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Tropical interiors

By MARY JANE PARK

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 28, 2001


Visitors to Florida and we who call the Sunshine State home often are given to tropical themes in our home decor. Try these ideas for creating your own indoor paradise.

VASE

Bamboo vase holds spectacular handmade balsa-wood flowers and foliage. Bamboo vase, $18; birds of paradise, $7.50 and $12.50; heliconia, $10; banana leaf, $10; anthurium, $6. All items, Hula Hula, 2824 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport; (727) 322-5282. Summer hours: 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. photo

DISH TOWELS, BANANA LEAF PLATE

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Hand-crafted plate mimics the color gradations and imperfections of real life. Bright designs on dish towels show tropical flowers in all their glory. Large banana leaf plate, $35. Hibiscus dishtowels, $8.50 each. All items, Hula Hula, 2824 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport; (727) 322-5282. Summer hours: 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

LAMP SHADE

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Scenes from old post cards are enlarged to make lampshades. Post card image lampshade, $54. Other sizes, prices available. Dixiana, 625 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; (727) 826-5255. TropicAl's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach; (727) 367-7014.

DISHTOWELS, OVEN MITTS

Study Florida geography as you wait for water to boil. Vintage Florida dishtowel, $4.99; oven mitt, $5.99; pot holder, $3.99. Bed Bath & Beyond. photo

BARK CLOTH PILLOWS

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Newport Diamond Head collection bark cloth pillows. Aqua (Cabana), $16.99. Gold (Tiki), $16.99. Newport Plantation collection bark cloth pillows imprinted with leaves (Bahama), $19.99. Stein Mart.

HAWAIIAN SHIRT

It's hard to summon up a foul mood when you wear glad rags like this, featuring reversible prints from Reyn Spooner, the Mack Daddy of Hawaiian shirts. Rayon "Let's Take a Holiday" shirt with coconut-shell buttons, men's S-XXL, $69.50. Lands' End. Toll-free 1-800-356-4444; on the Web: www.landsend.com photo
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