Vacation Edition: Bonnet House-Mediterranean Style
Living in a winter wonderland of a country, I’d say it’s a blessing to travel somewhere warm during the holidays.
Having returned home, I miss the sunshine state and am recalling my experience at the beautiful Bonnet House, a unique Mediterranean style planation home.
An American artist by the name of Fredric Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn constructed and designed the entire estate as it stands today, and it truly is a marvel. They captured a unique blend of art and whimsy with influence from styles like Spanish and Mediterranean Revival. Their artistry is fully reflected within the walls of the house—faux painted doors and window moldings, ceiling murals, eclectic German tiles placed along a door frame, and a diverse art collection including sculptures and paintings that were carefully selected over the decades.
Was I even in Florida anymore? I felt like I had travelled into a whole new world. Thanks to Evelyn’s generous donation, her home became a home to the public, and I am grateful to have had the pleasure of touring this masterpiece.
Eastern side of Bonnet House overlooking bonnet house slough
Bonnet House courtyard—antebellum-era architecture is very present throughout this estate.
Look at the covered balconies, exquisite railings and yellow sash windows on the second floor
At first glance the door and windows appear to be surrounded by true marble, but they are in fact faux painted doors and window moldings.
Fredric Clay Bartlett chose to marbleize the window frames and doorframes with paint. He had me fooled!
A pair of beautiful Art Deco shell back/channel back arm chairs (1920-1940)
And a stunning black marble mantlepiece
Another glance at Fredric Bartlett’s marbleized archway. Incredible.
A stunning second living area in the Bonnet House.
The floors in this room were also hand painted by Fredric Bartlett. His last piece before passing.
German decorative tiles Fredric had found at a flea market and assembled around a very simple doorframe.
Apparently, Fredric purchased various items that he loved but didn’t necessarily have a place for.
Nonetheless, he brought them home and channeled his inner artist by discovering unlikely spots around the house to display them.
The studio takes advantage of northern light; thus Fredric chose to paint most of his artwork here.
A ceiling mural painted by Fredric Bartlett and Evelyn.
He painted the sea creatures and she had the unenviable task of painting the netting.