Day 18: Renningers Antique Market

Hey everyone!! We are a day late due to the fact that we spent all day yesterday walking around the Renningers Antique Market.

It was amazing!

Words can not describe the experience, therefore I am going to show it to you from the perspective of my iPhone (and a little from my Cannon due to the death of said iPhone). So, here goes….

First off, Renningers is located in Mt. Dora, Florida off of Highway 441. Here in arial view from their website.

“Located on 117 acres of scenic, rolling land, in beautiful Lake County, the heart of Central Florida. Amid 
spreading oaks, garlands of Spanish moss waving gently from their branches, you’ll find the best of both worlds!”

The antique center, farmers and flea markets are open all year round on the weekends. But once a month in January, February and November they host what is called “The Antique Extravaganza”. Thousands of vendors set up shop Friday, Saturday and Sunday to showcase their unique artifacts and vintage finds. It is truly a sight to see. The amount of  “stuff” that one can consume is overwhelming and you really have to know what you are looking for in order to stay sane!!

We only go to get around a quarter of the show. We weren’t looking for anything in particular – just a chance to take in all the interesting items people had for sale. You name it, they had it.

Like many of the vendors’ pieces at the show, theres a story behind these handcrafted candle holders above. Bena Greene is a fellow interior designer who fell into a new hobby 6 weeks ago when she accidentally broke her grandmothers chandelier. With the broken pieces, she began to create amazing glass sculptures. The great thing about them is that they be flipped up or down to change either their functional use or decorative appearance. Contact me if you would like more informtion!

It was really difficult picking out the pictures to show you! I wish I could have posted all 75! I think these provide a small idea to the reality of this “extravaganza”. Can not wait till January!!


I want to leave you with my favorite booth from the show. Or at least my favorite from the 1/4th of the show we got through. And that alone took 3 hours!!

Laura and Rick Nickerson have made a business out of their hobby for antiques and garden decor. Damed “Gardentiques”, they travel the eastern coast to display their timeworn treasures. We were especially impressed with the staging of their booth. It was by far the most eye-pleasing and stylish! We found that it was easier to see each individual piece and how they could become a part of the home. Their unique sense of color and quirky artistry were are true delight and was a highlight to the day! You can check out their website to see when they will be back to Renningers here.

Day 17: Secret Places

There is no hard and fast rule as to what makes a secret place. Beauty, by its very nature, is subjective. Our criterion is a simple one: we must feel at home, we must feel good to be there.

A secret place represents an escape from reality, a chance for the human psyche collect and recharge. Whether its curled up with a good book in your favorite chair, reciting a mantra in your private meditation room, or tending to a rooftop garden – this place should thought provoking and embody a sense of calmness.


For the first time in a long time I was able to just stop for a moment – and collet my thoughts. It felt good as I found my self standing alone in the middle of the sweetest little lady’s secret garden.

I am sure you are wondering why I am standing in the middle of this secret garden, Sarah’s Secret Garden.

I was invited to provide a table scape that will be displayed in the secret garden during the Holiday Tour of Homes – a tradition in Sanford. I went there today to gather inspiration. A left with a feeling of rejuvination! (and a lot of ideas!)

What started with “Ill just take some photo’s and be on my way.” Turned into a loong moment of meditation. Take a look at Sarah’s Secret Garden from my perspective and enjoy 🙂

How could I not stop and take a moment here? The beautiful black and yellow butterflies swarmed me AND I was able to grab the inspiration needed for the design of the table-scape! As well as a moment of meditation to myself. A big THANKS for that!! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

What is your secret place? Do share!!