3.25.2011

Our Home in Florida

With the cold, rainy weather here in California and the gorgeous weather in Florida, 
I have been thinking about our last home in Fort Lauderdale.
We lived here three years ago.  I designed this kitchen with honed absolute black granite counters, mini slate subway tiles for the back splash and Vaughan lanterns.
My photos were lost when my computer crashed (lesson learned).  
These are all the pictures I have now taken from photocopies.  
Our new landscaping grew quickly in the tropical climate.  I loved the Royal Palm trees.
At the time, I was working for Scalamandré, as well as, 
taking interior decorating and renovating projects.  
I had plans for linen drapes in this room with Scalamandré trim.
Notice the chiseled edge travertine flooring?  This old world look is relatively 
inexpensive in southern Florida as it is imported from South America into the ports in Miami.  
But, with all the crevices, it was difficult to keep clean.  
Of course, we had barefoot children running in and out.
 The master bedroom had wall to wall seagrass carpeting (which I would definitely recommend 
for low maintenance and durability).  The balcony over looked the back yard.
Here is the pool, which would be lovely right now.  We used it almost all year round.
 My friend, Ann and I used to walk four miles along this beach and back home twice a week.
Source: FL Visitors Bureau
So,  rain is in the forecast for next week?  It's not all perfect in paradise...

but close (I haven't even mentioned the great restaurants).



Best Wishes,
Mary Ann

Particpating in Blue Monday.

54 comments:

  1. Beautiful home, just like the one you have now! :) Thanks for sharing. I could go for a walk on the beach right about now!

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  2. Gorgeous... wow... you have lived in some beautiful climates. Here I am stuck in New England w/ the cold winters... perhaps a move is in my future. LOVE the pool... oh, if only I could float around in there for an hour or two it would do me wonders! Have a great weekend, Cutie!! xo

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  4. So beautiful! Love the seagrass, the neutral oversized upholstery, the dining chairs...its all gorgeous. I can imagine how much you wish you were there enjoying the sunshine and warm air......sounds good to me too!
    I love how its inviting, elegant and so livable....looks like you had lots of good memories there!

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  5. wow what a dream house! i SO want to live near the water...one day! :)xoxo's Nancy

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  6. Wow wow wow! Lucky you! I hope the weather changes for you soon. My best friend is vacationing there right now!

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  7. Your home was just stunning...it would have been very difficult for me to give up. You really do have the magic touch with designing a room. The pool and the beach were the icing on the cake!

    Thanks so much for sharing your memories!

    XO,
    Jane

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  8. I'm not sure of which I am more envious...your previous home or the fact that you worked for Scalamandre! Having access to those amazing fabrics and wallcoverings...

    Your FL home was really lovely, along with the climate!

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  9. I think that when the "upgraded " builder's carpet wears out , wall to wall seagrass will be my first choice:)

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  10. Mary Ann,
    This home is beautiful. The pool is too much! Wow.
    I want to use the image with the lantern in my lantern post.
    Have a great weekend.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  11. Mary Ann, what a beautiful home and pool. I would have had a hard time leaving that. I used to live in Hollywood, Fl when I was a child.

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  12. It's gorgeous, Mary Ann. I want the honed black granite when I redo my kitchen. I'm also happy to hear that the seagrass carpet wears so well, because I love the look of it. You have fabulous taste!

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  13. Gorgeous home! I love the outdoor drapes! It must have been so wonderful to be able to walk on the beach each day. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I loved Florida when I lived there, but the storms took their toll on me. Your home however, was lovely and I'm sure you enjoyed it much.
    The walks on the beach were sooo soothing and relaxing! Florida was a beautiful place to live. Thanks for sharing the moments. They are ones you don't soon forget. Lov-Loretta

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  15. What a beautiful home! I can't even imagine leaving there. A pool and all!

    Have a good weekend.

    Susan

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  16. I just discovered your blog. I adore they way you decorated your former home! I love the look of seagrass but am so hesitant to use it...I know you had it as Master Bedroom floor... would you use it for a Family Room floor?

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  17. Oh my! Another gorgeous house! It wouldn't matter where you lived, it'd be beautiful. You have such exquisite style. The pool looks heavenly! And being so close to the beach, it's a dream.

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  18. I lived in Ft Lauderdale for 4 years. Your home was beautiful!

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  19. Yes! What is with this weather this week??? Your former abode was gorgeous and the beach - TDF! You have such an eye for beautiful surroundings in your home. Got a kick out of the comment you left. Honey, if the white granny panties (give-away) is going to be the highlight of your week, I certainly hope you aim higher. lol! :) Having dinner in Newport tonight, maybe I'll see you. ;) Have a sunny weekend - somewhere.

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  20. oh how beautiful! bet you miss this place!!

