Beautiful Florida Home Design Ideas
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As a decorator and interior design consultant, I became fascinated with the history of Florida and Old Florida homes, including the Old Florida Cracker style home. So I started my research into an old Florida backroad. I find that Florida is not only rich in heritage, but also rich in culture and architectural design. Florida is a kaleidoscope of many nationalities such as Spain, England, France, Italy and Cuba and together they have much influence on architectural design styles. Settlers also come from other states such as South Carolina, New York and Louisiana. This cultural diversity influences the architectural and decorative style of many historic buildings, hotels and homes in Florida. The first settlers in Florida were actually Native American Indians.
Ponce De Leon, a Spanish explorer, was the first to discover Florida in 1513, landing at St. Augustine, the oldest cities in the country. St. Augustine is also home to the Casa Monica hotel, the Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque hotels. Fernandina Beach on the coast of East Florida spins a village of Floridian harbor with cobbled streets adorned with Victorian houses and beachside cottages. The Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach is a grand old Florida hotel Renaissance Italy, built by real estate and rail conglomerate Henry Flagler in 1894. 75 crafters were brought from Italy to complement the majestic main ceiling lobby painting. Another popular Florida-style house design is a Renaissance and Mediterranean style house found in the old Winter Park and Coral Gables neighborhoods.
Also, medieval architecture, based on the idea of Frank Lloyd Wright, is popular in Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale. Miami’s national historic district reflects 1950-60 architectural styles such as Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and Miami Modern (MIMO) styles. Do not forget the old Florida-style house in Key West, like the house of Ernest Hemmingway, the magnificent house of its time, decorated with French and Spanish furniture. Key West also boasts the famous home of President Harry Truman; known as the Little White House. This is a Victorian house that many of our presidents visit. Key West is famous for its home style shells, introduced by immigrants from the Bahamas.
Florida Home Design Ideas
The Shell House is an architectural style house that uses genuine clam shells, wooden frames, a roof with a low roof and a large veranda. In Sarasota, John Ringling, of Ringling Brothers Circus, built an Italian Renaissance style house modeled after a palace in Venice, Italy. Tampa Bay Hotel, located in Tampa, was built by Henry Plant, a train mogul. The hotel also uses the Moorish Spanish revival architecture. Old Florida also includes the mid-19th century Florida classic-revival of home style plantations like Gamble’s home estates in Ellenton, the only surviving antebellum mansion near St Petersburg. The old Florida style house not only has some of the most majestic and elegant old world hotels; It also has some simple and simple homes.
One of the best known is the Florida Cracker vernacular style house that reflects the green design using local natural resources and is designed to survive in the Florida environment. These houses are comfortable in the heat of Florida because they are awakened from the air so cold air can circulate around them. They also have a high peak zinc roof to reflect the heat, shady wrap around the veranda with long roof lines and lots of windows for cross ventilation. The Cracker House, now nicknamed “Cracker Chic”, is comeback in the south with modern developments. Next time you travel in Florida, why not take a side trip with some of this historical treasure? Better yet, take on the beautiful Old Florida Heritage Highway, rich in natural beauty where you can observe the pastoral countryside and explore the ancient Florida-style houses like Cracker’s house from the famous writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at Cross Creek, an enchanting neighborhood of writers , poets and artists.
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