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My name is Darraugh and I started this blog to share my health and wellness experiences - and how those have changed the way I view life. Wonderfully, it has grown to be a place where I share what inspires me and awakens my senses. I believe in honest, simple food. I love traveling  - and dreaming of new places. I'm a design enthusiast with a love for vintage treasures. I believe in sustainable living, and work to learn more and be better every day. I enjoy documenting life through photographs. And I'm forever in love with a place I once called home - New York City. I'm a professionally trained pastry chef with a MBA in International Business, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. I write from sunny Florida St. Louis with two kittens, and one handsome boyfriend...and dream of the loft on Broome.

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cookbook love
  • Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
    Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
    by Jamie Oliver

    Jamie is a rock star. I'm a huge fan. The colors, photos, and illustrations are lovely.

  • My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
    My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
    by Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth is awesome. I'm not sure why there's such a nasty fuss about her. I'm a Daddy's girl too, so this book speaks to my heart. I made Lalo's Cookies- easy and delicious.

  • Organic and Chic: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets That Taste as Good as They Look
    Organic and Chic: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets That Taste as Good as They Look
    by Sarah Magid

    I love these beautiful cakes using organic ingredients. I only wish we could make natural food dyes that are worth a toot.

  • If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons
    If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons
    by Sheryl Crow, Chuck White, Mary Goodbody

    I love this book! Great, healthy recipes that look delicious. I can't wait to try them.

  • Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen
    Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen
    by Heidi Swanson

    Heidi's recipes are pure, natural, and encourage you to experience ingredients and combinations that are both delicious and unique. The photographs are stunning.

great reads
  • The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
    The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
    by Eckhart Tolle

    This book was a huge aha moment for me. I practice every day to be an observer of my mind and to fully appreciate this very moment.

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    by David Sedaris

    If David Sedaris wrote the owner's manual to my car I would read it cover to cover. He's brilliant and makes me laugh out loud in public places.

  • The Help
    The Help
    by Kathryn Stockett

    I started this 450-page book on Friday evening and finished it Monday night. I couldn't put it down.

  • Bossypants
    Bossypants
    by Tina Fey

    Tina Fey is a funny, fearless, female powerhouse. Did I mention, funny?

  • Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
    Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
    by Larry Levin

    I want to meet this dog, more than I want to meet certain people (except George Clooney).

  • Eat Naked: Unprocessed, Unpolluted, and Undressed Eating for a Healthier, Sexier You
    Eat Naked: Unprocessed, Unpolluted, and Undressed Eating for a Healthier, Sexier You
    by Margaret Floyd

    A wealth of amazing information in this book. I'm confident you will walk away learning new things and seeing food differently.

  • Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
    Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
    by Barry Estabrook

    We need to bring dignity back to farming; not just in quality of food, but how we treat those who feed us. This book focuses on the tomato industry and you will be astonished at what goes on in our own country. Plus, you will learn why tomatoes taste like absolutely nothing.

  • The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!
    The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!
    by Mark Hyman

    Everybody needs to read this. Everybody.

  • The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet, Second Edition: An Innovative Program that Detoxifies Your Body's Acidic Waste to Prevent Disease and Restore Overall Health
    The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet, Second Edition: An Innovative Program that Detoxifies Your Body's Acidic Waste to Prevent Disease and Restore Overall Health
    by Felicia Kliment

    This book has so many great nuggets of information. I cannot recommend this book enough!

myTunes
  • 21
    21
    by Adele

    I loved her first album, and this one might be better. Amazing voice for a 21 year old.

  • Be Ok
    Be Ok
    Cabin 24 Records

    Ingrid's music is amazing. All of her albums get heavy play in my house.

  • Easy Wonderful
    Easy Wonderful
    by Guster

    Our great friends introduced us to this group and we recently saw them live. Awesome. This is my favorite album of theirs (well, today anyway).

  • Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
    Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
    by Hall & Oates

    I am a child of the 80s and I love it! I also love Hall & Oates and recently bought this album. I forgot just how much I love their songs. Classic.

  • Gossip in the Grain
    Gossip in the Grain
    by Ray LaMontagne

    This man has a gorgeous soulful voice and his songs will take you back to another era.

