we have had a few glitches registering on my site.  If you want to give it a shot, here’s the Four Step Process:

1.  Click on “Use your email” and Login
2.  Click on “SEASIDE® Joffrey Ballet Concert Group Weekend Giveaway CLICK HERE TO ENTER Mailing List”
3.  Agree to Terms & Conditions
4.  Click “Enter!”

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You can click on the other “Visit” Facebook options to have additional entries! 

Random winner selected by Seaside and announced on the Seaside Facebook page Tuesday, April 7th.


**Big thank you to our awesome sponsors SEASIDE®, Sunburst Beach Vacations and Southern Airways for this AMAZING giveaway and for supporting performing arts in our SEASIDE® community!**

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Joffrey Ballet Concert Group coming to SEASIDE!

One of my lifelong passions is ballet; it has been a key part of my life since I was a child and gifted me with treasures beyond physical skills and scholarships.  Ballet has given me patience, courage, confidence, creative expression, and a deep appreciation for a beautiful art form that has captivated audiences for hundreds of years.  There were times that ballet gave me hope and focus, and was even a reprieve during personal trials in life.


When we moved to the beach in 2007, I noticed there were no ballet classes or performances in our little town, which felt very incomplete to me.  So many young people and adults were missing the gift of ballet in their life.  I decided to work on this personal goal:

My mission is to ignite a passion for classical ballet programs and performances in our community; to provide our youth with quality classical dance education and performance opportunities; to inspire and expand the ballet audience.  



In the summer of 2011, I co-founded a dance education program at Seaside Neighborhood School with our visionary principal, Cathy Brubaker, and another instructor.  In the blink of an eye, I was teaching ballet to recreational students at the school.  The program was able to continue thanks to the huge support of Seaside co-founder and friend, Daryl Davis.  I continued to seek more ballet education and performance opportunities for youth in our community, and Daryl passionately supported and encouraged more.  As a result, we have collaborated with incredible guest artists who have taught and influenced hopeful ballet dancers right here in Seaside, Florida.  You might recall this post introducing our first guest artist.

Last January I had a crazy thought:  “What if we could bring a New York ballet company to our town for a performance and ballet workshop?”  I built up a little courage and called the Joffrey Ballet School.  I asked if they would consider coming to our area for a ballet workshop and company performance.  After a few conference calls, budget reviews, and emails, they said yes.  I was thrilled!  I ran the idea past Daryl.  She loved it.  We all moved forward without looking back.  And here we are today.


On May 2nd, SEASIDE® is hosting a performance by the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group for a one and a half hour show in the Seaside Amphitheater.  The performance begins at sunset, is free to the public, and is brought to you by the Merchants of Seaside.  What a beautiful gift to our community.


The Joffrey Ballet School has a world-renowned reputation as a premier institution of American dance. Their concert group, a pre-professional company under the artistic direction of Davis Robertson, is a platform for some of the nation’s best young dancers to launch their professional careers.  They tour the world performing their diverse repertoire.  We are fortunate to have them in Seaside!

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photo courtesy of Joffrey Ballet Concert Group 

In addition to the performance, Joffrey Ballet Concert Group Artistic Director, Davis Robertson, will conduct a three day workshop for dancers in our community while here with his company.  Last October, Mr. Robertson visited Seaside and auditioned local dancers to participate in this workshop.

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Davis Robertson working with our local dancers last October.

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After auditions, we were finally able to celebrate our venture and unite Davis Robertson with Seaside founders Daryl and Robert Davis.  We enjoyed lunch at Bud and Alley’s overlooking the water.  The Davis/Robert/Robertson name combination is uncanny…and hard to keep straight during a conversation.  

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left to right:  Daryl Davis, Davis Robertson, and Robert Davis

We are honored to have Davis Robertson here again for both the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group performance and workshop.  He is one of those crazy-talented, generous, and charismatic people you meet in life and never forget.  I enjoyed every minute of his visit in October and can’t wait to see him here again next month.

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This will be the first Joffrey Ballet Concert Group performance in SEASIDE®, as well as in the Northwest Florida region.  It will be breathtaking to see the talent of their dancers perform under the stars in the magical setting of Seaside.  Can you imagine?  I can’t wait.  Be sure to book your calendar and join us in this AMAZING show!

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photo courtesy of Joffrey Ballet Concert Group

On a personal note, it’s fulfilling to help bring more ballet into our community and provide education and performance opportunities to future and current ballet dancers.  Ballet is such a beautiful art form – my hope is to inspire as many enthusiasts as possible and continue to broaden our ballet talent and audience.  Huge thanks to Daryl Davis for believing in a dream, our amazing SEASIDE® marketing and events team (Lori Smith, Kevin Boyle, Pam Avera) for their vision and work, and our sponsors, the Merchants of Seaside for supporting this venture.

**To celebrate this exciting event and the 7 year anniversary of simply seleta, we have an unbelievable SEASIDE® giveaway I cannot wait to share…stay tuned!!!**

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