FLUFFI Love Seal of Approval: Posh in Venice

My love of wandering has been well documented, and this time my travels led me to Venice, Florida – a 20 minute drive south from my new home base.  A work assignment completed, I felt it was my duty to support the local economy and finally check out the downtown shopping district.  While the area itself is worthy of a post, one shop in particular presented such a visual feast I had to stop and snap away.  As a result, FLUFFI now has a mascot:

Isn't she cute?  It would be obvious to name her FLUFFI, but I am open to suggestions.
Isn’t she cute? It would be obvious to name her FLUFFI, but I am open to suggestions.

This little chick has great taste, because she has chosen to live in a store called POSH. 

And it is POSH and plush, and beachy and fun (and, as always, FLUFFI is in no way compensated for her praise.  It's just FLUFFI love!)
And it is POSH and plush, and beachy and fun (and, as always, FLUFFI is in no way compensated for her praise. It’s just FLUFFI love!)

When a store has layers and depths of treats that one walk-through can’t absorb – and when the lavish bounty doesn’t feel cluttered or messy, it’s an art form.  POSH has nailed the balance, and with Michael Buble providing the soundtrack, I was in a FLUFFI frenzy of shopper’s glee.

Santa's elves couldn't have created a more magical tree.
Santa’s elves couldn’t have created a more magical tree.
Don't you just want to cozy up on this couch and hug that pillow?
Don’t you just want to cozy up on this couch and hug that pillow?
Brother of my little chickie, this owl captured my attention, too (but didn't come home with me.)  I felt a little guilty about that.
Brother of my little chickie, this owl captured my attention, too (but didn’t come home with me.)  I felt a teeny bit guilty about that.

To put this in context, we have departed the little purple place at the beach and are back at the condo.  The flood has miraculously given us the leeway to terminate our lease here early…and wouldn’t you know that the DREAM house I had my heart set on when we planned our move to Sarasota (and was sold just 4 days before we came down to look at houses) is suddenly a possibility once again.  (The buyers made the purchase sight unseen and have decided it is too small for them – after making ALL of the improvements I would have wanted in the last few months.)

To me, it’s all too miraculous a series of events to end up NOT being our house. 

Except for the fact that we made an offer.  And they turned it down, countering far more than our budget.

So it has become important for me to stay focused on dreams and inspiration and beautiful things – like what I saw at POSH – because while I am physically living at our little condo, I want to LIVE and enjoy the vision of where I want to be.  And how I want to decorate!

Going back to the analogy that life is a bountiful menu, I want to enjoy that juicy, pink-in-the-center prime rib I ordered long before it actually shows up on my plate.  And I am thoroughly enjoying imagining all of you coming to visit me at my new house and taking a dip in my tropical pool.

I told the lovely lady as I paid for my purchases, "I will be back to furnish my new house!"  It felt good to make such a bold, brazen statement.  (I also gave her a FLUFFI card and told her it would be bigger than Oprah someday.  Aren't I a bad ass?)
I told the lovely lady as I paid for my purchases, “I will be back to furnish my new house!” It felt good to make such a bold, brazen statement. (I also gave her a FLUFFI card and told her it would be bigger than Oprah someday. Aren’t I a bad ass?)

There is a little voice that responds when I make bold, big-thinking pronouncements:  “Who do you think you are?”

And I am learning to squash it.  I am me!  I (and you, and we) are fearfully and wonderfully made, and the world is our oyster.  Why settle for anything less than a beautiful life?

What would you like to create in your life that a few brazen statements could jolt into action?  Treat it like a game, and you will be surprised at the blessings that reveal themselves…

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6 thoughts on “FLUFFI Love Seal of Approval: Posh in Venice

  1. Steve and I have lived in 3 states and 6 houses in the past 28 years. For our tastes, all have been in “move-in” ready, and we never did anything to any of them on the inside! So, I’m looking to create an oasis for a bedroom! And I shall! And sooner than later!

    I think all the places you are being drawn to are a future menu for you to choose from when you get to decorate your dream house! What a great time you are going to have!!!

    Looking forward to more wonderful places that will be put in your path!

  2. Love your venture into “shabby chic”. Bet you will find many fabulous “things” for your new home – oh, and it will be yours – I commanded it -LOL – but—I will also pray about that and prayer, as you know, works miracles and you will have yours.
    Much love

  3. Brenda, as for a little encouragement my theme song when I moved to Florida was by Sugarland “Settlin”. I’m not Settlin for anything less than what I truly want. Check it out it may be your go to song for when you are doubting the dream home you want!!!!!

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