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An Om kind of shopping experience…

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Sunday was for shopping and Monday is for posting mail, running errands, doing laundry and mentally preparing for being away from home for a week while I house sit. I went to several places yesterday but the one place I really enjoyed going to was Sahara, a really chic and tranquil women’s clothing and accessories store located in St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. Part of the Binjara Traders, Inc. family, Sahara specializes in clothing and accessories straight out of India, beautiful and ornate with decent price tags to match. If you want authenticity then don’t hesitate to stop by. They have an amazing assortment of Buddhas in all different sizes as well as Ganesha sculptures. I took several photos of the store so you could see the inside.

A look inside the store from front to back, looking at clothes and the space.

A look inside the store from front to back, looking at clothes and the space.

Clothing, Buddhas, and more.

Clothing, Buddhas, and more.

Balinese Ceremonial Umbrella in yellow.

Balinese Ceremonial Umbrella in yellow.

Home decor and art.

Home decor and art.

More clothing, accessories and home decor toward the front entrance.

More clothing, accessories and home decor toward the front entrance.

Ganesha

Ganesha

Relaxing Buddha surrounded by beautiful accessories.

Relaxing Buddha surrounded by beautiful accessories.

The beautiful jewelry is astounding.

The beautiful jewelry is astounding.

Buddah and more.

I love the earth tones of all the jewelry. Very natural.

I love the earth tones of all the jewelry. Very natural.

Om Beauty

Om Beauty

Golden Buddha

Golden Buddha, hiding in a corner.

My favorite one.

My favorite one.

Beautiful candle filled ornate jars.

Beautiful candle filled ornate jars.

Three meditating Buddhas.

Three meditating Buddhas.

The one I purchased perched on my bookshelf.

The one I purchased perched on my bookshelf.

If you are ever in the Sarasota, FL area for a visit or you live here and have never experienced Sahara, please do not hesitate to stop in. The staff are friendly and helpful and the ambiance is soothing and peaceful. Namaste!

Store Location & Contact Information

Sahara
362-C John Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941.388.0587
E-mail: binjaratraders@comcast.net

Room detox = Space Saver!

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Living in a two bedroom condo in Florida can have its space problems making for some definite clutter but with a little bit of ingenuity one can have a beautiful home without sacrificing space. The last days of December are good for finding great freebies all over the place. The two boxes depicted above were found on a short walk to the community dumpster. Perfectly good and functional boxes rescued from being dumped in yet another more likely than not overcrowded landfill.

Not only do they function as a sort of small side table but they double as shelves for my ever growing magazine collection too. Isn’t that neat? Originally they were to be used as storage ottomans, no doubt they went with some living room set. There are so many things that one can do with free finds! These boxes, for instance, have helped me to get even more organized and they are aesthetically pleasing as well. What sort of reuse projects have you undertaken lately?

For those of us who love home decor and other such things there is a show we must watch: Man Shops Globe, on The Sundance Channel, is a must see for all those wonderful things that one can find to decorate one’s home with from around the world. Going to the channel’s website will allow you to check out webisodes of the show, photos and more.

Continuing with the topic of home decor and interior design, I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite blogs: Kiki Nakita. Kiki is a good friend of mine who is studying interior design and she is actually quite good at it and very involved in her career which I believe makes for success. Not only does Kiki post about homes and interior design, she also generally posts about inspirational families with incredible homes. Check out the Duggars Family Home post. The family of 18 is incredibly close and connected, emanating family values and a spirit of sharing and goodwill. I love Kiki’s blog because it is simple and not fussy. It is very much like her: elegant, beautiful and sweet. If it were a candy you would want to eat it!

I absolutely love home decor and it is no surprise to me that Kiki and I would be such good friends having that very thing which is her career and one of my own inspirations in common. I love to know what is new in the realm of interior design and I suppose I owe that to my Dad. ☺ I grew up always seeing HOME© magazine and  Southern Accents© at my house. Those and Pottery Barn catalogs have always been sources of inspiration at our house and to me. I started collecting books on design and decor a couple of years back as well. My favorite is The French-Inspired Home by Kaari Meng. I bought a copy on sale at Tuesday Morning but you can find it on Amazon.com (If you click on the title it will take you right to the book on Amazon). Kaari Meng has a ton of great ideas for your decorating pleasure in this book and there are even labels and clip art to copy in the back. It’s more of a shabby-chic decor, not quite exactly “French” but it is nice to look at.

Truly home obsessed? Then you need to check out the blog Hooked on Houses. Julia does a great job showing you beautiful houses as well as quirky and odd ones. Kiki turned me on to this blog and I am really enjoying it! Another great blog that Kiki shared with me is the Meadowbrook Farm blog. I especially love this one because of the simple and retro nature of the decor in the photos and the great recipes Teresa posts. They’re absolutely amazing! I really want to try her Greek Guacamole recipe. I hope to start sharing more about home decor and recipes in my blog soon!

So, I dedicate this post to Kiki and the hard work she is doing on her thesis!

Cheers!

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