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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Seaside Simplistic
Coastal Living Christmas Vibes!
You

KISS... Keep It Seaside Simplistic Coastal Living Christmas Vibes! You certainly don’t have to reinvent the wheel here. Living in sunny Florida and along the coast has its share of challenges. Particularly at Christmas when our noble firs arrived from the Carolinas (or China) and run the risk of drying out. We are talkin’ the instant we put up our trees or wreaths, POOF, they are dry, brittle and withering before us. So this year I went the palmetto wreath route for all of my holiday decorating. These bright beauties are 36” round and the perfect pop of green on my blue doors. Love the texture, the size, the movement and the over all seaside look. The wreath no matter what form, evergreens, flowers, shells or palms has significant meaning for the season. It's circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end, symbolizes growth and everlasting life. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #christmas #coastalchristmas #coastalliving #coastlife #interiordesigner #housebeautiful #blueandwhite #islandstyle #barndoor #blue #palmetto #palmettopalm #paradise #seaside #seasidelife #sidebyside #pair #eternity #everlastinglife #nobeginningnoend #godbless

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Spaghetti Simple
It’s not cold, its not windy, its not

KISS... Keep It Spaghetti Simple It’s not cold, its not windy, its not snowing, it stopped raining....but its 70 degrees and the air is heavy! Yet I still crave comfy cozy food this time of year. Anyone else? This simple side dish hits the spot. Gluten-free flat spaghetti tossed with sautéed onions, baby arugula, parsley and fresh minced garlic. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitsimplyserved #danasmalldesigns #glutenfree #vegan #onlyorganic #organicorbust #spaghetti #eatclean #greenandwhite #cleaneating #stock #christmas #itsthattimeofyear #tablescape #tablescaper #saltnpepa

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It “SELL-abrating” in Style
So raise your hands up and le

KISS... Keep It “SELL-abrating” in Style So raise your hands up and lets CELEBRATE BIG TIME! Today I am celebrating 12 years of owning and operating my little shop @matildaslifestyle WHOOP! WHOOP! Join me and my super, fantastic shopgirls TODAY at the store for an all day SIP, SHOP, SOIRÉE and stellar trunk show featuring @perlebylola and @studioakina That’s right!...endless style, joyous laughter and cheer, shopping galore, rosé all day and an awesome GIVEAWAY! Without all of you, my best customers ever and my most amazing team of shopgirls (aka my Matilda’s familia) this wouldn’t be possible. I am so grateful and feel so blessed! THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU ALL! Let’s PARTY! XX #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #matildaslifestyle #matildas #littleshopofcoastalelegance #barefootelegance #coastalliving #resort #resortstyle #beachchic #sip #sipsiphooray #sipandshop #celebrate #anniversary #12 #12years #style #service #inspiration #interiordesigner #tablescaper #shopowner #shoparoundthecorner #shopgirl #bestshopgirlsever #bestcustomersever #grateful

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Sunrise Searching
On Monday I posted this picture and

KISS... Keep It Sunrise Searching On Monday I posted this picture and somehow it mysteriously disappeared from my feed. Where the heck did it go? Has this ever happened to you? Well this is hardly my view this morning, there is a wall of fog so thick I can’t even see the waters edge. I love this happy bright colorful shiny image so much. It motivates me and my morning routine. As I said on Monday, the dawn of a new day, with each new sunrise, a chance to begin again. I hope it inspires you! So Im sorry, not sorry for posting this again. Ha! the wonders or wtf’s of instagram. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #sunrise #danasmalldesigns #again #dejavu #happyday #inspiration #interiordesign #interiordesigner #coastalliving #indooroutdoorliving #thegreatoutdoors #sorrynotsorry #candycoloredsky #stuart #florida #happyplace #happymorning #blueandwhite

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danasmalldesigns. KISSS...
Keep It Sip Shop Soirée 
Hip Hop Hooray! It’s that time of ye

KISSS... Keep It Sip Shop Soirée Hip Hop Hooray! It’s that time of year to celebrate the anniversary of my little brick & mortar @matildaslifestyle 2500 sq feet of coastal elegance, beach chic fashion, curated design collections, inspiration, style, and service! Join me and my shopgirls this Thursday, December 12th for a celebratory Sip & Shop. We will be hosting a trunk show featuring @perlebylola & @studioakina We will serving bits, bites and rosé all day...plus stay-tuned for our insane giveaway! But you must follow my shop @matildaslifestyle to enter & win! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #matildaslifestyle #anniversary #celebration #cheers #12years #12yearsandcounting #12yearsstrong #bestcustomers #bestcustomersever #bestshopgirlsever #besttown #happiestseasidetown #stuart #florida #bestshopintown #meetmeatmatildas #interiordesign #tablescape #tablescapes #tablescapestyling #tablescapetuesday #christmas #redwhiteandgreen #121212

