We are so happy you popped in to visit our online gallery!

Announcing our Holiday Open House & 11th Anniversary Celebration on November 20th! Scroll down to read all about it.

While you’re here, please get to know us a little better by reading “Our Story” and have fun browsing our online Shop. Lots of updates are planned for 2022 that we hope will enhance your website visits, so stay tuned. And wish us luck. 🙂

We want you to know how grateful we are that our small business made it through the worst of the pandemic. You and all our loyal customers are what made that happen …so we THANK YOU!

“Art & Gifts with Heart”

This is the motto that guides everything we do in our business. When you visit our gallery in Inlet Beach or shop on our website, we want you to feel uplifted and inspired.

May the coming holidays and the New Year ahead bring you good health, peace, and a heart full of hope. We pray your life is always filled with kindness and love.

With cheerful hearts, Christi & Debbie

You can shop in our colorful, upbeat gallery in Inlet Beach:

Monday – Friday 10:00 – 5:30, and Saturday 10:00 – 4:00.

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Need a Personal Shopper or an Art Consultant for your home or business?

Call Christi at 850-231-5112. She loves to help people find the perfect gift for a loved one and artwork for their home or office!

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Holiday Open House & 11th Anniversary Celebration

We invite you to bring your family and friends to kick off the holiday season with us November 20th from 10am – 4pm! Enjoy holiday discounts, meet a few of our artists and special guests, like Jane with Beachy Blooms who will have her adorable flower cart set up in front of the gallery from 2-4pm.

We’ll have sweet treats, apple cider and bubbly throughout the day. And, in celebration of the gallery turning 11, we’ll be raffling off 11 unique gifts. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County – it’s our way of thanking them for the tireless work they do on behalf of our art community.

Also joining us behind the gallery will be a food truck for donations of non-perishable food items. This food drive benefits Destin Harvest and will help our neighbors in need enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.

We’re grateful for all the love and support from our loyal customers and look forward to celebrating with you! Stay up to date about the event here.

 

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Our Story…

Need a smile or spark of inspiration?  Debbie Taylor and Christi Sheffield, a dynamic mother-daughter duo, offer that and more at The Blue Giraffe. Get to know the women behind this beloved 30A gallery.

Debbie Taylor traded flip charts for flip-flops when she retired from corporate life to Watersound Beach. Serendipity was in the salt air for Debbie when she realized two lifetime goals: owning a bookstore (really it’s a little book nook inside an art gallery) and being in business with Christi. In addition to being her daughter’s biggest believer, Debbie is The Blue Giraffe’s business consultant, financial advisor and marketing fairy. Debbie’s is a charmed life fueled by gratitude and warmth. Her soul mate, Larry, (pssst…they met on a blind date in 1974 and wed shortly after!) and their utterly adorable Ragdoll “kittys”, Maui Girl and Bella Blue, couldn’t agree more. Debbie extends her heart as a volunteer Turtle Walker with South Walton Turtle Watch. She’s a member of Seagrove Garden Club, two local book clubs and enjoys photography, yoga, golf and travel.
Christi Sheffield always dreamed of being in the arts and in business with her mother. It was after a career in accounting that her wishes were granted. Another came true when she met her soul mate, Cliff, on (are you sitting?) her parents’ wedding anniversary. Christi shares her love and light by helping others realize their artistic potential, as evidenced by the original pieces that beam from The Blue Giraffe’s walls. She’s the face of the gallery, and her infectious smile and laugh keep customers returning year after year. A lover of food, wine and craft cocktails, Christi smiles even wider when toasting friends and family. Christi’s “happy” includes yoga, beach days, reading, traveling, cooking and confirming that yes, she is her mom’s boss.
In September 2010 Christi got an unexpected call from Michele Myers, The Blue Giraffe’s creator. Some might say it was all a coincidence; we call it a God wink. Michele said God led her to ask them to buy her “fun and funky” shop on 30A. Less than 60 days later they were all gathered holding hands in the gallery. Michele said a prayer and handed over the keys. As she walked out the door Debbie and Christi looked at each other in amazement…and the magic began.
The support of loving husbands made it all possible. Celebrating their new journey with a toast on the beach is (left to right) Cliff, Christi, Debbie, and Larry; circa 2010.

Their customers say The Blue Giraffe is one of the happiest places on 30A.

“I feel so good when I’m in your shop.” Allison K., Dallas TX

“We always visit the Blue Giraffe when we come to town.” Jeff M., Atlanta GA

“This is my favorite place to shop on 30A.” Kristin O., Piedmont CA

They’ve created a beautiful, colorful space with you in mind. You’ll feel uplifted as you discover inspirational gifts and art displayed from floor to ceiling. They’re honored to represent many local and regional award-winning artists who partner exclusively with them to showcase and sell their special creations.

You can find The Blue Giraffe at Crossings at Inlet Beach, just east of the Rosemary Beach/Hwy 30A & 98 intersection. We relocated to Inlet Beach (from WaterColor) in October 2019. We’re easier to get to AND we have parking to the side and back of the building, woohoo! You’ll love our upbeat gallery with amazing artists and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Their story is not complete without introducing you to Jeanie, the gallery’s original blue giraffe. She stands tall and proud outside our front door to welcome you. Named in honor of Debbie’s mother and Christi’s beloved Grandma, Jeanie is very photogenic. She loves being in selfies and the center of attention in a group portrait (she’s never been shy about those legs!). She’ll be your friend forever when you let us add your snap to her gallery. Did you know a giraffe’s heart is two feet long and weighs 25 pounds? Everyone on the Giraffe Team imagines their hearts to be that big. They use their heart power to spread happiness on 30A and beyond supporting organizations that help people and animals in need of love.

THE BLUE GIRAFFE BELIEVES…

In the goodness of people
Hugs and smiles are the best medicine
A good book opens up entire worlds to those who read
Family means everything
Kindness and respect should be given to all beings-furry ones, too
Being creative is good for the soul
In looking at the sunny side of things
Friendships are a true blessing
Voltaire nailed it when he said, “Writing is the painting of the voice.”
It is good to color outside the lines
Listening is more important than talking
The beach imparts peace and joy
God can be seen in Nature
Love can heal all things.

Perfect in South Walton Best Art Gallery & 30A Hot Spot!

Next time you’re on the Emerald Coast, stop in and see why we were voted a “30A Hot Spot for Art and Gifts” and “Perfect in South Walton Best Art Gallery/Studio”. You’ll be welcomed with love and happy hearts! Until then, we hope you’ll enjoy frequent visits to our website.