Showroom Worthy Luxury Garages

Garages are often used for general storage, but make your garage showroom worthy with the latest technology to make sure you feel the luxury of your home in every corner.

 

With car lifts, you’ll sleep well at night knowing that all your toys are all protected in your garage. With the rise in popularity of electric cars, the latest luxury garages are equipped with electronic vehicle chargers. These chargers can be purchased at Home Depot for $650 and easily installed.

 

If space isn’t an issue, make yourself a “his and hers” garage. Pull her convertible in on one side of the garage and hang her yoga mat and free weights on the wall with customized storage. Park his sports car on the opposite side and hide away his tools and athletic gear in concealed storage. Keep an area in the middle to store tennis rackets and boating supplies that you enjoy with the whole family!

A Guide to Historic Coral Gables Homes

The City of Coral Gables is the life’s work of visionary George Merrick. Known today for establishing one of the first planned communities in the United States, George Merrick acted as the planner and builder of “The City Beautiful” beginning in the early 1920s. The majestic area was inspired by Mediterranean homes, traces of which are still seen today.

 

Merrick also created seven unique villages scattered across Coral Gables. Each village was inspired by a foreign country’s unique architectural style. Among these villages are the Pioneer Village, French Normandy Village, Chinese Village, Italian Village, French City Village, French Country Village and Dutch South African Village.

 

Among the pioneers in the architectural masterpiece also known as Coral Gables, was Richard Kiehnel, who designed El Jardin. Today the building is home to Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, the historic building boasts lavish ceilings, staircases and entertainment areas. This historic home, which was built in 1918 along Miami’s elevated limestone ridge, is registered on the US National Register of Historic Places.

 

Notable historic buildings in Coral Gables that can be toured include: Viscaya Museum & Gardens, Coral Gables Merrick House, Coral Gables City Hall, Coral Gables Art Cinema, The Biltmore Hotel and Coral Gables Congregational Church.

Where to Buy Furniture Pieces That Will Transform Your Home

Miami is home to branches of some of the most innovative furniture design stores in the world. Stores like Roche Bobois, which revolutionized the sectional sofa, and Artefacto, which draws inspiration from almost every corner of the world, are only some of the store’s where you can find pieces that will transform your home.

 

Roche Bobois

Roche Bobois started as a collaboration between the Roche and the Chouchan family in the early 1950s and what started as a modest family store in France, developed into an industry-changing brand and one of the today’s most famous upscale furniture stores. The store’s early collection of contemporary furniture selection was heavily influenced by Bauhaus designers, which you can still see traces of today. In 1971, Hans Hopfer brought Roche Bobois to the next level with the conception of the Mah Jong sofa. Known today as one of the most iconic sofas in the world, it was designed to be a part of the Roche Bobois “signature collection.” The revolutionary and adaptable sofa can be transformed between an armchair, sofa, lounge chair or bed. It serves as a place to “rest, play or lounge,” according to Roche Bobois. Over the years, the brand has collaborated with multiple fashion houses that have created custom prints for the Mah Jong collection, including Missoni Home, Kenzo Takada and Jean Paul Gaultier.

 

Roche Bobois Miami

450 Biltmore Way

Miami, FL 33134

 

Knoll

This world-renowned furniture store has been the number one destination for modern furniture pieces since 1938. This year marks Knoll’s 80th anniversary and although much time has passed since the Bauhaus era, the brand is still proving their commitment to the era’s modern and sustainable design principles through their current collection. The founders, Hans and Florence Knoll, were students at the Bauhaus School and the Cranbook Academy of the Art, which is where their unique style was born. Florence and her husband, Harry Hood Basset, the board Chairman of Southeast Bank at the time, were longtime residents of Gables Estates. The stylish couple constructed a 5.5-acre estate with five bedrooms and six and a half baths on a private waterfront cove in 1972. The property, located at 1 Arvida Parkway, is one of the most prestigious in all of Miami to this day.

 

Throughout the years, the brand has collaborated with multiple designers including David Rockwell, Antenna Design, Barber Osgerby and Formway Design. The store specializes in both residential and workplace furniture design. Florence Knoll was a pioneer in workplace design as she is credited with the idea of “the modern office.” The store is also considered amongst the most environmentally friendly and conscious in the furniture industry. Their environmental initiatives’ three pillars are climate change, third-party certification and environmentally sensitive materials. The brand’s continuous efforts to be environmentally friendly has been a grand success as they have exceeded their goal in reducing their emission of greenhouses gasses by a whopping 23 percent through what they call the Carbon Disclosure Project.

 

Knoll

200 Biscayne Blvd #1700

Miami, FL 33131

 

Artefacto

In just 40 years, Artefacto has made a world-wide impression in the interior design industry. With retail stores in Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States and plans to expand to Africa, Europe and the Middle East in the next few years, Artefacto is a global destination for high design furniture pieces. The store’s pieces infamously combine contemporary elements from northern Italy, the charm of southern France, the simplicity of Asian design and the laid-back style of Brazil.

 

Artefacto Coral Gables

4440 Ponce de Leon Blvd #1600

Coral Gables, FL 33146

 

Artefacto Aventura

17651 Biscayne Bay

Aventura, FL 33160

 

BoConcept

With multiple locations scattered across the world, this Danish furniture store is redefining modern and contemporary furniture. Originally founded in Paris in 1993, the store prides itself on its ability to provide customized pieces for clients. Products purchased at BoConcept can be perfectly customized and fitted to fulfill the client’s vision for their home. All BoConcept stores offer a wide selection of sofas, chairs, tables, storage units, beds and accessories.

 

BoConcept Miami

800 Brickell Ave #107

Miami, FL 33131