When this project presented itself, I tapped into my own inner Southern roots to discover what the house expected. Not the Northeast but Southern Florida was the calling.
It was a home that needed no introduction, nicknamed “The Jewel Box” it was indeed the perfect description for one of the most unique properties I have ever experienced.
Picturesque details, lavish gardens and great bones give the house a strong sense of style. Situated on almost two acres and built in the early 1950’s, this home embodies the quintessential old Floridian flavor with a Regency flair. Accent on terrazzo floors, pecky cypress ceiling appointments and a stucco fireplace are all nods to Florida’s coastal style. As you move through the home the spaces have a cozy meandering sensation. Over the years, which started out as a simple 3-bedroom house, it was developed into a luxurious home with multiple alterations.
Originally decorated by the previous owner in an old-world continental style, my client desired to put their own stamp on this residence and craved an ambiance that reflected a balance of charm and sophistication. As always, it was a great honor to help them realize all their dreams!
There is always a jumping off point in design. With an architectural Mizner frame of mind I listened to my client and let the house inform me. The architectural details, clay barrel roof, stucco exterior, exotic gardens and plank style pale blue shutters were design cues of what direction to follow.
The personal nature of the art and antiques for the interior were chosen to truly make the family feel at home. Throughout the spaces the careful decoration unfolds as an exuberant celebration of the history of the property. Asian, abstract art, some edgy fabric choices along with unique textures, Spanish style furnishings, modern photography, fresh color choices, blues, greens, coral & browns were developed throughout the house. The criteria were if it’s fabulous we’ll work with it. Of course, many of the treasures were from previous homes. Heartfelt selections with great sentimental value. We added those precious bits into the mix proving that if it is wonderful there is always a value and purpose.