Sarasota is famous for it's beaches and upscale shopping out on the Keys, but being in search of the urban walking experience, we are exploring from our base in the historic, and a bit more funky, neighborhood of Laurel Park and close to downtown. The area is replete with homes built in the 1920:s. Cottages, Mediterranean Revival - all the styles that grab my attention.
Nearby Burns Court is another great area and it sports a block of homes that were among the first built to draw travelers to Sarasota, most built between 1925-26.
In any event, from the elegant to the funky, something about cottages by the sea really floats my boat [corny pun absolutely intended!]. And although I've only done a few collages here, as the weather has been nice with no rainy-stay-inside-days, I have many photos on hand to keep me happily collage-ing
How could one not photograph this wonderful mural!
Mid-century modern in beachy colors!
The mosaic shoe as planter was sitting on a porch railing, but not of this great red doored cottage. It was an actual shoe embellished and was on the porch of a tile shop. Warning- shoe is not true to size!
In thinking of my love of "beachy, I recalled the first beach cottage my family stayed in that I actually remember, not just from photographs. It was a white cottage with sea blue trim and a white picket fence - a Mrs. Treft's. We rented her upstairs apartment. I was so fortunate to spend at least two weeks every summer of my childhood 'down the shore', at Wildwood, N.J. There is a photo of me at just 3 months old on the beach. This fisher-girl-with-Dad photo is one of my favorites and one most evocative of being, as we said, "down the Shore". I send appreciation to my parents out in the Cosmos,
|At the shore