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April
26

It is no secret that our natural surroundings in South Florida are absolutely breathtaking — from the sparkling white sand between our toes to the canopy of green foliage hanging overhead. One of the best ways to enjoy said outdoor elements is by incorporating them into your decor. Indoor/outdoor living has become a necessity in many South Florida homes, fueled by a desire to merge nature with interiors for a refreshing, inspired and organic feel. Embark on an adventure through nature to discover the many natural elements you can bring inside.  

EARTH

Brick

Natural Home Decor | Brick

Photo Courtesy of Angelina Alekseeva

The process of brick-making dates back to 7000 BC, as early builders constructed immaculate structures using a simple combination of mud, clay and water. Except for a few minor adjustments in the process, this age-old method has transpired into the present day. Some historic buildings still maintain the original shell of its former life with exposed brick walls, presenting a desirable rustic and industrial backdrop. Interior designers are now adding in brick walls to replicate this look, while keeping the bricks in their natural form or painting over them for a more subtle textured and modern look.  

Wood

Natural Home Decor | Wood

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Incorporating wood into your decor is one of the easiest ways to create a natural look. Keep things extra organic by keeping stain and other finishes away from natural wood. Consider adding a large tree trunk with branches, a wooden stump, wood furniture, or small branch details into your home. Or you might even consider installing wood flooring or a wall made completely of wood to make a bolder statement.  

Plants

Natural Home Decor | Plants

Photo Courtesy of Angelina Alekseeva

Along those lines, plants are an obvious yet beneficial addition to a natural decor scheme. Bringing a living plant into your home adds both aesthetic beauty and health benefits, as plants can remove indoor air pollutants, decrease stress and increase energy. A planter table is a unique way to combine wood and plants into one functional and attractive piece of furniture.  

Found Objects

Natural Home Decor | Found Objects We admire the serene, coastal look of many homes in Florida or in other tropical regions throughout the world. Set your interior apart with one-of-a-kind objects found in nature, whether it is a seashell, unique piece of driftwood, or another small object found in your backyard.  

Fur

Natural Home Decor | Fur

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Whether it is real or faux, animal fur is a luxe and natural addition to your interior. It creates a warm and cozy feel, whether it's in the form of a rug, blanket, footstool or chair. White fur adds a particularly lavish and modern look to a room.  

Agate

Natural Home Decor | Agate

Agate is a translucent variety of microcrystalline quartz formed primarily in ancient volcanic lava. This breathtaking product of nature can be found in an assortment of colors, including white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, gray and black, and sometimes features a kaleidoscopic combination of several colors. These gorgeous gems have been used as coasters, lamps, planters, tiling on walls, stained-glass windows, or even stand-alone works of art.  

Organic Man-Made Materials

Boll & Branch

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Diederich Photography for Boll & Branch

You may not expect to see man-made textile materials on a list of natural home decor pieces. However, there are several companies, such as Boll & Branch, that solely produce organic bedding. Boll & Branch sells a variety of fair-trade, organic products, including sheets, duvet covers, towels, blankets, knits, and much more. Not only are their products ethically made, they are luxurious in every sense — from their attractive and innovative design to their soft, high-end feel.  

Stones

Natural Home Decor | Stones

Photo Courtesy of R.E. MacDonald Stoves & Stones Ltd.

Stones provide a undeniably natural look, whether they are arranged in a terrarium with moss and succulents or attached to a wall surrounding a rustic fireplace. Each has a distinctive look, varying in size, shape, color and texture. This creates a natural mosaic of neutrals and a refreshing, organic feel in any space.  
  We've covered plenty of natural materials emerging from the earth. But what about the other remaining elements?

AIR

Natural Home Decor | Air

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Add fresh air into your home by intentionally creating a flow from the outside to the inside. This can be easily achieved with large glass walls that slide back and forth, allowing a warm breeze to enter into your living space. This can also be done through maximizing the amount of natural light entering your home's interior, through skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, and other illuminating features.  

FIRE

Natural Home Decor | Fire

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Fire adds a tremendous amount of coziness and peace to a home's motif. Bring this comforting and breathtaking element inside with a unique fireplace structure or by simply adding candles to a bookshelf or coffee table. The element of fire, no matter how powerful the flames are, adds a sense of romance, sophistication and natural beauty.  

