Supermodel Elle Macpherson is the latest big name to join the cluster of stars living in Coral Gables, Florida, with the purchase of an $8.1 million luxe villa right on the water’s edge.
The impressive 9,000-square-foot home was once listed for $11.4 million in 2014, but the current owner – Eric Malka, the cofounder and chief executive of The Art of Shaving – has sold it to Macpherson for a notably lower price. The mansion sits on 1.71 acres of lush grounds and was designed by Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea.
The mansion features seven bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms and includes sleek, open living spaces including an airy family room, a sizable office, and a separate library with large glass doors leading out onto the yard. The kitchen is made up of an almost industrial combination of gray tiled floors, white marble countertops, and a large center island and white subway tiles lining two walls.
A sweeping staircase with a wrought-iron railing connects the first floor to the second, while a row of French doors directly adjacent from the main entrance provides stunning views out onto the backyard. The house was designed by American architect Chad Oppenheim.
One of the seven bedrooms is located on the first floor, while the remaining six, including the master suite, reside on the second. Several of the upstairs bedrooms feature French doors leading out onto private balconies or large elevated patios. Other amenities of note include a large salt-water pool, a private dock big enough for a small yacht, and access to nearby tennis courts. Macpherson’s Coral Gables neighbors include Alex Rodriguez and his partner Jennifer Lopez, and recent addition Marc Anthony.
Flower vases come many ways: tall and wide, small enough only to hold a single sprig, and everything which way between. The only catch is that they must be able to hold flowers. But recently, we’ve noticed an unexpected trend in how vases are designed and used, a loosening up if you will. In direct opposition to the tradition of cramming a whole bushel of stems into a narrow opening so that they stand upright, designers are creating vessels that look much more like cups – small at the bottom, wide at the top – and setting one or two flowers in them to spill over the side like an afterthought.
The look, loose and lackadaisical, is appealing. Are uptight arrangements going to become a thing of the past? We’re all about that. But the idea that you need to purchase a vase in the shape of a cup just to get in on the trend is probably taking it a bit far. You already have cups on a shelf in the kitchen, do you not? Get one out, and fill it half full with water like the optimist you are. Now drop in a few flowers, weeds, or sprigs of basil – whatever you’ve got. This is the I-didn’t-try-but-wow-it-looks-good-style arrangement. Have a few cups that could work? Group them together in a little pod with the flowers at different heights.
A few pointers, should this feel easier said than done: Trim the stems enough so that the cup doesn’t topple over when you put them in it. It’s a balancing act! You can do it. On the flip side, don’t trim them so short that the flower part falls below the rim of the cup – that will look like a cup of flowers rather than a flower arrangement. Snip and dip, snip and dip, until you like what you’re looking at and it is standing up sturdily at the same time. Just maybe don’t set them on your bedside table, okay? Flower water doesn’t taste good at midnight.