I’ll have to admit, it was tough to write this blog post. Here I am sitting in chhiillyy…. Vermont, writing about warm, sunny beautiful Florida homes and design shops. I’m not sure I can wait till mid-February to get there but I’ll try. I’m so excited to be presenting at Home and Salvage on February 19th and I hope I get to meet some of the amazing designers and shop owners I admire so much. Hope to see you there! Contact them to RSVP (only 30 spots). I’ll also be signing both my books!
Here are four style I usually think about when thinking Florida styles…
Olde Florida Style, which is usually a one-story house on a pier and pile foundation with a metal roof, with large overhangs (for shade) and porches. And, of course, lots of windows for the breeze to get through (before A.C.). I have to admit, this is probably my favorite style.
Mediterranean, this is my parent’s Florida home, a low-pitch tile roof, many arched windows and usually finished in a stucco with lots of outdoor living space.
Tropical usually brings to mind plantation shutters, open inside to outliving, with bamboo or teak furniture and bright tropical plant fabric patterns.
Traditional is well…traditional…something a lot of folks bring to Florida with them when they move from their more northern home and bring their furnishings with them.
But I’m thrilled to say that…today…there are no hard and fast rules for these styles anymore, especially when you add salvaged and vintage pieces from all eras. Mid-century is coming back strong as well, and designers are adding that to the mix as well. Stirring things up to create some stylish and snazzy looks!
Check out these amazing designs (and designers) that create their own look in Florida. Here are some folks I’d love to meet and places I’d love to check out…
Photographed by the talented Mina Brinkey, this residence, designed by Christy McGeachy of Nest Design is amazing! FILLED to the brim with vintage and salvaged finds in natural and whites, has to be one of the coolest Florida homes ever! Hope to meet these talented ladies one day.
Another room in the Carcary Residence designed by Nest Design and Photographed by Mina Brinkey.
So going here for dinner while we are in Naples. The restaurant Barbatella designed by the Washington D.C. based architectural firm Grizform Design Architects, is stunning. Many of the features are not salvaged but they inspire ideas for using salvaged medallions, benches, fabrics and birdcages…I love commercial spaces that inspire design ideas.
Designer, Tina Langeloh is the owner of Home and Salvage (where I’ll be doing my presentation) and I truly can’t wait to see all the salvaged goods and vintage pieces she has in her shop. I’ve been waiting for Naples to get a shop like this!
If you haven’t seen Andrew Howard’s designs, you have got to check out his website. The use of color and design, is amazing. I love to see the small details using reclaimed materials, such as a vintage knell post, reclaimed wood stools, or a gorgeous antique piece. Keep up the amazing work Andrew, hope to meet you someday.
Here is a place I’ve been wanting to visit for a few years now. The Postcard Inn, a mid-century hotel brought back to life by SL DESIGN. I love the bohemian, eclectic, surfer-dude style. Truly a testament to reclaiming history through the use of reclaimed materials. I hope other’s are just as inspired as I am.
Joie Wilson, a native Floridian, has been designing coastal homes for a long time. I love this vintage piece that she gave a new life too… She is also the author of DreamHouses Naples. Amazing work Joie!
Let’s not forget those who design and make furniture out of Florida’s Salvaged Material. Anna Bananas Furniture Shop is just one example of unique custom pieces just for you.
Shopping in Florida can be a blast. Here are some cool vintage and salvage places to check out…Don’t miss out!
Home and Salvage, Naples, Florida.
Circa Who, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Schiller’s Architectural & Design Salvage, Tampa, Florida.
Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Sarasota, Florida
Marcotte’s Architectural & Design Salvage, Largo, Florida
Eco Relics, Jacksonville, Florida
Tampa Bay Salvage, Tarpon Springs, Florida
Florida Victorian Architectural Antiques, Deland, Florida
Estate ReSale & ReDesign, Bonita Springs, Florida
King of Salvage, West Palm Beach, Florida
Circus City Architectural Salvage, Sarasota, Florida
Don’t forget your local REBUILD CENTERS… Love those too!
Only 25 days (but who’s counting…) till I can go to the beach and salvage shopping with you!
My best, Joanne