I love our Cottage, but as it's our live/work environment, it's always good to get out and adventure.
This Christmas, I decided to return to my childhood home in Kanapaha, Florida for the first time in three years. Luckily my folks come to LA all the time, but nothing tops visiting in them here:
Sometimes I can't believe I grew up here. It's a wet prairie, surrounded by a live oak forest. This is my parent's immediate backyard. It was just as magical as I remembered it being, and at the end of the week-long vacation, I wasn't ready to leave. (I definitely won't wait three more years to return again.)
When I wasn't clipping botanicals from the garden to decorate our dining table and holiday gifts, I stopped by some gorgeous local sites with my 2½ year-old nephew, Finn. I'd definitely recommend the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and The Florida Museum of Natural History to anyone staying in the Gainesville area.
If you're interested in seeing more photos of Kanapaha and this region of Florida, I recommend checking out the work of my friend Mac Stone-- his Insta is one of my favorite accounts.