Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We are FINALLY Moving!

After almost two years of living in our "temporary" digs, we are FINALLY moving to our home in Coral Gables!!! Hooray!!!! I wish I could say the renovation was complete... we still have a punch list of about six dozen items for the inside of the house alone, and we haven't touched the outside. Ugh... we're talking re-stucco, paint, ripping out the ugly black asphalt driveway, installing pavers, redoing the sprinkler system, remarciting the pool, finishing the covered patio, retiling the pool and patio, and last but not least - landscaping.  But at least we will be IN!!! My Mother (who is truly a Saint - and an expert packer) is en route as we speak to keep my sanity intact help lend a hand.  We'll have our hands full, but I look forward to reconnecting to the Blogosphere next week... hopefully with some pretty pictures!

Enjoy the long weekend!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Barclay Butera's Blue & White Beach House

Over the last few days, I've been pouring over all things blue and white while searching for inspiration for our family room... I have also been in a fevered hunt for a budget-friendly blue and white fabric for custom drapes! I would like to incorporate touches of animal print, bamboo, seashells, a seagrass rug, and a palm leaf fan. All of these elements are featured to perfection in Barclay Butera's fabulous Newport Beach home. I could look at each of these rooms for hours!



I've seen most of these gorgeous images floating around Pinterest for some time now, but I didn't realize they were all from the same home. SO gorgeous! This feature ran in the October 2007 issue of Traditional Home.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Palm Beach Chic in Miami

Recently, I stumbled upon Beth Arrowood's fabulous Miami Shores bungalow, as featured in The Wall Street Journal and Florida Design.  Generally speaking, Miami décor tends to gravitate towards the ultra contemporary side, so I was tickled pink to find this little slice of Palm Beach Chic right here in Miami!

Beth Arrowood is a former interior designer, and now owner of NIBA Rug Collection. She and her husband, a structural engineer, spent more than three years renovating this 2,600 square-foot charmer, complete with the original pool from the 1960s. Images and captions below via Florida Design, unless otherwise noted.

The living room is a work of symmetry with two graceful settees inspired by designer Richard Himmel and custom crafted by Regina Suarez. Swathed in a plush velvet fabric by Kravet, they are complemented by a pair of antique bergères.
Artwork framed in a hand-painted panel from Gracie, Inc., provides an elegant backdrop for the clover-skirted ottoman from Southampton’s Old Town Crossing.
 Vintage rattan chairs in the dining room are decidedly casual and beachy with dressed-up cushions in a turquoise-and-white trellis print. The white elliptical-shaped chandelier from Heath and Company has linen shades edged with green silk trim that meld well with the home’s interior palette. Wallpaper is "San Marco" by Quadrille.

Designed for livability, the sunroom’s custom-designed Regina Suarez sofa is paired with a 1950s mosaic-topped cocktail table from Vermillion. A green hued, two-tiered occasional table from Noho Modern offsets the tropical foliage outside.
The guest room’s pair of ornate gilded mirrors from Thailand-Haveli and Visiona’s Chinese lacquered chest lend exotic flavor and are grounded by a bold striped area rug custom designed by NIBA Rug Collections.
A relaxed mood is conveyed in the guest room with an upholstered Chippendale-style headboard and draperies from Osborne & Little. Inspired by a tropical motif, the pattern is closely echoed in the delicately hand-painted bedside table.
The walls and console table are painted white, letting the striped hallway get away with being a little playful. The stool is by Pamela Lerner Antiques, the lamp is from C. Bell, and accessories from NIBA Home. Via The Wall Street Journal.
Patio furnishings that lend a beachy feel are cushioned in lively turquoise and white stripes and serve to mimic the slats in the tabletop and decking.
Beth Arrowood's Miami Shores bungalow, via The Wall Street Journal.
Click here to read the full article in Florida Design. Now I'm off to check out NIBA Rug Collection! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Reader Home Tours: Inside a Blog Reader’s Palm Beach Chic House!

I have often said that one of the best things about blogging is the friends you make along the way, and I particularly love meeting like-minded design enthusiasts.  So you can imagine my excitement when Michelle, a regular reader of The Glam Pad, reached out to me... I almost fainted when I saw her incredible home, and I knew right then and there I must launch this new series, “Reader Home Tours.”

