Artistic Interiors
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welcome to Artistic Interiors "Magazine" where we feature our latest projects
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This 1924 historic home in the downtown historic district of Sailboat Bend was in serious need of TLC and an owner who would
invest some time and money into restoring it back to its original glory. When bachelor Todd decided that he wanted a home with a
pool after living in a small townhouse in Wilton Manors with no room for one, he focused his interest on the historic neighborhood of
Sailboat Bend which borders the New River and the core of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
After much searching for that perfect little house with a pool, he was discouraged to learn that many of the homes he looked at had
the room to build a pool but were in need of major renovations and in need of additions which would cost lots of money.
One day, he stumbled upon this big 2500 sf home which obviously needed some TLC and had just gone up for sale. The sign was
not quite up yet and a woman was sitting on the large porch in front. He immediately stopped the car, rolled down the window and
asked the woman on the porch if the house was for sale. She replied with a smile, "Yes, would you like to come in and see it?" She
was so friendly and inviting, almost as if she knew this was the right person who would take good care of the home in which she had
lived in for almost 30 years and raised her children in. The price was not bad either being that she knew the old home needed lots of
work. When Todd entered the house, he immediately bonded with it and all hope for having his home with a pool was restored. This
is when he called Artistic Interiors and with much excitement invited us to look at the property and see how we would be able to aid
in the restoration of the old house. Being that we had already designed his previous home which had already sold, we were very
familiar with his taste and design needs. We immediately got to work interviewing General contractors, working with an architect and
developing an overall new fresh look for the house.   
Seven months later, after much hard
work and complying with the city and
the historic preservation board, we had
success! The house had been turned
into a magnificent show place with all
the bells and whistles it had been
sitting there waiting for.
From the second you walk in you are
greeted with the majesty of a beautiful
parlor complete with an original wood
burning fireplace and classic coastal
decor with an elegant touch of
antiques thrown into the mix. A serene
statue of Buddha graces the mantle
surrounded by orchids and an oversize
silver leaf mirror. The palette is in soft
warm grays accented with whites and
natural woods which have been gray
washed to invoke the coastal feel.
Touches of black iron in the dining
room mirror, console table, drapery
rods and chandelier provide a bit of an
urban Parisian feel as well. The old
weathered hardwood floors restored
and gray washed to become more
current in style, the fireplace
embellished in mosaic tile to bring
movement to the room and we couldn't
leave out the traditional elements such
as the area rug and a pair of french
antique restored chairs.
The newly decorated entry parlor to this historic home is done in a delicate pallet of colors and textures.
The original french doors that lead from the
parlor into the media room have been
restored compete with new glass door knobs
which would have been originally used
throughout the home.
The media room, which we believed was
once a bedroom has been decorated in the
same warm gray and white palette and
coastal feel though we threw in touches of
pale aqua tones and a fun contemporary
pattern on the rug to play up the coastal
feel and make it a bit less formal than the
adjacent living room/parlor. Touches of wall
decorations with shells and a beach motif
along with a three light floor lamp with
coconut palm fronds weaved into lamp
shades create a casual and inviting feel in the
room. The addition of crown molding in this
room along with the high traditional base
boards remind us that we are still a historic
home. Instead of a traditional library with
shelves, we decided to go with a more
contemporary approach and surround the
traditional french doors with floating shelves
which bring the atmosphere into a more
current way of living. A storage ottoman
houses blankets and additional pillows for
cozying up to watch a movie on the large
screen LED TV.
The media room has touches of pale aqua and wall art made of shells to play up the coastal look
The dining room has been decorated with a
slightly more elegant and formal Parisian or
European look. The addition of an antique
french crystal chandelier with a wrought iron
base, a french mirror simulating an old Paris
window, wrought iron candle sconces and a
french inspired metal table are the perfect
compliment to the casual bleached wood
dining table and natural linen chairs. White
linen curtains to the ceiling over the
contemporary roller shades used throughout
the house also add to the elegance of this
room. The original stucco walls and ceiling
from 1924 are tastefully trimmed in crown
molding and high base boards. A ceiling
medallion provides a graceful and elegant
element of architecture over the chandelier
reminding us that we honored the era of the
house throughout the whole process of
remodeling. A custom floral centerpiece made
with orchids inside a hand sculpted planter
which the homeowner bought at a local art
show in the neighborhood sits on the dining
table providing color and elegance. Candles
on the console table provide a peaceful Zen
like dining experience in this room.
The kitchen was kept in a classic
Shaker style white cabinetry with all
new modern top rate appliances.
Granite counter tops bring this kitchen
to a high end level and a classic white
tile back splash with a more
Mediterranean feel make for an
interesting look which is out of the
ordinary. Our color palette continues in
the warm beige-like gray while the new
wood floors and breakfast bar add
warmth and comfort to a once
dilapidated area of the house. The
kitchen was also furnished with crown
molding that frames the top of our
cabinets as well as the walls. A more
contemporary approach was taken
when selecting hardware for the
cabinets to match the stainless steel
appliances and sink.
The kitchen was kept in a classic white Shaker style to preserve the original feel of the house.
The Master suite was also kept in tune with the color palette and design style of the rest of the
house. We played up the pale teal on the walls in the bedroom to give it a more coastal/beachy
feel especially now that the homeowner had added french doors to the bedroom which lead
out to the new swimming pool. A natural linen headboard compliments the white linen curtains
which contrast against the pale aqua walls. Warm wood floors and night stands create a casual
environment which is comfortable and inviting. A wicker chair in the corner provides a place
to sit while putting on your shoes or just conversing in the room while a Chevron pattern area
rug creates a playful contemporary feel to balance out the formality of the tufting on the
headboard. Accents of polished nickel lamps and art frames provide a
sparkle to contrast the linen fabrics in the room. Crown molding still reminds us that we are in
a historic home though this master bedroom makes one forget the age of the structure.
The hallway leading into the master bath is done in the same serene pale aqua blue and we
added a natural wood sculpture at the end of the hall to create drama and excitement.
The master bath has been done in a classic traditional style to fit in with the feel of the house
while giving us dramatic lighting through the chrome wall sconces and crystal flush mount
chandelier which creates an amazing pattern of light on the ceiling and throughout. The classic
Carrara marble counter top with double sinks is the perfect compliment to the oversize porcelain
tile and barn door shower glass. The chrome accents throughout provide an old world charm
and elegance. This small space is furnished with so many interesting elements that one
completely forgets that it is not a huge bathroom. The use of white, gloss surfaces and
reflective surfaces always gives the appearance of more space.   
And finally!
The one thing that made it all
worth while! The 15' x 30'
swimming pool complete with
custom designed landscaping
and beautiful patio furniture
finally gave Todd the
resort-like back yard he
always wanted to come home
to after much traveling with
his job. The pool is equipped
with alternating colors LED
lighting, plenty of umbrellas
for shade in the South Florida
sun and a comfortable dining
area to entertain his guests at
dinner parties.
This amazing home has been
a great experience for us as
designers but even more
satisfying is knowing that our
client got what he wanted and
got a beautiful, cohesive and
well designed home along
the way.
The restoration of this old
historic home has truly
restored our faith in knowing
that old houses deserve a
second chance.

By Andy Quinones
And finally! The Pool!