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Simply Served
Entertaining this holiday season.  Well

KISS... Keep It Simply Served Entertaining this holiday season. Well keep it Simple Silly. Dress up your morning eats and sweets in your fancy serving pieces. Shown here, my famous granola topped with candied cranberries and coconut milk, simply served in a champagne coupe. And when hosting a holiday brunch I love using clippings from my tree or garland around the serving platters and throughout my tablescapes. #kiss #keepitsimple #simplyserved #danasmalldesigns #holiday #entertaining #christmas #granola #organic #cranberries #interiordesigner #setthetable #setwithstyle #tablescape #tablescaper #tablescapestyling #foodie #foodiesofinstagram #holidayeats #champagnecoupe #cheers #eatdrinkbemerry

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Shelf Secrets
That’s Elf on the Shelf secrets.....ahhh

KISS... Keep It Shelf Secrets That’s Elf on the Shelf secrets.....ahhh the joys and magic of Christmas! Our little elf on the shelf has great taste. “Candycane” is his name and a curated lifestyle is his game. He is crushing big time on this new @waltergtextiles multi-blue fabric. Now if only he could bring us some new sofas! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #instagood #christmas #elfontheshelf #elf #candycane #waltergtextiles #interiordesign #interiordesigner #interior #blueandwhite #blueandwhiteforever #coastalliving #housebeautiful #barefootelegance #shesellsseashells #shellart #circawho

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Santas & Swirls
‘Tis the season to have fun with your

KISS... Keep It Santas & Swirls ‘Tis the season to have fun with your tablescapes. I loved growing up with a touch of whimsy to the classic red, white and green color story. My mom always has a way of adding such a sense of magic and playfulness to the traditions of the holiday. Im proud to follow suit...Nothing says fun, more than peppermint swirl platters, santa ornaments as napkin rings and the squishy-est snowman marshmallows hot cocoa toppers! Our newly arrived table-linens by @lindrothdesign are the p e r f e c t shade of holiday green. All available at my shop @matildaslifestyle Be sure to pop in there for all your holidays wishes and wants! Shop Local! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #tablescape #tablescaper #tablestyling #holiday #christmas #santa #swirl #snowman #snowmen #candycane #sugarandspice #interiordesigner #crackers #holidaymagic #christmascookies #matildaslifestyle #shoplocal #christiscoming #setthetable #stylethetable #tablestylist #tablescaping

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Steamy Snowmen
That’s marshmallow snowmen!  46 may not

KISS... Keep It Steamy Snowmen That’s marshmallow snowmen! 46 may not be cold to some of you but it’s a little chilly for us Florida folks. Starting the day with some sip sip hooray hot cocoa! Most adorable marshamellow snowmen ever @matildaslifestyle #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #tablescape #tablscaper #tablesetting #hotcocoa #snowmen #steamy #babyitscoldoutside #christmasiscoming #holidaycheer #startyourdayright

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Seasonably Served
Cheers to December! 
Let me serve yo

KISS... Keep It Seasonably Served Cheers to December! Let me serve you my latest concoction... Margarita Monday can take on a whole new meaning during the holidays. I I love mixing it with a little seasonal spice and flare. Meet the Cranberry Crunch Rita. My classic recipe with infused cranberry Cointreau simple syrup topped with fresh Florida orange slices and home-made candied cranberries. They have the perfect pop of color for the occasion and a surprise pop when you bite in to them. And don’t ya just love this gorgeous birthday poinsettia. Thanks @kathrynkanson @pjanson99 for my birthday goodies. It fits perfectly into my go to vase by @lindrothdesign available @matildaslifestyle #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitseasonal #serveitup #danasmalldesigns #cocktails #mocktails #margarita #margaritamonday #withatwist #orange #cranberry #dutchtulips #nailcolor #pointsettia #holiday #holidayseason #cheers #cheerstoyou

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Supporting Strangers
Is it me or do you get emotional