WATER

Natural Home Decor | Water

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Bring the calming and refreshing waves of the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway into your home with an impressive water feature. Waterfalls and fountains are spa-like additions that add both visual and aural appeal to any space, as the relaxing hum of flowing fountain water calms the senses.
April
19

Fort Lauderdale is a breathtaking beach city for both residents and visitors alike, both of whom can best experience the vibrancy and tropical lifestyle of the area at a spa resort. Take a moment to explore this curated collection of resorts with excellent spas, whether you are visiting Fort Lauderdale on vacation or you already live in the area. In fact, residents can take advantage of a resort's spa during a rejuvenating staycation along the beach. You can never be too "local" to experience the best resorts of this renowned vacation destination right in your backyard. Or, you might consider having your own at-home spa-worthy master suite. Sit back, relax and indulge your senses with a rejuvenating getaway at one of these luxurious spa resorts in Fort Lauderdale.

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Top Luxury Spas in Fort Lauderdale | Ritz-Carlton

Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is one of the city's finest luxury hotels. In fact, it is Fort Lauderdale's only AAA Five-Diamond hotel. In addition to enjoying incredible accommodations with water and Intracoastal views, guests can escape to the elegant 8,500-square-foot spa with 10 treatment suites and one couples' suite. Choose from one of their relaxing signature spa treatments — ocean sea salt glow, intuitive ocean treatment or sapphire sea treatment — and let your mind, body and soul drift to a state of complete relaxation.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort

Top Luxury Spas in Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort

Photos courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort

Soak up the radiant sunshine and retreat to the spa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, situated along a quarter-mile of private beach. Their full-service spa offers a variety of indulgent services, including a body scrub, facials, manicures and pedicures, massages, paraffin hand treatments, and more. After an adventurous day spent snorkeling in the ocean or swimming in their refreshing lagoon pool, you deserve an afternoon pampering yourself at their state-of-the-art spa oasis.

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Travel through the private beach access skywalk at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort to step onto the soft sand beaches of the Atlantic. This oceanfront resort offers an unparalleled experience in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, magnified by their luxurious Heavenly Spa. Their extensive menu features a variety of revitalizing treatments in a peaceful sanctuary with an inspiring view, aromatic scents, and the sound of soothing waters and music.

Indulge with a massage, facial, water therapy session, manicure, pedicure, or any combination of the above. Their Heavenly Day Packages include carefully crafted spa packages that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel

Top Luxury Spas in Fort Lauderdale

A stay at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is an experience unlike any other, as you take in stunning ocean vistas from the balcony of your suite. The entire hotel features globally inspired architecture and design, providing an inspiring setting to escape from reality. Their relaxing spa is an urban retreat with four treatment rooms, a relaxation area, a sauna and a steam room.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Top Luxury Spas in Fort Lauderdale | Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Photo courtesy of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort features a variety of suites, each of which overlooks the serene ocean waters. Enjoy oceanside dining at their upscale restaurant, an amazing adults-only outdoor lounge, a year-round swimming pool and hot tub, and the many services at Spa Q. This peaceful haven provides a number of luxurious indoor and outdoor beauty treatments and massages, including the outdoor spa terrace, which provides the perfect setting for a relaxing couple's massage.

Spa 66 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Experience the ultimate relaxing tranquility within Spa 66 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, a waterfront luxury hotel situated on 22 landscaped acres. This aromatic- and ocean-inspired oasis provides a variety of professional spa and salon treatments, including massages, facials, acupuncture, manicures, pedicures and much more. Take advantage of the resort's variety of luxurious amenities, including on-site restaurants, steam rooms and saunas, tennis courts, three swimming pools and much more.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Top Luxury Spas in Fort Lauderdale | Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Photos courtesy of Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Revert to Old Florida grandeur with a modern twist at Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a premier waterfront resort with comfortable accommodations and a wonderful spa. Your suite's coastal eco-contemporary decor provides a serene atmosphere to unwind at the end of the day. Consider the hotel's exclusive Sky Suite, a 12th-floor penthouse boasting the best views and largest outdoor space on the water in Fort Lauderdale. The suite includes a 1,100-square-foot balcony, a rooftop outdoor shower and microsilk tub, a private dining room with a wet bar, outdoor dining and living areas, and much more. Enhance your stay at PURE Spa, an intimate Swedish-style spa offering a variety of indoor and outdoor treatments.

