Monday, September 30, 2013

Blue and White Bash at The Pink Pagoda

Every Monday, the incredibly talented and fabulous Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda, publishes "Blue and White Monday" featuring some of the loveliest blue and white décor you have ever seen. And this Monday, she is having a party! Jennifer's Blue and White Bash is a hosting party where other bloggers can share their favorite blue and white posts. I have linked to this incredible beach house I wrote about in May, located in the utterly charming Boca Grande, Florida, and decorated entirely in blue and white. I hope you click over and join the bash!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Brazilliance in the Bathroom!

This morning I discovered this jaw dropping powder room, designed by Carleton Varney, and featured in his weekly column for the Palm Beach Post. It is just too good not to share...

Carleton Varney
This tropical delight immediately made me think of one of my reader friends who emailed me the other week to let me know she was considering papering her powder room in Brazilliance. She made my day when she told me she and her husband have been renovating their Palm Beach style home in Winter Park, Florida, and they have been using The Glam Pad for inspiration! She wanted to know if I was pleased with my Brazilliance, and did I think it would be over the top for her powder room... Of course I told her how much I adore our Brazilliance, and it would be PERFECT! Here is a picture of her powder room before...
She was considering samples of both Brazilliance and Martinique Banana Leaf, but I felt the black accent in the Brazilliance was the perfect complement for her black marble. Imagine my delight when I emailed the Carleton Varney picture to her and learned the Brazilliance was installed today! Here it is in progress!
The home came with the gorgeous black marble sink and Sherle Wagner fixtures, and she is still looking for a fabulous mirror. It will be nearly identical to Mr. Color's! Stay tuned... once this renovation is complete, she has promised pictures for a Reader Home Tour. I cannot wait!

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Historic Villages of Coral Gables

In light of our recent move to Coral Gables, Florida, I have been showcasing some of the lovely, historic homes developed as part of "The Village Project" in the 1920s by Coral Gables founder, George Merrick. Today, the historic villages include the Chinese Village, the Italian Village, the Dutch South African Village, the French Provincial Village, the French Country Village, the French City Village, and the Florida Pioneer/Colonial Village.

Which home is your favorite?


And now back to the unpacking... All of our things from Dallas storage arrived last week, and I've been a busy bee sorting through all 851 boxes. Yes, 851 of them! There is no rest for the weary...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Guest Posting at The Pink Pagoda!

I am honored to be guest posting at one of my favorite blogs, The Pink Pagoda, today! Jennifer was kind enough to feature my recommendations on budget-friendly blue and white fabrics... and I need your help! With so many great options, which one is a girl to choose? Please head over and let me know which one is your favorite!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Our Home - A Brief Update

While we are far, far away from being ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille, I simply cannot wait any longer to show you a very brief sneak peek of our home.

Our Carleton V Brazilliance wallpaper went up yesterday, and I could not be more delighted!!! I cannot stop starring at it! I have wanted this wallpaper for soooo long, and after permitting delays followed by renovation delays followed by delay after delay after delay, I was starting to think this day would never come! But here it is, in all of its banana leaf splendor.

 Our Labradoodle, Marilyn Monroe, likes the Brazilliance too!
Our furniture from Dallas is finally arriving on Thursday, and therefore it won't be much longer before our dining room looks like this...

I would like to give a huge shout out to our fabulous wallpaper installer, Robert Gagner. Bob is truly an artist, and he has been in business for over 30 years. Anyone who lives in South Florida knows it is next to impossible to find excellent service around here, and Bob far exceeded my perfectionist expectations. Stay tuned as Bob will be installing my faux Gournay next week!!

Our fabricator is still ironing out a few kinks, but our kitchen is also coming along slowly but surely... I adore classic white kitchens, and I'm thrilled with the way ours is turning out!

Here's a glimpse inside our master bathroom... Again, it is still a work in progress but here is our steam shower. Hopefully we will get to use it soon!

And that's it for now! A very brief update indeed... Pretty much everything is still a giant work in progress, including our family room. We are stilllll awaiting our custom entertainment center, and until then, here is a sad glimpse of the get-up we've got going on in there. The TV is actually sitting on the floor. It's kinda like living in a frat house. Go Noles!

