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Georgia State University, Art Institute of Atlanta, The National Institute of Home Building
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Golf Industry, Real Estate, Residential Construction, Interior Design, Graphic Design
Hey, I'm Cris!
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States · Member since February 2013

I'm excited to welcome you as my Guest, and introduce you to the local culture of this gorgeous, natural coastal area! While I've been hosting and entertaining for years, I discovered Airbnb last year, and fell in love with the concept. My long time friends who know me well, say that they feel as if they're in a "Bed & Breakfast" when they visit me...truly the ultimate compliment! (email hidden), I know it's all about the "hospitality". I am a very nurturing host, and with my passion for decorating, cooking, and socializing, I'm confident that you'll feel right at home in my tranquil space. My work and hobbies keep me engaged, so you will enjoy plenty of alone time. I am attentive, but not intrusive. I will welcome you upon arrival and will be delighted to show you around the area.

I'(email hidden), born and raised in Atlanta, where I spent most of my life, before moving to Ponte Vedra Beach 5 years ago. I'm 59, single, and share my space with my cat Bud who thinks he is a dog. (He was raised with two 100 lb. Yellow Labradors.)

While in Atlanta, I worked in the corporate world, and have owned my own interior design business for 30 years which enabled me to embrace my passion and build three custom homes, and renovate numerous others. Several of my designs were featured in Atlanta Homes magazine. Airbnb hosting is the perfect creative outlet for me.

I traveled the U.S. from coast to coast, Canada and Puerto Rico with my husband before losing him to Cancer 10 years ago. I later traveled to the Bahamas, and Positano, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast, Naples and Rome. Italy is my favorite destination thus far, and Tuscany, Venice and Florence are next on my list, as are Paris, Belize, St. Maarten, Costa Rica, California wine country, The Adirondacks, and the Grand Canyon. There are many destinations I long to visit, and being an Airbnb host enables me to meet new people, learn about their cultures and share their travel experiences before embarking on my own. I will definitely utilize Airbnb for my lodging!

I'm currently in marketing in the golf industry, to promote the game of golf, the preservation of golf history, and honoring golf's greatest contributors. My profession enables me to work closely with the PGA TOUR, and serve as liaison for professional golfers when visiting locally. I also coordinate marketing through the Florida Visitors and Conventions Bureau and the Florida Attractions Association to promote tourism, so I can provide you with plenty of brochures, maps and suggestions on fun things to do if sunning, swimming, shelling, and hunting for sharks teeth isn't quite enough!

In my spare time, I play piano and guitar, and enjoy painting, drawing, sewing custom decorative items for the home, reupholstering, refinishing and repurposing old furniture. I love power tools and DIY projects! I enjoy gardening, gourmet cooking and entertaining, trying new wines, traveling and exploring new places, and meeting new people from different cultures. But most of all, cultivating new friendships, and expanding my cherished circle of friends.

As your host, I'm extremely friendly and laid-back with a zany sense of humor. I've lived through a lot of stuff, so not much bothers me. I will treat you like family once you arrive, so don't be shocked if you run into me in my PJ's at the coffee pot in the morning or grabbing a late night snack...that's just how I roll. Feel free to be yourself and make yourself at home while you are (website hidden) is too short to worry about the small stuff. My goal is to make your stay the best, most comfortable, and most memorable Airbnb stay EVER!

FAV MOVIE - "Under the Tuscan Sun". Diane Lane takes a spontaneous trip to Tuscany after a divorce, falls in love with a Tuscan villa, buys and renovates it. I could SO totally do that!

A FAV BOOK is, "Unpacking your Bags" about detaching yourself from so many possessions, so you live a simpler, less stressful life and gain freedom to travel without excess baggage. (Hmnn....I'm working on that.)

FAV SHOWS - I love Modern Family, and don't laugh, but "The Millionaire Matchmaker" on the Bravo Channel. It's hilarious, and ironically, I've picked up a few really great dating tips! My latest favorite is "Treehouse Masters" with Pete Nelson, Master Treehouse Builder. Amazing stuff! I've already designed mine and it is on my "Bucket List"!

FAV MUSIC - Tommy Emmanuel, Mumford & Sons, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum, Adele, Eric Clapton, The Stones, Tom Petty, Miranda Lambert, Dire Straits, B-52's, Tim McGraw, Pink Floyd.

FAV FOOD - Broccolli - great anti-oxidants! Coastal cuisine - anything with claws or fins! Crabcakes with a Buerre Blanc sauce and Corn Relish. My grandmother from Maryland who lived to be 93, made the best crabcakes ever!

A FEW OF MY LIFE MOTTOS...
*Live life as if each day were your last, dance as if no one were watching, keep your heart open to new friendships and love.
*Perform at least one good deed every day.
*The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.
*Laughter is the best medicine, so over-medicate every chance you get!
*It's okay to eat your dessert first!

MY FAVORITE QUOTE...
Frederico Fellini: "You have to live spherically - in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm - and things will come your way."

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