Isn’t this impressive? It’s even more so in person. Ave Maria, pronounced just like you think, NOT ‘Avenue’ as the GPS seems to think, is a community of approximately 25,,000 about 45 minutes east of Naples.
It is in the middle of nowhere, but in spite of that, is growing. The heart of the town is the University, which accounts for the nice mix of students and retirees, with a sprinkling of young families thrown in for good measure.
The inside wasn’t as ornate as expected, but elegant in its simplicity.
I probably should have called this post ‘model homes in Ave Maria’. If you’re like me, you enjoy visiting homes that have been tastefully and professionally decorated, perhaps getting inspiration for your own home.
I took far more photos than I will show you, but take heart.,,you’re seeing the best of the best.
I like the creamy white cabinets and light fixtures in this modern/traditional kitchen, as well as the comfy bar stools. Too often we see interesting stools that ‘look’ nice, but clearly would not be comfortable to sit on for extended periods.
One of the most inspirational aspects of the rooms we saw were the creative wall treatments. In this next photo, the light wood wall in the dining area really helped to warm up the space and blended nicely with the neutral furnishings.
While I’m not a huge fan of dark cabinets, these were quite elegant, and the backsplash was gorgeous in person.
This next space was located on a second floor and was spacious and welcoming, perfect for a relaxing time in front of the tv.
Here’s another wall treatment that caught my eye: grass cloth trimmed in molding.
This next wall treatment, also located in a second floor family room, was eye catching yet so simple! It’s all paint!
Heres a quick peak into a master closet. It was about four times larger than what you see, and I loved the light wood shelving.
Here’s a slightly closer look at the previously mentioned wood wall. Notice the interesting corners on the table?
Another creative use of paint on this wall.
Do you prefer large, dramatic art on walls, or galleries? I prefer this type of look, but admittedly I’ve seen some drop dead gorgeous gallery walls.
In Other News…
We are enjoying our time in Naples this year. The weather has been nearly perfect, and we love that there’s a pickleball court here. We play several times a week, often at night when it’s cooler.
The homes that are close to the beach are simply stunning! Tons of character and rich in architectural detail. I should take some photos, but for some reason this trip I have yet to pick up my camera. (The above were taken with my cell). Once we are in Venice I’m sure that will change as there is a photography club there which I enjoyed last year, and plan on an instant replay :).
Meanwhile, I understand you northerners are experiencing very cold, icy weather! I’ll do my best to send you some sunshine.
Edited to add: it seems many don’t know what pickleball is! It’s super popular among retirees! Think tennis, but with a paddle and the court is slightly smaller.