Christmas gift inspiration: Clair McCorkle

Clair McCorkle loves nature and travel as seen in her paintings and likewise in her choice of gifts.

 

Clair was my neighbor in Winter Park. She lives in a beautiful house perfect for Florida living. Her house overlooks a lake whose breezes keep her cool when she naps on her balcony. When I go into Clair’s house, I rethink my own. Artists always have the best homes. Hers is elegant yet casual. White walls, dark floors, ceilings just the right amount of tall, antiques with gleaming wood, and lots of art. The house wonderfully showcases the art – large pieces, small intricate ones, and sculpture.

Happy Hour in Manhatten, Clair McCorkle.

Happy Hour in Manhatten, Clair McCorkle.

Annetta Igou and Clair McCorkle enjoying the beauty of Cabbage Key.

Annetta Igou and Clair McCorkle enjoying the beauty of Cabbage Key.

This picture shows Clair’s personal style. She always looks amazing; I especially love the pattern mix she artfully composed in Boca Grande, Florida.

Clair and her family love to travel. They take amazing trips, and they take them often.

We don’t have family in town so Christmas has always been just us with our 2 adult kids which was becoming a little too quiet and repetitive.  So years ago we started planning a big trip for the Christmas holiday rather than gifts.   My favorite Christmas Trip was on safari in Tanzania and Kenya.  It was very relaxing being so far removed from the hectic frenzy that Christmas can become- sitting under the stars around a campfire on Christmas Eve was especially memorable.  This year we are heading to Patagonia and will draw names for a gift exchange before the trip with a theme of travel related gifts .  I have in mind easy to pack items that can be used on the trip…active wear,  travel games, travel essentials for long flights.

In keeping with the relaxed mood of the trip, Clair likes this travel backgammon set for family entertainment.

Lululemon provides comfort and style. Additionally, this shirt even has engineered warmth.

Frequent flying requires proper suitcases. Tumi makes great ones. Clair recommends this one.

Long flights are easier to endure when you are comfortable. Cashmere and silk will feel good and help keep you warm on those freezing cold planes.

Fresh Produce, Clair McCorkle.

Fresh Produce, Clair McCorkle.

Clair’s work can be seen at The Gallery 32789 in Winter Park, Florida.

Casa V Interiors is an interior design firm in Orlando, Florida.