Gables Style: Home Improvement










By Maria Tettamanti

Is your pad totally drab? For a shot of life, personality and color, visit Violetas and Design Within Reach or one of Downtown Coral Gables’ many furniture and housewares shops. Brimming with goodies for the home, these Miracle Mile-based boutiques will certainly add some pizzazz to your place.

Chockfull of eye-catching home accents, furniture and even gifts, Violetas is home to a spate of hand-selected items from around the globe. Swoop up decadent throw pillows, gorgeous cowhide rugs, stunning Baccarat chandeliers, brilliantly crafted furniture and more. Browse chichi brands such as brands such as Christofle, Baccarat, Hermès, Saint-Louis, Lalique, Le Jacquard Francais, L’objet and Tara Blanca amidst artwork from Asia and Latin America. These distinctive lines are supplemented by one-of-a-kind, hand-plucked exotic jewelry — all rare to Miami — from the United States, Asia and Europe. Love that!

Over at Design Within Reach, the studio is the place for clean and simple furniture classics. The DWR studio offers customers the best in modern design — from designers such as Saarinen, Eames and Bertoia — on the spot. The main reason I adore this store? You’ll never bump into a “do not touch” sign here — guests are encouraged to kick back and relax. Brilliant!

So if your abode is in need of home improvement, the Mile has just what the interior decorator ordered. Promise.


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