Other occupants: My boyfriend, girlfriend, and our cat
Approximate square footage: 1000-2000 sq. feet
How many bedrooms? 3
Lives in: Dunedin, Florida
When did you move into this home? December 2010
Let’s start with the neighborhood. What’s it like where you live? I love the location. We are 400 feet from the gulf of Mexico, near Honeymoon Island. I love Honeymoon Island, and the neighborhoods that surround it are typical mid-century modern neighborhoods within walking distance to the beach and canals. We’re also across the street from a trail and Hammock Park woods — both great lures to an active beach community.
What makes your home offbeat? On the exterior it is a typical late fifties mid-century modern ranch. The interior has glittered ceilings and terrazzo flooring. The drive through carport — and the bright open floor plan along with our funky collection of eclectic thrifted and gifted furniture and art make it pretty offbeat.
What’s most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? So far the only challenge is keeping cooling costs low in the summer, as the big open sun room has the most heat and the strongest air conditioner vent. It seems they didn’t care about efficiency in the ’50s! I’m thinking about curtains, but floor-to-ceiling ’70s drapes aren’t around like they used to be.
What’s your favorite feature of your home? It changes. For now its the loads of natural light, glittered ceilings, and terrazzo flooring… but when rainy season hits, it’s the carport! There’s nothing like driving right up to your front door while your neighbors dash to theirs in torrential downpours!
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from this home? Don’t worry if things get ruined — and don’t spend a lot of money on furniture! A home is meant to be lived in and furniture will get dirty.
What advice do you have for other offbeat homies? Try new things all the time! I’m going to put a bed in our backyard and really try to bring the indoors out!
Show me the decor porn!