I am not really a beach person but being in the BVI’s for for the past few days for spring break may have changed my mind. Something about the salt air and sweet drinks in the sun just relaxes even the most uptight soul. 

No beach in the US has captivated my attention like Alys Beach. This Florida beach with a moroccan flair is one to captivate any design lover.

I was thrilled when Elizabeth Ralls, editor in chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, shared this fabulous story.

 “It’s always a treat when the masterminds behind some of Atlanta’s most beloved retail stores share their personal projects with us. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles was thrilled to shine the spotlight on the former Alys Beach, Florida abode of Interior Philosophy co-owner Mandy Mayers. This is a luscious, layered retreat in which every crevice feels intensely personal–such a great way to get a feel for the treasures you might find within her showroom. Great pains were taken to bring the outdoors in, and I love how in certain places, it feels unexpected, such as a second-floor bathroom filled with natural light–and killer views of the Gulf of Mexico just outside the windows.” – Elizabeth Calls

FLORIDIAN FLAIR

Interior Philosophy co-owner Mandy Mayers fashions an Alys retreat with Moroccan-inspired details that pair perfectly with Florida’s crystal-blue coast.

Written by Jeanne Lyons Davis * Styled by Jill Sharp Weeks * Photographed by Brian Bieder

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Textural details abound.

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Alys Beach Town Architects Erik Vogt and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt designed the 3,400-square-foot Alys Beach home for Mandy Mayers and her husband.

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A 5-foot-tall brass lantern, custom-made in Morocco, anchors the combined kitchen-living area, where more than 1,000 sandblasted white oak pieces create a square pattern on the custom ceiling.

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Mandy Mayers, co-owner of Interior Philosophy, stands on the second story of her Alys Beach home.

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The soapstone hearth boasts circular clay balls while stacked birch logs add a decorative touch below the contemporary gas fireplace.

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A serene driftwood work by Sandee O. from Interior Philosophy sets the tone for the tranquil dining space, where an industrial zinc-topped table with a metallic-finished iron base holds court next to the lime-washed oak chairs and gold-speckled cowhide rug.

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