Welcome to my home, please come in and I will give you a tour! My dream home that is. Oh, you are in for a treat… This historic home was built in 1925 and every single detail is pure perfection. FloridaTravel + Life magazine featured the property in August 2008, commenting that, “the striking, columned Georgian Colonial is so steeped in Southern charm you can almost smell the magnolias.”
This stunning home (which I have dubbed the “pink palace”) is located just south of downtown Miami in beautiful Coral Gables, or simply “The Gables” as it’s known to natives. Also known as the “City Beautiful,” The Gables is known for its lush green avenues beautiful landscaping, exceptional architecture and historic homes, such as this masterpiece.
The “pink palace” is located on one of the most beautiful of all the beautiful streets in The Gables, overlooking the Riviera Golf Club. It features a rose garden and formal terrace with a fountain and adjoining carriage house. But, most importantly, it features some of the most beautifully decorated rooms I have ever laid eyes upon, designed by Miami-based interior designer Bob Biederman.
The exquisite dining room features a spirited mix of patterns and textures including silk De Gournay wall coverings and Empire-style, black-lacquered chairs covered in Clarence House tiger-print velvet.
Vibrant hues come together in the family room with a Jacobean floral print drapery fabric and coral and yellow sofas and accent pillows. Unexpected touches, such as a seashell-encrusted chandelier and zebra-print storage ottoman add a dose of whimsy. The mix of colors and patterns – coral fabric from Bergamo, yellow fabric from Castel, zebra print from Kravet and Grey Watkins fabric on a Victoria Hagan wing chair – gives the family room a collected look.
Biederman purchased this colorful circus stripe fabric and then had a faux painter duplicate the stripe on the walls.
In the husband’s office, a calming hue of green swathes the walls, where a Louis XVI writing table from France, circa 1925, serves as a desk. The oil painting is by Maria Reyes Jones.
The yellow silk-upholstered walls in the wife’s study pose an elegant milieu for a collection of MacKenzie-Childs furniture. A George Smith love seat in a Pierre Frey striped fabric is nestled in the corner… with a fabulous Hermes orange Birkin perched on top.
A fur area rug sits beneath an antique recamier in the master suite. Across from the bed, French doors open to a terrace that spans the master suite and the adjacent guestroom.
In the guestroom, the juxtaposition of contemporary art with antiques and newer pieces gives tradition a playful tone. “Our objective was to retain a sophisticated look that respected the home’s heritage, yet was lighthearted and fun,” Biederman says.
on the custom-designed banquette.
And that concludes our tour. Oh, I do wish I had more pictures! I love how Mr.Biederman paid homage to the traditional roots of the home’s architecture and the era in which it was built, yet he infused a fresh, whimsical and playful twist, perfect for a modern family. I am wild about the unexpected mix of animal prints, patterns, colors, antiques and accessories, along with how each room gracefully flows from one to the next with masterful coordination.
The “pink palace” in the 1920s, photo by Fishbaugh, W. A.(William A.)