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Loi's Sunshine State Home




Orlando, Florida



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What I Love About My Home

I love that our space is an enjoyable place to live, work and entertain. I get a kick out of the juxtaposition of various styles and textures, especially the rougher wood additions next to the ornate, traditional, shiny or modern accents. I feel happy and relaxed when I am home and it's also very exciting to have others feel great in our home as well :)

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

The biggest challenge is always the budget...trying to make our home look great for less :) Another challenge is that I love so many different styles it is hard not to go overboard; I definitely have to "edit" and re-evaluate the things in our home every few months because clutter can happen fast!

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Comments (37)

I love it! And can I say how happy I am to see an entry from Orlando? WOOO!

posted by smulli82 on April 10, 2011 at 12:59pm
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This is a great floor plan. I love what you have done with the place.

posted by Cameron(House Sale) on April 11, 2011 at 10:52pm
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Very stylish! I love the rough wood texture and the attention to the details :)

posted by elmostapha on April 7, 2011 at 11:31am
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The bright green chairs in the first picture are great! I also really like the flower painting/print in the fourth picture--it is gorgeous. Beautiful home!

posted by Jessica Jeanne on April 7, 2011 at 10:45am
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really nice design. i <3 your apartment.

posted by ksimari on April 7, 2011 at 11:00am
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i love the way you made a pallet into a plate rack. so stealing that idea

posted by lorrinm on April 7, 2011 at 11:36am
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Love the wooden rack in the kitchen. Where did you find it? Love all the little details and textures.

posted by Tracy333 on April 7, 2011 at 11:36am
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You had me at chevron wall :)

posted by pheebs79 on April 7, 2011 at 12:27pm
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LOVE the unexpected juxtapositions. This is one space I'm dying to see more of, AT!

posted by Annie-O on April 7, 2011 at 12:38pm
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The tree wall light is awesome! Do you mind sharing the source?
I really like the picture behind the door, as well. A great idea I would never have thought up.

posted by Roozter on April 7, 2011 at 2:32pm
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Gorgeous! Plus, unlike some other entries, it looks like someone (with a personality) actually lives here, comfortably!

posted by Theoretical Shopaholic on April 7, 2011 at 3:03pm
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oh my goosenest I want those olive green chairs so very much! wonderful work


posted by Anna from Olive Green Anna on April 7, 2011 at 3:43pm
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Thanks everyone :) The wood rack in the kitchen is actually a pallet that I think I got off of Craigslist (I put 2 nails in each plate nook so the plates could rest on them without falling though since I hung the pallet vertical instead of horizontal). The wooden wall....that's a funny one, we got a bunch of spare wood from the Ikea "As-Is" section. In that bunch of wood were some of the Ikea wood slats that they use for bed frames, so we cut them to size and nailed/screwed them into 3 long, vertical pieces of wood. Then on either side, we screwed it into the wall :) We did this to cover over a wall mirror that we were not allowed to remove....I do like big mirrors, but it wasn't in the right spot for my taste ;)

posted by OhMyGoods on April 7, 2011 at 4:12pm
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Oh and the tree light on the wood wall is actually just a metal wall hanging that I got at a garage sale and I put a short strand of white string lights on it...sorry the metal tree doesn't have a name on it that I can give you :(

posted by OhMyGoods on April 7, 2011 at 4:16pm
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Where do you go thrifting? I also live in Orlando :), and always get jealous by other cities thrift shops. Do you have any favorites?

posted by GiselleMonique on April 7, 2011 at 9:50pm
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On the floor plan there is an empty room. What is it? Just wondering. Great space!

posted by msmezzo on April 7, 2011 at 10:34pm
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posted by Butter chicken on April 8, 2011 at 12:06am
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Love you and everything you've done with your place... it's crazy to see how different it looks from when you first moved in!

posted by Shannon Mersinger on April 14, 2011 at 4:24pm
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GiselleMonique - I like a place called "Better than New" it is a resale/consignment place in Longwood, then there's always Goodwill...I normally go to the one on E. Colonial Drive and Murdock. Oh yeah and you should check out the Habitat for Humanity Re-stores....the original one is the biggest, which is off of 441 near Princeton. Then there's a new one on E. Colonial near Semoran, and then there's one in Casselberry, Sanford, and Apopka. There's a Thrift Store I can't remember the name of, but it is in the plaza with the Big Lots on Howell Branch and Semoran. There's actually two places in that plaza, one is a little pricier than the other. Lastly, there's a thrift store called "Treasures" and sometimes I find various accent pieces and art in there, is off of E. Colonial and Herndon, by the Summit Church.

posted by OhMyGoods on April 8, 2011 at 9:32am
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msmezzo - that is a room that we rent out, so we have a roommate...so I guess you could say that is "his" space :)

posted by OhMyGoods on April 8, 2011 at 9:33am
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Love those green chairs and those zig zags are killing me! Adorable!

posted by rajaune on April 8, 2011 at 10:45am
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Lovely. I love how everything is clean and uncluttered......lovely.

posted by Emree on April 8, 2011 at 11:53am
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Awesome sense of style and while being thrifty none the less!

posted by Chip-o on April 9, 2011 at 11:57pm
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This is beautiful and fresh and homely. Love love love it!

posted by lei on April 10, 2011 at 1:52am
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Beautiful and imaginative sense of style.

posted by janet uws on April 11, 2011 at 11:18am
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this is interesting and unique and I'll love a full tour.

posted by ec05 on April 12, 2011 at 10:50am
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TOTALLY gorgeous space! And I know what you mean about "editting" to avoid clutter! It's so important! LOVE your space and thanks so much for sharing!!!

posted by Design Build Love on April 13, 2011 at 3:10pm
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shiny green with a tip of red - very elegant!

posted by dr_met on April 14, 2011 at 4:57am
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Sosososososo cute! I love what you've done! It proves what creativity can accomplish! Its beautiful!

posted by Kate_W_ on April 14, 2011 at 1:03pm
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The pallet dish rack... AMAZING.

posted by maechevrette on April 14, 2011 at 9:42pm
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cool twinkle branch lights - makes the apartment look very cozy!

posted by dillonliving on April 16, 2011 at 9:04pm
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Nice! Some very cool elements here!

posted by blue adidas on April 16, 2011 at 11:06pm
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The first shot with the wall graphic fantastic. I'm not feeling the other room shots though.

posted by the copland on April 17, 2011 at 3:58pm
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there's so much visual interest in this place! i love the unique mix of patterns, textures, and materials.

posted by aj510 on April 22, 2011 at 6:12am
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I am bookmarking every one of these pictures - I agree, AT, we need a full home tour!

You have successfully mixed and matched different patterns wonderfully, using just the right amount of white allows for the eyes to rest - beautiful!

posted by misscorinne on April 25, 2011 at 9:08pm
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adoreable i love it it looks like it belong in a decorating magazineTrish aouni

posted by trish aouni on April 29, 2011 at 10:33pm
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I love everything you do!! I especially love the wooden wall in front of the kitchen.

posted by Hot Mommy of two on April 29, 2011 at 8:48pm
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