  • Mission Bell
    Mission Bell
    by Amos Lee

    Amos Lee is burning up my iPod. This is really good music.

  • Backatown
    Backatown
    by Trombone Shorty

    Trombone Shorty is a twentysomething trombone player from New Orleans. Great horns with a side of funk and New Orleans Dixie.

  • The Ultimate Collection
    The Ultimate Collection
    by Sade

    Masterful.

  • Brothers
    Brothers
    by The Black Keys

    I love these guys - great music. And I've got a crush on the one with glasses.

  • Radio Music Society [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]
    Radio Music Society [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]
    by Esperanza Spalding

    I loved her performance at the Oscars. I'm intrigued by any person who plays bass - especially a female - and with a beautiful voice.

  • Little Voice
    Little Voice
    Epic

    I'm a big fan of her music. It's simple and pure.

  • Born and Raised
    Born and Raised
    Columbia

    We are John Mayer fans. I don't know if I get him as a person (who he dates and all that nonsense), but his music is always so easy to like.

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Sunday
Jul152012

architecture: 842 laurel road

Bob and I like to ride our bikes on the weekends. We chose an area we want to ride to and explore, sometimes including a lunch stop or Starbucks visit. On one of our rides sometime in the last two years we happened upon a most unusual house - it had a deep sloping roof with other unique details, but looked to be abandoned (we did finally notice a car in the driveway). One of our first comments was how neat the the house would be if was renovated to its original condition. We passed the house on a few other occasions and always made the same remarks and observations.

A few months later started my slight obsession with exploring more of the architecture of James Gamble Rogers II. If you remember in this original post I mentioned that I had compiled a list of the addresses of the homes he designed, and we proceeded to ride our bikes or take Sunday drives to visit them. Most are located within Winter Park, however a few exist in Orlando proper. One in particular was listed on Laurel Road, which is a street in Winter Park. I couldn't find the address on Laurel Road and crossed it off my list assuming it had been torn down. After telling my mother about my James Gamble Rogers II adventures, she gave me this book:

via Winter Park Historical Association

This book is rich with details and history about our town of Winter Park, Florida - which, of course, includes the work of James Gamble Rogers II. I read through the book a few times, taking in the photos and stories of this great town. What happened next was my big aha moment. I had compared my list of addresses with the houses in this book to make sure I hadn't missed any, but one detail caught my eye - the address for the Dr. Ingram house listed it as being on Laurel Road in Orlando. I wondered if that was a misprint, or if there was a Laurel Road in Orlando. I quickly Googled it and discovered there was in fact a Laurel Road in Orlando - and I knew exactly the area. No sooner did I finish that discovery when it hit me that the house we had originally discovered months before was this same house. I flipped to the page in the book with the picture and knew it had to be the same house. I jumped in my car to prove it to myself. I was right. The house that we dreamed could be beautiful again, was a James Gamble Rogers II gem built in 1937. The story goes that the Ingram family wanted a home identical to the McAlester home (pictured on the cover above), but Rogers II refused to copy it exactly. Instead, he used the same floor plan, however incorporated French Provincial details on the exterior. I don't know the history of the home or how it arrived in its present state, but I dream of the day it will be lovingly restored. Here is the original photo of the home:

The Dr. Ingram house
842 Laurel Road
Orlando, FL

via AIA OrlandoAnd here are the pictures I took recently:

Below: The side view

Below: Another side/back view of the driveway area

 Also see my post on Rollins College and James Gamble Rogers II's influence on the architecture.

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Reader Comments (2)

I just saw this house last week while doing some work in that neighborhood. I almost drove off the road when I noticed it. Glorious and so sadly forgotten! If we had the money to purchase and restore this gem I would jump on it. Is it for sale? Are you thinking of buying it?

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott Sidler

Hey Scott,
Yes, I completely agree! I wonder what the neighbors think (or know). I was almost tempted to ask one of them. ;) I don't think it's been for sale for a very long time. I think the one person living there has been there since the 80s - but I'm confirming that through a friend. It would be an amazing project, and I believe the JGR houses are such special homes, they really need to be preserved. I wonder what it looks like on the inside...

Darraugh

July 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterDarraugh

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