KISS... Keep It Supporting Strangers Is it me or do you get emotional when you see strangers supporting strangers. I am always amazed by the energy at running events. The Annual Run 4 the Pies Thanksgiving Day running event has a great show of support from strangers...and the most witty! The enthusiasm, the excitement and the energy is always so uplighting, positive and uber motivating. Whether you are a runner or on the sidelines, I always feel that everyone participating is there for the greater good. All walks of life. Many reasons to be running. Many reasons to be on the sidelines. Everyone coming together, getting along and the best part supporting one another. 12 years ago I opened my shop @matildaslifestyle in our little town of Stuart, only knowing a handful of people. I knew I was going to have to rely on A LOT of strangers to support me. I knew I had to create something that would entice total, complete strangers to come inside and shop. Over the years, I have acquired an incredible team of women who work for me, everyday showing up with a smile, energized to help those who walk through our doors. The are stylish, they are smart, they are supportive. And our customers, all strangers at first but now loyal customers, dear friends and the support system I need to keep my business running! Running Thursday, reminded me of the past 12 years. I completely, utterly, totally welcomed those boosts of encouragement along the way. I think no matter the who what where we all are in life, we can always use a boost of encouragement. I guess that is why we are all here...to share, show, question, quantify, qualify, demonstrate, design, inspire & create content to get a little bit or a lot of support, even from strangers. Thanks to all of you and thanks to my growing pool of customers! Above, a prime example of that enthusiasm, you can do this, love, keep up the good work, no limit to greatness...strangers supporting strangers! I just love it. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #inspiration #inspo #runforestrun #justkeepgoing #justdoit #thankful #grateful #yougotthis #12years #happyanniversary #happybitthday #hopedealer #love

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Self-Served
Another Thanksgiving for the books.  Small

KISS... Keep It Self-Served Another Thanksgiving for the books. Small, simple and well seasoned. This years add on was little herb gardens mixed in with the flowers and place settings. A trio of rosemary, sage and thyme adding a touch of greenery and aroma to the tablescape. Right at your finger tips for a pinch of this or a pinch of that. And pretty little bottles of sipping tequila and rum also dotting the table, at the ready. Pie and more pie part of the edible layers...once you’ve polished off your supper, you dont even have to get up, apple and pumkin at arm’s length! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #tablesetting #tablescapes #tablescape #tablestyling #tablesettings #thanksgiving #selfserve #pie #tequila #herb #setthetable #stylist

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Simply Stated
GRATEFUL
EVERYDAY
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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Step x Step
Thanksgiving Supper tablescape in the maki

KISS... Keep It Step x Step Thanksgiving Supper tablescape in the making...stay tuned for more step x step images featuring this years spread. I like to get my tables organized a few days in advance when there is peace and quiet and certainly no rush. This way, when your family and friends arrive, you simply light the candles, pour the wine and slice up the bird. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #keepitstyled #keepitstylish #danasmalldesigns #stepxstep #setthetable #tablescape #tablescapestyling #tablescapetuesday #thanksgiving #prep

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Superabundant Squash
Have some fun with your seasonal

KISS... Keep It Superabundant Squash Have some fun with your seasonal centerpieces. I love layering fruits and veggies down my table, piling them high and spreading them out as I imagine the pilgrims once did. When planning and shopping, I always reach for color and what will reflect the foods of the season. And just before serving the meal, I slice coordinating fresh fruit and pluck it in to the tablescape. All the tomatoes and apples shown are washed, so my family and guests can reach right in and enjoy those sweet yellow tomatoes, crisp apples or fresh mission figs. Not only do these foods provide a rainbow of color and style, but they are seriously good for you. Squash is a power-packed veggie high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. Oh and squash is also rich in manganese. Great for boosting bone strength and helps the your body to process fats and carbohydrates. Perfect for gearing up for your holiday crowd and laboring in the kitchen. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #tablescape #ilovesettingthetable #tablesetting #tablestyling #squash #apples #pumpkin #figs #organic #begoodtoyourself #setthetable #setthetablewithstyle #settheexample #youcandoit #becreative #interiordesign #interiordesigner #shopowner #matildaslifestyle

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Spirited Send Off
This picture means way more than jus

KISS... Keep It Spirited Send Off This picture means way more than just a super successful shopping spree at Mercado de Artesanias on our last day. For years I was plagued with illness. I lived with great fear and limitation. So what changed? Long story short, I tried everything. I went to 3 dozen doctors. I prayed a lot. I got better. I got stronger. Mind, body and SPIRIT! Now, I am alive. I am living. I am obviously way better. Best trip and I can’t stop posting all the colorful, captivating, inspiring, warms my heart and makes me smile images. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepongoing #iambetter #iamstronger #iamstrong #warrior #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #mexico #ilovemexico #shopping #mercadodesanmiguel

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Stick Styled
Simple.
Stylish.
Iconic landmark of San M

KISS... Keep It Stick Styled Simple. Stylish. Iconic landmark of San Miguel! Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, San Miguel's most famous sight is its parish church, characterized by its pink 'wedding cake' towers that soar above the town. These strange pinnacles were designed by indigenous stonemason Zeferino Gutiérrez in the late 19th century. He reputedly based the design on a postcard of a Belgian church and instructed builders by scratching plans in the sand with a stick. The rest of the church dates from the late 17th century. Miss walking by this beauty a dozen times a day. Thank goodness for photos to keep the memories alive. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitsoaring #keepitreal #keepitstyled #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #mexico #iloveitthere #iwanttogobacknow #sma #parroquiadesanmiguelarcangel #pinkchurch #eatpraylove

