Today I’m sharing a very personal home tour… our former home in Coral Gables, Florida! Long-time followers of the blog will recognize snippets here and there, but I never shared the full tour. Built in the early 1970s, the house was a disaster when we purchased it in 2012. But we were able to make the layout work for our needs, and we fell in love with the location – a waterfront lot with direct ocean access in a small guard-gated community. After a two-year complete gut renovation, we sold in 2019 and moved back home to Dallas. While living in Florida, I wanted a very “Florida” house… enchanted by Palm Beach just to our north, I fell in love with the Palm Beach Regency style that perfectly suited our Regency-style home. Bright white walls, espresso stained floors, and a cheery Lilly Pulitzer tropical punch palette helped to curb my overwhelming homesickness.
We got back to Dallas as soon as we could (a very long eight years later!) and we are now at the tail end of another massive renovation. This time we bought a University Park Georgian built in 1990. I have always dreamed of renovating a historic home, but somehow it has never been in the cards… So I have created a “new old” home inspired by 1920s – 1930s architecture. Before “Grandmillennial” became a trend, I had drifted back to my traditional Southern roots, and our new home is filled with chintz, antiques, “brown furniture” and oil paintings…. with a generous dose of “glam”! I cannot wait to share! But for now, let’s take a trip down Memory Lane…
Thank you to our Miami realtor, Nancy Batchelor, for the pictures… Nancy was absolutely amazing to work with and has since become a dear friend. I will also be sharing some before pictures, which are quite painful to the eyes. After writing about some of the finest homes in the world for nearly a decade now, I have become extremely intimidated about sharing my own work. I have no professional interior design training, and when I did the Florida house, I was just beginning The Glam Pad and trying to discover my style. We also knew this was not a permanent home, so I did not want to over-personalize. Yet, I still wanted it to feel like “home” as much as it could, so I did sneak in a few favorite wallpapers here and there. It is fun to look back.
Welcome to our former home!
Renovations are kind of like childbirth… Somehow you magically forget the pain and suffering and only remember the good times… until you revisit the before pictures, ouch! But I love renovating. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing a house back to life and personalizing it to become the home of your dreams. Fixer uppers can also help stretch your budget, if you are careful. Oftentimes, especially here in Dallas, you can purchase a dated home at lot value. And you don’t have to spend money redoing someone else’s updates that are reflected in the home price but don’t suit your taste. Just make sure to find a realtor and a contractor you can trust! 🙂