Interiorssneak peeks

A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor

by Garrett Fleming

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

A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
1/14
Gany strongly believes the expression of her space is a way to let others know who she is. She says, "My decorating goal for the farm was entirely self-expression. I had lots of priorities. [I wanted to create a farmhouse] blended with a colorful assortment of classy, Bohemian, rustic charm that was unique to our distinct lifestyle."
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
2/14
This family portrait depicts a typical Saturday morning on Blue Stallion Farm. Situated on 10 acres in Southwest Ranches, Florida, the barn and accompanying farmhouse have been home to Gany, Jimmie and their children for six years.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
3/14
Since the family business is run from the barn, naturally the Bernal's spend a lot of time here. That being said, comfort was king when decorating it.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
4/14
In the barn's office, horse trophies and plaques serve as colorful, themed decorations. Gany says she loves the office mostly because you'd never know you were inside a barn when sitting in it.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
5/14
The farmhouse's open floor plan allows for a bar, dining room and two separate seating areas to sit in this area of the home. The bar was built with salvaged wood leftover from other farm projects.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
6/14
Gany calls the dining room's floral artwork "a window of happiness." It's from her parents and gives the windowless dining room the peek into nature that the rest of the home boasts.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
7/14
The light-filled living room is no stranger to homework and studying, but it also plays host to family time and the occasional, stereo-thumping good time.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
8/14
This quaint, cottage-style kitchen has a tough job -- serving all six members of the Bernal family -- but its size adds so much to its charm that not a single member of the family minds its small stature. Gany uses the open shelving to display collected dishes and wares she's amassed over the years.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
9/14
Gany and Jimmie's bedroom features a custom-built element just for their dogs -- a wooden, pull-out bed. The design lets them shove away the distracting piece under their bed come morning.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
10/14
This custom-built side table was made to perfectly match the height of Gany and Jimmie's bed.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
11/14
Gany describes her girls' bold bedroom as a "creative space for a young artist."
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
12/14
The den's leafy hue helps it blend into its view of the back of the farm, its fields, and beyond.
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
13/14
"What I love most about our home is that every square inch of our farm reflects every inch of our soul." -- Gany and Jimmie Bernal
A Farmhouse in Florida Rich in Colorful Rustic Decor, Design*Sponge
14/14
The four-bedroom, two-bath farmhouse was built in 1969. Its architect laid out its 3,200 square feet using a sprawling, ranch-style design.

Suggested For You

Comments

Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.