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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Mooning Over Miami


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If you are one of the few who follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed a few Miami pictures showing up in our feed this month. Before, all I ever knew of this city was terrible experiences at the airport en route to places further south, Crockett and Tubbs, and, of course, this:

I’m so glad I got past the pushed-up suit sleeves, Real Housewives from hell and David Caruso stereotypes. What a gorgeous city Miami is. We stayed in South Beach at this small-ish swanky joint, The Gale, and were surrounded by fun vintage photos in our room and crisp, shall we say “space-saving” design.

I just love the lettering and the art decor curves and details on this building, from the sign to those bars across the doors to the the terrazzo underfoot:

That marble on the walls is not marble though, it’s some sort of brilliant faux painting:

Inside, the place is full of fun vintage photos from the era:

Up on the roof, there was a fabulous view of The Delano, one of the many art deco icons in South Beach:

Check out the way the facade folds, with the angled windows. The view the other way looked like this:

This level had this fabulous green wall. Yup, it was fake, but it looked great:

Even the graffiti in South Beach has it’s own unique flavor:

And the James Hotel provided plenty of playful parrot and dolphin fun on its facade:

I’ll share a few more photos with you in a post next week when I get them organized; there’s more great art deco to share.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!


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  1. Chris says:

    March 21st, 2014 at 2:02 pm (#)

    You didn’t even mention the amazing Regent Cocktail Club in the lobby of the Gale! My favorite bar of the moment.

    Miami gets too much of a bad rap, glad you had a good experience in Miami Beach (really the beach and the city are two different places).

  2. Becky says:

    March 31st, 2014 at 8:27 am (#)

    Chris you are so right! There were always people hanging out in there when I went and I felt like a dorky tourist (which I was/am) taking a shot in there! Having our room right next to it the first night was not so great because that place is hopping so we moved rooms.

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