W Fort Lauderdale

Bliss Spa W Hotel Fort Lauderdale

Photo courtesy of W Fort Lauderdale 

Consider a stay at W Fort Lauderdale — especially if you have a fur baby traveling with you. W Fort Lauderdale was included amongst Architectural Digest's list of 9 Luxury Hotels With Over-the-Top Pet Amenities because of its participation in the hotel chain's Pets Are Welcome (P.A.W.) Program. The services and amenities for pets include grooming services, turndown treats, a W Hotels pet tag, and a custom W pet bed. After your pet is pampered, make sure you have received ample treatment at their luxurious and relaxing Bliss Spa! The hotel, including the spa, recently underwent a $55 million renovation, and all of their guest rooms and public spaces have been renovated and redesigned.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa is an upscale beachfront hotel with elegant rooms, including oceanfront penthouse suites with whirlpool tubs, ocean vistas upon large terraces, a full kitchen, and exquisite design throughout. The hotel's full-service spa offers an unrivaled experience, as you relax at their sea-and-citrus-inspired day spa on the fifth floor overlooking the beach. The spa uses natural products in each of their services, connecting you with the beauty and serenity of nature. Enjoy a massage, access to the sauna and steam room, hair and nail treatments in the salon, and much more.

Which spa resort do you prefer?

Let us know which of the above is your favorite Fort Lauderdale getaway, or which spa resort we should add to the list!
April
12

Many find the hobby of collecting and aging wines quite enjoyable, as they gather valuable vintages and blends from their various travels across the globe. For the avid wine collector, the ability to store and display all of their precious bottles is important when looking for a home. Some residences in South Florida have secretive underground cellars, while others have refrigerators and wine racks that enhance the look of the interior. Take a look inside the impressive wine-centric features in these estates in the area. Better yet, these properties have the entertainment space and luxurious outdoor terraces in which to enjoy said wines with friends and family.  

Spacious Wooden Wine Room

Spacious Wooden Wine Room Escape to a tropical oasis inside this Delray Beach estate nestled on the bend of a scenic waterway. The expansive living area offers indoor/outdoor living at its finest, supplemented by a wine room filled with plenty of shelving for valuable bottles.  

Hidden Wine Room Under Castle-Like Staircase

Hidden Wine Room Under Castle-Like Staircase This striking Mediterranean residence along a deep-draft waterway is full of castle-like features, such as heavy doors with intricate woodwork details, stately columns and a hidden wine room tucked under a majestic turret-style staircase.  

Ultra-Modern Cable Display Racks

Ultra-Modern Cable Display Racks This California-style waterfront estate in the Sanctuary makes your wine collection part of the interior design. Offering a separate but open feel, the dining room hosts a 300-bottle wine cable display rack. This modern take on a wine display is not something you see every day, and we adore it!  

Beautiful Wine Bar Next to Dining Area

Beautiful Wine Bar Next to Dining Area This Mediterranean-inspired estate on the barrier island in Ocean Ridge is an exquisite work of art from the waterside lounge terrace by the Intracoastal Waterway to the elegant gathering spaces inside. The simple bar next to the dining area has a beautiful wine rack to display your favorites, making them easily accessible for intimate dinners and relaxing evenings watching the sunset by the pool.  

State-of-the-Art Wine Coolers in Modern Penthouse

State-of-the-Art Wine Coolers in Modern Penthouse This penthouse in Fort Lauderdale is a true "estate in the sky" as it encompasses half of the fifth floor at Landings at Las Olas, an intimate boutique condominium with only 14 residences. Perhaps one of our favorite spaces is the open living area connected to the kitchen and dining area, with a wrap-around terrace just outside. In the kitchen, you will find two EuroCave wine coolers, which keep your wines at the perfect temperature while displaying them beautifully.  

Bar Room in Stunning Condominium

Bar Room in Stunning Condominium This modern gem is one of seven townhome condominiums within The Plaza at Oceanside in East Pompano Beach. The bar counter connected to the great room provides a wonderful space to display your prized wines. The residence also offers a communal wine room, in which you can store your wines in a locker storage space or simply use the room for private wine tastings.  

Which of these is perfect for your collection?

We would love to know your thoughts. Share in the comments below!
April
5

An exquisite and unique piece of fine art has the ability to set the tone in a room, and often becomes a significant conversation piece amongst onlooking guests. Whether it's a three-dimensional sculpture, a delicate landscape painting, or an eye-catching modern design, a piece of fine art makes a wonderful addition to every interior. There are a number of inspiring local art galleries in the area. You might simply peruse these exhibits for inspiration or select a piece of art from a local artist to display above your fireplace. Collecting original works of art is a sophisticated hobby that supports local creatives and adds beauty to your surroundings simultaneously.  

Pocock Fine Art and Antiques

Fort Lauderdale You will feel right at home with a stroll through the prestigious Pocock Fine Art and Antiques in Fort Lauderdale. Pieces of beautiful art (and a diverse antiques collection) are artfully placed throughout this estate-like setting, with couches, lamps and other cozy accent pieces. Explore the rooms of Pocock dotted with elegant gold frames holding unique works of art.  

Rosenbaum Contemporary

Boca Raton Art Galleries in South Florida

Photo courtesy of Rosenbaum Contemporary | Hunt Slonem's Artwork © Hunt Slonem

Rosenbaum Contemporary is a premier fine art gallery featuring Postwar, modern and contemporary masters presented through a nationally recognized museum-level exhibition program. The gallery hosts a revolving inventory of paintings, photographs, sculptures, works on paper, and mixed media pieces by highly esteemed artists. If you consider yourself a collector, you may also take advantage of Rosenbaum Contemporary's exclusive services, including acquisition advice, art consulting, resale for select works and more.  

Blue Gallery

Delray Beach + Fort Lauderdale Blue Gallery Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach

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The simple and modern setting of each Blue Gallery location provides a clean backdrop for dynamic and exciting works of art to truly shine. Mixing sophistication with contemporary design, Blue Gallery features original collections of internationally acclaimed artists painting landscapes, abstracts, semi-realistic, realistic and figurative styles. Visit their exhibits at either of their two Delray Beach locations or on the lively Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  

Artblend Art Gallery

Fort Lauderdale Art Galleries in South Florida

Photo courtesy of Artblend Art Gallery

Artblend is a full-service art gallery in Fort Lauderdale providing a gorgeous space and a variety of services geared toward artists, collectors, consultants, interior designers and other influential patrons in the art world. This 6,200-square-foot space presents quality art in a superior environment with marble floors, polished granite and professional lighting, that nurtures the credibility and value of each artist.  

Carré d'artistes Art Gallery

Boca Raton There is no better location for a high-end art gallery than the sophisticated Mizner Park, a lifestyle center in the heart of Boca Raton featuring some of the finest retailers. With locations all throughout the world, including Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Istanbul and many more, this is an international gallery striving to make art accessible to all. No matter your level of experience with fine art, you can come face to face with some of the most exquisite works of art from around the world. Carré d'artistes features a rotating exhibition of 600+ original works of contemporary art from 12 talented artists.  

Addison Gallery

Delray Beach Art Galleries in South Florida

Photo courtesy of Addison Gallery

Addison Gallery is a premier destination in Delray Beach with a compelling selection of abstract and contemporary works by established artists and emerging new talents alike. Their simple and wide-open space hosts a variety of unique fine art pieces that are innovative, passionate and uplifting. Addison Gallery specializes in placing small to large-scale works in private residences, corporate offices and hotels, and will even provide in-house consultations and professional installation if needed.  

Las Olas Fine Arts

Fort Lauderdale Art Galleries in South Florida

Photo courtesy of Las Olas Fine Arts

Established in 1993, Las Olas Fine Arts is one of the most respected and renowned global contemporary art galleries in the region. Their philosophy centers on a passion for collaborating with collectors, painters, designers, sculptors and art lovers. Las Olas places the works of established artists directly alongside that of emerging talent, which provides a dynamic and refreshing perspective.  

What local gallery would you add?

We would love to know who hosts your favorite collection of fine art in the area. Let us know in the comments below!

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