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  21. Mary Ann, - Florida to (mostly) sunny California, you poor thing :)
    My brother lives in Miami and tortures me with daily texted pictures of the beautiful weather! It SNOWED in MA on this week, thank you very much. I need some FL sunshine! Your former home was beautiful....love your kitchen and that huge gorgeous honed granite island and that gorgeous balcony & pool!

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  22. Oh MaryAnn,that was just gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for sharing...I have a good friend in Naples, east coast, west coast all of Florida is beautiful! I love your style.....classy but not too stuffy!

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  23. What a lovely home! Must have been hard to leave. As you know, I was there this past week, and I must say, the weather was indeed glorious!! It was so depressing coming back to this cold!

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  24. *clutching my pearls* What a lovely place you had to leave! ...and that pool...I'm sure your home was a headquarters for kiddos!

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  25. Simply lovely! I'm ready to move NOW! I love my seagrass rugs, though I've never seen it wall to wall. I'm sure you don't miss the mosquitos! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  26. * Your work just "speaks" to me MaryAnn, and I love what it's saying... hmmmm, is it casually elegant, or elegantly casual?... I'm not sure, but I DO know your style is sooooo very appealing... What a joy to see a BEAUTIFUL, GRACIOUS and CHARMING HOME that ALSO welcomes one with open arms!

    THANK YOU for sharing it with us! What a lovely way to start the day!

    Warmest wishes,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  27. Loved seeing those (your blog is beautiful). I have honed granite in my kitchen now and I adore it (same color as you FL home)! Have a great weekend. M.
    www.interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

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  28. It sounds like you're a bit home sick for Florida. I can see why, your home was so beautiful and clearly a lot of thought went into the design.

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  29. This is so gorgeous! What an absolutely amazing space.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  30. What a lovely, relaxing feel to this home! I'll bet it felt like a permanent vacation. Great job on the kitchen and love your furnishings. Seagrass is perfect!

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  31. so pretty! decorated just perfectly!

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  32. Mary Ann,
    I love your old house! I've been thinking about that area too! We went to the keys over Spring break last year and it was great! We had beautiful weather here last week (sunny low 80's), but it's been cool and rainy the last few days. I think I have spring fever! Take care, Debbi @ the beach

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  33. Beautiful home and loved the back patio. Amazing how outdoor drapes can really make a space look and feel fantastic. Thanks for sharig with us.

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  34. I am sitting here taking a well deserved study break and so your photos of your previous home couldn't have come at a better time!! You definitely have an amazing talent for interiors!!

    Your Ft. Lauderdale home was gorgeous - I am so sorry that you lost so many pictures though!!!

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  35. What a beautiful home you had. Just lovely. That was an amazing kitchen. You did a great job and it looks so spacious.

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  36. Mary Ann, Beautiful! That must have been hard to leave, but the home you have now is just as lovely. I am sure you turn every house into a home!

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  37. Not only are you a genius of a designer, but the world is appreciating your talent. Where do you get all these well-deserved fans? Congratulations.

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  38. What a beautiful home. That kitchen is great. I think the kitchen needs to be the best well designed room in the home, at least for us. It's the main place we all gravitate to, and your kitchen is amazing! I'm a teeny bit jealous of that pool, here it Utah it snowed yesterday! Again what a lovely home!

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  39. I moved from Pembroke Pines to Tampa a year and a half ago. I love Florida too. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Mary Ann.

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  40. Your home was stunning....love that kitchen that you had and the pool would have been my favorite spot!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  41. That was a beautiful home. We brought rain & cold to western NC when we came back here from Florida last week.

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  42. Your home was beautiful - but living in the UK, it's the swimming pool and the beach that really make me go "wow"! Great! Have a lovely week xo

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  43. It really does look like paradise! So absolutely gorgeous! I'm in love with the outside of that house...I love the beachy look of light colored homes with the grey roofing...just dreamy...*sigh* someday it will all be mine! Mwah ha ha! (c:

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  44. wow, how beautiful...what a lovely home you had...hope you are happy in CA...glad I found your blog...I'm now following, please check my blog out and enter my giveaway...I think you will like it....Happy Monday, Mariaelena

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  45. We went to FL a few years ago and fell.in.love! It's so beautiful there. How dreamy your house was!♥

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  46. I'm a Florida girl, transported to DC. I understand your blues. It's hard to play the "What's the Weather in FL?" game, it only makes me sad!

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  47. Greetings from very cold Western North Carolina. Your Florida home was beautiful. I admired several features and have saved the photo of the kitchen to show those lights to a client. Thank you for a delightful visit.
    Sami

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  48. I understand where the writer is coming from. I was born and raised in Fort Myers Florida but am currently living in California. Lately I've been missing Florida though and have found myself procrastinating and looking for new home in Fort Myers.
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