A Floral Designer’s Classic, Elegant Florida Home

updated Feb 19, 2019

A Floral Designer’s Classic, Elegant Florida Home

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Jenny, Glen, Stella (cat), Harley (cat)
Location: Lake Worth, Florida
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

Jenny, lead floral designer at Port + Palm Co., calls this charming 1950s-era house in Florida home. Only three miles from the ocean and two miles from downtown, it’s enviable for its proximity to the beach, but it’s also retained much of its original character. Not every room in Jenny’s home is “done.” But the rooms featured in this house tour showcase family heirlooms, great paint color, meaningful art and flowers.

Jenny currently works out of her home in a small studio, but will be opening a storefront in downtown Lake Worth in 2017. She had this to say about the home she shares with her husband Glen and two kitties:

“Most of our furniture and design choices are influenced by mid-century modern design and unique vintage pieces. One of my favorite pieces is our mid-century china cabinet, which was actually the first large furniture investment my grandparents made when they moved into their first home together.

Each piece in our home has a unique story, with most pieces either being handed down to us, or found at an antique fair/thrift store.

I grew up visiting antique fairs and thrifting with my family, and it has been so wonderful seeing my husband embrace this hobby and find just as much joy in the unique treasures we’re able to incorporate throughout our home.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-century modern, eclectic, classic

Inspiration: Emily Henderson, mid-century modern, my family, historic cities like Savannah, both Glen and I are from South Florida so it always plays a major role in what we’re drawn to.

Favorite Element: My grandparents’ china cabinet. It just really grounds the dining room and has been a major source of inspiration.

Biggest Challenge: We have a huge open area as soon as you walk in the front door. As much as you hope for “open concept” as soon as you’re in it and trying to decide how to section off your dining room/living room/family room it can be a bit of a daunting task making each “room” feel separate and different but still cohesive.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our kitchen. It isn’t pictured because it is home-improvement-store-basic with a brown granite countertop and backsplash. Super brown, super not us.

Biggest win/achievement: Happening upon this place, falling in love with it, and then being able to snatch it up because the price was lowered substantially. We love this home and it is exactly what I always imagined us living in. It has such an incredible structure, original floors, original bathroom (one is jadite green tile, the other is pink and grey — I’m slightly obsessed). It is just so wonderful living in a space with so much character and so close to the beach.

Proudest DIY: We painted every single wall. I hate painting. I consider that a huge achievement. Especially since we’ve painted the main room twice since moving in.

Best advice: Don’t feel the need to buy everything all at once. We’ve rearranged our home three times at least, and after two years finally found a layout we love with pieces we’ve been collecting for more than three years. It takes time to find good pieces that live well together. Don’t pass up a piece you love. It’ll haunt your dreams and it could be the painting or side table or throw pillow that ties your vision together. If you LOVE something bring it home and it’ll find its place. If it feels weird and it doesn’t work there’s always offer up and Craigslist.

The fictional character who would be most comfortable in your home: I feel like Jess from New Girl would be super comfy here. There’s a floral studio full of craft supplies and flowers, we’re always ready for a dinner party or company, there’s always a new book to read, and there’s a lot of eclectic but cozy moments in the house. I’m constantly bringing home new finds from a thrifting trip; it’s like the island of misfit toys sometimes.

Resource list:

Sherwin-Williams White living space — Snowbound
Sherwin-Williams Blue accent wall/family room — Marea Baja

Sofa — Macy’s
Coffee Table — Craigslist
Side Tables — The Painted Ox
Entertainment Center — Ikea
Rug — Thrift Store in Lake Worth
Vase — Frances Palmer
Artwork on ledge — assorted thrift stores/family pieces
Framed shoreline in silver frame — It is from Portsmouth (which is where Glen and I got married) and it is by a local artist. I picked out the print and had it framed at the shop. I gave it to him the day before our wedding. I wanted us to have a piece of Portsmouth with us wherever we landed throughout our life together.

Sofa — vintage store in West Palm
Palm cushions — eBay
Bar Cart — Craigslist
Coffee Table — West Elm
Wood Frame King and Queen Chairs — Offer Up
Side Tables — Target
Bird Print — Antique Store in Miami

Mid-century Hutch — from my grandparents
Art Decor Floor Lamp — Mount Dora Renningers
Dining Table + Chairs — thrift Store in West Palm
Framed Etching of Cosmo — artwork by my sister Whitney Leigh

Ikea tables and shelving

Thanks, Jenny!

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