Morning commutes in the city can be a drag: standstills and grimy seats. Sigh. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have minimal commuting time? And what if the commuting time you did endure was through greenery and whinnying horses? Homeowners Jimmie and Gany Bernal are familiar with this scene, that’s for sure. They own and operate Hollywood, FL’s Blue Stallion Farm from a lush piece of property that just so happens to sit right outside their front door.
Without a doubt the ease of going to and from work is enviable, but it was for family that the Bernals truly bought the barn and accompanying farmhouse.”It was always important to me that my daughters and I share something special during their growing up years; an activity that we did together that was just ours and a fond part of our time during their childhood,” Gany tells us. Horseback riding proved to fit the bill just perfectly, so they began searching for a property that would let them live and work from the same space. For the past six years, Blue Stallion Farm’s 10 acres has done the trick. It wasn’t always ideal, though. Before the house was the cozy nest it is today, Gany had to get her hands on it and mold it into a home.
Gany describes her space’s new style as rustic and bohemian, a look she loves for its no-rules attitude. Colorful art, custom tables and boldly-painted walls are just a few of the brazen choices she’s made alongside the West Palm Beach, FL design team at studio|C. What I love most of all about the house and barn are those unapologetic uses of color. Overall, it’s a rainbow of fun and, in my opinion, a fabulous place for the couple’s kids to grow up. The four Bernal kiddos get to be outside and roam the grounds, live amongst animals and come home to a bright and happy retreat at the end of the day. Pretty dreamy. Click through to see more, and enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Rikki Snyder