A Family Home in Long Island by Frank de Biasi

The current issue of Veranda magazine features the North Shore Long Island home of a family of five (and their 3 dogs) who vacation here on the weekends and in the summer. The interiors of the home were designed by New York designer Frank de Biasi. Intrigued by the images in Veranda, I quickly took to de Biasi’s website to see if he featured the home. This post includes a combination of portfolio pictures as well as those from the magazine in order to provide a more comprehensive look at the home. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

I am a sucker for a classic colonial and love the stone walkway. But it’s too bad that the front door is offset. I prefer a more symmetrical look. interior designer frank de biasifrank de biasi 4The beautiful parquet flooring is from a Paris flea market and the design of the staircase takes my breath away.
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The living room is probably one of my favorite rooms in the home. From top to bottom, I love everything about this room. frank de biasifrank de biasfrank de biasifrank de biasifrank de biasi frank de biasi kitchenThe kitchen featured above is from Veranda, while the one below is from the designer’s portfolio. Isn’t it interesting what a little professional staging can do?
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Our own guest bedroom is outfitted with a daybed so I love to see how other people incorporate a daybed into their own design. I am particularly fond of those with a more sophisticated, grown-up look like this one. frank de biasi bedroom

Copper tub number two….
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If this were my home I would love to see a beautiful pool installed on the vast green lawn. But in the spring and summer, it might be a great place to set up a game of croquet. If I wasn’t swimming or playing yard games, I would spend time in the large greenhouse that is used for growing orchids. I am sure I could easily call this place home and never be bored.
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Derby Day Festivities

Today marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. For a majority of people in California, celebrating the Kentucky Derby is not at the forefront of their mind. I might be the one exception. There is something to be said about such a long-standing tradition and the stylish outfits people wear to the event. Plus, it’ a great excuse to celebrate and throw a great party. Each year Kentucky landscaper Jon Carloftis and his partner Dale Fisher throw a Derby-inspired party. I have to agree with Jon who recently shared with One King’s Lane that Derby day is less about horses and more about people. “There’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re celebrating with the rest of the world,” says Jon. I sure hope that when I get the chance to attend the Derby in person that I get an invitation to one of Jon and Dale’s fabulous events. It will give me a great excuse to have another custom hat made for me. But for now, I will have to celebrate across the miles…

Vintage runners line the path at Jon and Dale’s home. This is your first clue that the event is sure to be a beautiful bash.
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A couple of stylish guests arriving. Her smile is contagious, isn’t it?
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Jon Carloftis (left) and Dale Fisher enjoy the festivities. Don’t they look dapper? Jon Carloftis Dale Fisher kentucky derby party

A delicious spread of quick bites are set up inside the pool house. kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 2

The table is adorned with a bouquet of red roses paying tribute to the official flower of the Kentucky Derby since 1904. In 1925 the tradition was strengthened when New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.” Each year the winning horse of the Derby is draped with a prestigious garland of more than 400 Freedom roses, each inserted into its own vial of water. Given that one statistic, it’s not surprising to learn that the garland weighs in at approximately 40 pounds and measures 122 inches long and 22 inches wide.
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Jon and Dale serve beverages up in style. The Old Forester Mint Julep is the official drink of the Derby. I posted the official recipe in last year’s post.kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 7kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 4

Happy Derby Day!

Mexican Decor on Cinco De Mayo

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! 

Today it seems most appropriate to share with you a beautiful Spanish home in Santa Barbara decorated with touches of Mexican flair. While Mexican decor isn’t something I’d sport in my own home, I can appreciate the fact that the owners kept the home very tasteful without being kitschy, which can be an easy trap to fall into when decorating around a theme. I wish I had more details about the home, it’s contents and it’s owner to share but I misplaced the issue of Santa Barbara Magazine where these images were first sourced from. 

If your looking to capture a similar look for your home, be sure to check out Buena Vista Furniture on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles. They have a large warehouse and showroom filled with Mexican styled furniture and accessories that the store owners, Joseph and Ruthie, personally source. I personally know the owners so if you happen to pop in the store or give them a call, be sure to tell them Reviving Charm sent you! 

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