Although many decor accessories and furnishings know no season, particular colors, textures, and patterns do in fact typify a particular season. There’s something so fall about a wild turkey illustration, antique copper water cooler, and a rustic painted hoop back bench chair inspired by an 18th century Hickory original design.
The Delia 8-Light foyer pendant in bronze and the Currey & Company Beesthorpe Lantern in golden Pyrite Bronze-finished wrought iron possess the qualities of well designed jewelry- fashionable, brilliant, and graceful.
Inspiration is everywhere, and the architecture of the Louisiana low-country serves the architectural detailing of this William T. Baker designed home. Seeing as I have a strong affinity for Louisiana architecture and herringbone brick floors, this image immediately caught my eye and my heart.
Updating and refreshing blog posts is a necessary exercise in relevancy just as updating and refreshing our decor is.
A recent discovery of original images of the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort by architectural photographer Ezra Stoller and the video Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort is an exciting development (the video is posted towards the end of the post) and the main reason for updating Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel.
In compliance with licensing and copyright permission, the usage of the Ezra Stoller images was only approved for use in Pinterest board format.
The link to the Pinterest board is also towards the end of the post.
If the story of the glamour days of a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach hotel, the architecture and interior design features that impressed and inspired, and the who, what, when, where and why that made it the pleasure dome on the Coast captures your imagination, then I’ve got a blog post for you.
Over the summers of the early and mid 1970s, my family attended American General Contractors conventions in Biloxi, Mississippi.
I fell head over heels in love with the aesthetic of the buildings and interiors of our summer home away from home at 2110 Beach Boulevard on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort aka the Broadwater.
Through words, Biloxi memories, Ezra Stoller images and decor accessories and accents in the style of, I invite you along on this tour of the architecture and interior design of the Broadwater Beach Hotel.
Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown wholeheartedly embraced the task at hand of transforming the Broadwater into a travel destination contender.
Mrs. Brown, with a keen vision and staunch attention to architectural detail, brought to fruition a premier flagship beach hotel and resort property.
Dorothy Dorsett Brown launched a new Sea·Sun-Food·Fun architectural and mid-century modern interior design renovation complete with architectural enhancements, renovations and additions to the property.
Stunning on all beach fronts, the newly completed and modernly improved Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort raised the hospitality stakes as the foremost host on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
I have diligently tried to locate fixtures, fabrics and finery original to the Broadwater to little or no avail.
I’ve selected a few accents and accessories to illustrate the juxtaposition between yesteryear and today’s interior decorating tastes and trend.
Standing out among the other properties along Beach Boulevard Highway 90, a half circular exposed aggregate palm tree lined driveway and signature concrete canopy glamorously greeted guests.
As coastal day turned to coastal night, exterior recessed, spotlight and pathway lighting illuminated the Broadwater in shades of yellow tinted white.
As an extra-added “front of the house” visual treat, colored bulbs were added to the landscape spotlights in the front landscape beds.
The extensive grounds of the Broadwater included Lanai rooms, brick cottages, a resort triple play of swimming pools complete with waterfalls, diving board (remember when hotel pools had a diving board?) and postcard worthy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, family friendly offerings such as a playground and train, elegant dining options featuring live musical entertainment, tennis courts, riding stables and premier Sun and Sea golf courses.
Terrazzo – Exposed Aggregate – Quartzite – Natural Stone
Regarded as a state of the art jewel of the Coast, the Broadwater Marina made its property debut to the boating public in 1965.
Dorothy Dorsett Brown spent $3,000,000.00 to build the marina.
That’s a lot of clams for 1965!
The Broadwater Marina could host up to 150 sail and powerboats.
Hotel shore to ship services such as boat or yacht housekeeping and room service was offered to the marina occupants.
The staff of the Broadwater Hotel and Marina, with effortless precision, mastered the art of hotel and southern hospitality.
No pedometer was needed to record the number of steps taken or distance walked around the sprawling grounds of the Broadwater.
We clocked hours swimming under the waterfalls of the Lanai pool, holding court poolside from the swim up tables bedecked with fringed umbrellas in resort festive colors, and sipping Shirley Temples made to order with extra long stemmed cherries and crushed ice.
Room service delivered to the patio of Lanai room 127 was a daily treat enjoyed by the members of our future ladies who lunch club.
The room key from Lanai room 127 is a forever souvenir from the Broadwater Beach Hotel.
The objective of a hotel or resort is to treat guests to a memorable vacation and hospitality experience.
One of my most endearing memories of the Broadwater is the The Royal Terrace dining room.
Opulent yet accessible, the interior design and decorating accent mark was fittingly placed over swank and service.
Hurricane Camille’s landfall presence was unforgiving.
The storm surge was brutal, flooding and fires consumed and destroyed properties, and the death toll startling.
The Broadwater Hotel suffered storm surge flooding, and the Broadwater marina saw moderate damage.
The Broadwater weathered the storm and survived the damage of Hurricane Camille, coming out on the other side of nature’s wrath repaired and renewed.
I last visited the Broadwater Beach Hotel in 1998.
Financial neglect, design and decor disrepair, and changing times were now guests with no intention of checking out.
The bones of the main building were as I remembered, but an attempt at updating the once glorious interiors looked to be an epic fail.
Post Katrina Damage to Main Pools & Dining Room
Hurricane Katrina barreled through, and what parts of the Broadwater Hotel she didn’t destroy the wrecking ball did.
On this side of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the economic downturn of 2008 comes hope for a Broadwater revival.
Broadwater Development, LLC hopes to once again create resort magic on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where exceptional hospitality leaves a lasting impression- one that invites you back time and time again.
News of the revival of the Broadwater is exciting as is the discovery of Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort.
Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel
Please find the link to the Pinterest board below:
Leave it to the vocal stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith on “That Old Black Magic” and the ever classic Blackglama campaigns to give me a Halloween appropriate idea for this stylish black interiors design and decorating topic of conversation post.
Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is features images blooming with beauty, style and inspiration. I don’t believe anyone would fault us for stepping back if for only a brief moment to admire objects of beauty, n’est-ce pas?
Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.
I thought I would bring back my A Most Fetching Friday series for the spring and summer season. Today’s spring and summer fetching Friday kicks off the series with a collection of images drenched in color and seasonal decorating inspiration.
Although black is not the only dark color choice associated with dark interiors, it does seem to be the basis for dramatic back in black magic. Black is the new black- a perennial color classic and decorating color essential. What oomph the perfect little black dress lends to a fashionista’s wardrobe, a space dressed from floor-to-ceiling in the color black speaks to a decorista’s personal interior design and decorating style.
The Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Charlotte, North Carolina Interior Designer Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design is visually captivating.
Lisa Mende Design – Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse
Older homes have a history, a story to tell.
Lisa Mende tapped into the home’s history as inspiration for her thoroughly modern interior design concept and execution.
Distinctive details reminiscent of the emerging Art Deco times of the 19oos when the house was built, world events of the early 20th century and the sinking of the Titanic all played a large role in the kitchen design inspiration and influence.
Inspiration truly is everywhere!
Click on the link below the images to read the full story and view the gallery of images from the showhouse.
Lisa Mende Design – Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse
You never know when or where inspiration will strike or what home decor item will excite the eye.
Below is the swoonworthy beauty that did just that.
The Pimlico Double Swing Arm Plug In has found a place on my gotta have it list.
Being the fan of art as a kitchen decor choice that I am, the above image speaks modern elegance to me.
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