You may not have heard of David Fairchild. I confess, I wasn’t familiar with him until recently. But after visiting the 9-acre tropical garden and community he created in Miami called The Kampong, I’m a huge fan.

You see, Mr. Fairchild was a horticulturist (aka. plant guy) who brought plants and flowers from around the world and introduced them to the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century in his work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And in a classic example of taking your work home with you (usually not a good thing!). He built a group of cottages naming them after similar compounds in Java, Indonesia, where he spent much of his time exploring. Surrounding them with his amazing collection of exotic plants makes the property truly unique. Let’s go behind the beautiful wrought iron gate.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Kampong, the Junior League of Miami — an awesome group that does SO much for women and children in need — took on the project of refreshing rooms in four buildings on the property. The goal was to raise funds and raise awareness for the important programs and community projects the organization spearheads around Miami. Ready to see the transformation?

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Our good friend and in-demand interior designer Donna Moss was one of a group of participants that is an impressive “who’s who” in the design world:

  • Bonnin Ashley Antiques
  • Charlotte Dunagan Design Group
  • Coconut Grove Gallery
  • Design Solutions Unlimited Inc.
  • Donna Moss Designs
  • Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design
  • Gallery Interiors
  • HLS Interior Design
  • Jorge Castillo Design Inc
  • Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio
  • Mabley Handler Interior Design
  • Maite Granda Interior Design
  • Margaux Home
  • Monica James
  • Peeples Rionda
  • Rochi Llaneza
  • Sarah Zohar
  • Sheryl Bleustein Interiors
  • Taylor & Taylor

The pure creative power unleashed on this project is mind-blowing! Each space in every cottage was unique, but in general they were given an earthy-yet-elegant feel. For example, in the Sausage Tree Cottage kitchen, Miami interior designer Maite Granda used stone from Opustone and Puma Marble for surfaces and artistic touches.

The gorgeous lighting is from Lunatika, while Drimmers Appliances furnished the space with top brands. The eye-catching tile flooring is provided by Italgres, with subtle shades from Palmetto Paint & Design Center adorning the walls and Deco Shade Solutions providing the perfect window treatments. Silk flower and plant touches were provided by Emilio Robba, while the decorative plumbing and hardware is through Pan American Sales & Marketing. R.E. Renovators performed the renovation work.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

THESE ROOMS ARE ALSO IN THE SAME LITTLE HOUSE AS THE KITCHEN ABOVE WITH THE DRIMMERS INFO.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Main House Kitchen

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Mabley Handler Interior Design is behind the Fairchild-Sweeney House dining room. The firm called on C. Bell Furnishing for the table and chairs, while Bungalow 5 provided the lighting. The lovely [??] are from Mecox Palm Beach, with a beautiful blue floor covering from Madeline Weinrib and decorative accessories from Global Views, Dunes and duchess, and Jalan Jalan. The wallpaper is from Kravet [or Phillip Jeffries?], while the coordinating window coverings were selected from The Shade Store. [??] from West Elm provide an elegant touch, with [rum?!] from Bacardi and floral accents from The Blonde Tulip.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Donna’s part of the project was to tackle a key transition area between the kitchen and the guest house, and to the home’s second floor. With the unflattering name of “mud room,” the space is anything but muddy! In fact, Donna used her “bring the bling” approach to make the area absolutely gorgeous and glamorous. She brought in new furniture, draperies, countertops, and accents. She even got creative to conceal a deteriorated wall, using a rich Chinese drapery in vivid red — the signature color of the Kampong.

And I won’t give away the whole story, but it was a race to the finish for Donna, who joined the project a little later than some of the other designers. Get the full scoop in her blog post. And if you’re ever in Miami, don’t miss seeing The Kampong.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

THIS IS THE LIBRARY IN THE MAIN HOUSE.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

THIS IS ANOTHER LITTLE HOUSE FROM THE HOUSE.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

THIS IS ANOTHER LITTLE HOUSE THAT IS CLOSER TO THE ENTRY WAY,…

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

Kampong, What is The Kampong? It’s a Must-See Slice of Miami History and Amazing Beauty.

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Christi Tasker
Christi Tasker For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, she ultimately discovered her true passion – MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a skilled and experienced designer, Christi learned the secrets to creating a clear, concise brand – one both unmistakable and unforgettable − that would stand out from the crowd. The interest in marketing and branding for businesses actually had its beginning in her family. As did many devoted moms, Christi shadowed her then eleven-year-old daughter, Macy, whenever she ventured online. On one particular day, Christi had an epiphany as she watched Macy scour MySpace for any news in the virtual world of “Webkinz.” Christi placed an order for those lovable furry friends, with their special codes for use with online games, and when they arrived, she shared the news on MySpace, not knowing at the time that she had crafted her first social media campaign. When the college gates went down on Facebook, Christi immediately became one of the first non-college friends of Facebook. And more than just a casual user, she quickly discovered a side of Facebook that only programmers knew about – The Facebook Developer − full of options and tools to help companies better use the web. Christi quickly recognized that marketers either needed to be formally educated about social media or needed a partner to manage their sites. She launched a social media marketing company, which today provides social media branding, strategy, monitoring and training worldwide. Before long, she realized her ability to keep up with her many social media accounts was hampered by the lack of a suitable tool to keep everything in one place. Christi decided the best way to do a job properly was to “do it yourself” and developed PuTTin’ OuT (Socially Accepted) a set of tools to moderate, manage, create, schedule, and publish content, and automatically engage people, all in a single package. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a social media expert speaker for various brands and businesses, and today is a sought-after social media keynote speaker at the foremost conferences worldwide. she also appears on NBC as a social media advisor/expert.
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