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Sorted & Stocked
No this is not my linen closet...but

KISS... Keep It Sorted & Stocked No this is not my linen closet...but it could be! Love me some #roygbiv factor even when shopping the market in San Miguel. The sorted color stories make it so easy to pick and choose. Well, not really because I want them all! I did manage to buy a few (dozen) never know when you will need a quick gift. And I love giving gifts from my travels. I think its time I bring these goodies into @matildaslifestyle What do you think?! #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepitstocked #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #mexico #otomi #pillows #quilts #blankets #coverlets #roygbiv #rainbowofcolors #ilove #matildaslifestyle

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Self-taught Self-portrait
A brilliantly colored, capti

KISS... Keep It Self-taught Self-portrait A brilliantly colored, captivating mural along the roadside, featuring one of the best-known artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo! A self-taught artist, she is the queen of self-portraits and a star of painting her life, painting her own reality. This muralist did a fab job representing her in her trademark look, flowered headdress, a rich-colored loose blouse, and gold jewelry accents. Captured among the lush landscape and surrounded by butterflies...aka spirits of the dead. “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”-Frida #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #mexico #ilovemexico #frida #ilovefrida #fridakahlo #fridakahloquotes #selftaught #selflove #star #butterflies

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Set/2 Sightseeing
Cobblestone streets, Spanish archite

KISS... Keep It Set/2 Sightseeing Cobblestone streets, Spanish architecture, thriving art scene, glass blowing, green hills, paper tissue flowers, spiritual festival, market shopping, paper mache, cathedrals, candle making, church upon church, grave yards, skeletons, el jardin, wooded courtyards, rainbow of colors, parades, papel picado, sumptuous interiors, sugar skulls, fireworks, and margaritas around every corner! No one I’s rather travel with....this guy! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #miesposo #rams #sightseeing #turistas #liveinlove #mexico #iloveithere #paperflowers #papelpicado

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Spicy & Served
Its chilly this morning....keep those m

KISS... Keep It Spicy & Served Its chilly this morning....keep those mexican hot chocolates coming. Smooth, rich, organic goodness with a spicy finish! And vegan, this version made with coconut milk and 90% cacao from Mexico. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitspicy #keepemcoming #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #chilly #chillyweather #feelsgood #allthefeels #mexicanhotchocolate #spicy #withakick #tablescapes #tabletop #tablescapestyling #vegan #organic #coconutmilk #cacao

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Sweet-ish Species
Radiant, jewel-toned facades line ev

KISS... Keep It Sweet-ish Species Radiant, jewel-toned facades line every street in San Miguel. Up and down, side to side, one more brilliant than the next. I have a serious addiction of photographing nearly every door and window we pass. Saturated hues of red, coral, ochre, emerald, burgundy and blues with over sized, heavily carved, wooden doors. Windows with simple or elaborate wrought iron. Its no wonder the glowing marigold and blood-red cockscomb look especially radiant against this rich back drop. Did you know the marigold is used to prepare a very sweet-ish, anise flavored tea. It has an herbal essence and used as a medicinal tea in Mexico. And I recently read it is a substitute for tarragon. I took this shoot on our last day, walking the Callejón de los Muertos. The street of the dead. The symbolic display of flowers, sadly losing their life. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #mexico #marigold #cockscomb #dayofthedead #jeweltones #coralred

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Señorita Smiling
Happy FRIYAY! Put on a happy face, it

KISS... Keep It Señorita Smiling Happy FRIYAY! Put on a happy face, it’s the weekend! Just love these larger than life papier-mâché costumes. As you walk through the cobblestone streets and around El Jardin San Miguel de Allende, you are greeted by these ten foot tall figurines. They are full of color, full of whimsy and full of life...certain to make your smile. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepitreal #danasmalldesigns #sanmigueldeallende #mexico #puppets #eljardin #happyfriday #friyay #itstheweekend #happy #happyface #putonahappyface #smile

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Served Stylishly
Loving my new dishes from Mexico.  Bl

KISS... Keep It Served Stylishly Loving my new dishes from Mexico. Blue and white masterful swirls and florals to delight. I of course wanted to buy the whole lot of this pattern but my husband put his foot down. Ha! He declared I must get rid of some dishes in order to bring more in to our home. You see I have a slight obsession with dishes. Time to expand my party pantry! And check out this beautiful vegan ganache. I stumbled upon this recipe on insta and it is amazing. I tweaked it slightly to fit my limited diet. Dang its delicioso! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #danasmalldesigns #blueandwhite #mexico #sanmigueldeallende #ilovedishes #blueandwhiteforever #stylishlyserved #tablescape #tablescapestyling #tablescapetuesday

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