It was a very busy weekend between Longbay and Leeward, bittersweet to think we will not be traversing between the two neighborhoods so often anymore. The Beach Barn, our home away from home and pet project for the last few years, sold last July. We sign and seal the deal in a short few days so the deadline to make our move had come. It was eye opening to discover just how many belongings we had acquired; what seemingly appeared to be very little set against the massive floorspace of the barn, in reality was two parades by caravan of boxtruck, two pick-ups, and an SUV! A skytrak also joined the fleet, more to come on that topic later, but we thought while we had use of it, may as well take a few overview images of Fleur de Lys. Utilizing a kiteboarding harness and a couple of dog leashes, I was strapped to the forks and up, up, and away! Thanks to residual winds from hurricane Sandy it was a pretty wild ride! The birds eye view was beautiful, and it allowed a great study of the size of the bird reserve to the north of the property. I had not realized it was such an impressive wetland, it stretches nearly the length of the block. No wonder we see such variety of feathered friends at Fleur de Lys!
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The Arc of Natrona County came into existence in 1964 as an informal parent organization for children with disabilities. Formally incorporated in 1977, the mission remains;
“The Arc is committed to securing for all people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play. The Arc is further committed to reducing the incidence and limiting the consequence of developmental disabilities through education, research, advocacy and the support of families, friends and community.”
For as long as I can remember my mom has been dedicated to several charity organizations, one of those big hearts that never tires of giving time, attention, and resources to those in need. She took special interest in the Arc, serving on the board and as an officer, over the course of many years. For this much needed and respected organization, and in thanks to her, we donated a one week stay at Fleur de Lys Villa for the Arc’s charity auction hosted early this year.
The winning bid went to Mark and Lesley Vigneri, who brought six friends for a week of rest and relation. Mark, who serves on the board and just so happens to be an old friend from school, and Lesley, who serves as the Arc’s secretary, enjoyed a week of picture perfect weather; days spent at the beach, adventures on the water, and nights out enjoying several of Provo’s best restaurants.
We all got together for dinner their final night at the legendary Blue Hills establishment, Da Conch Shack. Fabulous local faire, uppity island music, and toes in the sand as you do the conga line! We had a great time getting caught up and hearing about their week. These philanthropists deserved an incredible vacation and we were so thrilled to hear they got one that exceeded their expectations!
On deadline for the first of February, the fourth bathroom at Fleur de Lys Villa was complete! After converting the pool house/art studio to an additional bedroom last September, we quickly realised how beneficial a fourth bathroom would be to our guests. After gathering a few indoor/outdoor bath inspirations we quickly set to work the first week of January. The new bath features a large terrazzo shower, louvered doors and back wall for breeze and ventilation, bright white open rafter roof and tongue and grooved side walls, and a few charming details such as below to create the cottage like ambiance.
Here are a few photos below while the bath was in progress.
Modifying the existing native stone path to curve to the new doorway.
Painted frame ready for the louver doors and panels, floor ready to be tiled.
Pebble stones collected from the beach, laid out in design for the base of the terrazzo shower.
Big thanks to the TC Millwork team for all their hard work to complete this lovely bath in a very short four weeks! Bravo everyone!
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Today we broke ground on a fourth bathroom for the Cotton Cottage at fleur de lys villa. This was a project we had been considering for quite some time so are thrilled to put the plan into motion. The layout will resemble the above image, a long room that will feel like a sun room; an indoor extension of the outdoors, a bright and airy space full of sunshine.
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The room will feature large doors at either end that will open to already existing curved native stone paths wrapping around the cottage to the pool.
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As much as we would absolutely adore a lovely tub like in the above images,
we will most likely keep it simple with a shower framed in the center of the fully louvered back wall. Stay posted for before and after images to come!
Months ago I spied these completely incredible antique mirrored Currey-and-Company-Napoli-Wall-Sconces at one of my favorite local boutiques, It’s Stuff Consignment shop. I knew the retail price was way out of budget but kept them in the back of my mind. On my last visit I was quite surprised to see them still sitting in the shop. With a bright idea of how these two lovelies could add some elegance to the Sisal Suite at Fleur de Lys Villa, I made an offer. The shopkeeper said she would get back to me after getting in touch with the owner.
On Black Friday I received the great news that the offer was accepted and I could pick up my purchase. I am so pleased with my Black Friday bargain having paid half the price for the pair as one sconce purchased retail and landed. They are pretty AND practical. No more having to set aside the lamps every time the bi-fold windows are opened or shut.
Did you have any success finding a black Friday bargain? If you find yourself on island and looking for unusual, unique, or antique wares, please stop by It’s Stuff, located in the Marketplace across from the downtown First Caribbean Branch on Leeward Highway. You might just find the perfect Christmas gift amongst all the treasures!