Michelle, a former home décor store owner, has always loved to decorate....hunt, find, primp, and change. “I’m one of those people who if I can't afford it I will find a cheaper way to do it,” said Michelle.  I think we were switched at birth! Without further ado, please allow me to introduce you to Michelle…
Michelle’s two-story Cape Cod was built in the 1950s. She has lived here for 14 years with her husband, daughter and son, two dogs, two kittens, and her eldest son who now lives on his own. Her front door is painted Pink Corsage by Benjamin Moore. The wallpaper in the entry was given to Michelle by an owner of a wallpaper store. It can be purchased here
The chairs in Michelle’s living room are Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis. “I bought half the fabric at a great price and waited until I could afford the rest before I had them upholstered. I looked at knockoffs, but really wanted the real thing!” she said.
Michelle picked up this brass bamboo coffee table for a song at $30!
“My Decor is a mixture of vintage with new. I love quirky pieces along with traditional. For years I had a more French, Shabby Chic, white and pale décor, but I grew tired of it. I have always loved color, tropical, floral, and Chinoiserie, and I fell in love with the Palm Beach Chic Style,” said Michelle.
“I have scored some great pieces from estate sales, consignment and antique stores,” said Michelle.
“I love decorative animal accents...flamingos, peacocks, elephants, (my grandmother collected elephants and they always make me think of her) cheetah, zebra, and leopard. I believe every home should have some!” 
Michelle bought the campaign brass chest in her bedroom $50. The white campaign dresser was $125, and faux bamboo chairs were just $100.
“I sometimes wish I had the budget to just buy everything my heart desires, but then again I would miss that amazing thrill of ‘Wow I just found a campaign brass chest for $50!!!’” said Michelle.
“I have a couple of pagoda bamboo chandeliers from Etsy (not so cheap) Also one of my latest finds a bamboo pagoda étagère for $100!”
“I absolutely love my pink trellis wallpaper in my dining room,” said Michelle. “It is called Grata and is made by York wallpaper. I go crazy over wallpaper and would have it in every room if I could afford to!! It is like art, and it just makes the space.”
“My home decor store was a dream come true. So much fun and hard work. My Mom was my partner and we had a blast stocking it, dreaming up displays, and meeting so many wonderful people. We mixed vintage refurbished furniture along with new home decor accessories. It felt like a never ending shopping trip! Unfortunately with the slow economy in our area we finally had to close it.”
“I have never had any formal training in design I just put together what I like. I have decorated quite a few homes and love doing it.” 
“My home office is still a work in progress. So far I have a pink ceiling, black and white Madeline Weinrib look-a-like rug, large French table/desk, bamboo pagoda étagère/bookshelf, and these fabulous Growing Wild curtain panels I found an estate sale find... I didn't really know what they were at first, but I just loved them.”
“I have wanted the Carleton Varney Brazilliance wallpaper forever. That is my next expenditure,” said Michelle.
“I am in awe by all the design blogs. I just can't believe all the talented people out there!! So many ideas, inspiration, and DIY projects. I've thought of starting one, but I get a little intimidated by the talent out there. My favorite blogs are The Glam Pad, Bijou and Boheme, Home-Styling, Seekers Bazaar, The Pink Pagoda, Chinoiserie Chic, and CaitlinWilson Design… I love Caitlin’s fabrics and pillows. I still have a way to go before I'm totally happy with the way the house looks, but I never tire of decorating!” said Michelle.
Maybe with a little encouragement, we can nudge Michelle into Blogland… This lady has a great eye! Thank you, Michelle, for taking us inside your gorgeous home. You are so incredibly talented!

Would you like to see your home featured at The Glam Pad? Please email me at for consideration!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kitchen Update

Our home overhaul is coming along... slowly but surely! Please forgive my lack of posts lately. Between overseeing the renovation, charity work, and an illness last week, I have been up to my eyeballs! But I simply must take a moment to share a few pictures of our kitchen in progress...

 Our 48" Ilve dual-fuel range in Graphite Matte Black will be installed any day now!

The lion corbels above the range are one of my favorite features in our kitchen.
Rohl faucets in polished chrome, including a pot filler above the range, will be installed soon.
The fridge has been installed and is awaiting its custom panels. A paneled Sub-Zero wine chiller will be installed to the left.
I loved this Danby marble so much, I decided to use it throughout the kitchen, forgoing soapstone. The island will also be covered in Danby marble, and a Shaws prep sink will be installed.
I salvaged this antique cast iron sink, which will be installed below the window. It is HUGE, measuring 50" wide and weighing over 300 pounds. And it's in near mint condition. They just don't make 'em like they used to!

Our kitchen should be complete this week! Boy has it come a long way since we purchased our home last year!...

Our kitchen, before.

Our kitchen gutted.
Our kitchen nearing completion.
Click here to see more on the renovation and my kitchen inspiration. We are so excited!! Now I must get started packing, as we are moving Labor Day weekend! No rest for the weary...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sam Allen Interiors

I was skimming through the September issue of House Beautiful this afternoon, and I came across a fabulous bedroom covered in Scalamandre Zebras, belonging to designer Sam Allen of Sam Allen Interiors. Upon further investigation, I learned Sam Allen is a 21-year-old decorating genius who has been studying interior design since his teens!

via House Beautiful

Having grown up the son of interior designer and magazine editor Leslie Allen, Sam was exposed to the creative world of photo shoots for national home and shelter magazines from an early age. His first design job came at the ripe old age of 12 when he walked through the door of Westport's Dovecote and met owner Sarah Kaplan. Sam was also the youngest intern to ever work for Martha Stewart. By the time he was 17, he landed his first independent client and Sam Allen Interiors was born.

Sam Allen Interiors is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Sam's style is clean and comfortable, and it incorporates elements of organic elegance, Parisian charm, and Hollywood glamour. His designs have been featured in numerous publications including Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, and Teen Vogue.


I am so impressed with this burgeoning decorator, and I cannot wait to follow his most promising career!
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