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click image PHOTO COURTESY APRIL SEELBACH
  • photo courtesy April Seelbach

HOUSE PROUD

One of the best ways to show love for yourself is to show love for your space, and hanging art is a great way to do that. Pictured above is the work of April Seelbach, which most Orlandoans only get to see "in the flesh" once a year at the Grandma Party Bazaar. She'll be there again this year, but you can also find prints and paintings on her site (april-seelbach.squarespace.com). Seelbach, a St. Pete native, says that "after driving across the country for the first time in 2014 I became addicted to life on the road"; she has since spent hundreds of hours exploring the byways in her seafoam Chevy Astro van and taking the photos that she uses as the basis of her handmade prints. And about that special desert daze that hangs over Seelbach's work? "The Southwest is just a truly unique place that has to be felt and seen to believe," she says. "After living in Florida my whole life, discovering those otherworldly landscapes was something special."

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY LAKE FAIR LANE
  • photo courtesy Lake Fair Lane

For a giftee who takes pride of place more literally, turn to Shannon Staunton or Lake Fair Lane for custom drawings of special spaces. At shannonstaunton.com, find whimsical line drawings of places loved by every Orlandoan (like the Cameo Theater, Stardust or Will's Pub); at lakefairlane.com, postcards memorialize Rollins College, the downtown library and the College Park Publix. Best of all, both will make custom drawings of new homes, wedding venues or anywhere else near and dear to your heart.

For those new to town, there's no better gift than one of Hillery Powers' Orlando maps. The original Orlando neighborhood map is sold out (maybe someday it'll return?), but the Greater Orlando map is not just a good way to remember the directional difference between Winter Garden, Winter Park and Winter Springs, it's a pure beaut on the wall.

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY HILLERY POWERS
  • photo courtesy Hillery Powers

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