Monday, April 26, 2010

A Trip to Honor a Very Special Someone!

We're back to reality!  Nothing feels better than a recharge of the mental, physical and emotional batteries.  Our trip was in honor of Michael's big "40".  We had a great time with his childhood friends and significant others, a really special time and SO MUCH FUN!

I was working in Rosemary Beach in the early part of the week and we are making great progress on Gwen Driscoll Design's project there.  Our guests arrived on Thursday and we started our trip with a fabulous night out at Alys Beach.
We had dinner at the phenomenal (and I mean really phenomenal) Caliza Pool at Alys Beach.  Look at this gorgeous entrance.  How could you know you were in for a fabulous evening?
Those are our guests waiting for our arrival, cocktails in hand.
Another image entering the Caliza Pool.
And another.

This beautiful structure and lounging area is to your right as you enter.

Another beautiful place to dine.

The chic bar and pool area.  The Delano Pool in Miami looks quaint compared to this amazing place.

Really?  Are you kidding me?  What is more beautiful than the whitest white architectural masterpiece?

Deliciousioso!

Beautiful views from the balcony where we had cocktails.

The Birthday Boy!

There were some high-powered deals being struck during cocktail hour (NOT!).
And a little more fun!
And more!

Dinner here was divine!

The celebration continues.
And continues.
And keeps on going and going and going!

More tomorrow on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, beaches and luxury that will make you weep!

Enjoy these images of Alys Beach and if you ever get the chance to visit, please DO.  It won't disappoint.































We'll talk soon.

Gwen

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Still On Vacation!!!! Don't Be Over, Please


I just wanted to check in and let everyone know I've been out of town working and then on a phenomenal beach vacation weekend.  We are having a great time and don't want it to end!

I'll be back on Monday with a beautiful post on Alys Beach, a fabulous community just down County Hwy 30-A from Rosemary Beach.  Feast your eyes here until I return.













We're having a ball!


We'll talk soon.


Gwen

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Beach House to Remember: Part Two - The Setting


Rosemary Beach is a neo-traditional town located on northwest Florida's gulf coast, between Panama City and Destin, at the eastern end of Scenic Route 30A.  It is truly one of the most charming places I have every visited, a precious little village where everything is in walking distance and their are boardwalks throughout the entire town to lead you to your destination.


Beautiful courtyards and green areas abound at Rosemary.  Every home has its own unique style that contributes to the town complete.  In 1995, Rosemary Beach was born.  It was founded on New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Development principles and inspired by other classic beach towns.  The 107-acre town was designed to build community, have vibrant neighborhoods and convenience for its residents.


Each house is developed to take advantage of the outdoors, most have wrap around porches and outdoor living spaces.



Green spaces like these can be used by anyone living or staying in Rosemary Beach on vacation.


The beaches on the gulf coast are like sugar under your toes, white and pristine.  The water is crystal clear turquoise blue, a setting that is spectacular.


The architecture of Rosemary Beach resembles a mixture of St. Augustine, the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston.  A rich palette of colors in subtle, natural tones gives each house its own unique style but is still woven into the overall fabric of Rosemary Beach.


Materials used in the majority of the homes in Rosemary Beach are wood siding, cedar shingle or stucco with metal or shingle shake roofing.  High ceilings and deep eaves provide dramatic style and silhouettes unqiue to Rosemary.




Downtown Rosemary is home to fabulous shops and restaurants all accessible by foot or bike.  Auto traffic is discouraged creating a neighborhood feel.  




And who wouldn't want to have this to walk to daily?  I'm so excited about this wonderful project.  I can't wait to show you our plans for the interior furnishings.  I'll be back later this week with my next installment.  Until then, drool over these beautiful images of Rosemary Beach architecture.
































We'll talk soon.

Gwen

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