Florida Vacation Rental House Review, Part 1

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Sunrise Over the Indian River – my photo

I’ll begin this Florida vacation home review in a positive way, but the purpose of my post (posts) is to warn others NOT to rent this house when planning your Florida vacation.

(Since writing this review, I believe this house is no longer for rent- but let it be a warning.) The house was also for sale, but I sure wouldn’t give you much for it, even though it’s right on the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida’s east coast.

We found the Fisherman’s Cottage on the GreatOceanCondos(dot)com site and from the pictures online it looked perfect.  I will never use that site to rent any place again. Continue reading “Florida Vacation Rental House Review, Part 1”

Where to Buy Seashells and Other Coastal Decor and Craft Items

Driftwood (Photo credit: kempton_s)

Anyone who lives near the coast probably has at least a few seashells in their home.  Lucky them, they get to walk outside and gather what they like.  The rest of us have to be more resourceful, and unfortunately spend money to buy items to create a coastal look.

So where is the best place to find nautical themed items?  It depends on what you want your seashells, driftwood and sea glass for.  If you want one, really nice, big seashell as a centerpiece display your buying options might be different than they are for someone who wants a bag of shells to create a mirror frame or craft item.  Ebay and Etsy are good places to check for big shells, just be sure to read the descriptions well so you know exactly what to expect size-wise.  Pictures of seashells can be deceiving.

Driftwood and large pieces of coral may be available at the local pet shop or fish aquarium dealer.  Seashells might be available from these places too.  Anyone who has ever had a fish tank will know that all sorts of water related items are used to decorate aquariums.  And exotic animal cages use driftwood for lizards, iguanas and snakes to climb on.

I have written another article about where to find the coastal look for home decorating, and it contains some links for purchasing items.