Welcome to Big Pink

November 24th, 2013

Florida House Big Pink

I know I have shown you a million pictures of our Lake Lure Cottage in North Carolina, but I don’t think I have welcomed you to our Florida abode.  We call it Big Pink, because it is obviously, well . . . . Pink.  But it is also named after one of our favorite record albums by The Band.  Big Pink was the name of a house where the The Band recorded the album Music From Big Pink  It is located just out side of Woodstock New York.  David actually made a pilgrimage to the Big Pink house on one of his motorcycle rides.  You can read about it here.

Florida Hall Latest

This is the view that greets you when you enter the house.  I worked at a very large furniture store in High Point North Carolina for many years.  When my coworkers heard that we were retiring to Florida for part of the year, they started kidding me about the flamingo painting (click here to learn more)  that was hanging in our store’s art gallery.  Each time I would pass it, I would smile.  When I showed it to David, he actually fell in love with it.  So it made its way into our stash of furnishings for Florida.  On an interior designing  note, because that was what I did for many years, I think the hall table would look good with some travel stamped antique suitcases stacked up under it.  I would also like to replace the candle sconces with something more substantial.

Florida Living Room

Our living room is casual with a West Indies vibe.  The Audubon prints on the walls flanking the Tommy Bahama entertainment center were one of my inexpensive decorating achievements.  I had copies of the prints from an Audubon book blown up on quality paper at Staples.  I found the matting paper on line and the frames from the Daytona Flea Market.  The total cost was $18.00 for each of them.

Florida Dining RoomThe dining room is a wing off of the living room.

Florida Kitchen 1The kitchen is a work in progress.  Two years ago we updated the countertops to Corian.  Last year we replaced all of the white appliances with stainless steel.  This year we plan on having all of the cabinet doors replaced.  I like working in my efficient small kitchen.

Florida Kitchen 2

Here is another view of my kitchen.  I made the black and white checked curtains.  The runner on the floor is from Dash and Albert.  I love it because it is washable.  Outfitting a second kitchen can be costly.  To save money, I found the Oster mixer at a yard sale for $10.00.  It actually runs just as well as my Kitchen Aid mixer at Lake Lure.  Go figure.

Florida Kitchen 3

There is room in the kitchen for a dining area.  Instead of that, I bought a kitchen island at my furniture store.  It gives me more work space and an open storage area.  I roll out pie crusts and make Christmas cookies here.  I am on the lookout for an industrial looking chandelier to hang over the island.

Florida Kitchen 4This is a view taken from the sliding doors out to the lanai.

Florida Kitchen 5This is the view from the dining room.  I know the kitchen will look so much better with new cabinet doors.  Some of them will be glass panes; maybe the cabinet over the dishwasher.  I would appreciate suggestions.

Sausage Cheese Balls
Thanks for stopping by.  Help yourself to an updated sausage cheese ball.  Remember when these were all the rage?  I found this new recipe on Pinterest.  It adds cream cheese to the standard mix and we really enjoyed them.


1 pound hot bulk sausage
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
4 to 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups Bisquick

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix sausage, cream cheese and shredded cheese with a fork to blend together.  Mix in Bisquick.  You may have to use your hands.  Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  You will need to make them in 3 batches.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Can be served hot out of the oven or at room temperature.
Printable recipe

8 responses to “Welcome to Big Pink”

  1. Sam Hoffer says:

    Love, love, love the flamingo. It is so welcoming in your foyer with the pretty plaid skirted chairs. It give a great Caribbean vibe the minute you walk in the door, sort of funky, yet classy. I always put some sort of funky Bahamian/Caribbean/island look somewhere in our Florida house. I like the way it separates it from the northern look. Beautifully decorated Penny. Just what I expected.

  2. Sam Hoffer says:

    Oh I forgot. Every time I serve those retro cheese sausage balls they’re gone before I know it. Everyone loves them. I’ve even served them with soups on a cold windy end to New Years Eve. And I like the idea of lightening it with the cream cheese. Great buy on the mixer by the way.

  3. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    I really enjoyed seeing your other home Penny…while you are away I can picture you there. I love the flamingo painting! Your Florida home is lovely Penny. Those cheese sausage balls sound wonderful! It is getting down to about 16 degrees here tonight. Bet your happy you are in sunny Florida!

  4. Mary Sullivan says:

    Such a sweet and comfy home Penny – I think it must be so enjoyable when you are escaping the colder months up here. Low tonight around 20 here in town – we are lighting a fire, first of the season – and having a nice tummy warming eggplant parmigiano for supper!

    Love the flamingo painting – it does set the stage. Had no idea you were in furniture/decorating – High Point is the place to be for that industry. I was able to do the market once with a designer friend and was blown away by the choice of merchandise.

    Happy Thanksgiving Penny –
    Hugs – Mary

  5. Susan says:

    What a lovely Florida home. And those sausage balls…I remember those. Would be great to eat them again. It’s cooler right now in FL, but still better than NC. 😉

  6. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    As a long time Florida resident before moving to New England, I have to say that I love how you have decorated your Florida home. It is warm and inviting from your foyer to your kitchen.

  7. larry says:

    Looks like a great place to hang around for the winter Penny. Our friend sold his place so don’t guess we’ll be back that way often. I’ve been a fan of the cheese balls since my very first one and like Lay’s potato chips – no one can eat just one.

  8. Barbara Williams says:

    Oh, I love it, Penny. The pink is so Florida and islandy. It’s a beautiful home and I know you’re happy there. Love your kitchen! I can just see you in there. I have Dash and Albert rugs here and there too…so cute, so many sizes, shapes and colors, you can’t miss.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Penny!

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