Our Florida home is located in the old historic Northwood community of West Palm Beach and it just so happened that the “Old Northwood Candlelight Tour” coincided with our family’s last trip to Florida this winter.
This is one of those amazing events where you get a pass to trespass into people’s yards and peak into their houses and they even give you free food and drinks along the way. The tour of 12 historic homes, organized by the Old Northwood Resident’s Association, begins at the neighbourhood clubhouse where you are given a wristband, a complimentary drink and a map route.
My favorite house by far was the very first one on the tour owned by designer and antiques dealer Lee Skinner. The house was full of well curated objects beautifully displayed.
The other stand out for me on this tour were the yards with their gorgeous pools and lush landscapes. Being a northerner, I’m pretty easy to impress when it comes to landscaping. Palm trees, banana trees and all these other crazy plants that I’ve never seen in my life are so novel and exotic to me.
My husband and I had a blast seeing how other people had restored their 1920’s Florida homes. Secretly we were imagining our own house on the tour next year once it has been restored.