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Italian Village of Coral Gables

This week I've been taking you on a little tour of the city in which I currently live - Coral Gables, Florida - and specifically within a few of its charming historic villages. "The Village Project" was developed in the 1920s by Coral Gables founder, George Merrick, and today includes the Chinese Village, the Italian Village, the Dutch South African Village, the French Provincial Village, the French Country Village, the French City Village, and the Florida Pioneer/Colonial Village.

This spring, I shared my absolute dream home, located in the Florida Pioneer/Colonial Village, and Beth from Chinoiserie Chic guest posted a virtual renovation of a home for sale in the Chinese Village. This week, I've taken you inside homes in the Dutch South African Village and the French Country Village, and today, I bring you the Italian Village. 4301 Monserrate Street is one of only 17 original homes built in Merrick’s celebrated Italian Village between 1925 and 1926.







This Italian villa wraps gracefully around the expansive walled interior courtyard and pool. French doors in many of the rooms allow for wonderful light and gorgeous vistas of the impeccably manicured English and citrus gardens and delightful pool areas.  It was built in 1926 and has 5,133 square feet, six bedrooms, and four baths. To see more pictures from last year's real estate listing, click here.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The French City Village of Coral Gables

Earlier this week, I wrote about this lovely Cape Dutch home that was for sale last year in Coral Gables' historic Dutch South African Village. I've decided to take a little trip down Memory Lane and share a few more homes in Coral Gables' Historic Villages that were on the market when my husband and I were house hunting. Today, I will take you inside the French City Village as we tour 1033 Hardee Road.

The 18th century inspired houses on the 1000 block of Hardee Road were designed by two architects. Mott B. Schmidt designed the homes along the north side, inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Italy, and Phillip Goodwin designed the homes along the south side with a slightly more rustic appearance, yet maintaining a formal and classical design. (1033 Hardee Road is located on the north side.) Built in 1926, this French Rivera style home is just over 3,700 square feet and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It features a beautiful pool, herb garden, and antique clay floors from Provence. Let's take a look!


 You know I love a blue and white living room!


Construction photo of French City Village, circa 1926, showing the intersection of Leonardo Street and Hardee Road.
Photo:  City of Coral Gables, Historic Preservation Department,
from THE ARCHITECTURE OF MOTT B SCHMIDT, via The Devoted Classicist
This home is absolute French perfection! Up next... The Italian Village!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Dutch South African Village of Coral Gables

Yesterday's post on the jaw-dropping Dutch Colonial for sale in Palm Beach reminded me of another incredible Dutch style home... this one located right here in Coral Gables! Coral Gables, Florida, aka "The City Beautiful" was developed in the 1920s by the visionary George Merrick. The Dutch South African Village is one of a number of villages Merrick planned for the City of Coral Gables as part of "The Village Project," designed to add diversity to the predominantly Mediterranean character. The Dutch South African Village homes were patterned after the farmhouses of the wealthy Dutch planters who settled in South Africa in the 17th century. The legendary Palm Beach architect, Marion Sims Wyeth, served as architect of the five Dutch Village homes.

This Cape Dutch style home, located at 6704 LeJeune Road, was for sale last spring when my husband and I were house hunting. While the décor is a bit too "artistic" for me personally, I was captivated by this amazing architectural gem. The home was fully restored by the architecture firm of Cure and Penabad with a deft hand and a careful eye toward preserving the original look and character of the structure. It has earned numerous preservation awards and has been published in several design magazines including Architectural Digest France.

The interiors of this home have been described as evocative of a Jan Vermeer still life, and the palette of mostly black and white gives the home a lovely moodiness. Quite artistic indeed! Here is another shot...
There is a main house which has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and there is a separate guest house with a bedroom and bath on top of the garage.

Sadly, Merrick's vision for The Village Project was blown away with the Hurricane of 1926 and the ensuing Great Depression. Fewer than 80 of the 1,000 planned residences were built, but many of them are still standing. You may recall the historic Chinese Village home Beth from Chinoiserie Chic virtually renovated earlier this year, and of course my dream home, located in the Florida Pioneer Village/Colonial Village. 

Click here to learn more about the history of The City Beautiful and here for more on the villages of Coral Gables.
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