Editor’s Letter: A Place To Call Home

Read Fort Lauderdale Illustrated’s March letter by managing editor Melissa Puppo.
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Gold Coast’s March edition has become synonymous with interior design, making it one of the issues I look forward to most each year for inspiration on how I want to design my future home.

When piecing together my dream abode, there’s always one thing I circle back to (besides having ample closet storage for all of my favorite shoes): creating a functional entertaining space in which to host family and friends at dinner parties, holidays, and even a fabulous girls’ night. How else am I supposed to try out those recipes I’ve been bookmarking? The home is where life’s best moments take place, and smart, efficient design will ensure smooth gatherings no matter the size. The residences featured this month are no exception.

We close out the “Interior Motives” issue by highlighting a few dreamy and over-the-top waterfront properties that provide idyllic backdrops for entertaining. The first is located in Bay Colony, which DawnElise Hamilton designed with a classic approach and a warm color palette. Her client is the ultimate posh party planner, and with newly designed digs, both indoor and outdoor spaces are worthy of an epic event. Take a peek on page 40.

Then, we move to a three-story Harbor Beach mansion Voytek Faber took on with a larger-than-life approach. This house comes complete with what I’ll consider a first—a 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster hanging out in the foyer. From the impressive art collection to a sleek outdoor expanse, we can all take a cue from this residence on how to create that wow factor at home. See more of this playful house on page 48.

Oftentimes, a home expands beyond its walls and into the community. My home happens to be the bustling Flagler Village neighborhood, nestled in the epicenter of what has been referred to as Fort Lauderdale’s renaissance. With so many changes and firsts in the city, this issue highlights some of the must-know people and places around town, only further confirming Fort Lauderdale as a go-to destination. It’s also a reminder to get out and discover something new.

The Museum of Science and Discovery’s president and CEO, Joe Cox, is celebrating a milestone exhibit that’s engaging for both kids and adults. He’s also spearheading inclusive programming to help bring in the next generation of museumgoers. Flip to page 30 to learn more. We also welcome Mark and Stefano Barbagallo to the neighborhood with the opening of Rank and File Social Club, a fun watering hole in the up-and-coming MASS District serving up tasty craft cocktails. Read all about it on page 28.

No matter where you call home, we hope this issue will inspire you to go outside of your comfort zone, whether in the form of interior design or by exploring your surroundings. As any South Floridian would know, there’s always something new, fresh, or innovative happening around town.

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