Two weeks ago, Dan and I flew to Florida to spend a few days with my friend Drea, her man Alex, and their amazing five-year-old daughter, Marlowe, at their colorful bungalow in West Palm Beach. My friendship with Drea is unlike any other in that I followed her blog for a few years and finally met her in India this past March! A mutual love of Indian food, sarcasm, and ridiculous youtube videos bonded us pretty quickly and now I'm happy to call her my friend in real life.
Drea and her husband Alex are both insanely talented chefs- like, professionally- he works at a major destination resort and she recently published her own cook book, and clean eating and simple living are huge passions of theirs- they even grow their own produce in their backyard garden. Unfortunately Drea's health took a major, sudden, mysterious dive shortly after our trip to India, but she has been sharing her recovery journey and new relationship with food over on her blog. I have always admired Drea's eclectic, effortless, and unique style and decor, but after visiting her house, it's obvious that she has poured a lot of love and thought into creating a colorful and cozy place for her family to call home. Since cooking at home is obviously a big part of their life, a lot of my favorite memories from our visit revolved around their beautiful dining table that was layered with patterned textiles, bowls, serving dishes, and colorful jars of goodies at every meal. Check out our breakfast spread below.
As is common in Florida, most of these photos were taken on a rainy morning, and I just loved the dark, moody lighting and rich colors in every room. The two floral couches are definitely Drea's signature design pieces, and a collection of handmade rugs are layered across the living room floor gives the room a bohemian vibe. And plants. Everywhere. The house feels as tropical and peaceful indoors as it does out- we spent a good deal of time drinking espresso (thanks Alex!) and listening to records in this room. It was pure magic.