A little spring break for those of us who didn’t take one this year, inspired by Anna Melcon Bond’s fabulous photo of the Sunken Gardens motel. I’m thinking whitewashed beach cottages, once-bright colors faded by salty air, and bare feet, decorated with a fair amount of beachy Florida kitsch. And if you did go on a spring break this year, or plan to, do share so the rest of us can live vicariously through you.

Mood: lazy, breezy
Palette: white sand, seaglass, seashell

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Top row from left: photo by Karen Wise, vintage Florida postcard, bouquet by Artfool, photo via Rifle
Row 2: salty dog cocktails by Matt Bites, printed napkins by The Lettered Olive, sandals via Something Old Something New, vespa photo from Brides
Row 3: poppies from Saipua, seahorse invitation by Pearl & Marmalade, photo by Anna Kuperberg, glass fishing floats via More Ways to Waste Time
Row 4: photo by Ericka McConnell, photo by Stephanie Williams, van photo by Amy Squires, seashell salt dish from Martha Stewart Weddings

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  1. EmmaK

    Gorgeous! I love the muted colors!

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  2. Amanda B. Young

    I must say, I’m from Florida (and a frequenter of Key West) and you did a marvelous job of capturing the feel that Key West evokes. It’s beautiful!But then, I’m not surprised since you always do such a marvelous job!

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  3. Stephanie

    I live in South Florida and I have to say this is the best ‘florida’ theme I’ve ever seen! Usually people overdue the shells etc but you added retro and funk to it and I love it! :)

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  4. Courtney

    I absolutely LOVE this Wedding, kind of like mine, but much softer, how beautiful!!

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  5. Elizabeth

    Hooray for Key West! I used to live in South Florida and we are going to KW for our honeymoon. I miss it so much. Great job.

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  6. Courtney

    love it kathryn! gorgeous!

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  7. Shana

    Love it!

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  8. Stephanie Nikolopoulos

    Bring on the key lime pie!

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  9. AmyLynne

    If loving your inspiration boards more than my own children is wrong, than I don’t want to be right.P.S. I don’t have any kids so it’s okay that I said that.

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  10. missmiellen

    Every real wedding covered in this blog is photographed so beautifully! Do you have any real weddings that took place in Toronto, Canada? Finding a photographer we like here is like a needle in a haystack. Make that 10 haystacks!

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  11. Kathryn

    Missmillien,Have you seen Mimmo & Naz's work? Really beautiful, and they're in Toronto:http://www.mimmoandnaz.com/Hope that helps!Kathryn

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  12. Nicole-Lynn

    I didn’t get to take one, but these pictures are lovely! I’ll be taking off work and heading to a baseball game tomorrow, that’s my spring break :) Oh, and love the florida pic.. I’m in Fl.!

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  13. Jasmine

    i think this is my favorite inspiration board yet! it’s so cool and pretty. way to go!

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  15. merium

    Beautiful board!Missmillien,have you checked out Dark Roast Photography?

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  16. Ten Thousand Only

    why do you make me fall in love with every board and color scheme you put up.

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  17. The Perfect Palette

    We likey!

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  18. marry me!

    my brother lives in Florida close to the Florida Keys! loooooove the color pallet for this one. gorgeous.

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  19. love

    very pretty. i like all the pale colors.

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  20. Inviting Company

    Looks very Mindy Weiss…. luv it!

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  21. Cincy Event Planning

    love the vintage, salty ocean feel. I’m ready for spring break!

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  22. kkalyn

    Great description! I could literally smell the breeze :)

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  23. Charity

    LOVE it! How did you become so fabulous? And I bet everything you touch turns to fabulous too am I right? I am about 30 minutes south of the Sunken Gardens, and a few hours north of Key West, and I would say that this board definitely has an “Anna Maria Island” feel to it – who needs Key West? Loveitloveitloveitloveit!

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  24. Lauren

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and while I enjoy the daily inspiration, this one trumps all! Really , it has my name all over it. I had to give a tribute on my blog http://undeclaredpanache.blogspot.com/ Thanks you!

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  25. Out of the Blue

    Love, love, love it!! I love anything with a “shabby beach” feel! My favorite color combo…beautiful!

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  26. -K

    You never cease to amaze! I am in awe at all the different themes and color schemes you come up with.

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  27. april~living the sweet life

    I just love these colors so very Key West.

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  28. Lucky Designs

    This makes me miss the Keys so badly!

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