I have shared so much about the property we live on now -- as well as the old house that my dad grew up in here, and I have also mentioned that my grandmother came here from Florida, where her father was a founder of Dade/Palm Beach County, but I have never had many photos to share. She owned several properties that I never got to see, but my mother stumbled across the real estate listing for her "yellow house" in Pompano Beach, and I could not be more excited to get a glimpse into the past.
Her contractor/builder brother, George Porter, built the house in 1959, then Isabelle bought it as a vacation home. According to my grandfather's diary, they went down around the New Year in 1960 and enjoyed shopping and dining at the area's finest shops and restaurants-- including Miami's famous Fontainebleau. I can just imagine:-)
This is the only photo I had, and I was very curious to see what it looks like now.
She sold the house later in 1960s, but it is still there, and here is how it looked recently in the real estate listing. It was listed at $720,515:-)
The front door has been changed to a double door, but it is still very similar and definitely recognizable.
I was not surprised to see the interior had been renovated, but a little disappointed in the very dark, heavy style.
Can you imagine how awesome it would be with the original terrazzo tile floors throughout and the mid-century modern furniture she had?
I can visualize a light and bright kitchen with clean-lined white cabinetry and quartz counters.
My mom said she had light French blue carpets with long pink drapes. I can imagine an updated version of that in this master bedroom with crisp white walls.
I would definitely use a light tile in this bath with some mid-century modern inspired fixtures.
And this bathroom would get a cleaner, more cohesive mid-century look.
And, well, let's just say it's too dark and ornate and leave it at that:-)
The outdoor space is so lush and tropical. I can definitely see myself having morning coffee here off the dining area.
I would put a retro metal patio set here -- maybe aqua blue and white:-)
Of course, white wicker is timeless and would definitely be appropriate here on the patio.
Ah the beautiful pool. I can just imagine sitting on the edge of the water with my grandmother.
And that is exactly what's so special about seeing these photos. I can imagine her there. Even in its renovated state, the house gives me a glimpse into her life before I came along. And it makes me miss her even more than I thought I could.
My beautiful Isabelle:-)
I can dream, wishing the house were mine so I could put her touch all through it -- bringing it back to it's mid-century glory. And I know she would love it:-)
I'll be joining: